Mars in Capricorn

Journeys with Mars and the Uranus/Pluto square

I’m finishing up the Planetary Illuminations report, but I wanted to give you a heads up on this important cycle.

You can read in the sidebar about the square aspect between Uranus and Pluto that has been creating intensity, drama and change since the two planets first came together back in 2011 (their first meeting was just a degree from exactitude, but close enough to pack a punch).  The sixth exact square is in mid-December, but during November they will be moving closer and closer to the exact alignment that will likely foster even more breakdown (Pluto) and realignment (Uranus).

As Mars travels through Capricorn it will align with Pluto and form a challenging square to Uranus.  By November 5th Mars will be close enough to Pluto that we will start to feel it in earnest, and the exact conjunction will take place November 10th. Mars represents the anger and passion of the individual, where Pluto represents a transformational force that destroys and rebuilds.  These two planets together are a formidable force that will energize but also inspire us to purge and eliminate anything from our life that no longer works.

At the same time, Mars will be in a square to Uranus.  Uranus is the radical – the innovator and the one which shatters paradigms.  It will be difficult to resist realignment and change under this combination of influences.  The exact square from Mars to Uranus occurs November 12th.  The Moon moves through Cancer during this same period, and when a Grand Cross forms on November 10th we are likely to see a climax of intensity and passion that breaks apart anything in our lives that is brittle and dying, and urge us to embrace the new.

This is really a time of letting go to our attachment to what we think is true and those things to which we have become accustomed.  This is a Brave New World, as Aldous Huxley wrote, and in order to move through the portal to the future the past must be surrendered.

“Impulse arrested spills over, and the flood is feeling, the flood is passion, the flood is even madness: it depends on the force of the current, the height and strength of the barrier. The unchecked stream flows smoothly down its appointed channels into a calm well being.” 
― Aldous HuxleyBrave New World

By | 2014-10-30T19:54:58+00:00 October 30th, 2014|Planetary cycles, Uranus square Pluto|2 Comments

Top ten things to know about Mars in Capricorn!

Mars often gets a bad rap because it represents the more sordid side of the personality: desires of all kinds, anger, rage.  Mars is named after the god of war, after all!  But Mars also represents inspiration, motivation, the ability to set good boundaries and defend ourselves.  Mars requires action and we generally only see its negative qualities when that action is stifled for some reason.  Mars isn’t necessarily destructive, nor does it necessarily inspire rage in the heart of humans.  But Mars needs an outlet in order to perform efficiently, and the planet that Mars travels through tells us the best way to channel Mars energy at that time.

Mars just entered the sign of Capricorn, the sign that teaches us to master the material world, and will remain there until December 4th  The symbol of Capricorn is the mountain goat, scaling great heights with courage and tenacity.  Capricorn loves structure and business – it follows the rules of society and is patient and disciplined in order to achieve its goals  Mars is said to be exalted in Capricorn because the potential wild energy of Mars is most effective when channeled through the order of Capricorn.

Each sign acts as a correction for the previous sign, so as Mars enters Capricorn it is leaving the sign of Sagittarius where it dislikes boundaries and rules.  The transition to a more structured environment may be somewhat challenging but will pay off in the long run.  While Mars is in Capricorn it will eventually set off the Uranus/Pluto square, creating abundant conflict and destruction anywhere there is stagnation that requires a new approach.

Here are ten things to know about the journey of Mars through Capricorn.

  1. Mars in Capricorn seeks nothing less than to master the material world.  Emotions are less important under this influence and finding the discipline to develop the skills that help you to climb the mountain of success are the desired traits.
  2. This is a great time to set goals and plan actions.  Mars in Capricorn isn’t a visionary – it wants to DO something.  For every goal you have, devise a strategy that includes a “next action” to make it happen.
  3. Mars in Capricorn likes everything to be orderly. Unlike Virgo which just likes organization, Mars in Capricorn likes order because it preserves efficiency.  Make sure all of your equipment and software works so that you can accomplish the things on your to-do list.
  4. Tempers are cooler when Mars is in Capricorn, but that doesn’t mean that no one is getting angry.  Anger can simmer beneath the surface and requires resolution if problems arise.
  5. Under this influence there is more caution, and the giddy optimism of Mars in Sagittarius gives way to a more tempered approach to investing and other business decisions.
  6. When Mars is in Capricorn our responsibilities become more important.  Expect to take on perhaps a little more than you can handle, Capricorn is not afraid of a little hard work.
  7. Empathy takes a back seat when Mars is in Capricorn.  The ends justify the means, and reaching the goal is the critical factor.
  8. With Mars bumping up against Uranus (radical revolution) and Pluto (destruction and regeneration) in November, the endurance and need for control of Capricorn can become brittle and shatter under the pressure of change from Uranus.  I’ll be writing more about that later.
  9. There will be little time for relaxation when Mars is in Capricorn.  With such a strong emphasis on achievement and responsibility, that nap in the sun will have to wait!
  10. Everyone loves a winner, and Mars in Capricorn needs to win.  Find a way to challenge yourself with a new skillset that will help you to conquer your competition.
By | 2014-10-26T11:32:26+00:00 October 26th, 2014|Lessons, Planetary cycles|2 Comments

Thoughts on the upcoming Mercury retrograde

Mercury retrogradeThis Mercury retrograde period may be more challenging than some, especially during the first week (beginning around now until the 18th of December when Mercury retrogrades back into Sagittarius.

Mercury is in Capricorn now, where it wants to organize things and achieve something important.  Capricorn is all about goals and success, and it is not well-suited to the retrograde periods of Mercury which require reflection and a more inward focus that stimulates the subtle mind rather than the mental realm.

Mercury turns retrograde at about 5 degrees Capricorn, tightly conjunct Pluto.  Mercury has been conjunct Pluto since the New Moon a few days ago, and this influence remains as long as Mercury remains in Capricorn.  The combination of Mercury to Pluto brings intensity and passion to any ideas or thoughts that come to mind, and generally forces (because after all, it’s Pluto) us to face something secret and dark that we have been hiding from, if any such thing is lurking about anywhere.

Mars will be entering Capricorn shortly after this post is published, and it will then move into alignment with both Mercury and Pluto.  Mars rules aggression, rage and warfare, along with the simple energy that motivates and inspires us.  But when Mars aligns with Pluto and begins to radiate Pluto’s intensity, our desires become more urgent and power conflicts can result.

The North Node is also tied into this drama, pulling us relentlessly towards personal evolution and ensuring that we won’t fall backwards into the abyss if we fail to take the right steps.

This is a powerful combination of planets, and even though Mercury and Mars are usually fast movers, Mercury is moving slowly now as it prepares to change direction, and then after the retrograde moment it will take a few more days to pick up speed.

So what does this all mean for us?   It depends a great deal on your own chart, but the next two weeks will be very important times for communication and organization, and yet it may be difficult to implement the kind of communication (Mercury) structures (Capricorn) that are required and desired now because of the retrograde motion of Mercury which makes it necessary to continually look backwards and re-evaluate, re-negotiate, and re-new things from the past that we may have thought were complete.

As always, awareness is the key to getting the most out of this period.  There is a lot of power available now for sharing information and setting goals for the future, but the motion is blocked.  Patience will be required, and a sense of humor!

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By | 2010-12-07T11:19:49+00:00 December 7th, 2010|Mercury retrograde|3 Comments