Commander in Chief: Mars in Leo (20 July – 5 September, 2017)

By Agent 17, Armand Diaz

Commander in Chief: Mars in Leo (20 July  – 5 September, 2017)

Hot celestial weather awaits, both north and south of the equator, for Mars’ stay in Leo. The red planet will be making hot aspects, adding fire to fire, and triggering the Great American Eclipse (as it’s been called) during his six weeks in Leo.

Expect a bold entrance, as the Cosmic Warrior strides into the Sun’s home sign on the very day that Sol squares Uranus (who is in Mars’ home sign of Aries). There’s plenty of fiery energy in the skies around the 20th – 26th, and we can expect that things will be hopping down here on Earth, too. It’s time to boldly fight for a cause, to follow your heart, and to announce your intentions. While heartfelt expression is one manifestation, we will also see some folks inclined towards bravado and imperiousness – take note, then move on.

The Sun and Mars meet on the 26th. This aspect calls for courage (cour = heart), a demand that we truly be and express ourselves. But don’t bite off more than you can chew – the asteroid Icarus is also conjunct the Sun, a placement that is clearly dangerous for those of us with wings of wax. We’re challenged to show our pride without becoming arrogant.

Although our personal lives are energized by the last part of July, it may be that we see these energies playing out most obviously in the collective. Just who is in charge, and how will they use their power? To whom do they answer?

Answers may come at the full moon lunar eclipse on August 7th. Coming just three days after Uranus’ station to retrograde, this is likely to be an explosive time. The full moon is in Aquarius, the sign of the people and opposed to Leo (the King). Uranus, ruler of Aquarius, begins to move backward in the sky – are the people reconsidering their choices? The Moon opposes Mars prior to the eclipse, tying him into the action – and there will likely be a great deal of action during the first week in August.

Mars’ aspects in mid-August are less clearly defined, as he forms quincunxes to Neptune and Pluto on the 10th and 16th. Once again, we begin to have questions about who is really in charge, as Neptune obscures how things are aligned and Pluto in Capricorn suggests that those who hold the purse strings may be the real power brokers. Look particularly to the 13th, when Mars forms a loose yod with the two outer planets while crossing the degree of the lunar eclipse.

Pomp and circumstance dominate the 20th, as Mars sextiles Jupiter in Libra. While overtly a more harmonious energy, we may find it is a show that is covering deeper concerns, a parade that attempts to hide insecurities. Coming a day before the solar eclipse in late Leo, this could be an attempt to persuade us that things are really okay. A Martial trine to Saturn on the 22nd may have a similar effect – although that aspect looks like a ‘loyalty oath.’ Much of this energy will play out in the collective, particularly in political spheres, but remember that each of us lives within that sphere.

On September 3rd and 4th, Mars and Mercury trigger the degree of the solar eclipse, and this is perhaps the time when manifestation of the eclipse is most likely. With the Sun opposing Neptune around the same time, we may find that things are moving fast, but in an uncertain direction.

Those with significant placements in Leo (sun, moon, ascendant, and other planets and points) will be infused with the Martial energy most directly. Those with strong Aries will feel empowered, and it could be time to shine – try to make the most of the period. Aries/Leo energy is relatively harmonious so both signs will get a boost with Mars in Leo.

Taurus may feel the energy flowing into family and home matters. While there’s nothing inherently difficult about this placement of Mars for the bull, there could be a tendency to overdo it, for example spending too much on home improvement. On the other hand, pride in one’s home is also likely to be running strong.

The other Earth signs may have more of a challenge. Thanks to Jupiter and Venus, Virgos will be feeling that their core values are coming into focus in society, yet Mars may present a dissenting voice that comes from – well, from unknown sources. A lingering idea that things could be done bigger and better may interfere with the more reserved vibe that is coming into vogue, or it may be that Virgos sense that everyone is not yet on the same page (and some never will be, and some will just fake it). Capricorn’s reserved, serious approach may have trouble integrating the bolder energy of Mars in Leo.

Of the Water signs, Pisces are most likely to have to work to balance their energy with Mars in Leo. Indeed, when Mars forms a quincunx to Neptune on August 10th there may be someone who is, or wants to be, a martyr. A coworker may be the source of irritation, although perhaps not overtly. Cancer can benefit from this placement of Mars in terms of financial progress, and as finances often signal security, Cancer can find this quite satisfying. Scorpio will likely feel the charge in the area of career, and while there could be some pushback, this is a great time for Scorpio to assert itself and make a play for the limelight.

Air signs generally get along well with Leo. Gemini should feel that Mars in Leo will help increase socializing and will energize the daily routine. Libra may focus more on friendship, although partnerships (of all kinds) may come into focus. For Aquarius, the sign opposite Leo, relationship is likely to be very prominent. It could be that the Water Bearer finds that partners are feeling especially independent while paradoxically in need of extra attention. There is a lot of common ground to be explored with Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius, currently in Aries. Aquarians are generally good at allowing others their space, and while giving a little extra care to the partner could require some conscious effort, it isn’t likely to be too great a challenge.


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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