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Astrology in January Through mid-February 2020

Astrology in January Through Mid-February 2020

- Mars In Sagittarius

On January 3, 2020, Mars enters Sagittarius. What does this mean for all of us?

It means that how we generally “attack the problems of life,” or how we “take the initiative” leaves the “cocooned” focused intensity of Mars in Scorpio and now expresses it through the widely expansive sign of greater truths and futures of the adventurous Mutable Fire of Sagittarius. The transit of Mars in Sagittarius now activates all that was promised by Jupiter in Sagittarius and all the conjunctions made to that expansive planet.

Sagittarius is where the remains of the “stripping down and purifying” energy of Scorpio now moves up and out, freed of obsolete things and considerations. Mars, having “gathered its energy” in its home sign of Scorpio, now can implement all that was promised by the late 2018 Sun conjunct Jupiter at 4 Sag, Mercury retrograde conjunct Jupiter at 5 Sag, Mercury direct conjunct Jupiter at 10 Sag, and the 2019 conjunctions of Venus with Jupiter, the first at 17 Sag in January, and the last at 29 Sag in November. As this is Mars’ first pass over these degrees since those cycles were set, this activates them for the next two years!

Mars is now at maximum cruising speed around 40 minutes of motion per day. We are in the middle of Mars’ cycle, in between the previous retrograde slowdown of late Capricorn and mid-Aquarius from April to October 2018, and the next one coming between 18-28 Aries from early September to mid-November 2020. While Mars direct helps us get a lot done, Mars retrograde occasionally requires us to slow down and undo, re-do, or re-plan our lives with an eye to making things more efficient during the direct motion periods.

Mars’ Path To Where We Are Now

We navigated deep feeling waters and saw the need for closure in old parts of our lives during its time in Pisces in November and December 2018. January and the first half of February 2019 Mars transited its home sign of fiery Aries, so we had more energy helping facilitate direct action. It is noteworthy that the next Mars retrograde will be in Aries, so expect to revisit some initiatives set into motion last January or early February.

It transited Taurus between mid-February and late March, stabilizing our forward momentum while learning to enjoy simply doing what we had to do. Its transit through Gemini and Cancer in April, May, and June opened a time of discovery and reorientation to conserve our energy to support our continuing growth. Its transit of Leo between early July and late August gave us new initiatives wherever we have Leo in our charts, allowing us to know what our hearts were into.

Its transit in Virgo between mid-August and early October coincided with a lot of conjunctions which shaped the past 4 months. We were all making practical adjustments and sacrifices in our Virgo sector, taking care of business with an eye to details and how to do what we needed to do. Mars moved through Libra between early October and late November, with new ideals and a recalibration of how much time and energy we were devoting to our Libra influenced affairs. This was a period of learning to find the balance and hold it, rather than keep “comparing and contrasting,” paralyzing action.

It then entered Scorpio, one of the signs it rules, along with Aries. Mars is most naturally itself in those two signs, with Scorpio the zone where it eliminates all which is unnecessary to attain the fulfillment of the process it’s engaged in. Now that it’s moving through Sagittarius, it’s in a sign in harmony with its Fiery nature, so it’s going to be a few weeks of Flame On!

Mars in Sagittarius also means that any planets or angles we have in Aries or Scorpio have moved out of a watery expression into a fiery expression. This also impacts the houses where we have these signs, and puts a huge focus of activity in the house where we have the first 10 degrees of Sagittarius through January 18. From January 18 through February 1 the focus of activity will be in the house where we have the second 10 degrees of Sagittarius, with the focus on the last 10 degrees of Sagittarius between February 1 through 16, 2020.

The Mars Challenge Since January 2019

When Mars was in Aries, it brought new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Aries, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Capricorn. It puts the focus on relationships to those with Sun or Ascendant in Libra, and fulfillment to those with Sun or Ascendant in Cancer. (Again, these crucial points of choice and change will be revisited in some way between September and November 2020.)

While Mars was in Taurus, it brought new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Taurus, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Aquarius. It put the focus on relationships to those with Sun or Ascendant in Scorpio, and fulfillment or public activity to those with Sun or Ascendant in Leo.

While Mars was in Gemini, it brought new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Gemini, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Pisces. It puts the focus on relationships to those with Sun or Ascendant in Sagittarius, and fulfillment to those with Sun or Ascendant in Virgo.

While Mars was in Cancer, it brought new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Cancer, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Aries. It put the focus on relationships to those with Sun or Ascendant in Capricorn, and fulfillment or public activity to those with Sun or Ascendant in Libra.

While Mars was in Leo, it brought new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Leo, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Taurus. It put the focus on relationships to those with Sun or Ascendant in Aquarius, and fulfillment or public activity to those with Sun or Ascendant in Scorpio.

While Mars was in Virgo, it brought new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Virgo, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Gemini. It put the focus on relationships to those with Sun or Ascendant in Pisces, and fulfillment or public activity to those with Sun or Ascendant in Sagittarius.

While Mars was in Libra, it brought new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Libra, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Cancer. It put the focus on relationships to those with Sun or Ascendant in Aries, and fulfillment or public activity to those with Sun or Ascendant in Capricorn.

While Mars was in Scorpio, it brought new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Scorpio, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Leo. It put the focus on relationships to those with Sun or Ascendant in Taurus, and fulfillment or public activity to those with Sun or Ascendant in Aquarius.

While Mars is in Sagittarius, it will bring new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Sagittarius, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Virgo. It puts the focus on relationships to those with Sun or Ascendant in Gemini, and fulfillment or public activity to those with Sun or Ascendant in Pisces.

Obviously within these transit spans there are other “phase relationships” between transiting Mars and all the planets in our charts, but to go into all of them would make this article a book. For example, Mars makes aspects to your other planets which are different than aspects to your Sun and Ascendant. All aspects, waxing and waning, fall within “The Whole Cycle” of each planet to every other planets and our Ascendant. You can find out more about the Whole Cycle in my book Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend. where I explain the various phases in the planetary cycles in terms of the Whole Cycle for various generations.

Mars Links to the Past, Present, and Future

While Mars now initiates a new time of activity wherever we have Sagittarius, it activates the information Venus confirmed, the Sun illuminated or vitalized, and Mercury helped us understand when they all transited Sagittarius in November and December. This will continue for a few months, since the inner planets all are ahead of Mars in terms of signs. Mars activates what the other planets have set into play with their transits, we will see it activate all the inner planet transits between Sagittarius and Aries in 2020.

This begins a new cycle of expression related to the lessons we learned while Saturn was in Sagittarius between December 2014 and June 2015, and September 2015 through December 2017. That means Mars will specifically activate the Saturn lessons of the first half as well as the Autumn of 2015 in the first 10 days of January. After that, Mars continues to activate Saturn lessons from November 2015 through December 2017. All of these themes were expanded into something related to our greater life path between early November 2018 and early December 2019 when Jupiter was in Sagittarius.

In November 2018 the Sun conjuncted Jupiter at 4 Sagittarius, setting a 12 year themes related to that degree into action. Those larger Jupiter in Sagittarius themes were reinforced after that via the transits of the inner planets through Sagittarius, with a new 2 year “pulse” to set into motion during the current Mars transit through Sagittarius.

That means all the truths, potentials, opportunities, adventures, and visions of the future we opened to between November 2018 and December 2019 can now be activated! What is set into motion in January and February 2020 will have far reaching implications which won’t be completed until 2022.

Aspects in Play

We’re now going to experience a renewed Sagittarius promise in the house(s) where we have that sign in our charts. Mars enters Sagittarius and makes an immediate septile to both Saturn and Pluto and then a biseptile to Neptune, activating the Grand Irrationality and setting major forces of choice and change into motion!

Because Mars is closing in on all the outer planets, after the semisquare to Saturn and Pluto in the second week of January and the square to Neptune in late January, it will not make any major aspects until the conjunctions in late Capricorn in March when all the planets are compressed in a very short span.

All significant aspects to Mars in the coming weeks will be made by the Sun, Mercury and Venus. In January, Venus makes a novile and then a square to Mars. Mercury makes a semisquare, and then septile by mid-month, followed by a sextile and then quintile in early February. The Sun makes a semisquare and then is septile Mars for the last 10 days of January and the first few days of February. The end of January will be an extremely important time, since Venus conjuncts Neptune with both square Mars, giving glimpses of March, at the same time the Sun septiles Mars.

These waxing semisquares and septiles are the emergent phase of interlocking inner planet cycles set into motion last September during the conjunctions in Virgo which created the 4 month “mini-era” of September through December 2019. If you want to know more, when you’re done here please go to the archives in late August and early September.

February shows Mercury in a long term quintile due to its slowing to go retrograde at 13 Pisces in mid-month. The Sun is sextile Mars all month, favoring productivity. And Venus moves into a biseptile with Mars in the last half of February, offering us a preliminary look at all the Aries and Capricorn “stuff” we’ll ALL be dealing with the entire year!

Remember all of Mars’ aspects to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are waning aspects. These all close the old Mars cycles relative to these spiritual planets, preparing us for the new beginnings when Mars conjuncts Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn in March 2020, giving the structure and priming the pump for the Grand Mutation of 2020 which launches a new 200 year era, as noted in other articles.

What Do Mars Oppositions Teach Us?

At this point in its cycle, Mars is done with being the nozzle of “focused activity” for all the other planetary energies which it was during the Spring. It made its oppositions from Gemini to Jupiter in early May, and from Cancer to Saturn and Pluto in June. The June oppositions had Mercury joining Mars in Cancer, giving us FOUR different ways to become more aware of how to transmute dysfunctional Mars energies into healthy Mars expressions.

We received Neptunian realizations when Mars opposed Neptune in September, and finished the last major spiritual Mars test of the year with the Mars opposition Uranus in late November. Different Mars oppositions require different skills, since the “Tension of Opposites” between the planetary expressions in the signs they’re in entirely determines the spiritual tests to learn and demonstrate.

As I noted in Chapter 2 in my book Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend,

Mars' duality is Grace/Sin. This is the aspect of consciousness that shows whether our responses are manifesting error or truth, maladjustment or beauty. By our Martian function we force things before their time or confront abrasive, aggressive, or hostile energies in ourselves and others, and thus we learn how to sever what must be severed, and further what must be furthered, quickly and directly. (As an aside, the original meaning of “sin” had nothing to do with moral failure. It was an archery term meaning “to miss the mark,” or not hitting the center of a target. I use it here in that sense.)

So from May through November 2019, we all went through “tests of skill” in expressing the realizations which surface at Mars oppositions. May and June gave realizations about Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto. September and November gave us realizations about Neptune and Uranus.

The September oppositions had strong stabilizing trines from Virgo to Capricorn, which helped us get organized and grounded in our self-expression. This is what we’ll be practicing between January and March. However, because Mars will go retrograde within the outer planet span, we won’t have another Mars opposition until June 2021!

Picking Up the Pace On the Way to The Grand Mutation of 2020!

Anyway, after the 2018 Mars retrograde and its incredibly long 8 month stay in the span between late Sagittarius and late Aquarius, in 2019 Mars moved quickly through Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, and Scorpio, activating those sectors of our charts. Now that Mars is in Sagittarius, it moves the emphasis away from Water into Fire, transforming focused magnetism into a new inspiration and vision.

During this time of Mars in Sagittarius, keep your lodestar in sight, but beware of getting too many things going which scatter your energies. Focus on an inspired distributive inspiration with an eye to implementing the vision seen in 2019. It’s a time to use fire in a wise way, since this activates the larger life we were promised when Jupiter was in Sagittarius. Mars in Sagittarius uses its power in distributive ways, expressing itself through the sign of the questing, wandering “Magician/Engineer” archetype.

From here all the old cycles are closing, preparing us for the triple conjunctions of January and the major new cycles to begin in March. Fill the voids created during Mars in Scorpio with inspired interactive vision, actively dancing with and through life’s infinite possibilities. We cleaned up our magnetism when Mars was in Scorpio, and now can fly free into greater effective lives and work. This begins the acceleration toward the Great Compression of early 2020 leading us to the Grand Mutation in Aquarius.

Mars in Virgo taught us “All play and no work make for an ungrounded life.” Mars in Libra taught us “All work with no socializing makes for an unsustainable life.” Mars in Scorpio taught us “doing the wrong thing in the wrong way with the wrong people will never make us happy, so do the right thing and be happy!” Mars in Sagittarius will teach us to be a “stylish and bold Archer riding our Sacred Arrows to our dream.”

© Copyright 2020 Robert Wilkinson - https://www.aquariuspapers.com
Reprinted on crystalwind.ca with persmission from Robert Wilkinson.

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Robert WilkinsonRobert wilkinson An internationally-known astrologer, author, public speaker, metaphysician, and futurist, with over 25 years experience as a counselor and educator. He has presented hundreds of public talks on all aspects of Astrology, the Eastern Wisdom tradition, the Western Wisdom tradition and promoted many mass gatherings and cultural events. Some of his specific areas of interest and expertise include personality profiles, degree patterns, integrative astrology, various aspect harmonics, among others.
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