Miracles and Wonders

Should we believe in miracles? Are there such things as wonders? Where does this need for us to be amazed, astounded, dazzled or petrified come from – something we both fear and hope for?

What is a miracle? What is a wonder? What is the difference between them? The meaning of a miracle is “an amazing thing”, something wonderful, strange, marvellous – by the way, marvel and miracle have a common meaning. A miracle, however, has taken on a religious meaning, particularly for Christians. It is an act which cannot be explained by natural causes and is attributed to a divine intervention. This is why Christian history abounds with miracles, faithfully based on the facts related in the Old Testament where Elohim (Yahve) appears and manifests himself and, depending on the situation, punishes or saves his people either directly or by the hands of his prophets or angels.

A wonder or prodigy means a “prophetic sign”. This could be wonderful and miraculous but equally it could be hideous like a scourage. But whilst the word “miracle” took on the meaning that we know today, a prodigy became, in its proper sense, “something miraculous”. In other words, it could not be anything else but the result of a divine intervention.
Has this always been the case? No. We have historic proof to help you understand how our ancestors looked at what we still see today – the Sky, the Earth, nature, the supernatural. They looked at these things with interest, curiosity and, above all, with an ability to marvel and be enchanted – which we have largely lost and are sadly lacking – and an acute sense of observation and deduction.

Wonders of nature and signs of the Gods

To illustrate our interpretation, we quote Jean Bottero (Mesopotamia, Writing, Reason and the Gods, Gallimard, 1987) “The ancient Mesopotamians were convinced that the world as a whole could not be explained at all and, to make sense of it, they could only imagine that it had been created and was ruled by superhuman beings… And in the land of ancient written tradition where the decisions of the ruler were regulrly proclaimed in writing, the gods had to make sure that will was laid down and committed to memory.

How? …when the gods produced either a being which did not look like the original or a strange happening, which was sudden or weird, they were expressing their desire to predict an equally unusual destiny, one that could be understood if you knew how to decipher it through the occurence of an abnormal event… Such was the basis of deductive divination: you had to read into the strange or irregular events or objects to extract and deduce the divine decisions affecting the future of those concerned: whether it be the king, the country or an individual associated with the object of the divinatory act.

The miracles of saints

If you want to enter into the world of real or imaginary miracles by Christian saints, we advise you to read The Golden Legend (edited by H Champion, 1997), by Jacques de Varazze de Voragine, a Dominican monk and Archbishop of the town of Genoa in Italy. In the 12th century, he scrupulously edited a chronology of the life and times of the saints.
You cand find out, for example, how Saint Elizabeth healed a monk, gave life back to a hanged0man, a drowned-man and gave sight back to someone born blind. You will read how Saint Martin resuscitated a dead man, how a ball of fire appeared on his head and how he himself appeared several times in different places after his death, notably to heal a blind man and a paralysed person.
Another story has it that Zozime buried Saint Mary, the Egyptian, with the help of a lion, how Saint Peter appeared to Saint Agatha and healed her and how a volcanic eruption was stopped dead by his veil.
This list of miracles attributed to saints goes on and on. Reading through it, we can better understand how and why they belong to the world of beliefs whilst prodigies remain in the domain of omens and divination. Each era has its miracles and omens which are signs of the times.

Tarot cards: 9. The Hermit

Look at this arcana carefully. What do you see? An angel and weakened man attempting to find his way? No. He is an old man but his face relects a certain strength and an inner energy. His manner shows that he is not looking for his way, but showing the way.

The lantern and the wand

The Hermit is a guide. He holds his lantern with his right hand to indicate the road we should take, to bring us light. He is here to “make us see the light” in the sense that we can learn, discover or become aware of something, in other words be informed. He warns that to be misinformed means we can be very mistaken and delude ourselves about something important. The Hermit’s wand remind us of Moses, God’s prophet, who changed his stick into a snake to express the anger and power of Yahweh (the God of Israel). Moses also showed the way, he opened the Red Sea and led the Hebrew people through the desert to a new Promised Land.

Reading The Hermit Card

The Hermit brings your attention to a specific situation. He warns you to look at things as they are, with a clear and discerning mind. He places you in front of a given fact. He advises you tu withdraw, stand back, be cautious, discerning, sensible, perceptive and far-sighted. He advises you to take your time, tread carefully, and to try and envisage your ideas and plans on a long term basis. Above all he asks you to be patient. He can help you to become more aware of your motivations, your desires, your aspirations, to give a meaning to your life, to confront you with your true vocation, with a mission or an important task which you must accomplish.

The Hermit fact sheet

The Hermit letters: T and H
The Hermit number: 9
The Hermit meanings: wisdom, awareness, clayrvoiance
The Hermit verbs: see, know, reveal, teach, initiate
The Hermit personality: a sensible, wise, solitary, older person
The Hermit situation: a situation requiring perceptiveness, lucidity, caution and a discerning mind
The Hermit astrological associations: similarities to the sign of Leo (the lantern) and Saturn (the stick), and more particularly the first decan of the sign of Leo, whose ruling planet is Saturn.

Interpretations of the Hermit tarot card

Positive meanings: wisdom, awareness, lucidity, perceptiveness, fruitful solitude, study, research, discovery, long-term enterprise, bright idea, patience, caution, vigilance
Negative meaning: loss of bearings, isolation, refusal to listen to advice, withdrawal, mistrust, scepticism, fatalism.

The 4th House in the zodiac signs

In a birth chart, the 4th House is located in the sign where the roots or the very foundations of an individual\s life are to be found.

in Aries: burning, passionate relationships within the family circle. Need to feel the master at home, the head of the family, to actively dominate one’s loved ones. Frequent bursts of enthusiasm and disappointments at home.

in Taurus: deep sentimental attachment to the home environment. need to be loved, to enjoy material and a reassuring routine within the family circle. Conservative, stay-at-home temperament. Likes to own things.

in Gemini: great ability to adapt to the home environment, but very critical of it. Need to live in pleasant surroundings enjoying a carefree atmosphere and to establish varied, intelligent relationsips.

in Cancer: the home environment is perceived as a cosy, protective nest. need to live in confortable, tasteful surroundings, full of charm and gentleness and to create a family unit. Strongly attached to the past.

in Leo: natural and instinctive tendency to take charge of the family circle, to shine there and dominate. Need to be the centre of attention at home. Taste for luxury and prestige in everything that concerns one’s surroundings.

in Virgo: the family circle is seen and experienced with reserve and simplicity. Need to live in modest but reassuring surroundings, within well-defined limits, and to feel useful there. At home, sense of order and economy.

in Libra: harmonious relationships are established at the heart of the family circle. By extension, need to live in a climate of good understanding. A happy home lige is essential to retain equilibrium. Great refinement for all that relates to home surroundings.

in Scorpio: the family circle is perceived or lived in a passionate or excessive manner. need to exert an influence over loved ones, whilst showing noncomformist or provocative behaviour. Sometimes there is a need for a radical change at home.

in Sagittarius: the family circle is perceived as a privileged place, filled with a certain cheerfulness. Need to set up a radiant, happy home, based on mainly conservative foundations. Behaves as an adviser and moraliser to those close to him/her.

in Capricorn: single minded from an early age or a sense of isolation within the family circle. Need to be serious, to live in a calm atmosphere, based on strength; the sense of duty and responsabilities makes the individual faithful and more attached to his home environment than he seems to be.

in Aquarius: originality and the unexpected rule in the family circle. Need to energize his home and those around him, to live in conditions which are out of the ordinary. Often rebellious towards everything concerning family obligations.

in Pisces: great sensitivity regarding the family circle and difficulty in detaching from it entirely. Confusion, uncertainity, extreme sentimentality, strong emotions felt within the home. Tendency to dramatise family situations.

The Rabbit and Zodiac Signs

The Rabbit in Aries

In his youth his impulsiveness and love affairs forever exhaust him and his need for action, and for getting higher or further than other people, make him unstable and indecisive. But he becomes shrewd, with age, and learns to concentrate on his goals and can even turn out to be very obstinate, never letting go until he is satisfied. However, the helpful hero with the big heart is always present. So, at the first opportunity, he dashes to save the widow and orphan.

The Rabbit in Taurus

You could not be more realistic, materialist and full of good sense than this Taurean. People often envy his material success, his inordinate taste for comfort and pleasure and the ease with which he seems to be able to get everything he wants. But in reality he is a patient, strenuous, digilent worker, who is never put off by hard work or setbacks and knows what it is to make a living by the sweat of his brow.

The Rabbit in Gemini

The nervous, twitchy rabbit meets up with the mercurial Gemini, what a combination! He has sarcely got one project under way when he is already working out another one. He goes from one occupation, interest, idea or love affair to another. He is always on the move, nothing occupies his attention for long. He jumps at every opportunity. What’s more, he sometimes pulls all the strings without appearing to, for he is a great gambler and a talented comedian.

The Rabbit in Cancer

He lives in his own world of dreams or in the cosy comfort of his little domain, content with himself, far from the noise and fury of the outside world, which he is afraid of and runs away from. Delicate, vulnerable and hypersensitive, by dint of believing he is misunderstood or disliked, he ends up being so. Or else he lets you think that nothing bothers or affects him. In either case, he tends to isolate himself, makes mountains out of molehills and makes it a rule to adopt a staunchly selfish mode of behaviour.

The Rabbit in Leo

His territory is the place where he lives and the environment in which he develops. they both belong to him, and nothing can question this right which seems to be inborn in him. With a charm, naturalness and discouncerting power to seduce and convince, he seems always to be playing a part. But he gets everything he wants, without any apparent struggle or effort. For he loves to keep the peace and has a moral strength and big-heartedness which are not overrated.

The Rabbit in Virgo

He mistrusts everything and everyone. In fact, he tends to believe that as far as one’s social life and relationships are concerned, you are predator or prey, and as he is neither fierce nor ambitious, he takes care to protect himself by trying to read between the lines or focusing his attention on the sayings and unspoken words which, according to him, speak for themselves. However, in spite of his taste for analysis and his mistrusting nature, he remains objective and is never indifferent to the lure of reward.

The Rabbit in Libra

He seems to be always taking one step forwards, then one step backwards in his life, standing on the threshold of a door, undecided whether to go in or out. He knows what he doesn’t want but not what he does want. His qualities lie in his extreme sophistication, his innate feeling for harmony of shape and colour and his skill in surrounding himself with people who are intelligent, cultured and hand-picked by him. He is good at protecting his interests but hates conflict, arguments and complications.

The Rabbit in Scorpio

His nervous sensuality and power of seduction is irresistible. He has simple, genuine ambitious but rarely manages to achieve them, because he cannot maintain relationship without being passionate, possessive and mistrustful. He has a sixth sense and knows things which other people are still unaware of. he talks of peace, happiness and wellbeing but lives in a state of war or crisis. You cannot manage without him, but it is very difficult to live with this Rabbit.

The Rabbit in Sagittarius

The world is his oyster. He sees it as a large garden to be explored, discovered and travelled through. To him, there are no such things as boundaries. He flits from place to place. he escapes. But he always comes back to his home base, as he needs to have a landmark. Even so, he sustains solid, steadfast convictions. His self-confidence is catching. So it is easy to follow him down the path he shows you. then it is natural for him to take on the role of leader. His paternalistic, indulgent nature is greatly admired.

The Rabbit in Capricorn

He is not very sociable and not a brilliant communicator. But he knows what he wants and where he’s going, and he heads for it slowly but surely, in the certain knowledge that he will reach his goal eventually. Very calculating and with a gift for strategy, he moves his pawns forward one by one, until he has the situation well in hand. He has few friends and relationships but you couldn’f be more loyal than him. He is capable of moving mountains.

The Rabbit in Aquarius

He wants to know everything, understand everything and experience everything. He’s searcher after truth who puts his findings into practice. He already has one foot in the future. He thinks things over, moves forward and breaks new ground. He helps others to find practical solutions to their problems. Indeed, his qualities of humanism and idealism prompt him to show just as much concern for other people as for himself. As for freedom, it’s his reason for living.

The Rabbit in Pisces

He has his feet on the ground but his head in the sky. He often appears very detached from the down-to-earth realities of life; it is true that he finds everyday life boring or frustrating. But he is more gifted than he looks at surrounding himself with all the comforts he needs. He frequently has a great potential for creativity, but needs help and support in exploiting it in the right way.

Axis of the 2nd and 8th Houses

In the 2nd House, the individual says: “I take, I produce, I accumulate, I keep”. In the 8th House, he says: “I throw away, I destroy, I sow, I scatter”.

As you know, the twelve Houses of the zodiac tell us about the physical, material and social life of the individual. By taking note of, and checking all the information inherent to the Houses in the signs of the zodiac, the ruling planets of these Houses, and the planets and fictious points in the Houses, we are putting together a puzzle made up many characteristics, which we call today, the psychology of a person. This is their acquired rather than inborn behaviour, the influence exerted upon them by the social, cultural and geographical background and events, the customs and mentality to which they are subjected from a very early age.

Consequently, a careful study of this information provided by all the elements above, comes under what is called “deductive clairvoyance”; it is through association, intuition and deduction, depending on the position of the plantes in the Houses, of the Houses in the signs, and through a subtle control of his skills, that the sensible astrologer succeeds in reaching such a finesse of interpretation that leads him to find facts and precise events which took place or could have taken place in a person’s life.

The 2nd House

Whilst the axis of the 1st and 7th Houses can be broadly defined, as the expression goes, by ‘myself and others’ – ‘myself’ being revealed by the ascendant in the birth chart and ‘others’ or more precisely ‘my attitude towards others’, by the situation of the descendant – the axis of the 2nd and 8th Houses can be conjugated in the first person singular, in the present of the verbs to take and to throw away: “I take and I throw away”. Indeed, whatever its situation in the birth chart, the 2nd House informs us about taking, the way which an individual takes possession of his natural background, and, by extension, about his possessions, his assets and the result of his efforts and his work, in other words, his gains, his profits, his income, etc.

“To take, to have, to acquire, to earn” are therefore the verbs that are used in the 2nd House. But, where does this need to take, to have, to acquire, to earn, to possess, to acumulate, to keep, come from? Do we not find ourselves there, in the domain of the instinct of survival and self-preservation which we all have and also share with the animal world? On the whole, it is due to a fundamental and instinctive anxiety about the unknown, about deprivation, dispossession and death. Let’s not forget that, when studying the twelve Houses, we are entering the realms of individual existence which was wrongly believed to precede or supplant the essence of a human being.

The 8th House

Here, the individual no longer takes; he throws away, he rejects or else he sows, he sacrifices with another harvest in mind. In the 2nd House, he produces, becomes attached to and acumulates. In the 8th House, he destroys, becomes detached and spreads himself. Consequently, whilst 2nd House is related to the instinct of survival and self-preservation, the 8th House shows obvious similarities with the death instinct. But one should not be too hasty in concluding from this that this House is exclusively that of death.

First, it represents an individual’s capacity to become detached from material assets and, paradoxically, what he can get from doing so. In the 8th House, he becomes detached. He no longer needs to provide. He is a little like the animal who does not worry about what he will find to eat tomorrow. Thus, this House has become that of inheritance, meaning the things which we acquire without any effort on our part.

But, in all cases, if there is such a thing as an inheritance (and there will be, of course, because we all have an 8th House in out birth chart), it must be understood that it may refer to either material or spiritual assets, and that what we are going to do with this possible and potential inheritance is more important than the fact of inheriting or the nature of the things that we inherit.

justice tarot card

Taror Cards: 8. Justice

It is said that “Choice makes the man”. We have already seen the emotional meaning of this statement with The Lovers – the arcana which indicates a chosen option, a decision, a direction – and thus gives life a meaning.

Justice, the scales and the sword

We are not dealing here with the justice of men, with its codes, its laws and its rules. This is a uniquely human conception which sets us apart from the animal kingdom and creates a framework, by which all of us must abide, to preserve social order.

justice tarot cardIt is true that the notions of equity, uprightness, impartiality, integrity and probity are attributed to this tarot card, and that the symbols pictured on this major arcana are the attributes of justice. But, the justice that is represented here is, above all, that of life and truth, without the intervention of moral principles. With regard to life, what sometimes appears to be the logical, reasonable of right thing to do in such and such a situation, or at such and such a time, may not necessarily be moral.

The rules and codes of behaviour we abide by, in order to live as healthily and happily as possible as a society and a community, are dictated by reason, tempered with emotional considerations. And yet, the justice which is mentioned here is, let us say, more primitive, primary and primordial. It is dictated by the survival instinct or the vital need for the absolute, more than from the moral code. Two examples can illustrate this principle: the female of a particular animal species that kills all its young except one, knowing that there will not be enough for them all; and the man who is drowing and who, at that precise moment, has only one wish: to breathe!

Reading the justice tarot card

This arcana always implies the need to find or recover a balance between various forces, or contradictory elements which are at stake in a situation. That balance is either forced upon us bu ourselves or by others, but its intervention is of prime importance. This arcana also drives us to be just, impartial, rigorous, honest and disciplined. And, of course, it may foretell the intervention in out life of the justice of men: we may resort to it to resolve a difficult case, or else become its victim.

Interpretation of Justice

Positive meanings: balance, discipline, harmony, honesty, moral strictness, lucidity, truth, good instinct.

Negative meanings: moral harshness, intransigence, intolerance, arbitrary decision, injustice, bias, error of judgement.

Justice card fact sheet

Justice letter: H

Justice number: 8

Justice meaning: balance

Justice verbs: evaluate, estimate, balance, stabilise, judge, arbitrate, resolve, compromise, behave

Justice personality: a lawyer, a judge, a barrister, an arbitrator

Justice situation: a situation where a balance has to be found or maintained, where discipline must be imposed, and where an equitable action or reaction is needed.

Justice astrological associations: similarities to the sign of Cancer and Venus as ruling planet of Libra and not Taurus.

 

Mars in the Signs of the Zodiac (2)

Mars, men and animals

In animals, aggressiveness is a product of the instinct of survival. So, we can’t blame the cat for chasing birds, or the lion for devouring a gazelle. In man, aggressiveness is also a product of instinct, of course, but it sublimated, channelled or curbed by his intelligence. Consequently, depending on Mars’ position in a birth chart, it is possible to define many different aggressive temperaments.

Could we do the same with animals? People have often wanted to see in animals, characteristics that were revealed by heavenly bodies. But it is not the same as it is for man: animal instinct is strong, but the mind is weak and very easily influenced. And if you were to draw up the birth chart of an animal, and observe that Mars is in Taurus, or Capricorn, he would still remain easily influenced.

Mars in Libra

One should never underestimate an ability to act that is selective but infinitely precise. This is the type of ability revealed by Mars in Libra. Although Mars finds itself in detriment in this sign, its strength is all the more powerful as it chooses the best time to manifes itself. Consequently, the individual with Mars in Libra is capable of thought and reserve before acting, but also shows a clear-minded determination driven by a profound desire to lay down the law, impose his order and choices. Under cover of agreeing or displaying a kind of flexible understanding, he is able to hold firmly in his hand the sword of justice, to make radical decisions once and for all, and even become implacable. He can also show a certain discipline, never going too far, but waiting until he has gathered all the elements he needs before he seizes what he really wants.

Mars in Scorpio

As in the sign of Aries, Mars is at home here. But he also receives the help of Pluto, second ruler of the sign of Scorpio, which gives him an intensity, a clear and concentrated inner strebgth which may give the individual concerned by this configuration, a formidable temperament. His ability to act is then rather hidden. He gives the impression of being calm and tranquil. In reality, he is calculating, provocative, reckless and likes to experiment, but only taking calculated risks. Without seeming to, he exerts a strong influence over those aroound him, either through his power of seduction, or by exploiting other people’s weak points. Difficulties, obstacles and crisis, stimulate him and lead him to surpass himself and show unexpected courage and pugnacity. This individual is capable of the greatest passion or the most extreme detachment.

Mars in Sagittarius

In the ninth sign of the zodiac which is the sign of self-development and fulfilment – characteristics pelicular to Jupiter, ruler of this sign – Mars reveals an individual whose ability to act is outgoing and generous, but whose prime motivation is the expression of the personality and its happiness. The strength and aggressiveness of the individual concerned by this configuration, are stimulated by a fighting spirit and need to compete. He always feels the desire to impose himself on others, in a way which is rather excessive and stifling for those around him. He acts with enthusiasm and naivety, but errs through excessive enthusiasm. By wishing to do so well, or to do good, he frequently gets the opposite results to what he had hoped for. This person enjoys physical effort, but sometimes wastes his energies.

Mars in Capricorn

Plunged into the realms of Saturn, Mars presents us with an individual whose actions show tenacious determination, perception, clear-sightedness and perseverance, but a lack of enthusiasm, warmth and aggressive strength. He is a reasonable person who measures the weight and consequences of his actions and aims for maximum efficiency. He is more gifted at prolonged and sustained efforts than at warm and optimistic impulses or immediate actions. Often on the defensive, he is discreet, careful, enduring and particularly obstinate, to the point that he does not let go until he’s satisfied his ambitious or reached his goal. On the other hand, he knows how to detached himself from any sentimental or emotional involvement, which may make him very hard and seem to behave in a cold and inflexible manner.

Mars in Aquarius

Mars is revitalised and energised by Uranus, second ruler of this sign. But, with this planetary configuration in his birth chart, the individual’s active energies are rationalised, organised, and controlled by Saturn;s own elements, this planet being the first ruler of Aquarius. Consequently, the individual in question reveals a certain natural skill or inventive technique, through which he expresses his ability to act. He is fundamentally energetic, but his strengthis more mental than physical. He is very mobile, capable of having several activities on the go a successful conclusion together. he is good at making quick decisions, acting without delay, opportunely, and doing what has to be done at the right moment in time. However, he may show himself to lack discipline and stability, to be impulsive and careless, or else to display intolerant opinions.

Mars in Pisces

In this sign, ruled by Jupiter and Neptune, Mars reveals an individual who tends tu sublimate his ability to act. Consequently, acting becomes an end in itself, or else he yearns for perfection and this often prevents him from acting. In reality, his energies are either uplifted, destroyed or inhibited by intense emotional turmoils which may however, arise in a totally unexpected manner and take on unusually violent, primitive or devasting proportions, like some giant tidal wave sweeping everything away in its path. thus, thanks to the great kindness, the deep emotional sensitivity and the intuition that guide his every move, this individual occasionally shows a taste for challenge. He is capable of chieving impossible dreams. But on the other hand, he may show himself to be very touchy to have uncontrollable impassioned reactions or to misuse his strength.

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Mars in the Signs of the Zodiac (1)

In a birth chart, Mars reveals an individual’s power of action and self-assertiveness. A fighting spirit, desire and forward thinking also belong to the realms of Mars.

Mars in Aries

Mars is at home in this first sign of the zodiac which is a sign that, symbolically, stands for great enthusiasm for life and the future. Consequently, the individual with Mars in Aries shows some characteristics which are also pelicular to those born under that sign: enthusiasm of course, but also a daring, fiery, impulsive, careless temperament, stimulated by a ceaseless and endlessly renewed desire for action. Assertiveness is such a vital need for this individual that, if other factors in the individual’s birth chart reveal that it is thwarted or hindered, his energies will become overloaded and he will gradually burn himself out. If this is the case then he will also lack continuity in his actions. He is fundamentally individualistic, and oblivious of the risk that he takes or the obstacles he is likely to encounter on the way.

Mars in Taurus

Within the realms of Taurus, Mars reveals an individual endowed with tranquil strength and a power of action that is calm, slow, realistic, careful but very persevering. He may even show himself to be very obstinate, never letting go, and displaying such courage and patience that, in time, he manages to overcome obstacles and triumph over adversity. He has all the qualities and weaknesses that are found in stubborn people who never listen to reason. Because of this, it is often impossible to get him to change his mind. His assertiveness translates itself as a victory or an achievement in material life. Indeed, he only acts when he feels secure, or to get more comfort. Therefore, he may be a perfectionist or intolerant, choosing a unilateral and unchangeable mode of behaviour, refusing any change in his routine.

Mars in Gemini

In this sign of the zodiac, ruled by mercury, Mars works as a beneficial stimulant for the mind. With this planetary configuration, we are faced with an individual endowed with a special gift to successfully translate and transmit his ideas, his teories or his concepts. However, as his power of action is intellectual, he tends to be better at asserting himself on an intellectual rather than physical level. This sometimes makes him more likely to express himself with words rather than actions, as he is more skilful at doing so. In fact, he has a special gift for speeches, active communication and controversy, and he often turns out to be very persuasive. he has a taste for biting remarks, is always ready with an answer, and sometimes enjoys campaigning for ideas or an ideology. However, he may also become prey to an exhausting mental activity.

Mars in Cancer

Deep in the lunar realms of this sensitive sign, the power of action of the individual showing Mars in Cancer takes the form of a subtle defensive attitude, capable of harbouring sudden bouts of internalized violence. On the whole however, the individual in question ignores or simply disregards the use of violence to assert himself. He needs to find himself in a safe environment, and receive encouragement from the people around him, in order to exert his influence over circumstances, to act, to undertake and to dare. Then, he compensate for his fear or his reluctance to act by a tenacity of rare intensity. His actively conservative attitude, will subbornly refuse to consider any change; this is an attitude which might lead him to fanaticism and store up resentments.

Mars in Leo

When Mars finds itself in this Sun-ruled sign, it stimulates the individual’s instinctive will which becomes actively dominant or diminating. This a very energetic person who is frank, direct, and whose ability to act is often the personality’s predominant way of expressing itself. Feeling at one with the present moment in which he finds himself spontaneously and fully integrated, and which he controls perfectly, the individual acts in a natural manner, his assertiveness being obvious and uncomplicated. In fact, he does not consider for one minute that he might be wrong in the way he imposes on other with such assurance and generosity that it verges on exhibitionism, or abuse of power. He has nerve, is sometime presumptuous, and has a taste for conquest.

Mars in Virgo

In Mercury’s second digniti, Mars indicates that the individual’s ability to act tends to be withdrawn and only expolited in a case of absolute necessity. This happens because we are in the presence here of a being who hates gratuitous acts, as much as he hates any idea of change in his behaviour and way of life. It is hardly surprising that, in this sign, assertiveness reveals itself to be inhibited, or contained, analysed, and that the individual feels the need to justify all his actions. Thus, before acting, he calculates, evaluates, weighs up his chances and waits for the most propitious time; which, when all is said and done, may make him very efficient. Because of this however, he is also very critical, demanding, a perfectionist, fussy, and even obsessive, repressive or depressive.

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