Sun Conjunct Mars – The Hero’s Journey

On September 2nd, 2019 Mars started a new 2-year cycle which will end on October 7th, 2021. 

A Mars cycle begins when the Sun is conjunct Mars

Mars is a very important archetype in our lives, even if it’s oftentimes overlooked. Any astrology enthusiast pays attention to their Saturn Return, but much fewer people pay attention to their Mars return. 

You have a Mars return every two years when transit Mars is at the same degree as your natal Mars. If for example, your natal Mars is at 11°Virgo, then you have your Mars return on September 5th, 2019, because on September 5th Mars is at 11° Virgo. 

The Mars Return – Becoming Who You Are Meant To Be

A Mars return is a pivotal time in your life. Any time you have a Mars return, you have a green line from the Universe to assert yourself and go after what you want. 

We have our first Mars return at the age of 2. This is when we truly become an individual, separate from our mother. Before the age of two, the child is not aware that he or she is a separate entity. Mars makes us aware that we are a distinct individual – with distinct wants and needs. 

It makes sense that Mars is concerned with initiative and action. Mars is the first planet to travel a full circle around the Sun


Mercury and Venus never travel too far away from the Sun. Mercury is always within 28° degrees of the Sun, and Venus never travels farther than 48° away from the Sun. Mars is the first planet to break away from the Sun, to find his own path, his own expression. 

Mars, the ruler of the 1st sign of the zodiac (Aries) represents the natural instinct of life to be expressed, to know more, do more, and be more. Without Mars, we would be pretty much a leaf in the wind. 

People who don’t embrace their Martian qualities don’t have a will on their own, and are always at the mercy of circumstances or other people’s agendas. 

A study has found the ONE trait that successful people share. It’s not the mindset. It’s not hard work. It’s not creativity. It’s not having good people skills. It’s not even intelligence. What all these people have in common is that they take action. They do things. They get up and do things every day. While other people are busy thinking, dreaming, feeling of philosophizing … successful people are busy doing

And the only planet that can help you become a doer is Mars. It does not matter where Mars is in your chart, if you’re a man or a woman, or in what family you were born – if you want to do great things in life, you have to learn to cultivate your inner Mars. You need to become a HERO. The hero of your destiny. 

The Mars Cycle And The Hero’s Journey

Mars’ journey around the Sun resembles the Hero’s journey. The Hero’s journey is a template created by the mythologist Joseph Campbell to describe the path every hero – in stories throughout the world – takes. 

In fact, all Hollywood blockbusters follow Joseph Campbel’s Hero’s journey: the story begins when the Hero is presented with a great challenge – to “kill the dragon” – which is a metaphor for confronting his greatest fear. 


The Hero has to prove they’re worthy of getting the prize: marrying the king’s daughter or overcoming a modern challenge, such as getting a degree, starting a venture, or saving a crumbling relationship. 

The 2-year Mars cycle around the Sun is the archetype of the Hero’s journey. As the first planet to travel a full circle around the Sun, Mars – or the Hero – adventures outside the ordinary world, symbolized by the territory of the Sun. 

The Hero’s journey starts when the Hero is presented with a challenge. The Hero is not fully committed at the beginning but they eventually overcome their fear and decide to cross the threshold. On their journey, the Hero meets the mentor, who trains them precious survival skills.   

The Hero finally commits to adventure and enters the Special World. This is a turning point, as the Hero leaves the Ordinary World to enter an unknown territory. In the Mars cycle, this is when we have the first Sun-Mars square, a few months in the cycle. 

The Hero makes friends and enemies and learns the rules of the Special World. Finally, he approaches ‘the most dangerous place’, usually the place where the villain lives. This is where the Hero has a direct confrontation with the Villan / the Shadow, which is nothing else but his own greatest fear. 

This is the part of the cycle when Mars is retrograde and in opposition to the Sun. In the current Mars cycle, Mars will oppose the Sun on October 13th, 2020. 

Finally, the Hero defeats the villain and takes possession of the prize. On his way back, the Hero is tested one more time to see if he or she has really learned the lessons from the Supreme Ordeal. That would be the 2nd – and last – Sun-Mars square

Eventually, the Hero returns to the Ordinary world, bringing back the prize. This is when the Mars cycle ends, as Mars is approaching yet another conjunction with the Sun. 

The Mars cycle can teach you a great deal about yourself. The world belongs to those who dare, and Mars will teach you how to overcome challenges and become a better person – a true Hero.


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6 thoughts on “Sun Conjunct Mars – The Hero’s Journey

  1. We cannot judge, it makes no sense, specially what we don’t understand.

    Not logical or coherent explanation is needed for a loving heart.

    Comprehension is the path.

    Observe your state of humility, anger, and passive agression within your service to the world.

    Uplifting with lovingness is truthful, highly vibrational, profound, otherrwise futile.

    We are all one in Gratitude.

    An eternal hug

  2. A word of causion with Mars though – there is a saying “Act in haste, repent in leisure” and this applies to Mars. I speak of experience of decades where Mars power results in circumstances where putting the brakes on a little would have been good. However, the better side of it that used well, one gets a lot done with using the Mars energy.

    1. Absolutely. The idea is to consciously integrate every single astrological archetype. If we integrate Mars in a healthy way, next we will integrate Jupiter, learning how to make use of this Martian energy in a way that contributes to the bigger picture, and then eventually, when we work with Saturn, we learn about limitations and consequences. The idea is not to supress the expression of any planetary archetype. People with anger issues often times suppress their Mars. When they start taking action in a healthy way, or start doing sports for example, the agression eventually starts to subside

  3. On September 2nd, 2019 Mars started a new 2-year cycle which will end on October 7th, 2021.
    A Mars cycle begins when the Sun is conjunct Mars.
    this is the planetary cycle. for a personal cycle I need to look to natal Mars position
    Mars at 16 Libra, this is coming 29 Oct
    Mars at 27 Leo, cycle started 14 August
    is this correct?
    thank you for all your work!! I’m grateful and learning

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