Editor’s Note: Today we have a guest writer in our daily series, an astrologer and journalist who goes by the name Willow, the author of Willow’s Web Astrology. This article is about Mars retrograde, which forms a grand trine with Jupiter and Pluto in the earthy signs — an event that goes on for many months. Technical: the ‘retrograde shadow’ means a planet is moving direct, in the degrees where it will be, or recently was, retrograde. If that’s not clear — please type your questions in the comment area. — efc
November 10, 2011 – Mars enters Virgo
November 18, 2011 – Mars enters the retrograde shadow
January 24, 2012 – Mars goes retrograde at 23 degrees Virgo
April 14, 2012 – Mars turns direct at 3 degrees Virgo
June 19, 2012 – Mars leaves the retrograde shadow
July 3, 2012 – Mars enters Libra
The Mars transit and retrograde through Virgo involves an eight-month period of mutable, transitional energy that requires our precise and active participation to direct, re-direct, adjust and re-adjust our courses. Throughout this time, we’ll be directed down only the most pertinent and effective channels in our lives, honing and refining our courses and withdrawing personal energy from anything that is not necessary, valuable or vital moving forward. This process is happening, specifically, in the house or houses where Virgo falls in your natal chart. That’s the area where things need to be tightened.
Virgo is one of the quieter placements for Mars. Mars is active here but only in the ways that count. No excess of motion, exertion, words, mental function, or use of will. Small movements, adjustments, and re-direction have big effect, and temperance rules, as too much effort in one direction results only in energy expended for self-correction.
The energy on the planet will be getting very bizarre and out of control at times over the next years, and things can really go haywire if we allow them to. This is why we need the Virgoan qualities applied through the iron will of Mars to set our courses now, doing battle on the fine points.
If we’re oh-so-careful and diligent, smoothing every screwy detail, critiquing every glowing illusion, attending to every nagging issue, we set a tone with this retrograde that can keep us grounded and out of the worst of the hyped baloney and utter bullshit being amped up on this planet.
Clean, crisp, clear. In Virgo, every detail matters. Virgo is a sign that needs things to be just right, and with Mars here, we’re going to have to take it personally when they aren’t.
If it hits our ears as incorrect, it’s rejected, no matter how many people are saying it, doing it, or believing it. Anyone trying to fill our minds, bodies, societies, or environments with useless crap is viewed as an enemy of our health.
Enemies of our health. There are many. Under Mars in Virgo, we’re consciously fighting to maintain health in a world increasingly toxic to living things. Our systems are quite literally being attacked on multiple fronts. There’s an immediacy with this Mars transit. There’s no more time to put off the changes necessary to fortify our health. It’s on. In order for our systems to continue processing and metabolizing what’s going on, they need to be in tip-top condition.
Diet, exercise regimes, habits, routines, work conditions, the quality of our food and water, our mental and emotional environments — a crucial analysis and refinement is on the docket during this transit, fighting to maintain systemic health while preparing us for the next years on the planet. This involves the removal or at least strong limitation of anything that weighs our systems down: excess alcohol, drug use, cigarettes, perfumes, air fresheners, chemical cleaners, electromagnetic pollution, noise pollution, pesticides and additives in food, refined sugar, artificial colours, genetically modified food, fluoride, excessive internet, TV, music, shopping, socializing.
Mars is a hard-ass in Virgo, and with good reason.
Even things touted as healthful should be gone over with a fine-toothed comb. With Virgo, less is more. Be careful what you add to your life and to your system. In most cases, Virgo is about what needs to be taken away.
There is a sexual element (Mars) to health (Virgo) here. A more precise application of sexual energy is required. A new understanding of the effects of sexual activity on health and on the surrounding energetic environment as a whole comes about here. The “too much, too fast, too soon” sexual ethic constantly shoved down our throats is rejected by those who use this transit well, and the application of sexuality is streamlined with a new awareness and focus on the health of the individual, the partner, the relationship, the immediate social groups and society, and the spirit, in general. There’s a re-wiring of attractions and sexual habits here, a clarification, and a removal of toxic sexual connections. Holistic sexual health.
Our work is infused with a necessary level of fight during this transit. We fight to overcome the redundancy, uselessness, and listlessness forced upon so many through mass institutionalized unemployment, underemployment, and lack of meaningful paid employment.
Charting the course for the next two years correctly requires our absolute focus over the next eight months.
Mars entering Virgo sets off a grand earth trine with Jupiter Rx in Taurus and Pluto in Capricorn that will be in effect most strongly November 16-23.
Mars retrogrades back into this grand earth trine in March when the configuration will be exact. Jupiter in Taurus, Mars Rx in Virgo, and Pluto in Capricorn will be exactly trine each other at 9 degrees of the earth signs from March 12-14, 2012.
Mars in Virgo will trine Pluto in Capricorn one last time on May 15-17, 2012 with Mars moving direct. At that time, Jupiter in Taurus will be out of range.
Needless to say, within these grand earth trines, the application of specific choices and actions — including what we choose not to do or say — has big ripple effects, creating real, concrete, structural changes.