The determination of the athlete!
The drive of the flowers and trees bursting forth from the ground!
The artistry of the tango!
That's a quick list of the "positive" uses of such energy. Mars is the passion to make something happen. It's the essence of our drive. It's the will to manifest. What is magic but the application of will?
Mars goes direct on Friday, April 13th. He has been retrograde since Nov 2012. Do you feel like you've gotten much done this year, or have you been reassessing, prioritizing and taking a look at where you are and what you want? I'm in the latter group. Don't get too excited about Friday; mars might be going direct, but we'll be retreading this ground in Virgo again until June 19th.
So wtf does this mean? I kinda like how the Cafe Astrology folks lay it out:
When Mars is in its retrograde cycle, we are forced to re-assess our current projects, our approach to getting what we want, and our desire nature. Rather than directly asserting our desires, we tend towards introspection. While Mars in direct motion is direct, straightforward, assertive, and aggressive, with Mars in retrograde motion, Mars energy is essentially turned inward--it's internalized, intensified, personalized, and perhaps pressurized. We can be hesitant about taking action, second-guessing our instincts or our natural impulses rather than acting upon them. The way we react to situations under normal conditions doesn't necessarily work for us now, or we don't exactly trust it.
When anger is internalized, there can be some rather negative byproducts, such as tension, resentment, depression, apathy, and even some paranoia. On the other hand, it can also be personalized and made more intimate. The goal of a Mars retrograde period is not, however, to simply sit on our impulses or to squelch our enthusiasm. Rather, it's to better understand our impulses, our survival instincts, our anger, our sexuality, our inner courage, and the ways we go about getting what we want from life. The cosmos are asking us to look before we leap rather than throw ourselves into action, just for the time being.
Yeah that. They go into more of an explanation about how this is expressed in Virgo, the sign in which He's currently retrograding.
On our facebook page I talked about writing a post on how to harness this energy for good instead of "rawr." I suppose I should define "rawr:" It's that moment where rage or drive/desire takes over and you can't fucking think. And that's another thing... if you "see red" or get "red in the face" or go "red with rage," then WHY was the Incredible Hulk GREEN?!??! I call bullshit! I digress!
You can't meditate this shit away. Maybe you can, but I sure can't, neither can anyone else I know (tho I'm sure with practice the advice of the Buddha can be followed for visualizing anger as a person running, slowing sleeping). I don't think this is a meditative, contemplative time. It's the time for dancing, for rough sex, for primal scream therapy, for a mosh pit! But this doesn't "harness" the energy, it spends or transmutes it. I think that's the best we can do. We can ride this wave like a pro surfer with some foresight, intuition and practice.
Keep an eye on your natal chart and the transits and feel where the energy is taking you. For fucks sake, don't keep it all in- anger turned inward is depression, so they say. Find something to be angry about- there's plenty out there wrong in the world, go work on fixing some of it: protest, write letters, organize fundraisers- further your cause! Just understand that this is a short term burst of energy, not the slow burn of the long haul.
Now... who wants to come dancing with me? I think a fierce tarantella is in order!