June Astromusings -The Mars Factor, New Moon in Gemini

Mission to MarsThe fascination for the red planet Mars has long been in the collective unconscious of us Earthlings. There have been many missions to Mars some failures and some successes. Since 1996, Mars exploration has undergone a Renaissance, with data from four orbiters and four landed missions developing a revolutionary new view of Mars as an Earth-like world with a complex geologic history. Richard Branson-and-Virgin-GalacticThe British entrepreneur, Richard Branson,  described the future of American spaceflight, saying that people will eventually settle on Mars — and he hopes to be one of the first.  Branson isn’t alone in dreams of life on Mars. SpaceX is also developing a reusable orbital launch system that would make spaceflight affordable and permanent Mars settlement a reality.

Men are from Mars Women are from Venus book The book Men Are From Mars Women Are From Venus written Men are From Mars Women are from Venus Broadway showby relationship counsellor, John Gray Ph.D proved popular in the self help category. This publication led to further books on this topic, board games and a Broadway show of the same name etc. However, it could be argued that this is a bit too simplistic as Dr Carl Jung would describe the masculine principle, Mars, as the woman’s animus, and the feminine principle, Venus, as the man’s anima. Both sexes are capable of assertiveness, anger and aggression as well as being harmonious and loving. It may be that women are conditioned to be more placating and less assertive but it doesn’t necessarily preclude assertiveness or aggression in their nature.

Poor old Mars has had a bit of a bad press going back to Hellenistic astrology where Mars along with Saturn were classed as ‘malefics’ i.e. the baddies. However, it depends how one uses one’s Mars energy whether it is constructively or destructively channelled. I have been thinking a lot about Mars energy lately with the anger exploding on an individual and collective level. We have the collective anger that the Machiavellian Donald Trump is tapping into and exploiting in the US presidential primaries, the prevalence of mass shootings in the US, the recent election in the Philippines of President Rodrigo Duterte who supports killing journalists and criminals, the Paris riots over Hollande’s proposed workplace reforms, the collective outrage against the gang rape of the teenage girl in Brazil, not to mention the scourge of global terrorism and closer to home the ugly clashes between pro and anti refugees in Melbourne and the rage against the Baird government’s forced council mergers and the WestConnex etc.

It is no accident that Mars energy is currently so prevalent as Mars was conjunct the last powerful Full Moon in Sagittarius. It has now retrograded back into volatile Scorpio. Mars energy is quite complex and we only have to study the mythology of Mars and Aries to gain an insight into it. Aries glyphAries’ ruling planet Mars, or Greek Ares is the God of War. In its highest aspect Mars serves as the vehicle of new outpourings of energy into the material world, which, if used constructively can bring advancement to humanity.

Mars ancient glyph 2The ancient glyph for Mars, a circle with a cross on top, represents the sceptre, the symbol of authority and royalty. It is Venus turned on its head.Mars glyph The second glyph that is currently used  is an image of the shield and lance as well as depicting the erect phallus, a symbol of virility and procreative powers. In the Roman Pantheon Mars was accorded great honours. Mars was second only to Jupiter-Zeus, The Romans attributed many positive qualities to Mars. He was the great god of Nature, a giver of fertility, a protector of fields and herds, as well as a general inspiration to all new projects and ideas. It was in his honour that the Romans dedicated their first month, March, which coincides with the vernal equinox in the northern hemisphere.

Positive Attribute of Mars
Let us examine the positive attributes of Mars. Apart from representing aggression and anger, Mars can represent nobility, courage, heroism, daring, invincibility, stamina, enterprise and physical courage as expressed by the exploits of ancient heroes such as Hercules, Theseus and Jason etc. Aries rules the head so it also symbolises ideals. In alchemy Mars is equated with sulphur and was often referred to as the wolf. Romulus & RemusThere is an interesting synchronicity with Mars being the father of the twins, Romulus and Remus who were suckled by a she-wolf and raised by shepherds and who grew up to found the city of Rome. In the alchemical context sulphur represents the aggressive instinct, the primal life force, the bestial aspect before it is subject to those transformative forces which will result in humanisation. Each of the planets represent a different stage of our personal development. In its raw force Mars represents the ‘terrible twos’ stage with tantrums like volcanic eruptions.

Donald Trump, Sandra Fluke, Megyn Kelly, Hillary ClintonThe Mars Factor in Donald Trumps’s natal chart
It is interesting to note that Mars is one of the most prominent planets in Donald Trump’s natal chart with Mars in fiery Leo placed in the first house of ego ruled by Aries. Trump is notorious for his dummy spits, arrogance and narcissistic behaviour so characterisic of unevolved fire sign energy.

In its destructive mode as expressed by Donald Trump, Mars energy can be crude, cruel, insensitive, petulant, combative, bullying, violent and egotistical. He has offended women, the disabled, Latinos, blacks, Muslims, American Indians, journalists, other politicians to name but a few. His behaviour is reminiscent of the schoolyard bully where the Mars energy runs rampant with absolutely no filter. He belittles his political opponents, taunting them with derogatory adjectives such as ‘little’ Marco for Marco Rubio and ‘crooked’ Hillary for Hillary Clinton and ‘Pocahontas’ for Democrat Elizabeth Warren. Trump would be what Liz Greene refers to on her section on Mars in the book The Inner Planets the ‘Berserker’ of Teutonic version of Mars, drunk on the wine of combat.

Trump rally violence in New MexicoWe have seen the recent riots at his rallies in New Mexico and Santiago. Trump’s use of Mars is divisive and polarising pitting one side against the other, threatening to build a wall between America and Mexico – a symbol of his own inner divisiveness.

French blockadeRiots in France against labour reforms
Meanwhile in France three months of student and union-led protests against Hollande’s Socialist government labour reforms have descended into violent clashes between demonstrators and police around the country. Unions have threatened to disrupt transport for the millions of visitors to the Euro 2016 football championship which kicks off across France on June 10. The contentious issue around these reforms will give employers more flexibility to hire and fire.

Protest against council mergersMeanwhile at home in Sydney about 200 protesters, angry at the NSW Government’s decision to merge Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville councils into one entity, and the WestConnex project drowned out Inner West Council administrator Richard Pearson during the meeting at Petersham on Tuesday night.

Anti Iskam protest in MelbourneIn Melbourne last weekend there were ugly clashes between pro refugee and anti refugee protesters. Police used pepper spray to separate more than 300 angry protesters as anti-Islam and anti-racism groups clashed in the streets of Melbourne.

The 3 Hs – Hopelessness, Helplessness and Hostility
However we choose to express our anger individually or collectively, psychologists all talk about the 3 Hs – hopelessness, helplessness and hostility. There is a sense of powerlessness that often accompanies our angry outbursts. I know for myself I have Mars conjunct my natal Moon representing emotions in Gemini in the 6th house of work and health. I find that the I can blow off steam by venting my anger verbally. It might be in the form of yelling expletives at politicians on TV whose views and policies don’t concur with my own. Having Mars in the house of health I can suffer from inflammations, digestive or gynaecological problems. I find that practising martial arts provides a good outlet for expressing my Mars energy.

Martian Heroines in Mythology and History
Both mythology and history abound with Martian heroines. In mythology there are  the Amazons, Egyptian Sekhmet, Ishtar, Aphrodite, Pallas Athena etc. In history we have such


Queen Boadicea

feminine role models as Catherine the Great, Queen Elizabeth I, Joan of Arc and Boadicea to name but a few. As Liz Greene acknowledges the expression of Mars may be more basic, urgent and literal for men. Traditionally, the channelling of Mars energy for women, the ‘fairer sex’, has been limited and circumscribed. Women have to learn to channel the Mars energy constructively and even if they do so can still be labelled as ball breakers or bitches etc.

Psychologists refer to natural root aggression which endows us with the will to unfold more of who we are and grow into our full potential. Healthy aggression leads to independence, autonomy and individuality. It is more dangerous to suppress our drives and aggression as it can lead to passive aggression, sexual dysfunction, illnesses such as migraines and gastro-intestinal problems as well as depression.

The suppression of the natural Mars energy can play havoc in intimate relationships if one partner denies their Mars energy the other partner may act it out for them. There can be covert Mars energy showing up as the passive aggressive, the hen-pecked husband, the woman playing the role of victim or martyr. Liz Greene refers to the trio of closeness, dependency and anger when we are close to someone we are likely to project our unresolved infantile complexes onto them.

Rosie BattyDomestic and Family Violence
When we look at the alarming occurrence of family or domestic violence in Australia and across the world we can begin to see how vital it is for both men and women to have a healthy constructive outlet for their Mars energy. Statistics show two women are murdered by their partners every week in Australia. There are many initiatives set up now to rehabilitate and re-educate men on how to handle their anger. We all need to take responsibility for our anger. As Dr Carl Jung theorised we are often both repelled and fascinated by our own shadow contents. Many people are attracted to violent movies and video games. According to Jung people who commit murders, atrocities, rapes etc. are carrying out the collective rage. This may be unpalatable to some but it is worth giving it some consideration.

New Moon In Gemini
There is a New Moon in Gemini 4/5 June. It will be at 14 degrees 53 on 5 June at 12.59.31 am Sydney time. This New Moon will be conjunct Venus forming a grand mutable cross with Jupiter in Virgo, Neptune in Pisces and Saturn in Sagittarius. This could be chaotic energy making it difficult to handle. However, the grand trine in Earth with Jupiter, Pluto and Mercury should help to bring some stability and balance to the more chaotic energy of the grand mutable cross.

Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
The Inner Planets by Howard Sasportas and Liz Greene

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