Saturday, January 14, 2012

Mars at End of Leo

Mars reaches the last degree of Leo this week. The planet of Action and Force is "slowing down" in its progress in the Zodiac as it prepares to enter a retrograde phase starting January 24. When a planet is retrograde it is at its closest to the Earth, at its brightest in the Heavens, and therefore powerful for Results. Since Mars is also the planet of War, Accidents, and Destruction, we have to be careful when it is strong for effects.
In the chart of the USA, the transit of Mars is in the 9th house, the area of a country's chart that corresponds to Beliefs, Ethics, and Religion. Thus: Religion and Ideologies are given a boost for manifestation. Since the USA has such variety in this area the energy for confrontation is also enhanced. The Republican Party's presidential nominating process provides a good example.
In Mitt Romney's chart, the position of Mars at the end of Leo pits the energy of the planet of confrontation against his natal Aquarius Sun. His natal Mars and Mercury are also opposed by the transiting Mars. Thus his Ambition for Power (natal Sun in 10th house) suffers from multiple attacks from his challengers, which will only intensify during the coming week. Additionally, Venus now transiting in Aquarius will transit over his natal Mars, increasing his level of Passion as he tries to defend himself.
In President Barack Obama's chart, the transit of Mars is conjunct his natal Mars which is also at the end of Leo. Since Mars on Mars intensifies the energy to Do Something, Mr. Obama is strongly impelled towards Taking Action and being more Confrontive than his usual cautious Capricorn nature. But he also has to be careful of the downside of Mars: Haste and Impulsive Actions, even Recklessness. The situation regarding Iran is a good example of where Ideologies, Beliefs, and a need to Do Something could lead to Hasty Action and Violent Confrontation plunging us into yet another Middle East Conflict.

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