mNgl gRH = PLANET MARS......ASTRONOMICAL EVENT MEANS ALSO ASTROLOGICAL INFLUENCE ON LIVING BEINGS....
Posted by Vishva News Reporter on August 24, 2003

On August 27, 2003, Mars will be the closest to earth at about 34.6 million miles away in the last 59,620 years

Astrologer Erin Sullivan says about the once in about 60,000 year occurrence which will happen again in the year 2287 AD.:

"Perhaps the wisest way to work with the unpredictable energy of Mars retrograde, however, is to develop the discipline of the spiritual warrior who recognizes that the true battles in life are those that take place within oneself. Whether through prayer, yoga, meditation or psychotherapy, now is the time, Sullivan said, to turn within and discover where there is a need to make peace -- to fearlessly engage anxiety, fear and anger through rigorous self-examination.

To know about what the astronomers and the astrologers think about this even please click on the next line....



The Message From Mars
Astrologers explore the significance
 of this month's
 Mars approach.


By Pythia Peay
Religion News Service
From BELIEFNET.COM

 

During the waning days of August, Mars will approach its closest point to Earth in recorded history -- just 34.6 million miles away -- and will hover over the eastern horizon at sunset like a scarlet star.

Mars has not come this close to Earth, said National Air and Space Museum astronomer Sean O'Brien, since 57,617 B.C., and will not do so again until 2287.

This spectacular event will culminate over several days: On Aug. 27, Mars will be at its closest point to Earth. The following day, the Earth will line up exactly between the sun and Mars; and on Aug. 30, Mars will reach its closest approach to the sun, or perihelion.

The science of astronomy calculates the planets' movements. But the art of astrology studies the stars for symbolic clues to the invisible forces of destiny at work behind everyday life. And this summer, astrologers are pondering the significance of the approach of the Red Planet.

They note the event occurs when Mars appears to be moving backward against the sky, or "retrograde," as it does every two years for two months.

Thus during the period from July 29 through Sept. 28 this year, they say, the planet's influence over human affairs is greatly magnified.

Mythologically, the planet Mars was named after the god of war and passion. The Greeks considered the warrior god a crude, violent deity unworthy of his own temple. The Romans, however, glorified war and thus revered Mars, whose name was invoked on battlefields and in temples.

As with the Romans, said astrologer Arielle Guttman, author of "Mythic Astrology" (Lewellyn), Mars is part of America's cultural imagination. Our heroes, she says, "are pioneers, adventurers and risk takers."

To Guttman, the current Mars alignment reflects the soul-searching triggered by the war in Iraq around issues of war and peace -- as well as the role of America's military might in the world.

Other astrologers concur. In the August-September issue of The Mountain Astrologer magazine, associate editor Bill Herbst writes of the link between recent world events and Mars' symbolism as the "adrenaline-charged god of War, Desire and Anger."

Herbst wonders whether the closest Mars passage to Earth in millennia is "a cautionary tale, a cosmic telegram from the gods" that warns how primitive and reckless human beings continue to be.

Astrologer Erin Sullivan said when the "god of war is in the sign of Pisces -- the sign of victims and sacrifice -- it brings up all of the fear and suffering in the collective psyche" of humanity, as well as compassion toward the downtrodden victims of war.

Just as the masculine god in the softer sign of Pisces is generating reflection on issues of war and peace, so, too, is it stirring up controversy about the traditional roles of men.

"Mars in Pisces is the opposite of the classic John Wayne hero archetype," said Guttman. "Instead, it's the feminine-masculine -- which is why the topic of the election of the gay Episcopalian bishop, as well as gay marriages" have featured so prominently in the media, she says.

While large-scale events may be transpiring on the world stage, astrologers warn individuals, too, may find themselves contending with their own private battles.

As Mars rules anger and aggression, the two-month period when the planet of action is retrograde can mark a time of increased frustration. Efforts to move forward or to initiate a new project may meet unforeseen obstacles.

For this reason astrologers counsel their clients to handle disputes with diplomacy.

"People who have their own little wars going on need to call a cease-fire," said Sullivan, author of "Retrograde Planets: Traversing the Inner Landscape" (Weiser). "There is no point in arguing under Mars retrograde because you don't get anywhere."

The message during Mars retrograde, Sullivan said, is to slow down and stop forcing issues because "if you push under a Mars retrograde you might end up getting something you don't want."

According to Guttman, Mars retrograde can be a favorable time to bring up long-simmering grievances -- provided those involved act with thoughtfulness. Rather than blurting out accusations or exacting revenge, people can take advantage of Mars retrograde to address old hurts festering beneath the surface through means such as conflict resolution or therapy.

Some may wonder how to handle the practical side of life under Mars retrograde. While it is wise to think carefully before acting on anything of major significance, most astrologers interviewed say they would not put off going forward with the usual business of life -- if done with forethought.

Guttman, however, advises against buying a car, dangerous machinery or any kind of weapon -- and warns clients to drive carefully and beware of accidents.

One way to work with the feelings of impatience that may arise during this time period is through strenuous physical activity. As Mars rules thumos, the ancient Greek concept for "life force," said Sullivan, the misplaced aggression that can result from pent-up frustration can be positively channeled through aerobics, yoga, tai chi or a sport like basketball or tennis.

Perhaps the wisest way to work with the unpredictable energy of Mars retrograde, however, is to develop the discipline of the spiritual warrior who recognizes that the true battles in life are those that take place within oneself. Whether through prayer, yoga, meditation or psychotherapy, now is the time, Sullivan said, to turn within and discover where there is a need to make peace -- to fearlessly engage anxiety, fear and anger through rigorous self-examination.
 



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