Tilting at Windmills: Mars in Pisces (19 December, 2016 to 28 January, 2017)

Agent 17 Armand Diaz


Tilting at Windmills: Mars in Pisces (19 December, 2016 to 28 January, 2017)

By Armand Diaz, Agent 17

“Charge!” Mars yells, drawing his sword and bolting forward. In Capricorn, he channeled his energy. In Aquarius, he took up the fight for a good cause. And in Pisces… he slips on a puddle of oil as he bounds across a marble floor – perhaps a bad idea in the first place?

Pisces is a dual sign and the last sign of the zodiac. It can bring us to extremes – hopelessness and infinite possibility vie for our commitment. Mars is an engine, and in Pisces it’s a formula-one racing car breaking speed records – and stalling unexpectedly.

With Mars in Pisces, we’ll be tempted to go to extremes in all areas of life, from politics to sexuality. It’s an intense energy that can push us forward at top speed, only to realize that we’re lost. This year, the confusion is likely to be greater than ever as Mercury is retrograde for much of the time that Mars is in Pisces (the Cosmic Messenger turns in his tracks the same day Mars enters the sign of the fish). Not only does Mars get us lost in the woods, but the Cosmic GPS goes on the fritz.

It’s likely that we’ll be acting on faulty information for much of the next couple of months, and perhaps acting rashly. Mars in Pisces knows no boundaries, and we may find ourselves pushing farther and faster than good judgment might suggest. Conspiracy theories – and conspiracies – will multiply.

With Mars meeting the south node of the moon on 26 December, we may feel that we’re caught in a sand trap at the back end of the reality we’ve been (de)constructing over the past few months – since the eclipses in September. For some, it’s time to join the parade or the protest. Others will feel themselves paralyzed in amazement and even fear at the mood that has taken root in the collective consciousness.

Mars tries gets a bit of focus from the Capricorn Sun on 27 December. This aspect could put the extreme warrior in service to powerbrokers, perhaps working beneath the surface. This is a very charged time, as Jupiter is opposing Uranus, an aspect that often indicates technological innovation (Mercury retrograde and all) and progressive social causes.

Two days later, on the 29th, retrograde Mercury tunes in to Mars, just before the new moon and Uranus station to go direct. Activity is at an implosive peak, and (potentially faulty) information can trip the wire that gets us moving.

The probable peak of Mars’ stay in Pisces comes on 1 January, as he meets with Neptune. This aspect will in many ways set the tone for 2017, and will keep the ambiguous energy rolling throughout the calendar year.

More than a week later, Mars has another sextile to a Capricorn planet – this time it’s Pluto that gives a call to the Cosmic Warrior. There’s no telling what extent we’ll go to when Mars gets marching orders from Pluto, but it’s very likely that we’ll be seeing it play out for some time.

Truth is the question as Mars squares Saturn in Sagittarius on the 19th, while making an awkward quincunx to Jupiter the day before. If diplomacy fails, we may at least appeal to our deeper beliefs and – with the Sun entering Aquarius – our ideals. Saturn will try to reign in Mars, and many of us will be thankful for the effort.

Mars leaves Pisces for his home sign of Aries on 28 January. We may feel that we’ve been living with a beserker for the past six short but intense weeks. Things will hardly calm down with Mars in Aries, but focus will return.

While each sign will feel the Martial energy differently, Mars’ stay in Pisces is really a collective energy more than personal. Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, and of course Pisces) will get the biggest boost of energy, although may find it difficult to channel. Virgo may have to deal with partnership issues, while the other Earth signs (Taurus and Capricorn) can use the energy as they see fit. Fire and Air signs will likely have the most challenges integrating the Piscean vibration – especially since that vibration is very strong this time around.

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Agent 17 - Armand Diaz

Agent 17 - Armand Diaz

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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