In Astrological theory, Mars symbolises our ambition, drive, focus, desire to change things, physical and mental training, areas where we want to achieve something or simply our impulsion to clean up the damn table 🙂

The reddy fellow is not going retrograde this civil year, which is good news as we can charge forward without spending 2 months reviewing our past heroic deeds or trying to solve unbreakable puzzles like in summer of 2018.

Nevertheless, the Athlete (I just had an idea to call Mars that way J) will cross over signs with which he has variable affinity and this is where the traditional astrology comes in handy to evaluate this planet’s condition.

In the graph below, we have a visual representation of Mars’ transits throughout the year in tropical Zodiac. As we can see it travels through 8 signs out of 12, starting with the blazing Aries at the beginning of the year. The logic behind this 5-score graph is the following:

5 points – Mars is in his domicile or the sign it rules by day and night (Aries, Scorpio)
3.5 points – Mars is in the sign that corresponds to its temperament (Leo, hot and dry).
2.5 points or the median – Mars is peregrine (with no essential dignity, “don’t care” kind of attitude) – Gemini and Virgo
2 points – Mars is in the sign of its fall but ruling the triplicity by night (according to Dorotheus of Sidon, a Greek astrologer of 1 century AD) – Cancer
1 point – Mars is in the sign of its detriment (Taurus, Libra)

The colours correspond to the element of the sign: orange for fire, grey for earth, green for water, blue for air. The dates of the ingresses are also given below each bar (GMT+1 time zone).


We see that the year starts and ends with a peak in Martian energies, followed by a slower pace from mid-February to the end of March. Things do go faster during April until mid-May, then become more introverted but still action-oriented until the beginning of July. The second half of summer (or winter, depending on where you are) until mid-August is more outwardly expressive and stable, whereas the whole month of September calls our attention to bring more order into our daily lives. From October up to mid-November, our endeavours will have a better investment/return ratio if others are listened to, and finally, the end of the year will be a good period to immerse oneself in the ongoing projects and stay on track.

Quick overview

N ow that you know where Mars’ path lies during this year and its overall mood / capacity to act and make things happen according to the sign it will be in, let’s walk through each one of them to see what activity or attitude would be favoured during every period.

NB We astrologers, try to squeeze out more meanings out of the signs than there probably is. Signs are supposed to indicate our mood, traits of character, or even our profession! But according to the latest research, the signs indicate HOW we do things and NOT WHAT we do. Each sign is a process and has a certain existential principle/attitude that it corresponds to, but it doesn’t make you a writer because you are a Gemini or an artist because you are a Pisces.

Mars in Aries (masculine, cardinal, fire) – “I want it to happen”.

Honey I’m home! Now let’s kick some…eghm, Mars likes to be in a familiar setting of a constantly renewed Aries (sorry for the oxymoron!). This period favours a more decisive approach to your daily/business affairs. It’s not necessarily starting new things, it may also be finishing those things that kept hanging around for some time – it can be anything, actually. The essential part is to make it finally happen. Want to plan a vacation? Take the exam? Lose some weight? Go for it!

Mars in Taurus (feminine, fixed, earth) – “I want to build”.

This transit of Mars is favorable for long-term planning, physical practices like Yoga that bring us in alignment with the Tao (the “mother of the world” in Chinese philosophy), or any practices that help us feel and choose the right moment to act. Mars feels frustrated in Taurus because it wants immediate change (I have Mars in Taurus!), but in order to succeed we need to understand the beauty of the gradual change and be patient!

Mars in Gemini (masculine, mutable, air) – “I want to know”.

Things are getting faster and more versatile during this period. In all your projects, take advantage of multiple perspectives and sources of information, don’t limit yourself to one rigid point of view. Of course, you are welcome to travel, talk to neighbors and write articles, but what is essential is your attitude that will help you make the most of this peregrine Mars in Gemini. Don’t get stuck.

 Mars in Cancer (feminine, cardinal, water) – “I want to connect”.

Entering the abode of the cold and moist Cancer doesn’t make Mars disabled, but it does change its frequency to more sensitive waves. I have a friend whose Mars is in Cancer on the Ascendant, and she’s literally a marathon runner when it comes to cooking for the family and taking care of her land. There is the same Aries passion, obsession and of course action, but expressed in the areas that create the “cosmic egg” feeling. Another example is of a person who travelled to meet indigenous people in South America and asked for forgiveness for the barbarian actions carried out by the conquistadors of the past.

Mars in Leo (masculine, fixed, fire) – “I want to express”.

This period favors activities that serve the need to express our talents and individuality. This can range from taking singing courses to writing a book on how to educate children! Or it could be that extra marzipan flower you put on a cake.  If you’re in a middle of a project, make time to identify its special forces and focus on that.

Mars in Virgo (feminine, mutable, earth) – “I want symmetry”.

This placement is favorable for polishing anything you will be having in progress during that time. Mars is the participating ruler of the earth triplicity, so you can also plan your actions and manifest things quite successfully. Focus on the areas that demand extra-attention, extra-effort and extra results. The actual areas could vary from your eating habits to figuring out additional functions / inconsistencies in your important software.

Mars in Libra (masculine, cardinal, air) – “I want to cooperate”.

This time marks a period where we must not only use our mouth but our two ears as well. Despite the initial frustration, listening to others and getting something constructive out of it will maximize our efforts. In any of your ongoing activities, remind yourself to seek input and help from people you consider to be your partners, colleagues or friends. Take advantage of opportunities resulting from your active contacts with others!

Mars in Scorpio (feminine, fixed, water) – “I want to merge”.

The end of the year is a good period to immerse oneself in whatever one considers important and stay focused on that (without getting to extremes, however!). Deal with things you postponed because it wasn’t pleasant and finish them! Reading, listening to music, exercising or even arguing – everything will be infused with the desire to understand, to solve and to go deeper.

BONUS 1: Mars is in harsh aspect to Saturn on January 21, June 14 and October 27 – don’t be too hard on yourself the next time you feel that nothing is moving forward on these days!

BONUS 2: Using any of these free resources, cast your chart to learn where your Mars is placed.

Keep in mind that when Mars will be transiting the signs of the same mode as your natal Mars’ sign (Cardinal for Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn; Fixed for Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius; Mutable for Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces), these periods will be marked by a heightened activity for you.

I hope you enjoyed this article and I wish you all to achieve your goals this year! Post in the comments below any examples of Mars manifesting in different signs in nativity or in transits!

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Catherine Sinclair is a professional astrologer and tarot reader, based in the sunny city of Lyon, France. Catherine worked previously as a Business Analyst in pharmaceutical and insurance companies, but Saturn return completely changed her career. Catherine offers consultations in natal, predictive, horary and electional astrology. She is a member of the Astrological Association of Great Britain, International Society for Astrological Research (USA) and Astrological Club of Lyon.

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