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The Arrow Aims High: Mars in Sagittarius

26 January to 17 March 2018

Every two years, Mars, the Cosmic Warrior, spends about six weeks in the sign the archer, Sagittarius. Whether he is waging a holy war, advocating for a social or political philosophy, or fighting for a just cause, Mars gets riled up in Jupiter’s home sign. Sagittarius is a Fire sign that isn’t known for reserve and caution, and that suits Mars just fine.

Unlike his most recent journey through the sign in 2016, he won’t have Saturn to contend with this time around. Two years ago, Saturn was trudging through Sagittarius, and Mars spent an extended stay in the sign due to a retrograde. As a result, there was more backtracking and hesitation than we might otherwise expect from Mars in such an active sign. This year, things look very different.

For one thing, Mars’ time in Sagittarius coincides with the eclipses – a lunar eclipse on January 31st and a solar eclipse on February 15th. While he maintains his distance from the actual eclipse degrees, he is generally very active and ready to contribute to the excitement.

If we wish to understand Mars’ time in Jupiter’s sign, we might look back to January 6th, when the two planets met in Mars’ second home of Scorpio. In fact, the two planets will be in mutual reception – staying in each others’ homes – for the next six weeks. Each of us can look back to what was happening in our personal lives at the beginning of January, but we should also look to the collective news for relevant trends that are likely to stay with us.

One notable occurrence at the time was Oprah Winfrey’s speech at the Golden Globe Awards, which began rumors that she would run for the U.S. presidency. Of international significance was the move towards talks between North and South Korea – an apparent unintended consequence of recent U.S. policy towards the North. Computer security flaws were also in the news at that time – stay tuned for more.

Mars begins his active tour of duty on February 3rd, when he makes a soft aspect to Mercury (who’s in Aquarius). At best, this will help communication to flow, although it may also get some folks up on their soap boxes. With Venus and Jupiter square the next day, we may be inclined to say… something… in our personal relationships, too.

On the 10th of February, Mars trines Ceres in Leo, then goes on to aspect the point of the January 31st lunar eclipse. This could be a time of healing and discussion on the collective level, although we may also find that Mars ignites the Sagittarian potential for polarizing political and social debates.

Perhaps the height of Mars’ stay in Sagittarius comes just two days after the solar eclipse on February 15th. Mars goes on to square Neptune on the 17th – an aspect that is sure to send some people over the edge and beyond the bounds. Political polemics are likely to peak, and going too far may not seem like it’s far enough. With the Sun meeting Mercury at the last degree of Aquarius, we may stand on principle no matter what the cost.

A more personal cosmic connection is evident on the 25th of February, as Venus squares Mars. Venus in Pisces is about a greater sense of connection and compassion, while Mars in Sagittarius is more likely to stick to scripted beliefs. While Venus and Mars in aspect (even hard aspects) can signal sexual tension, this time around we’re likely to see a difference of opinion about relationship and sexuality that could feel rather theoretical but which has some practical implications.

Mercury and Mars make an edgier aspect on the 28th, a time when we might revisit issues from February 3rd with less patience.

Towards the end of Mars’ stay in Sagittarius, on March 6th, Venus and Mercury enter the warrior’s home sign of Aries. With Jupiter stationing to retrograde just two days later, it will be quite an active time. In relationships and other matters, there’s a strong need for self-assertion – augmented by Mars’ trine to Uranus on the 11th. The second week of March is likely to be quite powerful and directed, especially in our personal relationships.

Yet as we get to mid-month, a Venus/Saturn and Mars/Chiron squares could put the brakes on progress (or any other kind of motion). The 12th through the 17th could have us taking a step back from bold moves made just a week earlier. Mars is unlikely to be reticent and cautious as he steps out of Sagittarius and into Capricorn, but we may be a bit hesitant.

Fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) are likely to have the most overt and direct response to the energy of Mars in Sagittarius. Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) can also use this energy, although a bit more indirectly. Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) and Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) may have a little more of a challenge dealing with the fast-moving feel of these six weeks. A good strategy for everyone is to balance enthusiasm (yours and others) with practicality. It’s also time to question beliefs- once again, your beliefs as much as others’.

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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