Mars (action, anger, sexual energy, motivation) enters Virgo on August 18th at 1:18 AM EDT. The external expression of will is focused through details and improvement, but also the increased awareness of flaws. This can be a highly effective fix-it transit but you can also fixate on what’s wrong and refuse to move forward until it’s just right.
Small steps are the way to go. If you want to upgrade, do it in gradual stages rather than tackling the whole thing at once. Do the best you can but don’t get hung up on absolute perfection, because that’s a moving target. The key is knowing when to stop - when continued efforts to improve will end up destroying your subject.
This is also an excellent “clean up” transit - next to Scorpio, Virgo is the ultimate sign for purging and cleansing. Mars in Virgo urges you to cut out what’s not healthy (this includes relationships and habits) while working to improve what is healthy. As this is the sign of service, you can also focus your efforts on others, but the caution is not to let this devolve into slavery.
Consider what’s motivating your actions: the desire to upgrade, assist or distract yourself from the real issue with picky details and nosing around in other peoples’ business? Mars in Virgo does not always have pure intentions. Ration your energy and direct it towards the most effective target. If you’re avoiding something, redirect towards the problem and recognize that the quest for perfection can be another form of procrastination.
Having said this, during this transit you don’t want to cut corners. If you’re going to do it, do it right or don’t bother.
Here are the aspects Mars in Virgo will make:
Aug 24th: conjunct Venus (4 deg)
Aug 25th: inconjunct Chiron Rx in Aries (5 deg)
Aug 25th: square Ceres in Sagittarius (12 deg)
Aug 28th: trine Uranus Rx in Taurus (6 deg)
Sept 2nd: conjunct the Sun (9 deg)
Sept 3rd: conjunct Mercury (10 deg)
Sept 9th: trine Saturn Rx (13 deg)
Sept 9th: opposite Black Moon Lilith in Pisces (14 deg)
Sept 11th: trine the Capricorn South Node (15 deg)
Sept 12th: square Jupiter in Sagittarius (16 deg)
Sept 14th: opposte Neptune Rx in Pisces (17 deg)
Sept 19th: trine Pluto Rx in Capricorn (20 deg)
Sept 30th: trine Vesta Rx in Taurus (27 deg)
Oct 4th: Libra ingress