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Mars direct: shedding old skins

Mars direct Metamorphosis by Saad Moosajee.

With Mars direct since June 29, after a 71 day retrograde from Sagittarius into Scorpio, we’re being called upon to answer an important question about our state of being and consciousness: have I let go of what is letting go of me or am I fighting to maintain conditions I really don’t want because it is established, known and what I’ve always done?

As Mars direct leaves its shadow period (23° Scorpio to 8° Sagittarius) on August 22 to align with Saturn at 9° this question will become more and more compelling.

Significant dates in the Mars Retrograde/Mars Direct cycle

  • April 18 to June 29 – Mars retrograde
  • June 29 – Mars direct
  • June 29 to August 22 – Shadow period
  • August 23 – Mars direct aligns with Saturn at 9 degrees Sagittarius

The significance of Mars direct aligning with Saturn is in the growing consciousness of how our actions pave the roads we walk on. As we become more aware of how our emotions fuel our actions, we start to connect the dots between how our emotional stories work to create the reality we unconsciously protect and unconsciously create… until we are conscious of our part in creating the reality we want to experience and see.

We become conscious of this work when we are faced with conditions that are unpleasant or unwanted – and we must ask ourselves at that point “What am I doing to contribute to this? How do I feel about what is leaving or breaking apart? How am I fighting to keep it still against a deeper, soul urging to see its release? What am I really afraid of?” Once we are clear about these questions, Mars direct helps us take action.

With Mars direct, our conscious moves in forward motion, too. And to take a step forward is to leave aspects of our self behind. Can you let these aspects go? Can you shed the skin you no longer need in order to mature into who you have always been in the process of becoming?

Mars is leaving Scorpio – an archetype of our shadow emotions. Now with Mars direct, can you be honest with yourself about the behaviors you know do not serve you, make you feel poorly and/or cause discomfort in the peace of others around you? Can you find your way to the truth of those emotions so to enlighten their release, as your soul tirelessly works to release you from them?

Are you ready to Meet Yourself during Mars direct?

I am enchanted with the planetary alignments these days. It is a cosmological ballet where each move feeds into the next and where fluidity and perseverance create the stories held in sync to every movement of the dancer. Interestingly, the Sabian symbol for the Mars/Saturn alignment is “a theatrical representation of a golden haired goddess of opportunity.” There is creative significance in what is being externalized from within your consciousness.

It is and always has been “your show” but it is the difference between an artist who is connected through inspiration and a quiet knowing of who they are and an artist who is connected through recognition, approval and praise; one is sustained from within and their show is magnetic, the other requires participation of an audience. However, only those inspired accomplish both with relative ease and those who show up for your performances only enhance your art, your message, your Source.

As Mars direct passes over Saturn, both will square Neptune/South Node in Pisces and the North Node in Virgo. Action paired with Consciousness (Mars/Saturn) is ripe for the metamorphosis (Neptune) of our Past (South Node) through the clear recognition (Virgo) of our right and true self/path/journey (North Node) in this world.

Are you ready to Accept Yourself during Mars direct?

Every Desire. Every Feeling. Every Thought. They all move and merge into the dynamics of the emotions you experience and the stories you tell as a result. Mars direct through Scorpio and Sagittarius brings your shadow into the light for you to accept, understand, clear and heal – not just for you, but for others as well. To bring light to shadow is the basis of Emotional Freedom and where one accepts freedom in and of themselves, those near and far are granted its blessing, as well.

And in that freedom, you realize change is not the enemy. Change is the Soul’s Natural GPS. Our Desire (Mars) is the catalyst for all change and to align our feelings and our thoughts in acceptance of what we want and who we want to be, is to change the very story we tell about ourselves – and the very reality we live and experience. Mars direct aligned with Saturn helps us call this into being.

Each and every one of you are connected to a Source that this Saturn/Neptune Transit is bringing up and out of your subconscious and Mars, our planet of desire and action, is forward focused on that transformation. All that no longer serves you through shadow (Scorpio) is being released and with perseverance and the fluidity to change your mind, you will move into your truth (Sagittarius) – and the story that has been unfolding in perfect union with time and space – will be, maybe for the first time, appear to be Unwritten and ripe with potential.

And it is. We are always in a state of becoming; always approaching a blank page, always shedding our skins. This is the constancy we crave. Mars direct gives our desires permission to be and forges acceptance of the process. Move into the stream of your being, and learn to enjoy the dance to music only you can hear, but is in resonance with all of humanity.

We are all Stars – in every sense of the word. Feel it, Know it, Create it into Being. Rinse. Repeat.

Sending love to all on this Journey, Rose

Mars direct Rose is a Reiki Master/Teacher and Practising Astrologer for over 15 years. Immersed in the healing arts, her focus on Energy Healing and Astrology facilitates a deeper understanding of how to improve Mental Health and Physical Well-being. She lives and practises near Toronto, Ontario. Enjoy her website Healing Everyday with Reiki.

How are you experiencing Mars direct?

Many people will have experience Mars direct as a burst of new energy with a strong desire to get things happening. However Mars is still moving very slowly in its shadow phase and there may be a feeling of frustration when things don’t move as quickly or smoothly as we would like. How have you been experiencing this transit? What challenges have you encountered? Please share your thoughts below.

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17 Comments on Mars direct: shedding old skins

  1. This article made me think of myself and the person I am in front of different people. Who can I really be myself with, let down the mask with?

    In my time so far, I’ve had to hide myself from e.g. boyfriends, since I seem to feel very vulnerable about showing this side of myself to another. I’m a bit afraid of being naked with another human being, because they will only hurt me at some point in the future. So, I tried to really FEEL who I was, what I what, and how this “side” of myself is always hidden away, especially with a boyfriend. I’m aware that this person in me, like a real scorpio – will probably be my most intimate and personal side, and thus Scorpios don’t like to show their belly. (That’s why the Universe gave the Scorpios all that reputed sex drive I guess as to force them into opening themselves up to another I guess :P)

    Alas, the curious fact is, every aspect of myself I think of, seems overlayed with a supuerficial layer so as to not feel the hurt inside. And these areas my mind is touching, hurts. My nind kinda “shy away” from touching because it is painful. So yeah, some shedding seems to be in order. But that requires trust and honesty. And I don’t know if I can do that right now… But I guess I gotta try.

    • Thank you for your comment, Annette. You have such wonderful insight into your self and that is sometimes the hardest step any of us take! All trust and honest belongs and circles back to you – it is never about if anybody else can accept you – because when we are strong in accepting ourselves, we recognize those who cannot and will be drawn to those that can. Your purpose and light are always bigger than any shadow you hold – take care! xo

    • Before the Mars direct I was propelled me into a dark place and confronted my shadow side I wasn’t aware of. I sunk into depression which affected family members and my relationship as it is passing through my 4th house as is Saturn. Now Mars is direct I am slowly become more aware and taking action. I don’t like the negative characteristics that has been presented I am a sun Scorpio. I was in denial that these were aspects of my shadow side. However I am learning to intergrate this side of me and am more accepting that I have these qualities yes but my better qualities are there too. It’s been a tough time with this shadow work. Thank his Astrology has given me an understanding of what has been going on. MariAnna

  2. Dear Faith, Thank you for the very useful info on Mars and helping us understand the meaning of Mars now going direct. It’s so good that people like you give so much of your time to send this info out for free and I really appreciate all the help we can get in this transformational time. Love and light x

  3. Saverne // July 28, 2016 at 1:45 pm //

    Mars and Saturn will be on the ruler of my 7th at 9° Sag… they will activate a kite as they’re right on ‘the spine’ but it hasn’t been easy… not sure what’s next but fresh start sounds good to me

    • Thank you for your comment, Saverne. Our soul’s are divine navigators of everything that comes next – connecting with your truth in relationships, defining yourself and acting through that definition can allow you to release what no longer serves you. Don’t be afraid to let anything go that needs to go!

  4. Anette, your comment – posted at 1:11 – seems to signal a new beginning. On a more relevant note, I can really relate to your experience of Mars direct as a shedding of old skin(s) in the form of becoming more open and trusting of people, especially romantic partners, and becoming attuned to Universe’s intentions for us. All throughout the Mars retrograde period, I kept reflecting on the nature of my “shadow” and how I let it hold me back from truly living. I also wondered what it will take for me to accept myself and others just as I am and as they are. The transformation in that vein is yet incomplete, but it’s encouraging to learn that Mars direct, interacting with Saturn, in Sagittarius will likely empower us on our personal journeys of recognizing and unconditionally embracing ourselves. Thanks for this inspiring article, Rose!

    • Thank you for your comment, Anh! I noticed the time posted at 1:11 too! What will it take for you to accept yourself? You. Often times, we make it harder than it needs to be by dragging all of the opinions/beliefs that others hold of us, as though they have a say in whether we accept ourselves, or not. They simply do not. Sagittarius encourages the innate connection to ourself and the Source of all that is (however you choose to define it)and through that, it is Only Acceptance that will flow to and through us. Take a deep breath and know that however you stand at this moment, is perfectly fine and exactly where you need to be in order to get to where you want. Take care! xo

  5. Great post Faith and Rose! Thank You. I have been very affected by Mars in Scorpio going retrograde over the last several months, as it has been transiting my 2nd house Moon at 29 degrees 55 minutes Scorpio, which not only is square my 5th house Venus-Jupiter conjunction in Aquarius but is also in a yod–a tight quincunx with my Uranus in Cancer in the 9th house and Mercury in Aries in the 7th. . . . Many security issues attached to ancient emotions contending with the way I look and dress, and perform as a teacher of the wisdom tradition and travel in the universe. Since Mars went direct I have not been able to move, although when it was retrograde I would be out bicycling for several hours a day. . Reading your post confirms a lot of what I have been going through. Time to shed it all! . . Lots more to say but enough. . Thank You both again. Big HUgs and Blessings from Koh Samui

    • Thank you for your comment, Hillary. You also have some amazing insight into your own chart. Honor any “downtime” your body is trying to give you. Energetically, this is an overall transformative time and there is just as much value in doing “nothing” than when we are active and/or pushing the boundaries of our mental and physical bodies. In that space, our guidance comes rushing forth and can bridge the acceptance and security you need by reminding you where it has always been – within you. Mercury in Aries in the 7th might indicate to me the evolutionary need to begin asserting your ideas and perception in order to free yourself from the perception of others.

      Feeling secure in that is what Mars direct through Sagittarius is all about for me. Sagittarius wants you to reach higher and shake loose all of the beliefs that do not serve you and Mars says it is okay to let them go! Sagittarius wants to show you that you are connected to something far bigger than yourself, that nobody can ever touch, belittle or take away from you and Mars is saying “Yes, that’s true! Use that connection as your Source of all Security and know that you can trust what you receive mentally.

      Acting on it has always been the most uncomfortable part, because it is unpracticed – but that is the journey we are all on! Much love xo

  6. Iris Barrett // August 3, 2016 at 12:04 pm //

    A wonderful INSIGHTFUL site… THANK YOU A THOUSANT TIMES OVER. I read all your letters avidly as soon as they arrive in the in box.

  7. Hello Faith I have newly joined and am just finding my way around the site as not sure how to join in and integrate into the community. I have tried to upload my picture but have still got my lol comic picture. How do I join in the forum too. Best regards MariAnna

    • I see you have already registered for the forum and you should have been sent a password. Got to https://www.insightastrology.net/forums/ to login, change your profile and get started in the forum. You will find a special welcome thread with many tips and help with frequently asked questions. Good luck and please let me know if you are still having trouble :)

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