Mars' Transit Through Aries
January 24, 2004
(Note: Forecasts underlined
and in maroon
are links to previous Forecasts.)
Mars' Long Suppressed Energy
projective energy has been largely withheld since June 3, 2003, as the planet of
war has been under the restrictive influence of Saturn since that
date. Today, Mars moves into Aries, where its 7 month accumulation
of aggression and violence can be released upon the world and our
individual charts. The nature and
timing of this Martian eruption will be detailed in this Forecast.
First, here's a recap of Mars' dispositions since last summer to
better enable our understanding:
Mars stayed in Saturn-ruled Aquarius from June 3 to December 6.
While Mars typically travels through each sign for 2 months, its
retrograde from June 29 to September 27 tripled its time in Aquarius to 6
months. Saturn is a delaying and withholding influence, especially
upon impulsive Mars, and while some Martian energy was released before and
after its passive retrograde, the overall effect was an accumulation
of pent-up energy. The October 9 Forecast,
Mars! Mars! And We Ain't Talkin Candy Bars, discussed that situation,
remarkable 3 tiger bites in early October that manifested the partial
release of carnivorous Mars' ferocity after ending its retrograde motion.)
Only recently out of its summer retrograde, Mars has moved quickly through Pisces
in 7 weeks, beginning December 7 and ending today, January 24. Mars'
behavior during this interval was explained in the October 15, 2003 Forecast, Gandhi,
Martin Luther King & Today's Democracy Dilemma,
Mars will next enter Pisces on December 7, from which it will
aspect Saturn in Gemini. In turn, restrictive Saturn will
aspect Mars, linking these planets togeth- er. The resulting
heightened frustrating tensions will continue until the end of
this transit on January 24. However, as Saturn restricts
Mars' energy, this combination's frustrations will be largely
withheld, like building pressure inside the volcano.
December 7 to January 24, philosophical (abstract thinking)
Jupiter will be released from Mars' glare, giving an opportunity
to further pursue liberty, this time with regard to Iraq and the
rest of our international relationships.
This quote also speaks
to the efforts for democracy in Iraq and improving international
relationships, which has turned out to be an accurate prediction, although
enduring positive results are not assured.
Concomitantly, philosophical Jupiter has brought
serious and deep consideration of the democratic presidential candidates,
making Howard Dean's emotional outburst unacceptable. Here's why Dean "lost
it" last Tuesday, Mars' day of the week. Mars has become frail
this week as it moved the end of the sign (this is called Sandhi, meaning
dead in Sanskrit) and a weak warrior is an angry and destructive
one. With Dean's birth chart Mars similarly weak and throwing
an aspect to his 10th
house of career and the public in Pisces, the Mars transit through Pisces
stimulated a loss of emotional control at failing to win
the Iowa Caucus.
It is interesting too that the NASA space probe
has malfunctioned, as again, a weak Mars is a destruct- ive Mars, and this
is, after all, the planet of engineering and machines.
Today, then, Mars enters Aries, and for the first time since last June,
Mars is not held back by Saturn. This is detailed in the following
section and is the focus of this Forecast.
Mars' Destructive Energy
Mars in Aries portends the release of 7 months of withheld energy.
This will tend to be precipitous and even devastating, for Rahu amplifies
and intensifies Mars. Again from the Gandhi
| ...from January
25 until March 11, transit Mars will cross Aries, where poisonous
Rahu (an eclipse point and head of a dragon in Hindu mythology) is
currently transiting. This combination brings intense desire
expressing itself in bitter antagonism, meanness, spite and
violent abuse, and religious Jupiter's aspect adds a vengeful
god(s) to the recipe for violent disaster.
In other words,
an unstable and frustrated occupied Iraq will be the most likely
loca- tion for Jihad to begin, for the long suppressed Martian volcano to
erupt. While the close conjunction of Mars and Rahu, from
February 22nd to the 25th, will be the most volatile, the entire
transit will stimulate Mars to release its pent up energy.
In the December 13, 2003
Forecast, Vedic Vignettes, I
added weight to this prediction by stating,
|Another influence for violence is the
point of the November 8 lunar eclipse, which was 22 degrees and 42
minutes (Aries.). Mars will be within 1 degree of this point on
February 28. The last week in February bodes ill for the
Mideast and concomitantly President Bush's reputation.
This pivotal Mars
transit was further emphasized in the December 8, 2003 Forecast, Vedic
Astrology Points The Way in the section Two
More Intervals Of Opportunity, which
included the above 2 quotes and predicted that this violence would
discredit President Bush.
Into Aries - The Battle Is
Mars rules (owns) Aries, which strengthens and
elevates it energies. Courage, wealth, logic, military prowess and
success (as examples) are all favored. However, the presence of Rahu
also transiting Aries ruins these higher significations of Mars and
promotes its lower significations - anger, fear, cowardice... Again,
the Gandhi Forecast is
referenced in its discussion of Mars' contrasting qualities. Also as
discussed, an aspect from religious Jupiter to Aries makes religion and
other belief systems (such as neo-conservatism) a natural focus.
Further, although expansive Jupiter could be understood to tone down the
Mars/Rahu fury, it also inflames it -- like using bellows to pump oxygen
into a fire.
To anticipate when
and how Mars will release its energy, Vedic Astrology looks to when Mars:
ends its "dead" Sandhi as it reaches 2 degrees of Aries, closes
to conjunction with Rahu and crosses the November 8, 2003 lunar eclipse
The position of the Moon is also considered, as this is the planet
of the perceptional mind and an indicator of life. We would
further look to the positions of other planets.
The chart to
the right shows Mars at 1:49 degrees, closely approaching the end of
its Sandhi condition on January 27 at 11:30 AM for Washington
DC EST. That this is a Tuesday, Mars' day of the week,
aggravates the energy.
By 5:00 PM, Mars will reach 2:00 degrees,
and at 8:00 PM the Moon will transit into Aries.
January 27 will thereby be a day of
intensely emotional desire, antagonism and escalated violence.
January 28 and 29 will likely see much
discord, as events from Tuesday are argued about and the Moon
becomes fearful in its transit across Rahu.
February 2 and 3 are Moon Mondays and Mars Tuesdays, and on these days,
both Mercury and Venus will be changing signs and thereby Sandi, which
indicates instability. Further, emotional depression is indicated in
the Moon transiting past Saturn.
Another sensitive period occurs during the
evening of February 11 through Noon, February 12, when the Moon will first
be directly opposite Mars and then conjunct Ketu. There is further
weakness in the Sun, which signifies power and government, crossing signs
at this time.
On Saturn's Saturday, February 14 in the early
morning, the Moon will be in its fallen sign of Scorpio receiving a bad
8th house aspect from Mars.
At midnight on February 22, Mars will begin its violent transit across Rahu,
which is further empowered because Mars is going forward and Rahu backward,
making this an even more severe clash of dissonant energies. This
conjunction will be exact the Tuesday evening of Mars 24, at which time the
Moon will also be in Aries.
February 25 will be challenging all day as the Moon
pushes onward toward the Mars/Rahu conjunction at 6:00 PM. At this
time, Mercury will be closing in on the Sun, which illuminates mentality but
in tying the ego to the mind, stimulates unbalanced and illogical decisions.
Mars will cross the November 8 lunar eclipse point
at 22 degrees and 42 minutes beginning at 3:30 PM on February 27 and ending
3 days later on March 1. The evening of February 29 and morning of
March 1 may be the most challenging, for during that interval, the Moon
crosses depressing Saturn. Also at this time, Venus will change signs
again, transiting into Aries, further weakening the planetary map, but by
March 2, Venus will have regained strength to bring its softening love and
compassion to bear upon the Mars/Rahu antagonisms. By March 2,
therefore, conflicts will tend to abate.
here are the sensitive dates: January 27, 28, 29. February 2, 3, 11,
12, 14, 23-29, March 1.
Events And Issues
religion-inspired violence, in the Mideast has previously been
predicted. Terrorist acts abroad or even in the US are a likely
accompanyment. President Bush will have Mars and then Rahu in his
planetary cycles from February 7 through March 4, which must bring him into
that conflict and also injure his reputation. Note that for Bush, the
Mars/Rahu conjunction occurs in his 10th of career and reputation. The
thought here is that violence in Iraq, which may extend to other countries,
harms Bush and actualize earlier predictions that the Iraq invasion was
Bush's great misadventure,
bringing his fall. The consequences of Mideast discord and violence in
February will be felt when Bush runs his Saturn/Jupiter/Saturn cycle from
March 4 to July 28. The most severe period is late May through
The New Hampshire primary on January 27 promises to
be a heated contest, with impulsive voting. The 3 strong candidates
identified in the January 18, The
Presidential Candidates - An Early Look, will be hard-pressed to
convince voters before the primary and will struggle with results. 8
more primaries follow in February in Southern and Midwestern states.
John Kerry, Howard Dean and Wesley Clark are the 3 polling leaders, and
here's how prospects for each appear::
John Kerry Mars/Rahu are in
his 6th house of enemies, indicating he will fight hard but also encounter a
backlash of some type. He will likely win New Hampshire, and beginning
February 2, will use diplomacy and his wife to advantage in the February
Howard Dean Mars/Rahu
are in his 11th house of goals, opportunities and friends, suggesting he is
highly motivated but will lose friends or by harmed by them.
Struggling as he is with the difficult planetary cycles of Saturn with
Venus, and entering a difficult Saturn/Venus/Ketu planetary cycle on
February 8, Dean will survive the New Hampshire primary but fall far behind
as the February primaries end.
Wesley Clark: Like
Kerry, Clark is Scorpio rising -- so Mars/Rahu are in his 6th house.
He will gain on Kerry and Dean in New Hampshire and continue to perform well
through the 8 February primaries.
There's a caveat here, for should Iraq erupt in
violence or terrorist acts occur, either of which would discredit Bush,
then the strongest antiwar candidates will benefit. Although Kerry
and Clark would be able to capitalize on this, Dean, as the original and
staunchest antiwar/antiBush candidate, could resurrect his candidacy on
Bush's failure. If this doesn't occur, however, Dean's campaign will
be completed by the end of February. Kerry and Clark are simply too
strong for him at this time.
At this time, John Edwards' birth time is still
not available, and I have not yet attempted rectify the birth time to find
a reliable chart. However, if his Ascendant is Aries, which appears
to fit, then he would be running very powerful and advantageous planetary
cycles of Jupiter with Rahu. Edwards would therefore tend to be
highly competitive and stay in the running. For that chart,
Mars/Rahu would be transiting through his 1st house, which would empower
and impassion his efforts. Still a convincing sweet-talker, Edwards
would put steel in his positions.
impacts of Mars' transit through Aries will vary for individuals,
but no one will escape some mani- festation of that violently
Working through the dissonant planetary
karmas to avoid, limit and reduce disruption will be best accom-
plished by not allowing oneself to become entangled in conflict
situations or highly charged interpersonal relationships. If
you find yourself with the choice of fighting or retreating, it will
likely be too late to avoid problems. There may be a flare-up
of flu or other contagious diseases during Mars/Rahu.
If you feel completely
or even under-whelmed, try humor.
With the second Mars rover due to land today, the
question naturally arises as to how these two robots will perform. In
1999, Mars (machines) was conjunct Ketu the very hour that NASA lost contact
with a previous lander. Since Mars will also be aspecting Ketu during
its transit through Aries, expect that the first rover will not be full
reactivated and that the second rover will also fail during February.
(Yes, Sadie Thorndike, Vedic Astrology does work on Mars.)