From DECEMBER 19 2016 through JANUARY 27 2017, Mars transits the sign of Pisces. This marks a time when the personal energies are strongly influenced by emotionalism. When your emotions and feelings run high, your energy level will be strong and rigidly one-pointed. That is, when you feel very strongly about something, you are inclined to be both zealous and unyielding.

When discouraged or when life seems to go against you— and this easily happens with Mars in Pisces— your energy level can be wiped out, leading to feeling sorry for one’s self and feeling despondent. As a result, the energies of this Mars are unstable, volatile and undependable. This is not a good time to start new projects since the Piscean energies can fizzle out when the going gets rough. In an earlier cycle, I tried to organize big plans for researching ancient Cave Bear sites in Europe. A lot of mental energy went into this project but nothing came of it.

In examining my journals, I found that I was frequently dealing with dishonest people yet I expressed a typically Piscean ambivalence or passivity with them. It seems to be a good time to escape and get away from it all— Pisces likes to tune out when life becomes difficult or the individual feels bored. In an earlier cycle, I found myself dealing with scattered, spacey and irresponsible types yet I was often too acquiescent in the situation to handle these people effectively. It is easy to allow people to get away with inappropriate behavior due to Piscean tolerance.

I did find examples when I did escape and get away, often to places around water. Frequently, I experienced powerful dreams and my intuition was very strong. The high psychic energy caused my physical energy to be equally high. However, in areas requiring organization, I found that my timing was off— I missed connections with people, people came by for a visit and I was not at home, and a friend locked his keys in his car… more than once. When Mars in Pisces is accompanied with other planets transiting the signs of Aries and Aquarius, this Mars can be assertive, even chivalrous, expressing itself in a progressive, although idealistic, manner.

Victimization and self-pity can manifest with Mars in Pisces. During one cycle, my great fantasy was to have a waterbed. To my horror, it was one of the worst mistakes of my life! It was a fantasy that never measured up to my illusion. My back hurt and I felt that there would be no hope for a future romance on that contraption. When I sat on one end, the cats would fly up at the other end. Feeling sorry for myself, a Piscean trait, was highly justified. After 10 days of pure misery and back pain, I drained out the water and hauled it back to the warehouse. I did asset myself and got all of my money back. But, did my misery end with the waterbed catastrophe? NO! I cracked a tooth and my dentist could not see my for 5 days. I felt sorry for a blind sparrow which I nursed. I had a “client from hell” who was incredibly needy, taking up all of my time complaining and feeling sorry for herself. A man called whining and trying to manipulate me into a free reading. I was over-whelmed by people who tried to gain attention through portraying themselves as victims. Several people canceled their commitments to me in a wimpy manner. They projected themselves as Poor Souls so that I would feel sorry for them rather than angry at them. I did not feel sorry for them. I knew exactly what they were doing. In the end, I was depressed, drained and felt a great need to tune out and get away from it all.

I have grown stronger since that time in my life. In the most recent Mars in Pisces cycle, I put my energies into volunteerism, raising money for causes that I believed in and I found myself associating with people from other countries and other cultures. I traveled and often I traveled to places connected with water, such as the beach or lecturing on cruise ships. This is the positive side of Mars in Pisces.

When reviewing my notes for the 2009 transit, I found a lot of mistakes and forgetfulness. At least in 2009, there events that required great flexibility on my part. I traveled to Arizona and left my cosmetics at home. I knew that I did not have time to return home to get them so I just had to buy everything in Phoenix. Then, a thunder storm in Texas kept me from getting out of Phoenix. I arrived in Texas too late to get a flight to Baltimore. This tested my adaptability because it was going to be a long night. I did have a new DVD to watch but, more important, I sat next to the Presidents Club where I could access the internet for free. I downloaded movies on for free and this kept me entertained until morning.

At home, I forgot about a workshop that I had signed up for attending and I went to the Hungarian Embassy for a concert…and it was the wrong day. I also experienced some very draining people.

In 2011, the pollen got an early start and, when Mars entered Pisces, I had terrible allergies and sinusitis. I always take Stinging Nettles but this takes 14 days to work.
The Power Plant meltdown in Japan occurred during this cycle, amid much confusion, denial and cover-ups.

When angered or provoked, Mars is in Pisces will manifest as a disturbance in the biochemical cell salt of Ferrum Phosphate or Iron. Iron has an affinity with oxygen. Iron and oxygen give us red blood. “The amount of oxygen that we are able to absorb into out bodies from the air we breathe depends entirely upon the amount of iron present in the blood to combine with it and carry it into every extremity of the body” (ASTROLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY by Vanda Sawtell). Symptoms of a disturbance in this cell salt are fevers and inflammations, despondency, insomnia, feverish colds and anemia.


  1. MDM2Heart Says:

    Hi Lynn,

    I just wanted to say thanks for this article .. I have a saturn in Pisces in my 7th but on my 8th house cusp and I have an Aries 9th stellium which is intercepted within Pisces. I have
    had a REALLY tough time for years learning Piscean issues and just recently discovered how cell salts ( unbeknownst why to me ) really made a difference in my body. Aries Mars but intercepted within Pisces might as well be a Mars in Pisces because the issues are all the same except for one .. your reflexive and reactive response and buried rage issues
    over being taken for granted or taken advantage of.

    It’s a long haul .. but this article is really great.

    Thanks again

  2. Jennifer Says:

    With naMA is Pisces, I have to work to have clear boundaries and guard against people trying to tap into my spiritual energy because in esoteric circles, there have been people trying to manipulate me into following their spiritual path leading me off of mine, but not in a self-pitying (which I think to be more of a Scorpionic energy, but then again MA as ancient ruler of Sco…). Thanks for the article!

  3. Ms.Pennynickle Says:

    I also have natal mars in pisces and was just commenting that it seems to me that people frequently get angry at me because I won’t lie to them or when I won’t just allow them to believe something untrue, whereas I tend to get angry at people when they do lie to me or I can tell they’re just feeding me a line. Thankfully, I have venus conjunct mars here so that helps me to spot from a mile away and I can usually sweetly deflect it…. But man some people just want to hear what they want to hear and get very angry when you deviate from ‘their script.’

  4. John Says:

    Nice article Lynn! From a new student of Astrology, it is refreshing to hear another’s insight into this planet’s placement in Pisces. Thank You!

  5. Stanley Says:

    There is no better boat than a horoscope to help a man cross over the sea of life.

  6. Avu Says:

    Hi Lynn,

    I have an angioplasty scheduled for Jan 22nd 2015. I am a Libra with Transit Saturn conjunct Jupiter in 9th House (at 3 degree),
    transiting retro Jupiter conjunct Uranus in my fifth house (at about 20 degrees). Transit Mars is 8 degrees in Pisces. Last month i got a job on Dec 19th and on Jan 13th i lost the job. So i am wary about Mars transit in Pisces. Should I postpone the angioplasty.

  7. Lynn Koiner Says:

    AVU (1-2015): It is unclear why you think Mars in Pisces will be bad. It is not Mars in Pisces but Mercury R that would concern me.

  8. Avu Says:

    Thanks Lynn. I follow what you are saying. I found Retro Jupiter was square natal mercury (at 19 deg in 8th house on 13th Jan when i got news of my job loss. Transit Mercury (in Aquarius, 11th house) will be square natal Mercury for three days from Jan 19th to Jan 22nd. Do you advise to postpone this to after Feb 12th when Mercury turns direct. Kindly note that the angiogram will precede the angioplasty as informed by the doctor. The question is Mercury square Mercury will out all the problems or not for the doctor to take appropriate decision? Will appreciate your guidance in this matter. Best Regards.Avu.

  9. Lynn Koiner Says:

    AVU (1-2015): Mercury R causes errors in judgment. I had surgery on my ear several years ago. Several months later, an infection set in. It seems that he doctor left 2 stitches in the ear and they became infected. So, I am very uncomfortable doing anything with Mercury R unless I HAVE to do this.

  10. Nicole Says:

    Lynn, thank you so much for this essay! It couldn’t have come at a better time. I have the Sun-Mercury-Venus in Pisces and I’ve been completely drained and overwhelmed for almost a year. I too have dealt with dubious individuals who have been feeding off me energetically and my shields have been quite weak.

    I dream almost every night (sometimes twice a night) and there was a time when I used to keep a dream journal and record these kinds of things. I literally don’t have the energy to pick up a pencil right now. I have to admit I’ve been having a pity party at the moment. Having my Venus @14 degrees in the 5th making a tight square to my Saturn in Gemini @ 14 degrees in the 8th house (and transiting Chiron is right on my natal Venus as well) isn’t helping.


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