Mars Goes Direct at 0 Leo

Mars went direct today in the first degree of Leo. The last couple of weeks it was slowing down in preparation, wrapping up its several month retro period.
Have you been touchy the last week or so? Noticed your friends and loved ones being a little agitated? Noticed people driving with a little more unchecked, um, oomph?
For months we’ve been challenged to check our motivations and get inside why we want what we want. How we go about getting what we want has been up for review, too. Retrograde periods seem to prevent forward movement relative to the planet that is retrograding. If we’re open to learning a few new things we can understand more about our usual/normal motivations. When things don’t work as we expect them to, we have the choice to get upset and frustrated or figure out new ways to do things.
Mars involves our passions and inner fire, and how we begin things. Leo has to do how we shine as individuals and how we run creative energy. If you’ve felt stalled on creative projects or getting yourself heard in the world around you, what you’ve been learning about why you do what you do is exactly what you were supposed to learn.
Why do what you do? Do you express who you really are? Do you show up as you without apology? Is where your energy going serving you? Are you out for you and you alone? Can you see into the truth that putting yourself first helps you serve the world around you?
What about this one: How clear are you that expressing your creative side is a service to the world around you? That enjoying yourself and your life is part of expressing your divinity?
The times you’ve been irritated/agitated/ticked off or found yourself in admittedly silly or very serious arguments are indications that how you do Mars can use some updating. Maybe you need to stand up for yourself more. Maybe it’s time for you to learn to argue in healthy ways. Or to learn that argument or standing up for yourself doesn’t have to end with everything in flames.
Now that the planet is moving direct again, creative energy and the energy of doing and standing up for yourself can get back on their feet. Right now it’s moving slowly. Keep an eye open over the next few weeks for things to get moving again. Opportunities will come your way to get back on your own Martian feet and put what you learned during the retro period to good use.

Tom Jacobs is an astrologer, medium, and channel in Tucson, AZ. He is the author of Living Myth: Exploring Archetypal Journeys and Seeing Through Spiritual Eyes: A Memoir of Intuitive Awakening. See his site for more information on his work,