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Mars in Gemini ~ July 11 to Aug. 25, 2009

The chase continues. Mars finally joins Venus in Gemini, where he is free to move about the cabin! His stay in steady and prudent Taurus may have been restrictive. After all, Mars is the planet of action, energy, and movement. He represents our physical drives, aggression, passions, anger, self-assertion, confidence, and the motivation behind our efforts.

In Gemini, Mars' energies are driven by mental activities and intellectual pursuits. In his rage, he might take up words as his weapon while he fights in a heated debate. His passions rise with mental stimulation. Mars in Gemini is ready to act and take up multiple tasks. This period is great for getting a lot of things done quickly. All that was decided upon and planned while Mars was in Taurus can now be started or continued and concluded during this period. So, just move down the checklist of your "to do" items and let's get some things accomplished! One thing to watch out for -- in Gemini, Mars may lack focus. Energies and efforts may be scattered. Projects get started but don't get finished. So, make sure to give Mars in Gemini explicit instructions and specific tasks in order to give the Gemini energy concentration.

Mars enters Gemini on July 11 at 10:56 p.m. Eastern and will stay through August 25.

While Mars is in Gemini, he will make alignments with the following celestial bodies (all dates reflect Eastern time zone; give +/-2 days for life span of influence):
  • July 20 ~ Mercury sextile Mars. Our actions support our thoughts and ideas.
  • August 10-11 ~ Mars square Saturn. Our obligations restrict us from doing what we want. Instead of procrastinating and delaying the inevitable, move swiftly to complete the tasks required of us. Perhaps the earlier we get started, the earlier we will finish, and will have time to spare to do what we desire. And if not, there's always tomorrow...
  • August 13-14 ~ Mars trine Jupiter. Our actions and decisions are supported by Jupiter. Opportunities await. Be aware to recognize when a door (or a window) has been opened and is welcoming your entrance. (Mars alignments to Triple Conjunction & Uranus)
  • August 15-16 ~ Mars trine Chiron. We are keenly aware of our flaws and weaknesses. Find strength by embracing them. They are a part of who we are, but not ALL of who we are. Do not give them any power over you. Acceptance leads to healing. Healing to empowerment. (Mars alignments to Triple Conjunction & Uranus)
  • August 16 to 19 ~ Mars sextile Sun, trine Neptune, square Uranus. What do we truly desire? What are our goals? What do we hope to accomplish? How do we begin to plan the steps to take to achieve them? A Twitter friend reminded me recently that "perception IS key." There will be difficulties, delays, and disappointments. Allow this Mars (motivation) in Gemini (mind) transit to help us shift our perception so, we can move forward inviting the energies of change and growth. Consider obstacles as challenges that we are ready to undertake and overcome. Think outside the box and find unique, unconventional solutions to problems. (Mars alignments to Triple Conjunction & Uranus)
How will Mars' transit in Gemini influence in your life? Look to the Gemini-ruled house/s in your birth chart. Match the signs with the house cusps on your birth chart. Use the list of zodiac signs below to identify the Gemini zodiac sign on your birth chart then click here for an explanation of Mars transiting those solar and/or natal houses.

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For those without a birth chart, you may use your Sun sign or Rising/Ascendant sign, if you know it. Look for your Sun and/or Rising Sign below then click here for an explanation of Mars transiting those solar and/or natal houses.
  • Aries-Sun or Aries Rising ~ 3rd House
  • Taurus-Sun or Taurus Rising ~ 2nd House
  • Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 1st House
  • Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 12th House
  • Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 11th House
  • Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 10th House
  • Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 9th House
  • Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 8th House
  • Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 7th House
  • Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 6th House
  • Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 5th House
  • Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 4th House
Unsure of what house/s Mars in Gemini is visiting? Cast your own birth chart by clicking here for use as reference -- birth date, time, and place required. Or request a quote for a paid personalized reading. (both links open a new window)

What significance do planets, signs, and houses have in astrology? Planets have the function, the job to do. The style/manner they will use get that job done is defined by the zodiac sign they occupy. Where in our life the job gets done is determined by the house the planet occupies/transits. So, when Mars (aggression) is in Aries (bold), he is more assertive than when he is in Cancer (sensitive). When traveling through the 10th house (professional life), he may bring his confidence and motivation in matters relating to our career. While in the 11th house (friendships), we may be more inclined to having our social calendar packed with activities. Having the foresight for what may be coming up or receiving confirmation on what may be happening now are ways astrology can be beneficial ... as above, so below.

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Venus and Mars by Elsa Dax, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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