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Mars in Aquarius ~ January 15 to February 22, 2011

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Mars breaks away from Capricorn's disciplined ways to exert his freedom in Aquarius beginning January 15 at 2:41 p.m. PST / 5:41 p.m. EST until February 22. 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 Capricorn, Mars is cautious and purposeful, with the long term in mind for each step taken or each decision made. In Aquarius, Mars is experimental, innovative, unconventional, altruistic, can be erratic, and may spurn into action just as quickly as the ideas/opinions begin to form. At best, Mars in Aquarius is progressive, independent, enterprising, ingenious, humanitarian, friendly. At worst, disruptive, rebellious, stubborn, argumentative, awkward, weird.

While Mars is in Aquarius, we're urged to break out of our comfort zone. Go ahead and do what you've been saying you'll do. No more talk. Just act. Whether it's learning a new language, how to salsa, get started with volunteer work, start your own business, look for a new job ... whatever it is that you've been putting off for one reason or another, but know that it will enhance the quality of your life ... no more thinking/fantasizing about how it will be someday. Someday is now. Take a step toward what you dream of. What's a little, bitty step? Nothing scary about that :)

The new year started off with a blessing from Jupiter and Uranus (opportunities/change) collaborating together, and a Solar Eclipse (renewals/beginnings) that remains influential during this first half of the year. Surely, we can utilize these celestial energies to work for our needs/objectives. Throw in the help Mars in Aquarius offers, and yes we can! Aquarian energy is unorthodox, unique and original so, the way/method to get yourself off and running may be unconventional, as well.

"Unconventional" for you ... What's different to me, may be the norm to you; and in that sense, I can learn something of your ways or thoughts/ideas. Perhaps that will open up a means for me to do something I've wanted to do or figure out whatever unrest I may have burning inside and how to handle it. It all starts with one step, though. So, go ahead and take it.

Those who have their natal Mars in Aquarius will have their Mars Return this year, which signals an ideal period for creative ventures, making a go at things, initiating/creating, or planning for future activities. With Jupiter (opportunities) returning to Aries (pioneering) to finish his transit in Aries this year and Aquarius' ruler, Uranus (radical change), re-entering Aries to stay for a long while, it's an excellent time to have a Mars return! Mars returns to the sign and degree that your natal Mars was in approximately every 2 years.

While in Aquarius, Mars will align with the following celestial bodies (all dates reflect North America Pacific time zone; allow +/-2 days for life span of influence):

  • February 4~ Mars conjunct the Sun. Both in Aquarius, actions can be abrupt and disruptive. Motivation driven by excitement and of what might be possible now. Think things through before moving ahead. But keep going! With Mercury also sextile Jupiter during this short period, there's optimism, opportunities and a little bit of luck.
  • February 6 ~ Mars trine Saturn-rx. In air signs, no movement without understanding. No decisions without a logical explanation. This could be a grounding influence which might stabilize the frantic, excitable energy of the previous few days. Solidifying what may have been initiated.
  • February 20 ~ Mercury conjunct Mars and Neptune. Understanding. Forgiveness. Taking the high road. Not giving in when being baited. Humanitarian efforts. Kindness and compassion. Venture out of your comfort zone. Try something new.
How might this Mars transit influence your chart? Look to the natal house/s ruled by Aquarius. Match the sign with the house cusps on your birth chart. Use the list of zodiac signs below to identify the Aquarius 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 ~ 11th house
  • Taurus-Sun or Taurus Rising ~ 10th house
  • Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 9th house
  • Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 8th house
  • Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 7th house
  • Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 6th house
  • Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 5th house
  • Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 4th house
  • Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 3rd house
  • Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 2nd house
  • Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 1st house
  • Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 12th house
Alternatively, you may cast your own birth chart for use as reference -- birth date, time, and place required.

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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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