Tarot Clarity – Mars in Virgo – Nine of Cups

August 17th 2019: After being tested by the aggressive final degrees of Leo, Mars graduates to the sign of Virgo. Mars in Virgo is the ancient masculine monk/priest archetype, that is embodied best in the modern era by the archetype of a professor in a book-filled office, a world leading expert in his chosen field of study, never making time for a relationship or family, his passion directing him to use all of his life to research, collect a body of knowledge, and teach earnest students.

The Nine of Cups represents what Alejandro Jodorowsky calls “the autumn of the heart,” time to harvest the emotions in such a way that we are ready to move on. He also mentions sacrifice and detachment- core concepts of mutable earth sign Virgo.

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Mars in Virgo as the Nine of Cups is a symbol of the teacher/student dynamic, and the radical detachment strategy utilized by the most effective professors, in order to give all that they can give without micro-managing their students’ struggles in learning, their efforts in class, and their level of understanding of the material. His focus should not be up close on the student’s emotional experience, but from a higher perspective, on teaching the syllabus term after term and continually developing a deeper and more relevant curriculum- and most importantly, doing what it takes to be able to show up consistently. Mars in Virgo is the energy of the magnetic classroom connection that happens when students can rely on great professors to be predictable yet challenging, caring and yet totally impartial.

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Tarot Clarity – Mars in Leo – Knight of Pentacles

July 1st 2019: Mars enters Leo with swagger and thrust. Whenever the action planet shifts from a water sign to a fire sign, there is a palpable snap of attitude, ferocity, and forward momentum. In Aries, Mars wants to experiment. In Sagittarius, Mars wants to explore. In Leo, Mars wants to express. The shift from Cancer to Leo brings the direction of our actions away from relating and compromise, and towards our own unique passions and plans.

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The Knight of Pentacles represents building on the totality of our experiences in the material realm to dream about the new worlds we can create. This card encompasses the energy of a person who achieved the pinnacle of success in a traditional career, then quit to open their own small business focused on their favorite hobby.

The Knight of Pentacles for Mars in Leo is a symbol of imagination, effort, and performance. It reminds us that we are so much more than what we can see on the surface. We are not defined by the physical appearance and status symbols that we’ve chosen, nor are we defined by our successes and failures. The essence of Mars in Leo is the heartspace solar fire that fuels our choices about how we work with our resources, make plans, and express ourselves.

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Tarot Clarity – Mars in Cancer – Page of Wands

May 15th 2019: Mars enters Cancer, a tricky placement for the planet of overt action to be confined to a secure refuge. The Martian spirit says “the best defense is a good offense” but in the crab shell of Cancer, Mars energy is divorced from the attack, surrounded by shields and armor. Aggression in Cancer is usually passive, and sometimes passionately violent.

The Page of Wands is the card of hesitation. It represents having identified a dream but not trusting oneself enough to fully pursue it. Or it can represent impostor syndrome- the fear of believing that you might actually be great.

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Mars in Cancer as the Page of Wands symbolizes the unique frustration of the planet of Yang in the sign of the Mother, and an acknowledgement of the humility it requires to learn the lesson of this transit. Mars always knows what he wants to do, but in Cancer, he often does not know how to do it, or simply lacks faith in his own abilities. This gives us the opportunity to rest, clarify our purpose, take inventory of resources, study the maps, and invest in our closest relationships- which increases our confidence and makes us more effective workers.

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Tarot Clarity – Mars in Gemini – The Magician

March 30th 2019: Mars enters Gemini, shifting gears from the slow and steady pace of Taurus into a breezier energy, impromptu arousal, pursuit on a whim. Mars in Gemini isn’t attracted to familiarity, it craves the rush of discovering new sources of stimulation.

The Magician is a card about choices. The Magician is the interface between individual consciousness and infinity, and it communicates the idea that every choice we make is literally spellcraft- a choice is an action that manifests a specific reality out of all available possibilities.

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Mars in Gemini as the Magician symbolizes detachment from form and outcome, it is not seeking any specific result from its actions, but it is driven by the motivation to cast spells that are fresh, unusual, intriguing, and dramatic.

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