Crusader: Mars in Sagittarius 3 January – 16 February 2020

By Agent 17, Armand Diaz

Crusader: Mars in Sagittarius   3 January – 16 February 2020

By Agent 17, Armand Diaz

Mars wades out of the dark waters of Scorpio and into Sagittarius on the third day of 2020, starting the year and the decade in the upward-leaning sign of the archer. In Jupiter’s home sign, Mars is more outgoing and assertive, acting on beliefs and fighting for a cause. The fiery nature of Sagittarius is suited to Mars’ temperament, even if its emphasis on philosophy is not.

Mars in Sagittarius can be a crusader, fighting the holy war for perceived right and truth. He’s no mercenary – he really believes in the cause, even if the reasoning behind his actions is a little faulty and his actions are too extreme. With the Cosmic Warrior in this sign, we’ll see an increase in polarization (if such a thing is possible) in the areas of politics and social policy.

Remember that the energy of Mars in Sagittarius plays into all sides of an issue. Whether we’re looking at Brexit, the impeachment of Donald Trump, or changes in local zoning laws in your town, the debate can get hot, and many folks will be more inclined to shout from their soapboxes than listen to what their opponents really have to say. “Fake news” will be prominent, and although each side will have their own ideas about who is fabricating facts, there is a general agreement that it’s hard to get the straight story.

None of this is likely to sound new – we’ve been experiencing a kind of vacuum of trust and a proliferation of uncertainty since Saturn squared Neptune back in 2016. Following up on Jupiter’s year in his home sign, Mars in Sagittarius in many ways just signals ‘more of the same’: louder voices and more willingness to go to extremes in pursuit of a belief-driven goal.

For much of Mars’ stay in Sag, he will be the only planet in a Fire sign, and that means that he’ll be carrying the torch of enthusiasm and inspiration. He’s certainly up to the task, but he’s also likely to get a bit hoarse from yelling his viewpoint (and sometimes pointing his sword) at the crowd of slow-moving Earth planets.

Mars’ stay in the sign also corresponds with some very charged energy. Before he leaves to join the party in Capricorn, a great deal of action will have taken place. The Saturn/Pluto conjunction, Uranus’ station to go direct, and a lunar eclipse all charge the skies about a week after Mars enters Sagittarius.

Although he’ll no doubt heat up the skies in his own way during his stay, he doesn’t make many aspects – again, a suggestion that he may not be heard as he shouts from the tower. His first aspect, on January 5th, is a trine to Chiron, who’s at the very beginning of Mars’ home sign of Aries. This could stir up some feelings of self-doubt in folks, although it also suggests a resolve to go forward and ‘be yourself.’

Towards the end of January, Mars becomes more active, as he connects with Mercury and Venus on the 25th and 26th. Around this time it may be easier to express ideas, in both our personal and professional relationships. It’s quite possible that many of us will be articulate and focused in our relations with others, and this is a good period for communicating, although there could be a tendency to bend words for our own purposes.

That’s because a few days later, on January 28th, Mars in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces. The time from the 25th through the 30th thus becomes colored by this aspect, which has the potential to set folks off on grand adventures and attacks on windmills. This is truly the crusader aspect, as Mars becomes the soldier of belief ready to sacrifice all for the cause. Watch what happens in the public arena, and keep an eye on your personal sphere, too. In all cases, people are likely to be ready to go to extremes, whether over deeply held beliefs or a ‘cause of the moment.’

Mars makes no other major aspects before leaving for Capricorn on February 16th, but we may be thankful for the recuperative period, if indeed there is one. Mars’ climb through the sign of the mountain goat later in February and into March is likely to trigger the energies seeded in January, and we may find that the loud shouting of Sagittarius is preferable to the more action-oriented events of Capricorn.

For this trip through Sagittarius, Fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) are most likely to feel the energy directly. Earth signs have quite enough going on already, and Mars’ tendency to polarization may come off as a little irksome, as Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn look for something to do, not just say. Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) are generally fed by the energy of Mars in Sagittarius, although it’s helpful if someone vets information before sending it out for public consumption. The Water signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces may have the greatest challenges in dealing with Mars in Sagittarius, as opinions and beliefs often matter less than the emotional reactions they engender for these signs.

For all of us, though, the first six weeks of the year feature some monumental energies that could be hard to handle, and Mars in Sagittarius may seem like a determined but often gratuitous adding of fuel to a fire that is already burning hot enough.

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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