Aiming to Please: Mars in Taurus (9 March to 21 April, 2017)

By Agent 17, Armand Diaz

Aiming to Please: Mars in Taurus (9 March to 21 April, 2017)

Mars leaves his home sign of Aries for Venus’ sign of Taurus on 9 March, ushering about six weeks of earthy energy. In the sign of the bull, Mars is just as passionate as ever, but his attention is directed towards the senses, material concerns, and – to an extent – pleasure.

Taurus is certainly a rather sexual placement for the Cosmic Warrior, and this time around it coincides closely with Venus’ retrograde, something that will tend to rein in Mars’ energy and in doing so will intensify it. Outward expression may be constrained (not to say frustrated), leaving many of us with pent-up energies that could find outlets in other ways.

For those who have regular partners, this may turn out to be very enjoyable time, as the heightened sensual energies can be expressed within the relationships. Yet with Venus retrograde in Aries, the hunt (to use a Martial term) for new partners could prove to be less than productive. Brief encounters are possible, but intensity may fizzle quickly.

Mars won’t be particularly busy while he’s in Taurus, as he makes few aspects during his stay. That could make it more difficult to externalize and sublimate energy, throwing us back upon ourselves. We have plenty of opportunities to enjoy ourselves with Mars in this sign, but keep expectations in check and enjoy what is rather then focusing on what could be.

The first order of business for Mars is an easy sextile to Neptune on March 27th, the day of the new moon in Aries. While a new lunar cycle begins in his own sign, Mars is off fantasizing with the god of the seas. The new moon in Aries is in a way the real start of the astrological year, as both solar and lunar cycles are at their beginnings. Mars in aspect to Neptune on this day can open up creative possibilities as well as a wider sense of compassion. Perhaps some of us will find a cause worth fighting for, something greater than ourselves to which we can dedicate our energies.

On April 4th, Mars is in an awkward quincunx to Jupiter in Libra. Around this time we may find ourselves in subtle but palpable conflict between a demand for practicality and demonstrable progress on the one hand and the willingness to entertain multiple possibilities on the other. Always the diplomat, Jupiter in Libra will give a listen to any idea or perspective, while Mars in Taurus would appreciate some definitive action.

And action we will very likely get, as Mars trines Pluto just one day later. Having tried diplomacy, Mars will be inclined to take decisive steps. Pluto in Capricorn can represent established power brokers, but also challenges to them. In the collective, we may see military or law enforcement agencies mobilizing to ‘keep the peace’ on the direction of the powers that be. If Jovian diplomacy has failed, the results could be quite aggressive, although Saturn’s station on the 6th can help to limit the extent of the damage.

Mars meets with Ceres on the 10th of April, an aspect that may see us fighting for the Earth. Watch for conflicts around health care, the food supply, and the environment in general. With the moon nearly full in Libra, Mars may well take the opportunity to amplify both sides of every argument. On a personal level, relationship issues could come to light around this time, and we may be challenged to decide what we are willing to fight for in our partnerships.

A sextile to Vesta (in Cancer) on the 13th may highlight issues around women, such as reproductive rights, especially as Uranus squares Vesta just two days before. The power of the feminine is given an extra charge by Mars in Taurus in aspect to the goddesses.

Venus, just stationed to go direct after her retrograde and now in Pisces, makes an easy sextile Mars on the 16th. With Venus just minutes away from Chiron, this is likely to be a crucial time of healing our personal relationships – issues may come up that need to be addressed, and we will have the energy to do so. It may not be the most pleasant process, but it can be ultimately quite beneficial.

On his way out of Taurus, Mars may decide to give Saturn in Sagittarius an irreverent flick of the finger as the two form a quincunx on the 17th. While Saturn in Sagittarius might like us to stay within the constraints of our belief systems, Mars in Taurus is more than ready to do what feels good. As Venus is now moving forward (slowly), it becomes easier for Mars to focus on pleasure and enjoyment. A drop of nagging guilt may give us pause, but Mars is unlikely to slow down as he heads towards his arrival in Gemini on the 21st.

Transiting Mars in our charts shows us where we can devote our energy. It doesn’t guarantee success, but lets us know where we might best apply our efforts. Consider both you Sun and ascendant sign.

Aries may focus on finances and material possessions during Mars’ stay in Taurus. Pisces can work on improving everyday routines and learning skills, and should exercise restraint while driving (speed can feel so good…). Aquarius might focus on home and family – home improvements and house projects get a real boost. Capricorn might best use this time to concentrate on creative projects – in general, seagoats should enjoy the vibe of Mars in Taurus. Sagittarius can work and consider activities to improve health, such as a sensible exercise routine or a leaner diet (sorry, Sag!).

Scorpio might use the energy of Mars in Taurus to focus on relationships. With Venus retrograde for much of the time, this may be a more internal process, but productive nonetheless. Libra may also focus on relationships, although it is truly likely to be a deeply personal process, an incubation period that Libras only emerge from during the very end of Mars’ stay. Virgo might make travel plans, or do some exploration on the local level. Leo can make career strides, although remember that this period is likely to be more about applying effort than seeing results. Cancer might do some networking and connect – or reconnect – with friends, even if only on social media.

Gemini may have the most challenging time with Mars in Taurus. Energy may be felt coming from unknown sources with an unknown destination. While some of this energy can be used productively in the moment, it could be difficult to deal with what feels like intrusions of activity at random times. Taurus feels the power of Mars most directly. At some time during this period, Mars will land on the Sun of every Taurus, highlighting their soulful, solar needs. Egos could get a bit charged, too, but the best use of this time is to determine to re-energize your commitment to your true self.

Agent 17 Armand Diaz

Agent 17 Armand Diaz

Writer, Consultant

Agent 17 – Armand Diaz, Ph.D. Armand’s approach to astrology is informed by his extensive work in the evolution of consciousness and a broad knowledge of ancient and modern spiritual traditions. He also reaches beyond astrology with both Tarot and the I Ching,. Although a sunny Leo, his Scorpio ascendant isn’t afraid to tackle the tough issues, as reflected in his most recent book, Separating Aspects: the Astrology of Breakups, Divorce, and Other Partings, the result of years of delving into difficult territory with clients.

Armand teaches astrology, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops within the United States and internationally. He is a contributing writer and editor to a number of astrology websites, and has been published in The Mountain Astrologer and other journals. His books include Integral Astrology: Understanding the Ancient Discipline in the Contemporary World, and Transpersonal Astrology: Explorations at the Frontier, an anthology which he co-produced and co-edited.

Location: New York

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