Out of Balance: Mars in Libra, 4 October to 19 November, 2019

By Agent 17, Armand Diaz


Out of Balance: Mars in Libra, 4 October to 19 November, 2019

By Agent 17, Armand Diaz

The Cosmic Warrior strides into Libra on the 4th of October this year, only to be reminded by his host, Venus, to wipe his muddy boots – or better yet leave them at the door. Mars isn’t too happy in rule-oriented and mannered Libra, but he’ll be quite busy over the next six weeks.

The theme of this time is overcoming restrictions, as we work through Mars in Libra while Mercury is retrograde (or in his shadow). Little is said or done directly, and we could feel that backroom deals are going on out of sight, or that we’re mired in bureaucracy. There are points during these six weeks when things will erupt, however, and it’s a good idea to be ready for those times (October 12 and 27th, and November 5th and the 17th – 20th are particularly hot periods).

As if to highlight the paradox of Mars in the sign of the scales, his first aspect is an opposition to Chiron, who’s in Mars’ home sign of Aries, on October 8th. Chiron in Aries can signal self-doubt, a wound around our ability to assert ourselves. Mars can’t be too happy to see the ‘Wounded Healer’ in his sign, especially while he’s across the dial and unable to do much.

Next up is a quincunx to Uranus in Taurus on the 12th, as we approach the full moon in Aries. While full moons tend to bring things to light, Mars is somewhat indirect in Libra, and the quincunx is not an easy aspect to get a handle on. “What’s wrong?” might be the question we ask and are asked, and the answer could be elusive. Most likely, it’s a time to deal with things on our own, without much expectation for cooperation with others. Irritation could lurk beneath even the most pleasant-sounding and benign encounters, and the Aries Moon (which is square to Pluto) could spark sudden confrontations.

The Scorpio New Moon is on October 27th, the same day that Mars squares Saturn and just a day before his quincunx to Neptune. Mars in Libra square to Saturn in Capricorn sounds like an invitation to bureaucratic entanglements, but persistence could (should?) pay off with Mars in Saturn’s favorite sign. This new moon is directly opposite Uranus, so once again we’re likely to see tensions reaching the breaking point rather quickly.

Things are less clear with the quincunx to Neptune, but it could be that the best attempts to play by the rules come to nothing. Perhaps Mercury’s station to retrograde results in lost paperwork, or frustration with never-ending procedural nightmares – Mars is only willing to wait on line for so long, after all.

It’s Mars’ square to Pluto on November 5th that may provide the greatest drama of his time in Libra. This aspect feels like a slick corporate attorney, working for, but maybe also against, the interest of power brokers. There’s nothing overt about Pluto, and little that’s direct about Mars in Libra, so the action may go on behind the scenes. Wait for Mars’ sextile to Jupiter at the full moon on the 12th to get more of the story.

Mars leaves Libra for his second home in Scorpio on November 19th, and it’s worth watching the period from the 17th through the 20th carefully, as there are many aspects that seem to suggest mixed messages and indirect communication. While Mars is at the end of Libra, truth-teller Pallas Athene is quincunx Uranus, and Mercury stations to go direct. It seems like this could be a time when the truth comes out, or attempts to bury it are revealed.

For the Air and Fire signs, Mars in Libra should work out relatively well. Libra will get extra energy from the transit, and Gemini and Aquarius can also make the most of it. Aries might feel somewhat challenged with their ruler in detriment, but Leo and Sagittarius have at least potential to use the energy constructively.

Scorpio and the other Water signs are likely to struggle a bit. Scorpions have Mars in their 12th house, and may have trouble seeing clearly what’s happening – a challenge that Pisces are also likely to feel. Then again, one challenge of Mars in Libra is that it isn’t very overt for any sign. Cancerians get a bit of stress in the areas of home and family.

Earth signs can deal with Mars in Libra, practically, which is what we would expect. Taurus has the least to do with this placement of Mars, although bulls may find that the Uranian issues they are facing spike around the 12th of October, with comfort zones showing signs of vulnerability. Virgos may have to deal with financial matters, and Capricorns could be focused on work. For both Virgo and Capricorn, the strategy is to bring issues out into the open and deal with them as directly as possible.

All signs can look back to the first half of 2014, when Mars spent an extended period of time retrograding in Libra, for clues as to how this transit may play out. Don’t expect the same events, but look for a thematic resonance.


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
Website: IntegralAstrology.net

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