Throughout 2021, Mars will be making a series of hard aspects with Saturn: a square, an opposition, and another square. Today Mars in Taurus is making an exact square with Saturn in Aquarius. Hard aspects between Mars and Saturn were the most challenging aspects in ancient astrology. Saturn restricts and refuses, whereas Mars charges into combat, intent on severing and separating, the aggressive drive to take action and see results. Mars pushes for movement and momentum, whereas Saturn holds tightly to slowness and restraint. Mars and Saturn made two squares with one another in 2020 while Mars was in Aries and Saturn was in Capricorn—both in their own domiciles—but now Mars is in its antithesis or detriment in Taurus, a weakened position by sign as it is overcome by Saturn in its second domicile of Aquarius. Already fixed earthly Taurus challenges Mars to slow down and attend to material needs of the body. This could describe a prohibition on action, a refusal of forward motion or momentum, and the exhaustion that comes when we try to move through an immovable barrier. If there are actions you are trying to take or movements you are working to mobilize, expect to encounter resistance or refusal that has the potential to exhaust already limited or depleted resources. What if you instead moved at the pace of land and bones, the earth beneath your feet and flesh? This Mars/Saturn story will continue to unfold through the opposition in November, so build up your resources for challenges that are yet to come.
For more about the astrology of the year, check out my Astrology Guide for 2021.