Today’s aspect: Mercury square Mars from Aquarius to Scorpio – harsh words

March 5, 2016 at 10:46 pm | Posted in Astrology | 8 Comments


Mer squ Mars argument
When lot of turbulent air meets immovable force, trouble’s brewing. Any harsh aspect between the fixed signs Aquarius and Scorpio can be tough. With Mercury, it’s mostly words, expect no actual fighting to come about with this. Luckily, Mercury aspects are fleeting, and soon gone, but you’ll feel this more if you have any planets in the last few degrees of the signs.

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  1. Yes, this is spot on. I have experienced a lot of verbal venom recently. I tried my best to avoid it, but found myself too sucked into that energetic vibration. And, yeah there was no fighting, it was just steam being blown off. Then it was like nothing had happened and everyone went about their business. I used to try and hang onto the higher moral ground in such situations, taking the abuse stoically. But actually, I think this was showing me that, mouthing off a little occasionally is actually a healthy thing. I can see the planetary wisdom in this. A little harmless steam off now means less internal strife later on. But it’s clear that the difference in the amount of inner work a person has done affects the level of influence (and a person’s ability to take on board the lessons — via a strong nervous system) that a planetary energetic surge has. I’ve worked hard for many years on my shadow self and it rustled up one mild insult and some finger wagging from me and that seemed like enough, but my partner (who has done little to no shadow work) kept erupting in this series of long extended tirades. I think that also has to do with liver toxicity.

    Many thanks, this has helped me elucidate more deeply the connections between planetary energies and the human condition, in practical healing terms!

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    • My understanding is the Jung believed we must give the Shadow a way to express (e.g. Halloween & Carnivals such as Mardi Gras) itself lest it force experssion in a particularly unhealthy and dangerous way (e.g. Nazism).

      That said, I have faced some similar events myself. Quite necessary to stand your ground against some people sometimes.

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      • Indeed. I think rock music is a safe way to express shadow. I think that’s what Mick Jagger was getting at when he wrote that song. Sympathy for the Devil.


      • I agree. I am mostly reviled by the endless crop of procedural crime dramas but find “Lucifer” on Fox interesting for similar reasons. Lucifer isn’t some red-skinned demon with horns but a charming fellow who owns a bar. He specializes in temptation, and he routinely throws his own ranks into chaos. Sounds EXACTLY what I would expect a “real” devil to be! Who is more dangerous? The red-skinned monster everyone hates and avoids, or the charming fellow who lures you into doing things you have no business doing? I know who MY money is on! 🙂

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      • I hear you. Commercial TV makes me ill. My first understanding of what a devil should be came from the wrathful deities of Buddhism powerful darkness requires equally powerful black magic to vanquish it. We get so hung up on colour as a designation of what it right and wrong it’s all very unhelpfully dulistic. Actually the word Devil derives from the Greek word Diablos which means to divide. That explains a lot! If your doing shadowork of any kind you have to invite your Devil in for a cup of tea and het to know him. It’s the only true way to wholeness and integration. Something a lot of Watered down New-aged philosophies have sadly left out.

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      • While I am not familiar with the Buddhist deities, I am familiar with the rest and only slightly differ on a single point that probably does not matter. The scholar who translated Diablos for me described it as something slightly more than “division,” it meant to “oppose.” This is more useful for me. It also implies the possibility that some discussion might be possible on this collection of topics headed for any particular individual as “temptations.” How do “temptations” “oppose” us? Are they distractions? Are they something else? Why are they temptations? What do they lead to? Those are only beginner questions. The temptations of a three year old may be far different from that of a twenty one year old or sixty year old. Add in different genders, education, social status, cultures, family values….


      • One other thing, an aside. You really do need to deploy more content. Your work is well thought out and thought-provoking. Even on the rare occasion where I do not agree, I still like the article because your reasoning has a tendency to be elegant or thought-provoking or both. But, you do not seem to deploy much content. Given my propensity to reblog good content (at least I hope it is good), I feel the absence of your commentary. How about a bit more?


      • Thank you for such an interesting and thoughtful answer. Indeed, up for interpretation for sure. Language can be such a loaded thing dependent on context and life experience. I think it is the absence of contextual understanding and accumulated expectation that makes children such a great model for the enlightened state, or what the Buddhist refer to as the, “beginners mind,” a mind very free of expectation and very present in awareness. I am reminded that the same idea is present in Christian culture: “to enter the kingdom of Heavan one must be as a child.”


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