Today, we explore the prominent Mars opposition to Uranus, potentially one of the most impactful transits concluding 2023. Beyond its innate potency, there are multiple factors amplifying its significance. As we provide a broader context today, stay tuned for a subsequent episode diving deeper into the intricate dynamics of the Mars-Uranus archetypal relationship.
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Hey everyone, this is Adam Elenbaas from Nightlight Astrology.
Happy Monday, everybody. Today, we are going to take a look at the biggest transit of the week, and maybe one of the biggest transits of the end of 2023, and that is Mars's upcoming opposition to the planet Uranus. There are several reasons why this is in addition to already being a really powerful transit and often a difficult one, let's be honest.
There are several other reasons why this transit is going to be powerful, and we're going to cover those things today. In addition to reminding ourselves a little bit about Mars and Uranus as an archetypal combination, I will be doing a separate video going more in-depth into the combination of Mars and Uranus today is sort of just setting us up with some of the astrological context that is going to make this Mars Uranus transit, all the more dynamic and powerful. So, it's kind of a big picture video today; we'll go more into the archetypal combination as the week rolls on.
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All right, well. Let's take a look at the real-time clock because the real-time clock has a story to tell this week. You're going to be feeling this transit as the week goes on. Mars is making an opposition to Uranus across the Scorpio-Taurus axis. Mars is, of course, in its own rulership, and as the week goes on, we'll watch this that transit perfects. So you're gonna see that the transit by Friday it's only a degree off. We're coming into the dark moon around that time, and then the transit perfects over the weekend by Sunday, November 12, and then we have a new moon coming through.
So the new moon comes through, and here's the New Moon in Scorpio, and at that, that New Moon will also be opposing Uranus, and Mars will be just separating from Uranus, and that is by Monday. So the end of this week is, you know, one of the most powerful signatures here and say the second half of 2023, especially because that Mars-Uranus opposition is coming at the time of a new moon, so we're going to explore what makes this such a potent transit today, just as a way of giving ourselves the context to understand why this one's going to be a little extra.
So, why Mars opposite Uranus is a really big deal right now? First of all, let's just say that this transit is almost always a big deal. That is because you have the God of War. Will force violence and aggression but also perseverance, courage, and action. Broadly speaking, Mars just represents taking action, and you're putting it against the God of liberation, awakening, rebelliousness, defiance, sudden, erratic, unexpected twists of fate, and when you put those two opposite one another, you have always in opposition's the potential for polarization, and now you have the chance for the polarization of two planets that when put together can lead to some sort of violent, erratic outbursts, some rebellious aggressive, war waging behavior, you can have the need for breakthroughs, but also something like a tear or rip and burnt bridges. You can have hostility and actions that lead to sudden unexpected outbursts that are, you know, confrontational, and, again, like the word violent comes to mind.
So, it's not an easy transit. This is a transit that you associate Mars opposite Uranus, for example, with moments of electrifying athletic performances. But also, it's that moment, as a Vikings fan, I'm all too aware of the quarterback of our team, Kirk Cousins, recently tearing his Achilles, that sudden rupture, that sudden, terrible ligament or joint or something like that, or a ligament or tendon or something like that.
So this is also, for example, it's the kind of thing where a kid tries to do one, one too many tricks on a skateboard and, you know, breaks his leg or something; I hate to even put that out there. But it is the kind of combination that will also be associated with things broadly speaking, like revolutionary wars, wars of emancipation, and independence.
Moments where you need to break free, assert force and will, as a matter of, you know, defiant opposition and the need for freedom and independence, even if you have to assert yourself or fight someone or move through some kind of oppositional tension is there that's a big part of this transit. So before we get to any of the additional contextual factors that make this particular Mars-Uranus opposition more intense, you have to remember we all have to remember that this is already a super intense transit; you could circle this one on the calendar whenever it comes around.
Even the squares are pretty intense, but you just know when Mars opposes Uranus, it's more of that traditional, you know, kind of ominous version of the tower card in the tarot, just you have the sudden destruction of established habits, behaviors, traditions, relationships, and structures coming suddenly violently, sort of severing things in an in a somewhat erratic and, and sometimes unpredictable way.
It's very reactionary; it's easy to get fired up and to go way past, you know, the middle space, the middle path, easy to get thrown into extremes and easy too easy to be triggered into some kind of it almost can feel like someone is trying to take something from you and you have to fight it can you can perceive people as an oppressor, whether they are or aren't and sometimes they really will be, and you'll find yourself in some kind of struggle for independence, freedom, dignity and other times you'll feel that people are being coercive or manipulative or people are treading on you somehow and you have to push back and really, you know, sometimes very intense ways.
So, you know, this transit is not joking around, but then we have five additional factors that come into play, and those I want to go over so that you're aware of them, and then, like I said, later this week, we'll do some additional work to prep ourselves for Mars-Uranus.
I'll have some stories and, you know, examples that can help us deepen into this combination so, but I wanted to, at least, you know, kind of primed the pump today like, okay, let's remember what we're talking about. This is Mars-Uranus, Mars-Uranus positively in case I've said too much that sort of scary Mars-Uranus, in the most positive sense, will represent moments where you take action and you radically change your situation, and you assert yourself in ways that are original, and that truly constitute can constitute some breakthroughs, and that's nice, you know, the opposition though with Mars and Uranus. I say this is personally, to me, this is one of those transits where, you know, don't get grabbed; it's very easy for this one to grab us.
Okay, so number one, Mars is combust during this, this week, and this transit, but it's also in its own chariot because it is in the sign of its own rulership. So if we go back just a little bit, let's go to Friday; you can see that the transit is almost perfecting on Friday, comes through Saturday, and Sunday.
But notice you'll see that the Sun is within three degrees of Mars. So that means that Mars is going through this moment in the synodic cycle that it has with the Sun of rebirth and that rebirthing is, at its most critical point when the Sun comes to within about eight degrees of Mars and presses into the conjunction, at which point you get a death and rebirth for Mars. A Martian death and rebirth can feel like in effectiveness followed by a return of being effective; it can be about strength and weakness, it can be about anger and karmic issues that move in cycles in our lives relative to anger will force aggression in our relationship with that archetype in general.
So you're thinking about a very critical moment of death and rebirth for the Mars principle in our lives in some area of our lives by virtue of the whole sign house of Scorpio.
Then what you're working with, additionally, is you're taking that death and rebirth of Mars, and you're saying it's happening right as Mars is opposing Uranus. Okay, so that's, that's the extra, you know what I mean? Like that is a, that's a big extra to a dying and rebirthing Mars who is opposing Uranus.
Now, normally, this would be a lot more difficult for Mars. But when a planet is in its own sign, it's said to be protected from the worst of the combustion from the Sun, and so Mars being in Scorpio gives it some protection from the, you know, the combustion that would sort of burn it up. That doesn't mean that it won't be a stressful time of rebirthing for Mars; it just means that Mars isn't losing all of its mojo, and that's good. We don't want a Mars that is you; it's nice to have Mars in a position of strength. Because it gives us some endurance, I would say if you translate it into our everyday lives, what does that mean? It means we're going to have some endurance, some staying power.
There's a dignity to Mars that can help us get through this with a little bit more tact. That doesn't mean it won't be difficult. It doesn't mean that some very untactful things might be, you know, not be said or done. It's just a little buffer; you can think about it like that interest. If you can, notice the buffer, too. I think that's a good test of our astrological development is notice what little silver linings are, what grace or what room between thoughts or actions is there for you in the next week or so, and that will give you a little experiential taste of what it means to be in its own chariot even though it's combust.
Some people say that Mars is such a hot planet that the combustion isn't as bad for Mars. I've never personally witnessed that I haven't observed that myself. I've found that combustions of Mars are like combustions of other planets; they constitute a reset moment that can be pretty intense. But this one, you know, it's nice to see Mars has some dignity.
Okay, well, part number two is that we have a new moon coming through and that New Moon is opposite Uranus within, you know, about half a degree while Mars is just separating from Uranus within a degree. So the new moon is conjoined with Mars in less than two degrees, opposite Uranus within half a degree, and Mars is separating from Uranus within a degree. Which means the other reason that this Mars opposite Uranus moment is so intense is that it takes part in the seeding of an entire cycle to come.
Now, I know that Mars is going to move on and move into Sagittarius, and Mars isn't going to be opposing Uranus for very much longer, and we can kind of, we can count on that, you know, it's not going to be as intense as Mars actually opposing Uranus for the next month starting with this new moon. But the seed and the quality and the context of the new moon moment is carried forth throughout the duration of the cycle.
So, if you look and watch what Mars is going to do as the cycle goes forward, it's pretty interesting. Let's watch what Mars does as we approach our full moon.
This is going to lead me to my next point, but here's the Full Moon in Gemini, and that Full Moon in Gemini is opposite; obviously, it's going to be opposite the Sun, so Sagittarius, but notice what Mars is doing. At right around the full moon, Mars will be going through a square with Saturn. Okay, so Mars, when you see something like that, you see Mars so powerfully configured at the time of a new moon, and then you see another very intense transit of Mars around the full moon.
That's when you know, just because it's separating from Uranus by degree doesn't mean that it's not playing this very pivotal role in how the story of the entire lunation cycle plays out, and remember, we're just one cycle removed from eclipse season. So it's like there's been some powerful waves that have come through on the beach recently, and we're still riding the momentum of that in a cycle that is incredibly Uranian that features a Mars-Uranus opposition and about the time of the full moon will feature a Mars Saturn square. So it's a Marsy Marsy cycle. I'm going to tell you what I think that means in a minute because the next point I want to make is that you know the other thing that's happening right around the time of the New Moon is this.
So, under the dark moon, just as Mars is going into an opposition with Uranus. Mercury will enter Sagittarius as Mercury is appearing in the evening star just starting to emerge as the evening starts about 13 degrees in front of the Sun in zodiacal order, which means it gets to about 15. That's when you see it isn't the Eveningstar, and as soon as it enters Sagittarius, it is squaring Saturn in Pisces.
So now you have a debilitated Mercury in Jupiter's sign. Squaring Saturn, who's just turned direct in Jupiter sign. What could that mean? Right? Well, look, context is everything. Mercury square, Saturn tends to be a little at its worst; it tends to be a little rigid in its thinking; dogmatic, doctrinal-like commitments to various doctrines and dogmas would be a feature of this kind of Mercury-Saturn because Mercury-Saturn tends to be a little strict, rigid, conformed and structural in its thinking, which can be a great thing, especially if you're studying a system.
You know, I have a Mercury-Saturn square, and I found that, at times, it's made me a bit of a rigid thinker. But other times, it's been really helpful when it comes to, like, good study habits and learning astrology and so forth. Storytelling and structuring stories, structuring my time. So, a lot of people, you could say Mercury and Saturn, also in ancient astrology, were considered to be friendly planets to one another. They had a lot in common in terms of the kind of hermetic contemplative lifestyle.
So Mercury-Saturn is not the worst thing in the world alone. Context, again, is everything. They're both in Jupiter-ruled sign. It's Mercury doesn't do so well in a Jupiter-ruled sign that's coming together as Mars is opposing Uranus. So what would the what would the context tell us about this? It is possible that we have fanatical thinking along with erratic acts of violence.
That's the that's the thing we have to be careful of. Now, that could translate obviously like we could see something in the news, but I'm not talking about that. I'm talking about, for, you know, me, all of my content is driven at what we might be experiencing personally. But of course, you could see this in the collective; it would not be a surprise.
Mercury square Saturn with two Jupiter-ruled signs, fire, and water; you get the kind of mental and emotional combativeness and dogmatic fiery fundamentalist potential which is amplified by Mars's opposition to Uranus, where you could get a kind of erratic, rebellious, defiant behavior, my way or the highway, get out of my way, what I believe is true, truer than anyone else. You have the potential for rigid, intense, dogmatic caulk shore self-righteous thinking, along with defiant and conflict-oriented sort of belligerent and erratic behavior from Mars and Uranus.
That's why there's this is so extra. That's why I've used that word. Someone used that in one of our classes lately, and I like, Oh, I like that. That's fun. This is extra. So this is an extra extra Mars opposite Uranus moment because of the context. Context is everything. If you don't study context in astrology, you'll think that you know all aspects are the same, what houses it landing in your birth chart, and there's only so much we can do with context when giving sort of personal but in a way mundane reports because it's for everyone out there listening. But these pieces of context are really important.
Now Mars will be cazimi just a few days later. So we have the new moon that comes through around the 13th, and then by the 18th, we get Mars at the heart of the Sun. This, I think, will bring a little bit of lift, and the other reason it brings a lift is because it's a rebirthing moment for Mars. That should be, I think, we'll start to see some of these energies, the intensity of them subside. In other words, I would say probably around the 18th, Maybe just a little bit after that.
I also love that right around that time and throughout the month. We also have trines to Neptune that are taking place now trines to Neptune if you back this up a little bit and you say okay, well, the New Moon is moving into a trine with Neptune, Mars is opposing Uranus but moving into a trine with Neptune.
This could only serve to amplify the sort of delusional fantasy romanticizing of really extreme ideas and actions, and that's true; it could. It could provide people with all the Kool-Aid they need to be extra super erratic and confrontational and violent and dogmatic and stuff like that.
On the other hand, I think that one of the positive things about a trine is that it tends to bring out soft, helpful dynamics between the planets involved. Neptune in Pisces, you feel like, could soften things a little bit could offer a softening, gentling, emotionally sensitive kind of responsiveness that cools or eases things in addition to Mars being in its own chariot. This, to me, is a little bit of a sign of something tempering extremes.
So watch for Neptune to be like a cooling, you know, balm or salve that's there in the mix of everything else. Throughout this kind of middle portion of November. That's what I've got for today. I hope that this context is helpful.
I hope that you can now go, oh, okay, we've got a big new moon coming up in Scorpio with a with the speak of a Scorpio New Moon, which itself will tend to bring up some pretty deep and you know, emotions that are not easy to work with. Especially in the space, like what we have to confront, what we have to look at, the feeling of being pushed to look at things or do things or work with things that are a little heavy.
That's a hallmark of a Scorpio new moon; we do it every year. But when you get the opposition with Uranus, there's more provocation in, you know, kind of in the psychic air, so it's interesting to see everything else alongside of it. Yeah, I think we're gonna like I said, we're going to take some time to look at the Uranus Mars signature so that we feel prepared for working with that at a little deeper level, and hopefully, today was just a good setup.
This week, I've also got a really fun interview with a past life regression therapist and a little talk about what ancient astrologers had to say about past lives. That's kind of a fun episode that I did that'll be thrown in this week, but we have a lot to look at. So we'll be making sure we take more time for Mars, Uranus in particular. Alright, that's it. I hope you guys are having a great start to your week. We will see you again soon. Bye.