stop the presses, you guys.
Did you know that astronaut’s hearts become more spherical in space??! There’s obviously a whole host of health problems associated with the phenomena that need to be worked out before long space flights become a real possibility, but think of the poetic ramifications.
in space, unmoored from the earth, in orbit only to the Sun and all the stars our hearts change shape, become like planets.
Astrologically the Sun rules the heart, it’s the molten hot core of who we are, beating out our pulses like tiny solar flares as we orbit those we love and they orbit us.
This makes me feel like stars
This video has been making the rounds on my Facebook feed for the past couple days, and with good reason. It’s a perfect clarion call for Mars in Libra and the Fight for Love. What does love look like? Is it white? Is it black? Is it straight? Is it Christian? Or is it something else, is it something that doesn’t recognize the rigid categories or stratification that our puny human minds want to lay on it?
What is it to fight for love?
Put down your weapons and pick up your hearts, dear ones.
Be generous, be bold, and be loving.
My girl Chani and I sat down Friday night to have a little chat about this month, because April is HOT HOT HOT. Truly, you guys, April is full of SERIOUS astrology. And Chani and I had some stuff to get off our chests because we are of the opinion that the only way out is through and we wanted to give you a heads up on how to deal with it.
We spend the first half talking a bit about the actual astronomical configurations that go into making this month one to remember but if you’re not interested in all that and you just want to know the skinny or the takeaway, then tune in around the 6:40 mark, ’cause that’s when we start to talk about what you can expect and how to frame the experience to get the most out of it.
Somewhere in there I mention that the Uranus Pluto Square forms for the last time next May, but it’s not May, it’s next March, so don’t worry, Precious Treasures, this revolutionary energy won’t last THAT much longer. We can do it.
…& yes, Chani and I will be producing a video every month from now on and no, we are not going to change our name, we really are Saturn’s Bitches, because we swear like sailors, we’re stern and terribly hard on ourselves, we often wear black, we’re late bloomers, and we’re very very very serious you guys. Seriously. Except when we’re not, but you might not know until Chani makes me start laughing and mess up the audio. Which is bound to happen at least once every time we shoot one of these damned things. Sorry about that, but it can’t be helped.
Peace out, my darlings! Good luck this month and may Saturn be with you! <3
In whatever way you come to me
in that way
shall I appear to you
-the Bhagavad Gita
I’ve got a lot of Libras on my hands right now either going through the ringer or just so damned hopped up on adrenaline they’re about to jump out of their skin. Not just Libra Suns, but Moons, Ascendents, and one poor dear with Venus in Libra in the 7th house. Of course, it’s this ruddy awful Mars retrograding in Libra that’s doing them in (well, that’s what I’m blaming it on, anyway).
I want to take a moment to chill with you, my darling darlings. Let’s take a deep breath together. I have some things I want to say to you.
You mad crazy romantic, you relentless optimist, you gorgeously generous lover, you are my favorite. SHHH DON’T TELL ANYONE.
I know, I know, you’ve over-extended yourself. AGAIN. You’ve bit off more than you can chew and no one seems to appreciate it. AGAIN. The people in your life are not doing what they’re supposed to be doing and they are not letting you help them, dammit. Worse, the people you count on the most are the ones most likely to irritate the bejesus out of you these days. Or maybe there’s just one person in your life who is super duper frustrating and all your powers of reconciliation and diplomacy are failing you somehow. wtf is up with that?!
Let’s take another deep breathe …In with the good air …and out with the bad.
Listen closely, Golden Hearts, because I’m going to tell you a secret and it’s a good one. And the best thing is, if you learn this now you won’t have to come back and learn it again later.
You’re a lover, not a fighter, but that doesn’t always work out so well for you, does it? Be honest, sometimes you compromise to the point where you don’t get a damned thing you really want and you just give it all up in the name of “peace” and “harmony.” The problem is, Libra, that when you compromise that much there’s no harmony, there’s just you holding the damned bag and the other person with all the candy. If you want real harmony, real peace, than you’ve got to be willing to put yourself on the line and say what you really want, name that thing that is really important to you and fucking ask for it.
The trick here is that you’ve got to do so without any expectation. And this is hard for you, because you listen so damned hard to others. You do your best to give them what they ask for, so to ask for something and not get it back is excruciating. But it isn’t their responsibility to make sure you get what you ask for any more than it’s yours to make sure they get what they ask for. You take that responsibility on because …well, because you’re a Libra and it’s just your nature, but make no mistake, just because you took on that responsibility doesn’t make it yours. You’re not a God, Libra (well, maybe a little bit to me, you sexy beast, but I’ve got a Libra Moon, I’m probably biased).
This period of time has to do with fighting for love, which is a.) an oxy moron, and b.) really really hard to do, because it means making yourself vulnerable and that’s just SCARY. It’s gonna take something. But let’s face it, Libra, if anyone can do it, it’s you. Here’s the deal, the planet Mars is bringing a fight to your door, but that restless angry energy tumbling around in you right now will release once you commit unconditionally to something you feel powerfully about and Libra is all about love and beauty.
This other person or people that you are confronted with right now are not the real enemy, Libra. The enemy is not outside you, it’s within you. This is hard to see, but once you’ve seen it, it’s unavoidable. It’s no good fighting for peace and harmony for both parties if both parties aren’t fighting for the same thing. If you find yourself in a situation where your needs are not being met don’t wait for the other person to magically get it. It may be obvious to you, but why would it be obvious to them if you haven’t said anything? Not everyone listens the way you do, honey. It’s special what you do, if everyone did it, it wouldn’t be special. Own that shit. Don’t wait for someone else to listen to you. You listen to you.
That Libra Venus in the 7th house I mentioned earlier just broke up with her boyfriend and lost a close girlfriend because she took a stand that her friend quit drinking. She’s suffering right now because she wants to only have mutually loving joyful feelings between herself and others, but her love has matured and she can’t support destructive behavior or partners that don’t give as much to her as she gives to them. She had to take a stand for the kind of love she believes in and these two people couldn’t meet her there. She’s sad, but she did the right thing.
She’s not feeling love from others right now and it’s painful, because she’s having to generate it all herself and right now her love is looking a lot like a giant NO and that doesn’t feel like love to her. But the truth is, it’s the best kind of love she can offer those two right now. Years ago I had to cut an alcoholic friend out of my life. I just couldn’t pretend to be OK with watching him destroy himself anymore, I loved him too much to help him write that story. It was really hard because he was profoundly hurt by it and there was no way to explain to him that I’d never loved him more than I did in the moment of saying goodbye. Sometimes loving someone means cutting them loose.
The trick here is to make yourself vulnerable. You’ve got to stop trying to be what other people want you to be, stop trying to be a “good” girl or boy. You’ve got to get all the way inside your own heart and be willing to listen. Libra is good at listening to others, you’re good at hearing what they want. Now you’ve got to listen for what you want and be willing to express it. And to do that you may have to risk losing something you value. But are false friendships or what people may think of you really more important to you than being yourself? Now is no time for blaming other people for your circumstances, Libra. Identify what you want and make a request or a demand. Be bold. Be generous. Be loving. Be fearless.
Be willing to lose.
This may sound strange, but I SWEAR it’s true: every single time I’ve broken my heart it’s just expanded in the end. It’s like a series of nesting dolls in reverse. You break the first one and you’ve actually got more room than before. Maybe at some point we can break the last one and just be free.
I’m game, Libra. Are you?
Sigh. I’ve been avoiding writing this because I’M SAD, YOU GUYS. Will’s DEAD.
Seriously, wtf. I feel like he’s the first casualty of this Uranus Pluto square. My Facebook feed is going off with examples of political unrest in foreign countries and that earthquake the other night rattled my cage something chronic, but when Will actually DIED on The Good Wife last week – well, it was my first friend to actually be felled by this transit.
I know, I know, he’s a just tv friend, but I take those pretty seriously, and I really really loved Will. Remember when he got all ragey and Plutonic when Alecia left the firm at the beginning of the season? Of how ’bout when he started sleeping with that rocker chick he picked up at the bar and gunning for Alecia’s new firm like he was gonna bury them six feet deep?
Well, those were the days, my friends. The only person getting buried six feet deep now is him. Because of all my apocalyptic anxiety (Pluto conjunct my Sun, yo) I can’t help but worry this is foreshadowing of the worst kind in terms of what to expect next month when the Cardinal Cross hits us, but then I think DON’T BE RIDICULOUS, it’s just a tv show, you ninny hammer.
But seriously, nobody else die, OK, you guys? Can’t we just make a pact or something?
Today the Moon joined up with Mars in Libra and Disney released the third trailer for Maleficent. Angelina Jolie looks even better in this one than she did in the others, because this time she’s got wings, and I love it. Jolie has Moon conjunct Mars natally, but in Aries, so this Mars retrograde’s gotta be hitting her in some way, I wonder if we’ll ever find out what it is. I liked this trailer, it’s the first one that hints at any sort of sympathetic back story for her character, as messy a maternal role model as a retrograde Mars can muster. On May 30th, when the film releases, Mars will be direct and opposing her natal Mars within a degree. It’s curious because one of the things she is famous for is being a mother, and this character is so distinctly non-maternal, but very Mars. I’m interested to see how it plays out for her.
“Amid the chaos of that day, when all I could hear was the thunder of gunshots, and all I could smell was the violence in the air, I look back and I’m amazed that my thoughts were so clear and true, that three words went through my mind endlessly, repeating themselves like a broken record: you’re so cool… you’re so cool… you’re so cool…”
True Romance was released on September 10, 1993 with Mars at 19 degrees Libra conjunct Jupiter at 18 and sextiling Venus at 17 Leo. I know, I know, I’m the one sounding like a broken record, but it’s true, you guys. Mars in Libra isn’t just about detriment and shock and horror. It’s also about fighting for love, for romance, for being true to your heart. I’m not saying it’s gonna be easy, but keep your eyes on the prize, it just might be worth it.
I had too much caffeine this morning. At one point I caught myself smiling at someone so broadly he actually jumped back a little. You’d think there’s nothing wrong with a good mood and some pep, but I’ve found a little goes a long way.
I think this video captures what I’m talking about perfectly. I can’t tell if Ann Margret is sexy, cute, or just a little bit scary. Just for fun I looked up her chart and ho boy, would you believe she had a 12th house stellium in Taurus?! Like FIVE planets, you guys. All squared by Mars in Aquarius in the 9th. I’ll bet she’s a titan when she gets mad.
Still, it’s a good reminder of what can happen when Venus and Mars get together. It’s not all tears and torture, you know, sometimes sparks SPARKLE.
There are so many things I like about this video, and I recommend you watch it full size. I don’t live in a walking city, I live in a driving city, but it’s the same damned thing only dangerous. Seeing the battle “feet on the ground” as it were, makes it even harder to ignore the essential point. What are we fighting for? Who exactly are we railing against?
Truly the question of the hour as Mars retrogrades through Libra. Stay safe, Precious Treasures! Fight the good fight, the one worth fighting. Be brave. Be strong. Don’t be in such a race to win that you forget how to fight not only fair, but for fair.
via Homeless Monsters
I’ve found my theme song for Mars retrograding through Libra. The hard parts anyway, the bits that tear at my Libra Moon and leave me feeling raw. Of course it’s Johnny Cash – who knew more about true love and ruination? …of course it turns out he was born with Venus in Aries, so he knew a little something about fighting for love, which is the conundrum that faces us all now.
This is really part of a longer post I will start writing tomorrow, but in brief, so far what’s coming up for me is my insatiable need for acknowledgement and love. I just want to be liked. What I’m looking at is what happens when that doesn’t happen. I’m choosing to see this retrograde period as an opportunity to give up needing approval from others and generating it myself, independently of external circumstance. What would my life be like if I wasn’t so worried about what other people thought of me? How much stronger would my love be?
How far could I carry you then?
Did I ask too much
More than a lot
You gave me nothing
Now it’s all I got
But we’re not the same
Hurt each other
Then we do it again
Love is a temple
Love a higher law
Love is a temple
Love the higher law
You ask me to enter
But then you make me crawl
And I can’t be holding on
To what you got
When all you got is hurt
You got to do what you should
With each other
But we’re not the same
We get to
Carry each other
Carry each other