Has anyone else been feeling the lighter, more outward going energy of Mars in Sagittarius? What a relief after his long stay in intensely introverted Scorpio! Mars entered the sign of the archer on 3 August, after shifting out of its retrograde cycle on 30 June. After traveling at a snail’s pace throughout July, Mars is finally picking up speed and we’re probably all feeling a lot more energetic and motivated.
However this dynamic energy won’t last for long as Mars conjuncts Saturn on 24 August. This transit will last from 17 to 31 August and is likely to feel a little like walking through glue. Mars in Sagittarius wants to get things moving but Saturn will be putting on the brakes. Use this time to assess your actions with the practical, objective wisdom of Saturn and don’t be discouraged. The motivation you felt at the beginning of the month will return once this transit has passed.
This Mars in Sagittarius transit coincides with Virgo season which may have a further dampening affect on your enthusiasm. The Sun moves into Virgo on 23 August, joining Mercury, Venus and Jupiter and squaring Mars in Sagittarius. Although only the Sun and Venus actually square Mars exactly, the nature of the signs are inharmonious. Beware of the Virgoan tendency to criticise and nit-pick. Be gentle with yourself and nurture your projects into being.
The good news is you’ll probably be feeling a lot more strategic and careful in your approach after Mars conjuncts Saturn. The problem with Mars in Sagittarius is that it tends to be a bit scattered, aiming its arrows willy-nilly and having a hard time deciding where to focus its attention. The conjunction with Saturn will bring clarity around objectives and a more determined, objective-orientated approach.
How Mars in Sagittarius will affect you
Mars in Sagittarius will resonate most strongly for those who have Mars placed in Sagittarius or the 9th House natally. You may also feel it if you have strong natal aspects between Mars and Jupiter. Those with planets or points in Sagittarius will feel this energy kick in as Mars transits these natal placements. The area of your life that will be most affected depends on which house Mars is transiting through in your chart.
Meanwhile, in another part of the cosmos…
Venus is moving into opposition with Neptune in Pisces, forming a t-square with Saturn in Sagittarius, so we may have to face some harsh realities about our relationships in the coming week, especially where we’ve been in denial about our own or another person’s truth. If you’ve been wearing the rosy coloured glasses, refusing to acknowledge issues that need addressing, this transit may bring disappointment, but it will be worth to see the situation as it really is.
This t-square is likely to be activated as the Moon moves over Saturn on Friday 12 August, even though Venus is still not exactly aligned yet. There may be a feeling of sadness, a sense of something not quite right, that will become clearer over the coming days. Venus squares Saturn on 13 August, just as Saturn turns direct, and opposes Neptune two days later.
Fortunately the Sun will trine Uranus on 17 August helping us channel our disappointment into positive change and growth, particularly in the areas of life represented by the houses the Sun and Uranus are transiting in your natal chart. With both the Sun and Uranus in fire signs this is a vibrant, positive energy that works well with the enthusiasm of Mars in Sagittarius.
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Working with Mars in Sagittarius
Are you feeling a sudden urge to get involved in multiple new projects? Do you suspect you may already have bitten off more than you can chew? With Mars in Sagittarius we can be prone to overdoing things and spreading ourselves too thin, giving up when it all gets a bit too much. How have you been experiencing this energy? Please share your thoughts below.
Faith is founder and principal of Insight Astrology and has been teaching and giving readings for over twenty years. She is fascinated by astrology as a tool for personal growth and passionate about empowering others to read its language.