“I Am Strong
Because I’ve Been Weak.
I Am Fearless
Because I’ve Been Afraid.
I Am Wise
Because I’ve Been Foolish.”
Mars Goes Home
After six months of retrogrades and six weeks under water in ♓, Mars has just come home.
Mars is the energy behind how we assert ourselves, pursue our desires, and express our will. Mars in Aries is incandescent. Passionate, independent, and reckless, to this placement compromise is an alien concept. Anger flares up quickly, and dissipates just as fast. The libido is strong, if somewhat one-sided. As one of the bravest placements, it brooks no interference or opposition. It has no patience for those who like to think things through first or prefer to go slow. Bold and daring, it may leave you in the dust while you’re still trying to figure out what’s going on.
Hitting 0° ♈ just as Europe welcomed in the New Year, 2019 couldn’t have started with more of a bang. At peak strength in ♈, Mars is providing a tremendous injection of energy we all needed.
Our bodies and motivations are galvanised with a level of energy that hadn’t been there for six months or so. For some of us, this change may feel dramatic. Squaring the Sun and Saturn, the jolt out of self-complacency is palpable. We want action plans now. Enough with dreaming. What are you going to do about what you desire?
While undeniably welcome, this energy is not without risk. With so much vigour, most of us are not going to sit back and just take it. We will likely have no hesitation to stand up for ourselves – often aggressively. ‘Me’ will take precedence over ‘You’ or ‘Us’ over the next six weeks.
So use this energy wisely. Expend it physically if you can. Use it to execute Saturnian plans fearlessly. Do something good for yourself. Just remember that true happiness needs others.
Mars through the houses
Read below how Mars in Aries is likely to be experienced in your life, based on an approximation of where it may land in your chart.
Mars in the first house/on your ascendant affects you on a very personal level — whether it’s experiences, feelings, or external events. Your energy levels are sky-high. Enthusiasm, excitement and sexual magnetism are strong. It’s the battle of the ego versus others, of autonomy versus dependency, of following one’s path regardless of obstacles. The need to focus on yourself is now stronger, whether in terms of looks, how you present yourself, the impact you make on others, or your general direction in life. Your assertiveness and motivation reach new heights. New projects abound, your priorities are shifting, and you have a strong desire to do what is right by you. Watch out for increased impatience, irritability, and anger. Remember to breathe…
With low energy levels, you have an overwhelming need to be alone, take a backseat, and focus on personal matters. You have a strong urge to repress emotion and anger, but this approach may prove detrimental in the long run. Not a time for high energy and action, but one for dreams, inspiration, diving into the subconscious, and recharging. Secrets may be revealed, and intuition heightened. Use this time to recharge in preparation for more action when Mars changes sign.
Plans for more time with friends get under way. You’re on fire in your circle of friends or business network. You take the initiative significantly more, and may choose to do some physical activity together. This could also be a good time to join a sports club. You may feel more sociable and communicative, doing all it takes to pursue the bigger picture, and your hopes and wishes. Your long-term aspirations receive a push over the next few weeks.
Your career, vocation, or status in the world are likely to sky rocket, as you leave a mark in this area of your life. Your energy levels are sky-high. Enthusiasm, excitement and personal magnetism are strong. Significant opportunities may be within reach. Mars in your tenth house could foreshadow career advancement, a change in your life path, or clashes with somebody in a position of authority. You will be pursuing your goals with renewed energy. Remember to schedule some downtime with family, too…
Are you planning a trip abroad? You’ll be putting a lot of energy into far-flung travel, or contact with foreign peoples/cultures. Also likely are a higher course of study, or teaching, writing, publishing, marketing, or legal work. Whether of the body or the mind, you crave new horizons to bring more meaning into your life.
Renewed vigour goes into joint finances, pensions, tax, loans and mortgages. Lots of work is needed in this area of life. This may be a good time to execute plans that provide more security for you and your loved ones. It’s a time of transformation, and sometimes this may prove difficult and intense, but worthwhile. Deep emotions and issues of power and control may come to the surface.
Not a time to be alone, relationships — be it business or romantic — are heated up right now. Your energy levels are sky-high. Enthusiasm, excitement and sexual magnetism are strong. Passionate, explosive outbursts are likely from all sides. A new partnership may be on the horizon, either extremely hot or challenging. Contractual negotiations may be triggering you. Breathe deeply and take lots of cold showers…
Your health, daily routine, work, and habits are a source of irritation right now. Your wellbeing takes centre stage, be it physical or mental. Plan a healthy routine that will help maintain strength and flexibility. This could be a great time to start a fitness regime. The sixth house also rules pets and colleagues or employees, so some tension could come up with them.
Love is in the air, so enjoy more opportunities for romance or a creative project. Enthusiasm, excitement and sexual magnetism are strong over the next few weeks. This is Me-Time for you. Taking care of Number One, going out and having fun, pursuing your interests are a priority for you right now. This is also the house of children and hobbies, so expect a lot of energy in these areas of your life.
Renewed activity in the home, family, or living situation. Your energy levels are sky-high. Enthusiasm, excitement and personal magnetism are strong. Are you planning to move, enhance, or renovate your place? Are you inspired to build stronger foundations for your life? Plans for a better work/life balance get under way. You may be required to spend more time with your family, maybe with your parents, with emotional exchanges and outbursts likely. Your gut feeling is also stronger at this time. Remember to breathe…
Your focus is now on communication, siblings, neighbours, and short trips. Perhaps you are pursuing more writing or speaking opportunities. Or you put a lot of energy into a particular exchange – written or spoken. You are more active with people in your immediate environment, such as siblings or neighbours. You may also decide to go on a trip, perhaps something you hadn’t planned. In all cases, you tend to express your ideas much more powerfully, which can work out well for you, although you need to watch the risk of coming across too strongly.
With Mars in the second house, your values, finances, and sense of self-worth will be getting a lot of attention. This is likely about your disposable income and pursuing new earning opportunities. It could also signal new purchases or investments, and often significant expenses. Be open to change in this sphere of life, ask yourself “how” questions to open the door to novel approaches and solutions, then plan a budget and follow it though to get what you want. Your self-esteem is also set to improve as a result of your renewed determination.