Living’ Don Quixote Style: Sagittarius Full Moon conjunct Mars Rx

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Don Quixote

The ingenious gentleman of La Mancha.

It is from the great literary work Don Quixote that we get the word quixotic, which means to behave in a rash manner pursuit of ideals without regard as to whether they are practical or the means are sound. However, I do not think that it is a sin to be quixotic. After all, it may have been impractical for David to go up against Goliath, but he won on faith and luck.

Sagittarius full moon will make a conjunction to Mars retrograde today, May 21st, and make an exact conjunct to Mars retrograde. Mars retrograde is action diverted, or action without a plan and a clear shot at winning, or motivation waning. It is a actually a good time to plan an attack rather than execute one, but unfortunately, we cannot live like this. There is just no way to live in a fast-paced world and do nothing. Sometimes, you just have to muster up what you can and make a Hail-Mary pass. Often, what we end up initiating during Mars retrograde is like that.

Sagittarius full moon is the abundance of idealism and enthusiasm so that we are more willing to roll the dice and bet on our own abilities. What happens this month — I hope — is that for those of us most affected by this full moon (Sagittarians especially) will get a shot in the dark that hits the target.

Right now, those affected by Mars Rx feel as if we have lost some of our mojo. Even though Sagittarius doesn’t win all the time, it does not think of itself as a born loser, and since it will take all the shots, at least some of them will hit, right? Not lately. We are forced to regroup, study, and keep looking into things, because actually moving forward just isn’t happening. Instead of traveling to the next destination, we’re reading about it, anxious and impatient to get moving.

However, when the full moon comes, this will be  little reprieve, because the moon rules imagination, and what we imagine we can do this month just *might* come to pass. Now, we have to learn how to be patient, and that’s fine, but it’s hard to learn the merits of being patient if you never see the rewards of it. Otherwise, it’s just you being permanently held back.

However, for those of us fighting windmills when we think we’re fighting giants, this may just be the month where we find an actual giant on our travels.

Cowardice in the Chart: Mars in Aspect to Saturn or Chiron

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But vanilla is still tasty, right?

And let me qualify the title by explaining that I do not believe in an uncontrollable destiny, or that people have fate and no free will. But, astrologically speaking, the world isn’t full of would-be rock stars whom everyone is too stupid to recognize. Not every person is born with an insatiable hunger, raw talent, and the luck or circumstances to become wildly successful. Not everyone is wild stallion meant to forge a new path. Not every person who has potential will fulfill it. The world is full of people who are average, no matter how their social media looks, no matter what they were told in grade school.  Not everyone is driven to greatness. Most will not go for the brass ring. Fewer still will keep going after they have reached up and failed to grasp it.

Cosmically, this is fine. There is no need to have anxiety over how much we lack fame and fortune. Greatness and recognition are two different things, though we often confuse the two. In fact, the people who will have the most impact on the world, for better or for worse, are not celebrities. No one ever heard of the Koch brothers until 2008, even though they have been fueling American conservatives with money for decades. Most people didn’t know who Elon Musk was until Tesla Motors hit the news; he co-founded Paypal. Most people don’t know the name of one scientist who has helped to sequence the human genome. On the other hand, we have celebutantes who are famous for doing fuck-all.

But not everyone will sequence the human genome, or find the cure for cancer. Some of us will do a kind thing that really helps someone turn their life around, or is instrumental in saving the life of others. Perhaps it is part of someone’s purpose to be born and die so their organs can be donated and allow someone else to live. We are all on earth to do many things, and many of those things fulfill us, and the only two things that get in our way is ourselves and other people.

It can be difficult to tell from a natal chart whether or not a person is living up to their potential. Even if you look at a lifetime of progressions and transits, it can be hard to tell if a person seized the day. Planets on the Aries Points, planets conjunct the Midheaven and in the 10th house may mean someone more easily ends up in the public eye for whatever that planet represents, whether they like it or not. Fame is not actualization, and it is not living up to one’s soul potential. However, there are a few indicators or whether or not a person has both the motivation and the courage to realize as an individual as well as the perseverance to keep moving toward their individual fulfillment.

And Like That, Jupiter is Direct!

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Jupiter went direct the day before my last final. I hate couching my feelings, however, in terms of astrology: yes, clearly my last post smacks of a Sagittarius feeling stuck during a Jupiter retrograde, forced to look within than to move forward to the next thing. I was born in the middle of Jupiter stationary; it went retrograde the next day. This is innate. And my Jupiter is in Virgo. I had a Jupiter return and then it went retrograde. But there is more going on with me, astrologically, as there is with you and everyone else around us.

However, I find that in counseling, reminding people that retrogrades or transits will pass is of limited help. Sure, all things pass, and we carry the lessons with us, and even when despair is far from over, we still have a sense of when the worst is over.

But emotionally, it isn’t healthy to sweep feelings under the rug and use astrology as an excuse. And Jupiter retrograde is the time where you have to deal with that mound of dirt that was swept under the rug because you were too busy dealing with other things.

We have to use the inverted energy! Even if a client contacts you because they are seeking cosmic permission to be their authentic selves, the motivation comes from somewhere. Yes, they are stuck, but behind the scenes, the wheels and gears are grinding away.

Jupiter retrograde is actually not that bad. Actually, no retrograde is bad: they are personally enriching. All retrograde planets still manifest according to their nature but just in a different, inverted way. Jupiter retrograde expands perspective and grit by denying persons the luck, generosity, and ease that it normally blesses with. Instead of material or social abundance, it gives you one big great thing. Of course, that one big great thing may be some sort of lesson. Can you learn to live without getting by on your charm? Can you focus on one thing you would rather not do simply to get it done? Can you live without material abundance for a while to gain intangible abundance? Can you have faith even when your faith is severely tested?

Can you stay in one place, mentally, physically, or spiritually, and grow from there?

The problem is that we cannot see the forest for the trees.