With Mars in Sagittarius from Monday 7 March our physical energy and drive will get a real boost. Our desire to explore, learn and travel will be stronger as the archetype of the adventurer is activated within us. We’ll feel brave, capable and ready for anything but may have little stamina or focus.
Due to Mars turning retrograde on 18 April we’ll be feeling Mars in Sagittarius until the end of September, with a brief change in energy as our warrior moves back into Scorpio between 28 May and 3 August. During this time there will be a tendency to jump into things enthusiastically but then find ourselves over committed or overwhelmed.
The energy of Mars in Sagittarius is like a galloping archer on a broad sandy beach. There’s a lot of physical drive here but very little focus. It’s a forceful, fiery energy which can be difficult to ground and manage. There is a tendency to take on more than we can handle, to overdo things and to have a hard time finishing things we start. This is particularly true given that Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius, is currently in square aspect to Saturn.
Jupiter square Saturn creates a tension between our desire to spread our wings and the commitments and responsibilities of our daily life. These responsibilities can feel restrictive and with Mars in Sagittarius we may want to gallop off on our horse and leave them all behind. Fortunately Saturn’s current placement in Sagittarius will help us here as it tames the fiery, wayward energy of our galloping archer, keeping us on track and on target. You can read more about Saturn in Sagittarius in my earlier article Saturn in Sagittarius: taming wild horses.
How will Mars in Sagittarius 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 of points in Sagittarius will feel this energy most strongly 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. For example in my chart I have Mercury and Neptune in Sagittarius in the 7th House so when Mars transits these points I can expect some of my most significant relationships to receive a boost of energy.
Meanwhile in another part of the cosmos…
Saturn is currently trine Uranus in Aries, bringing into alignment the most conservative and structured energy with the most unconventional and rebellious. With both these planets forming sextiles to Venus we can expect this to have a positive impact on our relationships, and any changes we implement in this area of our lives will be very beneficial in the long-term.
Benevolent Jupiter is the dispositor of both Saturn and Mars in Sagittarius, and thus a powerful player in this week’s astro dynamics, despite being in retrograde motion. The separating conjunction of Jupiter and the North Node is now in tight opposition to Chiron, a potentially painful configuration that will be activated strongly by the transiting Moon in the coming week.
This opposition between Jupiter on the North Node and Chiron on South Node represents an opportunity to move on from the wounds of the past and old habituated ways of behaving, expanding out of our comfort zone. The possibility of this process having an ultimately positive and constructive outcome is increased by an applying trine from Jupiter to Pluto.
Working with the energy of Mars in Sagittarius
There’s a lot going on this week and Mars in Sagittarius is an energy that, although refreshing after the heavier vibe of Mars in Scorpio, could make it difficult for us to stay focused on the task at hand. It’s important we keep a tight rein on our galloping stead and avoid over committing ourselves. If you have Mars in Sagittarius natally you may have advice to offer other readers on working constructively with this energy. Please share your experiences below.
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