Ingress results in a change in tone and meaning for a point, which is an energy shift designed to promote and continue growth, as well as change, on a regular and ongoing basis. Each point moves at a different speed, so the ingress for Mercury, which is faster than Mars, happens more frequently and is part of a recurring cycle in which every point eventually “returns” to the same degree as part of its elliptical cycle around the Sun. This article will look at Mars ingress from Leo to Virgo.
Changing the Tone, Changing the Meaning
On August 18 at 1:18 am Eastern Standard Time (EST) Mars will leave Leo and enter Virgo. Mars is the point associated with our desire, passion, aggression, and action. In Leo, the “tone” was tied to how we perform and what we do for fun and excitement. While in Leo the energy was amplified, a fire point in a fire sign. It started out in Leo on July 2nd and did not go retrograde, so its movement through this sign was its usual approximate 1 ½ month time frame, leading to the ingress into Virgo on August 18th. Including retrograde motion, Mars takes roughly two years to return to a degree as it makes its way around the chart.
Mars in Virgo
In Virgo, Mars, a fire point finds itself in the service and meticulousness of the sign ruled by Mercury. As the point of masculinity, this journey through the sign of service and skills can be somewhat frustrated. In Virgo, the focus is on who we need to help, what we need to do to take care of our health (especially our sexual health), and how we need to take our time to get things done properly (like practicing before a big game, not the big game itself).
After Leo “performance and play”, the move into Virgo can put us in a more cautious mode, or it should. The symbol of the virgin is telling; she is demure, shy even, reserved, and careful not to act rashly or boldly, very “un-Mars-like”. Virgo energy is careful, helpful, and patient, and the Mars point is about taking action and asserting oneself; so, this combination is tense.
I often think of Mars in Virgo, at its best, as the idea of practice leading up to a major competition. If the energy is used properly, you can channel the force of Mars to attain a new level in your health and activity. For the period between August 18th and October 4th, we all need to “reign it in” and use the “slow burn” of this energy propel us forward cautiously.
At the Personal Level
When I was born, my Mars was at 11 degrees 47 minutes (11d47m) of Taurus and every other year Mars will “return” to my natal degree and “trigger” that point in some profound way for me. As with any material I write about regarding astrology, I encourage you to get your full chart cast so you can find where the points I write about appear in your chart.
In my case, Virgo rules my 11th House of Community and will have the strongest impact on who I tend to want to associate with as a member of a group or “tribe”. I have five points in this area of my chart, Zeus, my Midheaven, Pallas Athena, Pluto, and Uranus. I want to be helpful to my community (Virgo) but prefer to “go my own way” (Uranus) as a change agent (Pluto) who views my career path (Midheaven) in strategic ways (Pallas Athena) to assert my authority (Zeus).
The period from August 18th to October 4th should provide me with energy to help those in need who seek me out professionally to help them manage a change or break out of stagnation. Taking advantage of this transit usually gives me a solid boost in my business. I will have to be sure not to overextend myself, which can easily happen when Mars is active in an area devoted to helping the community.
Generally speaking, Mars in Virgo is about “selfish” service, which certainly reads like an oxymoron. But for the people getting served, the help may be welcome, regardless. Just so long as you are not “self-serving” and promising to help, but then letting people down. For this reason, it is important to know your limits and not over-promise while under-delivering. If you take on too much under this transit, physical health can suffer, and accidents can happen. As my father, a former general contractor, used to say, “measure twice, cut once”.
Mars in Leo and Its Rulerships
Virgo, as the ruler of the 6th House, manages day-to-day work, our skills, service we offer others, and our health. If you can accept that Virgo will temper the Mars energy, you can use this period of time to do some professional development to improve your skill set, find the energy to help others in need, and start a new workout routine that can stick.
Lastly, the transition from Mars in Leo to Mars in Virgo can feel like going from highways speeds to a city speed limit, all the way down to driving through a school zone. If you mind the change in the speed limit, even if you are “chomping at the bit”, the transit can prove quite useful. Leo energy with Mars enjoys a good party, while Virgo energy with Mars enjoys getting a lot done.