Are you in suspended love animation? Or if ‘love’ is pushing it, suffering some form of relationship stasis? It’s the mood malaise of the moment and while post-pandemic fuqery is definitely a culprit, so is Mars in Gemini. Yes, really.
The pandemic impact was obvious. Mating-wise, practically everyone had one of the following syndromes: An excess of proximity from being confined to barracks with a partner they weren’t used to spending that much time with, enforced absence or isolation from a love interest or lover or complete cessation of opportunities to meet new people in the wild, so to speak.
That’s without even entering the treacherous realm of inflammatory politics/policies and vaccine, immunity or contagion concerns etc.
Saturn conjunct Pluto and then square Uranus adequately reflects the stark socio-cultural pressure and still unfurling evolutionary prompts of the time. Sure, we could all have been falling in love onscreen or making meaningful eye contact above our mandatory masks but the fact is that much of it was fuqed.
So just as we began to emerge from all that – assessing friendships, attractions and relationships – like they were trees or outdoor furniture after a huge storm – voila Mars in Gemini. Like Venus, Mars is a relationship planet, albeit a restless, roving romantic and super-cerebral when in mercurial Gemini.
Mars arrived in Gemini late last August, went Retrograde just after the Eclipse Season of Halloween 2022, turned Direct in mid-January and will finally leave Gemini on March 25.*
It’s been great for writing, oblique insights and mental agility but few would accuse Mars in Gemini of being fab for focus. Classically Mars = men and Mars Retro pertains to elusive or even reversing men.
Gender aside, Mars in this Mutable Air sign for so long generates a yen for riddles and enigmatic distance – anything but having to commit. When your romantic or sexual attention span is hyper-fluid, it goes all over the place and time itself is a figment.
Who can accuse you of ‘ghosting’ when you were half-phantasm at the beginning? For many people, the time out of the social melee, mate-seeking included, made them more conscious of what they really wanted.
Some are secretly in exit mode but in suspended relationship animation because they don’t want to be single in wartime or disadvantage themselves/children in an economic hotzone. Others live in love limbo, reliving luxurious last decade moments and wondering if it would have come off under other circumstances.
There is fabulous astro for relationships by the way – Venus in Leo for several months mid-2023 is a golden glamor of a thing – celestial alchemy.
*Mars turns Retrograde every two years but it usually goes back and forth between two signs. The last two Mars Retro phases have seen the action planet drill-down and stay in just one sign non-stop but it is relatively rare.
Image: Ormond Gigli