A Will of Steel: Mars in Scorpio
The ultimate cosmic backbone
One of the qualities that simultaneously impresses and frustrates me most about my son Vincent is his indomitable will. As his Taurus Sun mother, I am constantly irritated when I want him to do something and he doesn’t want to. He’ll never listen unless HE makes the choice for himself.
The battle of control between us began the moment he came into this world. He was born with survival instinct. Perhaps, on some level, his soul was born angry because he lost his very first power struggle. It’s like his soul had second thoughts about coming into this life at the last minute — he almost died during childbirth. Thankfully, an emergency C-section and the swift actions of my Obstetrician didn’t allow that to happen. His soul was meant to be born. From that day forward, he was forced to thrive and survive. Vincent’s soul decided he’d get the last laugh of course. He figured if he had to be here, he would only do this lifetime on his own terms. He’d teach us alright!
While it makes for parenting a child I can never regulate, fortunately, as he gets older (fifteen in August!) I am seeing this remarkable determination and willpower direct itself more and more in a positive way. The rest of the world might never be able to control Vincent, but as long as it’s on his terms the power of his self-control is truly astounding!
The 8th house
Born with Mars in Scorpio in the 8th House of Deep Power on his chart, it’s no surprise. Mars is the traditional ruler of Scorpio (before Pluto was discovered) and is now considered the co-ruler of this sign. Scorpio naturally corresponds to the 8th house of the natural zodiac which means he’s “at home” in this part of the chart.
In a nutshell, having Mars in Scorpio in the 8th house becomes an extraordinary placement. Strong. Deep. Fierce. Mysterious. Dangerous … until the native learns how to balance his power with his equally strong capacity for discipline.
Mars in Scorpio
From July 25 until September 13 Mars in the sky will tour Scorpio and that means for all of us, the drive to control and transform something in our lives through our sheer willpower will be extremely dynamic. Mars in Scorpio is NEVER afraid to explore the darker side. The side that can sometimes plummet you straight into dangerously vulnerable territory. In fact, this is where Mars in Scorpio is most at home. That’s why this transit may prompt you to explore anything dark, hidden, or mysterious. Through deep psychological self-examination, you’ll have the power to take yourself to hell and back if you choose to do so. This is the only road leading to transformation anyway so it’ll be worth the journey. The good news? Mars in Scorpio is not afraid of this. He welcomes it.
Isn’t this a dramatic change from Mars in Libra? Mars was in this sign since December 2013 — a long time for Mars to be in a sign he isn’t comfortable in! We all felt it. Mars wants to plow ahead and conquer but Libra forced Mars to collaborate instead. Many lessons were learned in the relationship dynamic during this time but on a personal level so many of us felt stuck…like we didn’t have an ability to forge ahead freely in a certain area of life. We didn’t.
Whew! Finally, with Mars in Scorpio the power of our drive and ambition can be unleashed. Mars is no longer motivated to compromise or even consider what anyone else has to say about his actions. With Mars in Scorpio in fact, no one else is in charge except for you. No one can control your actions and if they try — oh boy watch out! The sting of Mars in Scorpio hurts like no other.
Mars in Scorpio is an opportunity to enter boot camp that will help you develop the power of your soul relating to the house it transits through in your chart. As long as you choose to rise above the shadow (power struggles, revenge, bitterness, and unforgiving attitude) you have an opportunity to master a part of your world with courage, discipline and will power.
Ahhh, Mars in Scorpio. The ultimate cosmic backbone.