Mars In Aries

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′. [1] 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 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.

Aries Ascendant

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.

Taurus Ascendant

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.

Gemini Ascendant

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.

Cancer Ascendant

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.

Leo Ascendant

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.

Virgo Ascendant

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.

Libra Ascendant

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.

Scorpio Ascendant

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.

Sagittarius Ascendant

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.

Capricorn Ascendant

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.

Aquarius Ascendant

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.

Pisces Ascendant

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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December 2018 Astrological Forecast

2018 December Astrological Forecast

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2018 December Astrological Forecast


The day of Saturn marks the start of December, while the waning Virgo Moon surveys this year’s culmination. Venus revisits Scorpio the following day (12/2/18), as Mercury‘s direct station (12/6/18), also in Scorpio, precedes the New Moon in Sagittarius (12/7/18). Until the twelfth of December, Mercury remains in Scorpio. Thereafter, the Aquarian apogee Moon illuminates Mercury’s ingress into Sagittarius (12/12/18), passing its shadow zone by the twenty-fourth. Venus and Mars remain in Scorpio and Pisces, respectively, until the end of December, when Mars ingresses into Aries, its cardinal, diurnal domicile. Finally, the Sun, Mercury, and Jupiter blaze through the Archer, until the solstice sees the Sun’s ingress into Saturn-ruled Capricorn.

December’s Air-Void

Until the Capricorn solstice, an elemental water-fire combination dominates December’s celestial compass, while an air-void permeates the backdrop. Water-fire compositions develop emotional and intellectual experience, combining perceptual depth with necessary detachment. The month’s persistent air-void, however, can challenge our capacity to incorporate new ideas and maintain objective reflection. As the solstice ushers the Capricorn Sun’s earthy contribution to December’s elemental structure, focus is placed on activity, emotions, and the material sphere. An air-void, however, suggests the omission of intellectual assimilation. Because air’s unifying quality enables swift adjustment to new perspectives (including people), self-analysis and objectivity can be a challenging balance to employ.

December 2018 Astrological Forecast

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The Capricorn Solstice

The Capricorn solstice, on December twenty-first (5:22 PM ET), portends the Sun’s six-month passage. Activating the Northern Hemisphere’s shortest day, the solstice envelops the Southern Hemisphere’s lengthier days with sweltering climate. As the nodal axis bestrides Cancer-Capricorn, its first, partial solar eclipse occurs at 15°25′ Capricorn (1/6/19).

Saturn, posited at the Sun-Pluto midpoint, forges the weight of power in the governmental sphere. Organizations in the public sector, such as law enforcement and police ‘services’, can be coerced to consolidate existing societal ranks. Heralding the Saturn-Pluto cycle, the emphasis is on commerce, an unsustainable economy, and hierarchical structures. Like the bifurcation properties of November’s Full Moon in Gemini, conflict can erupt from humanity’s uncooperative extremism.

Mars into Aries

December’s closure emits the first arc minutes of Mars’ ingress into the Warrior, Aries. In his domicile, Mars in Aries readily possesses the tools to initiate and consummate its quest. Depending on Mars’ presence (via sect, dignity, placement, and aspects), we may experience Mars’ more constructive qualities regarding a specific sector in our charts. Whereas November witnessed both Benefics (Venus and Jupiter) in their respective domiciles, December’s curtains draw with Saturn and Mars (the Greater and Lesser Malefics, respectively), in their domiciles (Capricorn and Aries).

December 2018 Lunations

On December 7th, 2018, the New Moon at 15°07′ Sagittarius conjoins fixed star Hercules, and squares the exact Mars-Neptune conjunction. Disposited by Jupiter, this is the second, consecutive lunation activating a Moon-Mars square. Notably, the last New Moon, at 17°16′ Sagittarius, with Jupiter at 27°45′ Sagittarius, occurred eleven years ago, on December 9th, 2007.

At 0°49′ Cancer, December’s Full Moon follows the winter solstice, calibrating the intricate balance between nurture and achievement. An ameliorating pause from the ferocity propelled from the prior two lunations’ squares to Mars, December’s Full Moon offers unexpected pleasantries, excitement, and reconciliatory possibilities. This auspicious lunation, disposited by Luna, conjoins fixed star Betelgeuse and sextiles Uranus. In the backdrop, the Venus-Neptune trine activates creativity and compassion.

Saturn Cazimi

Saturn Cazimi occurs on the second of January, exact at 11°31′ Capricorn. This Cazimi is opportune for cementing long-term endeavors, provided that we willingly execute the laborious persistence required by Saturn. Saturn Cazimi will be fully explored in a forthcoming post.

December 2018 Astrological Forecast

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December 2018 Astrological Forecast Calendar

  • 11/30/18: Venus opposite Uranus at 29°08′ Libra-Aries (8:56 PM ET).
  • 12/1/18: Mercury retrograde at 29°59′ Scorpio (6:12 AM ET), Moon into Libra, square Saturn at 7°57′ Libra-Capricorn (11:44 PM ET).
  • 12/2/18: Sun square Mars at 10°44′ Sagittarius-Pisces (6:33 PM ET), Venus ingresses into its detriment, Scorpio (12:02 PM ET), Chiron trine Nodes at 27°55′ Pisces-Cancer-Capricorn.
  • 12/5/18: Sun square Neptune at 13°43′ Sagittarius-Pisces (5:29 PM ET).
  • 12/6/18: Mars conjunct Neptune at 13°44′ Pisces (9:42 AM ET), Mercury stations direct at 27°18′ Scorpio (4:22 PM ET) decan III, Moon into Sagittarius.
  • 12/7/18: Mercury trine North Node at 27°42′ Scorpio-Cancer (12:42 AM ET), New Moon at 15°07′ Sagittarius (2:19 AM ET), Mars conjunct Neptune at 13°44′ Pisces (9:11 AM ET)
  • 12/9/18: Moon into Capricorn.
  • 12/11/18: Moon into Aquarius, Sun in Sagittarius, decan II.
  • 12/12/18: Apogee Moon, Mercury ingresses into its detriment, Sagittarius (6:43 PM ET).
  • 12/13/18: Neptune trine Ceres at 13°47′ Pisces (7:29 PM ET).
  • 12/14/18: Moon into Pisces.
  • 12/15/18: First Quarter Moon at 23°27′ Pisces.
  • 12/16/18: Moon into Aries, Mars sextile Pluto at 20°06′ Pisces-Capricorn (1:59 AM ET), Venus sextile Saturn at 9°34′ Scorpio-Capricorn (9:18 AM ET).
  • 12/18/18: Moon into Taurus.
  • 12/19/18: Sun square Chiron at 27°56′ Sagittarius-Pisces (4:40 PM ET).
  • 12/20/18: Sun trine Uranus at 28°43′ Sagittarius-Aries (11:08 AM ET).
  • 12/21/18: Moon into Gemini, Capricorn Solstice (5:23 PM ET), Sun ingresses into Capricorn, decan I, Venus trine Neptune at 13°53′ Scorpio-Pisces (11:47 AM ET), Mercury conjunct Jupiter at 9°34′ Sagittarius (12:29 PM ET).
  • 12/22/18: Full Moon at 0°49′ Cancer, decan I, (12:48 PM ET).
  • 12/24/18: North Node direct at 26°50′ Cancer (6:48 AM ET), Moon into Leo, Mercury square Neptune at 13°57′ Sagittarius-Pisces (7:32 PM ET).
  • 12/26/18: Venus at perihelion.
  • 12/27/18: Mars trine North Node at 26°53′ Pisces-Cancer (6:00 AM ET), Venus sextile Lilith retrograde at 19°9′ Scorpio-Capricorn (6:55 AM ET), Venus conjunct Ceres at 19°17′ Scorpio (10:04 AM ET), Moon into Virgo.
  • 12/28/18: Venus sextile Pluto at 20°29′ Scorpio-Capricorn (4:23 PM ET).
  • 12/29/18: Mars conjunct Chiron at 28°4′ Pisces, Last Quarter Moon at 7°36′ Libra.
  • 12/30/18: Pluto sextile Ceres at 20°33′ Capricorn-Scorpio.
  • 12/31/18: Moon into Scorpio, Mars ingresses into its domicile, Aries.

January 2, 2019: Saturn Cazimi, (exact Sun conjunct Saturn) at 11°31′ Capricorn.

January 2019 Eclipses:

  • 1/6/19: Partial Solar Eclipse at 15°25′ Capricorn.
  • 1/21/19: Total Lunar Eclipse at 0°52′ Leo.


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Aries Ascendant

“To know the character of the native’s mind, look at the Lord of the Ascendant and Mercury (who is the significator of the intellective power, speech and oration). These signify the matters of the soul, and the morals of the native, just as the Moon and the Ascendant signify the body.” (Abu’Ali Al-Khayatt, The Judgment of Nativities)

The Natal Ascendant: A Chart’s Profile

The Ascendant is simply the zodiacal degree rising over the eastern horizon at the exact time and location of birth. Known as ‘the Helm’ in Hellenistic astrology, the Ascendant expresses the native’s navigational strategy, a metaphorical grappling of the steering-oar of life. Because it reveals one’s interaction with the external environment, unfurling the native’s vitality, health, character, temperament, and corporeal constitution, the Ascendant is a critical feature of the natal chart. As the first house does not fully surface above the horizon, it remains both visible and concealed. Akin to the flight of fleet-footed Hermes, the Ascendant symbolizes the oscillation between the diurnal and nocturnal realms of spirit and matter. In essence, it is the merging point between the macrocosmic and microcosmic hemispheres of the natal chart: as above, so below.


Aries: The Ram

Aries Ascendant: Mars as the Chart Ruler

The masculine, fiery, movable (cardinal) Aries Ascendant embodies the ferocious qualities of Mars. Aries is the diurnal house of Mars, choleric, of the fire triplicity and of the East. These qualities will be expressed, for better or worse, depending on the condition and placement of Mars, as well as its sect in the chart. In isolation, the Aries Ascendant is severing, bold, confident, contentious, invincible, and rebellious. Equipped with the fortitude and courage of a pioneering spirit, in isolation, the Aries Ascendant is prone to heady temperament, impulsivity, and swift activity. The native’s pace is of quickened tempo as is his metabolic rate, and his energetic constitution is best expressed through physical exertion. Valiantly, the Aries Ascendant can motivate others through the native’s own exemplified perseverance.

Of Mars-ruled natives, Lilly notes the following:

‘They are of middle stature, their bodies strong, their bones big, rather lean than fat, their visage round, their hair sandy or flaxen, and many times crisping or curling… a bold confident countenance…’

The placement and condition of Mars in the natal chart signals a key focal point in the native’s life, and the manner in which it is actualized. The body and personality is influenced by transits through the Ascendant, natal Mars, and Mars profection years. The house ruler of Mars also directs the expression of the Aries Ascendant. For example, if Mars occupies a sign polarizing its essential nature, such as Libra, the native may not approach life as a typical Aries Ascendant. Planets occupying the first house can significantly alter the personality of the Ascendant. Again, for example, Venus occupying the first house of an Aries Ascendant will significantly alter the appearance and personality of the Aries Ascendant. The chart’s sect will further punctuate the expression of Mars in the natal chart.

*Ascendant descriptions are intended as general, isolated references, and are but one component of the natal chart.

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