Mars enters Libra on October 4th (12:21 AM EDT). Mars is supposedly weak and its opposite sign, because Libra is ruled by Venus. And it can be difficult to take direct, assertive action during this transit since there is an increased emphasis on weighing the pros and cons (which can degenerate into waffling) and waiting to see what the other person wants rather than standing up for yourself.
Mars can also be terribly passive aggressive in this sign: anger is expressed with sugarcoated barbs or projected hostility. “Everything's fine” is said through gritted teeth.
But I find that this can be a very, very competitive placement for Mars. Libra is a Cardinal sign, which means there's a drive to be first. That drive maybe expressed with more strategy and refinement than Aries but never underestimate this energy. Relationships and social strategies will have an increased undertone of competitiveness during this transit-it's not your imagination. Flirtation and sexual energy will seem sweet on the surface, but underneath there’s a carefully disguised urgency to win.
You can work with this by reading the room before you act. Watch for the social cues and listen to what your partner wants. Then, act accordingly or assert yourself with a bit of finesse. You you can be polite but firm rather than screaming (to express your anger). You’d be amazed at how effective you can be when you mix a bit of sugar with that fire.
This transit is also excellent for encouraging partners to work together in a more balanced manner. They do something for you, you do something for them and it's win-win. It’s about strategy.
But since Libra is the sign of balance it is also the sign of imbalance. That means there can also be a risk of actions veering to extremes. Meaning, you do nothing and then become frustrated at your inaction and do something that sends the scales crashing to the floor. Or, you do everything for someone and they do nothing in return. Pay attention to those moments that trigger imbalances; this will tell you a lot about where your energy is best spent and where you should walk away. The ideal Mars in Libra efforts are poised and precise.
Mars enters Scorpio on November 19th.
Here are the aspects Mars will make: