Mars Return

Image source: Wikipedia
Image source: Wikipedia

I’m in the middle of a Mars return. Astrologically, this means the planet Mars is now transiting directly over my natal Mars. This happens roughly close to every 2 years.

Now Mars is the God of war in mythology, which should give us an idea of some of the attributes associated with this planet: aggression, drive, willpower, domination, competition. The first Mars return happens when we are almost 2 years old, heralding the dreaded “terrible twos”, when a child starts to assert themselves – often in fits and screams and tantrums.

Mars return is often associated with accidents, falls, and the like, as well as a surge in physical energy that needs to find healthy outlets.

chartThat’s a section of my natal chart on the left, showing a nice conjunction of the North Node, Mars and Jupiter on the inner wheel, and transiting Mars on the outer wheel.

For me, an interesting observation this time around has been a number of very violent dreams – the kind where you wake up glad to be alive and see a sunny day. What’s more, the planet Neptune (dreams) is making an opposition to my natal Mars (and hence also opposing transiting Mars). I think this explains violent dreams very well, and actually is helping me to start understand oppositions.

Other “side effects” include:

  • having lots of extra work being placed on my desk at work (note that my natal Mars is in Virgo, the sign of duty and responsibility), and not only that, but I have found I generally have the energy to deal with this (whereas a year ago I would not have);
  • getting stuck into the garden again (though I garden regularly, so this may be a biased view) – Virgo is the sign associated with gardeners and farmers.
  • I can’t say I am any more cranky that my usual 😉 though possibly the opposition of Neptune is diffusing some of the more aggressive energy of Mars.
  • asserting my need/want for a new laptop 🙂 Finally, after 6 years, a new Macbook Pro is on its way. Oh, the joy.

Furthermore, I read this about Mars in Wikipedia,

In ancient Roman religion and myth, Mars (Latin: Mārs, Martis) was the god of war and also an agricultural guardian, a combination characteristic of early Rome.He was second in importance only to Jupiter, and [Neptune] and he was the most prominent of the military gods in the religion of the Roman army. Most of his festivals were held in March, the month named for him (Latin Martius), and in October, which began and ended the season for military campaigning and farming.

Under the influence of Greek culture, Mars was identified with the Greek god Ares,whose myths were reinterpreted in Roman literature and art under the name of Mars. But the character and dignity of Mars differed in fundamental ways from that of his Greek counterpart, who is often treated with contempt and revulsion in Greek literature.

I didn’t know about Mars also being an agricultural guardian – but then again, my knowledge of astrology and mythology is rather basic. I am saving up to start some Kepler College courses in 2014, with a view to complete their Diploma eventually.

Many blessings,

Source: Wikipedia
Source: Wikipedia

6 thoughts on “Mars Return

  1. renatembell October 31, 2013 / 12:35 am

    Best of luck with your studies. How exciting!

    • Monica October 31, 2013 / 9:33 am

      Thank you! It will be a couple of months until I enrol, but I realise I need to undertake some formal studies – if anything to deepen my understanding on these sort of things. Blessings.

  2. Zanna Starr October 31, 2013 / 1:46 am

    Fascinating, Monica! I enjoyed your write-up immensely. Makes me want to delve into my own chart to see what’s going on there right now. (I typically use astrology in a broader sense, to help me understand my personality rather than closely following transiting aspects.)

    • Monica October 31, 2013 / 9:37 am

      Hi Zanna – thank you! I think transits are just amazing. Actually I might just write up about another one next 🙂 See, it’s so addictive!! This blog is one way of keeping records of these transits and some of their manifestations, which is a great way of understanding them. First od course, one must take a look at their natal chart and have some grasp of it (which in itself can take, like, decades!). Blessings.

  3. Jennifer Barricklow October 31, 2013 / 2:29 pm

    At first glance, I thought the post title was the name of a new film: “Mars Returns!” — cheesy sequel to the infamous “Mars Attacks!” 😉

    I’ve never thought about Mars returns — of course it makes sense that they happen, but I’ve not read anything before that mentioned it before. I’ll have to do some digging in my chart…and I really appreciate the difference between Mars and Ares that you mention. Very much worth considering. Makes me want to look more closely at the other planets as well, and the differences between the Greek and Roman deities, who all too often get lumped together in our minds.

    • Monica November 4, 2013 / 11:34 pm

      Hi Jennifer – I didn’t know anything about the difference between Mars and Aries, so there you go 🙂 I feel assured in that I have a lifetime of learning ahead of me, which suits my perennial Sagittarius student heart ha ha. Many blessings to you.

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