Have you felt like you have been grinding away
through the winter, chugging along with the daily routine of your
life? Are current relationships, or lack of relationships, holding
you back from expressing your inner passions and creativity? If so,
get ready for a change as sensual Venus and passionate Mars give you
an energetic revitalization between March and July.
| Mark Dodich
Venus represents love, sharing, harmony, luxury items, art, and
real estate. Mars represents your ambitions, assertiveness, sexuality,
and expressing the warrior within. Together, they help you to manifest
relationships, jobs, and a comfortable place to live. The spiritual
tone is that Venus helps you to flow in beauty and harmony, while
Mars helps you take the highest actions to manifest altruistic goals.
Venus will be retrograde in pioneering Aries from March 8 - April
19. Mars will be retrograde in adventurous Sagittarius between May
11 and July 19. It is unusual for these two relationship planets
to turn retrograde at nearly the same time.
The term, retrograde, means that the planets provide an optical
illusion that they are moving backwards in the sky. During this
cycle, you must focus on new ways to assert your ambitions to increase
harmony in your life. Retrograde periods require you to revise attitudes,
beliefs, and behaviors that are no longer in your Highest Good.
March through July stimulates you to re-ignite your flames of passionate
enthusiasm. Mars, in randy Sagittarius, is ready for a new adventure.
Venus, in independent and courageous Aries, says that it is time
to strike out in new directions. Open yourself to taking bold new
steps to manifest your desires.
The combination of these two relationship planets in fiery signs
adds up to a restless Spring.
You are ready to release less-than-fulfilling relationships, jobs,
and activities. Retrograde cycles motivate you to make a behind-the-scenes
plan to reach your next goal. Instread of rushing into the next
relationship or the next job, give yourself until July to really
understand what you want and need. Projects initiated too quickly
during a retrograde cycles are notorious for needing to be reworked
after the planets move direct (forward) again.
If you are a Sun sign, or have planets in the fire signs (Aries,
Leo, Sagittarius) or air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius), you will
be stimulated to seek new adventures and new relationships. Fire
and air element signs tend to increase their enthusiasm when new
possibilities are on the horizon.
Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) and earth signs (Taurus,
Virgo, Capricorn) may feel uncomfortable as you are kicked out of
your safe little rut. You are being called to "let go, and
let God" as you open to those yet unknown possibilities.
Either way, this Spring is ripe for revitalizing your lust for
life. Now is the time to give your head, heart, and physical environment
a good Spring-cleaning. Although this article is looking at Venus
and Mars retrograde from a relationship perspective, there are several
other ways to look at it.
You may simply find this an opportune time to polish your personal
image, be it in wardrobe, physical appearance, or toning your body
for summer. Others will want to re-do their resume, brochures, or
product packaging. You can plan a special vacation or relocation.
Begin to make yourself available for romance or new career opportunities.
As you can see, the heightened energies of Venus and Mars are working
to help you to enhance your life. You are being stimulated to step
away from activities, relationships, and behaviors that dampen your
passion for life. Now is the time to begin a fresh and optimistic
approach to manifesting your heart's desires and worldly goals.
In short, it is time to remember your passion for life. Try something
new between March and July. You have an opportunity to manifest
something - or someone - that will reinvigorate your creative expression.
Above all, enjoy the process!
Mark Dodich has been an Astrologer and Intuitive Counselor since
1980. He is past president of the Oregon Astrological Association
and provides consultations and workshops internationally. Call for
his free newsletter 503.252.1558 or visit his website at www.europa.com/~mardo/astromark.html