Mars moves on, but remains influential:
Recall that Mars has been transiting through the fire sign of Aries with Rahu and Uranus since June 26th and this Mars transit was explained in detail in the past two newsletters. Witness the extensive heat waves, numerous and particularly widespread, raging wild fires, explosions, earthquake in the Philippines, extreme sudden violence/hostilities/killings, numerous murders, angry protests, war and military exercise expansion over the past two months in the U.S. and globally. These types of events were predicted and expected.
On August 1st, Rahu, Uranus and Mars are all conjunct at 24 degrees Aries in Bharani nakshatra. Saturn will square this configuration by transit, not a pretty site. Right on schedule, today’s headline comes from the UN chief, warning the world “that humanity is one step, one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation,” citing the Russian war in Ukraine, nuclear threats coming from North Korea, Iran and many other issues.
At this point Mars is peaking and will finally move out of Aries on 8/10, into Taurus. Mars enters Krittika nakshatra on 8/5, leaving Bharani, and transits through Krittika until 8/27.
Krittika has the shakti (energy) of the power to burn or purify (or both). It is connected to the Sun which is also very hot and pitta in nature. You can see that Mars (hot/pitta) planet transiting in a heat-associated nakshatra is not about to cool down in expression. Therefore, we are likely to experience more extreme heat-related problems, drought and specifically problems with the food supply, agriculture, widespread fires continuing, as well as uncontrolled violence/hostilities. Mars in Taurus is stubborn and digs its heels in the ground, unwilling to change or move from its position.
Krittika is also associated with sharp instruments, knives, blades and cutting. These instruments can be used for harm or for good reasons. Mars in Krittika might help us “cut through” the ignorance, decay and toxins, to get to a more purified level of understanding (we can only hope at this point). One example of Mars in Krittika’s useful expression, is having surgery to remove (cut out) a cancerous tumor. Perhaps the world can remove some behaviors or ideologies that are harmful and cancerous in their own right?
While Mars is moving through Krittika, until 8/27, this is a particularly good time for us to remove, burn and cut out the putrefying decay, ignorance, annoyances, toxic people and otherwise from our own lives.’ Mars is an assertive, independent energy. We should make the effort to use this time for cleansing and directly taking actions to move toward a cleaner, more improved, purified, refined existence at whatever level that applies in one’s life.
It’s interesting to note that Mars will spend a particularly long period of time transiting through Taurus since it will eventually retrograde early in the next sign of Gemini, and move back into Taurus again. Mars will enter Gemini on 10/16 and then retrograde at 1:26 degrees Gemini on 10/20. Mars then re-enters Taurus on 11/13, continues to retrograde, and will transit through Taurus until 3-12-2023. This Mars transit is unusual for its very long duration passing through Taurus. The implications of this transit will be discussed in future newsletters, as Mars shifts between Gemini and Taurus during the next 7 months.
On 8/5, the Moon will be in Libra conjunct Ketu, and receive the harmful aspects of both Mars and Saturn, very close by degree. The Moon will form a Shakata yoga (6/8 relationship) with Jupiter (more difficult yoga for the Moon). This day is also the 8th lunar tithi, Ashtami, which is conflictual in nature and ruled by the planet Mars. This is a particularly difficult day for relationships, mediation and negotiations, or anything else that requires cooperation.
On 8/16, the Sun makes its yearly sojourn into its own strong sign Leo, where it shines brightly and exudes confidence, leadership and authority. The Sun transits through Leo until 9/16 when it then moves to Virgo. This year, the Sun will receive the aspect from Mars. This creates more restlessness, rash behavior, drive, ambition, assertiveness, fearlessness and courage in the atmosphere. Again, Mars and the Sun are both hot pitta planets, thus reemphasizing the extreme hot climate conditions, drought and fires, which are likely to continue through August and into September.
In the U.S. chart, this Sun’s transit is 7th from its Moon and in the 9thhouse from its Sagittarius Lagna. Considering the Mars aspect to the Sun, the U.S. might try to form some type of agreement or alliance with a brash, bold, forceful, authoritarian leader in power during late August or during the first two weeks of September. This transit might reflect some decision or progress involving the U.S. hostage (swap) negotiations that are taking place with Russia. The U.S. may also gain some authority and recognition in the world during these four weeks, with important research, information or other knowledge, possibly coming from a University within the U.S.
Mercury gains great strength in August and retrogrades in exalted Virgo in September:
Mercury enters its strong, exalted sign of Virgo on 8/20 and receives the beneficial aspect of a strong Jupiter in Pisces. Mercury will also retrograde in Virgo, next month, on 9/9 and then turn direct in Virgo on 10/2 at zero degrees. Mercury will then continue to transit through its strong Virgo position until 10/26.
Since Mercury will transit its strongest sign position during this entire time, we’ll witness the strength and benefits of a strong Mercury in force for a longer than normal period of time. This is a bright spot astrologically. With such a strong Mercury in force, this will be an excellent period for all types of educational, analytical, technical and precise work to advance. This is a good period for learning, communications, gaining and presenting information, improving technology, analyzing/integrating data, and attending lectures and lecturing. It’s a nice time for paying attention to finer details, and working with calculations, statistics and organizing research data. This is also an excellent time for starting the school year, taking classes, workshops or learning a new subject. We’ll experience Mercury direct in Virgo for the last 10 days of August and into the first 8 days of September. Then Mercury will turn retrograde at 14:45 degrees Virgo late on 9/9.
Not all Mercury retrograde periods are alike. While Mercury turns retrograde 3-4 times per year, the exact astrological conditions involving a particular Mercury retrograde influence and alter how that Mercury retrograde expresses itself. The next Mercury retrograde begins late on 9/9 in exalted Virgo and turns direct on 10/2 in Virgo at zero degrees. Therefore, we fortunately get to experience Mercury take a second transit through the entire exalted sign of Virgo, moving direct in Virgo until 10/26, when Mercury then enters Libra.
In this particular Mercury retrograde starting on 9/9, Mercury is extremely strong and receives the beneficial aspect of a strong Jupiter, which optimizes and promotes Mercury’s ability to express itself. During the retrograde phase, Mercury will become even stronger. There may be an over-emphasis on analysis, logic, the intellect and being overly critical during this time, ignoring the subjective qualities. Situations may be a bit too rigid, cold, critical, one-sided, and out of balance—focusing only on the parts and not the whole picture.
Efforts will be judged on precision, organization and complete accuracy or they will likely be rejected. However, this Mercury retrograde is not likely to reflect the usual delays, breakdowns, changing plans and other frustrating complications that other Mercury retrograde periods often reflect. In fact, it’s a particularly strong period for most mercurial functions: organizing, analyzing, paying attention to details and doing any type of information processing or calculations. It’s excellent for using and expanding the analytical mind and problem-solving, or repair things logically. This is a good phase for writing, engaging in technical, precise work, improving one’s health, advancing medical research, engineering and architectural design. It’s a good time for drawing up house plans or analyzing finances, for example. It’s an excellent time for study, education and resolving technical issues requiring patience.