Temple Astrolog: Vikings on TV and the wounded Masculine

by Karin Ugander

If you are feeling frustrated, struggling with communication and wondering where you are going, you are not alone. Right now we have an interesting combination of energies pushing us ahead mixed with other energies blocking our way. Who does not become frustrated by that? So let´s take a look and see if we can find some ideas on how to navigate with help from the stars.

Mercury retrograde in Libra

We are now in the last Mercury retrograde for 2021. When Mercury goes retrograde it disturbs all kinds of communication. Phones and computers not working as they should, packages delivered wrong or too late. You are also recommended not to do any big purchases during Mercury retrograde. With a high- tech society we feel the Mercurius retrograde more than ever. 

When a planet goes retrograde it looks like it is going backwards in the sky. The energy or theme of the planet turns more introvert instead of extrovert. In the case of Mercury ruler of communication, it turns the communication more inward, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Actually, a lot of inventions has happened during Mercury retrograde. This is a good time to re-do things especially things connected to communication. Rewrite scrips, edit books and papers, fine tune business proposals and sharpen your goals and ideas. However you might work better in your own space than together with others. Basically inward communication is easier than outward communication during the Mercury retrograde.  

Partnerships and agreements 

This time the Mercury retrograde happens in the sign of Libra (relationships, partnership, justice). Because Mercury rules communication and Libra is an air sign and also connected to communication Mercury is quite comfortable there. We can expect talks about our relationships come in focus, especially old ones. Talks about therapy, counselling and partnership. The justice in the sign of Libra has a lot to do with equality and what is fair in a partnership. On a collective plane we can expect contracts and agreements between nations and organisations come up for debate. On a personal plane it is wise to look at the division of tasks in the home.  Are you happy with the way that you split the chores at home? If not, perhaps it is time to change things before it becomes a problem later on?

Mercury retrograde is from the 27th of September until the 18th of October

How bad do you need to win?

On the 9th of October Mercury retrograde meets up with the Sun (power, will, light) and Mars (willpower, anger, frustration) on exactly 16 degrees in Libra. They are also getting even more power by a good aspect (trine) to Jupiter (expansion) in the sign of Aquarius.

This creates a really strong energy with a lot of mental and fiery power. If you need to make a final plea in court, or if there is another battle that you really need to win then this energy is great. But, if you are trying to convince your son to wear socks to school or have a normal discussion with your partner it is wise to be more gentle. Choose your fights and be aware who your opponent is so that you don´t break an important trust or relationship. 

This passage is great for making potions, incense and ceremonies for justice, winning battles and overcoming obstacles. 

The Sun and Mars are travelling close to each other from around the 24th of September until the 31st of October. They conjunct exact with Mercury on the 9th of October. 

Chaos and not being good enough 

At the same time as we have this fighting warrior energy (the Sun and Mars together) we also have a wounded warrior entering the stage. Chiron the wounded healer is making a challenging aspect from the sign of Aries (opposition) to Mars and the Sun. This can make us feel impotent, incompetent and like a failure. Perhaps you run around the whole day between meetings, you finally make a deadline and leave a report to your boss but when you come home to your family you realize that you forgot to shop for groceries and that it is your turn to fix dinner. Or you spend a fantastic weekend with your family but miss an important call from a really big client. Chiron in challenging aspect to the Sun and Mars has a way of focusing on our shortcomings rather than the good things that we actually do. This is many times very frustrating. If we allow this feeling of constant failure to take over it can lead to depression.

The pressure is big for everyone right now and no one can do it all. Not even you. The advice is to do your best but accept your limits. Call for assistance when needed, let go of being perfect and embrace your humanity. Do the same thing for those around you, focus on the good stuff.  This can be a very humbling passage for those who need to be in constant control of their lives. 

The wounded Masculine

When Chiron is in challenging aspect to the Sun or Mars he speaks about the wounded King or the wounded warrior. No matter how much outer fame and fortune the King has, he is still not satisfied. His soul is still hurting and he has a hunger that can´t be fed. The only way to heal is to go through a spiritual transformation (Chiron) and become initiated by the spirit world.

 In the TV -series Vikings we meet the famous Viking Ragnar Lothbrok. Despite his fame as a King and a growing family, he is still haunted by the past and hungers for healing and redemption. He carries around a wound of the soul. This is a very Chiron/Sun and Chiron/Mars theme. It is very easy to do like Ragnar and go and look for the next raid and battle to win in the outer world, instead of facing our inner demons and make peace with ourselves. 

In this transit old wounds (Chiron) connected to men in our lives may surface. Also our own masculine archetype and how we relate to outer success and power (Mars, the Sun). It is wise to do the inner journey and personal homework before we go berserk on those around us. 

On a global plane this signals a danger that countries that feel that the rest of the world sees them as weak starts compensating by becoming more violent and buying more guns and weapons.  

This is a good transit to work on healing the masculine side of the family tree.

The sun is in opposition to Chiron from the 25th of September until the 9th of October. Mars is in opposition to Chiron from the 20th of September until the 9th of October

The healing conversation

Right now we have a good and beautiful big trine between The Sun and Mars in Libra, to Saturn in Aquarius and the Goddess asteroid Ceres and Lillith Black Moon in Gemini. They create a big trine in air that can assist us with communication. Don´t be afraid to engage in a supporting conversation even if you don´t know how to fix the problem. Sometimes just talking to an empathic and kind human being can make all the difference in the world.

Talking can definitely help the intense Sun and Mars in Libra to relax. Just being present (Ceres) even if you cannot see (Lillith Black Moon) the solution is good enough. It is very nourishing right now to connect with friends (Ceres in Gemini)

To summarize this: Frustration, communication and deep healing of the masculine are all very strong themes right now. The pressure is high and many of us pendle between experiencing a lot of energy and success to chaos and feeling tired and overwhelmed. Remember to relax between everything that is going on and keep up the things that makes you balanced weather it is your daily meditation or walk in the park. No one can do everything, but together we can do a lot.

Blessings! / Karin Spirit Talker Turtle Red

Karin Ugander (Spirit Talker Turtle Red) is a spiritual channeler living in the south of Sweden. In Scandinavia she is known for the AstroNumerology and psychic readings she’s been doing for over 20 years. Together with her husband Niklas, she runs KaniSkolan, a school of astrology, numerology, tarot, StarCode Healing, and natural medicine. They are also the founders of Alven Inner Ring tradition, a Scandinavian mystery school with roots in shamanism and magick. Karin loves to create magickal oils, flower essences and sigils she combines in her “Karin Victoria” sigil candles and flower sprays. In her spare time she likes to travel, walk in the forest with her dog, and spend time by the ocean. Karin is an ordained high priestess and graduate of the Temple of Witchcraft’s seminary program. Her work can be found on Instagram @flowerpowerwitch and @karinuganderofficial and she can be reached at karin@kani.se.

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