Mars in Taurus
Mars leaves his home sign of Aries today (6 January) where he was free to challenge, strategize, initiate and alter the landscape with fire, to Venus-ruled Taurus where he is said to be in detriment.
Taurus, a fixed sign, seeks to secure and preserve. Taureans want to conserve and “keep safe” the people and things dear to them. No longer the Fire-Starter or initiating force, Mars is now The Defender, willing to fight for what already exists. While this may sound very noble it’s problematic if the things we are defending have run their course - like belief systems or relationships. Mars in Taurus is potentially more dangerous and more violent because while Mars is slower to react in Taurus, once rage is ignited it perseveres.
What am I holding onto and defending that is no longer deserving of my energy? What am I putting up with because I want to “preserve the peace” or maintain the status quo.
On entering Taurus, Mars will square Saturn, an aspect that speaks of frustration and negative feelings. Where and how are you feeling blocked? Who or what is stopping you from living a fuller or happier life? Your responsibilities? An older person? An employer? A tradition?
‘Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.” - Malachy McCourt
Here is a Cosmic reminder that if you allow feelings of anger and resentment to take hold when things don’t go the way you like, you are effectively giving control of your feelings to others. The person who suffers is you and not the person you despise.
Acknowledge your feelings and then discharge them through physical exercise and release them by writing them down or talking to a supportive friend.
Mars in Taurus Transit Medicine
Take naps. Rest.
Use this transit to invoke all five senses. Cook delicious meals. Arrange flowers.
Do things slowly.
Decide on what is truly important and defend that.
Spend time in nature.