Art by Artemesia Dark
Mars went into Scorpio just before the New Moon, and will remain in Scorpio until mid-September.
Mars is the traditional ruler of Scorpio (as well as Aries), and when Pluto was discovered it was assigned as co-ruler of Scorpio. Mars is the planet of war, and its dominion is aggression, passion, drive and desire. For that reason it rules the pure physical desire of sexuality. In Scorpio, it takes on an added emotional depth and intensity and a desire that is transformed from the purely physical to an intense need to lose oneself and become transformed in the process. Like the Phoenix which is one of Scorpio’s symbols, the fire becomes so focused and burns so powerfully that we are turned to dust, and emerge anew from the rubble.
I consider Pluto to be the “higher octave” of Mars – where Mars rules the expression of the individual Will, Pluto acts as the will of the higher self – guiding and creating transformation in spite of what our own personal desires may be. Usually after an intense Pluto transit we recognize that the changes that occurred during that time were really for our benefit and probably not something that we would have chosen for ourselves. Like when we are fired from a job and then realize we were miserable and that freed us to find something better. Or when we have a terrible accident and discover a great gift or talent as a result.
Scorpio is passionate and intense and has little patience for superficiality. As a water sign it is concerned with the realm of feelings, but the fire of Mars adds the passion and ability to cut through fear […]