Mars in Pisces

The Dark Moon & Mars Conjunct Neptune

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Shortly after the New Moon, the planet Mars conjoins Neptune in Pisces. The Neptunian energy has been active all week via its square to the New Moon and exacting a square to the Sun just one day before. With hard Neptune aspects this week, things can get unusually hazy.

Yes, hazy thinking is one possibility, but another is the need to question various narratives, truths presented, or all presentations in general. It's easy to deceive on several fronts, but consider the karmic consequences before exploiting that insight. Instead, try to see past the various facades of the moment.

The Mars/Neptune conjunction (exact Dec. 7) has been building since the last week of Nov. and will be in notable orb until Dec. 17. It can be a challenging aspect for any decisive actions. The willful energy of Mars can quite literally evaporate, leaving us uncertain or dumbfounded about what to do or how to correctly handle a situation.

Over the next few days especially, be mindful of the risk of completely missing an intended target, or worse, going on the attack against the innocent. Further, Mars and Neptune meet up shortly after the New Moon and Mercury's direct station. A feeling of newness and possibilities opening up can tempt premature moves.

Mercury still needs to pick up some speed, and within a week, we'll be free of the retrograde shadow. This isn't a moment to completely freeze or indulge in rampant paranoia, but rather to take a moment to breathe and patiently plant the seeds you intend to nurture. The risk for apathy is exceptionally high, and for some, the enticement to give up could be a source of rumination.

Neptune to Mars can gift us with insight which comes when we choose to surrender to what we don't yet know. So, if in doubt, trust that and wait for the haze to clear. Question your desires the remainder of the week, and focus your courage on actively shifting your consciousness, perception, or current crusade. Mindfulness, meditation, and patience could be vital assets.

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Deflation or Inspiration: New Moon in Sagittarius 2018

Photo by Josh Lewis [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html),  CC-BY-SA-3.0  or  CC BY-SA 2.5

Photo by Josh Lewis [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5

New Moon @ 15 Sagittarius 07’

December 6, 2018

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December 7, 2018

3:20 AM New York

7:20 AM London

3:20 PM Beijing

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Every so often, the cosmic landscape synchronizes itself in quite astonishing ways. This month's New Moon is one of those moments, occurring alongside Mercury's direct station and Mars' conjunction with Neptune. Mercury direct is the end of the retrograde period; however, the glitchy, techno-disruptions and communicative failures often cluster around Mercury's stations.

We can anticipate that trend to continue at least a week or so beyond this lunation. But fortunately, solutions and forward progress will be more easily accessible soon enough. And vital new steps can now happen, but caution is still needed. The dark of the Moon is a natural rest and recharge moment, imbued with hesitation and uncertainty. With Mercury's station and Mars conjoining Neptune, there isn't a lot of momentum contained in this New Moon.

For some of us, it can feel like a drain of willfulness, force, or enthusiasm. Low energy, discouragement, and frustrations can emerge in this dark Moon. On the collective level, events which have been building and generating power can seem to have suddenly fallen into obscurity. Mars and Neptune conjoin several hours after this New Moon, adding an element of obfuscation with regards to necessary actions and decisions.

The energy of Sagittarius wants to leap into the unknown, begin planning for an adventure, or assert its vision and ideals onto the world. Neptune's active involvement in this New Moon, plus Mercury's station, can slow the flow of zeal or fury. But that isn't necessarily a bad thing. One of the vital lessons that Neptune offers us is that of patience, but also revealing the limitations of the ego's needs and desires.

The darkest face of this New Moon can tempt us to leap into exciting yet fruitless endeavors. Falling victim to schemes, delusions, and lies are easy. So what can you trust under this lunation? Look beyond yourself, listen to your intuitive hunches, and feel out whether emerging situations align with your highest principles and integrity. Challenge yourself to let go and flow with signs, insights, and omens. Miraculous ideas and opportunities can emerge from the darkness.

The Mars/Neptune square can feel deflating, for sure. Second guess impulses, desires, and assumptions. This new start is likely beyond your control but has the power to enlarge a worldview or perspective, to open the heart to a higher reality beyond the self. Take it easy under these New Moon vibes. Inner frustrations will dissipate as quickly as they emerged, energy and passion will return. This is a fertile lunation for further reflection. Allow the moment to pass and dispense its wisdom and take action in a few days.

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Mars in Pisces & Jupiter

Jessie Eastland [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Jessie Eastland [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Warrior planet Mars has moved on from Aquarius (where it spent the last six months). Now in Pisces, Mars enters into a square aspect with Jupiter in Sagittarius. Playing a dominant role in the upcoming Full Moon in Gemini (Nov. 22), the Mars/Jupiter square can inflame enthusiasm, but also recklessness.

Meandering through Pisces, Mars is prone to wanderlust. This week can be especially tricky in harnessing your passion or excitement towards a specific cause or target. The Full Moon in Gemini this Thursday will only exacerbate this tendency. But this surge of mutability can be helpful for shifting our focus to contemplate possibilities in the blindspots.

Also, consider the need this week to take more than one course of action. But utilize some Mercury retrograde wisdom, which suggests doing extra research and asking critical questions before leaping. If you desperately want a specific outcome or realization at the moment, you'll find this week incredibly frustrating.

However, consider this the season to discover your options, and the choices you didn't know you had. Be sensitive to your environment and cautious with utilizing willfulness and force. Jupiter's upper square to Mars can give some us the illusion of limitless strength or good luck. In reality, there are definite limitations, so don't push your luck too far.

Mars in Pisces & Mercury/Venus Stations

Point Lobos, Carmel, Ca; photo by Chad Woodward, November 2018.

Point Lobos, Carmel, Ca; photo by Chad Woodward, November 2018.

Mars is moving into Pisces this week (Nov. 15) after transiting Capricorn/Aquarius since May of this year. Combined with both Mercury and Venus stations, this week can feel extra packed with activity and new potential. The only caveat: retrograde stations like that of both inner planets Mercury and Venus can create a crossfire of uncertainty and restlessness.

Venus in its home sign Libra dominates this week, and with a Mars/Uranus sextile (before Mars changes signs), all things seductive and alluring are more likely to capture our focus. Mars sextile Uranus, while fleeting, is enough to set off a sudden/spontaneous influx of Eros. Venus' retrograde station seems to overshadow Mercury's retrograde effect, though not entirely.

Yes, the usual techno/mechanical/communicative breakdowns and glitches are likely, and the data influx is incoming. Prepare to alter a plan or perception as you uncover new bits of data or encounter enlightening conversations, but Venus' station in Libra is most auspicious. Venus can shift any pending financial, creative, or relational issue. If you've been stuck on a heart-related matter, some resolution is possible this week.

The standard Mercury retro advice holds, but the benefics Venus and Jupiter in their home signs, seem to mitigate the need to hold back on the action. The reality is that while you may lack clarity about what a result will be or the final destination, vital first steps are possible this week. Mercury's retrograde backtrack through Sagittarius includes a conjunction with expansive Jupiter.

There is a newfound surge of excitement, and the next three weeks can help to reassess or discover some new potential within a pending opportunity. The six weeks of Mars in Pisces involves the paradox of active surrender to the cosmic flow. And at least the next three weeks, rid yourself of urgency and let the next mission reveal itself. Step back, meditate, and bend with life, and the logistics will show up in time.

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