Friday, 20 May 2016

Lessons of Mars retrograde



Back in November, when the world-record crude inventory glut was still in its early innings, we showed what we then thought was a disturbing image of dozens of oil tankers on anchor near the US oil hub of Galveston, TX, unwilling to unload their cargo at what the owners of the oil thought was too low prices.
Little did we know that just a few months later this seemingly unprecedented sight of clustered VLCCs would be a daily occurrence as oil producers, concerned by Cushing hitting its operating capacity, would take advantage of oil curve contango to store their oil offshore indefinitely. However, while the "parking lot" off Galveston has since normalized, something shocking has emerged and continued to grow half way around the world, just off the coat of Singapore. May 20

In the cluttered backyard of an unassuming stilted house just down the road from the Killing Fields on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, archaeologists are digging up a relic of the country’s historical high point: a kiln that once furnished stoneware pottery across the Angkorian empire. May 20


Here we present examples of how the same planetary configuration can manifest in different ways so as to appear completely unrelated. However, if we understand the  core essence of the planet’s meaning, we will see how they represent two different manifestations of the same principle.  





On May 22, Mars which has been retrograde since April 17 reaches  its opposition to the Sun – the midpoint of its retrograde cycle. Charts for the Sun-Mars opposition at Singapore and Phnom Penh are shown here. 








Being roughly at the same longitude, the charts are more or less identical for the two places. But as we shall see they are showing two different manifestations that are related. The Sun-Mars opposition takes place very significantly on the horizon axis and highlights the Zeus-Admetus sesquisquare through hard aspects. Martha Wecott provides the following delineations for the TNPs.


ZEUS: Restrained or creative fire/energy; enthusiasm; controlled & directed forces (thus both planning and controlling strong emotions;) guns, power tools, machines, motors, fireplaces, fuels; excitement; to incite; military; blood pressure; inflammation; ability to harness energies for accomplishment .

ADMETUS: Facing blockages; biding your time; encountering delays, frustrations, complications or the need for something else to happen BEFORE success or progress; dealing with raw materials (including stone, lumber, etc.,) packaging, inventory and storage; having cramps or other indications that reveal a tightening to endure/persevere/hang in there; issues with self-containment, shunning; literal and behavioral “cold.” Narrowing or specialization.

I am sure readers are already able to piece the two news events from the definitions of Zeus and Admetus. In any case, here is my explanation. In the first case, Admetus represents inventory or storage while Zeus represents fuel so that we have a pile up of crude oil ships …standing, delayed, going nowhere so that essentially the Zeus fiery energy has been blocked by Admetus (here world industrial recession) .

In the second news story from Cambodia, archaeologists have dug up a relic of the country’s historical high point: a kiln that once furnished stoneware pottery. Here Zeus energy is the fire that burns in the kiln which acting on clay during its retention time in the kiln (delay) produces beautiful stone (Admetus) pottery [1]. In the first case the oil tankers in Singapore are held up by a delay with the frustrated owners waiting for industrial activity and consequently oil prices to go up. In other words, biding one’s time and storing the oil for now gives them a more valuable or desirable product later.


So is there a psychological message here? Indeed there is and reference [2] puts it simply.
Mars energy has been blocked but the retrograde period is not entirely useless. If used properly the final product may be both beautiful and valuable.

The slow burn of Mars retrograde can either be psychologically depleting and corrosive, or it can free up frustrated energy. Pockets of anger may flash and surprise us during Mars retrograde, and repressed rage and passions could bring knee-jerk reactions. Sometimes we lose our inspiration when Mars is in retrograde, but it always resurfaces with new and more realistic goals after Mars turns direct (30 June).

[1] The Orders of Light; Martha Wescott (p.112)


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