Monday, June 25, 2007

Finally. It's Here!

Has anyone noticed a calm in Blogland today? Not the depressed apres over-excitement kind, but a relaxed ease. A non hurried pace.
Well it has arrived. Mars has crossed the bridge to Taurus where it will meander for the next six weeks.
Mars governs our drives, our desires, our motivation to actively grasp what we want in life. Taurus is pleasure and contentment and Mars gets slowed down in Taurus so one can savor experience and give into the moment. A deep breath of moist air with the scent of green. A cup of tea in the summer shade. The freshly turned earth producing vegetables for our abundant tables. The sensation of security in the material realm as we take a moment to appreciate where we are and what we have.
Mars is in a rush, however, and he is not always happy in Taurus. The proverbial rut is common as Mars with his ambition gets stuck and digs deeper and deeper going nowhere. Mars also is anger and a Mars in Taurus is notorious for clinging to resentments. And can they ever blow. Oooh boy. I once lived above a Taurus and my apartment mate used to liken his rages to a rutting elk. Taurus through the floorboards! My Mars in Taurus pal once spent five entire years on the subject of my brother. And it was not pleasant.
Taurus can be productive, though, and the added vigor of Mars sometimes delivers great results. Staying centered is a big possibility and the stability and steadiness of Taurus can contain the Mars fire and use it well. Money can be made (and spent) and gardens can grow and yield on all levels.
We NNs can start celebrating. And if, perchance, I appear to be relaxed on occasion during the next month or so, it's due to the miracle of Taurus.
Photo: Luca Invernezzi Tettoni

34 Comments:

Blogger Nathan said...

Yes, JM, I can catch my breath. Mars clinging in Taurus and being so close to my Sun I barely see my actions in what I do. What remains though is useful, like unwanted table scraps that are worked into soil, it feeds creativity giving nutrients to blooms of vivid colors. In my twenties I went through periods when anger I'd suppressed rose from my belly and burst forth from my neck like fingers of violent fire, quickly subsiding in aching tears. It was healing to fully express such raw and unrestrained emotion. Now when that rises I know enough to attend it and learn, rather than fight it back. Thank you for helping me express this today.

25/6/07 4:29 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Oh nathan, how beautiful. You are a master of the word.
This stopped me in my tracks.

25/6/07 4:52 PM  
Blogger Nathan said...

Your words fill me with such a joy you encourage me to dig in deep and unearth such thoughts. I may learn how to keep it flowing like you do, although mine tend to trickle from the Venusian muse. I tend to finalize thoughts, finish details, imagine the world complete in layers of substance and feeling sewn together by our gauzy souls.

25/6/07 5:32 PM  
Blogger Joy Shayne said...

nathan,
I give you Namaste. Beautiful post. Thank you for sharing that. Your experience of your anger has made you wiser.

jm,
Thanks for this Mars in Taurus post! As you know from my chart stats, I have Mars at 19 Taurus. I have all the tee shirts for "rut," "impatience/frustration," "resentment," "comfort," "centered," "productive," recycle/reuse," and every other manifestation.

Right now I am in my hometown in rolling, bosomy, green, moist Southern Indiana, staying the full summer because my Mother is having knee replacement surgery. Oh, this town is beautiful and comfy! It took me forever, it seemed, to leave it behind and quit depending on Mom for support. I'm so glad I did both of those things. Now I can come back and support her without losing the focus of my creative work, my friendships in the Northwest (thank you, Internet), and my ambition to be a published author. And I can appreciate and soak up the beauty and comfort here!

Here, have some blessings, there's plenty to go around.

25/6/07 5:38 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Ha ha, nathan. I think I need to learn to twist the spigot sometimes! And finalize some details.
Your words have so much physicality and this is one thing I like, not to mention the heart. They come from deep within routed through Taurean earth.

sewn together by our gauzy souls.

You are good.

Joy, I'll take the blessings. You are so generous with that 29 degree Sagittarius. What a beautiful comment, and knee replacements are advanced these days and work well. A great relief for most. What an achievement to turn the tables like this. With words, no less!

I am in my hometown in rolling, bosomy, green, moist Southern Indiana, staying the full summer

That sounds luscious. Time to write.

Thank you both so much. The pleasure of words is one of my greatest. I'm all set for Mars in Taurus. Perfect introduction.

25/6/07 5:54 PM  
Blogger NEOBuckeye said...

Beautifully spoken, nathan. I couldn't have said it better. Being a natal Taurus Sun myself, I can definitely relate to your experience and growth with anger and such raw emotion. I have a natal square to my Sun by Mars in Leo. It's really taken me up to my Saturn Return, now in effect, to get a real grip on that one.

25/6/07 7:30 PM  
Blogger Tseka said...

I absolutely love taurus. I do not understand the quincux or inconjucnt but this i know Taurus is heaven for me.

Nathan, did i leave you a message before - maybe at Pat Paquettes? I love your gardens, oh my and your website, very nice.

Your words jM make me consider the similarity of Mars in Taurus and Mars in Libra. I think Mars leaving Aries must come to an abrupt whoa in Taurus whereas the mars in Libra is heading home to Scorpio, a different sensation in these two venusian homes.

25/6/07 8:21 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Neo, you know exactly. Nathan's words said it so well. The fire in the throat, and the primal earth force. My experience with the Mars in Taurus square Leo was exactly like this. The anger had so much root, maybe reluctant to break out partly because of this. It was largely responsible for my own creative development.

I hadn't thought of that tseka. The two Venuses. I think the Mars in Libra is more relationship oriented and the beauty might not be as earthy. Lots of fashion, design, and even zen type beauty in the Libra. Maybe more touched by humans. More color, balance, etc. When I think of Mars in Taurus I think of pottery and sculpture.

I could feel clearly the abrupt whoa today everywhere around me. That's why nathan's post was so symbolic. The stop and notice effect.

My experience with Mars in Taurus was a magnitude of earth connection that was sometimes daunting.

25/6/07 8:38 PM  
Blogger jm said...

This is what the Mars in Taurus did once.

He took one of those ugly gold buddhas found in cheesey antique stores and set it in the living room. He took hundreds and hundreds of nails and pounded them into the buddha. An entire grid on which he placed clay and transformed the statue into one of the most intriguing things I've ever seen. The clay kept cracking for days and days, and he would keep patching, until finally it stopped, and a new buddha was born.

The sight of the nails in the buddha was something to behold. He seemed to know exactly what he was doing.

25/6/07 8:45 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Tseka, there's a precious gift for you at Jazzrap.

25/6/07 8:52 PM  
Blogger Pat Paquette said...

Greetings from someone having her Mars return!

Now, Neith would argue with this, because she uses equal houses, but I use Placidus, and that places Mars in my third house. Back in my reporting days, I was a very tenacious reporter. I was in Washington during the administration of Reagan and George I, there was a lot of corruption. Mars in Taurus in the third house gave me dogged persistence to go after them and not be deterred by spin and attempts at diversion.

And yes, I was angry -- sort of "angry young man" syndrome in a woman. But I channeled it into my work, and to this day I am grateful for having had that golden opportunity to blow off steam in a productive and appropriate way.

25/6/07 9:00 PM  
Blogger jm said...

OMG!! Another Taurus Martian!

Blow, baby, blow!!!!

25/6/07 9:22 PM  
Blogger Tseka said...

wow, these stories have seared the mars taurus into my file.

25/6/07 9:28 PM  
Blogger Pat Paquette said...

BTW, I wondered while I was reading that Buddha story whether there was any connection between your Mars-in-Taurus friend and the idea that the Buddha is said to have been born during the Wesak Full Moon, which is during Taurus. He could have pounded nails into a plastic Jesus or a Barbie doll, you know?

25/6/07 9:30 PM  
Blogger jm said...

You are absolutely correct pat. He was raised in such a strict Southern baptist household that I think the wrath of God would have prevented the Jesus nailing anyway!

25/6/07 9:38 PM  
Blogger jm said...

The funny thing, is that that Mars Buddha was mean! The look on his face. I would not tangle with him.

25/6/07 9:40 PM  
Blogger Tseka said...

Image of clay over a nailed up barbie....not good. No.

Nails with Jesus...been done.

Interesting connection tho with the Taurus/Mars using clay and metal of the earth +fire to cover Taurean Buddha.

25/6/07 9:44 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Nails with Jesus...been done.

HA HA!!!!

Leo fire involved too.

It actually ended up more earthy from the shiny gold metal of the original. He definitely was in an altered state while doing it. It consumed him.

He had a Saturn in Sag and Jupiter in Taurus, so he was searching for the earthly symbols of his faith. His own.

25/6/07 9:49 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Interesting really. the Baptist nails over the Buddha, then the blanket of earth.

25/6/07 9:50 PM  
Blogger Pat Paquette said...

Nails with Jesus...been done.

ROFLMAO!!!

25/6/07 9:50 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Nathan really broke the dam. What a way to use Mars in Taurus.

25/6/07 10:02 PM  
Blogger Pat Paquette said...

OK, not that this has anything to do with Mars in Taurus - in fact, you tell me what sign this person might be - but here is what people do with Barbie dolls these days.

(Tseka, this one's for you)

25/6/07 10:04 PM  
Blogger Tseka said...

oh poopoo
Pat, this is blasphemy i think we should invite this little "Barbie" to visit Blackhole Hel located midway in Capricorn.
Yes, i do.

25/6/07 10:10 PM  
Blogger Pat Paquette said...

But Tseka, you have to admit that turning Barbie into Hel is a feat of brash daring-do. Actually, my favorite is Athena. I just love the absurdity of the doe eyes, Maybelline lashes, boobs and skinny waist in the helmet and gorgon shield.

Let's see ... Mars, god of war, in Taurus, ruled by Venus, who has to be the ruler of Barbie...

25/6/07 10:19 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Here's another thing the Mars in Taurus did.

He grew a cornfield near downtown Santa Fe. This was not a garden. It was a cornfield.

26/6/07 3:46 AM  
Blogger Nathan said...

Thank you, everyone, for your kind words.

Yes, Teska, you've seen me post at Pisces Chronicles. I'm impressed by your blog as well, very beautiful.

Interesting to think about the impact of altering/recreating/ emphasizing icons.

Imagine, a cornfield in the middle of a city...the practicality of Taurus taken to an extreme. Definately Mars at work.

I keep thinking the next thing that happens is a volcano grows out of that cornfield...

26/6/07 1:17 PM  
Blogger jm said...

It did metaphorically, nathan. The volcano was there. What an accurate view. The events around it were like this.

It was even more than practicality, of course, taken to the extreme. Safeway was nearby. I think there was immense defiance of limitation, and also of neglect and lifelessness. An abandoned field next to a crumbling house. The impulse to grow is that powerful.

We put more life than imaginable into the area before it was demolished for development, and we came to Colorado to try to turn our creativity into practicality.

It's wonderful to think of this. He also had Jupiter in Taurus which moved to expand the earthly limitation, but being in Taurus, it was real growth.

The Mars-Venus aspect is the sexual union as well, and you could see and feel it in the way the corn stalks stood so strong and tall in the desert soil. Done by a solo man.

I've talked about this endlessly how people underestimate the force of Mars. Part of why it overwhelms them and they are horrified looking at the world we live in.

Mars is the initial thrust of life. It is daunting for all.

26/6/07 1:40 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

Speaking of Mars, Venus, and the farm connection: Vertical Farming in the Big Apple

26/6/07 1:44 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Interesting to think about the impact of altering/recreating/ emphasizing icons.

This was fascinating. The Baptsist upbringing was a source of rage all his life. The preachers scared him, he cried in church, but was forced to go. The nails in the Buddha are symbolic, of course, but, oddly, it wasn't done violently. Just methodically and slowly, the Taurus way, until his own icon emerged. It's in California now with our friend and the sea.

Saturn in Sagittarius is the iconoclast who really does want something to believe in. He sees the hypocrisy and can't stand it. All the holes in the systems. The ruling Jupiter in Taurus likes the idea of a sculpture as representation but not without that altering you mentioned. Back to the defiance.

Your comment was the perfect picture of this Mars. The volcano in the neck.

26/6/07 1:47 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Well, I'll be. the vertical farm.

That means there would be no shipping costs, and no pollution caused by moving produce around the country.

It will happen.

26/6/07 1:52 PM  
Blogger jm said...

When all else fails, just go up!

26/6/07 2:17 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

That made my day, Kadimiros! Thanks!

26/6/07 3:12 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

LOL! Maybe they will go down, too, and grow mushrooms.

Joe, you're welcome!

26/6/07 3:44 PM  
Blogger jm said...

What a great idea!!

Farms in the earth.

26/6/07 3:51 PM  

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