It means that how we generally “attack the problems of life,” or how we “take the initiative” leaves the spontaneous Fixed Fire of Leo and now expresses that energy through the precise and practical Mutable Earth of Virgo. This will help us create structured plans, whether for work or play, and be exact in our efforts to achieve as perfect an expression as we can.
Mars in Virgo is in its own 6th house relative to its rulership of Aries, and in its own 11th house relative to its rulership of Scorpio. This offers us clues to its expression. The practical adjustment in methods is indicated by its placement in its own 6th, but in its own 11th shows more ambition than one usually associates with the sign Virgo. That implies besides its instinct for practical adjustment in Virgo, it also seeks to refine its efforts to achieve its long term goals and ideas, and if necessary, sever from those ambitions and people who for whatever reason cannot be a part of the mission of accomplishment.
Mars is now almost at maximum cruising speed, having gradually accelerated since last Autumn’s retrograde in Aries. While it was still speeding up even a few weeks ago, it is now currently moving at almost 38 minutes per day and still gaining speed for many weeks to come. This indicates a gradual speeding up of our ability to use the transiting Mars energies, whether to execute projects or sever what must be severed so we can move forward unimpeded by errors in our expression.
Where Mars Is At in its Inner Planet Cycles
When Mars was in Cancer between late April and early June, it favored caution, taking the initiative to shift gears, shift direction, shift allegiances, and shift methods to ensure security first, last, and always! What presented itself then paved the way for our Leo experiences between mid-June and late July. Now that Mars is in Mutable Virgo, we can achieve “significant forms” through its precision and practicality. In Virgo, it tracks what Venus has heralded in that sign.
Mercury will conjunct Mars in Virgo in mid-August, and again in both Libra and Scorpio due to its retrograde in Libra. While that’s going on, the Sun will conjunct Mars in Libra in October. So this year we’ve had or will have significant Mars conjunctions in Leo, Virgo, Libra, and Scorpio!
Venus will again conjunct Mars in Capricorn twice in February and March 2022, while the Sun and Mercury make their next conjunctions in late 2023. After that Venus conjuncts Mars in February 2024 at 7 Aquarius, Saturn’s direct station in October of this year.
Mars’ Path To Where We Are Now – Past As Prologue
Mars last transited Leo between early July and late August 2019. That period, like the one we’ve just finished, gave us new initiatives wherever we have Leo in our charts, allowing us to know what our hearts were into. Mars in Leo is a time to show style in whatever we do, as well as playfulness.
Its transit in Virgo between mid-August and early October 2019 coincided with a lot of conjunctions which shaped September through December 2019 with residual effects lasting till now. We were all making practical adjustments and sacrifices in our Virgo sector, taking care of business with an eye to details and how to do what we needed to do. The coming 7 weeks will also require a refinement of our methods, and perhaps a re-ordering of priorities to make our lives more efficient.
Then Mars moved through Libra between early October and late November 2019, with new ideals and a recalibration of how much time and energy we were devoting to our Libra influenced affairs. This was a period of learning to find the balance and hold it, rather than keep “comparing and contrasting,” paralyzing action. We’ll experience the next Mars in Libra between mid-September and late October 2021.
Mars entered Scorpio in mid-November 2019, one of the signs it rules, along with Aries. Mars is most naturally itself in those two signs, with Scorpio the zone where it eliminates all which is unnecessary to attain the fulfillment of the process it’s engaged in. After that it transited Sagittarius beginning early January 2020, a sign in harmony with its Fiery nature, so we “Flamed on” and set elements of the future into motion, activating much of the Jupiter promise from its year in Sagittarius.
Its transit of Capricorn began on February 16, 2020. This was a profound transit, as it triggered the numerous Capricorn conjunctions between January and March 2020. Capricorn is the sign of Mars’ exaltation, or greatest growth. The last half of February and all of March we learned to be pragmatic and organized with an eye to the long game, with an eye to accepting discipline and “responsible action. In March, many cycles were set into motion when Mars made conjunctions with Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn.
Looking back at 2020, Mars enters Aquarius at the end of March, immediately made a conjunction with Saturn at 1 Aquarius, thereby jumpstarting the new 20 year Aquarian era launched globally at the Grand Mutation conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn at 1 Aquarius at the December 2020 Solstice. During April and early May 2020, we saw the future, and ways to make a greater contribution to our greater good, as well as ways to cooperate through managing energy and things with an eye to the future.
That period opened up new group initiatives, as well as new visions of a greater good for a greater number. Of note was that Mercury went SD at 29 Aquarius in early March 2020, and Mars passed through the “Transfiguration Zone” at 29-30 Aquarius in mid-May 2020, activating what we’re going through in 2021 as Jupiter also makes three transits through that Aquarian zone. This year expands the promise of the transfiguration process we’ve been going through since May 2020.
Mars in Pisces from mid-May through late June 2020 helped us learn to flow, bless, and forgive much. As Pisces is the sign of seclusion, it’s no wonder that fiery and aggressive Mars inflamed many passions of those who were quarantined. The period when Mars squared Uranus in mid-April through the various Mutable squares in June featured the beginning of the anti-mask rebellion (Pisces rules veils) as a widespread policy of mask wearing was mandated.
Then Mars entered Aries at the end of June 2020, where it remained until it finally entered Taurus in early January 2021! Mars in Aries last year was a time of testing and trials, conflicts and turning points, wherever we have late Aries, late Cancer, late Libra, and late Capricorn in our charts. We were all tested to protect what we cared about while maintaining inner equilibrium and a balanced sense of perspective and proportion.
Mars in Aries brought a period of open aggression and conflict between entrenched authority (Capricorn) and a future oriented impulse to move humanity in new directions (Aries). That was a time when planets or angles we have in Aries or Scorpio moved out of a watery expression (Pisces) into a fiery expression (Aries).
We then saw Mars’ entry into Taurus in early January 2021, moving the natural fire of Mars in Aries into one of the signs of its “exile,” meaning it’s in a sign opposite one it rules. When it entered Taurus, it immediately made major squares to Jupiter and Saturn, and received squares from the Sun, Mercury, and Venus! These tested us to stay focused, see what we want and why we want it, and be more heartfelt in our lives.
Mars moved into Gemini in early March 2021, where its Aries side found productivity, and its Scorpio side found regeneration. March and April were about discovering and externalizing information which naturally led to the shifts in allegiance and direction while Mars was Cancer, as well as the need to integrate these new directives in our lives to make us more secure.
It then moved into Leo, another element Mars is familiar with. As Water (Cancer) and Fire (Leo) are elements integral to Mars’ nature, Mars has been comfortable in those signs, even if it doesn’t grow that much in Cancer. Mars does very well in the Fixed Fire of Leo, as the Aries part of Mars is Fiery, and the Scorpio part of Mars is Fixed.
It now moves into Virgo, impacting the houses and planets we have in Aries and Scorpio, since the element quality is moving from Fire to Earth. Even though Earth is not an inherent part of its nature, Mars still does very well in Virgo, as an Earth sign is its field of greatest evolutionary development. This also implies Mars will do its best in the Capricorn decan of Virgo, so expect exceptional refinement and organization when Mars is in mid-Virgo between August 14 and 20.
While Mars is in Virgo, It puts a huge focus of activity in the house where we have the first 10 degrees of Virgo from now through August 14. After that, it transits the second 10 degrees of Virgo from August 14 through August 20, and will transit the last 10 degrees of Virgo between August 20 and September 14, after which it enters Libra.
The Mars Challenge Since January 2019
When Mars was in Aries, it brought new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Aries, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Capricorn. It puts the focus on relationships to those with Sun or Ascendant in Libra, and fulfillment to those with Sun or Ascendant in Cancer. (Again, these crucial points of choice and change were re-set in some way between July 2020 and January 2021.)
While Mars was in Taurus, it brought new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Taurus, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Aquarius. It put the focus on relationships to those with Sun or Ascendant in Scorpio, and fulfillment or public activity to those with Sun or Ascendant in Leo. (This was re-set with Mars’ transit of Taurus in January and February 2021.)
While Mars was in Gemini, it brought new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Gemini, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Pisces. It put the focus on relationships to those with Sun or Ascendant in Sagittarius, and fulfillment to those with Sun or Ascendant in Virgo. (This April-May 2019 cycle was re-set between early March and late April 2021.)
While Mars was in Cancer, it brought new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Cancer, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Aries. It put the focus on relationships to those with Sun or Ascendant in Capricorn, and fulfillment or public activity to those with Sun or Ascendant in Libra. (This cycle was re-set between late April and mid-June 2021.)
While Mars is in Leo, it brings new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Leo, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Taurus. It put the focus on relationships to those with Sun or Ascendant in Aquarius, and fulfillment or public activity to those with Sun or Ascendant in Scorpio. (This cycle was re-set over the past 7 weeks.)
While Mars was in Virgo, it brought new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Virgo, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Gemini. It put the focus on relationships to those with Sun or Ascendant in Pisces, and fulfillment or public activity to those with Sun or Ascendant in Sagittarius. This cycle is being re-set in the next 7 weeks.)
While Mars was in Libra, it brought new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Libra, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Cancer. It put the focus on relationships to those with Sun or Ascendant in Aries, and fulfillment or public activity to those with Sun or Ascendant in Capricorn.
While Mars was in Scorpio, it brought new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Scorpio, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Leo. It put the focus on relationships to those with Sun or Ascendant in Taurus, and fulfillment or public activity to those with Sun or Ascendant in Aquarius.
While Mars was in Sagittarius, it brought new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Sagittarius, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Virgo. It put the focus on relationships to those with Sun or Ascendant in Gemini, and fulfillment or public activity to those with Sun or Ascendant in Pisces.
While Mars was in Capricorn, it brought new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Capricorn, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Libra. It put the focus on relationships to those with Sun or Ascendant in Cancer, and fulfillment or public activity to those with Sun or Ascendant in Aries.
While Mars was in Aquarius, it brought new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Aquarius, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Scorpio. It put the focus on relationships to those with Sun or Ascendant in Leo, and fulfillment or public activity to those with Sun or Ascendant in Taurus.
While Mars was in Pisces, it brought new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Pisces, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Sagittarius. It put the focus on relationships to those with Sun or Ascendant in Virgo, and fulfillment or public activity to those with Sun or Ascendant in Gemini.
Obviously within these transit spans there are other “phase relationships” between transiting Mars and all the planets in our charts, but to go into all of them would make this article a book. For example, Mars makes aspects to your other planets which are different than aspects to your Sun and Ascendant. All aspects, waxing and waning, fall within “The Whole Cycle” of each planet to every other planets and our Ascendant. You can find out more about the Whole Cycle in my book Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend. where I explain the various phases in the planetary cycles in terms of the Whole Cycle for various generations.
Mars Links to the Past, Present, and Future
As I mentioned earlier, the Mars conjunction with Saturn at 1 Aquarius launched a totally future oriented period of human existence. This began to take shape in a new 20 year Aquarian Era with Jupiter’s conjunction with Saturn on that same degree in December. And here it’s important to note that this is the last transit of Saturn through Aquarius before we “slip across the edge of the Age” after 2050.
I explained how various Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto transits over the past 3 centuries each strengthened the advent of the Age of Aquarius in the article Uranus Awakened the Age of Aquarius, Neptune Dreamed It Into Collective Consciousness, and Pluto Will Sprout It Into Life, as well as why we are not yet fully into the Age of Aquarius yet, but will be in the third quarter of this century. Of course, living on the cusp of a Great Age means we will be dealing with the dying echoes of the Age of Pisces for some time to come, since many who were born under those dying assumptions will try to perpetuate them as long as they can.
Just remember that the Capricorn cycles set into motion by Mars in March 2020 will have far reaching implications, some of which won’t be completed until 2053! We won’t have another Saturn conjunct Pluto for over 30 years, nor another Jupiter conjunct Pluto for 12 years. These Capricorn cycles will play out until the next transit of the outer planets over the conjunction points as a finish to what just began, and as prelude to the next cycles beginning then. (There will be an exact Sun conjunct Jupiter as both conjunct Pluto in Feb 2033 at the Angel Point at 15 Aquarius. That promises to be a much happier cycle than the current one!)
Aspects in Play
As Mars enters Virgo, we immediately finish Mars opposed Jupiter from 30 Leo to 30 Aquarius, accelerating our transfiguration! In early Virgo, Mars makes a biquintile to Pluto and quadranovile to Saturn, then another quadranovile with Neptune, creating a powerful “Kite” evolutionary configuration involving the 9th harmonic spiritual aspect series. Add a simultaneous tredecile with Uranus and conjunction with TransPluto, and it’s clear that extremely powerful spiritual serendipity is in play at that time!
By the end of the first week of August Mars makes a triseptile with Saturn, and then at the end of the second week it makes a quincunx to Saturn with a simultaneous sesquisquare to Pluto. The following week it we see Mercury conjunct Mars at 13 Virgo just before it makes a trine to Uranus with a biquintile to Saturn.
The end of August Mars triseptiles Jupiter and then in early September opposes Neptune and trines Pluto while also quincunx Jupiter and sesquisquare Saturn. It transits the last 5 degrees of Virgo during the second week of September while tredecile Uranus and leaves the sign biquintile Jupiter.
What Do Mars Oppositions Teach Us?
Because of where the inner planets were located, we had no oppositions other than those made by the Moon for many months. That ended when Mars opposed Pluto in June, followed by Venus’ opposition to Pluto in late June. July brought Mars and then Venus opposed Saturn, followed by Sun and Mercury opposed Pluto and then Venus and Mars opposition Jupiter at the end of July.
Mars opposition Saturn in early July marked the mid-point of that cycle which began in March 2020, and its opposition to Jupiter from 30 Leo to 30 Aquarius in late July marks the midpoint of their cycle which began in March 2020, giving more power to the externalization of the Transfiguration energies of 29/30 Aquarius. Please remember that while they can be tense, those oppositions require us to use different spiritual planetary energies, and all oppositions made by Mars externalize various types of wisdom, since the “Tension of Opposites” between the planetary expressions in the signs they’re in entirely determines the spiritual tests to learn and demonstrate.
As I noted in Chapter 2 in my book Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend,
Mars’ duality is Grace/Sin. This is the aspect of consciousness that shows whether our responses are manifesting error or truth, maladjustment or beauty. By our Martian function we force things before their time or confront abrasive, aggressive, or hostile energies in ourselves and others, and thus we learn how to sever what must be severed, and further what must be furthered, quickly and directly. (As an aside, the original meaning of “sin” had nothing to do with moral failure. It was an archery term meaning “to miss the mark,” or not hitting the center of a target. I use it here in that sense.)
So we’ve begun the “tests of skill” in expressing the realizations which surface at Mars oppositions. June and July brought realizations about Pluto, Saturn, and Jupiter. September and November will give us realizations about Neptune and Uranus.
Picking Up the Pace Since The Grand Mutation of 2020!
In March 2020, Mars conjuncted Jupiter at 1 Aquarius, beginning our initiatives in moving into a fixed larger vision of a greater good, a greater contribution, and a greater way to manage collective energies synergistically so that all parts cooperate together for a greater achievement than any could have done separately. After Mars helped us all “graduate into a new realm of being” in early May, we then entered into the flow which will take us into the Aquarian ideal coming forth over the next 12 years
These 2020 Aquarian initiatives which are already expanding will be activated in transformational seed forms after Pluto enters Aquarius 2023 and goes SRX at 1 Aquarius. That will sprout new seeds from the Mars/Saturn conjunction and the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction, both at 1 Aquarius. As I mentioned earlier, everything Aquarian accelerates in 2033 when it conjuncts Pluto at the Angel Point.
The next 7 weeks will activate our ability to be practical in ordering affairs in more efficient and organic ways. We now move from the new creativity and heart power of Mars in Leo into new ways of getting things done in structured ways which are economical, precise, and well-ordered. Mars in Virgo is power expressing itself through the sign of the healer-Shaman, the Priest(ess) who uses ritual forms to guide self and others through dark or uncertain times into the light of a new day and a new life. With Mars in the sign of our Spiritual Guide, don’t allow hesitation from worry, doubt, or nit-picking to derail the potential efficience at your disposal!
To bring you full circle, something I began during the last Mars transit of Virgo which I’ve added to with each subsequent sign transit. Mars in Virgo teaches us “All play and no work make for an ungrounded life.” To which I’ll add that worrying about outcomes and perfection only makes the journey tedious, so trust in the efficiency of the process to bring the project home in the right way and time.
Mars in Libra teaches us “All work with no socializing makes for an unsustainable life.” Mars in Scorpio teaches us “doing the wrong thing in the wrong way with the wrong people will never make us happy, so do the right thing and be happy!” Mars in Sagittarius teaches us how to be a “stylish and bold Archer riding our Sacred Arrows to our dream,” as well as “scattered effort leaves us frustrated.”
Mars in Capricorn teaches us “Work for the now, work for the future, work for all time.” Mars in Aquarius teaches us “As you strive for greater things, you make manifest a future ideal which will outlive you.” Mars in Pisces teaches us “to witness our common humanity as we struggle for clarity in a murky collective environment.”
Mars in Aries teaches us how to act on our own initiative, not defer so much to others, and “working half-heartedly is not the way to accomplish much.” Mars in Taurus teaches us to “take pleasure in our work” as we learned to keep it simple and steady despite crosswinds, and Mars in Gemini teaches us adaptability because “there are many ways to get things done.” Mars in Cancer teaches us to “be watchful as we work,” acting with sensitivity, care, and caution.
Mars in Leo taught us to “work with flair and style,” putting on the show as we accomplish things in inspired ways. So we’ve now had chances to show our power and style when opportunities presented themselves, and have seen how our command of energy can be expressed in creative ways.
Now that we’ve been “flooded with energy,” it’s time to learn the “significance of form.” Make adjustments without getting fussy or too critical while seeing the most direct route to accomplishing your goals. This position will teach us all “economy of energy” using Divine Discernment to understand the place and function of all pieces of a Whole.
**By Robert Wilkinson