Mars leaves the idealistic realms of Leo for the earthy charms of Virgo, and he is staying there for a very, very long time indeed! Mars will turn retrograde in January and so remain in Virgo till July 2012.
While moving retrograde Mars will come closer and closer to Earth. That means the first four months of 2012 are going to be rather energized by the red planet, especially around those periods when it changes direction or opposes the Sun (January 23, March 3 and April 13). Energy is good, but these periods will definitely call for calmer spirits and steady hands, otherwise events can quickly spiral out of control.
The message of Mars in Virgo is clear...it is time to re-order and simplify your life! Virgo rules the ways and means for healing you and your world. Apparently, given how long Mars is in Virgo, we all need some extra help to organize, heal and make our lives more peaceful! Mars in Virgo brings to focus what works (or who works)...and what is clearly not working.
Aims, desires and actions need to lead to real, substantial improvements now...but you need to be the change you wish to live in...Criticism and sharp words are in the air, but you need to turn this sharper scalpel of discernment inward first.
Virgo is about moving into a space of greater wholeness, to move towards that most sought after treasure...to be at Peace, to have Peace of Mind. The way there is hard and is achieved only by suffering and sacrifice.
The Ancient Teachings say that you suffer only because you are not yet what you will be; you do not understand and so do not live in beauty. To move closer, to get there, you must be willing to sacrifice...to sacrifice the lesser sense of yourself and discover the greater waiting within...always. Now is such a time, to move closer to the beauty within and bring more beauty around you. Now is your time to act, now is your time to be a healer...
Start where you know you can do something real, start with yourself. Projection and avoidance of real and meaningful personal sacrifice will only lead to harder adjustments in the future. Then, after you have put your own house in order, after you have healed yourself, you can move out and help others to re-organize and heal their lives too.
Mars in Virgo is a time of practical activity to heal yourself and your world. There is much work to be done, but that is why you are here on Earth...
Unveil the beauty within you, create with beauty around you...live in beauty...
Mars in Virgo, just in time...now get to work!