Mars moved into the constellation of Orion, the warrior of the winter sky on Sept 24th  (Taurus 23.20-Gemini 6.40). Mrigishira is formed by three faint stars at the head of the constellation of Orion. The constellation is very spiritual and promotes moksha and spiritual liberation and inspires people to study religion and philosophy. The shakti of Mrigishira is the “power to give fulfillment” so a good time to rub your genie’s lamp and ask for a boon.

Mars will stay in Taurus into Oct 15th  and then move into Gemini in early degrees until Nov. 13th. It goes retrograde Oct. 30-Jan 12th between early Gemini and back in Taurus.   Mars in Gemini is in an enemy’s sign  when verbal fighting can break out so push that need to debate and go right to a Toastmaster’s meeting.  It throws a sneaky 8th house aspect to Saturn in a wide orbit during its one 1 month stay in Gemini  which may be felt most on Saturdays in October and early November.   This aspect onto  Saturn can create  tense energy and create indecision.

The 1st pada (Taurus 23.20-26.40) is owned by Leo and goes into Oct 3rd  supports creative and artistic action   This section is most connected to the Warrior so a good time for social action causes the 2nd pada (Taurus 26.40-30.0) Oct 3-Oct 15th   and this ends by Oct 15th when Mars goes into Gemini.  This 2nd part of the transit will promote deep philosophical and spiritual inquiries so is a good time for a spiritual knowledge course. We will discuss the second part of the transit later in the month when we talk about Mars in Gemini.

Life is always a coexistence of opposites as the deer symbol brings out the timid, light and fragile wandering qualities of this constellation which seem opposed to the warrior nature of Mars. But in this sense, the greatest spiritual warrior heroes of the Ramayana and Gita, Hanuman and Arjuna, embody the constellation’s deep quest for liberation and getting to the truth of the matter. If your Sun, Moon or rising sign is in this constellation, it gives you a deep yearning for something greater in your life.  The deity of the constellation is Soma, connected to the Moon and the life and vital subtle forces that are created to manifest the physiological components of enlightenment.

Mars is weak in late degrees of Taurus so when it Sandhi Oct 12-22nd from 29 Taurus to 0 Gemini, it has weaker energy to act and move forward and may feel more tired and irritable.

For now, enjoy the quest for Truth and something higher in this very pure constellation and my favorite of all, Orion, the spiritual warrior. Special thanks to our cover photo of Orion to Akira Fujj of 

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