by Robert Wilkinson
So what happens when planets change signs? Because it happens so often, why is it such a big deal? Today we take a look at why planets leaving one sign and entering another is so important.
First, an overview of what’s actually going on. We’ll begin by saying ALL planets move through ALL the signs during the course of their trek around the Sun. Some change quickly, like the Moon, Mercury, and Venus. Some planets take years to shift signs, like Uranus, which occupies a sign for 7 years, or Neptune, which occupies a sign for about 14 years. Pluto can spend as little as 12 years in a sign, or as many as 20 years in a sign, depending on how close or distant it is from the Sun.
When a planet shifts signs, it means that the energy expressed by that planets has a new “filter” through which it expresses its vibratory quality. Mars has been in Aquarius since December 25. Before that it was in Capricorn November 16 through December 25. That means Mars expressed its dynamic through the Cardinal Earth of Capricorn in late November through late December, and expressed through the Fixed Air of Aquarius from late December up to now.
From here it moves into Pisces, a Mutable Water sign. So one thing to take into consideration is that the element quality changes. A study of which signs follow which can be most revealing to see how “whole cycles” unfold, moving from Cardinal (active) to Fixed (stable) to Mutable (distributing), while simultaneously moving from Fire (inspired) to Earth (practical) to Air (ideas) to Water (feeling) and then back to Fire, repeating the element process as the planet moves around the zodiac.
When Mars was in Capricorn, efficiency and organization were the favored modes of expression. When in Aquarius, ideas and larger goals were the mode of expression. Now that it enters Pisces, intuition, compassion, procrastination, and/or achieving closure in universal ways will be the mode of expression, since Pisces is a sign where we learn and express universal feelings.
It also means that after about 11 weeks of being in Saturn ruled signs, now Mars enters a sign ruled by Jupiter. You can see that would make a substantial difference in how Mars expresses its energy, since having Jupiter as a backdrop is much different than having Saturn as a backdrop. It also means we're moving from a Scorpio influenced Mars background to a Gemini influenced Mars background. This deals with the concept of dispositorship, discussed in an article linked at the bottom of this post.
It also means that after this period, it will no longer be in mutual reception with both Saturn and Uranus, a very powerful “feedback loop” in the energies of these planets, also discussed in the linked article. That also means transiting Saturn and Uranus will have less of an Aquarian quality and more of a Pisces quality. And to note, any planets we may have in Aries or Scorpio will now have Pisces rather than Aquarius as the backdrop to those energies.
So as Mars occupies the final degree of Aquarius until 5:54 pm PST Feb 1, 1:54 am Greenwich Feb 2, take a final look at the bigger picture, see how you are a Being of Light in a field of infinite Light, and see a way of greater effectiveness within a larger group intention. Also remember that 30 Aquarius and 1 Pisces is the zone of “the Cusp of the Age,” where the Age of Pisces will give way to the Age of Aquarius during the next 50-60 years. This could very well be the time to “see a feeling,” or “feel a vision,” showing a greater way to be in the coming months.
Wherever Mars transits in our charts activates that sector. Expect more activity of a Pisces nature wherever you have that sign in your chart. And of course, it agitates those signs that it conjuncts, squares, or opposes, so those born in late February, late May, late August, and late November can expect major phase shifts in the expression of their Light/Life, while those with planets in early Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces should slow down, relax or get it in gear (depending on other factors), and avoid haste, bluntness, or impulsiveness in the planetary function being aspected.
For the next couple of weeks, those with planets in early Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio, and Capricorn should see and understand clearly what to do and how to do it. The second half of February, this will apply to those with planets in the middle part of the listed signs, and those born at the beginning of March, June, September, and December.
In the next article, we’ll discuss what’s up now that Venus is leaving Capricorn and entering Aquarius.
For more about "the Cusp of the Age," please refer to the articles linked at the bottom of New Moon in Capricorn Pt. 1 - What’s Happening in January-February 2013
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