Mars Transits: Expressing Different Qualities of Will

Astrologically, Mars represents how we assert our will and power. As Mars through each of the signs of the zodiac over a two-year period, we have an opportunity to experience and express different aspects or qualities of will. During Mars’ transit through the fire signs: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius we experience strong will, which is energetic, dynamic and expansive.

As Mars moves through the earth signs: Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn we experience skillful will, which is productive, disciplined and masterful. In the air signs: Gemini, Libra and Aquarius, we have an opportunity to experience “good will” which is relational, social and humanitarian.

Finally, when Mars is in the water signs: cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces, we can experience transpersonal will, which is empathic, transformational and transcendent. When Mars journeys through each of the signs of the zodiac, then, we have an opportunity to develop and practice a deeper sense of will that transcends the personal.

Mars in Aries. If you have wanted to make changes in your life use Mars in Aries to start making things happen! In other words, through the power of your will, affirm to others that you are committing to a course of action! Take a stand about what you intend to create in your life and find others that will support and empower you in following through. Now is the time to deepen your level of commitment to implementing your goals. Let Mars in Aries be your ally, your greatest supporter and coach!

Mars in Taurus. With Mars in an earth sign it is a great time to formulate and implement your plans. With Mars in Taurus it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get dirty! Taurus represents the process of Px7 primal flow formulating or codifying what we value so that we can share it with others in a very practical and down-to-earth way. Use Mars in Taurus to help you handle all the “grunt” work that needs to be done so that you can clear a path for sharing your ideas or values with others. Use Mars in Taurus to catch up with all the physical things (remodeling, repairing, beautifying, tonifying) that you need to get done. Your energy will be stronger at this time so just be careful not to be too “bullish.”

Mars in Gemini. Mars, the planet representing personal will, is a little diffused in the sign of Gemini. Since Gemini is the sign that represents perception through the five senses, when Mars is in Gemini the challenge is to stay focused and in the present moment. Try making lists of what you have to do so that you can focus on your immediate priorities. This is a great period for networking with others and getting a lot of “busywork” done. Focusing on cleaning up mis-communications or getting back correspondence or writing done is a perfect use of this transit.

Mars in Cancer. With Mars in Cancer we can expect to feel a strong urge to get things done, albeit in an altogether different way. The reason this is so is that Mars in Cancer wants to go with the flow, so to speak. There is an opportunity here to be free flowing and spontaneous (Mars in a water sign) and to get a tremendous amount done on the physical plane. One way to deal with these somewhat different energies is to find ways of getting into your body through physical expression; dance, yoga, martial arts, or physical exercise. This will help you to balance the emotional body and get a lot done at the same time.

Mars in Leo. With Mars in Leo this really brings up the heat in the passion department. The positive pole or higher meaning of passion is self-actualization so I’m not just speaking about sexuality here. Since Mars rules the power chakra (how you assert your will) and Leo the heart chakra this duo naturally creates a strong desire within us to express what we are passionate about. When I work with clients one of the things I look and listen for is clues to what they are passionate about. A seemingly depressed person will light up instantaneously when they begin to talk about their passion; what makes them feel alive. Use these transits to discover what you are passionate about and begin to integrate it into your life more and more.