We have just ended the cycle of Mars retrograde that began around April 19th which took us down into the depths of our desires to get clear with what truly drives us. We may have had to consider “the good, the bad and the ugly” in our push to reclaim that which may have been lost, and purge that which may no longer serve our evolution. In the land of Scorpio, we get a glimpse into our unconscious and what lies below our facades, to shed anything that is holding us back, anything that needs to be released. We don’t necessarily enjoy this process of looking at the shadow self, where old remnants may not be “pretty”, but that is the exactly the point. To see all that you are, in bare naked acceptance, letting down the defenses to allow for the purification process of transformation. Like the mythological Phoenix who dives into the flames only to shed the impurities and rise above the ashes restored, renewed, and reborn. For as we shed the shadow, we draw in more light and allow for our truest desires to emerge. As Mars turned direct a few days ago, we may be experiencing the ability to put one step in front of the other and make things happen a little easier now. However, Mars did begin this journey backwards at around 8 degrees Sagittarius, so we will not return to the starting point until Aug 21st. The Phoenix has started to dust off its wings and rise, but the direction may still be unfolding. It is not until August that will Saturn also be direct, really allowing for us to manifest our desires after this time of deep truth and release.