The astrological Mars is a planet of high energy and high stakes, packed with passion, anger, drive and ambition, but also capable of recklessness, fury and war.
For the last couple of months, Mars has been retrograde but is now turning direct once more.
When Mars is retrograde, it appears, as seen from earth, to be traveling backwards. This is just an optical illusion, but it’s an illusion rich in symbolism, which is what makes it important in astrology.
When Mars is retrograde, the zeal and sense of purpose it brings us is internalized or misdirected entirely, leading to a lack of energy or outbursts of frustration.
It’s been difficult to push ahead with ambitions and plans while Mars has been retrograde, and many of us will have felt rather listless and stuck. We may have suffered from a lack of self-confidence or from overly harsh self-criticism, depending on our birth chart.
However, the retrograde period will also have had its benefits – during Mars retrograde, some of us will have been able to process past traumas and to address mental health issues.
Now that Mars is turning direct, the energy shifts subtly once more.
In astrology, because Mars is in Aries, a sign that it rules, its power when it turns direct is considerable. Mars is now driving forwards with all of the ambition, leadership and bravery associated with Aries.
It’s also driving forwards with all of the impatience, anger and recklessness of Aries, but hopefully for most of us it’s the more positive vibes of this transit which will prevail!
One thing to guard against when Mars turns direct in Aries is selfishness, however. Aries even at its best is a very me-me-me zodiac sign, and with Mars newly energized there, this can quickly turn into a ‘me first, last and always’ vibe.
Nevertheless, if we can avoid selfishness and channel Mars’ many positive qualities through Aries, this transit of Mars direct in Aries can bring tremendous results.
Horoscopes: What Does Mars Direct in Aries Mean for Each Sun Sign?
Each Sun sign in astrology will deal with Mars turning direct in a slightly different way, and for each individual, a lot will depend upon the position and strength of Mars in their astro natal chart.
Overall, however, the theme for all zodiac signs is that life starts to move forwards again with quite some speed, following a slower period recently.
Aries Zodiac Sign (Aries Dates: March 20 – April 19) During Mars Direct in Aries
It’s time to wake up and you are no doubt raring to go, Aries. Having been through an enforced slowdown recently, you’ve had plenty of time to think and to plan and now you’re all action.
Try to channel this huge upswing of energy in positive ways. Get plenty of exercise and plenty of sports, otherwise you’ll find that you still have a lot of excess energy and you’ll find it difficult to sleep.
Taurus Zodiac Sign (Taurus Dates: April 20 – May 20) During Mars Direct in Aries
You will be feeling more stable now that the retrograde has ended, Taurus, and more in control of events in your life.
You didn’t like the all-at-sea feeling of this retrograde in your spiritual zone, but now is a good time to push ahead with spiritual work of all kinds, since you have a better handle on where you’re going and why.
Gemini Zodiac Sign (Gemini Dates: May 21 – June 20) During Mars Direct in Aries
While Mars was retrograde, Gemini, you were busy playing the blame game. Now, however, you can clearly see that teamwork is necessary to get to where you want to go.
Instead of blaming others, you’re willing to work with others – in the lead, of course – to find solutions to everything from your career wishes to your personal life.
Cancer Zodiac Sign (Cancer Dates: June 21 – July 21) During Mars Direct in Aries
You’ve needed a lot of patience while Mars has been retrograde in your career zone and work and career progress may have felt desperately slow.
That’s all changing now, Cancer, so go ahead and showcase your skills with confidence. Whereas before you had to fit in with the crowed, you can now highlight your independence and your individuality in your career – something you’ve been longing to do.
Leo Zodiac Sign (Leo Dates: July 22 – August 21) During Mars Direct in Aries
You’ve been giving your goals a major re-think while Mars has been retrograde, Leo. So now you should have a clearer idea of the life path you want to take.
Your challenge now is to get that from idea into action. Take positive steps every day in order to build momentum. It doesn’t matter how small the step, just so long as you do something.
Virgo Zodiac Sign (Virgo Dates: August 22 – September 21) During Mars Direct in Aries
Passion is burning strongly once more now that Mars has turned direct, Virgo – but so is anger, potentially. There could be an illicit relationship around you, which is set to bring you great joy, but at a cost.
Don’t take unnecessary impulsive risks and don’t do anything if you’re not prepared to accept the consequences. Ethically and morally, you may be treading a thin line.
Libra Zodiac Sign (Libra Dates: September 22 – October 22) During Mars Direct in Aries
Mars turning direct in your love zone is a huge relief, Libra, as the retrograde period has been difficult for you. You can now move away from passive aggressive behavior in love and back to a better mutual understanding with your partner.
Share your dreams and your goals once more and come up with a joint action plan. Together, you’re going places.
Scorpio Zodiac Sign (Scorpio Dates: October 23 – November 21) During Mars Direct in Aries
You get a physical energy boost when Mars turns direct; so physical in fact, that you’ll probably feel buzzing and edgy.
It’s important that you work off this Scorpio energy safely, so adrenaline sports or something similar would do you a lot of good now. You may feel that you’ve been resting for too long, and you’re itching to get back to full speed. Fair enough, Scorpio, but take it slowly to begin with.
Sagittarius Zodiac Sign (Sagittarius Dates: November 22 – December 20) During Mars Direct in Aries
Now that Mars has turned direct, your creative inspiration is unblocked, and you’ll find ideas coming thick and fast once more. Be aware, however, that your Sagittarius reckless streak is also triggered by this transit.
Think about your safety and personal security and absolutely do not gamble with these things. You have a responsibility to those around you, Sagittarius, as well as to yourself.
Capricorn Zodiac Sign (Capricorn Dates: December 21 – January 18) During Mars Direct in Aries
With Mars now turning direct in your home zone, Capricorn, you’ll breathe a sigh of relief that family relationships are likely to run more smoothly.
From this point on, you can expect fewer fights and less tension – and real estate matters should start moving forwards again too. It’s a very good time to move home or to put down roots somewhere special.
Aquarius Zodiac Sign (Aquarius Dates: January 19 – February 17) During Mars Direct in Aries
The pace of life really picks up now that Mars has turned direct and you should expect to be very busy, Aquarius. However, it’s a happy time overall and you’ll enjoy the satisfaction which comes from getting things done.
Watch out for your somewhat brusque Aquarius attitude, however – what you say could hurt someone sensitive, even though that is not your intention.
Pisces Zodiac Sign (Pisces Dates: February 18 – March 19) During the Virgo Moon
With Mars turning direct in your money zone, Pisces, abundance should start to flow once more. This is an ideal time to start a new business or to go freelance.
Your ambitions regarding your income know no bounds now but be careful not to step over the line into greed. Seek an income which gives you the emotional and practical security that a Pisces needs, but don’t seek it at the expense of others.
*Note: The exact date and time of Mars Direct in Aries will differ depending on your timezone. This planet update was published the day before Mars Direct in Aries in Eastern Standard Time (EST) in the year 2020, which is November 14, 2020 @ 00:36 AM.