A planet in its own domicile readily possesses the tools to initiate and consummate its quest. Neither exaggerated nor constricted in its energetic framework, a planet in its domicile functions as effortlessly as the qualities it embodies. On December 31st, 2018, Mars ingresses into Aries, its traditional, diurnal domicile. This ingress oversees the full expression of fiery force, courage, and initiation: the primal fire of the Warrior. In Aries, this ingress equips the red planet with its necessary weaponry, blazing through its Martian embodiment.
Mars Ingresses Into Aries: The Ram’s Blaze
On the final day of 2018, Mars’ ingress is surveyed by the Scorpio Moon. Symbolically, the diurnal and nocturnal realms of Mars activate and merge beneath the Sun’s saturnian cloak. As the red planet’s ingress into movable Aries completes the occupancy of malefic domiciles, we are reminded of astrology’s impartial balance. Last month, conversely, both benefics simultaneously occupied their domiciles, as retrograde Venus in Libra witnessed the ingress of Jupiter into Sagittarius.
In Hellenistic astrology, the square aspect is assigned to Mars (the opposition to Saturn, the sextile to Venus, and the trine to Jupiter). The square between Mars and Saturn is exact at 13°46′ Aries-Capricorn on 1/21/19 (6:27 AM EST), as the Leo Moon separates from its opposition to the newly ingressed Sun in Aquarius. Mars trines the Greater Benefic on 1/25/19 at 16°39′ Aries-Sagittarius. Mars remains in his domicile until February 14th, when he will exit the warrior and ingress into his detriment, Venusian Taurus.
Meaning and Correspondences of Mars in Astrology
Mars represents the spirit of energy, courage, and enterprise. When strategically implemented, his essence is the polarity of shiftlessness and cowardice. At its best, Mars mirrors the unconquerable energy and potent will of a warrior. This is the necessary masculine energy that initiates and asserts without subjection to reason.
Traditionally, as a nocturnal malefic, Mars negates via severance or separation.
Mars (also known as Mavors, Ares, Pyrois, or Gradivus), appears as a fiery star of sparkling color. He is a masculine planet of the nocturnal sect. His temperament is hot and dry, choleric and fiery. Therefore, he is noted to be tempered at night. His approximate course completion is one year and 321 days. His greatest northern latitude is 4°31′ while his southern latitude is 6°47′.  Mars has his diurnal domicile in Aries, his nocturnal domicile in Scorpio, is exalted at 28° Capricorn, sees its depression/ fall at 28° Cancer, and is in detriment/ fall in Libra and Taurus. Mars stations before his 80-day retrograde, and governs the water triplicity (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces, respectively). In traditional astrology, Mars is known as the lesser malefic, and finds his Joy in the sixth place. He governs Tuesday, in the first and eighth hour from the Sun. He solely befriends Venus, remaining antagonistic to all other planets.
Mars in Aries: The Ram’s Journey in January 2019
The following information considers the effect of Mars in Aries as it transits through each of the twelve houses, where Uranus will also station direct. The red planet can be comparatively more challenging in diurnal charts, since Mars is the out-of-sect malefic by day. Conversely, his influence is comparatively more constructive in nocturnal charts. The opposite is true for Saturn, since he is the malefic-in-favor relative to diurnal charts. Consider your chart’s sect alongside your Ascendant when reading the descriptions below. Additionally, if you are operating with Mars as your Profected Lord of the year, this transit will be a stronger influence. Please do not interpret this information via Sun placement (you can easily locate your Ascendant by inputting your chart details into a free service like Astro.com). Lastly, horoscopes cannot substitute a thorough chart analysis, as a single transit cannot possibly illustrate the intricacy of multiple components shaping the depth and complexity of life.
With Mars as the Ascendant lord, Aries rising will experience a significant transit regarding the body, identity, and appearance. Expenditure of energy (Mars) and rejuvenation of body, mind, and spirit (traditional first place themes) will be punctuated as soon as Mars moves into your first house, on the final day of December. Because the tendency for impulsivity, irritability, and impatience can be the more challenging manifestation of this transit, employing a consistent exercise regime is a constructive method of sustenance.
Pronounced focus on bringing closure to the past is activated, having Mars and Aries simultaneously transit your twelfth place of isolation, occult or hidden topics, secrets, and adversaries. Repressed anger, irritability, or frustration stemming from challenges relative to past issues are afforded the necessary release in order to commence a renewed cycle. As a Venus native, expect your benefic’s aid regarding shared resources.
As Mars in Aries transits your eleventh place of friendships, benefactors, and group endeavors, you will be expending considerable energy into peer-based interactions. Having Uranus stationing direct in the same place can surge unexpected issues or conflicts that are best resolved with the innate logic afforded by your Ascendant lord. Instead of reacting with impatience, brashness, and impulsivity to external discord, a favorable approach is to use mercurial tact. Conversely, nocturnal charts can see a more objectively constructive manifestation of Mars in the eleventh, with clearer insights and the necessary momentum for resolution.
As Mars pairs with Uranus, considerable energy is expended in your tenth place of career, reputation, and worldly endeavors. Competitiveness with others (who may not be interested in reiteration) may surge frustration, anger, irritability, and impatience. Possibly ponder this humble notion: not everyone thrives on (or is motivated by) competition. Direct the more challenging manifestations of this Mars-fueled transit into exercise or other corporeal benefits before adopting and implementing a ‘conquer-all’ mentality.
Momentum will surge as the focus gravitates towards higher education, travel, and wisdom. As January’s solar eclipse activates your sense of identity and self-expression, Mars in Aries transiting your ninth will inquire and stir the accumulation of knowledge and worldly excursions, themes best navigated with a degree of caution as Uranus stations direct in the same place. Since the native’s identity can be firmly forged into advanced learning and travel at this time, tempering frustration, anger, and impatience is advised, especially in diurnal charts.
Mars in Aries will transit your eighth house of mortality, shared resources, inheritances, and finances, often including quotidian issues like debt, taxes, and contracts. The eighth house also sees a final impact as Uranus stations direct in Aries, and having both planets in the same place can evoke unexpected events regarding resources that are linked to partners. The more challenging manifestation of this transit is its accompanying irritability and impatience, but in night charts this transit can be comparatively constructive. When in doubt, postpone the finalization of contractual agreements until Aries enters your ninth, come 2/14/19.
Interpersonal relationships, including but not limited to marriage, will be given much energy and focus as Mars transits the seventh along with Uranus’ direct station in the same place. Problem-solving skills within the context of relationships are best put to use, as Venus-ruled Ascendants, in order to deter from the more challenging manifestations of Mars, particularly in diurnal charts. Your innate sense of fairness is best employed through this interaction-driven transit, as a preventative antidote to the irritability and impatience that can accompany this Mars-fueled transit.
Mars-ruled Scorpio Ascendants will be impacted as Mars transits through your sixth place of health, work, and subordinates. Having Uranus station direct in Aries will stimulate the momentum to further plunge into quotidian themes with significant exertion. A cautionary note is to make health and work plans sustainable, so that the less constructive manifestations of irritability, frustration, and impatience (particularly in diurnal charts) do not sabotage potentially productive efforts to improve health and productivity in the workplace.
A cascade of vigor will accentuate your fifth place of children (yours and those of others), including creativity (the ‘children’ you create), arts, sex, and romance. As Mars and Uranus meet in the fifth, much exertion will be focused into new creative projects, children-related activities, and romantic relationships. While the energetic resources will be available to activate this sector of your chart, impulsivity and impatience can cause potential discord, heralding the more challenging themes of Mars. However, infusing the house of creativity with Martian will indicates more time to concentrate on creative ventures.
Your most intimate landscape is being jolted by the impetus of fiery Mars, as he navigates through your subterraneous, fourth place of family, parents, homeland, and the literal home. Considerably more time and energy will be focused into this area of your chart, which will develop more or less constructively, depending on sect. On a broader level, visualize this transit as an additional factor that calibrates your sense of identity, comparatively, with the external world. Along with the forthcoming solar eclipse, Saturn’s first place transit currently restructures your persona from the ground up, slowly cementing your exploration of identity.
Mars forges through your third house of siblings (including close friends deemed as such), short excursions, communication, oratory and written skills. The red planet pairs with Uranus, as the latter stations direct, and can promote unexpected discord with people pertinent to the third place. The usually challenging themes accompanying Mars in Aries, such as irritability, impatience, and impulsivity are more punctuated in diurnal charts. However, this transit is a surveying culmination of the progress made during Uranus’ seven-year transit through the third place.
Your personal finances, possessions, and overall value system is forged by the impetus of Mars in Aries throughout January 2019, as the red planet and Uranus transit your second place. Considerably, more of your time and energetic expenditure will be narrowed into consolidating material profit, which can surge impatience, irritability, and frustration if the concerns of your second house are met with perceived insufficiency. While the more challenging themes of Martian drive surge in diurnal charts, nocturnal charts receive the necessary jolt of momentum to progress in this sector.
*Etching by K. Kalynovych
Lilly, William, Christian Astrology
Brennan, Chris, Hellenistic Astrology
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