The Comfort of Thunder ~ Mars and the Sky God

Mars ~ The Tower

I sleep through thunderstorms ~ the louder the storm, the deeper the sleep. If thunder wakes me during the night ~ if it wakes me ~ I am lulled back into sleep by the sound of it. We had a magnificent storm here last night ~ lots of rain, high winds, a yard littered with debris this morning, and glorious thunder through the night.

One of the best night’s sleep I remember getting in years came during a terrible winter storm. The freezing temperatures turned rain to ice, the electricity went off, and winds howled through the trees that crowd my house. The rest of my family sat up till the wee hours, frightened and worried about the damage that might occur with the snapping limbs and falling branches. In the pitch black mayhem ~ submitting my cares to the storm outside ~ I slept like a baby.

Thunder is the voice of the sky gods, with the thunderbolt as their weapon, the destroyer of serpents and spiritual enemies; divine anger; it is also an attribute of monarchs and magicians. ~ J.C. Cooper, An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Traditional Symbols

It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. ~ Frederick Douglass

The storm, the earthquake, the whirlwind rouse us out of passivity. Mars’ mission is to rouse us to action for a specific cause, but it’s not always a war. Sometimes it’s just a whirlwind of activity for a while. 

Mars passes through Aries every two years, spending a couple of months in a natal house. Because Mars moves quickly, a transit to a planet will only last a few days. This time around, Mars will travel through Aries until May 12th when he slows down in Taurus. Depending on your chart and your natural inclinations and life circumstances, this may or may not be an important passage for you. (Bob Marks has succinct descriptions of Mars transits here.)

Until April 16th, Mars will be conjunct transiting Uranus. The warrior is travelling with the sky god. Does this mean that there will be heightened activity in your chart? If you have planets at 0-10 degrees of the signs, you might feel the effects for a few days or at least hear the boom of the sky god’s voice.

How do you respond to storms of activity?

  • Do you go unconscious like I do during a real storm? 
  • Do you prepare to meet the storm by laying in provisions?
  • Are you the sky god, the creator of the storm?

What whirlwinds (if any) are headed your way with this Mars transit, and how are you preparing for the storm of activity that Mars has in store for you?

I want to share this video with you. It’s a choir recreating a thunderstorm. It makes me think how sometimes we create ~ and can control ~ the storms in our lives.

10 thoughts on “The Comfort of Thunder ~ Mars and the Sky God

  1. If you will forgive me, I would like to share with you a non-astrological anecdote. I grew up on the east coast, where big thunderstorms often rock the sky. I moved to the Pacific NW when I was young; where the typical thunderstorm is pretty clouds and a crash or two accompanied by some rain or hail or even snow. I went back to my father’s home after many years of living here, and in the night, a real thunderstorm came through. I was on a cot surrounded by my sons and husband, all three blissfully sleeping through the incredibly loud and bright storm. Tears poured from my eyes as I realized that the earth was welcoming me back to the place where I was born after a long absence.

    I have all sorts of stuff at 2 deg and 3 degrees and 5 degrees so I am holding on to my hat. I feel very alive and strong right now. I’m not the sky god, but I know that if I ride my bike in the direction the wind is blowing, I am going to go a lot faster. So truly, I am trying to go with the flow. I notice my husband is a lot more prickly right now (he has some energy at the early degrees too) so instead of making a big deal about it, I just move on, move on, aware that HE has no idea why he is feeling like this.

    hold onto your hats!

    1. “if I ride my bike in the direction the wind is blowing, I am going to go a lot faster.” Excellent point, mimi, and something to always keep in mind. Thanks for sharing your thunderstorm story.

  2. What a great video clip and metaphor. I also love the sound of rain and thunder and most nights fall asleep listening to a bedside sound machine that creates these same sounds. I find the sounds very comforting – Pluto, ruler of my Neptune in Scorpio, is placed in my 12th, as is Uranus. I guess what this says about me is that I TRY (don’t always succeed) to embrace life’s storms as a necessary part of the natural cycle. So long as it’s not too destructive, there’s nothing like a good bit of weather to help clear the air.

    Transiting Mars and Uranus briefly form a sextile to my natal Mars and I’m feeling energized, ready to move forward once again after a period of inactivity. I feel slightly more hopeful as I anticipate the inevitable changes.

    1. I’m so glad that y’all like the video!

      Lots of people have felt a period of inactivity or inability to move forward. Count me among them. Like you, LB, I’m hopeful, too, that this phase is ending and a more enlivening period begins.

      Are you an intuitive dreamer by any chance, LB? Your 12th house placements is why I ask.

  3. This vid is fantastic. It reminded me of a wonderful production of storms done in Maui about creation and myth brought to life.

    I hunker down during storms. Mars is stirring things up pretty good in my 3rd house with lots of action bubbling up and out! We’re laying in the gardens, planting for the first time in a long time for the whirlwinds, and making connections that’ll link us up like good netting; letting the hot air flow through. Thanks for this Mars and the Sky God insight, I’ll ponder it as step out with the winds in the next while.

  4. My favourite quote about storms!

    In a letter from Khalil Gibran to Mary Haskell:

    “Mary what is there in a storm that moves me so? Why am I so much better and stronger and more certain of life while a storm is passing? I do not know, and yet I love a storm more, far more, than anything in nature.”

    1. I love that! Oddly enough, when storms make us so vulnerable, life does seem “certain” during them. Maybe it’s an invigoration of the life force. I have to admit I enjoy them more from the comfort of my home than being out in them, though.

  5. Thank you cj. Love the video! Goes so perfectly with your post.

    I’ve lived in several environments where storms evoked different kinds of emotional responses. Being raised in San Diego, I was convinced I was about to be washed away when it rained for 5 days straight in Olympia, WA. While on the east coast, I looked forward to the storms in summer to break the heat and clear the air. And on this Pacific island, where thunder and lightning are fairly rare, I sense the electrical charge in the air and become excited with the potential for change.

    Thank you Mokihana for reminding me of a wonderful hula production of that creation myth that I was fortunate to see performed.

    Mars and company are activating my 12th House. Beginning with a square to my Jupiter in Libra (6th), trining my Venus in Leo (4th), and ending with a quincunx to my Virgo Sun (5th).

    An honored teacher taught that a thunderstorm at the conclusion of any activity (lecture, meeting, class, conference, workshop or social gathering) was a good sign, meaning its intent was put into motion.

    1. You reminded me of something I heard a long time ago about rainy birthdays. “If it rains on your birthday, it washes all the bad away.”

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