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As transiting Mars in Pisces builds up to a conjunction with Uranus, we are riveted by a drama involving modern-day pirates, and in the past couple of years, piracy has been on the rise on our seas. The conjunction–exact on April 15–will continue to be within an 8° range until early May, so the issue isn’t going away. What is it about Mars and Uranus in combination that reverberates to pirates and outlaws?
Many of the people born with this conjunction have an air of the swashbuckling pirate, with a little half-smile that says, “I dare you to stop me.” In the movies, at least, who doesn’t love a pirate? Johnny Depp, who has a Mars-Uranus-Pluto conjunction in Virgo, played a convincing pirate captain in his Pirates of the Caribbean movies. When the first of this series of four Mars-Uranus conjunctions in Pisces occurred in 2003, he was named People Magazine‘s Sexiest Man Alive. The transiting conjunction of that year opposed his natal Mars-Uranus conjunction, so he possessed daring qualities that tickled our own Inner Outlaw. His fans will soon be treated to another movie in which he plays notorious bank robber John Dillinger. (Depp, whose chart is shown below, was born June 9, 1963, at 8:44 AM in Owensboro, KY, according to his birth certificate.)
Naturally, we’re not going to get the birth information of the Somali pirates, but I’d bet anything that many of them have aspects between Mars and Uranus. Mars-Uranus types can be adventuresome, with the rash courage of those who don’t know enough to be afraid or who don’t believe they’ll suffer the same consequences as ordinary people for flying in the face of convention. Their numbers include many champions who are forever pushing the window of achievement in their fields. However, the adventures are not always physical ones. People with this gutsy aspect may engage instead in political, social, or intellectual trailblazing, but they’re often pioneers on the far side of whatever field fascinates them.
Blending keywords for Mars and for Uranus, we come up with evocative combinations that give a sense of the aspects’ range of possibilities:
Visionary pioneer inventive adventurer rash innovator daring eccentric brilliant leader unconventional competitor bold outlaw angry iconoclast explosive athlete exciting challenger brainy warrior aggressive nonconformist Feisty rebel masculine icon fearless feminist
As you can see, these are not likely to be everyday people, but extraordinary, and are bound to be noticed, whether for their deeds or misdeeds. Many Uranians carry a sort of electric charge that makes them high-strung and excitable, and the Mars variety of Uranian can have an excess of physical and sexual tension that begs to be channeled into constructive outlets. When the tension has no outlet or when hide-bound Mars-Uranus individuals encounter resistance to their drives or desires, they may express anger explosively. Whether they’re prone to do so verbally or physically depends on the total astrological picture: Mars in an air sign, for instance, is more inclined to verbal outbursts of a caustic nature, while Mars in a fire sign might need a more physical or sexual outlet.
For Uranian types like bikers, outlaws, or radicals, the “enemy” is often seen as the authorities or society as a whole. Mars adds a distinct flavor of feistiness, or even downright combativeness. The reckless provocateurs among them can challenge authority or the norm aggressively. There’s much in today’s world that needs challenging, and yet their way of going about it often raises hackles, for they can be provocative and arrogant, trying to bring about change through conquest rather than accord.
The more positive Mars-Uranus types can be still adventuresome, with the rash courage of those who don’t know enough to be afraid or who don’t believe they’ll suffer the same consequences as ordinary people for flying in the face of convention. Their numbers include many athletic champions who are forever pushing the window of achievement in their fields. However, the adventures are not always physical ones. People with this gutsy aspect may engage instead in political, social, or intellectual trailblazing, but they’re often pioneers on the far side of whatever field fascinates them.
Note: This material is drawn from a longer chapter about Mars-Uranus aspects in my ebook, Outer Planet Aspects to Venus and Mars: The Outer Planets and Inner Life, Volume 2, available at http://www.moonmavenpublications.com/astrologybooks.html.
See more about the Mars-Uranus conjunction here:
And an important article about piracy closer to home and what it can mean for those of us who love astrology: Pirated Astrology Books and What They Can Cost our Field
And, for fellow fans of Johnny Depp, here’s another article about his horoscope: Depp’s Darker Roles—Where Do They Show in his Chart?
More Posts about Mars on this Blog:
- Mars—What Great Minds say about Its Functions
- Mars-Pluto Aspects? Use your Manifestation Mojo!
- The Law of Progressive Annoyance—Mars or Jupiter?
- It’s Baaaaaack–The Mars Hoax!
More Posts about Uranus on this Blog:
- 10 Things You May not Know about Uranus
- Uranian Ideas—Exceptional Thoughts about an Exceptional Planet
- Uranus In The Career Houses—“You’re Not The Boss Of Me!”
- Vocational Angst for the Pluto-Uranus in Virgo Generation
- Venus-Uranus Aspects among the Glitterati
- Venus-Uranus Aspects: Two-Minute Friends and other Modern Relationships
- The Mars-Uranus Conjunction in Pisces and Children Born with it
- Some Life Patterns of People with Uranus-Saturn Aspects in the Birth Chart
- Neptune & Uranus in Mutual Reception
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