Mars transits into Virgo on Tuesday and stays there for about six weeks.  It is afflicted transit as Mars is still too close to the Sun and is combust and  Mercury and Venus are in there until late Sept and early October and the Saturn will be aspecting Mars exactly into Oct. 27th. It will also exchange signs with Mercury in late October adding to the difficulties.

Virgo is one of the more fascinating signs representing the World mother.  Virgo ascendants  sometimes feel cut out of material prosperity and sensual pleasures and feel unhappy taking on the sins of the world embodying the German word, Weltscmertz.  The sign is endowed with great intelligence, shakti, physicality, Universal life, the gift of poetry and speech and music and great psychic and intuitive powers.  And yet despite all these gifts, there is often great dissatisfaction with life.

If you have an afflicted Mars in Virgo in your natal chart as we have in transit the next six weeks, you may have an overactive mind, be a good stategic planner, continues to combat and fight and not know when to stop, be impatient, be inclined to broken relationships, tend to exaggerate and be prone to digestive problems, accidents, woulds, cuts.  In transit, observe and see if these qualities come up.

Whenever a planet appears in Virgo in any sign of the zodiac it means where we need to be better, improve or be pure.   Being the natural 6th house of the zodiac, it means that we need discipline around regular work, health and diet to prevent illness and we also need to develop skills to work with people so that we do not develop enmity with co-workers at work.  The challenge is Saturn owns the 6th house for Virgos and it wants  too much perfection in the world and being too hard oneself and one’s weaknesses.  There can be too much self-deprecation and continual beating oneself up on the dark side or a continual focus on always wanting to do it better which can also become a  good quality.   Key words to remember are purity and improvement.

Mars in Virgo will be afflicted by Saturn’s 270 degree aspect to it which is most difficult an exact Oct. 27th but may not be noticed that much until Oct. 21st.     Virgo is an enemies sign because Mars is an active planet and does well by just “doing” and gets slowed down by thinking and being too strategic.  Watch out for an over-active mind, aggressive thinking, not being able to stop when attacking others verbally, impatience and combative relationships.

Mars and Mercury will be exchanging signs Oct 24-Nov 7th  when Mercury moves into Scorpio.  Mars and Mercury are bitter enemies as Mars functions through action and Mercury through a logic. We will write about this later but it will depend on what rising sign you are with Scorpios, Virgos, Aries, and Geminis feeling the impact most.  With all Mercury/Mars combinations we have to curb our sharp tongue, avoid battles not worth fighting and be careful not to get caught in our head while being activity and lose our focus as accidents can result.  Hence if you get into an angry fight or debate, find away to leave it at home or in the workplace and not take into your head while you are driving.

Virgo is the natural 6th sign of the zodiac so it is a health and service sign and Mars can overcome the challenges of this transit through disciple, being of service and being a good co-worker and staying out of fights.  Still in the 6th sign of the zodiac and for Aries Rising, when afflicted, it can bring up more illness, wounds, cuts and fevers so stay on top of diet and health.

Aries rising will have to do to be disciplined with health but can overcome problems with co-workers and other enemies. Scorpio rising also has to stay on top of these same issues but it is an 11th house transit from the ascendant and can support fulfillment of desires, friendship, increases in income but watch out for in-fighting with groups you may be a part of.


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Mars into Constellation Corvi: Strategic Planning  Oct 11-31st

Mars moves into  Hasta Oct 11-31s, and it can create some lack of clarity about direction and being overly critical.  It promotes strategic planning but not great combative skills and is better for a war of words than a war of action. Mars stays there for  for about 24 days.

Hasta constellation is located between 10-23.20 Virgo and in modern astronomy is connected with the constellation known as Corvi or the 5 stars representing a hand. It is connected more to the Vata or air element as its strong connection to the Mercurial side of quick and light humor. It is of course connected with fields and gardens and arts and crafts, stock exchanges and even amusement parks.   Hasta in Sanskrit means “the hand” but has an alternative translation which means to laugh. Hasta is connected to palmistry and to professions where ones using ones hands like masseurs and handymen do. The hands also are symbolic of the outstretched hands reaching for the Sun’s rays, which embody the god who gives life and starts the day’s activity.

This constellation is connected to Savitar, a playful diety of tricks and amusements and games and sports and hence the combination in Virgo with the Mars strategic planning in sports.

On the dark side of this constellation, people with their Sun or Moon or ascendent in Hasta may be fond of gambling and fraud and manipulation depending on afflictions here.  The Mars transit in Hasta may promote more gambling and risk-taking.   It also  promotes serious and sarcastic writing, makes one a jack of all trades and master of none and supports those who want to work for pubic welfare and the betterment of community against authority.

Hasta is ruled by the Moon and also Mercury because of the connection to Virgo. This is one of my favorite constellations as it promotes sensitive caring and nurturing and home and family life. Mercury brings out the jovial and light-hearted energy of the moon and Mars’s  transit through it will have some problems here as Mars gets debilitated in Cancer and is not fond of the homey energy of the moon as it wants adventure and to be in competition.

Special thanks to Prash Trivedi for his insights into this constellation and to Komilla Sutton.

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