Mars and Saturn Retrogrades

The always intuitive Silver Ravenwolf writes about the importance of both Saturn and Mars retrogrades – what they mean in our own life, and what they mean for the world. I find it fascinating that this Mars in Libra turning retrograde reflects so precisely what is going on right now internationally. Especially with the conflicts in the Ukraine, and with other countries, including our own, so intent on military intervention to solve all conflicts, this particular retrograde might suggest a very interesting series of possibilities. The Mars/Libra configuration is tricky in all cases, but to see the Mars retrograde action in light of the Ukraine conflict could indicate that whatever is undertaken militarily by outsiders could fail miserably. Mars’ rulership over warfare and the military, coupled with Libra’s powerful drive for harmony, peace, compromise – quite the struggle to begin with. But the retrograde further complicates matters by holding this energy in, so that a volcanic mis-step is possible. Let’s all hope that the power of Libra will over-come any rush to violence.

To know more about how these retrogrades will impact you personally, you should see where this Mars retrograde will be living in your own chart.  The issues of that particular house will be the ones most influenced by the retrograde.

Personally, my own natal Mars is in Libra, in my 12th house — so I know about the conflicts between active, aggressive Mars and harmonious, peace-loving Libra….AND in the 12th house, no less! But what that means during this retrograde, personally, is that I have a wonderful opportunity to explore what this configuration has meant to my life. Since I have several long-term projects begun long before this retrograde, it is also a perfect time to work toward completion, using this slow-down to aid greater concentration and focus.

What about that Saturn retrograde? Silver tells us: “What is Saturn all about? Goals, Ambition, Limits, Obstacles, Conservative-ism, Structure, Older People, Responsibility, Teaching, Reward, Self-Control. Saturn is the “structure” planet. What does Saturn rule? Laborers, Heritage, Advice, Prison, Old Buildings, anything underground, Poverty, Farming Profits, Long Illness, Mines and more. In what sign does Saturn retrograde? Scorpio. Scorpio is all about extremes, potential, intensity, sex, taxes, debts, crisis skills, self-mastery, politics, transformation and that which is hidden. ” All of this resonates for me, personally, since one of my very large projects currently is one that focuses on the labor abuse in higher education. It is very much a Saturn issue. Also, personally, my natal Saturn is in Scorpio, in my first house (always a cheery configuration, right?) So, this particular Saturn retrograde will intensify the work I am doing, the writing and documentary work I am involved in around this issue. This retrograde will allow me to concentrate, to focus, to empower this work.

So, again, you want to explore where this retrograde Saturn is stationed in your own chart, and examine what issues it might most powerfully bring to the forefront.  Saturn has a bad reputation, I think, for being a heavy task-master.  And, although it can be true, the more positive interpretation is that Saturn is the planet which holds you to your own karma, which requires you to keep those most important destinies in mind.  A great teacher, albeit a bit stern at times, Saturn can (like a stern but generous teacher) require you to be your best possible self.

What does this retrograde mean for us in the larger sense? Silver says “The biggest thing I’ve noticed with a Saturn retrograde is that authority figures shut down, turn within, and don’t listen to the world outside of themselves. They try to make changes, which often blow up in their faces. ”

This would, in my opinion, connect to the Mars retrograde – where global leaders might be foolish enough to refuse the wisdom of counsel and push forward in disastrous ways. Let’s hope that this is not the case.

I believe that the people of the world – and the people of the so-called “world power” countries — are sick to death of the injustices, the war-mongering, the concentration of power and wealth in the hands of far too few. I look at these two retrogrades as a time when the larger spiritual shifts can begin. Those of us who see the world through a spiritual, metaphysical lens, and who know that major changes are coming can use this time of a Mars/Saturn retrograde to work diligently on issues of injustice, on the desire for harmony and peace. These two planets in retrograde might provide us with some very powerful time to build strength, build resolve, build our mutual empowerment so that, once the planets go direct, some major positive changes will begin to take place in the world.

Silver RavenWolf

Our words are layers of magick that form our lives.  If you utter it, you activate it. Our words are layers of magick that form our lives. If you utter it, you activate it.

Everything we think, everything we do — consists of layers.   Experience.  Belief.  Emotions.  Perception.  Every magickal act we perform is a process of layers — the intent, the tools, the space, the words, the feelings, the action — an amazing collection of layer…after layer…after layer.  Some of our actions boldly pierce through those layers, and others carry just a muted hint of their purpose.

With every word you utter — the power builds.

The question is — where are you REALLY placing your power?

Mars in Libra turned retrograde yesterday.  Today Saturn in Scorpio turns retrograde.   When any planet turns retrograde it looks within.  My favorite analogy is one of those old, hard super balls.  Remember them?  A bit of a bounce and it would careen all over the place…

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Women Rising

Welcome to Vivienne, a blog dedicated to discussions of the metaphysical world, to mysticism, esoteric practices and non-denominational spirituality.  Vivienne is one of the names of The Lady of the Lake of Arthurian/Avalonian tradition.  The root meaning of the name is “life”.  This site will be a place where the spiritual roots of life will be explored.

There seems to be a growing urgency among those who have been spiritual sojourners over the last few generations.  A change is coming that is undoubtable, yet it remains unclear.  We know the many problems and kinds of suffering these last two thousand years.  Wars, greed, abuses of power, lack of respect for life in all its forms, great suffering among all forms of life – the roots of all this can be traced back to the evils of the patriarchy, and in recent ages the worship of money and might, the commodification of all life.

The blog will discuss issues surrounding the many enormous changes many of us feel coming.  It will discuss the many wisdom traditions that have been guarded and preserved for us.  It will explore issues of a returning matriarchy, a return to a pure spirituality unpolluted by power paradigms.

What do I mean by the returning matriarchy?  I mean listening to the growing chorus of those who want a return to reverencing life in all its forms, to creating a global culture where abundance is shared among all, where governance is not about power, but about mutual service.  The miracles of the physical world are attached to and reflective of a world of spirit.  This perspective has been lost; our human experience has been disconnected from the metaphysical realities.  A matriarchal culture will remedy that.

In her article, “Matriarchy: New Definition”, Carol Christ offers a new vision of matriarchy that I find quite beautiful.  She speaks of a world that is not dependent on a model of domination and exploitation.  It is not a mirror image of the patriarchy, with women in the roles of domination rather than men.  It is not about power paradigms in the way patriarchal societies understand them.

Christ discusses The Societies of Peace by Heide Goettner-Abendroth.  Much of Goettner-Abendroth’s work is informed by the study of surviving indigenous cultures.

“Goettner-Abendroth rejects the common definition of matriarchy as “mother-rule” with the connotation of “female domination.”  Instead she argues that matriarchies are societies that honor mothers and consider care and generosity–values they associate with motherhood–to be the highest values.  In affirming values associated with motherhood, matriarchal societies are not essentialist. They do not affirm that only women can be nurturers of life. Quite the opposite, they assert that the highest role for anyone–male or female or other–is to nurture life.  This is so far from the way we think, that it will be easy to misconstrue what is being said.”

Power is shared more equally, and a value system which has at its heart a full realization of the precious gift of life, invited more loving relationships.

Christ speaks of the culture of Crete, the remnants of one of the last matriarchal centers, where generosity and loving relations still play an essential role.  In Her Story, Essays on the Goddess in Our Lives by Annabel Lindy, she writes “The Minoan Cretans appear to have been gentle, joyous, sensuous and peace loving.  From the evidence of ruins, they maintained at least a thousand years of culture unbroken by war. The only other peoples we know of with such a long peaceful record were also Mother Goddess cultures.  In Crete, for the last time in recorded history, a spirit of harmony between women and men as joyful and equal participants in life appears to pervade.”

So, a definition of the matriarchy is offered by Christ’s article; and it sounds like a wonderful world.  The next question is “How do we get there?”  However will we escape the bondage of patriarchal abuse?  The poverty, suffering, illness,  deprivation, exploitation, endless war and bloodshed, pollution and planetary ruin, the depravity of our governments, the limitless greed of trans-national corporations…..against all this misery of the current world structure, a dream of a matriarchal transformation can seem naïve, childish, unsubstantiated, impossible.

But there is a glimmer of hope. Christ tells us that, although, in many places of the world, the matriarchal societies were overpowered and eradicated by patriarchal powers, there are still matriarchal cultures to be found.  In the Americas, in Africa, in parts of Southeast Asia, these cultures still exist.  They can teach us how to get from where we are to a place offering a culture of peace, prosperity, and equality.  Technology and the international trade agreements have created a global culture which is servant to the transnational corporations.  But what if these matriarchal cultures from around the world could help us to counter that with a growing global matriarchal culture? What if a new form of globalism can rise up, lead by the elders of these matriarchal cultures, as a powerful alternative?  Signs of a global women’s movement can already be seen.  Everywhere around the world, women are organizing against companies like Monsanto, corporate fascism, are fighting the ruin of our earth, rising against violence and rape, against poverty, against warPowerful push-back is happening more and more often, with greater and greater success.

There is hope, and there is real possibility that change is coming.