by Robert Wilkinson
We've covered a lot of ground on how this Mars retrograde could and will manifest. Today I pull together some key points, and elaborate on some others that were not fully explored before now.
We know it is a time of potential energetic tugs of war we should avoid. These are the circumstances that drain us and turn ordinary interactions into goopy emotional bogs. In those circumstances, it's better to refuse the reflection or projection, and be caring while showing strength of character. We get to care about what we care about, and if it's not good enough for another, then maybe it's time to agree to disagree.
We know there could be many old feelings and perhaps hurts come up from subconsciousness, whether ours, another's, or even from the collective unconscious. That's why it's important to slow things down as we examine how we do or do not want to respond. We know there could be over-reactions from that which has not been allowed to express itself in our lives, and also how important it will be not to take things too personally or negatively.
We know not to get too crabby or defensive, and whenever possible be nurturing and caring in ways that alleviate these in ourselves and others. This is about recognizing what needs strengthening inwardly, and taking care of old needs that haven't been taken care of in our lives up to now. Definitely don't internalize any new hurts, and readdress old ones when appropriate to come out of those old reactive patterns.
There could be old hurts or concerns expressed by others due to prior defensive stances, and if we are feeling drained, it is most important to be open and above board in targeting specific needs in the moment while not getting deflected into what was, or should have been, or old stuck emotional turf battles.
We know we will have to reconsider the mental attitudes and perceptions that created recent decisions or old hurts. We will re-trace the ground we've covered the past 2 1/2 months but with an eye to redoing or undoing or getting clear about how to be strong, flexible, and courageous as we review and rethink recent beginnings. Relax, don't get wired by the reversals and slowing and generic touchiness, and see it as a chance to redo and rethink some things, preparing for a whole new life to come in 2008 when Mars goes direct.
We are learning to slow down and rework whatever needs caring for in order to strengthen recent life decisions. This can help us strengthen our determination, steadfastness, and sense of responsibility, securing past and future expansions. Sidestep passive-aggressive, selfish, petulant, immature, or short-sighted people, or if you must confront them, defend your need to care for yourself while guarding against useless or petty shots.
We are told the power of the SRX point is in the qualities of being sustaining, critical, universal, specializing, and spiritually receptive. Be caring and kind, slow things down to blunt uselessly aggressive people, and care for yourself and those you feel close to. Examine the family systems or other relevant habit patterns and assumptions to see what you do and do not need to address. Remember that another's limitations, fears, and concerns may or may not be any of your concern.
This is a time when a thorough look back at events transpiring since June 2007 can show us where the inner or outer resistances and resentments first showed themselves. If you must revisit some stuff from this period, have your armor on as you wade through what may get bogged down before there is any flow, if any is to be had. And remember, playing defense is better than playing offense through the end of the year.
For a one-stop shop on prior articles about Mars retrograde, here they are so far:
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