iron fist, velvet glove

Silver Surfer by Oliver CoipelOliver Coipel

Silver Surfer is one of the most conflicted, tormented superheroes in the Marvel Universe.  Raised in a utopian society, he grew disillusioned, he craved adventure, challenge and struggle.  When the evil planet-eating Galactus threatened his home, SS saved his planet from destruction by making a deal and becoming his herald.  Silver Surfer became the harbinger of doom for other worlds…until the kindness of a woman led him to defect in order to save earth.

Mars in Libra has a hard time of it.
Outgoing Mars expressions naturally fire on all pistons ALL for ONE.
Libra instead, maintains a pause to consider OTHERS before moving. The scales of balance get quite a workout with this placement – instincts aware of partnership where the rubber meets the road.  Venus attracts, Mars repels – the volley of juggling energies can become frustrating, though ultimately stronger when harnessed to work together. 

Throwing kit and caboodle headlong into diplomacy is the best way to work this Mars.   Justice becomes Just US, opening options and maintaining open lines of communication is key.
The hand of Libra smooths and soothes the sharp edge of the blade, she is the iron fist in the velvet glove. Choices considered, should be – Mars does not wait; Libra will make him do so, like it or not, in order to make the best reasoned descision. 

Hard truths cut both ways.
::: Stannis Baratheon, Game of Thrones :::

Bombing for peace is like screwing for virginity.
::: Vietnam protest slogan attributed to Emma S. Riches :::

Meeting above us are Libra Mars square Capricorn Venus in retrograde.
Work, bonds, time, structures, bodies, bones, love, money, goals and conservation are getting the once, twice, triple-time over.   Reinvention, reinvigoration, in some cases resignation will apply to this Venus transit.  Time to lay it to rest, deader than a hammer, the beaten dead horse…?
Only you know – this square is about what’s going on inside.

Mars square Venus adds up to applying force to find personal balance, peace of mind and co-operation with the part of ourselves that needs to MAKE THNGS HAPPEN.
NOW
It signals developing self-confidence, reliance and keeping one’s own counsel – as well as cultivating a sense of when to bust out of the gate – socialize and mingle.  The attractive, magnetic qualities of Venus light a fuse under drives and desires – we work hard to create our personal best in all realms.

We are sparks kindling magic wands of fire in our own heads under this aspect.
Fireworks in a bright shiny package, bigger on the inside, flying headlong into creating and fighting for what we love.

Full Moon Jan 15 at 25 Cancer – interp here

peace
GMA

Marvel us Mutants


May I introduce Stan Lee.
Stan Lee is an American comic book writer, editor, publisher, media producer, television host, actor, voice actor and former president and chairman of Marvel Comics. 
In collaboration with several artists, Stan co-created Spider-Man, the Hulk, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, and many other fictional characters, introducing complex, naturalistic characters and a thoroughly shared universe into superhero comic books.  Lee headed the first major successful challenge to the industry’s censorship organization, the Comics Code Authority, by running a drug storyline in The Amazing Spider-Man #96–98 (May–July 1971), without CCA approval.

Inductions into Comic Hall of Fame include:
The Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1994
Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1995.

The non-profit Stan Lee Foundation seeks to provide access to literacy, education and the arts throughout the nation.  Very Mercurial !  I love it !

S/heroes brought to life via several artists, most notably Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko
A through M
M through Z

Capricorn Stan Lee is a life path 9 (the culmination cup runneth over lifetime), with Mercury opposite Pluto Rx as the opposition/apex of a Kite + Grand Water Trine: Mars/Uranus conjunct in Pisces trine Jupiter in Scorpio trine Pluto in Cancer.  Water Trines are intuitive, emotionally geared to delve into the deep psyche, the well of compassion – feelers are out 24/7.  Kites will bring the somewhat ethereal lassitude of a trine into bold action via the opposition and apex energies. (see Bill Monroe

Capricorn Sun (on the decan of Saturn – perseverance of life)
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Cancer Pluto is (on the decan of Pluto – protection magic, psychological transmutation & metamorphosis) trine Mars/Uranus in Pisces (on the decan of Moon – super sensory rapid-fire instincts) trine Jupiter in Scorpio (on the decan of Neptune – regenerative healing, hope in dark places)  Harmonious energies are coursing between all these placements.
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Thor #1 Turner
Mercury in Capricorn (editing, writing) is a clever, perceptive and witty mind, though with a square to Saturn (the only air sign placement) probably more of a worker than a talker.  Pluto opposite in Cancer, indicates serious research, a storytelling mind where self-expression leads to profound change with: women, home, navel-gazing self-care (good thing btw), and the public – all Moon (fluctuation) ruled.  It also marks an in depth  exploration of what makes (Capricorn) or breaks (Pluto) a hero (Sun) and how the transformation (Moon rules metamorphs) between the two transcends life/death, space/time.

Capricorn Sun/Mercury opposite Cancer Pluto – that’s a call for compromise – between the dark (Cancer) and the light (Capricorn), the personas: both public and private, the hard and the soft, what we hide, what we expose and struggle re: what is ultimately secret to all.

Death and what lies beyond it. 

Unless you’re a metamorph, in which case, you’re good to go.
Death, rebirth, stunning rip evil to shreds protection good guy / gal genes.
Wake up be mutant and kick some creepo bad guy ass to the curb, get stabbed, activate healing and still make happy hour – all in a day’s work.

Rogue X-Men wiki
Ultimate Comics X-Men #24
I love trees, so I picked this one.

Stan’s Sun/Mercury opposition to Pluto is shining a light on what’s buried deep behind the closed doors of the family unit – the raw seedy underbelly of family. This is what I love Love LOVE about the Marvel universe.  Cranky testosterone pissing contests over bag lady claws vs. adamantium blades, girl crushes on the hottie who saved you, ‘borrowing’ the ride and returning it with an empty gas tank just to be a jerk, being there for each other when the chips are down anyway because you are a team, loving and fighting and forgiving and dealing with all the shit real people deal with.  

Rogue
Ultimate X-Men #28

Pluto is metamorphic – pure unstoppable, raw power in the Moon-ruled sign of protective Cancer: family, home, country, roots, those who we consider our tribe.
Enter Captain America, 1941.

Stan (Marvel comics) drags up and examines deep, dark obsessions, desires and fears that live and breathe between people – complexities that lie sleeping within each family and also within each of us.  Saturn rules building, spiders and fear.
Mars rules bites, is tightly conjunct radioactive Uranus, both trine Jupiter (BIG), and Pluto (transformation).
Cool. Another win for astrology.

Enter Spiderman
Spiders are second only to snakes in fear factor phobiasMy sister freaks right OUT if she sees a spider – any size.  Me, I’m cool with spiders.  Saturn rules my chart and spiders too – they build, it’s groovy, we co-exist.


Spiderman #185

Stan has Saturn exalted in Libra indicating justice, patience, self-discipline, diplomacy in relationships, creativity, money (all Venus ruled matters) – yet Saturn also indicates restriction, hardship coupled with slow, steady improvement – balance is key.  Saturn in Libra squares both Mercury in Capricorn and Pluto in Cancer, making it the focal point of a T-Square – or where internal stress funnels and needs release.

T-squares are the shiny brass ring though they sound more like a ball and chain, they are our teachers – they create stress and friction that makes us armor UP and solve the problem, so we grow.

Leo and Sagittarius are the back alleyway opportunities for Stan – creativity, romance, honor, charity, and exploratory play and a rich fantasy life (Saturn sextile Neptune) will help ease the stress of Saturn in Libra issues.

Breaking new ground for comics, Stan listed the creative team on board – artists, inkers – everyone who up to that point had worked uncredited.
WoOoHoOo !

Saturn in Libra seeks balance, fairness and in square to Mercury and Pluto – Stan finds this through metamorphosis of relationships – personally and publicly.  World-wide perception of heroes/sheroes is forever changed by the depth of character he and his team injected into the world of comics.


Classic X – Men (back cover) John Bolton

The planetary energies below form a Cardinal Cross – which amounts to a crisis of outgoing activity – where the personal initiative meets the material world.

Capricorn Sun and Mercury are in opposition to Pluto (regeneration) in the sign of metamorphosis (Moon ruled Cancer). Aries Chiron (wounded healer) is opposite Saturn in Libra – fascinates – the wound (Mars: cuts, aggression, men etc.., rules Aries) is holding hands across the wheel with exalted Saturn (body) in the sign of Libra balance, (ruled by Venus: peace, women).  Men and women on the same team, the (perceptions of) the beautiful and the ugly, division between secret talents and public knowledge, mind control directs personal power.

Aka:  mind over matter.
Metamorphosis, yes..?

Chiron trines Neptune Rx in Leo – creative healing via the power of shared spirit – old school teamwork, leadership and co-operation.  Blurring the boundaries of what makes a hero / healer; human / savior; an outcast / mutant.

Mars conjunct Uranus in Pisces indicates powerful artistic friends, a personal devotion to intellectual and spiritual healing on a mass scale. 

Venus and Jupiter in Scorpio square Neptune (opposite my deets – how cool is that ?!) in Leo is a lesson of refurbishing the ego, self-image, learning to share, releasing the need to control everything, a tendency toward extravagance in love, money, creative pursuits, and high stakes gambling on all of them.

These aspects also show an intuitive read/bead on the pulse of the masses, a fantastic imagination, and a sign of high qi spiritual intelligence.

On deck:
Wolverine (July 26) trailer here.
Thor (November) trailer here.

Thank you Stan !
Signed,
Mutant and Proud

Gneiss Moon