For the next few days, Mars will be moving about as slowly as Pluto. That’s impressive given that Pluto is nearly 40 times the Earth-Sun distance, while Mars is close enough to touch. We’ve all been through a lot with this Mars retrograde, which began March 1. Though the events of our lives seem to move so swiftly that no biographer could ever keep up, this has been an unusual year so far. I am noticing the blend of awareness of oppression and determination to break free; a tiredness with self-defeatism that is turning into a refreshing kind of uprising. Mars retrograde has brought up many forbidden discussion topics and shined a light on numerous issues. The two passes through the Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto configuration, plus eclipses, have been quite a ride. And now we’re about to shift directions, and experience a new incarnation of Mars, which has been soaked in the feminine energy of Libra going back to December, when it first entered that sign. This is not the time for overconfidence, however. Mars standing still in the sky — in its moment of station-direct — is a somewhat daunting prospect. I would describe our moment as sensitive, delicate, and as balanced precariously on some decision or commitment. Though it may not be obvious from the world around us, our moment is a fulcrum, when the influence of what we say, do, or plan, and even think or feel, is profoundly magnified. Easy does it, by which I mean if you want to accomplish something, ease through the process. On Sunday night, Planet Waves is offering a first-time event — a community forum in the form of a live, call-in edition of Planet Waves FM. It takes place at 8 pm EDT on Sunday, May 18, about 24 hours ahead of Mars retrograde ending. It’s a free event though you’ll need to pre-register if you want to take part. Visit this link to sign up. Once you do, you’ll be given instructions for how to participate by Skype, telephone or streaming Internet connection. Read yesterday’s post.