Mars in Aries: Tantrum

Be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scorn
The power of man, for none of woman born
Shall harm Macbeth!”- Shakespeare

Effective Dates: December 31st, 2018- February 15th, 2019

Helios’ Astrological Angle on Mars in AriesTHANK FUCK MARS IN PISCES IS OVER. Sure, its my natal placement- but that doesn’t mean that I have to like it. Anyways its a New Year, and Mars, Warrior God and Master of Men, coming back to his home sign of Aries is the PERFECT way to kick 2018 out on its ass and welcome in 2019! So, what is this one going to bring us? Well, first off you are going to get a jolt of adrenaline, electricity and motivation, straight to your cojones (whether or not you physically have them). This is what you’ve needed. This is what drags you out of your pit of misery and despair. This will take place in whatever area of the chart you have Aries.

Now, again, I am compelled to be a Mars apologist. He gets a LOT of flak in the astrology world, as a “malefic” or bad planet. Sure, he’s uncomfortable and just as likely to punch you in the face as look at you, BUT who is it that you need for those new years resolutions? Mars will get your ass in the gym and get you moving. He will give you the courage to apply for that new job or to go back to school, or even to pick up your life and move cross country. Mars is fucking great and I am sick to death of people bemoaning him. Mars and Saturn literally helped me kick my drug addiction and get my head right- I owe them a lot. Mars is the planet that you look to whenever you start something, or when you need to re-start something. Mars gets you back out there.

Unfortunately, no transit occurs in a vacuum- So we have to look at what else is happening around Mars. First, he is aided a lot by Jupiter so this is a great time to initiate any major life changes that you have been putting off. Sure, you don’t know everything and you don’t have the answers as to how it all will turn out, but what would be the fun in life if you did? You have a desire to change your life, and the beginnings of a plan- the rest you can figure out as you go. Sure, that’s going to irk Saturn in Capricorn, but he still respects the brash optimism. He’s jealous that hes too entrenched and unwilling to risk anything in order to change. Mars dares while Saturn calculates. Even with the mild bad blood between these two, this is still a good combo- If you do nothing the cognitive dissonance between where you are and where you want to be will eat you alive. Get out there and start making some damn moves.

The hard part will be dealing with Chiron, also moving into Aries from Pisces. You will suffer from impostor syndrome and lack of confidence. You will have to actively combat the little voice in your head that tells you that you aren’t good enough and do not deserve success or happiness. I dont really have any good advice on him other than ignore him, it isnt practical or useful to listen to Chiron right now. He is an enemy to be overcome, not a mentor to be listened to.

Now, this will also have major effects in the mundane world. In a news cycle dominated by outrage, anger and reaction, Mars will ramp this up to 4003 and then rip the knob off (no one tell him it only goes up to 11). Wars of words, shouting matches, protests over the way the world is going, misplaced anxiety over future events… this will become the new normal for a while. Things will get worse on the global stage before they stabilize after Valentines Day. The loud, angry men will get louder and angrier, and mature voices will be drowned out. The key word here is escalation. Threats will be made, and very possibly followed through on, due to not wanting to appear weak and small. That is the weakness of Mars in Aries, it gives strength but that strength will be tested, even if it is not secure. So if the loud angry men don’t get what they want when they throw their temper tantrum, then the rest of us will suffer for it.

So, how do you navigate this transit? Well, you focus on what is in your power to control, what is right in front of you, first and foremost. You focus on what you want, and figure out what moves you need to make from where you are to where you want to be. You act, you do- leave the planning for when you inevitably fuck it up and need an exit strategy. You put your money where your mouth is and start doing the things that will help you live a better life. You accept when adversity comes, and you make it work. You overcome. You stop drowning in your emotions because it isnt a good use of your time.

This transit is a sorely-needed gift, Heretics. Be bold enough to use it as such.

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