Let’s talk about Mars in Aries. It’s been six months and nine days of the Action Planet in his most potent terrain – rare and unprecedented in recent decades, as many of you know. Now, as I write, there are just 56 more hours to go. Check the Moon Calendar for the exact time in your zone but Mars moves into Taurus on Wednesday evening/Thursday morning. Yes, this week. As in soon.
If your strategy for what seems like the last trillion weeks has been something like ‘just keep driving‘ – Mars in Taurus is an ample motel in the desert. It may feel quite strange at first. You’ve gotten so used to screeching into pitstops, one eye on the timer and another on people who are probably going to give you the wrong fuel, speed-scanning guides on how to do rapid repairs to vehicles/relationships/brains moving at high velocity.
Screeching Into Mars in Aries Pitstops
But it’s imminent and substantial. No matter how driven you are, this Mars shift signals a deceleration. Pull into Taurean Sands and take some tactical time. Power down the adrenals. Mars is in Taurus until early March and conjunct Uranus from January 19 to 23rd. It’s an opportune window for radical reboots but they’re not the kind you charge at, Ramzilla style.
The last two days of Mars in Aries are accompanied by Mercury conjunct Pluto, at nearly the same degree as January 2020’s Saturn-Pluto conjunction. It can tint even your most mild of mental meanderings – rabbit-holing your research, the Daily Mail sidebar of shame, old bank statements – with Gothic gloom or occult foreboding.
Mars In Taurus Is A Tranquil Motel – Taurean Sands
Push through that aspect of it so you get to the good bits – transformed thinking, real insights, magic. While it’s classically good for revelations and info-leaks, it’s difficult to say what that could possibly involve now. We’re in a weird age of information – more in my Turbulent Times update soon – which seems to entail striking reveals being released all the time but then rarely followed up.
Still, if you’re in the mood to assess your last six months of Mars in Aries intensity, Mercury near Pluto is apt astro. At the moment, you may feel too adrenal to view the entire era objectively but aside from being strung-out and either under or over-worked the whole time, you would have scored some significant victories. Performance metrics are harder to gauge when you’re looking around wondering who the hell is in charge.
An Unanticipated Aries Outcome
I’ll save my geopolitical take on Mars in Aries for the T.T. update but this story is super-Mars-in-Aries. For the first time in history, a woman – Amy Bauernschmidt – has been put in charge of a nuclear-armed aircraft carrier. The astro of it is striking: She is a helicopter pilot, a quintuple Aries – Sun, Mars, Saturn, Node, and Eris. The 2013 U.S.A. law change that allowed women into combat was Uranus in Aries, conjunct her Sun.
This latest announcement occurred with Mars conjunct Eris and approaching her Mars Return. Most of us are understandably edgy about nuke-anything but this is a remarkable sync with the astro. I’m Generation X and thus able to vividly recall an uproar regarding the concept of commercial airlines hiring female pilots. ‘Lady hormones’, it was surmised, disqualified them from work of such complexity. In 1988, which is when Mars was last in Aries for this long, women in service roles – not command positions – was supposedly the natural order.
So, pinging off this to talk about you, what supposedly ‘normal’ or ‘innate’ but actually bulls**t paradigm have you overcome in the last six months? Or if you’re easing your foot off the pedal ever so gently as you spy Taurean Sands on the horizon and don’t want to discuss achievements, how the hell are you?
Does everyone have more empathy for Aries and/or Mars People now?
Image: Mario Testino – Carmen Kass