In this post I’d like to talk about a transit that I’m currently experiencing, and which started in 2018. I feel I gathered sufficient personal experience in the last two years, to share with you now how having Uranus transiting my natal Mars feels like – this is not an easy transit and I feel I need to provide some guidance for those of you who are currently undergoing this transit and are wondering ‘What the hell is going on?’ or for those of you who will face this transit as soon as Uranus hits Gemini in 2025 (because being prepared usually softens the blow).
Uranus takes about 84 years to complete its rotation around the Sun, and as it tracks on its orbit it often beams its energy through a particular constellation on the Earth’s ecliptic belt (comprised of the 12 astrological constelations identified by our Spiritual Ancestors). This means that you might not experience Uranus transiting over any of your personal planets, or maybe over all (if you have a stellium for example) or it might conjunct just one of them, like I am having at the moment a Uranus conjunct Mars transit. Now when an outer planet conjuncts a personal planet, that is a high-order activation which means that fated events are taking place in that house of our chart where the planet is placed. Again using my personal example because it is what I know best, Uranus is activating my personal will-power and courage (Mars) in the 7th house (of love, contracts and our Shadow Self).
Uranus brings in a certain chaotic energy in that particular house and tends to electrify your personal planet. So ever since this transit started I kept being confronted with problematic people who are mirroring back to myself my own shortcomings, so that I may work through integrating my Shadow side, and loving myself and others more fully. I have also been energised to act differently than I had in the past, and I am experiencing moments of either excited and constant energy or low peaks in my energy when I procrastinate and feel weak and tired. This is because Uranus gives lightning-bolts of mental awareness which are then slowly processed on an emotional level. That processing slows us down on the surface level, but inwardly we are levelling up to higher states of consciousness.
Bye, bye Stagnation! Hello, Untamable Energy
Now Uranus doesn’t only mess with your personal world but also with the collective, due to its slow transit. Depending on the structure of your birth-chart and the position of your personal planets (Sun, Moon, Venus, Mercury and Mars). Uranus has been in Aries for the majority of the Pluto in Capricorn era, creating a number of Cardinal Cross moments and tense squares to Pluto. That was a historical period, which one astrologer whom I love and admire, Mystic Medusa, called ‘The Zap Zone’ – a time of great social upheavals around the world and military rebellious insurgencies. Then in 2018 Uranus switched signs into the Earth-bound and Venusian sign of Taurus, and for a while there was a sense of increased stability – one which was broken in 2020 when Saturn entered for a short while in Aquarius and thereby creating another tense energetic aspect of forced growth (and which astrologers call ‘a square’). We are now in an environment where work and the stability or the prosperity it brought is being reconfigured, where there is a sense of financial and environmental chaos that is also affecting our relationships to our stable sense of self and our health and bodies (all of these areas are ruled by sturdy and fertile Taurus). The material realm is currently reconfigured, whether we enjoy the ‘ride’ or not.
The first period of Saturn in Aquarius squaring Uranus in Taurus saw the beginning of lockdowns in the world. I personally was more creative than I have ever been and growing my You Tube channel ‘The Spiritual Social’. This is because I have a natal Venus in Aquarius and a natal Mars in Taurus (so the transiting heavenly square activated the natal Yin-Yang square I have in my natal chart, or better said the energy I carry with me since birth). Any squares which are activated in our charts produce a lot of energy which must be processed externally in creative and innovative ways. But the second time Saturn dipped into Aqua and joined Jupiter as well, following from the energy of the great conjunction on Winter Sostice (21st December), I felt as if my entire stability was crumbling beneath my feet and I had to come up quickly with an overwhelming amount of solutions. Below are some of the core traits that I personally witnessed with Uranus activating a natal Mars placement.
When Uranus hits your Mars placement (it doesn’t even need to be conjunct but just in the same house), I would suggest making it easier on yourself and prepare to let go of what you thought your schedule was. Your daily habits will inevitably change as you will go through erratic energy levels. One moment you have the strength and courage of a legion, the next you need 4 cups of coffee just to roll out of bed. It’s a ‘bender’ kind of energy, where you receive jolts of action, followed by moments of pasivity where you just need to rest, in time to gather yourself for the next part of the rollec-coaster ride.
Erratic and Episodic Love and Sex
If you are Venusian, this might not be a ‘joy ride’ since you’ll find it hard to plan or to stick to a plan, and make it look elegant and poised. And this is also because Uranus is re-organizing you at a primal level, Mars ruling over our instincts. In general, Uranus teaches emotional detachment because it wants you to pay attention to the new insights it will bless you with. But in order to help you change your energetic pattern or relationship to your basic instincts, it first has to show you where you are wrong or are misusing your energy. And that is the humbling part of the ride, the uncomfortable trigger that pushes you to change something. I had so many moments of saying ‘Enough!’ to people, places, routines and my own inner critic, since this transit started; and in this way I empowered myself. As you will begin to analyze your life from a brand new light, it helps if sit down from time to time in stillness to integrate the messy emotions that overwhelm your clear insights in this period (similar to the period when Uranus transits over your Moon, in which case your emotions are key to accessing higher states of consciousness).
So with Uranus on your Mars – which represents your willpower and life-force, your energy and creativity, your charisma and courage – you will enter a period of time when you will either have little to almost no energy for days and then followed by a massive downpour of energy that keeps you up for a period of 72 hours straight. Uranus’s electricity will affect your willpower and energy in fantastically unpredictable ways, making you feel messy and disorganized. I would suggest not trying to control this energy by rigidly keeping it within a 9 to 5 because it won’t work – it will backfire on you and eventually might even get you fired from a conventional job with strictly delimited and stable parameters. Uranus wants you to get out of any comfort zones you might have willingly (or unwillingly placed yourself) so you can think big and grow into your authenticity.
What is it that you’ve always love doing? When Uranus hits your Mars and unleashes your primal drive in small and shocking spurts, then you will be faced with the inevitability of following your heart. The only way to ‘control’ this energy is by deciding to commit to following your own path, going solo or doing your thing for a while and as you are doing so, accept the social disapproval or backlash that ensues. After all, Uranian energy wants you to rebel against the status quo and defragment old patterns of thinking (usually inherited from your parents, cultural and religious backgrounds). So you might as well give into this energy and allow it to creatively lead you down previously untrodden new pathways in life.
Coming up angry and Coping with It
Understand that especially if you have a 7th house transit to Uranus, each relationship will be a lesson in meeting your Shadow self. I had people come and go with clockwork regularity in the last years and this process taught me to not attach emotionally to nothing other but my ideals and my work (my Moon is in the 2nd house). Each moment of connection, of creativity, of business partnerships or sexual exchanges had am element of detachment and other-worldliness about them and they showed me sides of myself that I wasn’t comfortable with (such as where I was too controlling, selfish, proud or over-enthusiastic, or moments when I had to take the lead – all these are Arian traits).
Suppressing this energy might make you feel lethargic to the point of somatising illnesses or might get you into frequent clashes with the law. In some case it might attract justic-themed situation to you, like in my case that I conducted research in courtrooms in America for a semester.
Power and Genius?
Basically, when Uranus travels over your Mars it creates a power dynamo, so you’re better off letting it roll than holding it tightly in your palms and risk being burned by its sheer intensity. I have a South Node in Libra and the major defects with this placement are a tendency to people-please and be indecisive – well, at the moment Uranus is not allowing me to do either of these things. Every time I fall into that pattern a conflict ensues that teaches me to step into my own power and reclaim my energy. At times I also experience these brifly humorous moments when it’s almost as if the divine steps in to remove something or someone from my life that was harming me. The best thing about this transit is that you are unconsciously pushed into action to deal with things that you previously disliked but somehow tolerated. Uranus unleashes the cool warrior within. In this way, Uranus liberates you – it shows you that you must take action now, because that job or that relationships has become intolerable and tomorrow is not guaranteed.
To be honest a part of me is slightly dreading the moment when Uranus will hit 16 degrees and will exactly conjunct my Mars, just by judging how this transit went so far. But my case is more difficult because I am having this transit opposite my Pluto in Scorpio and squared my Venus (currently under Saturn’s clutch for the next 2 years)….so it’s not exactly a smooth walk in the park. Some of you have this transit with a lot of trines, and some of you have this aspect natally. However, the higher the number of the degree the ripe the energy becomes, so it settles down a bit and delivers the lessons at a more manageable pace. I’m not sure what the future brings, but I can say that once Uranus will hit 29 degress Taurus in 2026 the environmental and financial landscape of the collective will be a brave new world…and maybe by then these random bouts of energy will subside and I can get on with my ‘Happy Cow’ Martian energy 🙂
With universal love,