Mars in Virgo is finally turning direct, April 15 2012, cause for celebration

This Roman statue of the God Mars,complete with war helmet and a broken nose, and infused with the colour and texture of the Red Planet itself, seems an appropriate incarnation of this planetary energy: bold, but also rush, often getting hurt during his daring feats, due to lack of patience and forethought.

If you had a project for any reason confined to the back burner (a common effect of Mars Retrograde) it is time now to push ahead with it again. With Mars turning Stationary Direct yesterday the energy is right to move forward. This will be true especially if, during the Retro period, you have  made an effort to tie all the loose ends, touching up on the details. The God of Action and Enterprise, now on your side, could provide you with the courage and energy necessary to overcome obstacles that may have seem insurmountable before.

At the end of this article you can find the post I wrote, late last year, about the Retrogradation of Mars in Virgo (January 24 to April 14).

The energy of Virgo though could still put a spoke in your wheels if you become too particular and finicky about something, trying to achieve an impossible level of perfection. Humbly accepting and acknowledging one’s shortcoming and the natural limitations of the situation will help to ground your dreams and make them into feasible realities. The atmosphere of Virgo is such as to make any planet acts in a more practical and realistic fashion, including hot headed Mars.

The Martial drive can in fact become very useful in the skillful hands of Virgo, Sign of craftsmanship and service, so that a lot can be accomplished in a short time and with great accuracy. The transit of Mars through Virgo will last until July 3. The people most likely to be directly affected by this transit are those who have the following Signs highlighted in their Birth Charts: Virgo (via conjunction), Pisces (via opposition), Gemini and Sagittarius (via square), Taurus and Capricorn (via trine). Also those who have Aries Ascendant, Sun or Moon, are in direct line of influence of this transit, because Mars’ transits, this planet being Aries’ natural ruler, will always be important in their lives.

Tomorrow, April 17, Mercury will re-enter Aries in Direct motion, after ending his Retro period on April 4. Mercury will transit Aries until May 9. This is also important with reference to Mars in Virgo because the two planets will then be in Mutual Reception, meaning that each occupies the Sign traditionally ruled by the other. This sort of connection reinforces the mutual effect of the two planetary energies, in a similar way as a positive aspect would. Both physical (Mars) and mental activities (Mercury) will take on the Martial character of decisiveness, assertiveness, confidence, Mercury providing the brain and Mars the brawn, so to speak. We could all feel more enterprising and also more practical.

The transits of Mars and others, active at the same time, have filled my daily life with many things, too many, in fact, hence the difficulties in finding time to sit down and just write. Extreme busy-ness is often a problem with Virgo’s transits, when we get trapped in a million things to do, duties, deadlines, chores, and time for reflection is pushed aside until the sleepy hours, when mental and psychic energies are ebbing, and much effort can bear only  poor results. First Mercury turning Direct, on April 5, and now Mars doing the same, will hopefully help me and others to regain focus, the concentration needed to achieve results.

The Retrogradation of Mars in Virgo

Amongst the most important astrological events of the start of 2012 will be the lengthy retrogradation of Mars in Virgo, from January 24 to April 14. Mars will enter the next Sign of Libra only in early July 2012, after having transited Virgo for a whooping eight months, since November 2011!

The fact that Virgo is highlighted here shows a need to adjust our daily routine, clean our acts, tackling those jobs we always find a good excuse not to do. Making our space at work and home clear of clutter, organizing everything in a more rational way will contribute to efficiency and better practical outcomes.

The tendency of people influenced by Virgo to become engrossed in details of no consequence will be tested during the Mars’ retrograde period when opportunities will arise to look into our habits (from diet to work), and experience, in a more acute way, the anxieties brought about by the inability to stick to priorities.

The birthdays directly aligned to Mars retro in Virgo are: Virgo (August 26/September 16), Pisces (February 21/March 14), Gemini (May 24/June 14), and Sagittarius (November 25/December 15).

It could be difficult for many of us to freely express our passions and highly charged emotions or to go after what we want in an effective way. This could be true for the birthdays given and also for those whose Mars was in a prominent or difficult position at birth. In particular individuals who had Mars transiting Virgo the day they were born and will experience the all important two yearly Mars’ Return during the retro period (end of January to mid-April).

When Mars moves retrograde his energy, usually spontaneous and outgoing, is somewhat internalized, to serve psychic rather than physical purposes. There arise the need for re-thinking the way we go about asserting ourselves, our modalities of action, in our personal lives as well as communities of people and nations.

If our habitual behavior has often created strife and attracted opposition in the past perhaps now is the right time to look into these issues and the way we normally handle conflicts in our lives.  Because Mars, during retrogradation, becomes somewhat frustrated in his desire for action, we got to find another way to deal with anger, and with all the unspent energy that boils beneath the surface.  Virgo suggests taking up a discipline or healthy routine that could help dealing with the unspent energy and the unending frustrations and irritations of daily life (Virgo’s stuff).


Mars in Aries, the knight in shiny armour, from April 2 to May 11 2011

Troubadour (Minstrel) by Giorgio de Chirico  Click to enlarge

Entering Aries at this particular time Mars was sure to make an impression on the collective psyche and world events. This transit will be active between April 2 and May 11.

In traditional Astrology the planet Mars and the Sign of Aries are linked together, because Mars is said to ‘rule’ this Fire Cardinal Sign, the one that more than any other provides Mars with the type of energy he needs to accomplish his conquering tasks unheeded.

The boldness and courage of Aries will receive a boost from Mars too, affording everyone an opportunity to tackle life issues with confidence, in particular Aries individuals and the other Fire Signs, Leo and Sagittarius. It could also be a stimulating transit for Libra, Cancer and Capricorn, the other Cardinal Signs, not without some difficulties and confrontations though. Also for anyone with Moon, Ascendant, Mid-Heaven, Descendant, Lower Heaven, and/or planets in the above Signs.

Because of the association between Mars and Aries, all the other celestial bodies, at present transiting through this Sign (the Sun, Mercury, Jupiter, Uranus, and, from April 21, also Venus) have to pay alliance to Mars, give him his due.

It is easy to see then how important Mars can be in these circumstances. Even the New Moon, on April 4, fell in Aries, so the starting point of the present lunar cycle (the one that has just culminated in the Libra Full Moon on April 18) was also closely allied with Mars.

Both Mars and Aries tend to accelerate the pace of life and events. More happens during a Martial period, and more often. There is a general tendency to get the job done, irrespective of possible consequences and present obstacles.

We want to burn down the obstacles life is placing in front of us; we wish they weren’t there. We may not see much usefulness in biting our time or in being overly patient. We want things done yesterday, a sense of urgency presses us ahead. We are very driven and focused. But we may also overstretch our mark, displaying excessive confidence and not enough planning.

In haste we are more likely to make mistakes and have to retrace our steps. This period could be particularly so due to the retro motion of Mercury in Aries too. Things may not proceed as quickly and smoothly as you have envisioned and felt pretty sure about. Frustration is a real possibility if you are not prepared to slow down your pace, accepting necessary setbacks and even tolerating many irritating difficulties and delays, especially in the area of communication and travel, especially before April 23.

Because Aries is one of the Cardinal Signs we need to remember that no aspect formed by Mars during this transit can be isolated from the context within which it takes place, the other mutual aspects happening at the same time and the overall planetary scene. In a general sense the transits of Mars always help to activate the other major planetary alignments, bringing them to our attention in a vivid way. This time is no exception; it is in fact a strong example of this, considering the number and gravity of open conflicts exploding all over the world.  We cannot just blame Mars for them, but rather the difficult configurations this planet has been forming with big trouble-makers like Uranus (conjunct Mars at the April 4, Aries New Moon day), Pluto, that Mars squared on April 12, and Saturn that Mars opposed on April 19. To make the Mars effect more obvious retro Mercury is also conjunct Mars on April 19 and Mars will reach the conjunction to Jupiter on April 30. Perhaps a bit too much excitement for one month.