Mars is Heating Things Up! What Does this Mean for You?

In my last post (Unpacking the Astrology of 2020: Part 3), I mentioned that Mars in Aries was going to heat things up this fall.  The extra heat is already  kicking into gear so I thought this might be a good time to get more specific about dates and what this might feel like.  I will also explain how you can figure out where you might be feeling all of this in YOUR life and how to use this heat to your advantage.

Quick reminder that we have those three really big, powerful planets (Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto) that are all hanging out in Capricorn, the sign of authority, government, structures, integrity, and social ambition.  They are coming together at various times this year, which they RARELY do, and they are bumping into other planets along the way.  This is the stuff that is putting pressure on our systems and structures to tear down what is not working and support us to start building something new.  Mars has rejoined the party which is turning up the heat.

Mars is the engine in your car and the fire in your belly. It is the planet that represents what lights you up and makes you want to DO things. It is also the energy that makes you want to fight. You may fight for what you believe in, for what you want, or to protect yourself or people you love. You may fight from a healthy place and be strategic in the way you use your energy (good trouble). OR you may lash out from a place of insecurity, hurt, or fear and make a lot of noise, waste a lot of energy, not get anywhere productive, and/or take things too far and hurt other people (bad trouble).  When Mars is in Aries, it is super charged and as you might recall, Mars is in Aries for over six months this year, which is a big deal.

Mars kicked off a cycle with those three powerful planets last March in the sign of Capricorn.  That was right around the time the pandemic really started going global.  You could say that the energy of Mars lit a fire under the virus and basically started escalating the process of tearing things down in the world.  Most of our lives have changed, drastically.

Mars then got super charged in Aries at the end of June and will now meet up with those planets again three times in the next six months, at an angle called a square.  A square causes so much tension that you have to take action. It’s like someone pushing you to do something really scary but for your own good.  This series of squares is a STRONG PUSH for us to make changes that need to be made in the structures of our lives and our world. We are actually in the middle of the first set of squares now.  You might be feeling it!

In my last post, I focused on how this is all impacting the world. Personally, it plays out like this.  You built the structures in your life at one point because they were what you needed or wanted at the time.  Those “structures” include where you live, your relationships, your job, the things you have, your daily habits, etc…  Do you still love these things?  What does your heart want now? What needs to change in your life to follow what your heart wants now?  Things have probably bubbled to the surface since March about what is REALLY important to you and what might need to change.  Don’t ignore those messages.  Now is the time to act, but it will probably not be smooth sailing.  Here is why:

    • When Mars squares Jupiter, our intense Mars energy is expanded, for better or worse. We could over-extend ourselves or what is inside us may explode in something like jubilation or rage. (the Beruit explosion happened on August 4th which is the first time Mars Squared Jupiter in this cycle. That was a “for worse” example.)
    • When Mars Squares Pluto you may feel that Mars energy even more intensely (it’s a war vibe) or things may be revealed to you (probably not fun things) that were hidden that now need to be dealt with.
    • When Mars Squares Saturn you may hit some obstacles. You are moving along at warp speed with your excited, ambitious Mars energy, following your heart, and you literally run in to a Saturn wall.  Or you are ignoring the messages inside yourself to follow your heart’s path and you get hit over the head to get you to pay attention. If you are not on the right path or you are doing something that is not for your greatest and highest good, Saturn will knock you down to send you a message to get you to adjust or rethink how to take action in a better way.

So what can you do to make the most of this energy?  This is what the point of astrology is!  Astrology helps you understand the energy that is happening around you (and inside of you) so you can use it in the best way possible to live YOUR best life.

You may already know exactly what needs to change in your life or maybe everything is awesome, so you don’t have to make any changes.  (If that is the case, congrats on kicking ass at your life.)  If you are curious about where in your life astrology says you might need to change your structures and/or focus your Mars energy, I wrote up some instructions to help you figure that out.

Keep in mind that whenever you get a simple astrology answer on the internet, it can’t take in to account the specific details of YOUR birth chart.  We don’t all feel everything that is happening in the sky in the same way. We each have our own path and our own timing.  So you might dig in with my instructions below and it won’t make sense and you will decide its all bull shit OR you might nod your head because it’s spot on OR it might trigger you think about something you weren’t aware of yet.  If its helpful, use it, if not, don’t.

How to Check Your Birth Chart

    1. You need to know exactly where and what time you were born, to the minute. This is probably on your birth certificate but sometimes it’s not. You can google how to possibly get a long form birth certificate or find and astrologer who might be able to back into it for you, but you need the exact time and place to understand the “where” in your life part of Astrology.
    2. Go to Chani Nicholas web site and plug that information in to display your birth chart. There are lots of sites you can use, but this is the clearest one I found for this purpose.  When she asks for the house system, select Whole Sign. (Astrologers do use different house systems which is a tricky subject that I am not going to get in to here!)
    3. What you are looking at is a map of exactly where the planets were in the sky at the moment and location of your birth. Mine looks like this chart below. This is a map of your potential in this lifetime which is pretty cool, but at the moment, we are just going to focus on where you might be feeling this restructuring and Mars energy.
    4. This circle is divided in to 12 sections of the sky called “houses”. Each house represents a different area of your life (it may be your inner life or your outer life).  In the middle of the chart, you can see the number of each house.
      • The house labeled Capricorn, is the area of your life where the “structures” are being transformed.  Make a note of what that number is.
      • The house labeled Aries, is the area of your life where Mars is hanging out for MANY months and giving you a TON of energy to take action that will likely support that transformation in the Capricorn area. Make a note of what that number is.
    5. Check this page on Café Astrology for definitions of the houses and which areas of life they represent. (Ignore the stuff about the ruler and cusps. Focus on the name of the house and the last paragraph that lists the topics for each house).
    6. If you have planets in the Aries or Capricorn houses (those are the mysterious symbols you see under the zodiac names, you may feel the impact more strongly because this is an area of your life where you have some specific lessons. (It’s much more complicated than that, but we are keeping it simple for internet self service.)
    7. One last note – depending on your specific chart, if you use a different house system, the impact may be over TWO areas of your life because the signs span multiple houses. If the first two life areas seem WAY off base, you can go back and run your chart again on Chani’s site using Placidus house system.  Now your Capricorn and Aries might span TWO houses.  Maybe one of the second houses might be where you are feeling the impact in your life?  (Astrology is not an exact science)

If you have questions about this shoot me a note (if you know me) or leave a comment.  I am still learning astrology myself but  I will do my best to help you!

  1. When is all of This Mars Restructuring Stuff Happening?

Now you have some clues about where in your life your structures may need to be transformed and where you have Aries energy behind you to take action that will may help you transform those structures.

Here is a summary of the dates when Mars will be causing extra tension to push you to take action in the Aries and Capricorn parts of your life. Mark your calendars! (And remember these planets are big so we feel things before and after these exact dates!)

    • Aug 4th – 24th The First Pass – We are in the middle of this now. You are starting to really get a nudge to do something. Things are being revealed. You may not know exactly what to do or where you need to end up, but start making a plan and start moving in some direction if you can.
      • August 4th – Mars Squared Jupiter (Expansion)
      • August 13th – Mars Squared Pluto (Intensity/Big Reveal)
      • August 24th – Mars Squares Saturn (Blocks) – Chani says that Mars and Saturn stay close until the second pass so this might last a month. Good times.
    • Sep 9thMars goes retrograde and its harder to DO stuff and we will get frustrated.
    • Sep 29th – Oct 18th Second Pass – We are TRYING to move full steam ahead but it’s probably not going great. More is revealed and we may need to shift gears and change course.
      • Sep 29th – Mars Squares Saturn (Blocks)
      • Oct 9th  – Mars Squared Pluto (Intensity/Big Reveal)
      • Oct 18th – Mars Squares Jupiter (Expansion)
    • Nov 13th – Mars goes direct so we are (hopefully) less frustrated (phew!) (And hopefully we will know who our next president is!)
    • Dec 21st – The Great Conjunction – Saturn and Jupiter meet in Aquarius to start a new age of growth around ideas! (Read my last post to remind you what is up with that and we can regroup on it when its closer)
    • Dec 23rd – Jan 22nd 2021 Third Pass – by the time we get here, lots will have changed in our lives and the world so this stuff we are working on should be clearer. We can make some final adjustments before we move forward into something new.  We are less frustrated.  The Great Conjunction has happened! Planets are moving into new signs and out of this heavy Capricorn.
      • Dec 23rd – Mars Squares Pluto (Intensity/Big Reveal) still in Aries/Capricorn
      • Jan 13th – Mars Squares Saturn (Blocks) – BUT now Mars and Saturn have moved on to new signs (Taurus and Aquarius) so this will feel different than the Aries/Capricorn vibe (we can discuss that when we get there)
      • Jan 22nd – Mars Squares Jupiter (Expansion)– also in new signs of Taurus/Aquarius

New Moon in Leo

I rushed to get this post out because another VIP date in our astrology right now is the New Moon in Leo which is happening TONIGHT, August 18th at 10:41PM New York time.  New Moons are usually a good time to set intentions but apparently this is an exceptionally good time to do so.  With all of this harder stuff coming up (frustration, tension, change, “war energy”, obstacles) and this PUSH to take action, this is a REALLY good time to go deep and think about what you heart wants.  (Leo is all about the heart!!!)  Take out a piece of paper on Tuesday, August 18th (or Wednesday or Thursday are ok, too, I am told) and write down what you want for yourself.  What changes do you want to make in your life?  What do you want the Universe to work with you to you create for yourself and the world? Let it spill out of your heart.  (If you are woo woo, get out your crystals and light some candles.  But this is not necessary. All you need is your heart, a pen and paper, and some quiet space.)

Wrap Up

I will leave you with some final advice about Mars inspired by the many podcasts I have consumed recently. I am sure you feel that Mars energy rising up inside of you (and all around you) already and remember that you can use it in many different ways.  Don’t fight useless battles that you can not win.  Focus that energy on things you have the power to change in your life and in the world.  Don’t get tangled up in heated fights with people who won’t listen because they are stuck in an angry place of insecurity, resentment, or fear.  They are on their own healing path. Wish them well, and don’t feed their negative energy.  Direct your Mars energy at solutions that will make the world a better place for you, and for everyone else.  Think about what is important to you, and fight for that, in a strategic and productive way.  THAT is how we can best us this Mars energy. You don’t have to save the WHOLE world, focus your energy on where YOU can make YOUR life better and that will help change the world.  And if it is in your heart’s path to put that energy directly towards solutions that will help everyone, do that, because the world is in need all of the positive energy and solutions that we can get!

Michelle Obama said it beautifully last night in her speech at the opening night of the Democratic National Convention (and I’ll bet she didn’t even realize she was talking about using our positive Mars energy!)

“When others are going so low, does going high still really work?” My answer: going high is the only thing that works, because when we go low, when we use those same tactics of degrading and dehumanizing others, we just become part of the ugly noise that’s drowning out everything else. We degrade ourselves. We degrade the very causes for which we fight. But let’s be clear: going high does not mean putting on a smile and saying nice things when confronted by viciousness and cruelty. Going high means taking the harder path. It means scraping and clawing our way to that mountain top. Going high means standing fierce against hatred while remembering that we are one nation under God, and if we want to survive, we’ve got to find a way to live together and work together across our differences.” 

Happy New Moon in Leo!! Set your hearts intentions in the next couple of days, channel your Mars energy to co-create them with the Universe, and try your hardest to fight for good and for a better life for yourself and the people you love!

PS: Here is some additional listening/reading on this topic where I learned a lot of what I shared with you:

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Unpacking The Astrology of 2020: Part 3

This is the final chapter of my compelling, three part series that breaks down the biggest astrology of 2020.  (Go back and read Part 1 and Part 2, if you haven’t yet!)

When we left off at the end of Part 2, I was explaining that things would heat up in July.  Enter the planet of war in the sign of war….

Mars in Aries (June 27th – Jan 7th 2021) 

Mars is about ambition, action, aggression, violence, and anger.  Mars is what gets us to DO things and it is also the planet of war.  On June 27th, Mars moves in to the sign of Aries.  Aries is ruled by Mars which means they have the same themes that will be SUPER SIZED during this time.  People will feel extra ambitious and driven to get things done, but they might also be extra pissed off. Mars usually only stays in one sign for 1-2 months.  But this year, Mars is in Aries for six+ months.  I think you would agree that things have been pretty heated this year already, and Mars is not even in Aries yet.

July/August

Once we get through the eclipse on July 5th, things seem to be relatively chill for July and August???   There is nothing astrologically NEW and HUGE added to the mix.  We will still have the Saturn/Pluto/Jupiter vibes that are with us all year (destroying structures, exposing the darkness that needs to be transformed, spreading Coronavirus) AND Mars in Aries firing us up.  BUT MAYBE we will be in a steady state so we can adjust to the “new normal” and get our bearings before things heat up more in the fall.

A lot of the powerful planets (Saturn, Pluto, Jupiter and Neptune) are also retrograde for most of the summer, which feels like it MIGHT be a time to regroup and reflect (because they are not doing their thing full force, they are kind of puttering around in the dark) OR everything will continue to be a non-stop shit show.  Honestly, I have no idea. (My astrology sources are not saying much about this time.  I am hoping no news is good news.)

Whatever the rest of the summer feels like, it WILL be even more intense in the fall.  So in your moments of possible relaxation, make the absolute most of it, AND get your house in order for the wide ride ahead.

Mars Retrograde (Sep 9th – Nov 13th)

On September 9th, Mars goes retrograde.  When Mars is retrograde, you might get especially frustrated because you are trying to take action and things keep getting in the way.  Or your ambition might be stifled so you don’t feel like doing anything.  People may get really irritable and snap at each other.  And this retrograde is double trouble in the sign of Aries.  All of that super sized energy will get quadruple sized.

What makes this retrograde important collectively, is that Mars will have some tense interactions with those planets bringing us all of the hard stuff this year.  Mars will “but heads” with Saturn, Pluto AND Jupiter during this time.  While Saturn/Pluto/Jupiter are working their (not so fun) magic, a retrograde, frustrated Mars is trying to pick a fight with them.  AND Mercury will be retrograde again (Oct 13 – Nov 3) during this Mars retrograde which is kind of a big deal.  Our communication might be all messed up while we are dealing with anger and frustration.  There will be power struggles (Pluto), miscommunications (Mercury), fighting (Mars), obstacles (Saturn) and we might be overextending ourselves (Jupiter). Everything will be coming to a boil during this time.  (This is why we need to rest and prepare this summer?)

Lesson Plan for Mars Retrograde: How can we work through conflict in an effective way so we come out the other side in a better place?  (You are going to really want to have your meditation practice going before we get here!)

Deep breaths…

Mars will be retrograde leading up to, and until right after, our election in the United States on November 3rd. We will be making a REALLY big decision that will impact the structures of our government and society for the next four years, at least.  AND Mercury Retrograde will be ending ON election day.  The last time Mercury was retrograde during an election was the 2008 chad situation in Florida when we had a contested election.

All of this energy sounds scary but there is always a potential up side with astrology.  This energy could put extra pressure on us to take action and do everything we can to make sure this election turns out for the greatest and highest good of all. 

There are actually astrological reasons, for why this is all hitting the United States extra hard.  We are coming up on something called our Pluto return in February 2021. This means Pluto is coming back to exactly where it was when our nation was born.  Think super sized destroy/transform/rebuild energy directed at the US.  We are facing the shadows that our nation was built on (you know what those are).  This is already in the air now. You can read more about the Pluto Return of the US here if you are interested.

The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn (December 21st)

This is the FINAL piece of big astrology for 2020 and what we are working towards all year (Thanks for sticking with me this long!).  On December 21st, Jupiter and Saturn will come together for  The Great Conjunction, which happens every 20 years.  When Jupiter and Saturn come together, they kick-off a new cycle of growth.  This impacts us all individually in different ways, but collectively, these are cycles of socio-political growth and change.

This specific Great Conjunction is extra special because this is the first time in 200 years that it is happening in an air sign (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) instead of an earth sign (Taurus, Capricorn, Virgo).

Jupiter is the planet that wants us to grow and expand and pursue our highest ideals.  Saturn helps us put structures and discipline in place so we can achieve that growth.  If they are working together in a positive way, they can get A LOT of good stuff done.  On the flip side, if we take Jupiter too far and cross in to its darkness (greed, overindulgence, extreme ideology), Saturn brings out the discipline and restricts Jupiter to reign it back in.

Saturn and Jupiter have been coming together in earth signs (Taurus, Capricorn, and Virgo) for the past 200 years.  Earth signs are about material things that we can see and touch and practical solutions rooted in common sense (food, shelter, money, the actual earth, our bodies, systems, structure, rules, caution, responsibility).  For 200 years we have been going through cycles of growth and excess around themes of government, hierarchies, laws, capitalism, making stuff, buying stuff, building stuff, growing stuff, using earth’s resources, and our physical health.  We have placed a high value on wealth, status, beauty, and power.

We used that earthy Saturn-Jupiter energy to lay a solid foundation in our societies and build some great stuff, but we also took some things too far.  Global warming, the economic divide, growing authoritarianism, etc.  As the end of this cycle approaches, Saturn is reigning things back in with its tough love, and Pluto and all of the other planets are joining in to help.

The Great Conjunction is bringing us the opportunity to re-build things differently.  On December 21st, we will kick off our next 200 year cycle of socio-political (and individual) growth in air signs (Aquarius, Libra, Gemini) that all have themes involving ideas, communication, and social connections.

The first 20 year air sign cycle is in Aquarius.  The themes of Aquarius are freedom, innovation, science, technology, facts, and humanitarianism (and astrology!).  Aquarians want to try new ideas and to fix things to make the world a better place.  They want freedom and revolution.  But, at their worst, Aquarians can be detached, like mad scientists, and lose track of the humanity behind their ideas.  They can play god and get fanatical, opinionated, selfish, and erratic.  (Watch out for the dark Aquarians!)

For the next 20 years, we can expect to see growth and changes in our socio-political systems based on Aquarian themes.  This will bring lots of new ideas, new ways of thinking, and advances in technology and science (space travel will be big, is what I am hearing).  Power and decision making will shift from organizations and hierarchical structures, in to the hands of the people. We are being asked to completely re-think everything from the bottom up, instead of top down.

We will, of course, have to watch out for the dark side of Aquarius which could include extremism and revolution based on herd mentality without critical thinking behind it.  And, our freedoms may continue be constricted by Saturn, until we prove that we are responsible enough to be set free. Astro Butterfly explains it like this

“Saturn will ask Aquarius to ‘uplevel’ and transform from a rebellious and spoiled adolescent into a responsible, society’s-interests-first citizen of the future.”

Saturn has been giving us a preview of how it works with Aquarius from March 23rd to July 2nd.  During this time you may have noticed that majority of the world had their freedoms (Aquarius) taken away (Saturn), we are having massive protests (Aquarius) related to the societal structures of police and criminal justice (Saturn), we are balancing isolation (Saturn) with connection through technology  (Aquarius) and debating restrictions (Saturn) vs freedoms (Aquarius) of information and facts (Aquarius).

Saturn will move back in to Capricorn on July 2nd where it will resume its focus on lessons about our governments, authority figures, business, and all societal and financial structures, until it moves in to Aquarius for the Great Conjunction in December, where it will stay for 2.5 years.

As we move in to this new astrological era, people who are feeling secure with the status, wealth, power, and the current structures (earth themes) will not let go without a fight. They will continue to dig in their heels and play out the dark side of their own personalities to hold on to their safety and power. Everyone is learning their own lessons and is on their own path. It may not only be people “at the top” or people who have risen to power by not acting in integrity who are digging in their heels.  Anyone who feels safe in the current structures or is uncomfortable with change or new ways of thinking will have a lot of adjustments to make as we move in to a whole new world (I put myself in this category!)

(You might be wondering, is this the beginning of the Age of Aquarius?  No one knows for sure!  There are many theories on this and we may not know until we can look back on it.  Some say yes!  A topic for another post, perhaps)

Summary 

The planets are aligning in the sky in ways that have not been seen for  hundreds of years.  The line up of the cosmos in the second half of 2020 is heavy, and it will be hard, but it is also leading us in to a time of great change and possibility for something better.  Many people believe that our souls chose to come to earth at this time because we all have a part to play in this transformation. We are all being asked to look at the cracks in our lives and in the world as part of our life lessons.  The seals we have been filling them in with won’t hold any more.  We have to tear things down and rebuild in new ways.  If we ignore this mission, we will just keep getting hit over the head with it even harder.  I don’t want to keep getting hit over the head with it, do you?

There will always be a mix of light and dark in the world (and inside of each of us), we are just WAY out of balance right now.  So how do we re-balance and bring more light in to the world?  Because WE make up the cosmos, we have to start by getting OURSELVES in to balance.  Really, the only thing we CAN control is ourselves.  Be your BEST you and work your ass off doing that.  If that catches on and enough of us lean in to our light, we WILL get through this and build a better world. This will look different for everyone.  Some of that work is out in the world.  Some of that work is at home and in our families.  And everyone has work to do on themselves.

Your “best you” gets information from may sources, keeps an open mind, listens more, and has compassionate conversations.  Your “best you” does what lights you up, as much as possible.  Your “best you” works through conflict effectively and fights (constructively) for what you believe in.  Your “best you” lets go of what is not working for you any more and replaces it with something better.  Your “best you” lets love in and asks for help when you need it. Your “best you” remembers that we are all part of a larger community working together. Your “best you” takes care of YOU. Your “best you” takes time to get quiet and pay attention to what your heart is telling you.

That’s all I got.  Be your best you, for yourself, for everyone you love, and for our planet.  Help others be their best selves when you can.  Fight for the light in your own life and in the collective.  The stakes have never been higher in our lifetime (no pressure).  Love will literally save the earth.  Love yourself.  Love everyone around you.  Meet fear and anger with love and compassion. I believe that the cosmos has our backs if we pay attention to what it is asking of us.  Pay attention. Stay woke.

PS: Your individual birth chart will show you where all of these huge things are impacting YOU this year and the areas of your life where YOU are being asked to be more curious (Gemini), take action (Mars/Aries), release and let go (Eclipses), destroy and transform (Saturn/Pluto) and start a new cycle of growth (Saturn/Jupiter).  I may attempt to explain that in a future post OR you can book a reading with an astrologer (let me know if you want help finding one) OR you can check out this course by Chani Nicholas (2020 the Year Ahead for your Sign).  She gives the high level themes for 2020 for everyone in the same “rising sign” and where in your life them might be playing out. (And it might go on sale if you wait until July and the year is half over!)

PSS: This is a great Astrology University podcast episode with one of my favorite astrologers Jessica Lanyadoo about How to Be Present with – and Respect – Your Fear Under Saturn-Pluto.  One of our big lessons this year is to learn how to work with our fear!

Photo credit: ME! These are the zodiac signs on the ceiling of Grand Central station taken with my amazing Iphone skills on one of my recent corona-walk in NYC.