As Mars moves into Aries for the next 6 months and prepares to square off with Saturn, we are all collectively meditating on what that means, on what the true nature of this transit could be. And, as usual, there is a myth to illuminate exactly that.
Ares, contrary to what one might think, was an excellent father. He imbued all his many children with his fighting spirit and enjoyed watching them grow into independent adults. In particular, he doted on his daughters. He understood that the world was a harsh place for a young woman, and he made a special effort to raise them all to be able to fend for themselves against the villains of the world. Even so, he kept an eye on his daughters just in case something awful were to happen.
And one day, something awful did.
As his daughter, Alkippe, was walking through the forest, going about her daily routine, when she was suddenly attacked. Halirrhothios, son of Poseidon, had got it in his mind to rape what he imagined to be a defenseless young woman. But, being a daughter of Ares, she was hardly defenseless.
She fought like a wildcat. She slashed and clawed and shrieked to the very heavens. But Halirrhothios, also the child of the gods, was an even match. Just as he was about to overtake her, her screams reached her warlike father in Olympus. He looked down and saw what was happening, and like a lightning bolt, he was upon them. Without hesitation, he drove his spear into Halirrhothios and put an end to the horrible ordeal.
But that wasn’t the end of the story. All this occurred in Athens, which had a sophisticated legal system. Not even a god could slay someone on Athenian soil and not answer for their crimes. So Ares, God of War, squared off against Saturn in the form of the court system.
The trial drew crowds from all over the land, watching with bated breath as a god (a god!) was put on trial. At first it didn’t look good for Ares. At the time, rape was seen as a property crime, and the death penalty was not typically applied. But then Ares, impatient with the proceedings, stood up.
“What does it matter what laws you humans have created? What does it matter how you would categorize it? I stand for what is right! My actions were just. I officially cleanse this blood from my hands and turn back to war, which is my proper domain.”
And, despite all precedent to the contrary, Ares was acquitted. For what he had done was, indeed, right.
As we mull these energies over the coming months, try not to get lost in the fear of the square from the Capricorn conjunction. Yes, the heavy-hitters of the zodiac will be facing off against Mars, who simply can’t win. Saturn beats Mars every time.
But it isn’t that simple. Mars in Aries fights for a reason. And if what you fight for is right, then Saturn, the cosmic judge, will support you. Every time. So as we move through the next six months, ask yourself, what is worth fighting for?
What will you fight for? Where is Mars transiting your chart?