Mars enters Sagittarius, October 27/28th.
The hero Bellerophon began his story as many heroes do, by being forced into exile, after inadvertently (woops!) killing his brother and/or rival. Consequently, he would meet the inevitable romantic trysts, brave deeds and adventures which are the hallmark of the mythic hero adventurer. His most famous feat was the capture and taming of the winged horse Pegasus, with whose help he was able to slay the multi-genetic-fire-breathing-beast Chimera. The term chimera has come to mean in modern times, an impossible or foolish or even scary fantasy... one that is really hard to believe.
No one carries the banner for truth and justice quite like Mars in Sagittarius. Slaying the chimera, Bellerophon reveals hypocrisy, exposes lies, and fights for freedom and rights. Standing at the vanguard of Sagittarius this year, we need our warrior leading the parade, astride his winged horse. Never did we need this knight in shining armor, quite like we do now: In August, 41% of Republicans polled, believe that President Obama was born in a foreign country! Ads are polluting our air waves with threats of “government run health care!” (as opposed to insurance company run health care), Tea Party people re-write and/or misinterpret the constitution saying there are no grounds for the separation of church and state!
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” - The First Amendment
Freedom of religion, or the right to have NO religion are also a signature of Mars in Sagittarius.
Mars in Sagittarius is also very open-minded and inclusive when it comes to people of different backgrounds, ethnicities or traditions. Sagittarius looks beyond the boundaries. For some this means defending and fighting for all people regardless of their race, color, or religion, or immigration status. For others, apparently it means saying you are “Asian” in order to clumsily show people (from whom you are culling votes) that you are a little ethnically ‘different’.... just like them!
And that brings us to the point that there is one weakness, and a heart felt warning for our hero, Mars in Sagittarius, and that is arrogance and self-righteousness.
After his triumphant success in killing the chimera, Bellerophon became quite full of his own importance, and astride Pegasus, he tried to fly to Olympus, the land of the gods. Zeus was not pleased with this pretender to godliness, and sent a gadfly to torment Pegasus, who bucked and bridled, causing Bellerophon to fall back to earth. Pegasus, however, continued to wing his way to Olympus without the hero, where he took his place in Zeus’s stable.
So even as Mars in Sagittarius can inspire many to want to wave the banner for truth and justice, there will be others who will loudly proclaim their illegitimate claim to the throne of power without any substance behind it. For example, political pretenders such as Rand Paul, Christine O’Donnell, Sharron Angle and Carl Paladino, seem to be in this race strictly for ego and power. No substance.
"Gadfly", the bug that brought down Bellerophon, is a term for people who upset things by posing controversial, trick, or novel questions, or are just being irritating. Perhaps daunting questions such as:
“which decisions that have come from our high court recently, do you disagree with?”
“do you believe in evolution?”
“what are your views on global warming?”
"what do you like to read?"
Sharron Angle won’t be tricked up, she runs from her gadflies! These questions, are the weapons sent by Zeus to upset the pretenders to the seats of power: questions that undermine and reveal the inadequacies, as well as the hypocrisy and lies.
Mars will be doing his work. It is up to us to pay attention.
Vote with intelligence.