Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.
“The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy’s not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable.” – Sun Tzu, “The Art of War”
Effective Dates: March 30th- June 27th, 2017
Mmm, the art of war. It is an art form, isn’t it? Each attack is a brush stroke, and each turn in the tide a crescendo in the symphony. Pallas Athene sees this. She is the goddess of strategy, and thus also the goddess of pattern recognition. And she is telling us that right now we must immerse ourselves in the chaos of the world in order to FEEL the patterns. Usually it is much easier to step back and observe what is going on before placing our bets and making our next move. Unfortunately, we do not have this convenience anymore. Pallas understands that we are in the midst of a battle right now that has flooded over our walls, whether we realize it or not. Some of us may see this clearly in our lives right now. The borders that we have placed to keep us safe have let in strife, but it is through engaging with that strife that we will be led to success. Do you trust in yourself? Do you trust in your knowledge? Do you trust in your ability to learn as you do – learn as you play – learn as you fight? Pallas in Aries is asking you to have an agile body, an agile mind, and the flexibility that allows you to change course midway through battle. You’re going to need it. If you are the type that freaks the fuck out when your plans get smashed, then you are going to have one fucking hell of a time.
As Helios mentions, Athene is in detriment when she is in Aries – a sign that is far more engaged than her chilly demeanor allows. She is uncomfortable being forced to pick up a sword and create strategy after every swing instead of placing pieces in a war room and consulting with other intellectuals. Now she has to trust in the intelligence of her body, of her instincts, which can be terrifying for cerebral people. But this is where we are, Heretics, in the midst of a crowd of planets clustered in blood soaked Aries. You have heard us time and time again the past few weeks tell you that you must gear up to act right now. With so many planets going into retrograde right around the fucking corner (ugh, here comes Saturn + Pluto + Mercury retrograde in the coming days to join Jupiter and Venus), we will be left to our own devices. We wont have the command and intelligence of the gods to tell us how we can find victory. Oh no. The gods are literally leaving us smack dab in the middle of a battle field and watching to make sure that we do this shit right (with Uranus and Neptune left to help us – so intuition and flashes of insight – indicating that we really must dig our heels into the moment and listen very intently). This can get very dangerous as tempers fly and people begin to be even more frustrated with their stations in life.
Expect past enemies to make moves, especially the enemies you have that are very frustrated with their lot in life right now. With Uranus/Eris in Aries and Venus in Rx in Aries + Mars in Taurus – they wont be able to chill anymore. You may not know exactly what to defend, so create a bubble of awareness around you. This is your war room – your own aura. You must go with the flow of the energy fields around you right now. Plug right into the waves of life like an Aries, moving as your gut tells you to do so. If you feel a situation is dangerous – if you get prickles on the back of your neck about going somewhere or meeting up with someone – heed this. When people get angry, they lose their head. This is an extremely likely situation during this transit, but you guys have an advantage, Heretics. You are aware that you may lose your head in anger – become confronted with an unexpected battle that leaves you acting without thinking. You must find your peace in battle, warrior, and you must be a zen master ready to throw up a defensive move but with an air of jovial playfulness. If you lose your playfulness and curiosity, you lose your head and you lose the battle.