On the personal front whatever house has Aries in your chart expect a lot of action. Even if you do not know your chart you may find yourself digging in and doing battle on some area or theme and then doing it again and again. For the record, in a normal year Mars stays in a sign for about six weeks. But when Mars is retrograde it is in a sign for six months. In this case Mars will be in Aries until January and along the way he’s getting into it with the planets who are already the big players in 2020. Apparently, god has a sense of humor sending Mars in Aries retrograde this year. Yi yi yi. If you would like to get the flavor of Mars in Aries, play Gustav Holst’s Mars symphony.
So, in order to prepare you for the Mars energy here are the important dates for this year:
July 25 Mars enters Shadow
Aug 4 Mars square Jupiter
Aug 13 Mars square Pluto
Aug 24 Mars square Saturn
Mars pushing on Jupiter (Aug 4) speaks to actions and beliefs. Are your actions in synch with what you believe? Do your beliefs need actions? Is their conflict between the two? What is the beef? Do your beliefs serve you? Are some of them outdated? Do they need a reality check? There can be tremendous energy during this aspect. Can you use your energy to your advantage? But take care to not be sloppy. There is a big money component to Jupiter in Capricorn. Big business. Big Government. Jupiter does speak to travel, international and religious matters. Breathe and take care to avoid accidents.
Mars square Pluto (Aug 13) Mars is action. Pluto is death and rebirth. There is power in both but how they approach it is different. This is warrior vs spy. The rub is working in your face or working behind the scenes. The fact Mars is tangling up first with Jupiter then Pluto speaks to some awakening in our values followed by a deep desire for a change. The square between the two suggests ‘being sick and tired of being sick and tired.” What actions can be taken that focus on new independence and a new personal journey while letting go of something that is dead and no longer serves? There is big business, government and financial component to this aspect with Pluto in Capricorn. Stories around power struggles will be in the news. New energy. Independence. Personal freedom. Status quo. Infrastructure. Systems. Old versus young, finding the middle ground is challenging, even if it is the old and youth inside of us.
Mars square Saturn (Aug 24) There is a deep desire for action but cold, hard reality is a thwarting influence. Even if we can get our head around something and feel the energy pushing on us, the timing may still not be ‘right’. Or perhaps the energy we felt from the previous weeks helped clear out a lot of debris but now we have to sit for a bit to figure out the next step. Authority figures can be negative Nancy. We may feel a thumb on us. It might be wise to retreat on some matters not out of failure but more to reassess. Fishermen fish when the season is on and when the season is off they work on their nets. If we hit any walls with this aspect, let’s go fix our nets.
Also, we will be hitting these aspects again:
Sep 9 Mars stations retrograde 28 Aries 09
Sep 29 Mars square Saturn
0ct 9 Mars square Pluto
Oct 18 Mars square Jupiter
Nov 13 Mars stations direct 15 Aries 14
Dec 23 Mars square Pluto
Jan 2 Mars exits shadow
Jan 6 Mars enters Taurus
Take note of your energy around these dates. On the mundane level Mars will be activating a lot of stuff and manifesting many events in the news. Sorting through what it all means to us personally will depend on how it hits our chart and other natal planets. Some people will feel a call to action on some level that maybe they had not felt in previous years. Whether it is personal or mundane, Mars is a catalyst for the next six months. God speed.