Just Plain Nasty

From the end of November 2019 to the beginning of January 2020, we’re confronted with some just plain nasty energy as Mars moves through his home sign of Scorpio. Of course, it doesn’t have to be nasty but there’s a pretty good chance that it will be and to learn why, please keep reading.


But first, let me give you a taste of what it might look like:

 …. my husband and I were driving from Oxford to the Lake District on the motorway known as the M6 and the traffic, unpleasant at the best of times, was worse than usual. But it all came to an ugly head when a dark BMW cut us off moving last minute and without indication, into the fast lane and my husband, who has Mars in Scorpio, didn’t hit the brakes but instead accelerated. Despite some unpleasant gesticulation between my husband and the driver of the BMW, we didn’t collide but I think you can see the potential for disaster when two powerful cars (my husband drives a black Audi A5) engage in a proverbial ‘pissing contest’ at 80-90 mph.

Welcome to Mars in Scorpio.

When a planet, like Mars, is in a sign it rules, in this case Scorpio, it readily expresses itself in way that is keeping with its essential nature.

As the god of war, Mars does war-like things: he fights, cuts, thrusts, and initiates. Mars is also associated with valour and courage and so when Mars is behaving well, we might expect Mars to be the proverbial knight in shining armour, fighting for a just cause. But when Mars is behaving badly, we might expect him to be excessively combative and aggressive, often for no readily apparent reason.

Every planet is both a ‘good’ and a ‘bad’ side, at least ‘good’ or ‘bad’ in keeping with societal norms and values. Often, it’s difficult to predict which side will manifest and this is especially the case with planets like Mars, which are considered to be ‘nocturnal’ in their essential nature.

‘Nocturnal’ is associated with the feminine and so in classical astrology, takes on characteristics associated with being variable and receptive. Nocturnal planets like Mars are even more variable when they are in the feminine signs they rule, in this case Scorpio.

In the northern hemisphere, Scorpio is decidedly autumnal – the light of the Sun is in slow, yet steady, decline until fully dissipated with the winter solstice.

This symbolism, which informs much of western astrology, suggests that Mars in Scorpio is more likely than not to behave in a dark, destructive, dissipating way. Because Scorpio is a ‘fixed’ sign – i.e. ‘holding the fort’ – Mars in Scorpio is often highly defensive whilst at the same time on the offensive – hence witness the recent ‘road-rage’ incident on the M6 when the ‘space’ occupied my husband’s black Audi A5 was ‘invaded’ by the dark BMW.

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