MARS into ARIES (Dec 31 – Feb 14) Kicks off the New Year: Let Your Inner Super Hero/ine and Activist Emerge!

30 Dec

Dear ASTRO~NEWS Friends,

after a hopefully chill, relaxed, surrendered, surfing of the waves, adapting, and letting go phase with MARS in PISCES since NOV 15 (see, in retrospect if you will, the blog post for that phase)….
Are you ready to come out of your wintry groove, get into gears and into action?


MARS (Hubble Space Telescope)

Well, MARS going into ARIES on New Year’s Eve (in the Americas, exact 6:20 pm PST) / New Year’s Day (Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia) is, kicking us in the butt to emerge and initiate the NEW too!

MARS will be in ARIES from DEC 31 / JAN 1 until FEB 14!



What does that mean?

  • New vitality and Spring-like energy is emerging and arising – it all starts HERE!
    If you’ve been sick and weakened, you get a boost of energy, esp. if you have SUN, MOON, Nodes, AC or Planets in ARIES. MARS is natural in its ARIES domain, as a survivor, an ‘energizer bunny’, and ‘he’ comes to life when battling the elements.
  • People can get quite angry and upset (esp. with MERCURY squaring MARS on JAN 8) – no more PISCEAN tolerating – time for action – find healthy outlets. Can be a fired-up and confrontational period, with MARS in ARIES.
  • Our inner Super Hero/ine wants to be launched.
  • Our inner Super Hero/ine wants to be launched.
    Do something productive with that energy! What matters is to pro-actively get going – better than resisting and fighting.
    And yes, do something that overcomes your fear (also a la MERCURY in CAP squared by Just-do-it MARS in ARIES)!

    If it ‘doesn’t work out, not to worry. ARIES gets up and starts again, in a new way. Like a toddler learning to walk, with natural instinct and trust.


Greek Vase with Ares (Mars) on one side… Photo by Melanie

As MARS goes into ARIES on DEC 31 / JAN 1 the SUN in CAP will pass SATURN, on JAN 1 / 2 – it’ll be easier to move with a clear and conscious Spirit past what appeared as obstacles, fears, judgments, and old blockages, and to stand in our authority and have agency (ha, no more excuses…).

This is OUR Time & Life. Let’s not postpone or give up but do something with the Time and Energy we have here!


MARS gets the ball rolling, into 2019, bringing fresh energy for getting going, and taking action…

…esp. after the NEW MOON / Partial Solar Release Eclipse in CAP with SATURN and PLUTO, on JAN 5 / 6 which calls us to be done and give a good farewell to heavy, depressing, burdening, judgmental, repressive energy of the ‘old operating system’ that’s ‘security’ / fear & control based to make room for showing up, and doing what really matters.


The first 2 weeks of 2019 will be quite fired-up and energized….
with MARS freshly in ARIES, and  URANUS, presently in the last degrees of ARIES changing direction, from retro (since AUG 7) to direct / forward again, on JAN 6.
Which can show up as an explosive, erratic, unpredictable energy, affecting our nervous system and technology. We better channel it well into dynamic outlets, to actively engage FOR something NEW! And tune into awake and fresh, liberated and free energy.
It all starts – and only happens! – here. Experimentation, no expectation!

URANUS going direct on JAN 6 initiates a retro free zone until MARCH 5 when MERCURY goes retro.
YES – no Planet retro for 2 months!
A huge contrast to the 6 – 7 Planets retro, in the Retro Record Summer of 2018!
I.o.w., things are moving quite fast and in forward gear if we put drive, will power and our YES behind them. An excellent time to initiate the New.

MARS will be in ARIES until FEB 14!
Get going, Amigos & Amigas!


Which Planetary Combos are up, with MARS in ARIES?

MERCURY freshly in CAP (JAN 4 – 23) squares MARS in AR.
Angry words and arguments can be ignited, frustration with authority / what doesn’t work?
Channeling the energy into clearly, responsibly stating what you do want and who you are, and not making it about others is a purer and cleaner way of going effectively with that combo.

JAN 18
VENUS in SAG (JAN 7 – FEB 3) in Fire Trine with MARS in AR.
Woohoo! Sparks are flying between the ‘two lovers’ Archetypes. Get ignited and excited!
Channel the energy into creativity and (esp.) adventures which both ARIES & SAG love.

JAN 21 (right after the Total Lunar Eclipse on JAN 20 / 21)
MARS in AR square SATURN in CAP.
Frustration and coming up against blockages, resistance, fear, authority can be quite ‘on the agenda’. Not the best energy to start / move things forward.

Remember, this is temporary, and don’t bang your head against the wall. Respect ‘them’ in their ways / world, and do your thing in the meantime. A good time for disciplined work with lots of energy.

JAN 25
MARS in AR trine JUPITER in SAG.
There you / we go. Much much better energy to move forward with a better understanding and bigger ‘why’. If one avenue didn’t open up and doors were closed, things were too much of an ordeal we can see now what is the Heart Path and have abundant energy to move on it.

MARS in AR square PLUTO in CAP.
Uhhh, a ‘confrontation’ on a deep level, a la personal will (MARS) vs. Higher Power / Evolution. I.o.w., even if your desires and wants are strong it doesn’t mean this is meant to be – at this time.

MERCURY in AQ sextile MARS in AR.
Both planetary Archetypes strong in these Zodiac energies (exalted, ruling).
Thinking systemically helps with the right action.

FEB 12
Grand Finale for MARS in AR:
MARS in AR conj. URANUS (every 2 years only).
Liberation and breakthroughs across the board. Revolutionary energy. 
Can easily turn into societal / political protests and riots. Hopefully after the dynamics with SATURN and PLUTO, instead of a re-active a pro-active and innovative direction is being taken.
Birth the New Self!

FEB 14 
MARS leaves ARIES, and settles in TAU (until MARCH 30).


MARS in ARIES in Your Chart & Life…

… will activate and energize your SUN, MOON, AC, or Planetary Archetypes in ARIES, and the area/s of life relating to the House/s where ARIES is in your birth (and local) chart/s:

1st House:
Your Presence and Sense of Self

2nd House:
Your Values, what you own, literally & metaphorically, your Business

3rd House:
Your Environment

4th House:
Your Home, Origin, Ancestry

5th House:
Your Creative, Playful, Inner Child and Lover

6th House:
Your Work, Wellness, Lifestyle

7th House:
Your Partners & Significant Others

8th House:
Your Involvement and Sharing with Others, Your Transformations

9th House:
What gives you Meaning, Your Wisdom, Inspiration, Path and Travels

10th House:
Your Purpose incl Career, Your Public Self

11th House:
Your Social Side – Engagement with Society, Groups and Friends

12th House:
Your Transcendent and Spiritual Self and Union with All-that-Is.



Do You want to explore the MARS-in-ARIES activation in YOUR chart & life?
Let’s do it. C
ome over for a private session! Can be a short focused one (ARIES likes that).
I still have the Treat Time Offer on – extended to Epiphany (JAN 6) – see below.

All the Best for a dynamic Start into / as the NEW!




© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger





Serving you with astrological guidance and perspective, pointing you to Your ‘Inner Cosmic Compass’.

I’d love to inspire you to be in alignment with, and smoothly ‘ride’, those ‘auspicious’ or ‘challenging’ waves of cosmic energies that present themselves at a given time, and, similar to climate and weather, affect our human energy field.

Because it leads to eye opening awareness, growth, healing, release, transformation, and you can feel connected with the bigger evolution.
Ultimately, you can dwell in a witnessing place in the ‘Hub of the Wheel’ where you are less and less affected, more and more liberated, and self-realized.

The birth chart is an incarnational map to identify your ‘original imprint’and themes that are showing up as ‘issues’ in your life.
I help you see how you don’t need to be unconsciously identified with them, and they don’t have to run your life.

I’m always happy to welcome you as a client who is not seeking a ‘reading’ from me (“What’s going to happen TO me?”, “What am I supposed to do?”), but to be supported in accessing your own wisdom source, especially in times of a challenging transitions, stuckness, transformational crisis, or for perspective at a crossroad, dilemma, or empowered choices.

This is to empowered and liberating ways of working with the ancient and timeless gift of Astrology!


Come over to TREAT TIME Offers – extended to JAN 6 (Epiphany)! – to treat yourself or a Loved One to an Astro Session for the Holidays, esp. for an Outlook into the New Year!



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Come join us, if deep synergy in a circle speaks to you – also available as an online participant.

Next up:
Astro New Year’s Parlour on JAN 9




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