Mars transit into Aries 2020 Individualism and Action!

Goodbye Pisces, Hello Aries.

Mars enters Aries on 29th June 2020, and will remain in its home sign until 7th January 2021. This 6 month period includes 2 months in which Mars is retrograde, beginning 10th September and stationing direct on 14th November.

In this article I discuss how and why this cyclical shift in energy brings focus away from collectivism back towards individual responsibility and personal freedoms. From an evolutionary perspective this dynamic is not only necessary but imperative to progress. I trace Mars’ journey from July all the way to January 2021, explaining why I don’t think the transition will be abrupt and for what reasons I suspect an increase in tension that builds towards a climatic period in mid August.

Understanding transits across the Aries point.

An independent Aries man

When we see any planet enter Aries, we see it cross the Aries point. This marks the start of the astrological wheel and signifies both a culmination and the start of a new cycle.

Mars in its own sign brings our life purpose and direction into focus. It will raise questions such as ‘What do I want and how am I going to go about manifesting it?’ It will bring with it an individualistic streak, something that has been absent during its transit through collectivist Pisces. Instead Mars in Aries encourages us to take a step back from others, to focus solely on our own needs and what we personally need to develop. In fact you may find yourself acting against the desires and expectations of others, but just remember that those that care for us will support us in our growth. We are on our own journey and at times that requires freedom and autonomy.

With Mars’ transit through Pisces we were inclined to channel our energy into things that we saw as being for the collective benefit. Our will was directed towards broader ideals that could only be achieved through collective effort. In turn this brought with it recognition of our personal limitations, there’s only so much we can achieve on our own after all. However, this humbling influence opened us up to how we could be better, or be more than we currently are.

So, when Mars enters Aries we come from a place of being acutely aware of our own shortcomings. Many of us may even feel vulnerable during this transition as we feel compelled to travel into new territory alone. This is why Mars in Aries fills the individual with courage – not because it feels good but because we need it. We are inspired to move forwards towards a version of ourselves that is stronger, more assertive and able to stand ones ground under pressure.

As Mars crosses the Aries point we understand that individualism needn’t be considered selfish. Instead, if we all work on being the best versions of ourselves imagine what we can achieve when we next come together?

How to make the best of this transition

  • A shift of focus from serving others to now addressing your own personal needs. Consider this a new chapter in your maturation.
  • Separation from erroneous ideas and people that prove to be detrimental to your evolutionary progress. An assertive step towards truth.
  • An opportunity to reinvent yourself. Mars in Aries prompts questions such as ‘Who am I?’ and ‘What do I want to achieve in this life?’ Answers will be forthcoming during this period.
  • A wonderful time for creative endeavours, for they are in essence creations born from the self. Move forwards with your projects, you will find yourself working with heightened enthusiasm and even an entrepreneurial flair.

Mars in Aries keywords/phrases

Aries the fighter - a martial artist
  • Assertive action
  • Authenticity and empowerment
  • Conviction in oneself and in ones beliefs
  • Freedom of expression
  • Independence, separation from the collective
  • Passion and sensuality
  • Pioneering and Entrepreneurial
  • Irritable and defensive behaviours
  • Aggression and physicality

For an in depth look at the psychological motivations underpinning this archetype read:

Psychology of Aries in Astrology

Your guide to what to expect from Mars’ 6 month transit through Aries

The significance of Mars moving into Aries whilst remaining under the influence of the recent solar eclipse in Cancer

The energy of the recent new moon / solar eclipse in Cancer also encouraged us to pay greater attention to the self so that we may truly learn to think and act in accordance with our authentic nature. However, whilst the Cancer energy encourages us to pull back and assess, Mars in Aries can be forthright and impulsive. Not interested in introspection Aries-Mars charges forward with courage and single-minded conviction, for better or worse.

This conflicting message is why we must be cautious of premature action throughout this cycle. There will be an inclination to throw strategy of any kind to the wind. It’s important that we learn to walk before we can run and to know where it is that we want to go before we set out. There is a risk that people will experience rude awakenings during this time because assertive action may well run counter to their personal needs and universal truths.

Throughout the first half of July influences will largely support us to strike a balance between self assertive action and relational harmony

Aries the lover - two people kissing

As discussed when Mars crosses the Aries point we see a shift in focus from the self as a member of the collective and the self in service to higher ideals – to the autonomous self who values personal freedom, the right to think, speak and act as an individual in line with what is right for them.

Let’s be honest, both of these approaches have their value, but neither are constructive if manifested to the overt detriment of the other. This is why the natural counter influence to Aries is through the diplomatic sign of Libra. Libra marks the mid-point between the two energies and encourages us temper both extremes and to find the optimal route between the two so that we can maintain sovereignty and act selflessly towards a collective benefit.

As Mars enters Aries and through the first half of July we see a lovely sextile from Mars to Venus (ruler of Libra) in Gemini. This will greatly ease the transition of Mars from Pisces into it’s home sign, it curbs what could otherwise manifest as impulsivity and untempered aggression, and aids in conflict resolution. Here we see Aries the lover, passion and sensuality will be high.

From mid-July we can expect to feel the rising of tension as instinctive drives take over and conflict ensues.

A man standing amid an erupting volcano. Aries and war.

As Mars sextile Venus moves out of orb, we will become acutely aware of the slow building of discourse simmering beneath the surface as Mars moves towards it’s square with Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn. We can consider the middle two weeks of August as the climatic period of Mars’ transit through Aries, with Mars squaring Pluto exactly on the 15th August. Make way for Mars the warrior and activist, but will his war efforts be a martial dance or a mindless brawl?

In light of the eclipse and the predominance of planets in retrograde I understand Mars square Pluto (retrograde) to be a time to focus on ones own inner development. Outwards expression of this energy should be considered premature. However, we will see people projecting the very traits in themselves that they are being encouraged to confront, but evidently find it too painful to do so. This will be evident through aggressive behaviour and emotional outbursts.

Essentially, Mars in Aries square Pluto signifies sudden tension brought to that which is blocking our personal development such as repressed emotions or untruths. Such matters will surge to the surface with considerable force. These things will be neither gentle nor easy to look at, they come straight from the core of our shadow self and will shake our foundations if we have not based our character and actions on sound principles.

However, in this instance there is a distinction to be made between those who value growth and those who do not. The former will experience this as a sudden but enlightening experience, where the way is now made clear for them to move forwards. The later, as alluded to above, will find this particularly challenging and psychologically disturbing. In both instances this transit serves to encourage people to face their demons and to get themselves back on track so to speak.

Such sharp wake-up calls come about when we fail to accept previous opportunities to address matters. It’s as if the universe has no other way than to force us to wake up.

From mid-August we will undoubtedly be glad to see the raising of the Aries-Mars energy to it’s higher manifestion

We will see a change in this dynamic from around 19th August, when the Leo new moon conjunct mercury makes a beautiful trine to Mars. This will work to temper the Aries energy by bringing an added layer of meaning to autonomous action, and rationale to the impulsivity. Through reflection and critique people will find themselves able to temper their drives and direct their energy towards that which truly benefits their development and relations.

I will be writing an article on the Mars square Pluto transit and the new moon on August 19th that will help set the scene. I will keep you updated via social media and through my newsletter.

Mars retrograde throughout most of September and October

Mars turns retrograde on 10th September and stations direct on 14th November, having once again reached 15′ Aries. This is a great time to take your foot off this pedal a little, conserve your energy. As the astrological giants; Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto station direct we’re going to see some action throughout November and December, but not yet. Use this time to reflect on your triggers so that you can better utilise that fighting spirit, and try to conceptualise what you want from your future so that you can move forward with confidence when it’s time

I will be covering the nature of the upheaval that I expect to see in November and December in a separate article. Mars does not contact any of these planets directly until the end of December (addressed below). However, its position will lend a forthright approach to matters, and there will be a sense of individuals being directly involved and personally effected by the events that unfold.

Christmas – Au revoir

Mars squares Pluto for the last time from 23′ Aries, on 23rd December. This will be felt as ‘Au revoir’ as the dance between the giants in Capricorn comes to an end. Like a backward glance toward the once fraught battle ground, we feel a pang of emotion but also notice the new growth already sprouting in the earth. This chapter is over. A new one is primed and ready to start. Saturn and Jupiter have already moved forward into Aquarius and Mars spares a backward glance to Pluto in Capricorn as he races off to meet them for a new kind of conversation. Indeed this sparky planet will need to adjust to the somewhat tighter confines of Taurus as we begin to plough temper our energy into more long-term projects.

We can wave goodbye to Mars’ journey through Aries on 7th January 2021. By then I hope you’re ready for some new vibes, because the Aquarian energy is ready to take to centre stage. Out with the old and in with the new.

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Live Your Best Life Using Astrology

Fully embrace life by heeding the deep psychological factors that drive you.

What really gets each zodiac sign up in the morning? In this article we’ll take a look at what motivates each sign to make the most of life!

But first, when I’m talking about characteristics sign by sign, I’ll often get asked something like:

“I’m a Gemini , so I read Gemini, right?”

Most people know what their sun sign is, whether it be Gemini, Leo, Pisces or whichever of the twelve signs, and this is a brilliant start! It’s important to know though that sun-sign astrology has long been popularised for mass-audiences but it really is only the tip of the iceberg (your sun sign is important don’t get me wrong!) but it is a long way from bringing you the whole picture. If this is news to you and you want to know more then bear with me, I’m in the process of designing some really user-friendly resources to help everybody to get to grips with astrology basics.

“But I already know a bit about my chart….”

This is always wonderful to hear! In this case, for making the most of this month’s mosaic, I encourage you to look at the following placements


1

Your moon sign and the sign ruling the house that it’s in

This will show what you need in life to feel safe and secure. Think of it as the soil conditions that the plant needs in order to grow.

2

Your sun sign and the sign ruling the house that it’s in

This will show how you strive to express yourself in a unique and truthful way. Your search for meaning in life is greatly influenced by the placement of your sun.

3

Your Ascendant sign

This shows how you set yourself apart from the crowd, the individual persona you present to the world. We all had to learn how to navigate through life in order to survive.


Now let’s take a slightly more in depth look into the motivational factors that drive certain signs to shape the lives they do;


Aries

Aries is driven by the need to individuate, meaning that they feel a vital urge to separate from others and follow their own path. Here we have the most independent sign in the zodiac, they are comfortable taking the initiative and are not easily deterred when in pursuit of something that they want in life. Their need to individuate leads them to perceive anything that holds them back as a threat and they react to this is an instinctual manner, adopting a defensive position or fighting spirit, they cannot conceive of succumbing to a challenge, as if to lose goes against the essence of who they are. This births a pioneering spirit and an innate need for ultimate freedem, including the need to express themselves through taking action and on a deeper spiritual level. Unwilling to entertain any form of repression Aries’ are always poised for action, ready to fight for that which they prize most, freedom – freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of being.

Taurus

Taurus is driven by the need to build a secure life for themselves and those they love. They see the strong currents of life, the highs and the lows that people traverse, as a waste of precious energy and an unnecessary diversion, being ruled by Venus they seek a more harmonious middle ground. They value a solid foundation in life and particularly want to channel their energy into projects that will last, so here we have a sign that is concerned with quality in the broadest sense of the word. Taurus’ desire self-sufficiency, to depend on others may be as an uncertain investment you see, and so they work hard to make constructive use of their resources, energy, time and their innate talents included.

Gemini

Gemini is driven by the need to learn about life, to understand what’s beyond their doorstep. From a young age they sense that they’re part of wider matrix and they are driven by the curiosity to learn more about it. Why, because on a deeper level they need to know what monsters might lurk ‘out there.’ Thus, they are driven by a to educate themselves, to make sense of things. Geminis soon realise that the best way to learn is to ask questions, here we have natural communicators and those who are innately curious, dedictaing much of their time to the hunt for more information information. Is it any wonder that we find many journalists with Gemini placed strongly in their charts

Cancer

Cancer is driven by the need to personalise life and so seeks emotional attachments, whether this be through people, places, objects… They feel the strong rhythms and unpredictability of life in outside world on a very personal level, so part of the drive here is to retreat in order avoid emotional stresses and to replenish their energy. As Cancer filter life through an emotional lens they know what it means to be hurt and so seek to make for themselves environment which is seen as safe. They will do this through investing their energy into support networks, their family, their friends and their loved ones. This gives them a sense of belonging, an emotional nest, and satisfies their primary need in life, to put down emotional roots.

Leo

Leo is driven by the need to create, if life isn’t up to scratch then in their eyes it’s high time they created the life they want. As we know there’s many forms of creativity but what motivates Leos is the prospect of actively participating in life, like the sun that rules this sign Leos are often found in the centre of things, warm and generous (and having a flair for drama!) they draw people to them. Leo is closely aligned with the process of self-actualisation and they pursue their goals with passion. This drive combined with their innovative streak gives them a strong aptitude for leadership

Virgo

Virgo is driven by a need to increase performance, they have an appreciation for all of the parts that comprise of the whole and admire their relation to one another. This could be the appreciation of skilled workers all using their individual expertise to function as a team to bring a larger project to fruition; or the small mechanisms unde a car bonnet, without which the car wouldn’t move. In the same vein they recognise limitation and are driven to make improvements through increasing the functionality of constituent parts. Hence their reputation for being a perfectionist! They are analytical with an incredible aptitude for detail, this sign belongs to the architect whose work provides a wonderful analogy for this sign. The architect who designs the building, takes minute details into consideration in their creative endeavours because they understand that power is in the detail, to overlook the minute is to see the great creation come tumbling down.

Libra

Libra rules the 7th house of the astrological wheel, after going through the development of the self through house 1 to 6, Libra realises that we cannot be whole if we live a life of isolation. Libra is therefore driven to seek out differences in order to increase their sense of self through the insights and challenges associated with union, partnership and opposites. What people often don’t realise about Libra is that they are driven to experience things that are notably different from what they are, have or know. This makes them very open to ideas and come across to be very friendly as they’re naturally interested in other, rather than judgemental. Ultimately Librans are motivated to seek out polarities and make improvements through compromise and negotiation, unifying the opposing sides of the situation. The difficulty for Libra’s is that they appreciate both perspectives and if they can’t bring them into harmony then they can feel completely at odds, not being sure what route or whose side to take.

Scorpio

Scorpio is driven to overcome limitation, they recognise that strength is at our core and know that we must look inwards in order to overcome personal weaknesses and grow. They have little care for superficiality and are driven to get to the heart of all matters in order to discern if the individual, relationship or situation has the strength to withstand the tides of life. They come to their conclusions through thorough analysis and if it’s not considered strong then Scorpios will dismantle it, pull it back to basics and build it again, tougher and more powerful. This includes themselves, a Scorpio can reinvent themselves like no other sign! This is where the association with the phoenix originates. Scorpios are not intimidated by destruction because they see it as an opportunity to rebuild and create something stronger.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius is driven to find greater perspective and meaning in life, they seek to expand their horizons in order to see what life truly has to offer. Ruled by Jupiter this sign by it’s very nature is expansive, this breeds great optimism and there’s a general sentiment that the world is vast and has much to offer. Naturally explorative “who wouldn’t want to discover the wonders that this vast world has to offer!” they are often found seeking. They seek experiences and truth, a Sagittarius may be exploring the edges of the earth or they may be exploring the higher capacity of the mind. One thing is for sure certain though, they’re never doing nothing, there’s always more!

Capricorn

Capricorns are driven by standards of living and of being in life. They see their value and seek to put things in place to sustain and protect them. Capricorns are respectful of laws seeing them as preserving the conduct that they value and as a means of protecting a way of life that they want to endure. More than any other sign they envision something of value and are willing to work for it. They are masters of delayed gratification and will work long and hard for what they see as meaningful. Practical by nature they give form to ideas, they take concepts and make them work in reality. Their desire to give form is largely based in their instinctual desire to create something solid, predictable and knowable. They seek to construct a life devoid of threat but they must always be careful not to put so much focus on the tried and tested that they limit potential, most importantly their own.

Aquarius

Aquarius is driven by potential, it is motivated by development and seeks to brings the best out of situations and people. You could say that their motivation is to master life. This is why Aquarius has a reputation for being idealistic. They detest stagnation and need to feel as if things are moving forward in the right direction. Sometimes however Aquarians may need to be reminded that movement, or change for change sake, is actually counterintuitive to their desired ends. They set their eyes to the stars (literally this sign rules over astrology) they dream of a better life for everyone, these are the humanitarians within our society working to elevate standards of living for all. Their incredible ability to envision something that others cannot lends them a unique streak. They’re often seen as being alternative and ahead of the curve, but in being so often sets them apart from the crowd. Comfortable being so Aquarians are often seen as free and independent spirits.

Piscies

Piscies is a highly conceptual sign, they are able to conceive of ideas that many struggle to grasp, here we have our natural creatives and free thinkers. At the root of this is the fact that Piscies don’t limit themselves, they inuitively sense the vastness of existence, the forces of nature and the ebbs and flow of life over which we have little control. They are driven just to be, they see the futility in seeking to control life. They understand that true inpiration comes from being open and free, if we fear that which is out of our control we restrict ourselves and the potential that life has to offer. They do not seek to shut themselves off, rather they are inclined to forego boundaries and instead have an immersive experience of reality. This means that they feel the pain of others acutely and so their empathic natures often motivate them into the caring professions. Their innate capacity to experience the emotional plight of others, gives them a sense of connectivity. They personally experience how one person is not really separate from another, and throughout life come to appreciate the tendrils that branch out from all of us connecting us to everybody and everything.


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