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Mars in Taurus: Ready, Steady Aggression

While 2020 is over, the astrological calendar does not always cleanly line up with the Gregorian calendar. There is still some leftover energy from 2020 that we will have to contend with in 2021, particularly throughout January. And Mars will feature especially prominently in the cosmic conversation this month.

On January 6, 2021, Mars entered Taurus. Planets in anaretic degrees, that is to say the 29th, or last, degree of a sign, are often felt or expressed more intensely than during their transit through the remainder of a sign. This is in large part due to the shift in both quaternity (mode) and triplicity (element) that occur upon entering a new sign.

On January 6th, 2021, the US Capitol building in Washington, D.C., USA was breached by a group of protestors incited to riot during the Congressional certification of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election results. And on the 6th of this month, after having been chilling in his home sign for more than six months when he normally only stays in a given sign for six weeks, Mars left the anaretic degree of Aries and entered the fixed sign of the bull. Taurus being a sign ruled by Venus, Mars has a natural aversion to and discomfiture in this sign. And Mars had a lot to say.

The above image of the self-proclaimed "QAnon Shaman” has achieved mainstream notoriety in the aftermath of the events of the U.S. Capitol breach. Of particular note is the bullhorn and bull horns sported by a figure engaging in a martial display of force and aggression. It is a visceral representation of the archetypal cosmology and zeitgeist of the day.

The next potentially dicey major astrological weather to keep an eye out for will occur on January 20th. That’s right, Inauguration Day in the United States. They sure know how to pick ‘em in D.C., don’t they?

Let’s take a closer look at the skies on January 20th at noon in Washington, DC.

On January 20th, Mars moves into conjunction with Uranus at 6 degrees of Taurus. The uneasy martial energy of Mars in Taurus combined with the unpredictable and sudden nature of Uranus is a bit of a powder keg just waiting for a match.

But wait, there’s more! Similarly that day, the Moon will also be void of course at 29 degrees Aries. At an anaretic degree of Aries, it will not be in dialogue with any planets at the time of the ceremony, which is not great for the luminary indicating fortune. A void of course Moon usually indicates a lack of control or things not going according to plan. Not only that, but it will be moving into conjunction with Mars and Uranus in Taurus later that same day (the Moon can move up to 13 degrees per day). The Moon is a mirror that reflects (i.e. amplifies) those celestial bodies with which it is in aspect.

But wait, there’s more! At the same time that this conjunction is occurring in Taurus, these three bodies (Uranus, Mars and Moon) will be forming a square with the Sun, Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius. While Jupiter can provide some optimism and is separating from Saturn, and therefore beginning to distance itself from the other planet's influence, Saturn is the ruler of the sign of Aquarius. This means that Saturn will feature more significantly in the conversation with the planets in the sign of Taurus during this particular transit.

But wait, there’s more! At the time of the ceremony, Pluto will be conjunct the Midheaven. The planet representing transformation, rebirth and power will be directly overhead. Will this be a smooth transition of power, allowing the country to rise from the ashes like a phoenix to be reborn anew? Or will absolute power corrupt absolutely?

If all this Debbie Downer astroforecasting has you bummed out, be heartened that we are in for some pleasant transits this spring. I, for one, am ready for some good vibes.

In peace & love,


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