Mars in Libra: The Balanced Application of Force

Mars in Libra (until October 30, 2021) is is a Martial Art; specifically, it is the Way of the Peaceful Warrior. In this “fighting” style, the most crucial foundational stance involves adopting a temperate calm that helps us know when and *just how much* to assert ourselves in any given interaction.  It is a balancing act in constant motion; neither too soft nor too sharp. Mars is considered to be in its astrological “detriment” in Libra, which is a way of saying this sign’s mellow and refined temperament does not sit well on hot-tempered barbarian Mars.  In Libra, Mars often isn’t really sure of when it’s appropriate to be self-assertive vs. when to acquiesce to another’s desires. But his current ongoing mutual reception with Venus in Scorpio (until October 7, 2021) pushes him to hammer this out & figure out that “middle way” between “you” and “I”; to seek the common ground that may exist between “we” and “me”.  Once this mutual reception breaks up in about a week, we’ll see what we have learned from our training.

When properly channeled, Mars in Libra identifies with others but not at the expense of Selfhood.  He genuinely wants to get along & is willing to make certain behavioral accommodations for the sake of achieving cooperation & harmony, but doesn’t allow a drive to be liked to completely compromise his own desires; rather, it is about seeking the mutual “win”. In “battle”, Hi-Fi Mars in Libra can be an invaluable comrade-in-arms who would rather fight (together) than switch.  He’ll also put all of his energy into fighting for what is fair and just. Dan Millman – author of “Way of the Peaceful Warrior” – had the following Devil’s Advocate take on the Libra concept of moderation:

Moderation? It’s mediocrity, fear, and confusion in disguise. It’s the devil’s dilemma. It’s neither doing nor not doing. It’s the wobbling compromise that makes no one happy. Moderation is for the bland, the apologetic, for the fence-sitters of the world afraid to take a stand. It’s for those afraid to laugh or cry, for those afraid to live or die. Moderation…is lukewarm tea, the devil’s own brew.

Though certainly a timely perspective under the current Venus in Scorpio/Mars in Libra mutual reception, we must remember that Mars is traditionally considered a malefic in astrology and as such it may do our boy some good to have his whole-hog, “Go for it!”, and sometimes rather selfish impulses tempered a bit from time to time.  Acting instead from a place that is calm, from one that is neither rooted in excessive self-interest nor solely motivated by a desire to please others, and from a considered and rational space can be a good thing; let your “opponent” be the one thrown off-balance while you make the “fight” look easy. 😘

10/01/2021

Mutual Reception: Venus In Scorpio, Mars in Libra

With Mars now settled into Libra and Venus now settled into Scorpio, we currently have a mutual reception between Venus and Mars in place! Mars is the Traditional ruler of Scorpio and with the Red Planet currently traversing Venus’s Libra kingdom while Venus herself occupies Mars’s murky Scorpio domain, this creates an energy exchange even though the two planets aren’t otherwise linked astrologically.

What might we expect from this Venus/Mars mutual reception? Well this energy can be a bit problematic for the sexes since “men are from Mars/women are from Venus” and both planets are considered debilitated in the signs they’re currently occupying. Very generally speaking, men are apt to be more acquiescing while women can adopt a more “take no prisoners” approach. Overall this vibe can have a rather “genderbent” kind of feel to it and reversals of stereotypical gender roles in relationships may become more common. This mutual reception can also evoke a “War of the Roses” vibe so do remember this if in the midst of a contentious split and divvying up possessions/assets.

That’s not all, though – the current mutual reception between Venus in Scorpio and Mars in Libra may elicit power struggles in relationships. For best results, focus energy instead on sharing/taking turns/mutual compromise and you’ll *both* “win”. This duo is also quite lusty and tends to amp up amorous attraction between individuals – while a passionate combo, there is a hazard of leading into a relationship with sex.  And as I am fond of saying, chemistry does *not* necessarily equal compatibility; sometimes it’s like oil and water! More broadly speaking, turbulence in partnerships  (be this for business or for pleasure) may be denoted by this pairing.

The takeaway is to tread a bit more lightly in relationships than we otherwise would for the next few weeks while this mutual reception plays out. Thankfully, it won’t last too long and once it’s over Venus will receive a more uplifting boost while Mars will come to occupy a powerhouse position; leaving the two planets in *much* better shape.The trickiest days to watch for are circa the dates that Venus finds herself in frictional contact with Saturn, Uranus, and then Jupiter around September 17th, 23rd, & 30th, respectively.  While Mars may find himself uncomfortable in Libra he will at least behave himself for the most part; the exception being the days around the October 6th New Moon when it forms a screwy inconjunct with unpredictable Uranus as Pluto rumbles and resumes forward movement.

09/16/2021

Mutual Reception: Venus In Scorpio, Mars in Libra

With Venus now settled into Scorpio for the next 3 ½ weeks, we now have a mutual reception between Venus and Mars in place! Mars is the Traditional ruler of Scorpio and with the Red Planet currently traversing Venus’s Libra kingdom while Venus herself occupies his Scorpio domain, this creates an energy exchange even though the two planets aren’t otherwise linked.

What might we expect from this Venus/Mars mutual reception? Well this energy can be a bit problematic for both sexes since “men are from Mars/women are from Venus” and both planets are debilitated in the signs they’re currently occupying. Very generally speaking, men are apt to be more acquiescing while women adopt a more “take no prisoners” approach. Overall this vibe can have a rather “genderbent” kind of feel to it and reversals of stereotypical gender roles in relationships may become more common. This mutual reception can also evoke a “War of the Roses” vibe so do remember this if in the midst of a contentious split and divvying up possessions/assets.

That’s not all, though – the current mutual reception between Venus in Scorpio and Mars in Libra may elicit power struggles in relationships. For best results, focus energy instead on sharing/taking turns/mutual compromise. This duo is also quite lusty and amps up amorous attraction between individuals; while passionate, there is a hazard of leading into a relationship with sex because of this. And as I am fond of saying, chemistry does not necessarily equal compatibility; sometimes it’s like oil and water! More broadly, turbulence in partnerships may be denoted by this pairing; be this for business or pleasure.

The takeaway is to tread a bit more lightly in relationships than we otherwise would for the next few weeks. Thankfully this mutual reception doesn’t last too long and once it’s gone Mars will be in a powerhouse position while Venus receives a lighter, more uplifting boost. And it’s not as if the *entire* mutual reception period is problematic; the trickiest days will be circa Nov 19th as Mars squares Pluto and at the very end of the month near Nov 30th as Mars opposes Uranus just as this mutual reception comes to a close. Think of it more as prevailing scenery that sometimes interacts with us; like the apple-throwing trees in The Wizard of Oz.  😝

11/07/2017

Warrior Venus, Bullish Mars

warriorvenusVenus is about to leave watery Pisces a prolonged stay in fiery Aries, shifting from the sign of her exaltation to the sign of her detriment for an almost 4 month long stay beginning this coming Friday. This is a big energy shift, as Venus goes from being an angelic Dream Girl to a total tomboy ready to kick ass and take names – think: Xena. This will be further complicated by Venus’ impending retrograde (kicking off at the beginning of March) and Mars entering Taurus shortly thereafter, creating a mutual reception between Venus and Mars. This is going to be a tough pairing because Mars is *also* debilitated in Taurus, meaning that although the energies of these planets reinforce one another they’re apt to bumble around rather clumsily; neither being very comfortable in one another’s home. It’s kind of like The Odd Couple + Trading Spaces – will Mars be the bull in the china shop? Will Venus wind up burning the place down? Tune in during March and find out, LOL!

In all seriousness, though, these energies *can* be worked with to coax more constructive expressions out them – you just have to really keep an eye out for their more problematic manifestations and do whatever you can to avoid playing into them. Neutrally, this has a “get money” kind of vibe to it which can be great if we need a little extra motivation to push our earnings UP! For example, a little friendly competition can be lucrative – a desire to win can spur us to put ourselves out there and be more aggressive regarding anything that can score us some profit. HOWEVER, we shouldn’t be SUPER forceful about it – polish and finesse are absolutely essential for balance! We also need to avoid any super-risky/impulsive financial ventures so we don’t wind up “in the red”. The other thing about this energy is it can spur us to SPEND money just as fast as we make it – it could figuratively burn a hole in our pockets for sure! Insta-Thing Lust is a very real hazard of this pairing, and covetousness should definitely be viewed as a Deadly Sin. If you want something BAD, spend the Venus retrograde fiendishly acquiring the funds to make it yours but stop short of actually buying the thing until Venus reaches her home turf of Taurus in June – especially if it’s a beauty product/treatment, any kind of “luxury” purchase, or major clothing/apparel expenditure. This will ensure it’s not an impulse buy and by then that moneymaking heat-seeking missile you’ve been developing/training for the last 4 months should have netted you more than enough cash to burn!

This planetary pairing is also great for attracting a comrade in arms to fight the good fight alongside you, or for charming/disarming a rival. Flirtations also flare up MEGA fast with this energy, but just be aware that chemistry ≠ compatibility. You can be insanely physically attracted to someone, have sensational sex, but might find them incredibly annoying as an actual partner so rushing into a romance is not a great idea. Lovers may wind up being be conquests more than anything, due in part to the fair amount of selfishness this vibe can generate where each may look to their own “wants”. The other thing to note is “traditional” gender role reversals may become more commonplace under this vibe, with women being more inclined to make the first move/be the pursuer/wear the pants in the relationship while men become more passive. Broadly speaking, Mars in Taurus can tend to feminize men while Venus in Aries may be inclined to butch up broads – throw a mutual reception into the mix and it’s a bit of a gender-bender!

02/01/2017