I have been down at the bottom of the garden this week, turning my compost, mulching the autumn leaves, sawing up wood, stacking old flowerpots and sharpening blades. It's creating a surprising amount of room under the laurel trees.
The action planet Mars has gone into Virgo, the sign of order and routine, and created a beautiful grand trine in the earth signs. Pluto (decay and transformation: compost) is in Capricorn (the soil) and Jupiter (more room) is in Taurus (the garden).
I feel satisfied.
Mars is usually in a sign for about two and a half months, but he's going to be hanging around in Virgo for about half a year, so we, all of us, better get used to this particular energy.
Interestingly, this transit is especially going to effect Gen X born in the 1960s with Uranus-Pluto in Virgo – in fact the last Uranus-Pluto crisis before the one we are currently experiencing.
And already I'm not the only one engaged in a big clean up. The Occupy movement got the brunt of this earth grand trine as soon as Mars changed signs.
Mars always represents the army and the police. The reason given for the removal of the protesters in Zucotti Square was "health and safety", two words very dear to the Virgo heart.
The Egyptians in Tahrir Square last night also got a taste of how Mars works when it has the full backing of power-planets Pluto and Jupiter. Things could get quite brutal as Mars in Virgo does what it sees as its "duty". This is a classic placement for "I was just following orders".