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 last half of November are Geminis, Virgos, Sagittarians, and Pisceans born the end of May, August, November, and February. From December 1-27 this applies to the same signs born in June, September, December, and March. The last 4 days of 2008 this applies to Aries, Cancers, Libras, and Capricorns born the fourth weeks of March, June, September, and December. 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 if you are affected by its transit, beware of hasty action, argumentativeness, or impulsiveness.
A way to use what I post here is that if you know your chart, examine the Mars effect in light of planets you have in the signs that are conjunct, square, or opposed to/by Mars. Because this month and next it moves forward through all of Sagittarius and the first 3 degrees of Capricorn, that span is specifically activated.
For instance, if you have Mercury in a Mutable sign (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) or early in a Cardinal sign (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn), examine the challenges relative to your mind, interpretations, or thinking patterns, as well as other planets influenced by Mercury. If you have Venus in a Mutable or early Cardinal sign, examine what is said in light of your likes and dislikes and other Venus-influenced areas in your chart.
If you have a Mutable or early Cardinal sign Mars, 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) in a Mutable or the first few degrees of a Cardinal sign.
The last half of November, Virgos born in August are seeing the first emergence of something begun the first half of July 2008. The first half of December this applies to Virgos born the first half of September relative to something begun the last half of July or early August 2008. During the third and fourth weeks of December, to Virgos born the third week of September relative to what was begun around mid-August. 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 end of December to Libra people born in late September.
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.
Virgos need to be less abrupt in communicating, less aggressive or hassled by neighbors, being more balanced, fair, diplomatic and sincere. Avoid impulsive or blunt responses. Be open to alternative ways of understanding and communicating, as well as compassionate and far-sighted in your interactions. This affects Virgo's way of viewing their siblings, environment, neighbors, shared values and resources, and ways of dealing with loss and regeneration.
In the last half of November, Sagittarians born in November confront the end of a 2-year cycle, so begin anew with an eye to what culminated the first half of July of the cycle that began December 2006. The first half of December this applies to Sagittarians born the first two weeks of December relative to what began late December 2006 or early January 2007. During the third and fourth weeks of December, to Sagittarius people born the third week of December relative to what began January 2007.
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. The last few days of December this applies to Capricorns born around the Winter Solstice (December 21-22), and they finish a cycle begun mid-January 2007. 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. (I know these are not Capricorn traits, but with Mars in your sign.....) Above all, stay organized in your actions, and find the right discipline to do whatever you have to.
This primarily affects all Sagittarians in the areas of children, creativity, self-expression, motive, and how to achieve closure from old self-undoing behaviors. It affects Capricorns in the areas of home, family, early life memories, goals, ambitions, friends, and group work. These are ending somehow, and a new two year pulse is opening up. Sag should take the initiative in ways that are optimistic, future oriented, showing humor and a wide vision of what's possible. Capricorns should show maturity, deliberation, and long range foresight. Both signs should let go of old futures and ways of doing things that don't work any more.
The last half of November fulfills an old cycle for Pisces born in late February. The first half of December this applies to Pisces born the first half of March, and the third and fourth weeks of December it applies to Pisces born the third week of March. This period is one of following through on what's culminating in your public or professional affairs. This cycle began for February Pisceans the first half of April 2007. For early March Pisces, this cycle began the last half of April 2007. For Pisces born in mid-March, this began the first half of May 2007.
Learn as much as you can, prepare, then be willing to take responsibility, since this is a very high profile time for you. In the last few days of December, it applies to Aries born the fourth week of March. For all Pisces and early Aries, it begins a phase of harvesting past labors preparing them for a new beginning between mid-March and the end of April 2009.
All Pisces and early Aries should follow through on what is culminating in their public and professional sector, take responsibility, do their duties, and remember others are observing them. Pisces should learn how to be more adaptable, communicative, discriminating, detail oriented, and take care of health matters. This primarily affects Pisces in the areas of money and other resources, values and how they use what they have, as well as their philosophy, higher mind, view of the future, and long journeys.
At the end of December 2008 and into January 2009, March Aries should learn how to be more balanced, fair, just, idealistic, sensitive, caring, and home and family oriented. This will primarily affect Aries in the areas of self image, their bodies, their magnetism, and how they deal with shared values and resources, loss and opportunities to regenerate, and their legacy.
During the last half of November, Geminis born in late May are tested not to get aggravated, sidestep oppositional people, and decrease agitation or impulsiveness. This period is an opportunity to correct things that began August 2007. The first half of December 2008, this applies to Geminis born the first half of June, and they can correct things begun late August or early September 2007.
The third and fourth weeks of December this applies to Geminis born the third week of June, and applies to the cycle begun September 2007 that got put on hold, revised, reworked, or just slowed down from mid-November 2007 through late January 2008, when the cycle again moved forward. The last few days of December, this applies to Cancers born in late June, whose cycle began October 2007, reversed course in November 2007, and finally resumed forward motion in March 2008.
Geminis (and early Cancers in late December) 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 Geminis and Cancers 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 Geminis, areas coming to surface include new ways of relating to goals, ambitions, friendships, work, health, and service, as well as those in your service. The end of December, areas coming to surface for Cancers include new ways of relating to profession, public standing, self expression, children, and creativity.
Geminis and Cancers 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. Geminis need discrimination, practicality, attention to details, compassion, and closure rituals that show your willingness to take responsibility for what is surfacing that will fulfill itself between mid-March and late April 2009. Cancers born in late June need balance, grace, fairness, idealism, self-reliance and self-sufficiency, and taking the initiative in late December and early January. What surfaces then will fulfill itself in late April and early May 2009
The quincunx effect significantly influences 1-11 degrees of Taurus and Cancer the last half of November 2008, 12-16 degrees of Taurus and Cancer the first week of December, 17-21 degrees of Taurus and Cancer the second week of December, 22-27 degrees of Taurus and Cancer the third week of December, 28-30 degrees of Taurus and Cancer the fourth week of December, and 1-4 degrees of Gemini and Leo the last few days of December. Quincunxes are associated with physical, emotional, or mental health issues requiring sacrifices and adjustments.
Thus the last half of November most impacts Taurus born the end of April and beginning of May, and Cancers born the end of June and first days of July. The first half of December most affects Tauruses born the first two weeks of May and Cancers born the first two weeks of July. The third and fourth weeks of December 2008 most impacts Tauruses born the third week of May and Cancers born the third week of July. The end of December most impacts Geminis born in late May and Leos born in late July.
Through the quincunxes, Tauruses and Geminis will have sacrifices and adjustments in the areas of loss, regeneration, shared values and wealth. This will help Taurus learn balanced adjustment, multiple ways of viewing what is and is not fair, and a new view of how society views ideals. They will also learn what they do and do not care about, and who or what is or is not providing the nurture they need.
Geminis will have sacrifices in the same areas, helping them learn what to eliminate from their lives on every level, as well as a more noble and heartfelt way of viewing and communicating in their lives. Both signs will learn how to get their magnetism and desires straightened out and eliminate that which cannot be carried into a future already taking shape.
Cancers and Leos will have sacrifices and adjustments in the areas of work, health, and those they do service for or who do service for them. This will prepare them to deal with those who serve them, or those they serve in the realm of what needs to be done, from a balanced perspective. A new work rhythm is indicated.
Cancers will learn a greater vision of larger service, a more dispassionate way of relating to friends, and a greater stability and ability to enjoy life's simple pleasures. Leos will learn a greater discrimination and attention to specifics, a more effective work ethic, as well as adaptability and ways of holding paradox without getting frustrated.
The last half of November, Libras born the second and third weeks of October, as well as Capricorns born the second and third weeks of January, are extraordinarily affected by the Mars semisquare to their Suns. The first half of December 2008 the semisquare primarily affects Libras born the third week of October and Scorpios born in late October as well as Capricorns born the third week of January and Aquarians born January 20-25. The last half of December 2008 the semisquare primarily affects Scorpios born in late October and the first 10 days of November, as well as Aquarians born the last week of January and the first week of February.
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 Libra and Scorpio birthdays mentioned above, new developments and challenges in the cycle that began mid-September through late October 2008 don't have to be a problem if you become more open, optimistic, and take a future oriented larger view of your values and relationship to things and money.
Capricorn and Aquarius people with birthdays mentioned above need to end some things they began in February or March 2007, so capture the harvest and close out what you need to without getting aggravated at friends or the goals that you couldn't fulfill. If this applies to you, you're entering a fallow period where you'll need to do closure rituals, preparing for a new cycle to come starting mid-January through mid-February 2009. This period is directly related to the process of ending some activities and seeing them in the broader context of your life story as a "hero's journey."
For Libras, lessons you're learning concern your partnerships, opportunities, resources, and values. For Scorpios, they concern your self image, way of relating to your physical body and sense of distinctiveness, as well as ways of adjusting to work and health circumstances, as well as those in your employ.
For Capricorns, lessons you're learning put a spotlight on your home and family, friendships, goals and ambitions. For Aquarians, the focus is on your communication style, environment, siblings, short journeys, public standing, and profession.
As I've explained in the past, 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 have changed as they have these past 2 years. Mars played a major part in the eclipses of 2006-2007, and triggered many events leading us all to opportunities where we "escaped from a narrow destiny" and are STILL going through experiences related to that. It recently completed an entire cycle set into motion since then. As I wrote a while ago:
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 and September 2007. Even more definitive developments happened between December 2007 and early April 2008.
June through November 2008 we've been experiencing Pluto exactly square the Mars eclipse degree, Saturn conjuncts the point April 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 2006 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!
Mars conjuncted Saturn in early Virgo in July 2008, setting into motion a whole new 2+ year cycle of responsibilities, duties, limitations, and Dharma related actions in our lives. We'll all get to learn discernment and precision in action, and now are challenged to practice a new ideal of expression. Since then we found a new "perfect form" of self expression, with opportunities to move many things forward with grace, style, and balance helping us achieve focus from mid-October through mid-November when Mars occupied Scorpio. It's now in Sag, opening new possibilities and preparing us for multiple transits through the Sagittarius sector of the Grand Irrationality beginning mid-December.
Points of recent importance fell in late July when Mars entered the Virgo zone of The Grand Irrationality, setting that major configuration into action and bringing us all to another set of "forks in the road of destiny." This activated the long term lessons we began to learn and responsibilities we began to embrace when Saturn entered that same Virgo zone beginning late September where it will be for many months to come. The next point the Grand Irrationality was activated by Mars was when it moved through the Scorpio zone in mid-October, again triggering choices as we all confronted an "intersection of fate and free will" at a "fork in the road of destiny."
I'll be writing more about that in December, but if you want to know more about The Grand Irrationality, please go to Spiritual Astrology in November-December 2008 Pt. 2 - The Grand Irrationality and When It Will Be Set Into Motion.
So in November and December, be clear about the new possible futures appearing in your life, find a more open way to embrace life's adventure, and go for the hope that what's coming will be more freeing than what's bound us in the past. We're now launched into a new world that is fairly irrational, with major obsessive-compulsive behaviors dominating affairs. Things won't make much sense, but they don't have to.
The larger tensions and polarizations are shown by the on-going Saturn opposition Uranus, so try to find the highest way to deal with the polarizations this indicates. There are great promises that will be set into motion by late December, offering greater possibilities of effective action that we'll have to implement in January 2009.
Keep enjoying the final manifestations of the major Earth trine dominating this period, since we're now launched into a process of self-transcendence that will lead us into new responsibilities, new work, new service, and new long term standards we'll be upholding for those who follow. Remember also that where the Mars conjunct Saturn at 6 Virgo fell in your chart revealed where important parts of your life got fused by your willingness to take on a greater responsibility and maturity in taking care of needed business to fulfill your higher destiny.
© Copyright 2008 Robert Wilkinson