by Robert Wilkinson
It's here and now! Mars is said to be the "trigger" for all that happens in our world and lives. It is now in the hot zone of the Cardinal T-square, and so launches the new archetypes symbolized by Saturn's occupation of 1 Libra.
I was recently asked by a reader why the first degree of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) is said to be "critical." This is an ancient term, originating long ago when we Astrologers kept track of things called "Lunar Mansions." I'll do an article on these in the future.
For now, I'll just say that the entry points into the Cardinal signs correspond with the points signifying the change of seasons. That would make those degrees "critical," in that they indicate major changes of emphasis in our world time cycle.
So what can we expect with Mars' entry into Libra? Well, as it conjuncts Saturn, it simultaneously opposes Uranus and then Jupiter, while squaring Pluto. This confluence of events would usually indicate extraordinary volatility, and this can be seen in larger worldly events going on right now.
There are tugs of war, opposing camps attacking each other, turning of corners, and brakes being put on many things, both personal, interpersonal, and transpersonal. There is definitely polarization in the air in a global way, and the void of the T-square now activated throws the energies into Cancer, showing the problem and the solution.
What do you care about? What do you want to nurture? What is stifling your ability to take care of yourself and what you need to care for? What habits have outlived their usefulness? Is defensiveness in the air? Is there backwards movement when there needs to be progress? These are all questions to ask in order to know both the problem and the solution, since the latter is always contained in the former.
With Mars in the (supposedly) peace loving sign of Libra, perhaps we will see more emphasis on Saturn's power to restructure things in a balanced, nuanced way. Or perhaps Saturn's fear factor crystallizing fear, control, and rigidity. It all depends on how we act or react to these energies.
The first degree of Libra is "A butterfly made perfect by a dart through it." This is said to be a degree of pure potentiality as it is conditioned through imagination. We are told this degree contains "elements of individual consciousness emerging from primordial formlessness," and wisdom deriving from our willingness to embrace new experiences.
We are told the keyword for this degree is ARTICULATION, and when positive, it offers us "awakening to the need for some more whole-souled focus of character." Rudhyar says it is a degree of a "symbolic death that is initiation into spiritual reality and wisdom," "sudden awakening," and "craving for inner light." Also that it is one of "the immortal archetypal reality that a perfect and dedicated life reveals."
So this conjunction between Mars and Saturn falls on a degree of actional transfiguration, of being "made sacred" so that we can live some form of archetypal reality perfect for our Higher Self. That doesn't mean it will be easy. But it will show us elements of our immortality.
Whenever Mars and Saturn conjunct, it begins a new cycle of Saturn being triggered by Mars lasting a little over 2 years. It blends the areas ruled by Mars with those of Saturn, and shows us the pulses of changes associated with Saturn.
Thus our Aries and Scorpio sectors and planets are now merged with our Capricorn and Aquarius sectors in the Libra house in our chart. The house where this conjunction falls will be the one where we work through our Saturn issues, using Mars experiences.
Mars conjunct Saturn shows us the beginnings of a more balanced way to express our Saturn. Mars opposed Uranus shows we should take nothing for granted, expect the unexpected, and learn how to express our uniqueness and enthusiasm with more skill. Mars-Uranus aspects can be extraordinarily liberating, if we don't allow eccentricity or willfulness to jam the gears.
Mars opposed Jupiter shows we must not get involved in disputes that only deflect us, and refuse all that is petty or petulant while finding forms of a new life to begin to express in our lives. Mars square Pluto shows the need to keep "out of control" energies in balanced check, and get free of corrosive, dishonest, or extreme elements that have hit their upper limit.
So take care. Shore up your defenses against extreme and/or destructive energies. See the new roles coming to the surface of your life, and refuse to dance with all that would control or destroy your Divine Self emerging. This is a time for caution, for inventiveness, for individuation, and for moving into a new way of Being.
Find the right "containers" to protect your fresh dreams and activities pointing you toward a more liberating future. Be guarded, but not defensive. Be careful, but do not clutch as what is leaving, nor hesitate when it's time to act on your own behalf. Expect arguments involving "pros and cons" for a few months to come while closing what needs closing.
The new is here. The Now is here. What roles are you willing to live?
© Copyright 2010 Robert Wilkinson