Mars turned retrograde on April 17th in Sagittarius, and has spent a longer-than-usual amount of time in Sagittarius and Scorpio. Today, Mars stations direct, meaning that it begins to move forward again through the zodiac. The direct station is a green light – it’s time to get started on some things you may have put on hold during the retrograde period. Still, with the Moon in its last quarter phase today through Monday, we may honestly feeling more like winding down than starting up. And, the first few days after Mars stations, it will not move forward as fast as it normally does. So, my recommendation is to wait until after July 4th’s New Moon to move full steam ahead on any projects that have been hold. The Last Quarter Moon signals a time of rest, rejuvenation, and retreat – perfect for the July 4th weekend.
If you’d like to know more about Monday’s New Moon in Cancer, I spoke about it in-depth on The Big Séance podcast.
So over the next couple weeks, I am gearing up to take action on a few of the ideas that came to me during Mars’ extended visit to my natal Neptune*. Our Neptune is our ability to connect to our inner world, to explore the imagination. Our Neptune is also what helps us open to creative inspiration. I’ve found that during this Mars Retrograde my imagination has been running non-stop with ideas. However, it has been difficult to make things happen, and I’ve felt tired when I think about taking the first steps. I’ve also experienced confusion about which ideas to follow. I wrote a bit about the tension between dreams and reality here. But my hope is that with Mars moving forward, I’ll have the energy and clarity needed bring these visions down to earth.
So, when I say I’m “gearing up to take action,” here’s what that looks like right now for me. I’m doing some closet-cleaning and clearing of obstacles. I’m re-organizing my office. I’m looking at my task-list and paring it down. I’m scheduling the tasks that are left onto my calendar in an orderly fashion. In other words, I’m clearing the space so that I can move forward with the least amount of distraction possible.
Here are some suggestions for easing back into Mars direct. The following extends through the end of the post-shadow period, August 22nd.
Don’t try to move too fast. You may have been procrastinating on a few things (or if you’re like me, a lot of things.) Ideas have been living in your head but not in reality. The likelihood of overwhelm is strong right now. So, take things one step at a time, and give yourself permission to go slowly at first.
Prioritize your goals. Aim your arrows carefully. Simply put, if you have too many targets you are trying to hit, you won’t hit any of them. Make a list of the things you’d like to create, achieve, or complete within the next six months. Then, choose just your top one or two to start with for the summer. Mars’ direct motion in Scorpio through the end of July supports laser-focus. So don’t pile too much on your plate!
Keep an idea garden. This strategy comes from my friend and colleague Dr. Danielle Cornelius (with whom I created Cycles of Wisdom). We have lots of ideas, dreams, and inspirations. But we can’t take immediate action on all of them, nor should we. But I would always fear that if I didn’t act on an idea, I’d forget it, or it might lose steam. Well, if it loses steam, it’s probably not an idea to pursue. But just so you won’t forget it, dedicate a place on your computer or a special journal where you store these ideas. Just write it down, and let it sprout. Or not. You can check in with it any time to see if it’s grown roots.
My feeling is that with this direct station, we should be able to move forward more freely and with less obstruction to our aims. It is therefore possible to regain a sense of hope and energy that may have been lacking in recent months.
*If you’re born between the years of about 1966 and 1975, you’ve also had Mars spending an extra-long time with your Neptune, passing over it three times between the dates of February 17th and August 22nd of this year.