Mars entered the sign of his rulership, Aries, on June 28th 2020 for an extended stay until January 6 2021 due to his rare retrograde in his own sign and things are getting heated!
I did a video earlier that spoke to the impact of Mars in Aries for each sign. Look at both Rising Sign and Sun sign if you know them
Mars rarely goes retrograde in his own sign and the last two times were in 1941 from Sept 6th to Nov 10th (23˚ Aries to 11˚ Aries) and 1988 from August 26th to Oct 28th (11˚ Aries to 29˚ Aquarius).
1941 was the middle of World War 2 and the Retrograde period brought the atomic program that would become the Manhattan Project and, shortly after, the attack on Pearl Harbor that caused the US and Britain to declare war on Japan and for the US to enter the War. Incidentally, Bernie Sanders was born during this rare retrograde and his chart is activated majorly by this retrograde. That felt like a good omen to me but he’s withdrawn from the race to be the Democratic Nominee so we’ll have to see.
1988 brought the realization that 50k Kurds had been killed by Iraq and shortly after the retrograde Gorbachev became the head of the Soviet Union, first female Prime Minister of a Muslim country was elected (Bhutto in Pakistan), the PLO proclaiming the State of Palestine, the Armenian Earthquake that killed 25–50k and the Lockerbie bombing.
Mars in Aries contributes to turbulent times for sure.
Mars is the God of War and in Aries anger is quickened, heads butt more often (Aries is the Ram), energy levels are up but burn out quickly, impulsive behavior and risk taking increase, athleticism increases, forward momentum and drive increases. Careless accidents increase as does anger and resistance against rules and restrictions. Hmmm aren’t we already seeing all of this?
When Mars retrogrades in Aries all of this tends to increase, or seem more prevalent because it’s around for so much longer than the usual sixish weeks.
Mars enter the shadow of the upcoming retrograde at 15˚ on July 25th and, in Utah alone, we had a small plane crash into a house killing three on the plane and the woman who lived in the home and a dreadful accident where braking to avoid a dog that ran into the road led to the killing of a two year old and her Mom and twin being critically injured. That’s just two examples of the kind of freak accidents that mars in Aries can bring.
On the good side you are more likely to feel fired up and energetic to exercise, begin new projects and to take leadership positions depending where this is in your chart.
I believe this Mars retrograde is going to be more impactful than either of the two previous ones because of the aspects to other major planets. Particularly the squares to the Covid cluster, as Anne Ortelee calls it, in Capricorn (Jupiter (belief and expansion), Saturn (maturity, boundaries), Pluto (transformation) and Pallas Athena (wise and strategic warrior)) and the conjunction with Eris, the fighter for outsiders, fairness and justice. These aspects occur more than once due to the retrograde.
Let me give you dates.
July 28 2020: Mars (Dx) square Pallas Athena (Rx)16˚ Aries/Capricorn
Aug 4 2020: Mars (Dx) square Jupiter (Rx) 19˚ Aries/Capricorn
Aug 13 2020: Mars (Dx) square Pluto (Rx) 23˚ Aries/Capricorn
Aug 17 2020: Mars (Dx) conjunct Eris (Rx) 24˚ Aries
Aug 24 2020: Mars (Dx) square Saturn (Rx) 26˚ Aries/Capricorn
Sept 9 2020: Mars station Retrograde 28˚ Aries
Sept 29 2020: Mars (Rx) square Saturn (Dx: Saturn stations direct Sept 28 so very potent) 25˚ Aries/Capricorn
Oct 3 2020: Mars (Rx) conjunct Eris (Rx) 24˚ Aries
Oct 9 2020: Mars (Rx) square Pluto ((Dx) Pluto stations direct Oct 4 so very potent) 22˚ Aries/Capricorn (the degree of the Saturn/Pluto etc conjunction from Jan 12th 2020.
Oct 18 2020: Mars (Rx) square Jupiter (Dx) 19˚ Aries/Capricorn
Oct 23 2020: Mars (Rx) square Pallas Athena (Dx)18˚ Aries/Capricorn
Nov 13 2020: Mars stations Direct 15˚ Aries
Dec 10 2020: Third of Five Pluto/Eris squares
Dec 22 2020: Mars (Dx) conjunct Eris (Rx) 23˚ Aries
Dec 23 2020: Mars (Dx) square Pluto (Dx) 23˚ Aries/Capricorn
Mars enters Taurus and leaves Aries Jan 6 2021 and conjuncts Uranus in Taurus on inauguration day, January 20th 2021 six days after Uranus stations direct.
Since Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto and Eris are slower moving planets whose cycles create systemic and long lasting changes this is huge.
Mars’ aspects to all of these planets is giving the push and drive to creating seismic and fast change that will, in all likelihood, blow our collective socks off.
The pandemic is likely to spike to even greater levels as will the revolutionary fight for change that has been building for a long, long time.
Then Mars continues to drive revolutionary and shocking change with square aspects from Taurus to Saturn and then Jupiter in Aquarius (Jan 13 and Jan 23) and a conjunction with Aquarius ruler, Uranus in Taurus, on Jan 20 2020 (inauguration day in the USA).
This is all explosive, seismic and will seed major, major global transformations.
But most of all it’s going to bring tension, confrontation, power plays and potentially even worse.
Mars is the military also and we already see Federal militia’s on the street in Portland, Oregon. More would not surprise me.
For those of us in the USA this is very concerning (and that ripples out globally) as we at the start of the USA Pluto return that will be exact in 2022 (Pluto returning to 27˚ Capricorn where it was in 1776) and Saturn and Jupiter will both be crossing the USA’s Pluto again (Saturn on Aug 4 2020 and Nov 20 2020 and Jupiter on Dec 7 2020).
Aspects to 45’s chart indicate deception and challenges and which his Eclipse energy with his Gemini Sun conjunct Uranus and his North Node/Dharma point (he was born on an eclipse) seems to turn into his advantage every single time. We’ll see on that front. 45’s Eclipse energy makes him such a wild card and Neptune is squaring his natal Eclipse bringing great chaos and confusion. I do not trust the polls or political predictions at this point and the next Full (Aug 3) and New Moons (Aug 18) are directly aspecting his chart with the Leo New Moon being exactly conjunct his natal Mars and Mercury in Leo will be conjunct his ascendant. Will he make a big announcement on that lunation? Martial Law? Mars will still be conjunct Eris on the New Moon…
Of course this means that Mars is squaring the USA’s Pluto three times (and the USA’s Mercury at 24˚ Cancer). Mars will square USA’s Mercury on Aug 16 2020, Oct 3 2020 and Dec 24th 2020 and Mars will square USA’s Pluto on Aug 31 2020, Sept 18 2020 and Jan 1 2021.
Overall, I expect COVID-19 to spread like wild fire, lots of political chaos, elected representatives on all sides not supporting what the people want (the stimulus plans supporting Corporate not the working class for example), lots of anger, more protests, violence at the protests, more division, more authoritarianism and potential for war.
Personally? I am staying in my lane and taking care of my family and aiming to spend less time on Social Media and in the news cycle. I’m going to be perfectly honest and say I cannot predict how the election will go but I will predict it’s going to be one of the most challenging periods we’ve ever known with the potential for a new leader or leaders to emerge.