The big event for the next few weeks is Mars moving back into Pisces and being squared by Saturn ( 75% aspect but by a stationary Saturn) and the moving into the Gandanta or knotted area and being conjunct Ketu in the D9 (Navamsha) the first few weeks of October.   Mars moves into Pisces  Oct. 3rd and then spends another 10 days in the difficult karmically emotionally knotted area at the end of Pisces know as the gandanta until Oct. 13th.  Here is conjuct Ketu in the D9 as it has retrograde back into Scorpio.    The Pisces Gandanta is a difficult area.   In Aries, Mars was ready to plunge into dynamic action with lots of creativity and now it is  moving back into the spiritual and watery sign of Pisces where it it wants to meditate more and search for God and do a meditation retreats and do spiritual service work. Its all good but it is a shift of energy and a big shift from the active and dynamic energy of Aries.

The Mars/Saturn square is exact on Sept 29th. It is powerful this year because Saturn is stationary and while only a 75 % aspect to Mars it is from a stationary planet and it is an exact hit.  It can  lead to anger, frustration, delays and anxiety. Be patient and do not run around like a rabbit.

If you have retrograde Mars in your natal chart, Mars is less inclined to take action and a person needs a fire under them to get something done. There can be a lot of procrastination. Hence, it can be a bad time for starting new projects or doing business projects. There still can be a lot of energy but you may feel blocked at times. Getting plenty of exercise and movement is important during Mars retrograde. Also it is  important to let out anger before it explodes and the conjunction with Ketu in the D9, Oct 3-15th  will be very challenging for explosive anger .  They are both in the gandanta and knotted areas of moving from active fire signs into spiritual energies. Ketu is at home in Scorpio and loves to meditate there but that may pull Mars out of its active and dynamic phase.   The Mars /Ketu conjunction in the D9 can create a bit of    warped energy because of Ketu as we have discussed before and there can be a tendency to do things to quickly and in a rush and that can cause injuries and accidents. So you have to remember to slow down and not be impulsive.   Slow down!

For the  wrong signs retrograde malefics tend to do more harm than good, so Libra and Taurus may feel it strongly.  Cancer and Scorpio rising with Mars owning good houses will do better with this transit.    Virgo and Gemini will be challenged with relationship issues and conflicts at with  with Mars and Mercury being bitter enemies so lots of verbal wranglings can happen.

We sometimes just have to get out there and do things carefully rather than procrastinate and we have to get a lot of exercise in to release any bottled up explosive energy that wants to come out so it does not explode in the wrong way.  If anger is bottling up, find a way to release it through exercise or dance or maybe just hitting a pillow or screaming out loud when there is no one to bear the brunt of your anger.

Find ways to stay cool by avoiding hot and spicy foods, drinking coconut water and cooling food and avoid over-exerting yourself which can lead to wild bursts of anger.  Learn to be patient with delays and frustrations and realize it will all get done without abusing your body and those around you.

Mars/Ketu energy  with the conjunction in D9 is not great for peace as in the past we have had riots.  When we had Mars going retrograde in Capricorn in 1971 and moving toward conjunction with Rahu  there was a coup attempt in Morocco and troop involvement in Ireland increased by the UK.     There was a lot of fighting that summer with the UK and Belfast.   In August  1971, Camden, NJ erupted in race riots. The genocidal war in Pakistan which had started in March 1971 and continued for 9 months, was peaking in August giving rise to George Harrison’s famous Concert for Bangladesh in Madison Square Garden.

Mars/Ketu tends to bring seething anger than can explode so in troubled areas around the world, one would expect more rioting to happen the first two weeks of October but that is not hard to predict.    Pray for peace and luckily there is a wide aspect from Jupiter in Sagittarius to calm things down and many of the other planets are in dignity in mid-September although we worry about the nodes in gandanta and have written about that.


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