Mars in Sagittarius ♂ Jan 26 – Mar 17

Jan 26 – Mar 17, 2018

Mars is a force of life and action: warrior of the stars, fire coursing through his veins. Normally he rules Aries, the first constellation in the zodiac, so Mars feels right at home in fellow fire sign Sagittarius. With Mars in Sagittarius, the pace of life spirals into insanity. Prepare for a serious dose of libido and restlessness.

Mars in Sagittarius feels like “now what?” after Mars’ powerful transit in Scorpio. In Sagittarius, we make sense of the extreme bodily and spiritual changes rendered by the scorpion.

Sagittarius is spontaneous, open-hearted, thirsty for experience and adventure. Mars in Sagittarius brings joyful, kinetic energy to our bodies. Despite this inundation of dynamic celestial energy, we must move with caution lest we fall victim to the centaur’s infamous carelessness. Mars, when cruising through a fire sign, does not move slowly, ever. So be vigilant; we are in a period of massive shift and if we act too quickly, we may become easily locked into karmic whirlpools that drag on for years. Take your time! There’s no need to rush!

Mars in Sagittarius breathes life into our soul-need to learn and connect. He emanates from the crown chakra, encouraging spiritual and experiential expansion. Mars in Sagittarius brings Truth to the fore, so before we may enjoy his effervescent reality, the archer teaches us responsibility and discipline. You can ditch half-baked shortcuts and still be daring!

It is so easy to get carried away during this transit. Ask the important questions, the right questions. Do your research and, for the love of Buddha, listen to your body. I know moving slowly is the last thing we feel like doing under fiery skies. However, if we don’t take our time, we will miss crucial details.

On Feb 17 Mars squares Neptune, the planet of confusion. This is not a fortuitous day. When Neptune is aspected negatively, life feels vague, nebulous, like a dream. Our efforts may be significantly thwarted by Neptunian influences such as deceit, delusion or any manner of strange, subterranean forces. It will be very difficult to know what’s what, to separate imagination from reality. Here the head is decidedly cloudy, inner voices muffled.

This is not a good day to try something just to “see if it works,” especially if your intuition is screaming underwater, buried beneath glittering hopes and fantasies. It is also highly likely, whenever Neptune is involved, that regressive, addictive behaviors resurface. We may act recklessly or impulsively as the spirit searches hungrily for a quick remedy, a remedy for Neptune’s mighty, incurable restlessness tugging at the seat of the soul. Remember that we only deceive ourselves with deceptive behavior. On the bright side, we may confront lurking issues in the subconscious. This could manifest as an explosive confrontation with someone who has been taking advantage of you, for example, but retaliation will more likely be passive aggressive here. If you are caught in a lie, or catch someone else lying, do the hard work: move through blame and excuses and distrust. Swallow your guilt; speak your Truth; be accountable.

It is also important to stay organized and complete all tasks to the best of your ability. Neptune will try to throw you off track with sudden mood swings, boredom, apathy or fatigue. Meditate on self-control. Channel your restlessness into creative acts. Ready or not, this aspect rips off your blinders. Then you can see things for what they are; chase only what is available; let die what must die. Negative outcomes include settling for something we don’t want; internalizing strong feelings; disappointment; broken dreams; incorrect assumptions. Antidotes include: swimming, singing, dancing, writing, meditation, long walks, silence, solitude.

Other difficult days in February include the 25th and 28th, though the 25th should feel relatively resolved by the end. The last day worth mentioning is March 11 when Mars will trine Uranus, god of the unexpected – WATCH OUT! Could be auspicious or not, we’ll see. I do not recommend traveling, investing or any risk-taking on this day.

Idealism is Sagittarius’ main power source. Like a new star blooming in the night sky, like a rocket with an uncertain destination, like a rainbow comet blazing in the darkness: you are incandescently free. Open your hips with Sagittarius Yoga. If you were born with Mars in Sagittarius, this is your Mars return. To find your personal Mars sign, click here.

Mantra:  I am open

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