Mars went into Scorpio on Dec. 5th  and it is an afflicted transit as it will be conjunct Ketu in the mean node system Dec. 15th and will be within 3 degrees Dec. 12-Dec. 19th.   Still this will overall support Scorpio rising and a return to better health after the 12th house transit through Libra.   Mars stays weak in transit until Dec. 9th  as it will be in Cancer Navamsha in the D9 and that will require it do more meditation and rest to recharge and can create lower energy as Mars governs the adrenals.

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 when it is closer to Ketu in mid-December, this can create arrogance, problems in partnerships, and impatience and sexual friskiness.

Scorpio is a fixed sign and 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 in order to change and grow.  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) until Dec. 9th and it  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 into Dec. 9th.

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.

During the first part of the transit for Aries rising, 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 after it gets out of the way of Ketu after Dec. 19th and it does well in the constellation of  Anuradha which happens through Dec. 20th.   There   may have more challenges in the constellation of Jyestha, Dec. 20-Jan. 15th   since Mars and Mercury are enemies and this can lead to disputes but also strong business development with new partners.

Mars will be aspecting Aquarius and Taurus and Gemini from Scorpio and that will stir up problems for those signs and planets that are strong in their own signs can throw stronger energies to enemy houses.    If you have a lot planets in the Scorpio or Taurus axis they will particularly be disturbed by this transit but it is always contextual to what dasha you are running.




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EYE ON THE SKY: MARS CONJUNCT KETU:  DEC12-19th   exact Dec. 15th

If you watch small kids in a playground, they get angry, fully express it and then go back to being normal.  Anger is a natural emotion that is often an expression of an unfulfilled desire.   Kids are great about it but we tend to repress our anger until it explodes and that is dangerous.

Mars is approaching Ketu in Scorpio  and they will be conjunct on Dec. 15th  and within 3 degrees from Dec. 12-19th.  On the highest level Mars/Ketu conjunctions encourage us to dig deep for spiritual and psychological transformation in the sign of Scorpio  and when transformation is  frustrated or blocked, it can lead to anger and violence. As we have said before, use the anger to do charity work and channel the energy into positive social service rather than raging at things that you cannot control.

This conjunction challenges us to be happy with our own power and leadership and this may be the case particularly among women so express it now if it comes up. This transit supports mathematics and engineering so time to go deep into invention mode.  For Scorpio and Aries rising, it will foster spiritual experience and intuition as Ketu is the most spiritual planet. Time for a meditation retreat or extra spiritual practice.  Other activity may be frustrating.  For Scorpio and Aries rising it can create feeling invisible, deep self-deprecation and not wanting to be seen.

Overall, this conjunction is very difficult for the planet and is a signature for violence and terrorism.  It is occurring opposite the Lunar Eclipse point from Nov. 19th and will be a trigger.  One year, thee riots in St. Louis a few years back and in Sept in Milwaukee were recent examples of Mars/Ketu aspects.  9/11 also happened during a Mars/Ketu conjunction in Sagittarius.   We worry about Australia and other parts of the world where peace protests against vaccine mandates may turn more violent as countries like Austria and imposing 600 Euro fines and potential imprisonment for those over sixty that do not get vaccinated.      . In the extreme, this aspect can lead to accidents, fires, burns  and explosions if the energy is not released. Be careful around your home and while driving and stay alert as others may not be so as Ketu can lead to mental wanderings and inability to focus.

The bright side of the conjunction of Mars is that is forcing us to face our unconscious fears and repressed angers and look at them and transform them. Aries rising and Scorpio and Taurus rising  will  need to find an outlook to unlock pent-up anger or it will explode. Exercise and healthy competition is one way to let it out.

Ultimately riots  and war events and craziness will fire the flames of the irrational fears and the media will use the energy to whip us up into a frenzy so that our leaders can take away more human rights and try to control us through fear.   We worry about the potential Russian/Ukraine implosion or China and Taiwan and will Biden have the leadership skills to avert a crisis?

Usually yoga and exercise are good to get things moving but be gentle on yourself as too much will increase the air element or vata and create more anxiety. Also just use the Nike slogan, “Just do it,” to get moving as Mars/Ketu can create very sluggish and lazy energy and its hard to get started.  If you are running a Mars/ Ketu or  Ketu/Mars period, you will be most impacted by this transit but many may not feel it unless they have that natal signature in their charts and then it will get activated in transit.    . If you are running those periods and they are connected to difficult houses in Aquarius like the 4, 6, or 8th, then be particularly careful driving.  Otherwise nothing will get triggered.  We are not here to frighten you, just to be alert and not lazy or repressed about your feelings.

Anyway, like Forrest Gump reminds us, life is a box of chocolates: there are some with sweet cream fillings this Christmas when the Sun goes into Sagittarius  and some with hard nuts that you have to chewthem carefully.  Express your emotions in a healthy manner and do not let the Grinch steal your pre-Christmas joy. Help others and donate to your favorite charities. So many in need.

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