The Last Hurrah of 2018: Mars in Pisces, 15 November – 31 December 2018

By Agent 17, Armand Diaz


The Last Hurrah of 2018: Mars in Pisces, 15 November – 31 December 2018

After seven months in airy Aquarius, Mars dives into the Piscean waters on 15 November. He swims towards the end of the zodiac as we wade towards the end of the year.

A dual sign that encompasses both yin and yang, Pisces often signals extremes. Known for its spiritual side, Pisces can also be excessively materialistic. Recognized as sensitive and compassionate, Pisces can also be ruthless and uncompromising.

Mars in Pisces is a study in contrasts. When the Cosmic Warrior is in the sign of the fish, he can goad us to extremes of action – even to martyrdom and sacrifice – yet he can also dissipate energy. Or he can be both, like a roaring engine that suddenly runs out of gas and leaves you stranded on a stretch of desert road.

Understanding Mars in Pisces this time around requires that we take all of 2018 into consideration. The entire year was one of shifts and changes, as Chiron, Uranus, Jupiter, and the nodal axis all changed signs. Yet it was also a year when progress often seemed stalled, no matter how ready for transformation we felt ourselves to be.

The three steps forward two steps back vibe was due in large part to retrogrades, including Mars’ extended stay in Aquarius, but also Venus’ retrograde and some cleverly placed Mercury retrogrades. While Chiron and Uranus both retrograde for a significant portion of the year, in 2018 they left and then backtracked into their previous signs: Chiron into Pisces and Uranus into Aries. Forward motion seemed checked for much of 2018, and Mars in Pisces will remind us of that even as we prepare to go forward in 2019.

When Mars enters Pisces, our attention is likely to be elsewhere, as Venus stations to go direct and Mercury stations to retrograde on 16 November. Mars’ ingress into Pisces may amp up the confusion and uncertainty surrounding that dual station, although it could be hard to pin down the Martial influence.

More overt will be a square between Mars and Jupiter on the 19th. Around this time we may see that political polarization – already nearly off the charts – reaches a new extreme. Importantly, it’s likely that people will be inclined to act on their rhetoric as well as shout from their soapboxes. As we build toward the full moon on the 23rd, energy will be high and patience will be a rare commodity.

From November 24th through the 29th, a more constructive side of Mars in Pisces may be seen, as he trines Ceres in Scorpio and sextiles Saturn in Capricorn. We could see some positive moves around environmental concerns and climate change –popular concern may be vocal enough to get governmental and corporate attention, or the cost of repairing damage to public and private structures could be enough to overwhelm ideological divides. Major shifts are unlikely in any given moment, but a bit of progress can be hoped for as November ends.

During that period of time, words could be very sharp as retrograde Mercury squares Mars on the 25th. Look for matters that were hot around the middle of October to be revisited, with more passion and less patience.

On the 2nd of December, the Sun squares Mars, an aspect that could echo the energy of the Mars/Jupiter square on November 19th, but with more intensity. Belief systems are challenged as we see the extremes that they can bring us to, and how adherence to a creed can lure us away from compassionate action.

The new moon on December 7th will draw us inward, but our inner worlds are unlikely to be calm and quiet. The Sun squares Neptune on the 5th, Mercury stations to go direct on the 6th, and on the day of the new moon Mars meets with Neptune, the ruler of Pisces. Meanwhile, Chiron stations to go direct on the 9th. It’s a great period of time to get lost in a fantasy, meditate, or go on a spiritual quest. More practical pursuits are better left for another time, however.

Some of us will be beginning the last stages of an important healing journey – one that culminates when Mars meets Chiron on December 29th. Those with long memories (or an email trail) may find this journey began in January of 2017, when Mars last met Chiron in Pisces.

If you are looking for a better time to take care of practical matters, look no further than the period around the first quarter moon, from the 14th through the 16th, as Mars sextiles Pluto in Capricorn. The potential for determined action is great around this time, and even in Pisces, Mars is likely to find focus.

A helpful sextile to Juno, who’s retrograde in Taurus, might help out relationship matters. Juno’s retrograde has been extending the Venus retrograde in subtle ways, but she’s only days away from turning direct on the 23rd. Mars could ‘push’ relationship issues into the forefront so that they can be dealt with overtly, and hopefully constructively.

Mars’ move into Aries straddles the New Year. Some of us will see the warrior returning to his home sign on the last day of 2018, others in the earliest hours of 2019. The New Year looks to begin with fiery energy in the heavens that reverberates loudly down here.


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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