“The false God turns suffering into violence. The true God turns violence into suffering.” – Simone Weil
Between June 28th, 2020 and January 7th, 2021, Mars transits the sign of Aries, his diurnal domicile, extending its stay due to backwards movement between September 10th and November 15th, 2020. Found in a position of power, the lesser malefic will shake spirits, expand pride and act recklessly and brutally, taking into account only his own opinions and the uncontrollable rage that demanded a blood tribute. Armed to the teeth and convinced by the ideas that stimulate his aggression, the combative Mars will create chaos and confusion in people’s minds, generating quarrels and hatred, antipathy and hostility.
The graphic representation, from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance, depicts a man holding a sword in one hand and a severed human head in the other, thus evoking the relentless and awful spirit of the planetary divinity. Images from Greek magical papyri and medieval manuscripts converge not only in their aesthetic aspect, but also in their practicality. Mars was invoked when protection was needed in war, against the attacks of evil spirits, and to prevent any natural or supernatural action that would harm the person who sought to calm the terrifying god through rituals and offerings.
The myth of Perseus, the Greek hero best known for defeating Medusa, recreates the mythologem of the warrior who went in search of adventure and glory sees his destiny fulfilled only when he kills the monster whose gaze frightens and paralyzes. Helped by Athena, Hermes and Hades, Perseus manages to decapitate the beast and use its remaining power to defeat his rivals. Gorgoneion, the apotropaic amulet resulting from this confrontation, continues to be used by humans today to defend themselves.
Arcana VII of the Tarot, called the arcana of the soul, completes the mythical-magical picture of Mars, confronting us with an uncomfortable and annoying truth. Any external conflict is the mirror image of the forces in our unconscious that are constantly freting and struggling to push into consciousness what creates discomfort, pain, guilt or shame. The chariot pulled by the two horses that jerk in opposite directions as their colors, black and white, is the vehicle of life itself and the symbol of the unifying function, the only one capable of overcoming existential antagonism.
The T-shaped square in cardinal signs, the opposition Mars in Aries – Moon in Libra and the square of both with the Cancer Sun, suggest a tension masked by diplomacy and the sensitivity of the luminaries ready to throw important resources into the game. The past, history, abuse, manipulation, beautiful lies and dishonest tactics are just as many reasons for revolt, anger and brutality.
The airy pyramid between the Moon in Libra, Saturn rx in Aquarius and Venus in Gemini promises amicable communication and resolution, provided that Mars’ iron weapons, his favorite metal and instruments, do not cover the voice of reason, wisdom and moderation. Finding the middle ground will be the corner stone for everyone in the grinding of which our character will either be strengthened or contaminated by uncontrollable and compulsive impulses.
Although for now the sextile between Mars in Aries and the conjunction Jupiter rx in Capricorn – Saturn rx in Aquarius seems to stabilize and control destructive drives, starting July 22nd we will witness a major change and a release of natural or human energy that will put to trial even the most optimistic of us. The crooked war in the name of faith, principles, knowledge, will reach a new overturned peak and will throw us into the lowest circles of human Hell.
Magnanimous, unconquer’d, boistrous Mars,
In darts rejoicing, and in bloody wars
Fierce and untam’d, whose mighty pow’r can make
The strongest walls from their foundations shake:
Mortal destroying king, defil’d with gore,
Pleas’d with war’s dreadful and tumultuous roar:
Thee, human blood, and swords, and spears delight,
And the dire ruin of mad savage fight.
Stay, furious contests, and avenging strife,
Whose works with woe, embitter human life;
To lovely Venus, and to Bacchus yield,
To Ceres give the weapons of the field;
Encourage peace, to gentle works inclin’d,
And give abundance, with benignant mind.
Perseus, Mars and the figurae magicae of PGM XXXVI by Lloyd Graham
Mythic Tarot by Liz Greene
The Mystical Hymns of Orpheus