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Mars in Capricorn — Oct 26, 2014 – December 4, 2014

Mars moves into Capricorn on October 26, 2014 at 10:42 UT (or  6:42 ET), where it will remain until December 4, 2014 when it moves into Aquarius.

Mars transits bring action and energy to the area of a natal chart where the transit occurs. It also affects planets in a natal chart that it forms aspects to, which are in turn influenced by the sign placement (in this case Capricorn) as well as the house Mars is placed in and rules in the natal chart.

For those born with Mars in Capricorn, this transit marks what’s called a “Mars return.” This will occur at some point during the current transit through Capricorn, between Oct 26, 2014 – December 4, 2014.

As Mars — natally and by transit — refers to what we’re passionate about as well as what we’re instinctually compelled to do, this transit emphasizes the Capricorn inclinations toward tradition, ambition and success, which is generally earned through hard work and over time.

Mars in Capricorn people often have a more serious, soulful, old-school quality about them which can manifest in a variety of ways — all within the parameters of the Capricorn archetype.

Mars in Sagittarius — Sept 13, 2014 – Oct 26, 2014

Rachel McAdams

Mars moves into Sagittarius on September 13, 2014 at 21:57 (or 5:57pm ET), where it will remain until October 26, 2014, when it moves into Capricorn.

Mars transits bring action and energy to the area of a natal chart where the transit occurs. It also affects planets in a natal chart that it forms aspects to, which are in turn influenced by the sign placement (in this case Sagittarius) as well as the house Mars is placed in and rules in the natal chart.

For those born with Mars in Sagittarius, this transit marks what’s called a “Mars return.” This will occur at some point during the current transit through Sagittarius, between Sept 13, 2014 and Oct 26, 2014.

As Mars — natally and by transit — refers to what we’re passionate about as well as what we’re instinctually compelled to do, this transit emphasizes the Sagittarian inclinations toward freedom, travel, adventure, personal expansion and philosophical pursuits.

Mars in Sagittarius people are generally upbeat and optimistic, personable, engaging, honest and candid. They like their space, hate to be confined and are resistant to any kind of personal restriction. 

Mars in Scorpio — July 26, 2014-Sept 13, 2014

Carrie-Ann Moss

Mars moves into Scorpio on July 26, 2014 — after a long (7-1/2 months) trek through Libra. Mars is the traditional (and nocturnal) ruler of Scorpio, sharing with its modern day (diurnal) ruler Pluto.

Mars transits bring action and energy to the area of a natal chart where the transit occurs. It also affects planets in a natal chart that it forms aspects to, which are in turn influenced by the sign placement (in this case Scorpio) as well as the house Mars is placed in and rules in the natal chart.

For those born with Mars in Scorpio, this transit marks what’s called a “Mars return.” This will occur at some point during the current transit through Scorpio, between July 26th and September 13th.

Mars in Scorpio people are deep, passionate, enigmatic and intense. They’re fascinated by esoterica, mystery, secrets and the occult. They want to know what makes things (and people) tick.

They rarely take things at face value. They prefer to delve deep beneath the surface to uncover hidden meanings, agendas or motivations. Because this comes so naturally to them, they’re usually surprised to discover that others don’t do the same.

Mars in Libra — December 7, 2013-July 26, 2014

Mars moves into Libra on December 7, 2014 at 20:41 UT (3:41pm EST). Mars is in detriment in Libra, as the polarity point of the sign it naturally rules, Aries.

What this means is that it’s not comfortable in Libra, as the diplomatic, peace-loving Libran archetype is strained when filtered through the Martian natural aggressive, dynamic energy.

With that said, there are many Mars in Libra natives who handle this energy beautifully:  they epitomize grace and charm, like Nicole Kidman, Bill Clinton,  Anderson Cooper and Prince William; they know how to make people laugh, Whoopi Goldberg, Jimmy Fallon, Sarah Silverman, Fran Drescher, Seth Rogen, Jason Alexander and Will Ferrell; and they know how to use their unique talents, skills and voices to appeal to the masses, like J.K. Rowling, Elvis Presley, Arianna Huffington and Bill Gates.

If Mars represents what we’re compelled to “do” — what we are willing to fight for — Mars in Libra people strive for harmony, balance, fairness and most of all peace (think Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama).

Mars in Virgo — Oct 15, 2013-Dec 7, 2013

Mars moved into Virgo today. Mars represents energy, action, drive and assertion – in other words what we are compelled to “do” (among many other things). Virgo is analytical, efficient, productive and resourceful.

In this context, the Mars in Virgo energy is all about making yourself useful, putting your energy into helping others and making the world a better place.

If you were born with Mars in Virgo, you’re probably very detail-oriented and precise. You may not be organized, but you’re always organizing. Making lists: “things to do today;” refining and perfecting your surroundings; and pitching in to help others wherever you may see yourself as useful.

There are never enough hours in the day for Mars in Virgo people. They can’t really sit still: they have to be doing something all the time – usually two or three things at a time.

They’re good with facts and figures, have a great eye for detail and are quick to point out where improvements can be made.

Men are from Mars (and Venus): Astrology, Men and Love

We hear so much about men being “from Mars” — and in a lot of ways this is true, at least astrologically.

In general, they tend to relate more to their natal Mars positions and project their Venuses out onto the women (or male partners, if gay) in their lives.

This is in line with the Jungian concept of anima/animus (inner woman or inner man) projections that each of us embody. But this also tells us a great deal about what men are looking for in a mate.

A man’s natal Venus sign placement describes not only what he’s attracted to, but how he’s likely to conduct himself in relationship. It tells us how he expresses love and affection, how he receives love and affection from others, and how he relates to his partner in a one-on-one relationship.It tells what he’s looking for in a soulmate and how capable he is of investing himself emotionally in soulmate relationships.

Soulmate Relationships: The Truth about Venus and Mars

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There’s been a lot of press about the roles of Venus and Mars in soulmate relationships, but what exactly does that mean in the true astrological context?

Are these two planets the primary indicators of relationship compatibility, or are they just one small part of what makes up a good connection between partners?

Venus and Mars are actually relatively minor factors for determining relationship compatibility, and are rarely “karmic indicators.” They’re good for determining attraction (by sign) but little else.

They’re usually present when there are strong sexual sparks or chemistry at the onset of a relationship, but don’t say much about exclusivity, longevity or commitment.

In the coming weeks, we’ll delve into Venus and Mars from a deeper, more comprehensive perspective. If you’d like to read more about how these planetary energies are expressed for men specifically, you can check out this companion piece: Men are from Mars (and Venus): Astrology, Men and Love.