Week of May 19 – Mars Direct – Venus enters Aries – Sam Geppi


During the week of May 19, 2014 Mars goes retrograde and Venus leaves exaltation, and goes into Aries.

On Tuesday, May20 Mars turns direct, after being retrograde since March 1. Mars has been retrograde in Virgo, a sign of details and communication, not action. This may have us doing less “walking the talk” and more “talking the talk”. Now is a time to get back on track with our routines and fitness and sense of personal strength.

Venus moves into Aries
On May 23 Venus moves into Aries, and will be aspect it by Saturn and Mars, and it will be joined Ketu. That’s quite a change from the last several months when Venus went through Saturn ruled signs (where she was exchanging with Saturn), and most recently been exalted in Pisces for the last several weeks. Expect any recent relationship grace, and interaction with others, to be a bit stymied for a while.

If you’re involved in disputes with others or situations where you’re being challenged, the will to fight and to win will return in full force.

A Powerful Story on Anger (thanks to Yellow Ribbon Project)

Since Mars is about to really wake up, it is a good time to reflect on anger and the harmful effects of over-asserting our self-will. My Guru Amma often tells this story.

The Fence

There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the fence.

The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily, gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.

Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.

The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said “you have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one.”

You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there. Make sure you control your temper the next time you are tempted to say something you will regret later.

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