Integrity by Peter Jackson
The Eros aspect of Mars relates to the instinctual uprush of desires we feel at springtime and in youth. The pure response of Nature! As we grow older, we recognize this feeling each Spring, when more light in our days banishes Winter's darkness. Our life-force is renewed along with the rest of Creation. Under patriarchy, trying to "tame the instincts' repressed and twisted them so badly that they turned the life-engendering desires of Eros into depravity, and a mighty archetype into a petulant child god. We need to re-define our terms. We need both the imagination of the deep feminine and the fine discernment of the strong masculine to unite in true desire and deep love.
I discovered as I got older that the baby boomers--yes my generation--want to stay young forever and they think to do it by holding on to the desires of their youth. This is not the way to go, people. As we get older, there are different joys and desires that are much more satisfying. Each age of life has different personal priorities and goals, as well as larger, social concerns. Mars is the masculine power to achieve those priorities and goals. Since Mars is a masculine god, his great gift to men is Integrity.
"Integrity is a concept of consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles and outcomes." (Wikipedia) When men are empowered, they stand in their integrity, their honesty, their Truth, their honor, their reliability.
When Venus and Mars unite in the fiery rays of the Sun, you know that this new energy is important to bring into consciousness. The sacred lovers declare, "Be who you are, love who you are, act out of who you are." While common knowledge would say that Mars is more powerful then Venus here in his own sign of Aries, our Mars is "clothed in the Sun' and is consciously uniting with his Lady Wisdom, his inner guidance and spiritual yearnings.
Remember, Venus and Mars know how to make love! Under the light of the Pisces Balsamic Moon, their lovemaking will be filled with great imagination and great compassion for each other. Their sacred sexuality grounds in these new energies in our bodies. Pay attention to your 2nd/sacral and 4th/heart chakras. What feelings and images are arise there?
The Sacred Marriage by Emily Balivet
These planetary energies have just been renewed through the Piscean waters of loss and healing, the fiery transmutation of joining the Aries Sun, and the cultural jolting and re-visioning of the Uranus/Pluto square. Their lovemaking tonight could remake the world! Let them renew your hope and love, so that at the Aries New Moon, you'll plant the heritage seeds of your own future, rather than the GMO seeds of patriarchal compliance.
The Sabian symbol for the union of Venus and Mars at 20* Aries is: Two beautiful white swans feeding in a shimmering lake. The archetypal image of romantic love and companionship, swans have ever been symbols of sublime beauty, poetic inspiration and devoted love. An ancient totem of beauty, the Swan awakens the power and beauty of the Self, our spiritual essence. A herald of new realms and new powers, Swan teaches us how to see our own and others' inner beauty. Swans are sacred to Aphrodite/Venus and have ever been the totem of the poet, mystic and dreamer. Swans mate for life, and so they symbolize the power to see with the eyes of Love. First see and love yourself so you can see and love another. And then dream big!
The Aries New Moon
The Aries New Moon occurs on Wednesday April 10th at 2:36 am PDT/ 5:36 am EDT/ 9:36 am GMT.
Aries New Moon 2012 by Cathy Pagano/Kepler
The Sabian symbol for the Sun and Moon at 21* Aries is: A pugilist, flushed with strength, enters the ring. This is a symbol of physical and even sexual strength and confidence. There's also a sense of self-reliance, which is a positive Aries trait. This image calls us to enter the ring of life and take a stand for what we believe in, with the self-confidence to know you can win.
The collective mind (Mercury in Pisces along with Neptune and Chiron/Jupiter in Gemini) is stirring, opening to a larger perspective. This is the new Moon to plant the seeds of your future Self and our collective future. Jupiter is at 14* Gemini: Two people, living far apart, in telepathic communication. The ability to telepathically communicate with others is not reserved for a special few. We have an inner psychicnet that connects our collective mind. And Mercury at 25* Pisces: After drastic reforms, a purified clergy officiates anew. A new spiritual revival is indicated, with a rededication of the collective to spiritual values.
Pluto begins its yearly retrograde on April 12 at 12* Capricorn: In an old diamond mine, a showcase displaying and explaining crystalline structures. This symbol speaks to the basic structures of life, whether the natural laws of the cosmos or the archetypal patterns within the psyche. The diamond mind in Buddhism is the enlightened mind. Pluto stops at this threshold of knowledge and teaching to go back over some steps me might have missed. Pluto will turn back to direct motion at 9* Capricorn on September 20, 2013--a few days before the Autumn Equinox.
Uranus in Aries and Saturn in Scorpio form a quincunx (150* angle) on April 12th as well, causing some frustration. The rub comes when we awaken to our new story (Uranus) and discover we still have some emotional hang-ups to resolve. Once again, emotional wounds want to teach us about the world, not keep us from the world. Understand what they taught you and then find ways to integrate that understanding in your new image of yourself.