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Two Turning Points

Today, August 16th, Mars made a trine to the Sun. A trine is a 150-degree angle and, in traditional astrology, it's seen as an aspect (relationship) that brings ease and promotes a flowing link between the energies of the two planets involved. This trine between the Sun and Mars today marks a turning point as we consider the upcoming Mars retrograde. Here's why.

In her book, Retrograde Planets, Erin Sullivan writes,

Whereas all superior planets are retrograde when in a trine with the Sun, Mars is not. The Sun-Mars trine occurs approximately fifteen to twenty days before Mars stations-retrograde. This alters the quality of Mars' station-retrograde, in that the excitement of potential just prior to its retrogression is often over inflated, resulting in the shocking 'surprise factor' and sudden withdrawal of direct energy. When transiting Mars stations and turns retrograde (on September 9), all externalized drive and focused energy reverses its direction. The daily progress of which one normally takes no note suddenly becomes filled with effort. This is a result of the excitement of the Sun trine about two weeks prior to the station, where an energy flow from the Sun to Mars gives the illusion that everything is moving along quite well. The station can be quite an abrupt phenomenon, creating a cessation of interest, drive, energy and focus in what might have been an important project or relationship prior to the station.

Here's the bottom line:

  • The tendency for the next two weeks is to over-inflate expectations. Adopt a calm and patient attitude. Take a realistic view.

  • Prepare for Mars retrograde by continuing to prioritize and lighten your load where you can.

  • Enjoy life! The transiting Sun through Leo and the upcoming new moon in Leo are reminders to find ways that enhance the pleasure of life. We can do this even as we adopt a relaxed presence knowing that Mars will be retrograde soon.

  • Attitudes that won't work as Mars turns retrograde: jealousy, competitiveness, arrogance, being pushy, demanding, grasping, and hard to please

Tomorrow, August 17th, Mercury conjoins the Sun. Way back when Mercury was retrograde, on June 30th, a new Mercury cycle began. On August 17th, we get to look around and see what has changed since June 30th.

Here are some questions to reflect on:

  • What new ideas have you implemented since June 30th?

  • What have you learned?

  • What needs to be changed or tweaked now as we finish up the Mercury cycle between August 18 and October 24?

Also, be sure to take a moment and congratulate yourself on all of the changes you have made, the innovative steps you've taken, the new ideas with which you've experimented. That's a great way to begin the more reflective, objective part of Mercury's direct cycle that will begin on August 18.

May all beings be at ease!

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