8 Oct 2016
Ssshhh! Do you hear that? It just might be you sending yourself a message.
As I sit with my tea, relaxing on a beautiful sunny day in Southern California, I am contemplating what to write about. I have been pondering Mars going retrograde and what does my intuition tell me about that. Beautiful kirtan music is playing (fabulous mashup of Foreigner’s I Want to Know What Love Is by Krishna Das by the way), the dog and cat napping peacefully near me and yet there is a place of unsettled urgency just beneath the surface of my tranquility. I could easily take a nap instead of pour out the energy that is buzzing in my hands. Maybe I will try writing a mashup of my own.
Sometimes the slightest breeze of feeling and intuition can be overlooked instead of embraced. Being quiet with myself provides me with the necessary time to receive the communication from deep within my consciousness. Paying attention to the messages and honoring the source with gratitude. Sometimes there is nothing to be done in the moment but I acknowledge the information. Sometimes it’s just the softest breath of light moving through me and I capture an idea. I write them down, text them to myself, anything to savor it and save it to be reviewed later. I often get inspiration in yoga class and am so tempted to jump out of warrior two pose to dictate an idea into my phone. I don’t though because that really would be bad form.
Blog mashup time. Mars has entered a retrograde phase today until June 29th. I never knew about all these retrogrades until I started studying astrology. I knew that Mercury goes retrograde and communication goes wonky but that’s about it. I kept reading about Mars the God of War and to be careful in this retrograde time not to start anything because it will stall out and definitely do not start a war because it will be a loser. Good advice, war is bad right!?
Then I looked to mythology and found that Mars was born to Juno (one of my favorite movies I just happened to have watched last night) after being touched by a magic plant. The origin of Mars was as the god of agriculture and fertility. Mars only became the god of war when the Romans became violent warmongers and interpreted him that way.
To grow in the garden of life takes tremendous drive and energy. Mars is the forcefulness of growth and the fertile planting of new life in you! Mars is the fierce driven protector of that life. So it stands to reason if Mars is in the quiet shadows at the moment, we would not plant new things however hold vigil over all the beautiful things we have in our garden, keep them safe and nurtured. Continuing to grow.
It is time for peaceful reflection and nurturing the seeds having been planted in the past few months. Whatever you have set in motion, be the strong protector and listen for the nuances from your own inner breezes as to what steps you need to take to ensure that your garden keeps growing beautifully. Perhaps it is time to pull a few weeds so that you have a clearer field to notice when new information comes in. So if you feel a bit introspective over the next few weeks, enjoy the opportunity to be in the shadow of Mars and listen for the quiet voice from within guiding you to best care for your garden. Who knows what brilliance yourself will deliver to you!