by Robert Wilkinson
Mars activates and accelerates the pace of events in our lives. People currently going through dynamic activity, a hectic fast-paced period, or having the hardest time the first half of August are Taurus born the third week of May and Geminis born in May and the first week of June, Leos born the third week of August and Virgos born in August and the first week of September, Scorpios born the third week of November and Sag born in November and the first week of December, and Aquarians born the third week of February and Pisces born in February and the first week of March. If you were born in these zones, focus on what constitutes responsible action, given these birth periods show more highly agitated energy than usual.
Mars tests us to get a grip on our energy and shows us how well we are demonstrating self-control or not. Mars is our "fight or flight" principle, and symbolizes what aggravates us, so beware of hasty action, argumentativeness, or impulsiveness. A way to use what I post here is that if you know your chart, examine the effect for the signs in light of planets you have in these signs.
For instance, if you have Mercury between 26 degrees of a Fixed sign (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) and 16 degrees of a Mutable sign (Gemini, Virgo, Sag, and Pisces), examine the challenges relative to your mind, interpretations, or thinking patterns, as well as other planets influenced by Mercury. If you have Venus in those degrees of Fixed or Mutable signs, examine what is said in light of your likes and dislikes and other Venus-influenced areas in your chart.
If you have a Fixed or Mutable sign Mars between those degrees, regard what is stated in the context of Mars-ruled affairs and activities. This shows an important shift in your Mars cycle, so heads up! You can also apply what follows regarding this month if you have an Ascendant (Rising sign) between 26 degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, or Aquarius and 16 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sag, and Pisces.
While the rest of this article deals with how Mars will specifically impact certain signs and birthdays, please remember to relate what is said here to yesterday's Stress Zones article, as it introduces primary considerations about the overall influence of Mars this month.
The first half of the month, Aquarians born in mid February and February Pisces are seeing the first emergence of something begun April 2007. This month shows a new life direction or the beginnings of new ways of expressing yourself, so get grounded, and remember that "as the roots, so the flowers." This applies the second half of July to Pisces people born the first week of March.
Effort now affects future success. Don't allow hassles or aggravations around the home or with family to put you off, and be a good communicator. You'll get new insights into how you view your early life and family situation. Just try not to get aggravated by neighbors and expect intense activity around the home.
Aquarians need to be less abrupt with family, and be more loving, playful, creative, focused, and do purification rituals, letting go of outmoded feelings and responses to others' demands. This affects Aquarius' way of viewing their environment, siblings, having people close, how they communicate, as well as their profession and public standing in the world.
Pisces also need to be less impulsive in home and family areas, and be more practical, pay attention to details, and cultivate largeness of vision and optimism as well as a sense of humor. This affects Pisces' way of viewing their values, resources, how they use what they have, as well as truth, their future, legal issues, and philosophy.
In the first half of August, Taurus born in mid April and Geminis born in May and early June confront the end of a 2-year cycle, so begin anew with an eye to what culminated in April 2007 of the cycle that began February or March 2006. This month speeds things up, so apply new skills and strengths, and face a future that's already underway. Quickly finish what you need to, realize an old way of life is over, and there is a need for new effort and directions.
In late August, this applies to Geminis born the first week of June, and they finish a cycle that culminated in April 2007 of whatever began in March 2006. Since it continues to be a time of endings and beginnings, embrace the new, get ready for the pace to quicken, and try not to be too blunt, impulsive, abrasive, or leap before you look.
This primarily affects Taurus in the areas of partnerships, opportunities for greater social effectiveness, karma, motive, and self-undoing behaviors that created sorrow in the past. It primarily affects Gemini in the areas of friends, goals, ambitions, group work, health, and forms of service. These are ending somehow, and a new two year pulse is opening up.
The first half of August fulfills an old cycle for Leo people born in mid August and Virgos born in August and early September. This period is one of following through on what's culminating in your public or professional affairs in the cycle that began late July and early August 2006. Learn as much as you can, prepare, then be willing to take responsibility, since this is a very high profile time for you. This occurs the last half of August for Virgos born in early September, and culminates the cycle begun August 2006.
Leos are very visible and at the end of a major period of matured activity due to Saturn occupying their sign since they began this cycle. Leos are primarily affected in the areas of truth, travel, philosophy, spirituality, home, family, and ways of relating to early childhood experiences. People of this sign need to stay focused, let of of unnecessary things and feelings, purify, and be detached, friendly, impersonal, and keep in mind the bigger picture of a greater service or set of goals.
Virgos are also in a high visibility phase, and preparing for Saturn's entry into their sign, which will primarily affect August Virgos for the next year. Virgos are primarily affected in the areas of communications, siblings, environment, neighbors, shared values and resources, desires, and loss/regeneration. People of this sign need to say optimistic, be good multi-taskers with vision and humor, and end what needs ending with compassion and forgiveness.
During the first half of August, Scorpios born mid November and Sagittarians born late November are tested not to get aggravated, sidestep oppositional people, and decrease agitation or impulsiveness while correcting things that began December 2006. The last half of August this applies to Sagittarians born in early December.
People with these birthdays are moving through a period of tensions in relationships, and have had to shift in how they regard their health, work, or how to serve your world. If this applies to you, detach from relationship dramas that scatter you. Avoid unnecessary confrontations and don’t get hassled by impulsive, abrasive, aggressive or argumentative people.
For Scorpios and Sagittarius in a relationship, it's an intense time for your partner. This is opening new doors of perceiving and acting with others where you are an equal rather than a follower or reactor to them. For Scorpios, areas coming to surface include new forms of self image and ways of relating to their physical bodies, as well as new work opportunities, new health regimens, and new ways of relating to those in their service. For Sag, areas coming to surface include new forms of relating to children, play, creativity, self expression, motives, reaping of karmas, and old sorrows.
Scorpios and Sagittarius should embrace new ways of relating to others, since this time is a breakthrough in your way of being in relationships, and allow others to take the initiative in new ways of expressing themselves. You are finding new forms of self-expression and self-adjustment to practical necessities.
The quincunx effect significantly influences 27-30 degrees of Libra and Sagittarius the first week of August, 1-5 degrees of Scorpio and Capricorn the second week of August, 6-10 degrees of Scorpio and Capricorn the third week of August, and 11-16 degrees of Scorpio and Capricorn through the end of August. Quincunxes are associated with physical, emotional, or mental health issues requiring sacrifices and adjustments.
Thus the first week of the month most impacts Libras born between the third week of October and Sag born the third week of December. The second week of August most impacts Scorpios born in October and Capricorns born in December. The third week of August most affects Scorpios born in late October and early November and Sag born in late December and early January. The end of August most impacts Scorpios born in early November and Capricorns born in early January.
Through the quincunxes, Libras and Scorpios will have sacrifices and adjustments in the areas of loss, regeneration, shared values and wealth that will help them learn focus, discrimination, attention to details and procedure. They will learn how to get their magnetism and desires straightened out and eliminate that which cannot be carried into a future already taking shape. Sagittarians and Capricorns will also have sacrifices and adjustments in the areas of work, health, and those they do service for or who do service for them that will whatever needs to be done.
The first week of August, Aries born in early April and Cancers born in early July are extraordinarily affected by the Mars semisquare to their Suns. The second week of August primarily affects Aries born April 3-8 and Cancers born July 5-11. The third week of August affects Aries born April 9-14 and Cancers born July 11-17, and the last 10 days of the month affects Aries born between April 14-19 and Cancers born between July 17-22.
The semisquare is a 45 degree aspect indicating internal crises of direction, or a sense that something is beginning to open (or close) with decisions to be made. They show important factors regarding things that are emerging or ending, and offer information about hidden or unconscious influences at work.
For Aries birthdays mentioned above, new developments and challenges in the cycle that began in late May or early June 2007 don't have to be a problem if you become more visionary, adaptable, future oriented, organized and mature in your values and relationship to things and money. Cancer people with birthdays mentioned above need to end some things they began May 2006, so capture the harvest and close out what you need to without getting aggravated at friends or the goals that you couldn't fulfill.
Cancer people are entering a fallow period where you'll need to do closure rituals, preparing for a new cycle to come in November 2007. However, due to Mars going retrograde in mid-Cancer in November 2007 and moving back into late Gemini in January 2008, you may have to re-do, undo, or rearrange the plan, preparing to launch the idea in February or March 2008 when Mars is direct.
As I've explained the past three months, sometimes Mars' influence extends far beyond whatever is going on in the sky. Notably, the Mars article from November 2006 offers an insight into why things are changing the way they are:
Since the Mars degree of the recent September 2006 Lunar Eclipse is highly active and was also the exact degree of the Solar Eclipse take note of what is liberating you from a previously "narrow destiny" and hear the call that can help you joyously rise to some larger occasion. Here's an article about the September 2006 Solar Eclipse in terms of its general meaning and effect, while in this article you can find out what it means for each sign specifically. December 2006 and January 2007 mark turning points in the liberation process.
Signposts of future developments connected with 30 Virgo presented themselves in late March-early April 2007, with important points occurring the second and last weeks of May 2007. Expect more definitive developments in September 2007 and December 2007 through early April 2008.
June through November 2008 shows Pluto exactly square the degree, Saturn conjunct the point in October 2009 and April through July 2010 opposed by Uranus April 2010 through March 2011, setting up some fairly volatile developments. Escaping from a "narrow destiny" may be destabilizing, but it's also guaranteed to put you and your dharma on track and remind you that life on Earth is one of endless change.
More from the Eclipse article:
In December, Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter all conjuncted... Wherever we have Aries, Gemini, Virgo, Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Pisces energies, they were fused and renewed in whatever house we have early Sagittarius... a very important area of major focus and attention in the next two years for us. I hope you enjoyed December and January since the wild ride accelerated toward a more amazing vision, freedom, and group involvement than we've known in a long time. Welcome to February through June 2007, the edge of dynamic change!
As I've noted previously, Mars activated the March Lunar Eclipse Sun conjunct North Node position around April 21-22 when it conjuncted that point. This launched the next phase of that eclipse, and the simultaneous triseptile to Saturn triggered an important fork in our destiny helping us dump old social rigidities and find joy in fellowship despite the general tension.
Mars in the Grand Fire Trine in June brightened up our lives in multiple areas, assisting understanding, harmony, and flow. Mars helped us secure a new momentum even as we navigated the twists and turns of the multiple septile series aspects between the visible and invisible planets.
This should be a very important month since July showed us major changes in our direction or intention, where we left behind old paths while entering into new, if unknown futures. Of course, we've been preparing for some time, so don't sweat the changes while you plow forward into new paths. We should have secured what we need for further effectiveness, and will open to new information, new perspectives, and new ways of adapting to what is this month.
We are preparing for Mars to slow down soon, so get as much accomplished as you can, open your heart, be practial, and gratefully embrace your new work, shaking off old difficulties, worries, heart restrictions, and limitations. There's new work to be done, so do it joyfully, prepare and adjust, and welcome what comes.
This article completed, I'm on the road and cannot answer comments for at least three days, maybe four. Enjoy the articles that will be autoposted the rest of this week, and I'll see you on the flip side! Mahalo, Aloha, Sayonara, Later Easy, and it's off into the wild blue yonder!
© Copyright 2007 Robert Wilkinson