Mars in Scorpio

Mars has just recently moved into Scorpio, the sign of its nocturnal domain. Although Mars in Scorpio expresses itself in a much more covert way than it does in Aries where his inclinations to act upon his desires are most obvious, he is very much at home in the sign of the Scorpion.

Aries is a hot dry cardinal sign in which planets express themselves with little constraint. Compare this with Scorpio, a cold moist fixed sign, where planets must bide time and revenge is best served cold. In Scorpio planets, which represent people, explore the full extent of their feelings before acting.

In transiting from Libra, the sign in which he is constrained by diplomatic niceties and romantic compromise, he is once again at home; again a fighter, a warrior, someone who will take up arms to fight injustice. He is also in his alternative element, water, symbolized by the wild tempestuous seas which we recognize in the French and Italian translations of la mer and iI mare. The word mer and mare are both derived from the word Mars.

In his transition from Libra to Scorpio he rises from the bed of pleasure to pick up his arms and go back to the good fight. Mars needs to be Mars.

In Scorpio Mars is the general who plots strategies, works undercover with intense focus, and plays the long game of entrapping and slaying his enemy.

In this transition the clear distinction between a planet in detriment and a planet in rulership (dignity) becomes obvious. Dignity and detriment represent the contrasting capacities of a planet to act according to its nature.

The dignities are created by the Sun in its rulership of Leo where it is so at home in the hot northern summer. His beloved, the Moon, is awarded a seat on his left in Cancer. And from there the other dignities, including Mars as ruler of Aries and Scorpio, are distributed.

Mars in Scorpio

Mars enters Scorpio

Mars in Scorpio As Mars enters Scorpio expect more action. The ingress of Mars into Scorpio from Libra represents an important shift.

The essential dignities indicate that in Libra Mars is hobbled by diplomacy. Its natural urge to take the offensive and express aggressive is restricted in the Venus ruled sign of Libra.

Venus is about enjoying the pleasures of life, being nice and diplomatic with each other, forming bonds and alliances. Venus is often associated with young women, beauty and having fun. Mars in his natural state will have none of this. He wants to get out of there, get rugged and mix it up with his enemies.

Mundane (political) astrology

As Mars enters Scorpio he leaves Venus’ bed and goes to work. In the sign of Scorpio he is very comfortable plotting revenge and working behind the scenes to destroy his enemies. In Aries we see Mars in open attack. In Scorpio he works ‘behind the enemy lines’, undermining and sabotaging. Aries is his ‘day’ sign and Scorpio is his ‘night’ sign.

Where there has been hedging and indecision expect action. We may not hear of it immediately but black ops have more scope for action. In charts of countries or leaders that resonate with Mars in Scorpio expect action.

Horary astrology

horary astrology In horary astrology the ingress of Mars into one of the signs he rules is seen as a very big deal. Moving out of detriment into rulership is a big step up. Whatever Mars represents in the horoscope goes from weakness to power and strength.

In the adjacent chart the question was twofold:

1. Will our internet access be restored?

2. When will the modem arrive?

The background story is that we were switching internet providers and the new provider had switched off access to the internet before they had delivered the modem. We needed the new modem to regain internet access and it was five days overdue.

The third house rules messages, the internet, email and associated equipment. Here it is ruled by Mars at the end of Libra and about to enter Scorpio. In Libra Mars is very weak, reflected by the fact that we had no internet. However Mars is about to enter Scorpio, one of the signs it rules.

So the answer to the first question is yes: internet access will be restored and it will work very well.

The answer to the second question is interesting. When I first saw it I discarded it as being unrealistic. If you would like to comment for attempt an answer to this second question please do so on Facebook and include your astro-logic.



The Water Bearer

class=”alignleft size-medium wp-image-205″ src=”×300.png” alt=”The Water Bearer” width=”252″ height=”300″ />It is understandable that those new to astrology would think Aquarius is a water sign. After all Aquarius is symbolised by the water bearer!

However an important detail often not depicted in images of the water bearer is that the urn is held high, equal or above shoulder height, symbolising the use of reasoning and the mind.

And of course it’s not really water that is in the jug, it’s ambrosia, the elixir of life.

And lest we forget the rulership of Aquarius, the figure holding the urn is none other than Saturn himself, relegating and dispensing the life enhancing rivers of scientific knowledge.

As we move into the age of Aquarius the spread of scientific knowledge and its application to the world’s many problems is a source of hope. And if we are to avoid the calamities associated with the chaos into which the world appears to be tumbling, who better than Saturn to provide some order and structure to the many challenges facing us? And although he has his faults, it is also worth remembering that Saturn is exalted in Libra, showing a capacity for fairness, justice and good judgement; qualities which we seem to be a little short on at the moment.

On the subject of glyphs and symbols, Saturn is a he, not a she. Of course I appreciate that in the spirit of addressing and re-balancing the wrongs of gender inequalities there is an urge to represent authority figures in female form. But Saturn is nevertheless a man.

As an air sign Aquarius is warm and moist. Often overlooked in the discussion of the elements is the primary qualities of which they are composed. These are explained (or should be) when we first learn astrology. The warmth shows the outgoing energy of Aquarius and the moisture component shows its connective qualities. Warmth radiates outwards and moisture is the quality which links people together.

A very good way to appreciate the zodiac signs is to consider the primary qualities of their element and combine this with the mode of expression. The elements can be expressed in three ways: cardinal, fixed or mutable. Aquarius is fixed, like Leo (fire) Scorpio (water) and Taurus (earth).

Add the outgoing connective qualities of the air signs to the fixed mode of expression and you have the Aquarian personality, ever eager and persistent to get ideas out there on how to have a better society. The fixed nature of Aquarius means that concepts are considered from every angle , which explains why Aquarians often come up with alternative perspectives.

When the ruling planet is added to this combination of primary qualities and mode of expression a deeper understanding of the sign is possible. Saturn makes perfect sense for Aquarius as the ruling planet as it is able to contain organise and direct these outgoing connective and persistent energies into projects which deliver positive outcomes for society.