|Snow queen by thefirebomb|
Today is a busy day in the skies. Mars - our initiative, our energy, our action, our anger - still in Pisces for another nine days and not uber comfortable, is squaring Saturn (in Sagittarius until the end of the year).
Saturn here is that wall, that constraint, that authority blocking our way forward. Maybe an unexpected or unwanted "no".
Getting angry (Mars) or deciding to push harder won't help the situation now. Saturn is unyielding. Roadblocks serve a purpose - sometimes we need to go around, crash over or plow through them and sometimes they keep us from falling off the cliff.
For today, the best choice is likely to let things move at their own pace. Patience might be needed.
It is unlikely for Mars (young man) to beat Saturn (old man) while Mars is plodding through Pisces' shifting sands. If we keep our cool we live to fight another day here. If we don't, we lose. Also, if we are playing Saturn to someone else's Mars know that we could win the battle, but might lose the war.
Saturn in Sagittarius is asking us "what do you really believe? ... and how's that working for ya." The highest use of Mars in Pisces is compassion and healing - this is the spiritual warrior at work. Keep this in mind.
Also today the Sun begins his annual journey through Aquarius and gives us a chance to step back and look at the big picture. It energizes us to step outside the box and try something else. It allows us to put some space between us and that challenging, draining situation. As always with Aquarius all detachment is helpful until it isn't.
We are about to get very familiar with this energy when the South Node moves into Aquarius in May. Sometimes we are too close and too enmeshed in a situation to see clearly what is happening. Stepping back is good and needed. We can see what is happening with less judgment. We can see past societal rules (Aquarius is the rebel, genius, criminal). We get a new set of eyes to see the world.
Of course (that fly in the ointment thing again), if we step too far back we are like an outsider in our own life and this is not a good thing. Detachment can create dispassion and with the South Node's move into this space, dispassion isn't going to work anymore. The problem with loving 'people' in general more than we love the person lying next to us in bed ... or the person looking back at us from the mirror, is one of the themes we will be working with in 2017/2018.
For now, we will all get to feel what it feels like to burn Aquarius energy for fuel - how appropriate that we usher in Trump with his natal Sun conjunct Uranus (Aquarius ruler Uranus coloring his Sun and making him very Uranian and an honorary Aquarian).
Aquarius ancient ruler is Saturn (before Uranus was discovered). And because we have Saturn squaring Mars the day the Sun enters Aquarius and Saturn squaring Neptune the day of the Aquarius New Moon (the 27th) - we know this Aquarius season will be very much Saturn flavored - work paying off, realism, patience. But still Aquarian - independence, humanitarian, group-focused, being an individual within a group setting.
I'm going to take a look at Trump's inauguration chart tomorrow - trying to talk a little politics here (since it so aptly represents our own lives these days) without being divisive. The chart itself would be in play for whoever won the election, so we will add Trump's natal and see what we see.
For today - keep a cool head if you must go up against authority now. Live to fight another day.