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Mars enters Libra

Mars, the god of war and passion, sex and aggression enters Libra on Monday Oct 23 at 4 28 am AEDT where it will reside until Dec 9. Here’s my take on how it expresses when in Libra
Here we have the planet of war in a Venus ruled sign of peace. Interesting. A fighter for peace? The passion of Mars is refined and balanced with reason in Libra. Co-operative action directed to the pursuit of peace, harmony and justice is its forte. For evolved types with this placement, such as the Dalai Lama, the use of naked aggression and violence to pursue even noble ends is out of the question. Discussion, debate, negotiation, moral persuasion, and if necessary, non-violent resistance, are the favoured means for this civilized Mars. For less evolved types, diplomacy degenerates into insincerity or resentful compromise, and legitimate anger is suppressed, rather than transmuted into the decisive action that would see justice accomplished. This Mars needs to cultivate the courage of conviction, and vanquish the attitude of avoiding conflict at all costs. Sexuality is activated by visual attraction – “Eyes are the scout of the heart” said Joseph Campbell, stimulating conversation, mutual respect and a sense of being complementary equals. There is a tendency toward sapiophilia with this placement.
Nelson Mandela is an influential exemplar with this placement. Here are some relevant quotes
“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner”
“Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace”
“A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don’t have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed.”
 “It is so easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build.”
“Non-violence is a good policy when the conditions permit”

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