“I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.” -Oscar Wilde
Effective Date: December 19th 2016- January 28th 2017
Helios’ Astrological Angle on Mars in Pisces: Ugh, ennui! *flings self over nearest fainting couch in a needlessly dramatic fashion* This transit is agony, truly- and it is extremely tough to handle without a martini within reach at all times. Take it from someone who has it natally. That’s right, bitches, this is a Mars return for me! Its my great secret- I’m incredibly Martian but my Mars is in the weakest position that he could possibly be. As most of you know, I struggle with anything Pisces, and so my Mars isn’t exactly the most integrated part of my personality. Shocking, I know. Still, you can measure something by its absence instead of its presence- and that is just so very Pisces; Measuring the immeasurable without any base of measurement or reference point. Add Mars into that and you can easily get a recipe for disaster.
You see, Mars is action- He is directness, the clarity that is achieved at the knife’s edge. He is a weapon to be directed, aimed and used. If the generals are not giving clear instructions to the soldiers below them, the whole operation falls apart and everyone dies. There are consequences. During Mars in Pisces there is no making you mission, not by storming in and doing the direct approach anyway. Mars in Pisces is much more suited to infiltration and subversion tactics than storming the castle. With this transit, direct action (Mars) gets diffused and dispersed (Pisces) so it is essentially worthless.
What you cannot do is force your progress on this one. I know, this feels like one of those fake-it-til-you-convince-yourself-its-real moments, due to your overall lethargy, indolence and despondency, but no. Mars in Pisces only achieves in fits and starts. Progress now won’t necessarily look like progress; In fact it will probably look a lot like defeat. The one thing Mars in Pisces does better than any other placement ever is to turn a perceived loss into a victory. In fact, I dont know another transit that can even swing it. Mars in Pisces excels at impossible odds, million-to-one chances, shots that cannot be made without magical anime protagonist powers. This Mars is also an incredibly mental one, able to calculate millions of scenarios and see them through in his head in under a minute. The danger is getting lost in those reveries and forgetting to pull the trigger in reality (or allowing fear of failure to stay your hand).
You cannot approach this like a typical Mars transit. Mars in Pisces is like the sword of Gryffindor from Harry Potter. It’s special ability is taking in that which will make it stronger (that, and being able to pull it from a weird pocket dimension in a shabby hat), as it does with Basilik venom, enabling the sword to destroy Horcruxes. Apologies to anyone who doesn’t get that reference or explanation. In other words, Mars in Pisces uses the strength of his enemies against him in order to prevail. There are many ways to do this, but typically your antagonists will be confident in their strength, overly so, and that overconfidence can be used to your advantage. The best way to do this is by openly embracing their superiority and your own weakness, lulling them into a false sense of security so that you can turn the tables to your advantage. That can be done no matter what your challenge. Wear your weakness like an armor, and when they come to deliver the killing blow, sidestep and slit their throat like a ninja.
Artemis’ Tarot Take on Mars in Pisces: Cards– 9 of Cups, 8 of Swords, 5 of Wands
If you panic, you drown. Our cups overflow with plenty, but we are still somehow blinding ourselves and thrashing in the waters that could be carrying us to mouth of a greater . This transit is telling us to step away from our mental trappings and allow our intuition to guide us to what is next. And all those illuminations you have been having the past few months? Yeah, here comes their challenge!
So you have some competition coming your way. Here is how you are going to get your edge on them: you are going to wait. I know that seems counter intuitive, right? Why wait? Why not “strike while the iron is hot?” Because your enemies are going to make the mistake of moving before listening, but you’ve got the advantage of knowing that Mars wants you to LISTEN. He is asking you to go full guerrilla warfare on your enemies. Hide behind trees, make traps, use the tricks of every trade you have come into. But remember, most of all, don’t be afraid.
You will be blind during your actions, but you must keep in mind your future confrontations. Prepare for anything, and spin your orb of illusion like mad during this transit because you literally wont be able to see some things coming. The thing with Pisces is that you are not going to be able to see a god damn thing even if you wanted to – everything is indirect right now, so must be your approach. You will need to work from an intuitive/emotional position as any mental assertions of power will leave you open for attack. Be silent. Listen. Act from your heart and your gut.
There is a lot of “soul warrior” vibe to a Mars in Pisces transit. Instead of being motivated to make changes in your exterior world, a lot of the drive is going to be funneled into making changes in the interior world. The going ons of the masses will be far from our main concern, and the going ons of our own personal life will amplify. Pisces knows that in order to birth a new world, one must first save and cleanse their own soul. There will be a lot of poking and prodding coming from people who aren’t going to understand where you are intellectually coming from or the emotional work you have done to get to your current value system. Don’t let this set you back. Take their attacks lightly – like play – and disengage. Know that your most important work is your personal work right now. You must be like water and go around instead of hitting directly.
8 of Swords is a card about self inflicted mental blindness. There is something you aren’t seeing right now and it is because of all the cerebral energy in the air (hello we just had a Gemini Super Full Moon, time to change course). The key here is to do your work – keep moving toward your goals – but see how you can focus on removing your mental blindfolds by switching to an intuitive level of reality. You’re going to have a lot of energy coming at you that will tell you, “ugh I should just sit this one out” while this transit is going, but you must engage. It just doesn’t want you to do it in an aggressive way. Think Pisces. Think subterfuge. Think mesmerizing your competition, blinding them with their own mental constructs, and then striking when your intuition tells you to. If you’re too in your head, you’re not in your world, and if you’re not in your heart, you aren’t making the moves that your higher self is demanding right now.