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Mars in Gemini ~ June 20 to August 3, 2011

Statue de Mars ornant la Porte de Paris à Lille via Wikimedia Commons

Mars breaks away from Taurean energy. In Taurus, Mars is steady, prudent, and reliable which can sometimes be restrictive. Mars is the planet of action, energy, and movement, after all. He represents our physical drives, aggression, passions, anger, self-assertion, confidence, and the motivation behind our efforts.

Mars' move to the sign of Gemini offers him a chance roam more freely. 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.

For those with their natal Mars in Gemini, you'll have your Mars Return which occurs approximately every two years. This a great time to make movements on future plans or take action on shorter-term goals. Look to the house placement and natal aspects to your natal Mars to get an idea of what may be highlighted/triggered during your Mars Return. Some people find this period ideal for making career-related plans.

This year, Mars transits Gemini beginning on June 20th at 7:50 p.m. PDT / 10:50 p.m. EDT until August 3rd. Upon entering Gemini, Mars will quickly squares Neptune while the Cancer-Sun trines Neptune. These first few days (June 20-23) when both Mercury (thought/communication) and the Sun (conscious will/potential) aligning with Neptune (compassion/spirituality) can be a time when our actions can be inspired and motivated by selfless drives. At worst, this can be a few days of 'escaping' and being out of sync from reality or responsibilities.

How might Mars' transit in Gemini manifest in your world? Look to the Gemini-ruled house/s in your birth chart. Match the sign with the house cusp/s on your birth chart. Use the list of zodiac sign 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

Alternatively, you may cast your own birth chart at 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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