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 also relates to how we handle our competitive impulses and what we’re willing to fight for. As such, they can become aggressive (Mars) about imposing their belief systems (Sagittarius) on others. They’re forthright and blunt, and can be lacking in tact or diplomacy. Depending on Mars’ house placement and aspects to other planets, this can be taken to the extreme.
They’re motivated to seek the truth — their truth — and are perfectly willing to share it with others.
Mars in Sagittarius people are passionate and adventurous. They prefer nature and wide-open spaces to man-made structures. They long to travel and see the world. They want to experience foreign lands and cultures first hand.
They’re known for being brutally frank and outspoken — even if the message they deliver incites anger and dissention in others.
As Mars relates to passion and aggression and Sagittarius relates to the ideas and belief systems, Mars in Sagittarius individuals are often found in professions that revolve around dissemination information to the masses.
They’re writers, like Jack Kerouac, Mark Twain, Agatha Christie, Horatio Alger, Lewis Carroll, Ken Kesey, H. P. Lovecraft, W. H. Auden, Jules Verne, Mario Puzo, Oscar Wilde and Rudyard Kipling.
They’re talk broadcast and talk show hosts like Dick Clark, Ellen Degeneres, Ryan Seacrest, Matt Lauer, Sharon Osbourne and Arsenio Hall.
They’re newscasters like Walter Cronkite, Paula Zahn, Dan Rather, Jane Pauley and Christiane Amanpour.
They’re politicians, like Richard Nixon, Vladimir Putin, Walter Mondale, Angela Merkel, George McGovern, George Moscone and Dick Cheney.
They’re religious, social and political commentators — like Ann Coulter, Billy Graham, Bill Maher, Howard Zinn and Voltaire.
They’re comedians — known for their blunt commentary and acerbic wit — like George Carlin, Louis C.K., Bill Hicks, Tracey Ullman, Graham Chapman, John Candy, Benny Hill, Catherine O’Hara, Rob Schneider, Teri Garr, Danny McBride, Soupy Sales, Paula Poundstone, Sid Caesar,
They’re involved in the beauty and fashion industry, like Vidal Sassoon, Gloria Vanderbilt, Pierre Cardin, Elizabeth Arden, John Casablancas, Bill Blass, Alexander McQueen, Zac Posen and Gianni Versace.
They’re musicians, like Jennifer Lopez, Elvis Presley, Rihanna, Janis Joplin, Natalie Merchant, Joe Jackson, Harry Connick Jr., Tom Petty, Faith Hill, Neil Diamond, Michael Stipe, Erykah Badu, Shane MacGowan, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Clay Aiken, Gavin Rossdale, Avril Lavigne, Ike Turner, Joan Baez, Nelly Furtado, Elliott Smith, Toni Braxton, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Johnny Mathis, Frankie Valli,
And they’re actors and entertainers, like Ryan Gosling, Gena Davis, Peter Dinklage, Edward Norton, Nick Nolte, Renée Zellweger, John Travolta, Jack Nicholson, Cate Blanchett, Michael C. Hall, Anne Heche, Mickey Rourke, Judy Garland, Val Kilmer, Warren Beatty, Dennis Quaid, Randy Quaid, Bradley Cooper, Greta Garbo, Peter Sarsgaard, Dermot Mulroney, Rita Hayworth, Rachel McAdams, Meg Ryan, Sean Astin, Katherine Heigl, Giovanni Ribisi, Rene Russo, Jon Hamm, Javier Bardem, Tatum O’Neal, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Tom Sizemore, Patty Duke, Yvonne De Carlo, Julie Andrews, Faye Dunaway, Paul Rudd, Gael García Bernal, Dustin Hoffman, Denise Richards, Jack Klugman, Christopher Reeve and Mickey Rooney.
Mars in Sagittarius individuals are generally very natural and informal, non-cosmopolitan people. They see themselves as blunt and direct, in the “what you see is what you get,” vein. Their brutal honesty can get them into trouble, as they can speak without censure and find themselves trampling over other people’s feelings in the process.
They’re not known for having “foot-in-mouth” disease, especially when aspects to Mercury are involved. If you don’t want the truth, don’t ask them, as they are unlikely to soften their opinions and observations to preserve your feelings.
The astrological symbol for Sagittarius is the “Archer,” and its glyph is an arrow /cross hybrid, tilted up toward the heavens. This is a reference to the Sagittarian thirst for knowledge and propensity for exploration. Mars’ glyph is the same as the Universal symbol for “Man,” also a tilted arrow with an orb or circle at the base.
The astrological glyphs are made up of four key symbols: the circle, representing spirit; the cross representing matter, the crescent representing the mind; and the arrow representing action. As both the Mars and Sagittarius glyphs have an arrow as part of their symbolic makeup, it can be said that they share the propensity for action, energy, movement and growth.
At its highest and most evolved, the Mars in Sagittarius archetype is driven to expand its horizons by seeking information that is not readily attained. It “shoots for the stars” — mentally, physically, spiritually and philosophically.
It’s a lifelong student, forever striving to learn and grow. It wants to explore foreign lands and immerse itself in foreign cultures. It loves travel and adventure — anything that takes it out of “automatic pilot” and heightens its awareness.
It’s outgoing, gregarious, and fun-loving. Optimistic and expansive. Witty, clever and entertaining. Generous and magnanimous.
In lower evolutionary states, this archetype can be abrasive and combative. Fervent and fanatical. Argumentative and Self-righteous. Pompous and arrogant. Grandiose and bombastic. Given to excess (drugs, alcohol, sex, religiosity, etc.) and imposing its beliefs on others.
It can be “in your face” with it’s ideas, belief systems and never-ending quest to prove itself “right.” There’s a fear with negative manifestations of this archetype of discovering that way it has held to be true may be one day be proven wrong; thus the need to aggressively support and defend its belief structures.
But in general and when favorably aspected or dignified by house placement, Mars in Sagittarius is open to new and different ideas, embracing them as a means of growing spiritually and intellectually. It wants a broad overview of the world which involves understanding belief systems and ideologies that are foreign from its own. This never-ending thirst for knowledge and information is behind the Sagittarian key words: “I see.”
Mars in Sagittarius people are known for being fun-loving and always up for a good time. They’re not big planners. They’re more spontaneous and impetuous, able to fly by the seat of their pants, and “wing it.” They’re also usually lucky. They don’t usually put a lot of energy into fretting about the future; they tend to expect things to just work out, which they usually do.
The Mars in Sagittarius archetype can take on many forms, both in the natal (birth) chart and through its transit position. It’s expressed natally — depending on other factors in the chart — as optimism, buoyancy, expansiveness, playfulness, truth-seeking and freedom-oriented. It’s a boundless quest for knowledge and experience that is resistant to any kind of restrictions or limitations.
It brings these same qualities into our lives through transit. Sometimes it comes in the guise of another person, and sometimes it’s an event. Either way you can expect this transit to force your attention to the particular house its moving through as well as any planets it aspects along the way.
So how and where might you personally 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 Sagittarius cycle, based on your natal Sun sign.
Remember that the Mars in Sagittarius transit is going to bring a lot of action and activity (Mars) to this area, and that it will do so in typically Sagittarian ways. Think expansion, evolution, growth, etc.
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: Education, foreign affairs, legal affairs, travel, spirituality, liver, blood, hips and thighs
Taurus: Sex, death, loss, endings, joint resources, colon, bowels, reproductive organs
Gemini: Relationships, partnerships, open enemies, lawyers, counselors, kidneys, bladder, skin
Capricorn: Work, health, improvement, diet, colleagues, pets, digestive system, intestines, spleen
Leo: Children, lovers, self-expression, creativity, gambling, heart, chest, spine, upper back
Virgo: Home, family, mother, land, heritage, roots, breasts, womb, ovaries, stomach
Libra: Siblings, neighbors, local travel, cars, computers, electronics, arms, hands, lungs, nervous system
Scorpio: Money, possessions, earnings, financial security, ears, nose, throat, vocal chords
Sagittarius: Self, personality, appearance, health and vitality, head, face, eyes, brain
Capricorn: Dreams, fantasies, secrets, psychic impressions, hidden enemies, addictions, feet, toes, lymphatic system
Aquarius: Friends, acquaintances, groups, social and community involvement, ankles, calves, shins, circulation
Pisces: Career, reputation, aspirations, authority figures, father, knees, joints, bones, lower back
Here are some other famous people born with Mars in Sagittarius: Dax Shepard, Sharon Tate, Jack Black, Christian Slater, George Takei, Kim Kardashian, Liev Schreiber, Carl Jung, Prince Harry, Ted Bundy, Jeff Conaway, Ian Somerhalder, Lil Wayne, Prince Charles, Saddam Hussein, Alexis Arquette, Portia de Rossi, Liam Hemsworth, Jackie Chan, Kevin O’Leary, Olivia Del Rio, Walter Matthau, Kendall Jenner, Simon Baker, Matthew Perry, Hugo Chávez, James Cameron, Ashlee Simpson, Benjamin Franklin, Ben Stein, Steffi Graf, Ferdinand Magellan, Nigella Lawson, Hô Chi Minh, Fisher Stevens, Nicolette Sheridan, Jesse Metcalfe, Ty Pennington, Josh Holloway, Johnny Knoxville, Doris Day, Donnie Wahlberg, Tyler Perry, Brittany Snow, Johnny Rotten, Amber Rose, Guy Pearce, Oliver Platt, Terence McKenna, Kristen Johnston, Ashanti, Jamie Bell, Lorenzo Lamas, Rachel Hunter, Chaz Bono, Jason Priestley, Norman Rockwell, Charlotte Church, Mimi Rogers, Ron Howard, Casey Anthony, Catherine Bach, Andrew Carnegie, Judith Krantz, Nia Peeples, Jesse James, Jerry Lee Lewis, Angie Everhart, Kate Jackson, Jack Haley Jr., Mike Ferrell, Patty Hearst, Lynette Fromme, Mira Sorvino, Dominic Monaghan, Francis Bacon, Mariel Hemingway, Christopher Plummer, Cesar Millan, Margot Kidder, Lauren Holly, Matt Groening, Stephen Stills, Merle Haggard, Rose Kennedy, Lil Jon, Marla Maples, Stan Laurel, Duane Allman, Ryan Kwanten, Bea Arthur, Nathan Lane, Patricia Clarkson, Elizabeth Gilbert, Rob Ford, JoAnne Worley, Carl Reiner, Colonel Sanders, Kim Fields, Lady Bird Johnson, Blake Edwards, Gavin Newsom, Moon Unit Zappa, Clive Barker.
Mars will remain in Sagittarius until October 26, 2014, when it moves into Capricorn. Even if you weren’t born with this placement, now is a good time to put your energy into higher mind pursuits, such as taking classes, going back to school, studying politics or religion, etc. It’s also a good time to find ways to commune with nature, plan a trip abroad or develop social relationships with people from foreign or dissimilar cultures from your own.
Mars in Sagittarius
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