“The rule of no realm is mine. but all worthy things that are in peril as the world now stands, those are my care. As for my part, I shall not wholly fail in my task if anything passes through this night that can still grow fair or bear fruit and flower in the days to come. For I too am a steward.” J.R.R Tolkien
“Mars reminds us that spiritual life is not some passive, safe, wimpy tour; it is bold, active, heroic and completely engaged adventure.” Caroline W. Casey
As with all retrograde periods, the upcoming Mars retrograde (from June 27 – August 28) provides a good time for some reflection – this time on the wise use of power both individually and in the world.
Mars governs the ability to feel animated and inspired about being assertive. It governs the use of energy and the understanding of how to allocate appropriate energy to accomplish tasks. It governs the ability to discern what is wise to pursue or not pursue at any time. It governs the ability to stay energized through setbacks and challenges.
Under this influence lingering frustrations and hostilities – normally kept under wraps – may rise to the surface. This can provide clarity about situations which need some further form of resolution or understanding.
Mars with station at 9 degrees of Aquarius. This placement is the sign of the enlightened warrior in our time. It is the sign of the visionary and the humanitarian as well as the sign of stewardship. As Matthew Fox wrote, “Strength must be redefined not as power-over but as power- with.”
The Sabian symbol for the Mars station is,” A man who had been made to be the embodiment of an ideal is made to realize that he is not that ideal.”