Progressed Mars: Symptoms of Resistance

Progressed Mars

Interpreting Progressed or Solar Arc Mars

Regardless of what system you use (I use Solar Arc), progressed Mars making a hard aspect to an important point in your horoscope will “heat it up” for a year or longer.  In general we think in terms of the following:

  • Learning to stand up for one’s self: Someone who has been enduring an abusive relationship may suddenly decide “enough is enough” and start to fight back to protect her dignity.
  • Learning self-assertion: A quiet, shy person may be put in a position of leadership where she must put himself forward to be seen by others.
  • Learning to harness energy and motivation: You may feel a greater degree of energy and motivation to get things done, and accomplish challenging tasks.

If anger is felt during the Martial period, we often expect it to be necessary.  However, not all fights that happen during this period are about protecting one’s boundary.  Sometimes the anger that’s felt could be masking a much deeper emotion, like fear.

Anger and the Fear of Change

Psychologically speaking, if a strong, chronic pattern (e.g. criticism, rejection, abandonment, etc) has been in place for 20, 30, 40 years or even longer, the ego identifies with it and resists letting go of that pattern – it will hold on to that pattern no matter how toxic or debilitating it is, because of a belief that says “this is how my life should be, because it always was.”

When such patterns (e.g. depression, self-criticism etc) are strongly operating, we may unconsciously resist opportunities to improve our lives, because being happier means we need to let go of familiar mental & emotional patterns.  Rather than change the pattern and feel the fear of the unknown, many people (without being aware of it) choose to stay within the familiar realm that feels debilitating, but safe.

You may be wondering “how is it possible to resist something good without being aware of it?”  Anger is one way.

Example: Someone who grew up in a turbulent household with a lot of shouting and fighting may feel uncomfortable (albeit unconsciously) living in a peaceful home because it threatens her life long belief (e.g. “Home is not a safe place”) which has also become part of her identity.  In this case, she may unconsciously begin to focus on those things about her partner that causes her to be angry, so that she may recreate that familiar pattern of shouting and fighting.

Solar arc Mars making a hard aspect to her Ascendant-Descendant axis or the Sun/Moon midpoint may be experienced as a season of angry exchanges and fights with her partner, not because of any external factors (although there may be some convincing scapegoats), but simply because she is afraid of peace and intimacy.

What is the alternative to such a scenario?  Progressed (solar arc) Mars activating the Ascendant or its ruler suggests a challenge to renew one’s identity, perhaps through adding more courage, boldness and motivated action.  In this example, it could also mean that she can begin to embrace a new sense of self within relationships: one that doesn’t involve constant fights and anger with her loved ones.

In making a significant change such as this, we need to be willing to let go of old, familiar patterns (e.g. criticism, fault-finding, etc).  This would likely trigger deep fear-response from the unconscious, which you need to have the courage to accept and move through.  In this way, the archetypal energy of Mars is being used to take us to a new awareness of success and peace in relationships, instead of being used to create upsets and perpetuate old patterns.

Progressed Mars: Moving Through Resistance

Of course, we’re not just talking about relationships – this can apply to any area of life.  If you notice anger, tension or anxiety building within your body while progressed or solar arc Mars is activating your horoscope, check to see if your life is changing, perhaps for the better.  Fear of success is a real thing, and becoming aware of our resistance to feel better can help us release old habits and create a new, more powerful sense of self.


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Saturn in Astrology: Effort and Discipline within Maturation Process

Blue LakeWithin the process of life development, Saturn’s passage prompts the idealistic, fiery spirit of youth to descend into the watery realm of feelings (where heavier emotions such as grief and compassion are felt), or into the earthly realm of duty and responsibility.

We all feel the weight of maturation process as we age, regardless of differences within our individual horoscopes.  However, Saturn’s natal placement in an individual’s horoscope might signify a direction within the process of maturation, a necessary challenge to achieve victory in a certain area.

Saturn placed within a sign or a house could suggest a need for restraint in order to curb excess in a certain area, or a necessary effort demanded within that particular sphere of life.

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Outer Planet Transits and What They Mean to You

contemplating eternity under massive skyUranus-Pluto Transiting Square 2011-2016

In Spring of 2011, Uranus and Pluto came within orb of transiting square in the beginning of Cardinal signs, and they will continue to move in lockstep, squaring each other until 2016.  Collectively, this reflects massive potential for change and upheaval – some of which we’ve already seen in the Middle East.  Individually, this dual transit is/will be making a hard aspect to all of our planets and points located within the first half of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.)

Neptune in Pisces 2011-2025

Elsewhere, Neptune has moved into its own sign Pisces in 2011, and will be powerfully impacting our planets in the beginning of Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces.)

All three planets (including Pluto, which is technically no longer a planet but still important) invite profound change of the status quo which was defined by Saturn.  In this article we’ll take a look at the significance of each outer planet transit to your horoscope.

Outer Planets Challenge Existing Order

Transits and solar arc of Saturn tend to build upon the existing order through developments like promotions and additional responsibility within our current career.  On the other hand, the outer planet transits or solar arc often involve a fundamental shift in your attitude, vision and perspective about why you do what you do.

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Mars and Anger: Keys for Horoscope Analysis

Mars and AngerIn astrology, Mars represents how we need to pursue what we want in order to be effective.  Ideally, your Mars needs to be spending most of its time in a state of focused action (the Hunter mode) to bring you closer to your goals.  In reality, it’s likely that you also experience Mars as frustration and anger in your daily life.  In this article we’ll explore the angry side of Mars in your horoscope and how it may uniquely express itself in your life.

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Moon and Memory: Emotions You Tend to Remember

Moon over WaterMoon symbolizes your emotional needs as well as memory.  Our Moon (i.e. the parts of our brain responsible for storing emotional impressions) stores all emotional experiences such as love, joy, sadness or anger, over the course of our lifetime.

Natal Moon and Your Memory

The strongly felt & frequently repeated emotions tend to become “hard wired” in our brain.  A series of joyful experience repeated over time will create a hopeful, enthusiastic Moon that responds to life with hopeful, enthusiastic attitude.  Likewise, a series of sad experiences during childhood may create a despondent, insecure Moon that responds to life with fear and anxiety.  Keep Reading >>

Natal Venus and Your Relationship Effectiveness

In your natal chart, Venus shows how you need to relate to others in order to be most effective.

Venus is the magnet that attracts others to us and makes them want to stay in a relationship with us.  In business, friendship or romance,  expressing the qualities suggested by your natal Venus may help you attract (and keep) better relationships. 

Elements of Your Venus Sign: Necessary Qualities in a Relationship
Consider the element of your natal Venus sign as shown below.  Are you currently expressing the qualities associated with your natal Venus? 

Fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius): Enthusiasm, Confidence, Humor, Faith

Air (Libra, Aquarius, Gemini): Intelligence, Knowledge, Communication, Interest in Others, Diplomacy

Earth (Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo): Getting things done together, doing things for others, giving gifts, making practical, helpful improvements

Water (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces): Compassion, Caring, Nurturing, Empathy

Example and Application: Barack Obama’s Venus
When Sun and Venus occupy different signs, expressing the Venus’ quality may not come naturally to you.  However, successfully integrating & expressing the Venus energy is vital to your relationship effectiveness.

Consider President Obama’s horoscope with Leo Sun, Gemini Moon, and Cancer Venus.  For sure he had shown all the confidence and the theatrical energy of Leo Sun, as well as the wit and eloquence of the communicative Gemini Moon.

However, arguably, what really made him so popular with the public was the depth of empathy and caring he was able to convey through his speech: in other words, his Venus in Cancer (on Aries Point, no less) gave the sense “I really feel and care about you.” 

We could say that this watery energy of empathy gave him the necessary softness required to win American public’s support, as well as the Nobel Peace Prize.  If he did not utilize his Venus’ energy, he may have ended up sounding clever and flashy but not particularly likable.

More Examples of Sun and Venus in Different Elements
If you have the Sun in a Water sign but have your Venus in a Fire sign, it may prove to be a lot more effective if you spoke up more, projecting more confidence and enthusiasm than you may naturally feel.  To stay introverted (as Water sign Sun tends to do) and sensitive all the time would not be the best strategy in this case.

If you have a Sun in an Air sign but have your Venus in an Earth sign, you may want to consciously explore ways of giving tangible evidence of your love to others, rather than just talk about it all the time. 

On the other hand if you have a reverse combination (Earth Sun and Air Venus), then you may need to work on verbalizing your love by saying things like “I love you” on a more regular basis, rather than assuming that being a good provider is enough.

Conclusion: What Does Your Natal Venus Say?
This exploration does not have to end with analyzing the natal Venus’ sign.  The sign and aspects (and even the house position) of Venus give helpful insights on how best we can relate with others. 

What does your Venus say about how you can relate with others in order to be effective?  Please feel free to share your experience and/or questions through emails or comments.

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Uranus in 12 Houses: The Power of Creative Network

Uranus archetype represents internal and external network, consisting of unique ideas and people that interact with each other. Creative ideas do not happen in a vacuum: they are born out of your connection to others that are different from you.

Think of the people that are well known for their creative work, and you’ll probably see that they either worked as a team, or were a part of a larger network of unique individuals (think jazz, or Florence during Renaissance.)

Network Leads to Cross-Fertilization

Creative people know that they can gain inspiration from other disciplines: painters could be inspired by the work of composers, who could in turn be inspired by architects, etc. Mathematics inspired many arts, as did philosophy. Writers inspired filmmakers, but the reverse is also true.

Creative people thrive from diversity, and their mind is able to accommodate disparate groups of people and ideas. Many study the work of the past masters of their art, delving deeply into history and absorbing the styles from different eras. The key is that they’ve reached out to people that thought & worked differently from them, and were open to learn from them.

Uranus in 12 Houses: Creative Networking

The placement of Uranus in your natal chart may suggest where such creative network would be most necessary for you to avoid being stagnant.

Uranus in 1st House – could be called a mark of the Renaissance Man (or Woman). This placement suggests that your self image is defined by the vitality of your creative network. It seems likely that you’ll need to be constantly involved with interesting people from various walks of life.

Uranus in 2nd House may suggest a network tied to your business or finances. A wealth minded Mastermind group? Sure, go for it.

Uranus in 3rd House may indicate a network of writers, teachers, or any other communicators, including IT professionals. Perhaps a network of people who are “in the know.”

Uranus in 4th House could imply a diverse group of people gathering in your home, most likely since you were very young. While it could have been a bit unsettling, getting exposed to diversity early in life may have helped you make friends easily later on.

Uranus in 5th House could suggest a playful network of people that share a creative or athletic interest. Another possibility is the network of people who work with children.

Uranus in 6th House might indicate a network of helpers and service oriented people. A group of animal lovers might also fit in the picture.

Uranus in 7th House suggests relationships marked by disparity and diversity. The friends could be so different from us that we can’t help but feel unique.

Uranus in 8th House may point to a network of healers and consultants that are into health and well-being. It could also suggest people that share an occult interest.

Uranus in 9th House might highlight an international network based on a cultural or philosophical belief. We can also consider networks of academics, lawyers, or writers.

Uranus in 10th House would suggest the importance of networking in the unfolding of your vocation. Professional associations, or cross disciplinary connections (i.e. connecting with people in other fields of work) could become important in future.

Uranus in 11th House may indicate networking with a group of friends that strive toward a shared purpose.

Uranus in 12th House can suggest a network that has to do with crisis or recovery.


If you want to be more creative, the easiest thing to do is to be a part of a network of people and ideas. Without any creative input from others, we tend to stagnate. Internally, we can also seek to cultivate a robust network of ideas through studying others’ works through books and other media.

Looking at your own horoscope, what does the placement of Uranus suggest? How do you network with others in the area specified by Uranus? If you feel a bit stagnant right now, do you think reaching out to other people’s works and ideas can help you be “unstuck” in that area?

As usual, feel free to share through emails or comments…

Mars in 12 Houses: Where Courage and Fear Reside

Courage is the ability to confront fear. Like two sides of the same coin, courage and fear cannot exist without each other. We can’t be brave without experiencing fear – if something doesn’t make you feel afraid, then it doesn’t take any courage to do it.

So even though Mars is associated with courage, we can also say that it represents fear.


Mars in 12 Houses

In your natal chart, the house occupied by Mars shows where fear tends to be present. However, this also means that we have an opportunity to express true courage in these areas.

Mars in 1st house (self image & ego) may suggest the fear of being weak or ineffective. At the core, there may be insecurity about one’s physical appearance or personality. Courage is needed to radically accept one’s own self, and to make necessary changes to be stronger and more effective.

Mars in 2nd house (money & self worth) might indicate the fear of not having enough, or not being enough. Spending money could be fear inducing, even when necessary. In this case, you might end up short changing yourself, not giving yourself what will make you happy. You may need the courage to affirm that “I’m worth it! I can buy myself nice things as long as I can afford it.”

Mars in 3rd house (mindset & communication) may bring up the fear of not being understood. Failure to communicate could lead to serious frustrations, leading to cynical or resigned attitude toward oneself and others. Courage is needed to express oneself clearly, as well as learning to communicate effectively.

Mars in 4th house (home & family) might suggest that there had been a fearful or hurtful atmosphere in your early home, full of criticism or anger. Consequently, such anger or fear might have become a part of your emotional foundation, making you feel unsafe at home. Courage is needed to make a break from the past, and form a new beginning, with a new family.

Mars in 5th house (creativity & children) may indicate a fear of expressing your “inner child.” Fear of being emotionally vulnerable could be masked by bravado and sexual conquests, leading to inner isolation. Courage is needed to make meaningful connections with others, through the honest expressions of feelings and creativity.

Mars in 6th house (service & cooperation with others) can suggest the fear of servitude, which can feel like a loss of dignity. Courage is needed to find self respect through work well done, and to value our own contributions to others.

Mars in 7th house (relationships) may indicate the fear of trusting others, which can lead you to “test” people by fighting them. Courage is needed to see that trust does not equal weakness, nor being taken advantage of.

Mars in 8th house (other’s self worth and well being) could reveal the fear of not matching up to others. This may lead to a trap of constant self comparison, and your feeling diminished by others’ success. Courage is needed to build up other people’s self-worth, as much as your own.

Mars in 9th house (higher mind, other people’s thoughts) suggests the fear of having your own worldview discredited by others. This may lead to a belligerent, know-it-all attitude where beliefs are concerned. Courage is needed to be receptive to other people’s views and opinions, and allow the possibility that they may hold the other side of the truth that you need to hear.

Mars in 10th house (career, vocation) may indicate the fear of not being successful or respectable. The anxiety to succeed quickly may result in rash career decisions. Here you may need to ask yourself how you’d like to contribute to the world, and have the courage to begin pursuing your purpose in life.

Mars in 11th house (friends, love hoped for) could suggest the fear of not being loved or accepted by others, which could lead to feeling alone even among friends. Courage is needed to love and accept yourself first, so that you may begin to receive from others.

Mars in 12th house (secrets, self undoing) often indicates hidden fears, which may lead to some irrational behaviors at times. Courage is needed to look within, and confront the inner demons of fear, shame and anger.

Looking at Mars in Your Natal Chart

Mars archetype is that of a Warrior: whenever you feel uncomfortable or afraid, it helps to be able to identify the cause of the fear, so that your inner Warrior can confront it. 

In addition to Mars’ house placement, your Mars sign may suggest how you deal with fear, and the Mars aspects may link several areas of your life together, to be faced with courage and determination.

What did your learn from your natal Mars placement? How does the fear and the courage manifest in your life? Feel free to discuss with emails or comments!

Working With Saturn: Internal Boundaries

Saturn rules necessary boundaries of all types. External world has boundaries such as laws, policies and regulations. Internally we carry boundaries in the form of psychological limitations. Some of these limitations (usually good common sense) are absolutely necessary; others need to be discarded as we mature and develop as a person.

Saturn Aspect to Inner Planets

Regardless of the type of aspect (square, trine etc.), Saturn’s touch is especially visible on inner (a.k.a. personal) planets:

Saturn – Sun aspect will define boundaries regarding self image and life direction. There may be perceived limitations with regard to what’s possible in career, relationship and overall well being. One’s life expectations might be based on the father’s life, or be influenced by problematic relationship with him.

The positive manifestation of this aspect includes integrity (knowing my values) and a sense of positive ambition (recognizing my potentials to grow & achieve more). The negative manifestation includes the loss of authenticity (not knowing who I am), and underachievement.

With Saturn – Moon aspect, the limitations are placed on emotions. Guilt or anxiety can be felt whenever one oversteps the perceived internal boundaries. How did the parents (especially the father) define what emotions were acceptable and what’s not? What was the acceptable behavior in the early home? What happened when you deviated from it?

The positive expression of this aspect includes emotional maturity and reliability. The negative expression includes chronic guilt and anxiety.

Saturn – Mercury aspect defines mental outlook. As intellect thrives on clearly defined boundaries, this aspect is thought to suggest capacity for a deep study of any subject. If not positively encouraged, however, a lack of confidence with regard to one’s mental capacity could be felt.

The positive expression here could be deep thinking and a dedicated pursuit of an intellectual subject, which can make you an expert in the chosen area. The negative expression can include a tendency for depression and difficulty in focusing attention.

Saturn – Venus aspect defines relationship orientation. The boundaries defined here could include: Whom to trust? How much to give/receive? How lovable am I? Like other aspects, the good/not-so-good modeling provided by the parents are influential (how did they express affection? Anger? Disagreement?)

When positively expressed, this aspect suggests capacity to build trusted friendships and partnerships. Negatively expressed, it could suggest wrong choice in friendships, and consequently building psychological walls around oneself.

Saturn – Mars aspect places boundaries on how we apply our energy. Paternal encouragement/discouragement tends to influence how one deals with failure and anger.

The positive manifestation of the combination includes resourcefulness and indomitable will to succeed, regardless of how many setbacks you experience. Negative manifestation includes resignation due to fear of failure. In the former, the energy of frustration is directed at solving the problem no matter what. In the latter, the anger is directed unto oneself, leading to implosion and depression.

Summary: Saturn & Internal Boundaries

Over time, Saturn creates numerous internal boundaries which generally serves to make us more mature, savvy and discerning with regard to many things. The downside often felt when Saturn contacts the emotional planets (especially Moon or Venus) is that it leads to shrinking and hardening of the heart, so that there is less room to let others in, or to experience enjoyable emotions.

The outer planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) often work to destroy old boundaries that are no longer necessary, so that our hearts may learn to expand again, learning to hope & trust while still keeping the maturity and discernment you gained over the years.

If you have natal Saturn aspecting an inner planet, how did its boundaries serve you as you developed in the area represented by the inner planet? Are there old boundaries that seem to be outdated and no longer necessary? Feel free to share through emails or comments….