Uranus is the Freedom Fighter and the Liberator. An outer planet archetype*, it’s agenda will come to pass one way or another. At the moment, its half way through its trek in the domain of Aries: for several years now, its been getting personal.
The following are some key words for Aries, an archetype that we all have ruling (applying primary influence on) an area of our life and, to some degree, thereby influencing others. These descriptors will also apply to the natal Mars placement, albeit constrained by the influence of the domain in which it operates.
physical of the body proactive Me, Myself & I high octane instigator
sexual/sexy egocentric desire-driven emotional brave spontaneous
confident quick-healing restless independent invincible self-determining
resilient of great physical strength or will ‘no baggage’
self-gratifying impulsive irrational thoughtless abrupt rude/crude
rough in nature unwise foolhardy competitive amoral easily provoked
Pretty disconcerting for the general population that just wants to get along, right? Its true that in these days when so many of us live in ‘civilised’ communities wherein Law is kept and due process is a right, the Aries individual is considered an unsavory character. At the very least, keep that ‘soldier of fortune’ or ‘warrior without a cause’ on a very short leash.
I once heard a descriptor phrase, though, that really stuck with me: that very first beat of the heart in an unborn child, the very first electrical pulse that kick-starts that tiny being’s journey towards some sort of autonomy: that is Aries, that is Mars energy. Wow, right?! How crucial is this kind of energy that flows through every one of us.
Its also true that you might be someone who needs to seriously work on your abilities to consider others before you act, to stop putting yourself or others in dangerous positions, to get a grip on your temper, to stop cutting off your nose to spite your face, etc. but man, once you channel that warrior spirit in positive directions, very little is going to be able to disrupt your trajectory. I desire that I am!
Just a couple hundred years ago, survival required, needed, demanded Aries energy in it’s purest sense. Today, it continues that there must be the will to keep putting one foot in front of the other. I think nowadays, for most readers here, those with a strong Aries/Mars signature should certainly make time for physical activity on a regular basis – of whatever kind that brings emotional highs. However you channel it, its key to feel that you have conquered, prevailed, succeeded.
Sidebar: I often talk about my own Mars, in another fire sign (!), and how I have had to repeatedly learn to channel it well or I am certain to say or do something stupid. My current prescription is hiking foothills. For ME, this regimen ticks all the boxes so that I can bring my best Libran qualities to the rest of life. I give the lead to my Mars energy for an hour or so and what’s left of it (yep, there’s some left) goes peacefully, proactively into the work that my intellect cares about.
This can be tough during the winter months and like most everyone else, I dont always want to put on my shoes and go. Further aggravating is the Saturn/Neptune square which is having a profound effect on me (how about you?). Think descriptors like: warped sense of time, foggy minded, less firm self-authority/self-discipline, an increased desire to be alone, hesitancy to commit but also stunningly spot-on chart readings, super spongey empathy, an ability to teach/relay information in an intuitively based manner that just works. And on top of all that, thank goodness, is a very weird peace that passes understanding when it comes to all of those negative decriptors. Oooph!
Of course, your prescription will match your placements. If your character is more inclined to nurturing and providing ‘abiding presence’ or inhabiting the realms of higher thinking, it is possible that there is simply less inate martian energy to keep in line. You may work on a building site or dance for a living and thus use your Mars quite effectively. Just know this: when Uranus was/is/will be triggered during its journey through Aries, the ‘cleaner’ your Aries is, the stronger your vault will be. Because thats what this transit that astrologers have been talking about for years is all about.
Somewhere in your life you will be able to literally break free from a debilitating influence or pressure being exerted over you against your will. On some issue or theme of issues in your life, you will strive to take authority; you will wage war and be victorious. The thing is…we are talking about Aries, here…you do NOT want to jump from the frying pan into the fire!
I know some of us have done just that. You won the battle but it seems you have lost the war. Ah, take heart: one of the somewhat hidden beauties of life is that when you get it wrong the first ‘x’ number of times, you can count on getting yet another chance to fight again. Battlegrounds are never pretty – and that’s an impetus for keeping your
weapons clean and your strategy upwardly mobile. Uranus wants to take you towards your future better Self but this energy must operate within your Aries/Mars.
Work on your demons, exorcise your ego-bound fears, swear your allegiance to the Golden Rule. Emblazon a working mantra on the screen of your mind (Maybe just pick one of these for starters).Every time you screw up, regroup and reset your Self. And Keep Marching.
p.s. you might like this conversation about the inner life of a rebel from On Being.
*for more on Uranus, request the transcript for the 11th House workshop available at the end of the month.