Mars On Pisces 12: The Examination Of Initiates Degree

 In Lunar Stories by Lynda Hill


Examination of Initiates Drinking WineThis is an interesting Symbol and one that can bring up all kinds of reactions and responses and realisations. And, with Mercury retrograde at the moment, these days are perfect for all those ‘re…’ words. Mars here can have us railing against others, feeling we are being ‘let down’ in some way, that standards are not being lived up to. This is obvious on the political level and it’s apt for every single day, it seems. But here there can be more of a tendency, or the impulse, to judge ourselves, to judge others or to want to take a close look at what’s really going on. Michael Jackson has this degree as the Quest Symbol of his ascendant and his Moon is right nearby, as well. So many judged him, as often happens when people are in the public eye.

The trick with Mars here can be realising the need to let go of judging others and judging ourselves. We don’t have to ‘prove’ anything to enter into the ‘Sanctuary’, we just have to want to be there. We don’t have to answer to others who bully and threaten and perhaps kidnap us. The trick is to find equilibrium, and, if you can, to take some time out to figure out where you are in this particular time of ‘Examination’.

This Symbol shows the ability, or the need, to be able to pass the tests that life, other people, spirituality or karma throws at you. You are likely to find at times in your life that you are being judged by those above you. It is difficult to see what their qualifications to judge you are, but this is often the nature of progression through the ranks. People being critical of one another can lead to better behavior, better performances or the like, or it can lead to feeling judged, violated and intruded upon. It can seem as though our lives are like lessons; we are periodically “Examined” to see how we are doing on our course. Be careful not to shut yourself away to avoid being seen or having to endure criticism.

The ordeal that comes with higher realms of being. Tests and trials. The Inquisition. Examinations. Cross-examinations. Proving courage and purity. Being a candidate.

The Caution: Refusing advice. Arrogance. People saying ‘I told you so’. Invading other’s space. People assuming they know the truth about someone. Failing. Scandals. Stories.

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