Action Planet Mars is going to be in Aquarius for most of the remainder of 2018. Yes, this is unusual. And it includes a Mars Retrograde in July-August. My Retro-Mars Mp3 Rant is instantly gettable here. And here – FYI – are some other (three!) Mars Retrograde Questions Answered. They’re broadly relevant Mars issues and as always, i am interested in your thoughts on these also.
Legal Action That Has To Happen With Mars Retrograde
… thought this probably could be of interest to other people on the site, as well?
So, I am wondering, when/if there is a date to go for legal action this year?
Background info: I worked on deferred payment for an independent documentary production. I acquired ALL of the budget. With all Virgoan humility I can say that I definitely did most of the work in 6 years of production. It was a hell of a project. Now the film is making (little) money and according to my (good and safe!) contract, I am entitled to get a percentage/share each time money comes. That is until either my contract expires or the entire deferred amount will be paid. When I asked for my first share, I got told: “No, you won’t get any share!” WHAT? “Well, you know how these things go.” Right!
Apparently, I am the only one being excluded from the shares. I had quit this job in January already and it does feel a bit like punishment from former Boss. How LOW is that for Scorpio Moon (revenge?) / Taurus Rising (possession?)?
Seriously, I have a lawyer, I have a plan, but I fear I might not have a date on which the first lawyer’s letter should be sent/battle commenced.
Yours truly Squared Virgo.
Dear truly Squared Virgo,
If you, as a Squared Virgo, say you did most of the work, i believe you. So the non-initiating legal action during Mars Retrograde rule applies to “fights” that you start. In my opinion the with-holding of money IS the aggressive act here. Not to mention breach of contract. So in terms of when to initiate this my answer is NOW. Six years is also a hell of a long time to work on deferred payment. Presumably you believed in this project and were thus happy with the arrangement.
My only caution with this would be to triple check the contract before seeking legal redress to get the $$$. Because if they have any plausible come-back at their end, this could drag out for ages. You don’t want a situation where the legal fees outweigh any $$$ recoverable. So audit your own end of it for rational outcome expectations AND if there is any odd, lower-Mars crap tied in with this. For example, if this former Boss with the Scorpio Moon and you had an affair or something. I am not saying this would mean you should not get paid but but very sure of your legal ground before going in at this time. But if it’s straightforward – go for it.
A Thrilling New Enterprise During Mars Retro
Thank you for creating such an incredible resource in your site! Seriously, mind blown every time I log on. Your insights have been a guiding force in my life for a few years now. You rock!
So, I have a question: if a major life change was initiated before Mars Retro (or even before the shadow), but is picking up mega steam as we head into Mars Retro, and looks like the big event could happen at peak retrograde time – do I follow the crazy momentum or pump the brakes and lay low until after Mars Retro has passed?
The details: Over the past few months, I’ve felt the strong urge to move somewhere/anywhere and open my own business. In early April, the details became clear, I chose a city, started making behind-the-scenes inquiries and plans, and got really pumped up….but also keeping everything super secret until it’s really nailed down. In early May, I started extricating myself from my current business partnership. Biz partner is supportive but sad to see me go. There doesn’t seem to be any hard feelings. The big deciding factor is my lease (which is set to end in mid-September – but I can get out of it as early as mid-July with no penalty).
Based on Mars Retro, I was planning to stick it out until mid-Sept, but yesterday I received a phone call with a completely out of the blue job offer in my field from a soon-to-be colleague in the very city I’m trying to move to. I don’t even know this person, but she heard through the grapevine that I’d be a good fit and reached out. But no one knows I’m moving so…Weird. Anyway it starts in mid-July and would basically open all the doors for my new biz. But then that’s the middle of Mars Retro. Decisions, decisions.
So I guess my question is, if a project or change is initiated before a retrograde period begins, do the lay low and no major action rules of Mars Retro still apply? Or is there a way to keep the momentum going while still respecting the energy of the astro times?
Thanks for your help, you wise and wonderful soul!
Excited and Cautious
(Cancer Rising, Sagittarius Sun)
Dear Excited and Cautious,
Thank you for the validation!!! Okay and i think that unless your business is arms dealing, mercenary work, espionage or a freelance assassin agency then go for it. I get your question because it is a bold new venture but it’s not aggressive or in a Mars-type industry (i am just assuming that) so Mars Retro is not a Red Light. However two red flags here: your soon-to-be ex business partner “seems to be” supportive and the lease that you need to “get out of.” Basically, it’s not so much starting a new business venture during Mars Retro that is the issue here as that you could end up bogged down in negotiations with your ex-biz-partner, landlord or both.
So the change urges began a while ago and they’re for real. You’re honouring them. That’s great. Mars Retro just means you handle the logistics like Saturn’s Diplomat. Be realistic about people and their propensity to be weird around money, especially if someone is – for whatever reason – essentially rejecting them/depriving them of revenue. They can say all the right, reasonable things while getting their stingers out and texting their lawyer to check out what sort of penalty they could impact you with.
My other question – and LOL for a post called Mars Retrograde Questions Answered, I am aware that i am raising more questions – is this: the woman who heard ‘through the grapevine’ about you and your skill set? This seems to be for a job? You are describing her as your future colleague – not future employee or future business partner. So what’s up here? Because one thing that is very clear about Mars Retro is that you need to have your plan extremely clear in your mind.
How Does One Exorcise Oneself?
How does one exorcise themselves? Generally, I am an easy going, well travelled Sagittarius with a compassionate Moon in Pisces, but I also have a nasty Scorpio Rising, with Pluto conjunct my Ascendant and square my Mars in Aquarius.
Don’t get me wrong. I couldn’t wish for a better Rising sign. I appreciate it. Its fun sometimes. And my eyes are so green even my dad can’t believe I’m not wearing contacts.
But Mars Retros aren’t easy for me, and to say I have a hair trigger temper during that time is the understatement of the century. Before I can help myself, the meanest, most hurtful things come out of my mouth. My tongue turns into a dagger. People get hurt, and that hurts me even more.
I know that I have a serpent inside me. We have lived together as long as I can remember, and thats ok. Actually, it is getting easier with age. Im 33 now. When I was little, the snake was hard to tame, directing its rage against myself mostly. But these days I handle it ok, I think. I’ve begun harvesting its powers, and usually it’s asleep, anyway.
The Reishi sedates it.
And it only rears its head when I am cornered or have to defend myself. Or when driving. Then it can hiss. But during Mars Retro THE GAME CHANGES. It breaths fire out of my mouth and I grow scales.
And usually, during the Retrograde times of the Red Planet I lower my social interactions to the minimum. I kick box. And walk my tiny Italian Virgo Greyhound as if it were a Pit Bull. During Mars Retro I permanently feel like the bad guy. I go underground, like a snake preparing to shed its skin. I binge watch Vikings. And hope that by the time I emerge, I still have a social life left.
But this year, everything is different: I have a boyfriend, and we actually have our first Anniversary in July. He is the sweetest and most descent Pisces man I ever met. But when I think about our Anniversary during Mars Retro and all the cute romantic little things he plans by the sea side, I shudder.
I wish I could just retreat into a medieval multi faith monastery with Oracle Cards, Mugwort, martial arts infused Yoga, dark purple ceilings with silver stars painted on them, Thomas Tallis playing in the background and an only slightly poisonous herbal garden I could tend to.
And return all fresh, shiny and relaxed when its over.
I am that terrified of scaring him. I love this man so much, and am afraid he senses the serpent already. He is crazy in tune with me, to the point he can physically feel my pain and my struggle. I can’t drag him into this. He says he loves me, bitch and all, but I can’t believe someone actually can.
Is there a way of exorcising it/me/Mars retro? Do I need to embrace it? I mean, I once owned a Tiger Python, and embracing it didn’t go so well. How does one embrace a part of themselves, one temporarily hates? Shall I try and smother it? Is there a herb? Mushroom? Asana?!
By the way, did you ever try the Cordyceps? Its Reishis big mean brother. And kind of alien. Check out how it grows. Straight out of a horror movie, but if Reishi makes you chill, this one makes you effective to a point I find insane. But im drifting.
Can anyone actually relate to this? Are there any Scorpio- Support groups? Please don’t tell me Im the only one?!
Dear Temporary Scorpy-Bitch,
Congratulations on the relationship! And actually, you’ve already prescribed yourself precisely what i would have prescribed! You’re a Mars-Pluto woman. You’re about to have your Pluto Rising triggered by Mars, several Mars Returns in a row AND Jupiter near your Ascendant to amplify. Frankly, it sounds like a simple case of you feeling crowded by the “cute romantic things”.
Even “planned” things can prompt a shudder if you have any sort of Aquarius or Uranus happening. However, you’re happy in the relationship and surely your anniversary celebrations do not have to take eight weeks? Can you not explain your desire for Stealth Mode, Kick-Boxing etc? Give yourself over to the anniversary DAY but also pursue your bliss?
As for smothering an aspect of yourself, I think not. It notoriously never works in fairy tales nor nature, like trying to concrete over an active volcano. If this relationship is to have any longevity, clearly your ‘serpent nature’ is a part of the deal. I am assuming that you are not referring to actual homicidal rage here or anything – just the need to channel your Serpent Vibe and be individualistic?
As for the monastery, there SHOULD be a place like that. Except no ceilings with stars, it would be a in Dark Sanctuary with no electricity so you could watch the actual stars at night.
And cordyceps – no. But i am literally just about to go order. I love Reishi and Lions Mane SO much – so it will be interesting to see how it goes. I think these plants are alien, from crashed meteors or even spaceships long ago. If you don’t know what i am talking about here, see the Reishi link above for my post on that and also this epic take here.
To answer your original question, i don’t think you need an exorcist, just some clear communication and personal boundaries set. What does everyone else think?
Image: Jean Leon Gerome
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