After what seems like an eternity, Mars turns direct Friday the 13th. Mars, the first sign of the zodiac, is our energy. When Mars is retrograde we feel tired. We just can't get enough rest and when we try we still feel run down. Business dealings get stalled and nothing moves forward the way you want it to. Romance goes sour as everyone is feeling out of sorts and critical. Mars in Virgo, where is has been since November, is a poor place for the firery Martian energy. Virgo is earth, Mars is fire. Earth puts out a fire. Virgo is also quite picky and Aries is rash and does not like to think before acting. Mars is pretty annoyed in Virgo, because its slowed down. Add to that the retrograde which began the latter part of January, and Mars feels like a lion locked up in an escape proof, tiny cage. Mars is very upset, rattling the bars and growling to no avail. So today, Friday the 13th, Mars goes direct at 9PM. We are feeling disconnected today and the weekend would be a good time to catch up on sleep and finally be rested, and to put your ducks in a row for movement....finally. Aries people will be especially pleased, as everything has gone awry for a while. Finally business deals move forward, tension and the jitters subside and romance can flow again. But don't forget its still in virgo and will be until July 4th so people will still be a little cranky and nit picky until then, as Mars does not care about the details and Virgo demands they be reviewed. But finally on Independence Day, Mars moves into Libra, where it is exaulted. Mars generally stays in a sign 6 weeks, and it will cease its visit with Virgo after 8 months!!
After a retrograde it takes a while for that planet to "settle in" direct motion. By April 21st, when the new moon is in Aries, our energy should be stabilized and we should feel energetic and ready to go. From now until then there are several cranky aspects where people may still not get along or come to an agreement. You might be too critical and blow a deal or a compromise. So cool your jets before the 21st and try to keep your lip zipped and rest up. Because you will be ready to move, and the world will be ready to move....spring has sprung. Occupy is out and about again, Earth day is the 22nd, and by the 29th when the Sun trines Pluto, ruler of Power, big things will happen. Get ready!
Yvonne Walker, founder of theAstroHealer.com (formerly Astrological Healing) is an astrologer with 30+ years experience.