Mars in Aries – Outrage

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

“They grew up thinking that all conflict is injustice.” – Madam Secretary

Effective Dates – January 28th – March 10th, 2017

This transit is an intense one, Heretics, full of blood and toil and rage.  We have witnessed so much this year; we have gone from feeling on top of the world to utterly helpless.  We have risen to heaven and fallen to hell, and finally we are becoming enraged.  Things are going to start happening, and not just from one side – but all sides.  I don’t know about you, but I am already beginning to feel this fiery Aries war energy coming in.  We will have a big push coming from multiple planets throttling into Aries (including Eros and Venus), so things are going to start getting far more impulsive (this could be a bad thing when we have a temperamental child in charge of USA right now).

This spontaneity can be both good and bad, just like any energy really.  It can get you to finally start on projects you have been letting collect dust.  It can get you off of your ass and into the streets. With a new moon in Aquarius happening the day before this transit, this Mars in Aries transit has a lot of political umph behind it.  With the Knight of Pentacles charging straight for the Justice card, we are finally willing to put in the work it takes to get a fucking fair outcome for once.  Let all of that rage, let all of that disappointment, fuel you for the fight to balance the scales- both in your personal life and in the life of the collective.

We have finally come down off of our mountain after an intense year of personal work, and the cards are telling me that we have all of the tools we need now to do the work that we need to do.  We literally just need to get to work.  This energy is going to be fickle, but if you can continue feeding the fire and maintaining it so that it doesn’t consume you and the people around you.  This energy can be dangerous as fuck, or it can be the literal life blood that you need to get yourself out of a deep well of misery.  It all depends on how you use it, how you channel it, and how you maintain it the next few months.

Fire energy is best channeled into art and sex – which seriously is some fun advice to follow.  If you feel like the rage is about to consume you, that is a clear indication that you need to funnel that energy into some art or hot, passionate sex.  That fire inside of you is pure creative force – the combustible energy a star needs in order to birth itself into existence.  Don’t let it destroy you, but use it as the primordial chaos that can manifest any of your dreams into existence.  Good luck out there, Heretics.  The world is about to set itself on fire.   


Mars in Pisces – Mesmer

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

“I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.”
 -Oscar Wilde

Effective Date: December 19th 2016- January 28th 2017

If you panic, you drown.  Our cups overflow with plenty, but we are still somehow blinding ourselves and thrashing in the waters that could be carrying us to mouth of a greater .  This transit is telling us to step away from our mental trappings and allow our intuition to guide us to what is next.  And all those illuminations you have been having the past few months?  Yeah, here comes their challenge!

So you have some competition coming your way.  Here is how you are going to get your edge on them:  you are going to wait.  I know that seems counter intuitive, right?  Why wait?  Why not “strike while the iron is hot?”  Because your enemies are going to make the mistake of moving before listening, but you’ve got the advantage of knowing that Mars wants you to LISTEN.  He is asking you to go full guerrilla warfare on your enemies.  Hide behind trees, make traps, use the tricks of every trade you have come into.  But remember, most of all, don’t be afraid.

You will be blind during your actions, but you must keep in mind your future confrontations.  Prepare for anything, and spin your orb of illusion like mad during this transit because you literally wont be able to see some things coming.  The thing with Pisces is that you are not going to be able to see a god damn thing even if you wanted to – everything is indirect right now, so must be your approach.  You will need to work from an intuitive/emotional position as any mental assertions of power will leave you open for attack.  Be silent.  Listen.  Act from your heart and your gut.

There is a lot of “soul warrior” vibe to a Mars in Pisces transit.  Instead of being motivated to make changes in your exterior world, a lot of the drive is going to be funneled into making changes in the interior world.  The going ons of the masses will be far from our main concern, and the going ons of our own personal life will amplify.  Pisces knows that in order to birth a new world, one must first save and cleanse their own soul.  There will be a lot of poking and prodding coming from people who aren’t going to understand where you are intellectually coming from or the emotional work you have done to get to your current value system.  Don’t let this set you back.  Take their attacks lightly – like play – and disengage.  Know that your most important work is your personal work right now.  You must be like water and go around instead of hitting directly.

8 of Swords is a card about self inflicted mental blindness.  There is something you aren’t seeing right now and it is because of all the cerebral energy in the air (hello we just had a Gemini Super Full Moon, time to change course).  The key here is to do your work – keep moving toward your goals – but see how you can focus on removing your mental blindfolds by switching to an intuitive level of reality.  You’re going to have a lot of energy coming at you that will tell you, “ugh I should just sit this one out” while this transit is going, but you must engage.  It just doesn’t want you to do it in an aggressive way.  Think Pisces.  Think subterfuge.  Think mesmerizing your competition, blinding them with their own mental constructs, and then striking when your intuition tells you to.  If you’re too in your head, you’re not in your world, and if you’re not in your heart, you aren’t making the moves that your higher self is demanding right now.

Mars in Aquarius – Upgraded

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis

“Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.” – Voltaire

Effective Dates: November 9th- December 20th, 2016

Aquarians are known for their disruption.  Sometimes it’s well founded, and other times it is eccentricity for eccentricity’s sake.  In short, right now it doesn’t fucking matter.  Right now what we need is dissonance; a new way of doing things shouting very loudly while we are performing our slave duties in a dying paradigm.  We need a dissenting voice telling us that we are struck in our ways and dying right alongside that paradigm.  Innovation of our lives is desperately needed, and during this transit it will also be very much wanted.

Vision.  Aquarius has her sights on the future, regardless of what is going on in the present.  She is constantly looking to innovate what is placed before her.  At the beginning of this transit, Mars in Aquarius will meet the Sun in Scorpio, and will begin evolving our emotional lives in ways we couldn’t possibly imagine.  There will be harsh Judgement cast upon us.  Catching the tail end of Mercury in Scorpio, Aqua Mars will start trimming down the bullshit that isn’t helping you evolve.

You will face shadows in your life that will cast judgement on the stifled ways you deal with your goals.  Have you been putting aside working with a new method – a new way of life – because you feel comfortable in your drudgery?  Well, you’re going to meet with situations that agitate this to the extreme.  There will be dissonance.  Why are you continuing to use these methods that don’t work?  Why are you clinging to tradition where it isn’t important (and frankly, detrimental to your success)?  Aquarius just doesn’t get it.  Why the fuck are you doing things that don’t help you evolve – hell, transcend?  This sign needs for their to be constant adaptation, and in Mars it will force us to work toward and desire those new adaptations.

Well, because change is fucking terrible and painful,” you may say.  But living in a hell that you have adapted to is just as painful in the long run as the temporary pain of change.  And honestly Aquarius doesn’t give a shit about you straggling behind or not.  It is a pragmatic sign, and it knows there will be stragglers that need to be cast out so that others may survive and evolve (this is where the dualistic aspect between humanitarian and stone cold bitch come from with Aqua).  Yep, some people just aren’t gunna fucking get it.  They wont get what that fucking strange idea you are working on is going to do – or why it is important.  But, you know what?  Fuck um’, because Aquarius is also the sign of rebellion.  It will be time for revolution – time for disturbance – time to start talking about ways we can actually start shifting this paradigm before we die in the rubble of tower year and all that it has decided to swallow up.

It’s time to start running toward the future.  We have been shown the way – set on course this year.  Now it’s time to actually take the initiative and make change.  It is time to actually start believing in our own vision for the future, because Mars in Aquarius will transit through Sun in Saggo and that will absolutely beg us to see a greater vision.

The Star.  Although this transit will be turbulent with change, it is also a hopeful transit.  The things we learn here will benefit our future goals immensely.  Aquarius is a mad scientist, so experiment.  Give shit a try even if you are skeptical about them.  You never fucking know.  Scientists get their flashes of insight by being playful with reality and experimenting.  It’s time for you to do the same, and it’s time for you to do it with optimism.  Don’t worry, we are finally seeing the pole star that will lead us out of this hellhole of a forest.

We have a bit of a warning with the 7 of wands in the future position.   We are in a position for clearance.  There is some shit coming our way (expected, right?), and we aren’t going to have the tools to clear the thick debris without this much needed hope/optimism/rebellion/innovation.  You really need to hop on this train or Capricorn season is going to chew you up and spit you out with a new sense of self loathing.  It’s time to be a creative powerhouse, and that means experimenting with your mental paradigms and how you do things.  Aquarius in Mars is telling you to put some spice in your life.  Oh, and it also wants you to know, “Fuck the system.


Mars in Capricorn – Ravenous

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

“Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.”  – E. Joseph Cossman

Effective Dates – September 27th- November 9th 2016

After months of scattered energy, pushing ourselves – stumbling – begging our feet not to fail us now (not after all the shit we have been through), we are finally entering Mars in Capricorn.  This reading being greeted by the 
2 of Cups informs me that this transit is going to be about our deepest desires – our literal life blood.  With the crumbling of the tower, we are finally realizing what it is that we truly want.  Mars in Capricorn is known for being depraved.  People with this placement in their natal charts will stop at nothing to get what they want, and literally nothing will stand in their way.  Not morality.  Not physical obstacles.  Not other people.  They will demolish all that keeps them from their goals, and we are about to get a taste of this insane energy.

Capricorn is represented by The Devil card in the tarot, and Mars in Capricorn in particular is the 3 of Pentacles.  This combination of archetypes essentially screams, “Manifest your desire into the physical universe.”  Here’s the thing, Heretics, we have to get over the fact that everything we build in this lifetime is going to be vanquished from this earth at some point.  It could be while we are alive, or it could be years and years into the future.  Nothing is permanent, but that should not keep us from building and trying, because each push into the universe really does do something. Even if the structures we are building in our life are temporary, they are vehicles to a new world of understanding and evolution.  The Fool.  In order to be blasted out of the structures we are surrounded with now, we need to build a ladder out of here.  That ladder isn’t coming with us, though.  A shuttle that is launched into space goes through many stages before it reaches it’s destination – leaving behind parts of itself as the parts become useless.  Keeping them around becomes a burden for the craft and weight that it definitely doesn’t need in order to get to it’s destination.  The only thing that stays consistent is the goal.  This is a time to be brutal and to fight for what you want.  And we finally get the energy to do so.  You have to be ravenous.

Piece by piece, the puzzle will come together.  All you need is your carnal desire to begin.  What do you really, really want, Heretics?  Now decide that you will stop at nothing to have it.  Mars in Capricorn will drive us through Libra and into Scorpio; both signs lustful in their own ways.  The coming new moon in Libra, Pluto finally turning direct, the Aries full moon, and then our decent into Scorpio will bring a lot of lust into our lives (think back into the spring when Venus burst into Aries and then we had sexy Taurus season).  Expect your sex life to get TURNT UP during this transit.  Remember, Mars rules the physical realm and our physical sex lives, so coming into Capricorn expect a lot more power play dynamics and lust of the flesh.  Mmmm mmm.

You will finally realize that there really isn’t anything that is standing in your way that you can’t figure out how to take down.  Capricorn is methodical.  They know the earth and it’s restraints better than any other sign (they are ruled by Daddy Saturn).  This is a Mars that understands power and how to manifest it in your life.   Depending on which house this transit falls in for you, you will be getting a huge surge of blood thirsty energy.  Expect people in your life to get a bit… sociopathic about their wants.  Expect people to be brutal and cruel and obsessed with their method – whatever that may be for them.   Stand your ground, Heretics, with this transit and the coming Persephone decent we are about to do (hello Autumn), things are going to get bloody.  Are you ready for battle?


Mars Conjunct Saturn – Rubber Meets Road

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

Effective date- August 19-31, 2016


“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.” ~Søren Kierkegaard

Cards:  9 of Cups, The World, 8 of Cups, The Star

OMFG FINALLY KNOWING WHAT WE WANT AND HAVING THE DRIVE TO FUCKING GET IT.  We have been hearing that some of you are actually worried about this conjunct.  I’m here with some rather good fucking news, my lovelies.  This is a very sexy combination (especially in Saggo where the already fiery conjunction gets stoked even higher).  This is one of those “I want it and I get what I want” aspects.  We are drunk off of opportunity handed to us on silver fucking platters by Saturn, and it’s not just anything – its the things you want the most being dangled from a far and Mars giving you a swift kick in the ass to go get it.  And these aren’t just any simple things…  These are the things that you place very high value in (Saggo).  Saturn only gives us the things we need and are ready for (but he always makes us work to get it), so seize this opportunity.

All that shit we have that we thought we wanted will now get overshadowed by something sexier entering the room and giving us the eureka moment.  So yeah, you are being handed your road map – your Saggo adventure guide to the things you just gotta have – and you are also being handed a tank of gasoline.  So, as per usual, it’s your choice; fuel your movement toward your goals or set yourself on fucking fire because you are afraid of acting.  Personally, I would muster up the courage and just do the things, because getting on Mars or Saturn’s bad side is not something I would ever recommend.    

9 of Cups, the World – desires.  We all know what a kinkster Saturn is, and we all know Mars has insatiable lust, so this combination is very likely to bring about an influx of sexual encounters – especially of the darker (sexier) variety.  I would say, because of the position of the 9 of cups in my reading, that these things are likely to start as early as Mars entering Saggo (which happened a few days ago).  We all know that Mars in Saggo equals tons and tons of stamina, so the sexual drives may get a tad bit (ok a lot) insatiable during this transit.  This is fantastic, because positive sexual experiences fuel our drive, self esteem, and creativity.  Don’t be too surprised if your lovers bring up darker aspects of their sexuality – asking you to play with their shadow.  Please, dare to go out and play and see what you find about yourself and others, because under Saggo, the things you will learn will be of higher philosophical value to you.

It’s time to walk away.  The light is here, and you finally see exactly what you need and want.  Yes, both need (Saturn) and want (Mars) are going to be working together under this conjunct.  Are you ready for such a thing?  Sometimes knowing exactly what we want makes us ruthless jerks who are willing to cut a bitch to obtain our precious, but you’re lucky enough to have a giant influx of Virgo tsk tsking your truly cruel intentions away.  It’s just the right amount of restraint (and we all know how much Saturn loves restraints), so use your dark desires to dig out the things you really want.  It’s like having the perfect amount of inertia to swoop around the curve or a racetrack and pull out ahead of your rivals. It’s time to walk away from the shit that we have been pretending to want (8 of Cups) and move toward the gold.  You will finally know it is there, and there will be nothing that can keep you from it (because it will be the thing worth fighting for).  IF you dare, you will find your way (the Star).  Now put your beast to work instead of working for your beast.



Mars Direct – Inflammatory

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

Effective Dates: June 29th- September 28th, 2016 (next Retrograde June 2018)

“Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.” 
― Sigmund Freud

Cards: 6 of Pentacles, 2 of Cups, Knight of Pentacles

Last night I attended a vigil for the souls lost at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The vigil was held at a popular LGBT nightclub in Denver called Tracks, and we were patted down and had dogs sniff us before we entered the premises. It gave me mixed feelings. The guard who patted me down had a familiar face. I had seen her pretty much every time I had frequented this nightclub, dancing away the worries of the week in a place I felt was safe. A place I felt we call came to release our frustrations and and find joy was attacked. I remember talking to Helios the morning we heard about the shooting and he brought up how it could have been me or him lying on that floor as we frequent queer night clubs all the time. I tried to keep these thoughts at bay as I stared at the hundreds of people before me.

The guard said to me, “Okay honey, you are good to go, have fun… no…” and she cringed and shook her head, “I’m sorry, I’m so use to saying that.” I saw tears well up in her eyes.

Viscous violence with undertones of unconscious forces ripping a part an entire community… that was the intent. But what the shooter actually did was bring the LGBT community closer together. We are a tight knit group of individuals who have been through much hardship our entire existences. We fight oppression and hate every single day, and we always understand that coming together is what brings us strength when hot headed violence is on the table.

So 2 of Cups… Why the 2 of cups? I have been staring at this reading for hours without being able to write a thing. Mars is going direct in the sign of Scorpio, both energies speaking of impulsive and severe actions. We have gone weeks with Mars torturing us in retrograde; rattling us with repressed anger and pummeling our drive. Now the inertia kicks in and everything is being driven to the surface. Why the 2 of Cups? The 2 of Cups represents love, compassion, spilling of lifeblood into each others cups and seeing yourself in others.

Couple this Mars direct with Neptune retrograde and you have a dangerous mixture. Things we have been repressing, deluding ourselves about, are surfacing. Denial and frustration do nothing but settle in the deepest, darkest parts of ourselves and corrupt our soul. They emerge in destructive ways that severe a relationship, a community, a country, the world. The answer to dealing with these intense emotions brought on by the planet of war, we must open ourselves up to the ones who are closest to us and disclose our emotional state. It is hard to fight a battle in your own head. It is harder still for those you love to deal with the destructive actions brought on by inability to communicate frustrations.

The 6 of Pentacles shows us that we do not have the entire truth. We must share with others in order to obtain parts of the truth. As I mentioned in our Neptune Retrograde post, it is vital that we share our experiences with our fellow humans. You cannot intellectualize people’s lives. You do not know the pain that they go through, you do not know what their repression or their struggles. If only one community has a monopoly on the public dialogue, then exploitation is the natural outcome.

What about the Knight of Pentacles as our warning? Well, the Knight of Pentacles doesn’t give up. He is the most steadfast of the Knights; loyal, obedient, realistic, and thorough. He trudges on no matter what hardship he faces. We must do this. Don’t let the anger and out-lashing of others at this time give you pause from your work. Don’t worry – the inertia of Mars switching into direct will vanish and Mars will stumble back into more lighthearted (yet still not anymore controlled) Saggo. Keep on keeping on. The warning that comes with this Knight is against obsession, stubbornness, and closing oneself off from the rest of the world.

We cannot retreat back into our shells and let those with dead hearts exploit our heightened emotional state for their causes. Be this because of the current political climate and the groups that will be vying to make a tragedy into a tool for their agenda, or be this people in your own life who will manipulate the heightened emotions of Mars switching direct to push you. Center yourself. Bring to yourself the positive aspects of the Knight of Pentacles and center yourself. When people are reactive, truth comes out. You wont like what you hear from people at this time, but you must stay centered and reach out with love and do so steadfast. Ground yourselves. Find activities that bring you in tune with your body. Don’t let the turmoil knock you off of your path.

I love you all.


Mars Retrograde – Long Way Home

Originally published on AstroGeek and Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

Effective date: April 17th – June 29th (Shadow period from June 29th through August 23rd)

You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”  -Buddha

Talk about being on edge…  We are being told two contradictory things from this planet.  On one hand, we have the Saggo aspect urging us to move forward and start a new phase of our lives.  It is the turning of the seasons in many ways for us right now.  And then, on the other hand, Mars going into retrograde is telling us to HALT.  It’s feels like we are pressing the gas and pressing the brakes at the same time.  It doesn’t feel very pleasant, does it?

When Mars starts moving backwards in the sky (retrograde), we lose our vitality.  We are in the shadow period for Mars retrograde as I write this.  A looming silence is on the horizon, and it threatens to thwart all of our plans.  It is a pretty well known thing that anything initiated during Mars in retrograde will likely fizzle out.  Financial plans, new projects, romances, etc.  Mars rules sex and industry, so expect setbacks in both of these areas.  With Venus in sexfest Aries, this will bring very conflicting feelings.

Arguments are easy to come by during Mars retrograde.  Everyone is constantly a hair away from losing their shit, and the smallest things seem to annoy us.  Sounds aggravating, doesn’t it?  This aspect is not only rough for your personal life, but it can create major rage fests in the political sphere as well.  With our current political climate, that doesn’t sound very good.

We are going to want to change – be dying for it in fact.  But Mars is going to tell us NO.  Taurus season is coming, and we are going to need to slow the hot Aries energy.  The 4 of Swords tells us that people will withdraw and obsess (which will get even worse once the sun moves into uber obsessive Taurus).  We have a very hard full moon coming our way, and with Mars in this aspect, we are going to need to get as much healing done as possible.  This is a time to rest – both mentally and physically.  Be very delicate around those you love because the smallest annoyances can lead to giant flare ups.  Be kind to each other.  We are a long way from home and we are all we’ve got in this strange land.

Cards:  The Wheel and 4 of Swords