The Mars effect, February 2017: Stocks, politics and personal power

"Event Unknown"

Mars went into Aries on January 28th and will remain in that fiery sign of will and adventure through March 9th.  While in Aries, Mars is at its most potent and the aggressive force is permitted full expression, unhampered by the niceties of signs like Libra or Pisces, by practical considerations such as Capricorn and Taurus would exercise, or by reason and intellectual processing such as Gemini and Aquarius would instigate.  It is pure, unadulterated need and drive.

Mars is also bold and especially in Aries, does not hesitate to venture into unknown territory and take untold risks.  We are seeing this in the stock market, which continues to break records as it soars into the stratosphere because of unbridled optimism and the sheer force of momentum.  Currently Jupiter, the planet of expansion and luck, is forming a challenging opposition to Uranus, planet of radical action.  This planetary combination is ready to break through all kinds of barriers – whether physical, emotional, or ideological.  When we add Pluto’s destructive and transformational force into the mix, we get a powerhouse of movement and upheaval.  Jupiter here is reconnecting Uranus and Pluto for one final dance after nearly eight years of the Uranus/Pluto square.  Although Uranus and Pluto are not in exact alignment to one another, Jupiter “translates” the dynamic by acting as an intermediary over the next few months.  You can see how the current political climate fits perfectly into this drama of radical behavior and action that seems to have no basis in fact.

During the last week of February, Mars steps into the fray like a match thrown into a smoldering fire.  Until February 28th Mars will be poking the bear of the Uranus/Pluto square, creating extreme excitement and fueling us with a tremendous amount of energy, but also triggering anger and rage that may be suppressed or otherwise managed but not resolved.  As with any intense Mars time, using our conscious mind to focus this energy on a goal or aspiration can be very helpful in utilizing the power of Mars, Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto.  Physical activity can help us to channel the intensity and feel more comfortable in our bodies.

This will become more confusing around February 25-28 when a solar eclipse in mystical Pisces, with the Sun and  Moon conjunct Neptune, dumps a bucket of water and a wet blanket on all this fire.  I suspect that this is when the stock market will begin to retreat in response to this confusion.  On a personal level, this is an optimum time for a personal retreat and reset, especially since Venus will turn retrograde on March 4th.  I’ll be writing more about that as we get closer to the time, but Venus retrograde periods tend to cause a pullback in the financial markets and are good times for a personal review.

We live in exciting times.  Thank the gods we have astrology to help us to make sense of them!

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By | 2018-01-04T08:47:28+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Planetary cycles|11 Comments


  1. weaver February 22, 2017 at 1:55 am - Reply


  2. sonny nickolas February 22, 2017 at 6:42 am - Reply

    Thank you , Lynn. I look forward to your insights.

    • February 22, 2017 at 6:48 pm - Reply

      Thanks Sonny!

  3. charlene February 22, 2017 at 8:50 am - Reply

    Spot On! I have been feeling this intense surge of energy in my field for days now and this is a good grounding reminder.

    Thank you. I appreciate you and your way.

    • February 22, 2017 at 6:49 pm - Reply

      It’s always a good thing when we find we are sensitive to the planetary energies!

  4. Dr. Deb February 22, 2017 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    “using our conscious mind to focus this energy on a goal or aspiration can be very helpful in utilizing the power, this is an optimum time for a personal retreat and reset”

    This is very exciting, as I have my winter/spring garden planted and can spend extra time outside gardening, or inside meditating or doing yoga.

    Last time you told us about a stock market pullback it happened in July of 2015.

    I saw on the news last night about the solar eclipse and was hoping you would address this.

    Thanks for all your insight.

    • Dr. Deb February 23, 2017 at 10:32 am - Reply

      Regarding politics, I’ve weeded myself of the news and am back to pre-election viewing of only the local weather. This has propelled me back to peace.

      I’ve also encouraged others to do the same, and quit agreeing on social media.

      With your readings providing us with insight to guide our physical, mental, and spiritual life, I continue to apply grounding methods and spreading Love, Joy, and Harmony across the world for healing.

      • Dr. Deb February 23, 2017 at 10:36 am - Reply

        And shortly after the full moon, our home has been filled with a palatable Peace.

      • February 25, 2017 at 7:03 am - Reply

        Wise words, and an inspiration for all.

    • February 25, 2017 at 7:04 am - Reply

      I’ll have an article about the eclipse up today.

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