We’ve been living under a very watery sky for a few weeks now, but today the elements begin shifting with Mars ingressing Aries — a fiery planet in the fiery sign it rules. (The ingress occurred at 2:26 am EDT.) There is some other fire in the sky today. The question is, does this feel like energies are beginning to balance, or does it feel more like pressure to you — like steam starting to build and needing an outlet?
Mars in Aries can be assertive (even aggressive), physical and confident. But with the Sun — representative of our will and ego — still in Pisces, there is a caution against getting ahead of ourselves. This could also shift any question of confidence you’ve been experiencing, including becoming a crisis of confidence. Whatever is going on for you in that realm may be more pronounced, so track it carefully.
That awareness is especially important since the Pisces Sun is square Pholus in Sagittarius today. Pholus is one of the centaur planets, which in mythology were part civilized human, part wild beast. Pholus is associated with small causes having big effects, runaway reactions, and the way that alcohol can exacerbate such things in social situations.
When the emotional, sensitive, expressive Pisces Sun squares Pholus in Sagittarius, there’s a caution to stay aware of the possibility for one’s will or ego to run unchecked; getting drawn into self-righteousness; and a potential inability to see oneself as the cause of one’s own difficulties, tension, challenges or arguments. Emotional control may be a real issue today, as is the need to keep an eye out for small triggers. Sometimes it’s the little things that get you, and this could be one of those times.
That is, watch for seemingly small triggers in yourself but also remember that everyone around you is experiencing this astrology, too. Of course, you can’t control anyone’s reactions but your own, but today may be a day to head anything off at the pass that you can. This isn’t about making yourself smaller or being inauthentic, just remembering that sometimes timing is everything, so pay attention to yours today, choose your moments consciously, and understand that not everyone you encounter will be acting with the same awareness.
Possible ways to work with this tension, since this is a square we’re talking about, involve action — though given the planets and signs involved, self-directed action may pan out best. Think physical exercise, since Mars is in Aries and we might as well use what it has to offer, or some really intensive artistic immersion given all the Pisces planets.
With Pisces and Sagittarius involved, I keep thinking some higher-plane, loving sex could be a release — except that the presence of Pholus suggests that any misunderstanding in partner sex could get blown out of proportion and simply exacerbate any triggers you’re trying to tame. Probably best to stick with the solo version of sex if you choose that route.
The idea is to find an action you can take that will help slide you past your sticking point, like a lever or a shoehorn — which suggests trying things that minimize direct confrontation and allow you to move sideways or find a creative third option to your own ego-blindness.
And speaking of misunderstandings: remember that Mercury is, in fact, still retrograde but will be stationing direct on March 17 (just five days from now). It can be hard for us to know what we want under ‘normal’ circumstances. Mars moving into Aries ahead of the Sun with Mercury preparing to enter its storm phase and the station direct gives a clear caution not to think you know what you want too soon. Can you let yourself hang loose for a few more days and continue exploring your options and trying on different points of view?
One last tidbit: at the same time that the Moon ingresses Aries to conjoin Mars (amping up the impulsiveness for those who are actually awake at that time), minor planets Pallas Athene and Eris form an exact conjunction in Aries. I haven’t quite sussed this one out, though it’s definitely adding to the fiery nature of the sky.
I was thinking it could be an urge to defend all facets of ourselves — no matter how chaotic they may feel — as whole and belonging, rather than being willing to cast off or cut off what isn’t fitting another’s conception of us. Eric suggested that they seem to be completely opposite energies: Pallas is about law and Eris is about disorder. What do you think?
Whatever it means, the conjunction is trine Pholus — so chances are it’s going to have a greater effect than it might have otherwise.