Mars Retrograde in Gemini 2022 — Seven Months in the Same Sign

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In a previous post, I’ve discussed about the conjunction between Mars, Uranus and the North Node. This conjunction, which is triggering the energy of the last eclipses, is still going on. And yet, Mars is catching our attention again. The God of War is indeed going to start soon a process that is going to involve the sky for the second half of the year.

On August 20, Mars is going to enter Gemini and it is going to stay there for a good seven months due to its retrograde motion. Mars turns retrograde roughly every other year. Last time we’ve been talking about it, it was in Aries during the second half of 2020.

Mars in Gemini 2022 - Pen and Sword

In this article we are going to break down the main steps of this long transit, and we are going to talk about its aspects with the slower planets. In particular, we are going to focus on this fall, when Mars is going to make a long trine with Saturn and a square with Neptune.

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[Aside Post] Wood Handmade 3 Zodiacs Wheel

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Sometime ago a dear friend of mine reached out to me showing this beautiful wood handmade Three Zodiacs Wheel. Turned out that he’s making them on commission now, so I want to support him with this aside post.

The wood can be used to trace the planetary movements across all 3 Zodiacs:

  • The Tropical Zodiac
  • The Sidereal Zodiac
  • The Astronomical Zodiac

If we want to learn more about it, I’ve discussed about the differences between these Zodiacs in a previews article. Check-out the PDF at the bottom of the post to learn how it works!

Here’s some pictures (click on them to enlarge):

This is a beautiful way to tuning into the rhythm of the planets, and also getting a broader understanding about the difference between their seasonal (time) and physical (space) position.

You can find all the information about the product in the PDF down below, which I really recommend you to download!

Eclipse Energy released by Mars and Uranus during New Moon in Leo 2022

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Eclipse season one started on April 30th, and lasted for all May lunation, ending with the new moon in Gemini of May 30th. However, as I often report on this blog, eclipses are unpredictable events. This doesn’t mean that as astrologers we can’t predict them, of course. But It does mean that a precise timing is difficult to nail down.

New Moon in Leo 2022, a dragon and a lion fighting

In previous articles (especially on this one about the Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio) we said that Mars would have been the activator of eclipse energy. This is because in general Mars is particularly suitable for lighting the fuse and blowing things up. In particular, this time it also rules half of the eclipses of the new cycle, taking place between the Taurus-Scorpio axis.

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Summer Solstice 2022 — Planetary Alignment on St John’s Day

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The end of spring is a peculiar period of the year. Sunlight gets weird, and the Sun is so high in the sky that it almost feels like it’s not even shining. It is as if it was standing still, precisely as the word Solstice suggests. And in this stillness the Sun seems to call the human soul, almost absorbing it, dragging it with him in the heavenly heights.

It’s this feeling of “being absorbed” that in my opinion makes it difficult for the Soul to say that the Sun is shining out. This is because even though it’s true in a physical sense, the inner experience seems to go in the opposite direction. In a sense, when we look something irradiating we feel pushed away from it. And this is not what I feel, contemplating the midsummer Sun.

ST John’s Wort

We are leaving Gemini, a mutable sign. Traditionally all mutables are considered to be “double signs”. This also applies to Virgo that from a symbolic perspective doesn’t have a double nature at all. Whereas Pisces, Gemini and Sagittarius can clearly be understood as having a double body.

This doubleness refers to the fact that mutable signs transition us from a season to the next. This means that during the month we can experience a mix of the mood and flavor of both. In the case of Gemini in particular, the Twins have two different natures. One of them, Castor, is mortal; his brother Pollux, immortal. We can picture them as a living image of the human being. In fact we all have a mortal garment and an immortal spirit.

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Mars in Aries 2022 and a Special Week in June

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May 2022 has been a very eventful month. Eclipse season one is still ongoing, and it will end only with the next new moon in Gemini on May 30th. Mercury is still retrograde, and it’s going to turn direct only on June 3rd. And we still need to check on Mars, since his ingress in Aries is definitely going to be a game changer. Especially because he is going to stay in his sign until early July.

Illustration from a medieval Spanish language astrology textbook
attributed to Alfonso X the Wise

We’re definitely going to monitor Mars’ transits during the following months, since we’ve been talking about him as the activator of the recent eclipses. However, in this article I’d like also to focus on a more pleasant configuration that is going to last for a whole week in June.

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Total Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio 2022 in T-Square with Saturn

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On May 16th we are going to have the second and last eclipse of the first season of the year. This is going to be a Total Lunar Eclipse, taking place at 25° 17′ Scorpio. The first was a Partial Solar Eclipse in Taurus, and it was the new moon of the current lunation. This lunar eclipse instead is its full moon.

In general a solar eclipse affects the human willing. This is because the beginning of the lunation, the new moon, is dark and unconscious as the forces of our will. As we know from Anthroposophy human beings “are sleeping in their willing”.

A lunar eclipse instead affects mainly the human thinking. Thoughts are the result of the reflection in the brain of the imaginative etheric thinking. This reflecting activity belongs to the lunar forces, especially when the Moon is full. Simply put, the etheric thinking of the heart-Sun is reflected by the brain-Moon.

Since lunar eclipses occur during a full moon, they mainly affect our thinking. Steiner said that the cone of shadow that the Earth cast on the Moon during the eclipse allows nasty astral influences to pour into the earth. You can think of it as an upside down funnel, creating an opening for harmful entities. Hence, we want to take particular care of our thinking during a moon eclipse.

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Jupiter in Aries 2022 and its Aspects with Pluto and Mars

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Jupiter is the planet of spiritual wisdom. In the first months of 2022 we discussed about his journey through Pisces, his nocturnal domicile. We’ve been talking about the harmonizing effect that the Great Benefic has tried to bring tirelessly to the world. Was his impulse for compassion enough to awaken our consciousness?

Monogrammist IB – Jupiter, 1528, Rijksmuseum

Now it looks like the tide is about to turn. Too many astrological events are converging. The eclipses are going to start soon, right during the second Mercury retrograde period. And on May 11, Jupiter is going to leave Pisces, staying in Aries until late November.

But what happens when the planet of Wisdom enters the zodiac sign of the Warrior during such a turbulent time? Let’s take a look at the general meaning of Jupiter in Aries.

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