EYE ON THE SKY: AUGUST 16-OCT 3RD; RETROGRADE; SEPT 9-NOV 13TH
Mars moves into its own sign of Aries August 16th and this is generally always good for planets to be in their own signs but still strong malefics for certain rising signs can cause more harm. Everyone was pushing for how great Saturn in Capricorn would be when it went in last January, but it has become stronger to create more suffering and it is the grim reaper in Capricorn.
Aries and Scorpio rising will benefit most from the transit as will Cancer and Leo Rising. Mars will create more power, pushing through obstacles, getting things done quickly, will bring success and joy in sports, create love of independence, and generosity for pure-hearted action, and innovation. There can be a tendency toward sudden and impulsive change to your views or to act quickly so make sure you have good judgment but Jupiter’s aspect from Sagittarius will be helpful to Aries. . I love this picture of the monk holding the tiger as it embodies the spiritual quality of Mars in the constellation of Ashwini, but also the power and ferocity of the tiger to get into battle and conquer. If you are Aries/Cancer/Libra or Capricorn, Mars will form a Ruchaka Yoga creating great power and success in activity.
The transit is unafflicted making it very powerful for Aries rising bringing great creativity, energy and ambition. Mars moving into Aries is like being shot out of a canon with extra energy to go forth and do great activity. Aries is the 1st sign of the zodiac and it has self-starting energy, so it will be a good time to start new projects. The only dark spot is Mars conjunct Uranus which will not be felt until the second pass through until Feb. 2021 and we may see earthquakes and unexpected explosions and accident then. People in Mars Periods with key planets close to 0- 5 degrees Aries have to be careful driving and Taurus and Libra rising may be most vulnerable to accidents if your dasha indicates and if Mars is a particularly difficult planet for you like it is for Virgos and Gemini and Taurus and Libra. Be alert.
Mars will be in the constellation of Ashwini (Aries 0-13.20) until Oct. 3rd which is known in modern astronomy as Alpha-Arietes and Beta-Arietes, known as Two Stars, the Two Horses, near the bright star of Andromeda between August 16-Oct 3rd. The symbol for Ashwini is a horse’s head representing a dauntless spirit of adventure and a head-strong nature. This transit usually fosters self-starters and energy to complete projects. It is also a very healing constellation and so there will be more energy for aimed towards health. The ruling deities are the Ashwini twins who ride in a golden chariot and shower healing energy down to the earth plane. They are the “Physicians of the Gods.” This is a nakshatra of initiation, revitalization and transformational healing. The ruling planet is Ketu (South Node of the Moon), which gives a mystical and mysterious bent to their life journey.
The entire fall transit is through Aries 0-3 degrees (August 16-Oct. 3rd ) and particularly between 0.00-0.48 on August 16-19 is through the gandanta or karmic knot. There is underlying strength to work out new beginnings in a new cycle of growth initiated by moving into the start of the zodiac. The energy is there to untie deep karmic knots but frustrations will still come up strongly and given all the changes going on the planet, there will be great need for healing. Perhaps Mars in Aries will finally give the medical world and the police departments, the courage to defeat the virus and get through their therapies and overcome the violence in the cities.
The ruling constellation of Ashwini is Ketu, spurring you into new spiritual growth and development but the first few weeks. Ketu is strong in Sagittarius but as it moves to early degrees in September, it will be more volatile and unstable and this could give Mars more instablity which might lead to more violence in the streets also. Still there may be an interest in new projects but the inability or weakness to finish them so make sure you only take on what you can handle. It can also bring on stubbornness or racing around wildly with too much “wild horse” energy so make sure to slow down and stay balanced.
Aries and Scorpio risings benefit the most from this transit and it is supportive for health. But Scorpios still may experience the 6th house transit of the ascendant lord and get bogged down with debts, battles and minor illness. The energy is there to move through them. Cancers get a lot of energy for career development and Capricorns also benefit from the Yoga in transit for projects around the home and career. Geminis benefit from income and the ability to fulfill their desires and from groups and friends. Virgos may have the most difficulty with this transit but because Mars is in its own sign, Mars will have the energy to triumph over any legal or karmic patterns that come up.
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