Everyone wants something and during Mars in Scorpio we may be willing to sacrifice a lot more than usual to get it. Due to retrograde motion Mars in Scorpio will last almost seven months from 3 January to 3 August 2016. Mars enters Sagittarius on 7 March, then retrogrades and returns to Scorpio on 28 May, remaining there until 3 August. During this time we’ll have an intensity of focus that has the potential to carry us a long way towards our goals.
Play with Mars in Scorpio as you would with fire. Although Mars is the traditional ruler of Scorpio and very strong in this sign, these two energies combine to create a fierce depth that can be very volatile. Sexual attractions can become compelling, jealousies can overwhelm us and the need to be in control seems somehow all important. In fact power and how we use it may be a key theme for many in the coming months.
During Mars in Scorpio the things we want will come into focus with a clarity that may be very uncomfortable. Mars, our desire nature, the part of us that propels us into action, will be channeled through the filter of Scorpio willpower and focused intention. Our desires will be incredibly powerful, and our determination to get what we want will be even stronger.
As a fixed sign Scorpio has the endurance and determination to outlast even Capricorn, if it wants something badly enough! Because the desire nature is so strong with Mars in Scorpio there is great potential here to push through obstacles and challenges that one would never be able to overcome if Mars were in its rulership of Aries. Mars in Scorpio has the stamina of a marathon runner and his eyes are firmly on the finish line.
Mars in Scorpio is an excellent combination for achieving success in the workplace and is especially powerful passing through either your 10th or your 1st house. It is also very helpful for carrying us through a difficult period in our lives, provided we are clear on what we want and where we are going. Mars in Scorpio is fueled by desire: if you don’t know what you want you won’t be going anywhere. Except perhaps into pointless fixation and frustration.
During Mars in Scorpio the sexual nature will be heightened and there is a danger of becoming carried away by the intensity of our desires. Remaining unattached in not something Mars in Scorpio excels at, as our emotions makes it difficult for us to look at things dispassionately. We may feel compelled, as though by some magnetic force, towards the object of our desire and lose our ability to see things with a balanced perspective.
For those with strong Scorpio, 8th House or Pluto themes in the natal chart, Mars in Scorpio has the potential to be downright obsessive. This can lead us into some pretty dark territory, especially as we may not recognise we have lost our way. Jealousy, revenge, manipulation and violence are just some of the darker manifestations of Mars in Scorpio so take care!
Even in very calm individuals Mars in Scorpio may dredge up some pretty unpleasant emotions, particularly when the Moon is in challenging aspect. Aggression, anger and fear of losing control may all emerge over the coming months and will need to be met with compassion and empathy. This may be particularly challenging in the realm of intimate relationships as we encounter issues around power and control, attachment and vulnerability.
I love this description of Mars in Scorpio from Aeternalight Astrology: “Scorpio Mars is a powered up Mars, channeled in a measured, yet relentless, deliberate way towards acts of purging, merging, amputation, transformation; its pioneering impulse can carry us through obscure, unexplored terrains…”
Meanwhile in another part of the cosmos…
The square between Mercury and Mars is still very much in effect so be careful that the strong emotions engendered by Mars in Scorpio do not translate into obsessive thinking or angry verbal outbursts that you later regret. This energy can be quite explosive so take care.
Mercury turns retrograde on 5 January, going direct again on 26 January. This is the first of three Mercury retrogrades in 2016. During this time we may find ourselves in a more introspective mood than usual and there may be a need to revisit some of our old ideas about ourselves and the world in order to ensure they align with who we are. To understand Mercury retrograde more fully check out my earlier article Fear not the Mercury retrograde.
Venus is coming into square aspect with Neptune, exact on 6 January, and this may lead to idealism in relationships. Take care that you are seeing those around you clearly lest you be disappointed by your unrealistic expectations. This transit is particularly dangerous when combined with Mars in Scorpio as we may not be able to tell whether what we want is good for us or to our detriment.
Between 11 and 18 January Mars will trine Neptune in Pisces bringing compassion and empathy that will temper the potential for fixation that can arise with Mars in Scorpio and help us to see how our actions may impact those around us. Make use of this energy by slowing down. Take time to sit with your emotions and notice where you might be getting carried away on a wave of your own passionate emotions.
How will Mars in Scorpio affect you?
Mars in Scorpio will resonate most strongly for those who have Mars placed in Scorpio or the 8th House natally. You may also feel it if you have strong natal aspects between Mars and Pluto. Those with planets of points in Scorpio 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 Uranus in Scorpio in the 6th House so when Mars transits this point in early February I expect some pretty powerful impulses towards change within my working life.
Working with Mars in Scorpio
Mars in Scorpio gives us powerful drive and willpower but we must have a clear vision of what we want if we are to make the most of it. For those without clear aims this energy can be more harmful than good. How do you intend to work with Mars in Scorpio over the coming months?
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