Mars in Aries

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Mars in Aries

Post by Jim Eshelman » Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:16 am

Mars is now in Aries where it will stay through the end of September (August 19 to September 30). Beginning today, I expect the main day-to-day story to change to something distinctly Arietian, especially in a form that reflects Mars' square with Saturn in Capricorn during this entire time, - During this time, Mars joins Uranus in Aries, though the two never approach conjunction by degree.

Mars' station is 9/9, and it may be hard to filter Mars in Aries results from Mars square Saturn results or the fact that Mars and Saturn are both transiting the Washington, DC Capsolar MC.

In humans with Mars in Aries at birth, we expect the following character (although this approach hasn't been very helpful in other Mars transits):
Strong-willed, independent, confident. Firm in their own opinions, don't back down. Accomplishing, industrious. Knack for business, promotion, making things move. (Building & expanding organizations or industries.) Imperial (bossy?). Some have too much energy pumping through their bodies for their comfort & health.
Other Aries themes that come to mind a priori: military and authoritarian or autocratic issues, aggression, state of emergency, intense economic or fiscal matters, industriousness of business overall, polarization especially between former allies, and any roller-coaster or cyclical rise-fall, expand-contract, or similar cycling through extremes. Major Aries periods feel like transitions between a concluding old cycle and an opening new cycle.
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Re: Mars in Aries

Post by Jim Eshelman » Thu Aug 20, 2020 10:01 am

In order to sort out what we are seeing as the hallmark tone of this period, here are the leading headlines this morning, the first morning after Mars entered Aries.

More than 70 wildfire zones are burning in 15 states, in addition to the extreme (dangerous) "heat advisory" areas.

At the DNC, Kamala Harris accepted nomination for Vice President and Barack Obama (and others) passionately made the case against Donald Trump.

COVID-19 cases are finally in decline in most areas, though with warnings that this trend will reverse if people are stupid or reckless again.

The Postmaster General put on hold the highly-criticized changes in the Post Office and its resources and capabilities until after the election.

The U.S. economy is in a tailspin and awaiting further stimulus aid that is still bound up in Congress. (Consumer spending is down 8%, 20% of small businesses re gone, official unemployment rate is 10.2% but (based on census data() one-fifth of all working-age adults is unemployed, etc.)

Alexey Navalny, a Putin critic and opposition leader, was hospitalized for apparent poisoning.
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Re: Mars in Aries

Post by Jim Eshelman » Fri Aug 21, 2020 12:39 pm

Still sorting out what the net headline narrative is. What's obvious is that yesterday was about the climax of the Democratic National Convention, Joe Biden accepting his party's nomination, and a collective indictment of the Trump administration's failures.

How this story unfolds through the end of September will, of course, be a day-to-day thing - looking for the obvious themes. It's probably not as simple as the fact that most of last night's top speakers were former military and business figures (Buttigieg, Duckworth, Bloomberg, plus a recent Commander in Chief) - probably something else developing - but I'll take that for starters.

Aries Steve Bannon got arrested yesterday on fraud charges.

Possibly "the battle over police departments" will heat up: Texas' governor said he will freeze property taxes in any cities that vote to defund their police departments (like Austin recently did). NYPD disciplinary reports were just published online by the ACLU.
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Re: Mars in Aries

Post by Jim Eshelman » Mon Aug 24, 2020 9:42 am

Today's primary headlines include:

The Republican Convention begins tonight.

Under pressure from Trump, the FDA has authorized using convalescent plasma to teat COVID-19 in older patients, on a "possible benefits outweigh possible harm" basis, while awaiting actual clinical testing.

More police violence - Kenosha, WI and Lafayette, LA killings - coming under emotional attack and inviting scrutiny this morning.

Kellyanne Conway is leaving the White House at the end of the month. (She has a good excuse, but I think "it's as good an excuse as any.")

And then there is a background aura of threat, e.g., two hurricanes (now likely reduced to one) heading toward Louisiana and an asteroid approaching Earth one day before Election Day (but with less than half a percent chance of entering the atmosphere and ten near certainty it will disintegrate). The tone seems to be exciting a sense of emergency.
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Re: Mars in Aries

Post by Jim Eshelman » Wed Aug 26, 2020 4:54 pm

To headlines for today:

The RNC continues. Biggest news from there is the First Lady's speech and Secretary of State Pompeo speaking while on a diplomatic mission to Israel, launching a Hatch Act investigation by Congress.

Besides the convention, police violence (and protests against it) is the real hot topic of the week.

Something that does not seem Mars in Aries themed is that COVID-19 cases are declining in most parts of the country. This, though, is probably a fluctuating figure so I'm not going to obsess on it much (and the down side is new cases in children are spiking, 70,000 of them this month).
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Re: Mars in Aries

Post by Jupiter Sets at Dawn » Wed Aug 26, 2020 7:21 pm

There's a CAT-4 hurricane about to land tonight on the Texas coast should be in the news. They're saying the storm surge will not be survivable, because it's going to be twenty feet. (Glad Lance and his parents got the heck out while the getting was good.)

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Re: Mars in Aries

Post by Jupiter Sets at Dawn » Wed Aug 26, 2020 11:21 pm

Hurricane Laura made landfall 12:48 AM at Cameron TX, August 27, 2021. 150 mph winds, 15-20' storm surge being compared with Hurricane Rita in destruction levels. Also with Katrina.

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Re: Mars in Aries

Post by Jim Eshelman » Thu Aug 27, 2020 6:48 pm

Today's primary headlines:

Police violence continues to be a significant story (today the No. 1 story).

Hurricane Laura made landfall in Louisiana as the most powerful storm to ever hit the state and having gigantic storm surge predictions.

RNC continues. Many commentators labelled last might surrealistic and bizarre.
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Re: Mars in Aries

Post by Jim Eshelman » Thu Sep 03, 2020 12:13 am

The same basic stories lead today.
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Re: Mars in Aries

Post by Jim Eshelman » Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:18 am

There are gigantic stories that aren't making their way into the "top 5" stories (or even top 10) this week. I'm not sure why, except that there are other stories that news agencies consider more attractive news.

But strongly matching the theme of Mars in Aries, much of the West Coast is ablaze with no end in sight for some of the fires. The Bay Area has orange skies resembling the surface of the planet Mars and record-breaking damage is occurring. Also on the West Coast, confrontations in Portland continue, now exceeding 100 days, mostly peaceful but with pockets of violence and continuing the theme of protest against police violence.

The stories that do make it into the top 5 this morning include Bob Woodward's explosive new book (with tapes) documenting that, weeks before the first American death from COVID-19, Trump was indeed fully briefed on the disease, knew it's likely impact, and sat on the information rather than stir a panic. - Meanwhile, there are endless other coronavirus stories (no surprise this continues to dominate the news). -- The Post Office is under more intense investigation (NB - the Mars station yesterday squared Capsolar Mercury). Relations with China are still deteriorating. Oh, and the new Dune trailer is out.
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