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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    I could not believe what my eyes read! I quote here: “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.”
    My Son by SAD is in conjunction with my natal Mars. I grew up in a physical and verbal abuse environment. My parents got divorced and I was happy after that until I recently worked in someplace where abusive behaviour (bullying, harassment in the form of isolation and other “minor” abusive behaviours) came back to me. It’s taken me about 5 years until I finally discovered that both patterns were related and they are called: Narcissistic Abuse. I found the answer finally because I was looking for the answer and to understand why I keep living the same over and over again. I said: “enough!” I need to solve this!
    Reading your statement above, made me feel that my chin was falling on the floor!!!

  2. Very sensitively written.
    My progressed Mars (secondary progressions) is about to enter Arries. When it does so it will square progressed sun and oppose progressed pluto. Do you happen to know any cases with that experience? I am really anxious about that coming progression and would be greatful for any insight in regards.

    • Hi Hagit, in my practice, I only associate progressed (solar arc in my case) planets with natal points – so I do not consider the aspects between progressed planets. I’m sure there are some people that use such methods, but it’s not one I have practiced with so cannot comment.

  3. Yes my solar Arc Mars Just started to conjunct my Pluto in Libra in 5th house. I’ve been feeling an immense drive to boldly re-invent the creative work I’m in. I don’t have the resources or much energy at this time to do too much, but I do have the focus to and desire. Will be interesting to watch how this energy grows for this next year!

  4. “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. “—- This is sooooo trueeee!!!

    I have my progressed Mars in Libra in 12th. How can I interpret that?? Debilitating action?

  5. Currently I have Solar Arc Mars & Chiron is exactly conjunct my natal Moon in Cancer, 11th. I can relate to that. Feeling angry time to time and suppressing my emotions towards my family doesn’t work anymore. They just come out of nowhere… I’ve been meditating regularly to bring my mind to peace. Trying to understand what my subconcious says to me. It’s really hard though… You think you only feel anger, but there can be layers of emotions behind the anger. It takes a lot of time to wipe away those chronic childhood memories.
    Didn’t know solar arcs were this powerful until I realized I’ve been experiencing this aspect. Because neither my transits/progressed nor solar return charts couldnt answer the inner change I’ve been feeling till I looked at my Solar Arcs! It just felt right and within a few days I saw your new entry about it. The coincidence! Since Solar Arcs have 1 orb separating after conjuction, I’m taking it easy on myself. It’s always a pleasure to read your blog :)

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