Mars entered Aries on June 27. This is the warrior planet that fights and has at its disposal the qualities of assertion, aggression, bravery, courage, competition, bullying, violence and anger. He represents the action principal. The action principal that is driven by the ego urge of going after what you want. Mars remains in Aries through the beginning of 2021. This is the sign of its dignity. When a planet travels through the sign of its dignity it has more power and strength. In this case Mars has power and strength to act and get what it wants with a free will and very little to stop him. It's as if there is a green light and no red stop sign to set limits. So what happened in the USA since Mars entered Aries where he can behave in as aggressive a manner as he would like? We've been having a major uptick in the spread of the Coronavirus. Look at the science? The charts are off the wall in the rise of cases especially in California, Florida, Texas, Arizona and many other states. The rise is fast, rapid and there seems to be nothing stopping it. The USA currently has a third of the world deaths and a third of the worlds reported Covid-19 cases. Yes, Mars likes to win.
Mars will turn retrograde on September 13. We have a choice people. If we don't want this pandemic to continue spreading unabated then we have to start doing something now. Astrology outlines time periods when energy peaks. Depending on how current transits are handled can often, though not always, lead to how the future is affected. If we do something now, then the retrograde of Mars has the potential to reverse the current trend. The rampant rise in cases happening now can, in mid September, slow down as Mars reverses direction. But, and it's a big but, if we don't handle this wisely by taking action now then the retrograde of Mars can render a sense of powerlessness. Our power must be redirected to help influence the direction of the energy.
I would like to think that as Mars turns retrograde we can tap into his attributes as guardian and protector vs. warrior and aggressor. We do have a choice.
Joseph Addeo is a New York City based consulting astrologer.
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