Since Mars is the flavor of the day around here as he approaches Pluto for the final pass in the current Mars/Pluto opposition, I thought I’d talk a little about how Mars can help us understand our charts. Those of us with strong Mars signatures in our charts, lots of Aries or Scorpio or Mars on the Angles, are usually more aware of Mars transits but everyone can benefit from following Mars around their chart by transit because his energy is effective at triggering natal aspects.
Typically, Mars spends a couple of days at a degree point and a couple of years making a full circuit of the Zodiac. However, he does go retrograde every couple of years or so and then he can spend roughly six months in the same couple of signs . . . as he has this past winter in Gemini and Cancer. And we all know how comfortable THAT is!
As Mars makes his way around a natal chart, he has the greatest impact when approaching the Angles: 1st, 4th, 7th & 10th House cusps. I have found Betty Lundsted’s 10 degree waxing orb reasonably accurate in this case. Mars emerging from the 12th house to hit the Ascendant can have a dramatic effect on us because it can seem like we get this huge surge of energy seemingly out of nowhere. On the cusp of the 4th house, we can find ourselves taking care of projects around the house, doing things for our mothers and just enjoying being at home. Mars transiting the 7th house cusp focuses attention of all sorts of issues surrounding our one-on-one relationships from our significant other to business partners and of course, when Mars hits the Mid-heaven, our professional life/career is dominate.
Whether Mars transits are experienced as energizing or irritating depends on the aspect he’s making to our personal planets. And it is very important to take note of how that particular planet is aspected natally. For instance, Mars conjuncting the Sun is usually a nice energy boost but if the Sun is part of a T-square, Mars will be squaring both the planets that square the Sun and the nice little energy boost could turn into a screaming temper tantrum! If we are aware of this tendency ahead of time, we can go with the energy rather than resisting it and adding to the heat.
As astrologers, we can use our own charts and transiting Mars to gain understanding on how particular aspect formations function and how wide an orb is useful too. My chart is pretty simple with most of the planets lumped together in the upper left hand quadrant, no oppositions and only one inconjunct. But those who have many planets spread out around the wheel with all kinds of nifty formations like Kites, T-squares, Grand Crosses and Trines, etc, following Mars as he conjuncts each planet in those formations will give you insight into how those formations actually work! Lucky you! :::yeah, right:::
And anyone whose chart has planets or Angles from 0 to 3 degrees in the Cardinal signs is going to get a big “heads up” here next week (the Mars/Pluto opposition) and on the Full Moon in Libra, March 21st (the Vernal Equinox). . . Astrology in Action 101.
I found this great image of Mars here, along with more information on Mars in Astrology: Weboteric Astrology
I will be away from home this weekend – our once a year trip out of town – so may not be able to respond to comments . . . . Visiting the grandbaby!!