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Mars in Virgo ~ June 6/7 to July 29, 2010

Dark Sand Cascades on Mars

After a super long stay in Leo, Mars joins Saturn (now direct) in Virgo on June 7 at 2:11 a.m. EST (June 6 for some) and will stay through July 29, 2010. 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 Leo, Mars is strong-willed and driven by his own volition, carrying out his actions eagerly in a confident and ambitious manner. In Virgo, Mars is more tempered. His actions more measured. His decisions well-planned and analyzed to the detail.

Virgo is the sign constantly seeking perfection. To that end, each decision or action must reflect doing it efficiently and done right, the first time. Mars in Virgo may move a little slower than Mars in Leo, but each movement is careful, exacting and success is imminent because failure is not an option. At best, Mars in Virgo is pragmatic, focused, meticulous, productive, ready to do the work, and can be a team player, as well as an independent force. At worst, annoying, frustrating, becomes too critical, can get stuck in the details, is unable to see the bigger picture, or is unyielding to ways/ideas outside of their own because they want it when they want it, the way they want it.

Mars in Virgo gets things done, period. They may have to do it their way, but it gets done as efficiently and effectively as analyzed by the detailed perception and tedious planning of the Virgo spirit. Mars in Virgo is a doer and tenacious which is ideal when partnered with the growing and strengthening cardinal energies building celestially. Uranus entered Aries last month, followed by Jupiter now also in Aries and their growing conjunction, culminating on June 8. Jupiter and Uranus in Aries are eager to get things moving. Mars and Saturn in Virgo ensure that practical steps, actions and decisions are well-played and are results/solutions-oriented. With three slower moving planets in retrograde, Neptune, Pluto and Chiron, we're also able to hone in on inner drives and have those reflect our external actions, if necessary or applicable.

On the day Mars enters Virgo, he immediately forms a frustrating link to both Jupiter and Uranus. It is a battle of wills with Arien energy bold and ready for action while Virgoan energy stands firm on movement with precision and purpose. In our individual lives, there may be a standstill with a superior, partner, stubborn child or, even, the self. Adjustment is key. Seek to understand another's point of view and discuss/reason in their 'language' as you also seek their understanding of your position. Virgo is a sign governed by Mercury, so communication is essential when relating to Mars in Virgo.

Those with their natal Mars in Virgo have their Mars Return this year. That's great news, especially with the cardinal t-square occurring in July. You can really make some headway with personal ventures. Astrologer, Celeste Teal, defines Mars Return as:

the beginning of a new cycle involving personal initiative and important new undertakings. Mars' return to its natal place occurs approximately every two years, and the time of the return will generally find one in the midst of assertive activity of one sort or another.
While in Virgo, Mars will align with the following celestial bodies (all dates reflect North America Eastern time zone; give +/-2 days for life span of influence):
  • June 7 ~ Mars quincunx Jupiter and Uranus. covered above
  • June 15 ~ Mars trine Pluto-rx. Actions determined. Poised for success. Ability to eliminate what's necessary efficiently. Doing the 'dirty work' required to get the job done.
  • July 26 ~ Mars quincunx Neptune-rx. Making decisions can be tough when there's confusion. Inability to make heads or tails about a situation. Refrain from major decision-making until a few days, if possible. If not, make a list of all that's entailed/entangled within the issue, study it then seek the counsel of a trusted friend/colleague for an alternate point of view.
  • July 29 ~ Mars quincunx Chiron-rx. Acting out because you've been hurt or offended. Low tolerance for patience or anger. Easily aroused into an argument. Disagreements easily escalating to something that's taken personally, even if there is no reason to. Judgements clouded.

For me, as a Virgo-rising, I welcome the planet of action in my natal 1st house to get his aid in getting things done! As a Cancer-Sun, he'll be cruising through my solar 3rd house of thought and communication to help me with my action plan.

How might this Mars transit influence your chart? Look to the natal house/s ruled by Virgo. Match the sign with the house cusp/s on your birth chart. Use the list of zodiac signs below to identify the Virgo zodiac sign on your birth chart then click here for an explanation of Mars transiting those 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 Rising signs below then click here for an explanation of Mars transiting those houses.
  • Aries-Sun or Aries-Rising ~ 6th house
  • Taurus-Sun or Taurus Rising ~ 5th house
  • Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 4th house
  • Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 3rd house
  • Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 2nd house
  • Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 1st house
  • Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 12th houses
  • Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 11th house
  • Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 10th house
  • Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 9th house
  • Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 8th house
  • Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 7th house
Alternatively, you may cast your own birth chart for use as reference -- birth date, time, and place required.

I am also available for personal consultations or private parties. Are you celebrating a birthday or your Mars Return? Schedule a session for a Solar Return (birthdays), 3-Chart Package Reading (detailed natal & overall outlook for the next 12 months), Mars Return or request a quote for a reading tailored to your needs. Or give the gift of insight.

Have a question or need a quote for a more customized reading, ask me here. Or feel free to cruise on over to the AstroCreeps and TarotFreaks Forum* to start or join a discussion.

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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"Dark Sand Cascades on Mars" -- image credit and copyright to HiRISE, MRO, LPL (U. Arizona), NASA. The above image was taken in 2008 April near the North Pole of Mars.

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