Weather-permitting, enjoy gardening or exploring favorite trails that Mother Nature has to offer you during earth-oriented Taurus Moon. Venus, the ruling planet of Taurus, moves out of airy Aquarius to investigate the currents moving rapidly through watery Pisces (7:01AM). Venus has always been said to be exalted in this last sign of the zodiac — perhaps because the heights of Piscean compassion coincide naturally with the loving, sensitive, and friendly nature of this alchemically-charged goddess archetype. Venus is underrated as a positive, life-affirming, mind-enhancing and monetarily-beneficial planetary agent. Hopefully, its presence in Pisces until February 20 will bring you the good luck that you richly deserve. In the meantime, the Moon squares Jupiter (6:20PM) — warning you against over-optimism, obstinacy, and pride. This lunar 90-degree contact with Jupiter also starts a void lunar cycle that lasts until the arrival of airy Gemini Moon tomorrow at 2:37PM. Do your best to avoid hassles and stressful encounters with dear ones during this 20+ hour lunar time-out. Awakening your higher learning faculties is a terrific, 60-degree alliance between Mercury and Uranus (9:03PM). On the disturbing side of the astro-psychic ledger, Pallas in Sagittarius gets into a cosmic shoving match with Mars in Pisces (9:57PM). If Mars plays the role of forceful bully, he may prod Pallas to summon extra wit and wisdom to win a victory over manipulative behavior. Nevertheless, around the time-period when the Pallas-Mars clash is happening, lower your overall expectations and avoid mental fatigue — to the best of your ability. [Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Standard Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]
The sign of the Fishes swims in two directions, and Mars here can seem just as unpredictable. It’s a sensitive Mars that leads with the heart, often coming to the aid of others, especially the vulnerable. Mars in Pisces is the champion of the underdog and the forsaken. And these natives can also seem rudderless at times, or take a passive approach to situations. The ability to go with the flow makes them vulnerable to stronger wills, until they’ve learned to trust their intuitive radar.
The impulse to act depends on the mood of the moment, and the emotional currents in the environment. That’s why it’s vital to discern which situations that drain the lifeforce, and to take time to be alone.
This is an artistic Mars that’s often got a sense of devotion about self-expression. There may be talent in music or visual arts, and other symbolic mediums. Mars is motivated to be a conduit for the complexities of human emotion. There’s a natural path there to wear many faces (as with acting) or embody the language of the soul (dance, poetry).
Mars in Pisces people can be gifted healers, since they are so empathic. They have to work hard, though, to avoid “taking on” the dramas and traumas of others. In relationships, they move tentatively toward a new love, and will recoil around brusque, crude behavior. They’re likely to just escape from a bad situation, rather than deal with major confrontations. Someone that comes on too strong will cause them to swim away.
Mars in Pisces wants romance and the dream of love to be intermingled with sex. Fantasy and lots of tender foreplay help create the right atmosphere. What turns them on is kind eyes and an open heart. Turns offs are a judging attitude, out of control materialism or ego and rough ways in bed.
Notables with Mars in Pisces: Vincent van Gogh, Marilyn Monroe, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Bono, Tom Hanks, Juliette Binoche, Jared Leto, Ralph Nader.