by Robert Wilkinson
Mars triggers whatever happens of note in our charts. In August 2007, Mars moves from 27 degrees Taurus through 16 Gemini, activating the Grand Irrationality the second week of August. Though there are a few afflictions, for the most part Mars should help all of us get a lot accomplished due to very favorable aspects to most of the planets.
The Fiery energetics opened at by the Mars-Jupiter-Saturn Grand Fire Trine in June solidified in July and will begin to diversify into many manifestations as Mars moves into Gemini. Things related to Aries and Scorpio planets and houses in our charts have acquired greater substance which will naturally lead to a multiplicity of forms and new perspectives and information this month.
This month begins with Mars coming off its important square to Saturn, showing recent gear grinds are now in the past, and our responsibilities and duties have hit a turning point. This is followed immediately by a square to Venus retrograde at 1 Virgo, indicating a need to keep things on track despite temporary interruptions. Fit things into a long range perspective, and do trade-offs where appropriate. This period also features Sun quintile Mars and Mars quintile Uranus and triseptile Pluto in the Grand Irrationality, showing a very unique time that may be strange, but should be very productive and at times, brilliantly playful or creative.
You can find out more about the Grand Irrationality by checking Spiritual Astrology in July-August 2007 Pt. 1 - Uranus, Neptune, Pluto Retrograde Coming In From the Unknown. Whenever this pattern is activated, choices and changes are in motion, and result in life shifts of major proportions. This effect will continue through the third week of August as Mars moves through the biseptile to Neptune. You also may want to re-check Spiritual Astrology in July-August Pt.2 to get an overview of how Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are working their Transpersonal magic on each sign at present.
All septile series aspects indicate strange choices, crucial decisions, and general edginess and the sense that forces beyond our control are at work. Not necessarily bad, as long as we remember that we may not be able to reason our way through what's happening and the energy doesn't get too crazy or destructive.
This aspect set moves us to make choices that affect our potential "higher destiny." The days when the Moon moves through the 7 trigger zones of the Grand Irrationality will be points when the generic weirdness is triggered, and bring decisions that may not make much sense but have to be made anyway.
The first part of August, Mercury quintiles Mars, and by the third week Mars is quintile Venus, opposition Jupiter, and tredecile Neptune, a very unique building configuration that will bring gifts and highly specialized qualities wherever we have Leo, Aquarius, Gemini, and Sagittarius, very favorably affecting houses ruled by Aries, Taurus, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Pisces.
The key to releasing this energy is the T-square from Mercury to Mars opposition Jupiter, throwing the void into Pisces. Great for intuition, closure, forgiveness, and seeing things in a vaster perspective. Areas most stressed for us are 9 through 13 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sag, and Pisces, so if you were born near the beginning of March, June, September, or December, expect a lot to be activated requiring you keep your cool while opening to interactive gifts and some very serendipitous circumstances.
We're now closing the Sun-Mars cycle that began October 23, 2006 at 30 Libra, a degree of philosophical completion. Another important cycle began in December 2006 with the conjunction of Mars and Jupiter at 4 degrees of Sagittarius, marking the end of the last Mars-Jupiter cycle that began at 1 Libra in late September 2004. The cycle that began in December kicked a new period of expanded activity into motion through February 2009, when they will next conjunct at 10 Aquarius. These larger cycle conjunction points are important in showing us where our outreach will occur in the future.
As noted, Mars begins August in late Taurus, whose keywords are "Enjoyment" and "Confirmation." Dr. Marc E. Jones, creator of the Sabian Symbols, says this span is Sustaining, Ideal, Efficient, and Generalizing. On August 6, 11:01 pm PDT (therefore August 7 almost everywhere else in the world), it enters the first half of Gemini, whose keywords are "Discovery" and "Zeal." Dr. Jones terms this span Manipulating, Practical, Ingenious, and Specializing.
These terms will be seen working most clearly in the Aries and Scorpio houses in our charts, as well as wherever we have Gemini by house. We move this month from solid, stabilizing, concretizing activities, finding substance in our power, into diversity, multi-tasking, new curiosity and new discoveries. August should be very productive in many different ways.
We're now over 3/4 of the way in the important Mars-Saturn cycle. As noted in past articles, their last conjunction in June 2006 at 9 Leo indicated
...this 2 year cycle is about authenticity, creativity, play, and reconnecting with our enthusiasm in mature and measured ways wherever we have early Leo in our charts... simplify, stabilize, and see a bigger picture to move into a broader cooperative group purpose. Be a gentle angel, cut back on extravagances as well as pessimism, and find ways to enjoy life without overdoing it... For eleven months, Mars has developed the promise of whatever that conjunction portended for us. The growth process quickened in December... January 2007 showing a natural self-expression of the truth of this cycle... This stabilized the turning point in the larger “destiny cycle” in late November at the biseptile, where important decisions were made and meaningful actions were taken.
February helped us adjust to prepare for whatever surfaced the second week of March when Mars opposed the original conjunction point. This provided us a sense of what needed to change, what has been coming to importance, and what we can expect for some months to come, relative to the lessons that have been presenting themselves since June 2006 in the early Leo area of our charts.
In March, things cut loose in ways that began to bring Spirit to matter, and challenged us to be eager in learning a greater way to live and not take anything for granted. Appreciation was the big keyword, and that theme will continue to be important in June and July 2007 as the gifts continue to come from Spirit. September through December 2007 will be a big time for those who are open to the blessings we've been promised, and followed through on the Neptunian lessons.
After the square to Venus early in the month there is major harmony between the Aries and Scorpio sectors relative to most other sign areas. Unique opportunities prevail by mid-month, while things may seem to be fracturing due to the T-square in the last 10 days of the month. Whether they are or aren't, remember that it's the culmination of the old Saturn in Leo energy, now closing for the next 25 years.
So keep focused on the big picture and work with the magnetism of what is and is not coming and going. Many things are still under review as Venus moves through its retrograde, and important relationship shifts are promised by Venus due to the beautiful interactive uniqueness and gifts of the opposition-tredecile-quintile configuration after mid-August.
In Part 2 we'll explore how the Mars stress zones are affecting each individual sign.
© Copyright 2007 Robert Wilkinson