Mars enters Scorpio: January 16th at 18:41 EDT

Mars goes into Scorpio January 16th – March 7th and will be unafflicted except by Rahu from February 14 – 28th but still this transit will be a good time for deep transformation and energy and will particularly support Scorpio rising and a return to better health after the 12th house transit through Libra.

Mars is a bit in transition changing signs from Libra from now and stays weak in transit in the Cancer section of D-9 until Jan. 21st so get extra rest and take time for meditation and spiritual energy.

After Jan. 21st,  Mars is strong in it’s own sign of Scorpio, the ruler of the natural 8th house of transformation and intense desires. This increased fire energy will bring a “try anything” attitude to the transit. Mars will have a sharp mind and be very passionate, making quick decisions, solving problems, and enjoying a strong warrior spirit that gets results and excels in short duration tasks. On the downside, this can create arrogance, problems in partnerships, and impatience.

Scorpio is true to conviction and set in its ways. Ketu is the co-ruler of the sign which lends some instability but yields a vast amount of spirituality and this is symbolic of the Scorpio’s need to regenerate itself through suffering and perhaps some self-destructive behaviors. Yet, the beauty here is that Scorpio can experience full vastness of life at levels with great depth and intensity just like the Phoenix, it often dies to the ashes and is reborn into the mythical bird, soaring in transformative freedom.

All in all, it’s a good transit if you want to work hard but just make sure that you don’t leave the job undone. This would be a great time to work on transforming habits and patterns that no longer serve you or diving deep into spiritual, mystical and occult studies.

Mars is still in the constellation of Vishaka, Pada 4. Vishakha (20.00 Libra-3.20 Scorpio) January 16 – 21nd is ruled by Agni and Indra and is a constellation of four stars forming the left half of the scales of Libra. It is connected to the deities of Agni and Indra. Agni has the ability to do Herculean talks to achieve its goals with great fiery energy and courage. Indra provides leadership but may create danger for those around one but may act cowardly at the first sign of danger. People born with this constellation are often seeking a bit of power and status and position. Prash Trivedi notes that the English word ‘fixation’ can best describe the essence of Vishakha, which is marked by concentration and single mindedness, although it can be affected by the nature of the goal it pursues. With the frequency of unwholesome goals, it is a concern for handling vices and people born in this constellation could easily fall prey to alcohol, drugs and sex.  Mars is debilitated in this Pada so take time to rest and not overdo it January 16 – 21st.


Aries rising will have an 8th house transit happening so unless you are able to do transformational work, this transit can bring up feeling worried or vulnerable or irritable so be careful not to overwork. Avoid risk-taking and hold firm if falsely accused or if legal issues arise. The more difficult part of the transit for Aries will be February 14 – March 7th.

During the first part of the transit for Aries rising during the January 16th to February 14th, which is more favorable, unexpected money could manifest, desire for research could develop. Attention to health is always advised with 8th house transit.

Scorpio rising will have as strong sense of being home and grounded in the self between January 16 – February 13th but may have more challenges in the constellation of Jyestha, February 14 – March 7th since Mars and Mercury are enemies and this can lead to disputes but also strong business development with new partners. 

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