Mars Direct – Inflammatory

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

Effective Dates: June 29th- September 28th, 2016 (next Retrograde June 2018)

“Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.” 
― Sigmund Freud

Cards: 6 of Pentacles, 2 of Cups, Knight of Pentacles

Last night I attended a vigil for the souls lost at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The vigil was held at a popular LGBT nightclub in Denver called Tracks, and we were patted down and had dogs sniff us before we entered the premises. It gave me mixed feelings. The guard who patted me down had a familiar face. I had seen her pretty much every time I had frequented this nightclub, dancing away the worries of the week in a place I felt was safe. A place I felt we call came to release our frustrations and and find joy was attacked. I remember talking to Helios the morning we heard about the shooting and he brought up how it could have been me or him lying on that floor as we frequent queer night clubs all the time. I tried to keep these thoughts at bay as I stared at the hundreds of people before me.

The guard said to me, “Okay honey, you are good to go, have fun… no…” and she cringed and shook her head, “I’m sorry, I’m so use to saying that.” I saw tears well up in her eyes.

Viscous violence with undertones of unconscious forces ripping a part an entire community… that was the intent. But what the shooter actually did was bring the LGBT community closer together. We are a tight knit group of individuals who have been through much hardship our entire existences. We fight oppression and hate every single day, and we always understand that coming together is what brings us strength when hot headed violence is on the table.

So 2 of Cups… Why the 2 of cups? I have been staring at this reading for hours without being able to write a thing. Mars is going direct in the sign of Scorpio, both energies speaking of impulsive and severe actions. We have gone weeks with Mars torturing us in retrograde; rattling us with repressed anger and pummeling our drive. Now the inertia kicks in and everything is being driven to the surface. Why the 2 of Cups? The 2 of Cups represents love, compassion, spilling of lifeblood into each others cups and seeing yourself in others.

Couple this Mars direct with Neptune retrograde and you have a dangerous mixture. Things we have been repressing, deluding ourselves about, are surfacing. Denial and frustration do nothing but settle in the deepest, darkest parts of ourselves and corrupt our soul. They emerge in destructive ways that severe a relationship, a community, a country, the world. The answer to dealing with these intense emotions brought on by the planet of war, we must open ourselves up to the ones who are closest to us and disclose our emotional state. It is hard to fight a battle in your own head. It is harder still for those you love to deal with the destructive actions brought on by inability to communicate frustrations.

The 6 of Pentacles shows us that we do not have the entire truth. We must share with others in order to obtain parts of the truth. As I mentioned in our Neptune Retrograde post, it is vital that we share our experiences with our fellow humans. You cannot intellectualize people’s lives. You do not know the pain that they go through, you do not know what their repression or their struggles. If only one community has a monopoly on the public dialogue, then exploitation is the natural outcome.

What about the Knight of Pentacles as our warning? Well, the Knight of Pentacles doesn’t give up. He is the most steadfast of the Knights; loyal, obedient, realistic, and thorough. He trudges on no matter what hardship he faces. We must do this. Don’t let the anger and out-lashing of others at this time give you pause from your work. Don’t worry – the inertia of Mars switching into direct will vanish and Mars will stumble back into more lighthearted (yet still not anymore controlled) Saggo. Keep on keeping on. The warning that comes with this Knight is against obsession, stubbornness, and closing oneself off from the rest of the world.

We cannot retreat back into our shells and let those with dead hearts exploit our heightened emotional state for their causes. Be this because of the current political climate and the groups that will be vying to make a tragedy into a tool for their agenda, or be this people in your own life who will manipulate the heightened emotions of Mars switching direct to push you. Center yourself. Bring to yourself the positive aspects of the Knight of Pentacles and center yourself. When people are reactive, truth comes out. You wont like what you hear from people at this time, but you must stay centered and reach out with love and do so steadfast. Ground yourselves. Find activities that bring you in tune with your body. Don’t let the turmoil knock you off of your path.

I love you all.


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