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It’s been a while since I wrote a post, and my desire to be firm with my commitment to write every 10 days has not quite been met. I have all kinds of reasons that are perfectly valid, and yet I find myself in an interesting place with my sporadic writing. Yesterday I had a conversation with a fellow astrologer and blogger, and we discussed the whole blog thing. How to find voice, what to write about, understanding what the point is, for oneself, about doing it in the first place. I recalled a comment another friend had made not long ago: “I don’t know, don’t you think blogging is really over, now? Is it really the thing anymore?” As in, blogging as a marketing tool. And I realized, in speaking with my astro buddy, that exposure isn’t the reason I post on my blog. What I really want is to write meaningfully about astrological phenomena and archetypes so that the content is helpful. Because that is why I’m an astrologer. I love the science and art of it and I love helping others realize their potential and work through transformation.
Well all right, great to get a little clarity. But I’m still faced with the blank screen, and the legions of astro data that are available to discourse on. So it’s not just talking about what is happening “out there,” but, as I examine my best posts, looking at what is happening inside of myself, how that is reflected in the movement of the planets, and how my experience can be extrapolated into information that is relevant to others. Of course that is the nature of blogging, really, how to make the personal resonate with the universal, at least on some level.
I confess that I don’t often make time to read others’ blogs–there are just so many hours in a day–but today I happened to surf around to another WordPress blog, nomadgrad.com, and read a couple of posts there. Hilary is blogging about her adventurous, low-budget travel life. This isn’t a new concept, many people are leading this lifestyle and sharing their tips and experiences. But, what struck me about her content was, despite the fact that she isn’t the first and only person to write about these things, she hasn’t let that stop her expressing her truth, and is making her life experience relevant to others (as seen in the comments), and seems to be really enjoying herself in the process. Simple. Her writing is lovely, her insights well-observed, and her approach is accessible. Reading it reminded me that I don’t necessarily need to have original, never-heard-before ideas about astrology to present, nor should I not share my perspective on what’s going on in Skyville just because there are literally thousands of other people out there blogging about astrology. So thank you, Hilary.
Enter the planets. Mars is finally preparing to turn direct on Friday the 13th, to recommence his forward motion through Virgo. As I wrote about in an earlier post, the whole Virgo shadow trip is “I’m not ______ enough.” And, he’s been directing that energy inward so that we all have the opportunity to examine the areas in our life where we are working our limiting beliefs of “not-enoughness.” For me this is first house/second house (self-concept, self-esteem, resources and values). Depending on where Mars is in your chart (between 3 and 4 degrees of Virgo at the moment), you may be experiencing an increased awareness of what you perceive you lack or how you could/should improve in that area of life. The opportunity here is to seize that energy as Mars prepares to move forward and burn off the dross of negative mental loops. One way I’m doing this is to just simply say “enough!” accompanied some primal screaming in the living room. Another is being transparent with you about my process. Really, at some point, we just have to take out the sword (Mars) and cut off that dead wood that doesn’t serve us, leaving behind space for what wants to manifest and grow in its place. As the ruler of Aries, Mars is the seed planter as well as the wielder of sharp objects. Mars is desire; grow, grow, grow, experience! As he propels himself forward again, let’s look to the extraordinary qualities of Virgo (service, organization, discernment, informed flexibility, and grounded, practical action) to guide our way into realizing not who we aren’t, but who we are.
Pluto himself is easing into his own retrograde direction change (at approx 9 degrees), and in Capricorn, another earth sign whose shadow can be very self-critical and self-limiting. It’s as though Mars and Pluto were performing a pas de deux. In fact these two are in harmonious trine aspect and are conspiring for our good. Pluto, as I’ve also written about, is always asking, what isn’t working and needs to be composted? What are you afraid of? If you are feeling the earth moving under your feet, then Pluto may be trying to get your attention. The dropping of un-helpful thought patterns and facing fears is one way to work with Pluto’s energy. The combination of Mars and Pluto activating our conscious and unconscious desires to be more passionate and free can create feelings of anger, frustration, or, “for f***’s sake, enough already!” Great–enough, throw in the towel on that self-criticism. Release it however you need; the planets invite, just do it! Commit to where the passion burns inside you and climb beyond the fears that don’t serve you. This may look messy and be loud; nevermind, it’s time! Recognize not only the story that is already written, but the one you want to tell.