As discussed in my previous blogs, these days we are paying close attention to the movement of Mars and Saturn which are creating unavoidable challenges, affecting any and everyone to varying degrees depending on their own planetary set-up.
To better understand the nature of this Saturn and Mars you only need look to the state of American politics today. Saturn, the planet of democratic
process, and Mars, the planet of revolution and conflict have created an environment of nearly unprecedented upheaval. The presidential contest
has been turned on its ear, replacing an established process with an “anything goes” kind of surreal unreality. This is the power of retrograde, conjunct Mars and Saturn.
Until the fall, Mars and Saturn continue to play a key role as far as creating problematic situations, not just in America but across the globe. With
retrograde Mars becoming direct June 30, there will be some slight let-up to the negative influence (for a few weeks at the beginning
of July). If you recall, retrogration, (a planet moving backwards) always brings the negative aspect of the planet to the fore – with Mars that
can be fairly intense.
Presently, retrograde Mars (since April) is in Scorpio until June 17, thereafter continuing in a backwards movement into Libra until June 30, then becoming direct and remaining in Libra until July 13 – another 6 weeks. July 13 Mars re-joins Saturn in Scorpio, (after a 2 week separation). In tandem, their negative influence intensifies,
and they continue conjunct (together) for 2 months until mid-September. September 17 Mars moves into Sagittarius at which point this
challenging period is more-or-less over. At that point Saturn will have been direct since August 14. The basic thrust of this planetary period
has to do with disorganization, restructuring and reformation. It’s not a comfortable process.
As of mid-September, what remains of the Mars/Saturn situation is Saturn in Scorpio, which is there until November 2017, (a little over
a year). Saturn, always the great teacher – can bring difficulties, but it is actually positive for many people depending on their native Saturn.
These are the most important influences you should be aware of in this upcoming period. It remains a generally cautionary time, especially
during the last 2 weeks of August.