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Planetary Forces - Mars
by Michael J. Santangelo, ND, PhD, LMT,
ATH Co-Editor of Tarot
Editor's Note from Michael Santangelo: This article covers a Tarot association with the Second Chakra. It is another in my "Planetary Forces" series. Read Part 1: Planetary Forces - Saturn.
Mars, the Second Chakra planet
Let’s continue on our journey through the planets associated with the chakras.
The second (or sacral) chakra is located an inch or two below the navel, and its planet is Mars.
Mars is paired with Key 16 (the Tower) of the major arcana of the Tarot.
The force that is typically attributed to Mars is evident in the card. As ruler of Aries, and co-ruler of Scorpio, Mars is seen as an initiating, driving planet, whose power also shows in the realm of sexuality and reproduction.
It is this very association with reproduction that is Mars’s greatest strength and biggest trap. Misused, Mars can be the instigator of personal destruction, and become a huge obstacle on the path toward self-realization. If properly directed, however, Mars is an indispensable ally, providing the force needed to overthrow out-worn illusions and limiting beliefs. In this way, we give birth to a new self, a more developed, spiritual self.
The metal of the red planet is iron, and it lends that solid, sturdy sense to our endeavors when its power is properly applied. But, we need to be regularly aware of our use of the Mars force to keep from becoming rusty, i.e., complacent in our current state. Remember, rusty gears don’t turn, and rusty tools are liable to break under stress.
The note C natural, the one that provides impetus to our musical scale, is the note of Mars. The C major scale is arguable the most basic scale, as there are no sharps or flats in it; and C, as the starting note, is known as the tonic of the scale. In this sense, Mars is like a tonic to our system, providing the energy needed for change and growth.
I encourage you to stoke up your Mars energy and direct it toward your personal growth. It is definitely the way to go.
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About the Author
Michael J. Santangelo, ND, PhD, LMT, ATH Co-Editor of Tarot, has studied Tarot for over 40 years and is an alternative healthcare practitioner in private practice at Eastwind Healing Center in Iowa City, Iowa. He has taught and written extensively and uses Tarot in his private practice.
Websites: ninemilestofreedom.com & eastwindhealing.com
His Book: Nine Miles To Freedom: The Paths of the Human Psyche
YouTube channel: Drholyangel
Iowa City, Iowa USA