Mars: The Planetary Aids Series
Join me for a year of planetary study with The Planetary Aids Series! This blog will be dedicated to getting to know each of our influencing planets through both Science and Tradition. At every position in the sky, there are influential energies flowing in from each planet. Stay aware that depending on which constellation the planets are passing through, their influences will be impacted by the governing traits of that zodiac archetype.
This month we will be exploring the traits and influences of Mars.
Discovered to the human race in 1610 by Galilei, Mars, first in his name, Roman God of War and Agriculture, brings abundance from his onset of plight and misery. Although this hefty neighbor sees us into war and can incite aggression in us when life gets on our nerves as it passes closer by, it also provides a bountiful harvest once the war is over. Abundant with the riches of life's lesson and Spiritual growth, Mars sends us on our way with a deeper understanding of ourselves and life around us through the eyes of opposition.
Mars amplifies all of our characteristics, beneficial, null and harmful alike. It impacts us daily just as the sun and moon do because it is a direct neighbor, being only a hop, skip and a jump away at 49 million miles from Earth. Mars' surface is red from its iron oxide topsoil, which erupts into violent dust storms, much as its deity head did as he led the Romans into war on the back of his "masculine" hallmark. Mars, the Roman god of war leaked what we call today, masculine traits; the traits of hard physical work, loyalty, the art of giving, and an ambience of protection and progression. These traits were not necessarily defined as "masculine" then as they are now, but were rather referred to in accordance to the god they manifested in. Minerva, whom eventually replaced Mars as the chief god of war, was a perfect opposition to him, as she was the god of cunning, strategy, and collaboration. Together these two would have ruled the universe through strategic conquer, had the Romans worshiped them together.
It can be alarming that Mars is said to "bring war." No one wants war, however, in its practical use, when the planet is in its influence, what it brings is a challenge for us to overcome and then to learn from. One of the most prominent traits of Mars the god was that through war, he would bring abundance, riches, and a lucky crop year. So next time Mars is overhead and shinning directly at your backyard, thank it for the hard lessons you learned on that day because they were there to teach you into your richness, your fullness, and your abundance!
And yes, challenges can be challenging, but don't let that Mars energy overtake you. Remember, the hard times don't last, just like the good times, and the only way is up when you're at the bottom. Balance the Mars influence, and your fiery temper that may come with it, with more of the opposing traits (those we now call feminine traits), such as self care, calming, an openness to receive, nurture, practices of sustenance,
and mediation. Stay focused on the bountiful glory that awaits you at the end of each trial, and sink into a deeper understanding of yourself and life around you with each experience.
As this beautiful planet passes overhead and through your birth houses consider the following questions to get the most out of these energies:
What are you working on right now? Is there anything standing in your way?
What is your fastest path forward?
What do you need to work on letting go of in order to take that fastest path?
Short Synopsis of each Planet:
Pluto rules Scorpio and is the planet of alchemy, transformation, life & death, healing, obsession, rebirth, evolution, extremes, opposites, balance, and spirituality.
Neptune, ruling over Pisces, influences dreamland, impacting addiction and mistaken impressions. Neptune sharpens connection and intuition.
Uranus rules Aquarius and is the planet of rebellion, individuality, revolution, community, & humanitarianism. Influencer of the sciences, Uranus incites eccentric behavior, sudden change, and tension. Uranus brings divination & news.
Saturn rules Capricorn and influences Aquarius. It is the planet of authority, time, structure, limits, & discipline. Saturn guides ambition. Saturn rules Capricorn and influences Aquarius. It is the planet of authority, time, structure, limits, & discipline. Saturn guides ambition.
Jupiter rules Sagittarius & influences Pisces, travel, religion, health, and justice. It is the planet of growth, abundance, optimism, opportunity, expanding consciousness, wealth, & luck. Jupiter reveals the fastest path to your destiny.
Mars rules Aries and influences Scorpio, Encouraging Aggression & motivation and guiding hormones and willpower through masculine expression.
Venus rules Taurus & Libra, guiding values, friendships, and sociability. Venus is the planet of love, pleasure, romance, beauty, art, & feminine expression, and navigates your current incarnation.
Mercury rules Gemini & Virgo, causing heightened senses, sensory needs, skill, and agility. Mercury Influences Intellect, Cognition & expression, revealing how you perceive the world.
The moon rules cancer, imagination, the subconscious, emotion, & instinct. The moon strengthens intuition, guides cycles, and is the Celestial Being of Mother and Children.
This chart describes how Jupiter impacts each house and how to align with that impact. If you'd like a Life Path Reading to explore how all of the planets impact and map out your life and livelihood, click here!