I always learn a lot from my Western astrological friends and we have an interesting case for Mars coming up for about 2 months, where it goes out of bounds which is abbreviated as OBB.   From a Western astrological viewpoint, planets are out of bounds if they exceed 23.27 degrees north or south of the equator. We all know that the Sun reaches its maximum northern declination at the summer solstice and its maximum winter declination at the winter solstice so we can understand that.  The  Moon, Mercury, Venus  and Mars have a potential extreme declinations at different parts of the year  that can be too far north or too far south.  Vedic programs like Sri Jyoti Star do calculate this information on the Astronomical Data function.

Since April 20th,   Mars is +23.20  North  of the equator and it will stay in the 23-24 area out bounds until June 12th.    What does it all mean?

Out of bounds planets tend to have an extreme levels of personality which may seem a bit abnormal and in contrast to the norms of society. They tend to display more creative thinking, can be more visionary, inspirational and require extreme freedom of thought  and action.  This may be a great summer for athletes to display extreme skill and energy in sports and will make for good watching in the basketball playoff and hockey playoffs  and in spring baseball.

When Mars is out of bounds, it may be more bold, ultra-masculine, have strong physical vitality and passion, have a strong urge for adventure and display extreme boldness  and leadership and be very confident.   Katherine Hepburn (May 12, 1907, 17:47 pm, Hartford, CT) is an example of a famous person who had an out of bound Mars in her natal chart.  She was quoted as saying once, “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.”  She was dearly love for her enthusiasm and sense of adventure and was fond of wearing men’s slacks at a time when women were in dresses.  She had a very bold a woman of her time and did not wear make-up off-screen and was admired for her independence and her ability to compete with her male stars.   She earned 12 Academy Award nominations and won 4 of them.  (see :

When Mars is out of bounds, it can lead to more self-centered energy but also extremes in courage, endurance and passion.   When afflicted as it will be with Rahu in May/June , it could become more extreme in terms of violence, anger, impulsive energy, excessive force and capable of picking unprovoked fights.

With Mars out of bounds in transit this spring, you are going to have to go out of your way to be kind, accommodating and working with others because Mars is going to take over in wanting to be stubborn, doing it “my way” and exercising extreme force to get it done.  This will get more extreme with the conjunction of Rahu which exaggerates the need for adventure, being a  daredevil and be addicted to violence in the entertainment  industry.  Watch out for crazy drivers on the roads as they will have a tendency to pass wildly and take more chances. I watched a group of daredevil motorcyclists on the highway weaving uncontrollably in front of people   The combination or Rahu conjunct Mars and Mars out of bounds will be a bit crazy and hard for many to take.  In Gemini in May and June,  it will create energy that is extremely argumentative, a bit  deceitful and conjunct with Rahu in Gemini,  it may be a bit roguishly enchanting, flattering and flirtatious and not being aware of boundaries.   On the positive side it may show  signs of being outrageously funny and  sarcastic and not concerned entirely about hurting someone’s feelings,

We have been concerned this summer that rioting in troubled parts of the globe will increase. Venezuela is a prime candidate for problems and it is happening already.   The EU, which is a Cancer rising chart has Mars transiting the    12th  house in Gemini  and is likely to be gripped more conflict by the yellow jackets and of course we have the immigrants at the border of Mexico starting to take arms up and being armed by the drug lords.  It will be a long spring so find ways to stay cool and keep Mars under control so he does not do too much damage.  Make sure you drink plenty of coconut water to avoid getting over-heated and avoid spicy foods and chili peppers that fuel the fire.

Last year when Mars was out of bounds, I noticed that stock market would not stop going up because risk-taking is so much apart of speculation and investment and an Out of Bounds Mars keeps throwing caution to the wind.

On the positive side, Aries and Scorpio Rising and Pisces rising and Leo rising may benefit from the extra energy and courage to tackle difficult projects and barrel through with extra power but be careful about walking on other’s toes.  As Mars has been moving toward out of bounds, I have found myself being more independent, assertive and pushing through boundaries—sometimes for the better but sometimes running over my wife in the process.

Again awareness about what is going on will allow us to be more conscious so we do not hurt others.  Drive carefully and watch out for the other guy.  I was in Chicago last weekend and I was amazed at the high number of people driving like crazy people, passing on the right at extreme speeds and  weaving through lanes as if they were going to get somewhere faster.  This is a great example of the afflicted Mars out of control and now we have to add out of bounds to the mix so drive carefully and find a way to be cooperative rather than aggressive. So be safe out there!

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