• mars1artAfter sailing through Capricorn, a sign where he feels great and is empowered, and where he also met up with his big brother Pluto creating a very volatile period for many, Mars now enters the Fixed, Air sign of Aquarius where he takes on a less selfish, less violent and more altruistic stance.

    Here we could find Mars fighting for the masses or fighting to impress since he has a strong sense of individualism and eccentricity as he pursues his goals. To the point that he prefers to see how much he differs from the norm rather than trying to understand how much he has in common with his peers.

    In this sign Mars can be really independent, sometimes unpredictable and often uncompromising as he tries to force his views and opinions on others or tries to convince himself that his is the only “right” way of seeing or doing things. These views and opinions are often great in theory but frequently lacking in practicality or he has difficulty in turning his decisions into action for some reason.

    Also on the plus side, he’s not easily provoked in Aquarius tending towards a rather aloof behaviour. Probably the only real thing that could make him angry is any lack of personal freedom that he might perceive or any wrongs done to any group or ideal to which he is particularly attached.

    Sexually, Mars in Aquarius loves to experiment by doing things that he considers (and maybe others too!) “outside the norm” but it’s a more cerebral than carnal sexuality as he elaborates ideals and pursues his own particular sense of desire….”I want you but if you show me that you want me too then I don’t want you anymore!”

    You could experiment some or all of the above or you might meet these characteristics in other people’s behaviour.

    Still talking about Mars, but from another take, the late and great astrologer, Ivy M. Goldstein-Jacobson, speculated that the house where Mars is found in the natal chart is the place that, if necessary, we can adopt the attitude of “I can do without if I must” since Mars is the planet that cuts and removes often with surgical precision. Have you found this true about the Mars position in your chart? Would you be capable, although unwilling, to remove or relinquish something that has to do with the matters of the house where Mars is to be found?

    Have you ever kept track of Mars as it transits your natal chart? Obviously it doesn’t only pass through a certain sign and house but it also makes aspects to other planets and angles on its way. For example, conjunctions (in the same sign of Aquarius).oppositions (in the sign of Leo), squares (in the signs of Taurus and Scorpio) and trines (in the signs of Libra and Gemini). Worthy of note are also the houses with Aries and Scorpio on the cusps.

    Which house has Aquarius on the cusp in your natal chart and what do expect from this transit?


    Goldstein-Jacobson I.M. (1961) “Here and There in Astrology”, Notebook for Mars, pp.25-34, Pasadena Lithographers, Pasadena, Cal. USA

    Image: Mars Art, artist unknown