Mars and the Sun are in opposition until 4/14/2014 when the Sun moves into Aries – the opposition is exact on 4/8/2014. This opposition takes place in the signs of Pisces and Virgo.  Mars and the Sun are not inimical to one another but both of these planets are fiery and can be combative. 

Pisces houses the Sun and is a softer and more compassionate influence while Virgo, which houses Mars, can be technical and favors life based on intellectual details.  It is interesting that both signs are concerned with health matters with Pisces being the sign of hospitals and Virgo being the sign of health itself.  Pisces is the sign of compassion and Virgo is the sign of retail sales – the argument over the health care law doesn’t stand a chance of quieting down or falling off the media radar anytime soon.

In many ways the Sun and Mars dancing together can dance to the tune of umbrage and here in America there is no lack of umbrage so the volume is high at this moment. The Sun is the ego and for the next few weeks we are all going to encounter people coming from egoist emotions.  It can be a time during which personal relationships suffer from poor communication as individuals try to find understanding for their own bruised egos and instead meet up with the current energy of Mars which is more inclined to prove its point through debating every detail of the past and present.  It will not be easy to find peaceful resolution at this time. Mars is retrograde and, for some, the frustration can be coming from events that should have been left in the past – conscious discernment is the best attitude to take when encountering these types of frictions in relationships. 

Once the Sun moves into Aries on the 14th the degrees of Mercury in Pisces will then oppose Mars.  Mercury and Mars are inimical to each other and Mercury is debilitated in the sign of Pisces.  The energy will not be as fierce but can be more confusing for the six days of this opposition – Mercury moves into Aries on the 20th of April. Mercury is a planet of communication but in emotional and idealistic Pisces his style of communication can be overwhelmed by the forceful Mars in the detail orientated sign of Virgo.  It is best to not engage with the anger during those six days or so. 

These energies are taking place along with the eclipse energy and it is most important, due to the high level of aggressive behavior, to keep the nervous system healthy and to remind yourself that May is not that far away.  The showers of April may be storm-like but the flowers of May are on the horizon.