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 transits bring action and energy to the area in of a natal chart where the transit occurs. It also affects planets in 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 Libra, this transit marks what’s called a “Mars return.” This will occur at some point during the current transit through Libra, between December 7, 2013 and July 26th, 2014.

Mars in Libra natives are in a constant state of flux, striving to bring things back into balance whenever there is disharmony in their lives. They also tend to balance out their relationship partners, which is the basis for many a disagreement.

Remember that as much as they do long for peace, and as much as they’re known for diplomacy, and as hard as they try not rock any boats, we’re still talking Mars. There are some very opinionated (and argumentative) Mars in Libra folks out there. Think Sinéad O’Connor, Simon Cowell, Tommy Lee Jones, Eminem, Whitney Houston, etc. These are all Mars in Libra natives who’ve been known to voice unpopular opinions.

At its highest and most evolved state, the Mars in Libra archetype is fair, impartial, objective and diplomatic. The lower vibrations of this archetype will manifest as shallow, petty, indecisive and disingenuine.


Mars will remain in Libra for longer than normal this go around, because it goes retrograde on March 4, 2014 and turns direct again May 19, 2014 before finally moving in to Scorpio on Jul 2, 2014.

Mars enters the shadow phase of its retrograde cycle on December 26, 2013. The shadow phase starts at the point a planet will eventually retrograde back to before changing direction and going direct. In this case, that point (degree) is 9° Libra, which is conjunct the fixed star Vindemiatrix, which is also known as the “widow’s star.”

The conjunction of Mars is said to increase the Martian tendencies toward rash, harsh, and impulsive acts. However the Sabian Symbol related to this degree is much more fortuitous: it is “a canoe approaching safety through dangerous waters.

The retrograde on March 4, 2014 occurs at 27° Libra. The Sabian symbol for this degree is also quite hopeful: “a man in deep gloom. Unnoticed, angels come to his help.”

Mars turns direct on May 19, 2014 (back at 9° Libra) and moves into Scorpio on July 26, 2014.

Interestingly, the last four popes — Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul I, Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis — were all born with Mars in Libra. So were some other famous historical figures, such as Winston Churchill, Sigmund Freud, Edgar Allen Poe, Alfred Hitchcock, Abraham Lincoln, Margret Thatcher, Yasser Arafat and Nikola Tesla.

The Mars in Libra transit is sure to bring action and energy into your life and may very well wreak havoc — depending on where the transit falls for you personally. Remember that while Mars is associated with drive, initiative, action and courage, it’s also tied to anger, aggression, impulsivity and carelessness.

Additionally, the sign and house placements, as well as aspects to other planets, will determine the overall ease (or dis-ease) with which Mars transits in general are likely to affect you.

A stressed natal Mars will act differently than one that is well-aspected. There is an entire spectrum (all within Mars’ natural archetypal parameters) of manifestations. You will be dealing with Martian energies during this transit, but how they manifest is in good part within your control.

sienna-millerSo how and were might you expect to be dealing with these energies?

Keeping in mind that you want to look at the chart as a whole and not isolate any one energy, the following is a brief (and simplified) synopsis of the areas most likely to be affected under this particular Mars in Libra cycle, based on your natal Sun sign.

A timed birth chart will change or add to this placement but will not necessarily replace it.

If you know your birth time (and thus your rising sign), you want to locate it in the following table to see where this Mars transit will be affecting you.

If you don’t know your birth time, you can use your Sun sign, although the rising sign (or ascendant) will likely be more accurate. The Sun sign interpretations are used (in newspapers and horoscopes columns as a general overview when birth times are unknown).

p.s.: if you know your birth time but don’t know your rising sign, you can look it up here. Or leave us a comment in below and we’ll be happy to look it up for you and let you know what it is.

Aries:  Relationships, partnerships, open enemies, lawyers, counselors, kidneys, bladder, skin

Taurus:  Work, health, improvement, diet, colleagues, pets, digestive system, intestines, spleen

Gemini: Children, lovers, self-expression, creativity, gambling, heart, chest, spine, upper back

Cancer: Home, family, mother, land, heritage, roots, breasts, womb, ovaries, stomach

Leo: Siblings, neighbors, local travel, cars, computers, electronics, arms, hands, lungs, nervous system

Virgo: Money, possessions, earnings, financial security, ears, nose, throat, vocal chords

Libra: Self, personality, appearance, health and vitality, head, face, eyes, brain

Scorpio: Dreams, fantasies, secrets, psychic impressions, hidden enemies, addictions, feet, toes, lymphatic system

Sagittarius: Friends, acquaintances, groups, social and community involvement, ankles, calves, shins, circulation

Capricorn: Career, reputation, aspirations, authority figures, father, knees, joints, bones, lower back

Aquarius: Education, foreign affairs, legal affairs, travel, spirituality, liver, blood, hips and thighs

Pisces: Sex, death, loss, endings, joint resources, colon, bowels, reproductive organs


Here are some other famous people born with Mars in Libra:

Toni Collette, William Hurt, Freddy Mercury, John Lennon, Gisele Bündchen, Zac Efron, Kelly Clarkson, Jessica Biel, Tia Carrere, Parker Posey, Vin Diesel, Anna Paquin, Cory Monteith, Donald Sutherland, Michael Douglas, Kim Basinger, John Stamos, Robert Plant, Kate Capshaw, Federico Fellini, Sarah Ferguson, Jack Osbourne, Tori Amos, Kirsten Dunst, Alexander Skarsgard, Pamela Anderson, Barry White, Jimmy Swaggart, Annette Funicello, Billy Ray Cyrus, Victoria Principal, Laura Dern, Barbara Eden, Kobe Bryant, Jacqueline Bisset, Roman Polanski, John Malkovich, Kristen Bell, Sonny Bono, Bethenny Frankel, Frankie Muniz, Josh Duhamel, Sienna Miller, Lisa Kudrow, Owen Wilson, Alicia Silverstone, Morgan Fairchild, Tim McGraw, Noel Gallagher, Heather Locklear, Chris Pine, Cat Stevens, Ethan Hawke, David Carradine, Macaulay Culkin, Kat Von D, Jessica Simpson, Roger Moore, Jenny McCarthy, Barbara Walters, Kiefer Sutherland, Rebecca Romijn, Maria Shriver, James Gandolfini, Kyra Sedgwick, Johnny Carson, Angela Lansbury, Peter Falk, Michael Vartan, Cybill Shepherd, Ted Turner, William H. Macy, Peggy Lipton, Dave Matthews


Mars will remain in Libra until July 26, 2014 when it moves into Scorpio. Even if you weren’t born with this placement, now is a good time to think about striving for balance and equilibrium in your life. It’s a good time to look into meditation, yoga,or other spiritual disciplines that can help you to restore harmony and homeostasis.  And it’s a good time to work on bringing your relationships back into sync (especially during the retrograde between March 4th and May 19th).

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