Mars and Saturn: A different side w/ Christopher Renstrom

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The Power of Sextiles

This is your Horoscope Highlight for the week of April 24-30, 2023 with world-class astrologer, historian, and author of The Cosmic Calendar, Christopher Renstrom.

In this week’s episode, Christopher discusses why he loves the sextile aspect, and expands upon the sextiles taking place this week between the Sun and Saturn on April 25th, and between Mars and Uranus on April 29th. He explains the differences between sextiles and trines, and what to expect from these particular aspects (a word which, he tells us, originates in astrology!).

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0:00 Intro

1:25 Sextiles in Astrology

4:00 Sun in Taurus Sextile Saturn in Pisces

20:25 Closing

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[00:00:00] Mars, Saturn and Uranus show off their kinder, gentler side. Next on horoscope highlights.


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[00:01:04] Hello, my name is Christopher Renstrom and I’m your weekly horoscope columnist here on Astrology . Hub. And this week I wanted to talk to you about the Sun Saturn Sextile, followed by the Mars Uranus Sextile, which will be taking place on April 25th and April 29th, respectively.

Sextiles in Astrology

[00:01:25] Sextiles Sextiles are one of my favorite aspects in astrology.

[00:01:31] When I was a younger astrologer, in my earlier days, I used to scuff at the idea of sextiles. I’d be like, uh, sextiles. They’re kind of like the poor man’s trying, and I didn’t really give them much mind. But over the years, As wisdom began to be accrued, I began to realize how very important the sextile is, and that although it’s not really a trying, in my opinion, it’s just as good, if not perhaps better than the trying itself.

[00:02:06] Why? Arine is a relationship, a harmonious relationship that exists between, let’s say, two planets in different signs, but the same element. For instance, let’s say you have, the moon in cancer, trining the Mars in Scorpio, the moon and the Mars are made Harmon. Because of the affinity that exists between the two water signs, cancer and Scorpio.

[00:02:34] So basically one planet is going to support the other planet in its endeavors. A sextile is a similar relationship between two planets, but instead of being the same element, they are basically what we would call the same gender, in astrology, uh, which has a 2,500 year history. Uh, the elements were.

[00:02:58] Divided into two genders, which were masculine and feminine genders. Uh, it can also be understood as aggressive and passive or ying and yang. The feminine genders or the feminine elements were elements that were associated to life and growth, and that was obviously the elements of earth and water. So, although.

[00:03:23] Earth and water are not the same element. They understand one another naturally and easily. I mean, if you’re growing a seed or a plant, you plant the plant in earth and you water it and the plant grows and thrives. Okay? So basically Earth needs water in order to grow things. And this is what exists in sextiles,

[00:03:45] so they’re not the same. You know, it’s, it’s not water on water or earth. On Earth. There’s a difference, but they’re aimed at accomplishing the same goal, and in the case of earth and water, it’s always growth and productivity.

Sun in Taurus Sextile Saturn in Pisces

[00:04:00] So what we’re having taking place this week, the first sextile, both sextiles by the way, will be taking place in the elements of earth and water.

[00:04:10] What we have taken place this week initially is the, or earlier, is a sextile between the sun in Taurus and Saturn in Pisces. So how are we going to go ahead and. Interpret something like that. First of all, I want to sort of touch very quickly on the word aspect. Aspect. If you look it up in a dictionary, the first line of definition will be that it comes from astrology.

[00:04:38] That it is an astrological term, I love that the word aspect. Comes purely from astrology. There’s another word that comes from astrology and that’s influence, and we’ll get to that another time. So an aspect is basically, if you go on and read in this dictionary explanation, it is a particular part or feature based on our view.

[00:05:02] So essentially what this means is that planets have their meanings in astrology. The sun is what I know about myself to be true. The moon is what I feel about myself to be true, et cetera. And you can even have beic and monolithic planets. Beic planets are planets that join together and bring good things, and monolithic planets are planets that.

[00:05:23] Separate you or create a parting of the ways and, and usually bring bad things or, or malevolent things into your lives. Things that we don’t particularly like. So we’re dealing with two Maleic this week, which are, Mars and Saturn. And then, although, Uranus isn’t a maleic, the modern planet’s Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are neither benthic or Maleic.

[00:05:47] Uranus still has a reputation for revolution and change, which basically translates as upsetting the Apple cartt, or upsetting your, best expectations usually. Surprise or through some kind of unpredictability. So when we have an aspect, uh, which can be a conjunction, a square, or trying a sextile, all right?

[00:06:08] When we have an aspect, what we’re really talking about is a relationship between two planets, and we’re also talking about. A view, an approaching view or departing view of that planet. So we’re a Saturn, which is the planet of test trials and tribulations and has a bit of a bad reputation. Uh, whenever we see a Saturn transit, we’re going to be like, oh my goodness, you know, I’m going to be put through the paces, or I’m going to face some sort of obstacle or difficulty in my.

[00:06:42] When Saturn sextiles in other planet, like for instance, it’s sex tiling the sun on April 25th, then what we see is a different feature, a different aspect of Saturn’s character. All right? So whereas a square might be more combative or difficult and an opposition, a parting of the ways. The sextile aspect that the sun is making to Saturn is showing, as I said earlier, a kinder, gentler side.

[00:07:13] So how do we interpret this? We know that Saturn is a planet associated with test trials and tribulations, and Saturn can also be a planet that’s associated with ending. So I think it’s very interesting that this aspect between the Sun and Taurus that’s being formed to Saturn. Pisces, we take the idea that Pisces, that Pisces is the last of the Zodiac signs.

[00:07:40] So we have Saturn here in Pisces, and one way that we might be able to interpret that is, You can’t go back the way you came. So wherever you are in your progress, in this year, 2023, now that Saturn is in Pisces, you might look over the shoulder and think, well, maybe I’ll, I’ll head on back in that direction.

[00:08:01] Things aren’t, uh, so, so nice here. They’re not so, uh, simple. They’re not turning out the way that I expected. So, so maybe I’m gonna turn around and go back the way that I. So Saturn and Pisces, because it’s in the sign that precedes Taurus, so it’s behind Taurus, right? We go Saturn. S Taurus. Okay, so Saturn and Pisces is standing there saying, mm-hmm.

[00:08:25] No. And we might be like, well, why can’t I go back the way I came? And Saturn PIs in Pisces is saying, no door, the door is closed. Proceed, proceed, continue on your way. And so we’re like, oh, um, I guess I have to continue on my way. And this is what Saturn behind the sun in the sky is doing it, saying, you can’t go back the way you came.

[00:08:47] You must continue. You must continue a along your way. And so there’s something in that having an option or a. Removed in that sort of way. The other thing that we can see with the particular relationship between Saturn and the Sun, and, and it’s based on, on the idea of Saturn being the planet of test trials and tribulations, is that Saturn.

[00:09:12] Teaches. We know, we know that Saturn is a teacher, so that Saturn teaches, but Saturn often teaches by introducing a challenge or test. We, we all know that and, and so maybe we pass the test, maybe we don’t, et cetera. But there’s another way that Saturn teaches through testing, and it’s not just whether you got the answer right or wrong.

[00:09:34] Saturn teaches through tedium. All right. So Saturn teaches by repeating the test over and over and over again in your life. And these might be things that we hit upon like, I can’t believe that I’m having problems with money again, or I can’t believe that I’ve been rejected in love again, or I can’t believe that I was up for promotion and I’m being passed over again.

[00:10:00] Okay, so we. Say we, we may say this to ourselves in terms of like, I’m always being tested in the area of money. I’m always being tested in the area of love. I’m always being passed over and I know I’m better than the person that they’re taking over me again. And so we feel like this is something that is a continual.

[00:10:19] Problem and the thing that Saturn does, because it is a planet that’s associated with triggering our anxieties and fears, it’s triggering, uh, it’s associated with triggering our, our fear of rejection. If we go through something again and again and again, And again, you know enough times that we’re saying, this is the story of my life, you know, and love, or This is the story of my life with my career.

[00:10:48] Or This is the story of my life with my dreams, or, this is the story of my life with money. You know, I’m always hitting this wall again and again and again. What might have begun as a tremendous fear of rejection and love, or tremendous fear of, uh, never making it, or tremendous fear with not being able to balance a checkbook because it occurs again and again, and again and again.

[00:11:18] The magnitude of that fear where it might have started very, very high over a period of tedium, with the repetition of that test, of that trial, of that tribulation again and again and again, the magnitude lessons. Right. It’s not as paralyzing, it’s not as overwhelming, it’s not as impossible. It actually kind of be takes on the form of like, ugh, a headache or maybe even a joke.

[00:11:50] And this is something that I’m offering to you as an insight with this, uh, Saturn sextile the sun on April 20. You may be facing a situation and the sun is in Taurus, so it might have to do with, you know, love because Venus can be associated to Taurus or money, uh, that can also be associated to Taurus, in which you’re facing this, you know, for the Upteenth time.

[00:12:15] And whereas before you used to maybe curse your fortune or say, this is the story of my life, or I’m picking up my things and leaving and I don’t have to deal with this again. Saturn. Over its repetition has worn you down to such a point where you can either accept, you know, in resignation this is the way it’s going to be.

[00:12:38] And I’m so sick and tired of being sick and tired that I’m not just going, uh, I’m not going to try anymore. Or it can be like, Let’s give it one more go. Let’s, let’s, let’s give it one more try. Let’s see what happens this time. Maybe I’ll be surprised, you know, something like that. But the tedium has reduced the fear to such a point that what used to be a tall order or a high step is now a lowered threshold.

[00:13:10] So what I would ask you to do is to try on that thing that you can’t. One more time this week, and you may actually find the door opening or you crossing over the threshold with a great deal of ease.

[00:13:27] Now moving on to the next sextile. We’re looking at Mars. We’re looking at, Mars and cancer, and we’re looking at Uranus and Taurus.

[00:13:36] Okay? We know that Uranus is the planet of revolution and change. Uranus is the planet that’s going to, Knock over the fixtures in your life. It’s going to knock over the game board where all the pieces have been strategically placed and it’s going to send them flying. This is what Uranus does with the delightful, okay?

[00:13:56] Uranus knocks over the game board and sends all the pieces flying of your in, in your life, the ones that you’ve worked very hard to place. Particular angles with, with an idea that this is how I will win the game. All of that is knocked over, upside down and sent flying. But that’s Uranus, you know, usually like with a conjunction per se, or a square or an opposition.

[00:14:22] But with a sex tile, with a sex tile, we see a different aspect of uranus’s face with a sex tile. Uranus goes from being revolutionary to revelatory. All right, so it makes the switch in vowels and consonants from revolutionary to revelatory. It’s going to enlighten or it’s going to show. But it’s not ahead of the road, it’s behind you.

[00:14:49] In other words, Mars is in cancer. Cancer is further along in the Zodiac than Taurus is. So Uranus is playing a supportive role in this revelation. Okay. It’s, it’s supporting Mars in its forward motion. So Mars, that’s a planet that’s says, that’s what I want, and it goes out and gets, gets it. It it, it rushes after it.

[00:15:10] It’s the planet of gumption and drive. Mars’s job in your horoscope is to get you what you want and getting you what you want. Can take on 12 different versions of that idea, according to the 12 different signs of the Zodiac. Now, Mars in Cancer has a lot of difficulty getting what it. Why? Because Mars is in fall, in the zodiac sign of cancer.

[00:15:36] That’s its, dignity by sign. It’s in fall. And what that means is that, that Mars is more apt to retreat than it is to progress forward in the Zodiac sign of cancer. Oftentimes it beats retreats or it. Uh, Russells with itself about whether it can do something or not. Whether it wants to show its hand, whether it wants to make a bold statement or a risky move.

[00:16:02] And when it’s in cancer, it has a tendency to become much more timid, to be like, I know I should, but. No, I can’t. Um, I need to press forward, but no, that’s not going to happen. I, I can’t do that. This isn’t the right time. So it’s not a restraint. It’s really kind of a fear that overcomes the Mars and cancer.

[00:16:22] And what that comes from is cancer. The crab has a tendency to approach the things that it wants in life. Circuitously out of fear of being exposed or preyed upon, uh, defeated. Okay, so there can be. Strategic side to cancer because it’s very much about, I’m not gonna take the direct approach. I’m going to camouflage myself and, and, and cover over my, my traces as I sneak up on something.

[00:16:49] This is usually how cancers will approach things in life. Um, but with the Mars there, there’s a tendency to to, to almost. I can’t do this. The fear of rejection or the fear of loss can be really quite bright. And so when you speak to a Mars in cancer, you can’t really do the typical marsy things that you would do with a Mars in cancer.

[00:17:11] Um, you can’t say, get over yourself or, come on, let’s do it. Or, you know, pump it up. You know, these are Mars and cancer is not going to respond to that at all. It’s going to be like, This is embarrassing and, and, and, and it’s talk and don’t talk to me like that and, and this isn’t going to work and I’m going to like lead this situation right away.

[00:17:30] But the struggle that people who have Mars and Cancer have is that they still want. What they wanted. Okay? So they might have talked themselves out of purchasing something or they might have, um, decided to postpone an action, but there’s still this feeling of I want it, and why didn’t I get it? And so there.

[00:17:54] They’re, they’re brought back to taking that action again. And, and that’s almost the loop that people with Mars and Cancer can get into. So they’re afraid to proceed. They’re afraid to go forward, but they can’t really leave what they want either. So, What is this marvelous Uranus and Taurus Sextile, DeMars and Cancer going to do?

[00:18:19] Well, what it’s going to do is that Uranus is going to change the circumstances in some way. Remember how, um, Saturn and its sextile to the sun said, Nope. You can’t go back. Uranus is going to change the circumstances in such a way that the Mars, the circumstances that perhaps the Mars in Cancer was clinging to in such a way that they are no longer there.

[00:18:42] So what would be a good image for this? How about Uranus in Taurus is probably going to. Pull the rug out from underneath your Mars in cancer. Okay? So it’s going to ru pull the rug out from underneath and maybe send the Mars in cancer, flipping upside down. And, and maybe perhaps let’s say splashing into the swimming pool.

[00:19:02] They’ve been avoiding the swimming pool and they flip upside down and they, you know, fall into the swimming pool and they discover that the water is fine or they flip upside down and they land again. But they happened to land on both feet and they discovered that they got through that. So there’s going to be this feeling of the rugs suddenly being pulled out from under you.

[00:19:23] And that Mars and Cancer instinctively being able to not only recover, But actually to move forward to discover the thing that they were so afraid of or telling themselves that they could not do is actually very doable. And, um, you know, Mars and Cancer may even feel kind of like, Hey, you know, I’m, I, I’m in my element.

[00:19:44] I can do this. This isn’t such the big deal or the frightening thing that I thought it was before. So, so this week with the sextiles, it’s, it’s moving forward in not exactly the most. Um, um, ambitious or driven ways, but it’s nevertheless moving forward and sextiles because it is the nature of sextiles to help you.

[00:20:08] What you might be experiencing is a bit of a tough love aspect to this weak sextiles, but there’s no doubt that they’re here. There’s no doubt that they’re here to get you over a hurdle that has stymied you for far too long.