Mars in Cancer: The Will to Home

To associate Mars with hotheadedness, anger, combat, etc. is really to sell short the psychic usefulness of the red planet.

At it’s most crucial level, Mars is the Will.  Everyone possesses this, and some are far more in touch with it than others.  It’s only when one’s Will is being thwarted or ignored that hotheadedness, anger and all of these pressure-cooker emotions bubble up.  Let’s try to go to the root of things rather than obsessing over symptoms, shall we?

What is the Will?

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Other words for the Will include striving, urging, wanting, desire, effort, you get the idea!

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Arthur Schopenhauer’s Philosophy of Will sees Will as a slave to the world of ideas, therefore we are not free, and life is a sorry affair.

Schopenhauer saw the Will as an omnipresent force, not particular to the individual, but controlling us all, and so he was quite the pessimist.

The only thing that could kind of help us in this sorry world, was in experiencing something beautiful like art.  In the midst of a great painting or an exquisite piece of music, the Will was transformed into ‘representation of the Will’ – the better the art, the better the representation- and in that moment, the person ceases to even exist!

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Ah!  At last I am nothing and no longer a slave to the Will!  Courtesy of Van Gogh’s Cafe Terrace at Night.

Another famous thinker who gave considerable amount of attention to the Will (and was incredibly influenced by Schopenhauer) was Frederich Nietzsche.  But Nietzsche ended up being a total optimist about it!

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Nietzsche claimed that “The world itself is the will to power and nothing else!  And you yourself are the will to power- and nothing else!”

But where Schopenhauer used the Will as an ultimate negation of life, Nietzsche used it as an ultimate affirming of life.  He proclaimed himself a yea-sayer- and likened this Will to seeing life as positive as similar to that of  the ecstasy-loving Dionysus.

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Dionysus- the original “Life is Good” sayer.

So let’s just be happy to be clear on the notion that Mars as the Will is a powerful force that has been pondered for centuries.  It is no small thing.  It might be everything.  So what is it up to now in the sign of Cancer?

Cancer is the sign of home and family but, as the first of the Water signs, it begs us to feel this truth, not just to think about it.

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This is Chip (or Dale) inside of a Christmas tree from the Disney 1952 Classic “Pluto’s Christmas”.

I remember seeing this cartoon as a kid and being utterly enchanted by the sheer twinkling magic and coziness of these two chipmunks wandering around on the actual inside of a Christmas tree.

It’s not enough to convey the feelings of Cancer by referring to Christmas alone because you may not even celebrate it, or it may bring up family strife instead of warmth and sparkle.

But the inside of a Christmas tree, with your good pal Dale, now that is magical coziness.  That is a recipe to feel great.

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The Will to Home is an urging towards a place of magical coziness.  Magical in that it is dynamic, not stagnant.  Cozy in that it offers total restoration to the spirit.  The destination may still be unknown to you, but you can follow the clues of what it is by tuning in to your true feelings.

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Cancer is the stillness of the North Star.  The sureness of that great feeling.

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Mars is the Will to get there.

Until next time, Happy Astro Pondering!

-Tess

Sail into the Mystic: Mars Enters Pisces

The holiday season this year comes with some stirred up cosmological waters.  After a prolonged stay in Aquarius, Mars, the planet that energizes is entering the vast territory of the collective unconscious, the endless and unfathomable ocean of Pisces, the sign of the Fishes.

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The waters above and the waters below.  Pisces sails into the mystic.

Pisces is a sign that is most associated with passive, female principle of the the universe that is Yin energy.  It is the type of love that is all-encompassing, it is pure forgiveness, gentleness, ethereal beauty, subtlety, deep imagination, psychic phenomenon.  People who are born under the influence of this sign have a natural ability to tap into this realm, often to the astonishment and wonder of others.

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Edgar Cayce, famously known as the “sleeping prophet” astounded the public with his knack for clairvoyance.  He has more planets in Pisces than any other sign in his chart. 

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Einstein’s driver said that one of his habitual routines was to play the violin in nature, with the birds.  He said as he did this he would have tears streaming down his face.  Pisces feels it’s way into the secrets of the cosmos.  

Back to Mars.  Mars motivates in many ways.  Sometimes it can just feel like a straightforward burst of energy.  A new focal point in which you are ready to place your time and energy.  Other times it comes in the form of agitation, unrest, a feeling like you just can’t take it anymore and something needs to change.  This is the boiling, roiling, stirring and churning way of the warrior planet.

In Pisces, it is the the ethereal waters of other-worldliness that are being agitated, motivated, energized.  In short, the Mystic within is being summoned.

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Bob Dylan was born when Mars was in Pisces.  A Gemini, he is a rue Trickster/ Mystic.  A master of words who can tap into other-worldly realms through the potency of poetry. 

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Yuri Gagarin was also born when Mars was in Pisces.  His motivation for other-worldliness took on a more literal tone as he was the first man to ever journey into outer space.

Mars will stay in Pisces until New Years Eve, flavoring the holiday stretch with a sizzle of Yin energy.

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Liz Taylor, A Pisces was born under the influence of Mars in Pisces.  A Yin energy that is sizzling.  A peak into the other-worldly realm is a glance into her deeply reflective eyes, a beautiful hint of eternity.

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Marilyn Monroe also has Mars in Pisces.

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So does Ava Gardner.

There is definitely a je-ne-sais-qoi quality to the next couple of months.  Things may pop up that make you open your eyes wider to the greater mysteries of life.  The wonder that comes about from the many holiday lights may be of extra sparkle.

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It is the receptivity of our subjective state of mind that permits the wonder and the beauty to enter and influence our reality.

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“Starry Night” is an example of the celebration of the artist’s subjectivity.  Van Gogh also had Mars in Pisces.

Subjective reality is the home of our feelings.  With Mars traveling through Pisces, emotions that come with this time of year may feel more overwhelming.  One of Pisces biggest challenges is to keep the rivers and tides of emotions flowing healthily.

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Keep the waters of strong feelings flowing by means of acknowledging them, so they can be processed and moved into new states of being.  This is the mutable quality of Pisces, a promise of healing through the willingness to change shape. 

Pay attention to what is nagging at you or what is merely calling you in the next few months.  It is likely tied into a deeper personal connection to the waters above and the waters below.  That is, a deeper connection to all that is unknowable, yet worthy of reflection.  A grander reality, that is based on a willingness to feel.

Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

 

 

The Stirring up of the Far Out (Mars is back in Aquarius).

Mars has been traveling through Aquarius through much of the summer.  It began in May, retrograded back into Capricorn for most of August, and now it’s back.  Back in the sign of the Water Bearer.  Making more waves.

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Cowabunga!  Uranus, the totem planet of Aquarius and wave-making made it’s big transition into Taurus back in May as well.  Taurus is the sign of the Bull, and relates to how we feel secure in our bodies and our livelihood.  The stirred up waves are likely linked to these types of issues in our human lives right now.  

Mars at it’s root is potent energy.  Energy that needs to be born, so it can become something.  It doesn’t just stir things up because it’s some kind of joker, it has destiny, hopes, purpose!  The problem is we are often blind to what the energy is after, and acting out it’s commands on a subconscious level.

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I know what I’m.. doing? 

Mars at it’s very core is the power of the will.  The dictionary defines the word, will as the faculty by which a person decides on and initiates action.  Right away the complexity of the will is apparent.  What is the faculty we use to decide something and initiate action?  Sometimes it’s logic, more often it’s driven by emotion, namely subconscious ones.

The will, is the spark of the complex matter of mind and emotion.  It’s like a newborn subatomic comet seeking it’s destiny somewhere.  Energy arises, we are motivated by it, decisions are made and actions taken.  Mars was the start of it, the eager little spark.

In Aquarius, the spark is under the influence of the far-out realm of what it means to even exist.  The Waters that the Water Bearer bears are complex streams of consciousness, intermingling, stretching over boundaries of time and space.  Aquarius, like no other sign, centers around the somewhat abstract concept of existence.

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Existence, what IS it? 

Is existence a phenomenon of material, mental or emotional substance?  What lies outside of existence?  More existence?  Is there an outside?  How small or big can it stretch?  How long has existence been around?  Is there anything that doesn’t exist if we include the mental reality of things?  What is our relationship to our own existence on a daily, meaningful level?

Welcome to the far side.  Aquarian town.  Matters that involve life’s abstractions which are so often mysteriously tied to the very root of humanity.

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When concepts of existence get stirred up (Mars influence), we may not be the slightest bit aware of it consciously, but a type of existential angst is likely to set in.  The next thing we know is we are agitated (Mars) by this abstract feeling that life, and our existence is without meaning.  The “what is it all about?  What is it all for?” type of angst.  We may feel like a hamster in a wheel, going round and round the motions of meaningless work and routine, with all sense of solar purpose lost, all sense of Solar Essence obscured.

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What am I???

The key to making Mars transiting Aquarius your friend and not your foe is to acknowledge your relationship with your daily existence in relation to your Solar Essence.  For example, if at your solar core (look to your Sun sign and it’s aspects), you are a true people person who gets a lot out of conversations and social interactions, yet your day to day existence is working the night shift alone stocking groceries, and then home to sleep all day with no contact with other people, this transit might seek to bust up your reality.  It has to!  Your daily existence is totally off balance with your Solar Essence!  Something’s got to give, even if it means you simply make sure to hang out with friends once every few days, brighten that inner Sun back up.  Often it’s the minor adjustments made that really take root and help grow your life back into better balance.

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Leo, the sign opposite Aquarius is ruled by the Sun.  This reflects the dual axis of Solar Essence balancing with Existence.  

Also under the rulership of Aquarius is the future.  Equally abstract and intrinsically tied to our deepest human nature is the concept of the future.  We can never know it, but we know of it.

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The future, like existence, is abstract! 

We can choose to think we have no say in our own future, or we can choose to commit to the future that we want.  Even though such a commitment could never guarantee it’s reality, it can still position us to live in the now, as a person becoming, as a person always being born, in direction that we have chosen.

This is true freedom!  Free-will if you will.  The will loves freedom, and the trick is to understand that freedom is not divorced from responsibility.  You are responsible for the commitment towards your future, and towards your commitment on who you are and who you are becoming.

In the meantime, happy astro-pondering!

 

 

 

The Virgoan Mind of Howard Hughes

Today we are going deep into the astrological makings of a very complex man.  Ladies and gentleman, I give you Howard Hughes!

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This man claims to have been born on Christmas Eve but his baptist records put him on the more mundane date of September 24.  With balanced features like his (not to mention all the women and the charm) it is no surprise that he is in truth, a Libra.

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Note: this is an equal house chart (where each house is an equal 30 degrees).  For anyone that is strictly Placidus or whatever else I say don’t worry!  The big themes of a chart always find a way of making themselves known no matter what system you use..  I am not insistent on this house-system I just find it the easiest to understand.

The first thing that really draws my eye into his chart is that Mercury at the very bottom of the chart.  It is in Virgo (the ever over-analyzing, perfecting and exacting scrutinizer) and it is under some serious pressure.

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DiCaprio gave a very compelling performance as Hughes in Scorceses’ “The Aviator”.  Here he gives us an excellent glimpse of Hughes’ Mercury in Virgo (extreme focus on precision).

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But uh oh.  Here it is again :/

Howard Hughes seems to have acquired the brunt of his OCD from his mother, who used to scrub him clean all through his childhood and teach him to be afraid of germs.

His Mercury is found at the bottom of the chart right on the 4th house cusp.  This is the place in the chart that is associated with the Mother and early childhood (because it is the house that is connected to the sign of Cancer).

Mercury is the planet associated with our thinking.  It is always listening and responding to our environment (like DNA!)

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The caduceus (symbol associated with Mercury) look like the double-helix of DNA.  Information in and information out.

Hughes Mercury (thinking) is under pressure from both Mars and Pluto via the square aspect (an aspect of 90 degrees).  So let’s meet the personal “bullies” of Hughes’ mind!

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Hughes’ Mars is in the expanding and daring fiery sign of Sagittarius.  His masculinity and motivations (Mars) are tied to travel and spirited adventure (Sag).

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Like no other sign, Sagittarius says “Go big or go home!”.  This picture of his highly ambitious “Spruce Goose” sums that up pretty well.  It still remains the largest airplane made to date.

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Here he goes big again with a specialized bra for MAXIMUM exposure of Russell’s large bozooms!

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Hell’s Angels cost more money than any other movie made during that time. Going big baby! Mars in Sag!

Mars is energy!  It is motivation and stress.  The stuff that propels life along.  Hughe’s Mars is located in the 7th house of relationships.  It’s a common know fact that Hughes did “go (very) big” in the dating field.

Hughes was infamously entangled with a bevy of beautiful starlets.  The glitz and glamour would satisfy his Venus in Leo as well as his Moon in Leo.  Venus for a man will point to something he is drawn to in a woman.  The Moon points to an emotional hunger that we yearn to satiate. This is also connected to the mother and early life.

It’s interesting to think of all of that OCD doting that his mother did for him was still a form of constant attention.  Hughes was known to be a hypochondriac in childhood to secure the constant attention of his parents, both of whom died within his later teenage years.  Hughes went to court and bought out the rest of the family for the inheritance and became a billionaire.

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This side of him points to his Saturn in Aquarius near the top of the chart.  Ambitious (Saturn) eccentricity (Aquarius).

Ok, so back to the pressure on his Virgoan mind.

Let’s meet the next “bully”, the ever secretly-up-to-something Pluto.  And as a side note, these “bullies” are not inherently bad, they are just motivators.  The aspect of the square suggests that it’s a bit more challenging for Hughes.

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Hughes has Pluto in Gemini (the sign associated thinking) and it sits in his first house of personality right near the Ascendant (amplifying it’s noticeable presence).  His free-wheeling Mars is off gallivanting with women (in the 7th) and putting off a big public image (7th) but when we are looking at just Hughes (1st house), without the public, without the starlets, something else emerges.  Something we can see here in his eyes.

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Pluto is the deep water.  For Hughes the deep water is noticeable right off the bat because it is so close to his Ascendant (the way one “dawns” on others).

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His Pluto is in Gemini, the thinking sign.  The depth that comes forth from Hughes is very mental.

Pluto motivates in a very hidden way.  In Gemini this may take the form of always seeking mental stimulus, and variety of thought.  It lies opposite of the Mars in the 7th house of relationships so we can expect to find a lot of variety there too (and there sure was!).

Pluto is like a rabbit hole.  It’s job is to constantly renew us and purify us through emotional purging.  Hughes’ rabbit hole was so very mental, so full of variety and choices.  For a mind that is suited towards precision and order (Mercury in Virgo) this influx of variety might have been a bit overwhelming.

It would have been nice to see Hughes’ Virgo mind take the Virgoan modest approach to these heavy-weight bullies.  To humbly (Virgo) take things in stride and be aware of his own tendency to over-worry (Virgo pitfall).  We can bring so much peace back to our psyches with a bit of awareness.  This is the department where the horoscope truly shines as a tool.  It serves us to give ourselves a break and be on the lookout for unhealthy habits!

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Like saving our pee in glass bottles.

Until next time!

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Mars, the Lodestone and Blood Red Energy

Motive, motivate, motion, action, activate… what planet am I talking about?  The one and only Mars of course, the red planet, associated alchemically with the metal iron.

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Massive amounts of iron oxide on it’s surface is what gives Mars it’s red color

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It is the iron in blood that makes it red.  Hemoglobin is an iron molecule that binds with oxygen when we inhale, making it turn red and fueling metabolism.

What I would like to talk about in this post is the importance of EXAMINING YOUR MOTIVATIONS.  Energy (Mars) is on it’s way the minute you become motivated to do something.  The problem is that so many motivations are unconscious, and the energy is still on it’s way, but it might not be so welcomed.

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“Dr. Leo Marvin!”

 

What happens when you get scared?  Blood is sent to the major muscle groups to enable you to fight or flee.  During sexual arousal the blood is sent to a persons genitals to enable  what Al Green sings about.

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The point is, a motivation is like a pole being set up, seeking it’s appropriate energy.  The energy arrives because it was invited.

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A magnet attracts these iron nails just as our motivations attract the appropriate energy

Legend has it that magnets were discovered around 600 BC by a Greek shepherd named Magnes who noticed that the nails and buckles on his sandals as well as the tip of his staff were attracted to the rock he was standing on.  He dug up the earth and discovered lodestones.

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Compasses were invented in the 1100s when it was realized that a freely suspended lodestone always oriented itself in the same direction.

The word lodestone comes from the Middle English meaning of “leading stone” as the word lode meant “course, way or journey”.  Lodestone is a naturally magnetized form of magnetite, a type of iron ore.

By examining the history and mystery of iron we can better understand how Mars is working within us.  It has the ability to become magnetized (aka Venus-ized), like the lodestone, from then on always orienting to the same direction.  In this way our energy has the ability to become ATTRACTED (magnetized) to what it wants and from then on pointing us in that direction.

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“Hello bebe”

Once the course is set, or the lodestone is pointed, the ENERGY arrives to get us there.  This is displayed in the way iron (energy) eagerly arrives at the magnet (the lodestone, aka the course).

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It’s science.

 

So check in with those motivations everyone!  Give your Mars a tune up to better enjoy the energy that is arriving to you.  The Rocky steps await.

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