Poor Mars. The planet of war is having a hard time of it. After a stay in particularistic Virgo, he now has to mind his manners in elegant Libra. Neither sign encourages Mars’ impulsive, action-oriented nature, and he must be itching to get to his second home, Scorpio, for a Halloween party.
While Mars is inclined to act first and ask questions later, in the sign of the scales he has to fill out all the proper forms before he can get moving. Mercury retrograding in the sign during Mars’ stay could mean even further delays.
On the other hand, we could use more Libran diplomacy in the world, and a little hesitation before leaping into action is not necessarily a bad thing. Especially considering Mars’ easy connections to the the planets in Aquarius (Saturn on 25 September and Jupiter on 18 October), we have an opportunity to see the other’s perspective and negotiate for a mutually beneficial outcome.
Adding to the diplomatic vibe, Mars and Venus will be in mutual reception until October 7th. The Goddess of Love can coach The God of War on protocol and manners, and can help with the paperwork that Libra requires. In practical terms, this mutual reception will enable us to have some patience as we work – slowly but determinedly – towards our goals.
At the collective level, Mars’ trine to Saturn on the 25th of September is an opportunity to move forward with a social agenda. Personally, it could be time to devote yourself to work, especially bringing projects to completion.
Mars and the Sun commiserate (neither is crazy about Libra) on October 8th. Although Libra slows down both of these active planets, there is a potential for movement as the aspect is sandwiched between Pluto’s station (October 6th) and Saturn’s station on the 10th. If action isn’t an option, at least the message may get out as Mars meets with retrograde Mercury on the 9th. Crossed wires are a possibility, but at least a dialogue is opened.
Mars trine to Jupiter – stationed direct – on October 18th sounds like an easy and optimistic aspect, an opportunity for bargaining and compromise. Yet this aspect is also surrounded by more tense energies, as the Sun squares Pluto on the 17th, and in addition to Jupiter, Mercury is also stationed direct. Plus, the full Moon in Mars’ home sign of Aries is on the 20th.
This is sure to be an active period of time, and patience for protocol might be wearing thin. Negotiations could be strained. Add in the possibility that folks will be acting on misinformation, and a breakdown in diplomacy is a possibility. Sitting still probably isn’t an option – or the best option – but be sure before committing to a course of action.
Mars’ last major aspect in Libra is a square to Pluto in Capricorn on the 22nd of October. Pluto reminds Mars that actions speak louder than words, but Mars is reluctant to tip the cosmic scales too far. Frustration could build, but with the Sun at the very last degree of Libra restraint is called for.
The strategy for Mars in Libra is to go through proper channels, follow protocol, and mind manners. Say what needs to be said, but say it nicely. Stand firm for what you want and need, but be willing to give on matters that are less crucial. Take the other person’s perspective into account, and consider what they need (if only to make them go away). Have patience, as things may not be moving all that quickly.
Yet while working on the niceties, don’t hold back too much. If you find yourself gritting your teeth behind a tight smile, it’s a signal that you need to be more direct. Mars will appreciate it!