“And when you’re a star, they’ll let you do it. You can do anything.”
– Mars in Leo Rising Donald Trump, on how his celebrity status emboldened him to be physically aggressive with women.
The now-infamous quote above was uttered straight from the lips of a would-be president, if you can believe that – this doesn’t even take into account the *really* objectionable part (look it up for yourself – it’s been all over the news lately) that immediately followed. I think the statement so perfectly encapsulates the essence of Lo-Fi Mars in Leo, though – the bratty sense of entitlement to do whatever the hell you want since you’re a special little snowflake who doesn’t have to behave like the rest of the world because, well, you’re NOT the rest of the world, now are you? No, no, no – you’re far too extraordinary *coughNarcissisticcough* to act like everybody else does – that’s for the little people.
I remember looking at Mr. Trump’s chart during the summer of 2015 and noting he was about to have a Mars Return that was marked by a prominent square to Saturn in Sagittarius, which did not seem like a particularly favorable energetic influence for his White House bid to my mind. Mars is desire – in Leo, it always wants to be the star of the show. And what could possibly be a bigger stage than being the leader of the United States of America, I ask?
The Mars Return itself shows our drive and where we put our energies for the next two years. It is a cyclical event we all experience (albeit at different times) about every 22 months and looking at this chart can prove very useful for understanding what we want, what it is that’s motivating us, and how we go about about getting it, as well as whether or not we’re likely to emerge victorious in the pursuit of our conquest. You can therefore see why I would think this an important thing to be looking at when this planet already features so prominently in this man’s chart to begin with; let alone the fact that it takes an enormous amount of energy and drive (Mars) to run for office.
As to where Saturn in Sagittarius comes in, it represents both his political ambitions as well as a large obstacle in the way of achieving that goal when it is found squaring his Mars. His testosterone (also Mars’ domain) is what’s getting in the way here – note that in his natal chart Donald has Mars located in his astrological 12th house; the part of the chart astrologers have long referred to as “the place of self-undoing”. The 12th house and any planetary energies contained within it shows how we are apt to be the source of our own suffering and denotes where we are inclined to metaphorically shoot ourselves in the foot. Trump’s desire to wear the crown of political achievement is being cock-blocked (and yes, the phallic pun is wholly warranted since we are talking about Mars and Saturn here) by his churlish machismo – it’s like tripping over your own dick; seriously. Your fly’s down, Donald – put it back in your pants.
I did say NOT to sate a burning vengeance during Mars in Scorpio, did I not? And that one potential landmine of this Mars Retrograde period involves being Samuel L. Jackson-style pissed off, yes?
Please, let’s all take a cautionary cue from what happened in the wake of the tragedies involving Alton Sterling and Philando Castile and if we are angry at someone or something, DON’T leap to retaliation – Mars in Scorpio is still in contact with Uranus in Aries, and cooler heads must be allowed to prevail. There’s been far too much violence in the air (just look at the bombing in Istanbul and subsequent coup in Turkey, the aforementioned police killings of Sterling & Castile, as well as the aftermath in Dallas and possibly Louisiana) with the quincunx between these two planets in play, and it’s making everybody crazy. We do well to de-escalate tempers before Mars slips into Sagittarius (Aug 2) and meets up with Saturn (Aug 24).
Thankfully this aspect is starting to ebb as we speak, but we’re not home free yet. The quincunx between Mars and Uranus has been in effect since the second week of June and lasts for several more days yet – detach from hot situations whenever possible and strive to stay glacial cool, even when it’s a challenge.
Hi-Fi Mars is awesome – it’s heroic energy and bravery incarnate among many other things! But with Mars passing over the Moon’s South Node in Aries tonight, let’s talk about the more unsavory side of this energy for a moment; the “path of least resistance” that can get us into trouble.
Lo-Fi Mars in Aries is a bully and on the South Node this indicates an excess of self-assertion. Its whole paradigm is built on conflict as well as its ability to flex its muscles in response to this; so with Mars on the Aries South Node we have to be careful how we use our strength so that we don’t push others around – especially when it comes to getting what we want. Standing up for ourselves is one thing; dominating others is another. Because Mars in Aries relishes a competition and is invigorated by the thought of winning, we should also watch for a tendency to engage in “pissing contests”, or to take anything/everything as an affront/challenge. Lo-Fi Mars loves an opportunity to trounce someone or something, so this is a situation where operating from that baseline paradigm of life = conflict CREATES conflict. As ye seek, so shall ye find, and Mars passing over the Aries South Node can be extremely pugnacious and willing to fight over nothing at the drop of a hat. Unresolved anger issues can also be problematic with this placement – Mars in Aries would be much better suited to just taking it out on a heavy bag, picking up a martial art, getting laid, or doing something – anything – else that gives this stereotypically “macho” energy a healthy outlet. Um, well how about some virtual hand-to-hand combat with “Macho Dragons” at least, LOL? Mars has always championed dragon-slaying, and digital Uranus lingering close to Mars would certainly approve of doing it via a futuristic medium like your computer – hey, this IS the Age Of Aquarius we’re in, after all!
Real Mars can take a challenge and respects any opponent willing to go to the mat with it, baby Mars flips out and has a tantrum if someone has the *audacity* to challenge it when it know this opponent has a strong position and it might not be able to win. Lo-Fi Mars in Aries is libel to pitch a fit before throwing its toys out of the sandbox in an infantile manner; a real sore sport. Lo-Fi Mars on the South Node can also be supremely selfish, and nobody looks out for old “Numero Uno” and is capable of demonstrating such a profound lack of consideration for others as a Lo-Fi Mars in Aries! The final angle I’ll touch upon re: Path Of Least Resistance Mars is how crass, obnoxious, and abrasive it can be when done wrong. This is the lowbrow guttersnipe complete with cockney accent – indeed, this energy in combination with Venus’ simultaneous passage through this sign does have a rather Eliza Doolittle feel to it! The Libra North Node working in concert with Venus in Aries ask that we do our best to introduce a little refinement (however challenging this may be with Venus in the sign of her detriment!) to the equation.
Hopefully this post has provided ideas for how *not* to do this energy – those with planets or points near the 10 degree mark of Aries/Libra may be particularly sensitized to this vibe at the moment. Since the Moon’s Nodes are essentially creating echoes of last year’s Mars Retrograde, issues may be brought to the forefront that are reminiscent of events that arose between late December 2013 and mid May 2014. While Libra can certainly benefit from incorporating some Martian elements into their persona now, care should be taken not to swing to the other pole and go overboard with it because it can be real easy to do under these conditions. Aries, on the other hand, should be particularly wary of the hazards outlined in this article and looking to integrate a more considerate, polite, and compromising demeanor – for both signs, it appears there has been a sort of rebalancing going on where change has been the name of the game.