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Mars Retrograde, Self-Care During the Uranus-Pluto Square, Neptune to the Rescue!

by Jessica Shepherd January 25, 2012 07:10 PM EST
Mars Retrograde, Self-Care During the Uranus-Pluto Square, Neptune to the Rescue!
I am a Cancer Sun sign and that means proper rest and nourishment, relaxation and time spent in a yin-space  (dreamwork, reading, self-exploration and spirituality) is vital to my vitality and well-being. Since Uranus in Aries began squaring Pluto in Capricorn (and my Sun, Mars and Pluto) this need for R&R has grown exponentially. Astrologically, it makes sense. The collective mood has been considerably bleak.  Sometimes for every one step forward, we seem to take two steps back. I don’t mean to be depressive but, Times are hard. In fact, if someone asked me to right a truthful tagline for this aspect this would be it. And it’s not going away. The square is exact for the first time on June 24 this year (my birthday). Under stress, we need more nourishing activities.
 
There is a silver lining to this cloud. The demanding influences of the times are happening for a reason-- so we can remember the immutable laws of nature, get fed up with the way our humanity and the integrity of the Earth has been compromised, the greed, egoic productivity and ambition to ‘be somebody’ no matter the cost to our health, spiritual life and humanity –the cost being a lack of relationship to these same things.  It's no wonder then that some of our best laid plans are meant to fail right now. We are in such a major transition time that many of us need to realign at our core. To do this we need rest, nature, healing, connection to spirituality and a new vision, which is what Neptune entering Pisces (February 3) will help us do. Neptune entering Pisces is the planetary equivalent of Calgon, Take Me Away… 
 

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Personally, I’ve noticed that my Ego, which likes to be in charge, working on projects and being in control doesn't want to take the back seat to my body, my spiritual and physical life! This realignment has been a process of coming back down to Earth, slowing down, retreat, meditation and deep rest. I have been tired, and I'm not alone. Fellow Astrology.com blogger astrologer & psychic Kay Taylor said in her 2012 newsletter, We are (all) TIRED. Our bodies and our nervous systems are strained to the max so day to day attention and healing is paramount to thrive. She advises balancing activities like yoga, meditation, walks in nature and addressing food sensitivities and toxins. She said other positive things about 2012 like, Great relationships and connections are forming.
 
To all of the above, I say check, check, check. If you've been feeling the Uranus-Pluto stress, Neptune can be a helpful remedy to these hard times.
 
The way I see it, it’s also a great time for Mars in Virgo to go retrograde!Virgo rules health & integration - mental, spiritual, physical and emotional, and retrograde Mars has a Twelfth House spiritual bend to it, emphasizing energetic realignment and focus. Just imagine all those worldly details that will fall by the wayside as we trade juicing recipes with friends and attend book clubs on rainy Sunday afternoons. Imagine all the over-scheduled, busy, hectic lives newly confined to the waiting rooms and the outer wings of the… spiritual retreat center, forced to wait until we’re centered enough to be mindful about what we’re doing. Imagine all those agendas we wanted to push forward, like yesterday, replaced with asanas and deep centering breaths. We’ll be too busy re-centering, realigning our values and cleaning our juicers to let Mars petty annoyances get us down. If we find our self more sensitive to criticism, to our own mistakes, who we’d be if we were only more perfect, it may well be time to do our best and then forgive our self for the rest. Meh. A small price to pay for the help of Mars in Virgo, retrograde.
 
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