Mars is poised for direct action at 28 degrees Capricorn tomorrow morning (7:05 a.m. PDT), and we shoot into the workweek on a serious mission...
With Mars concentrated in late Capricorn until re-entering airy Aquarius September 10, we're masters of our own work, our own status,
and our own domains, and we're looking to put that mastery into
concrete action in immediate ways.
See a problem? Solve it.
See a loose end? Tie it.
See a weakness? Strengthen it.
See an opportunity? Take it.
Mars, exalted in Capricorn, is associated with competition and setting oneself apart, and with Mars in the latest degrees of Capricorn until September 10, intensifying these qualities could put you ahead of the competition:
- leadership with vision
- management skills, especially while under pressure
- maintaining a stiff upper lip, even within trying circumstances
- focusing on the bottom line, on the dollars and cents
- being willing to work longer and harder than the next person
Mars first entered the degrees of its retrograde shadow way back in April, which I wrote about at the time: "Mars Enters the Retrograde Shadow of a Highly Uranian Retrograde Period."
From that article:
goes retrograde once every two years, and in basic terms, Mars
retrogrades involve reviewing the personal trajectory we have taken in
the prior two-year period, determining how effective our actions and
ways have been.
these retrogrades, we re-visit our use of will, desire, motion,
physical energy, aggression, and sexuality, and we also make adjustments
as we set off on a new two-year action and goal cycle.
re-visit what we wanted and whether we achieved it, but we also review
the continuing value of certain goals altogether. What we once wanted
may not be what we want now. Mars retrograde periods give us a chance to
update our goals, our trajectories, and our methods for achieving our
So with the Mars retrograde in Aquarius/late Capricorn now under our belts (June 26 - August 27), we've had our review time, we've checked in with our personal goals, desires, and trajectories, and we're now officially entering a new, two-year goal cycle designed to make our preferable future vision for life on this planet (Aquarius) into a concrete reality (Capricorn) on both micro and macro levels.
We're working with a foundation that we've just finished laying out and solidifying. This foundation is the launching point (as well as a source of crucial support) for the next two years of growth and development in our lives. The house(s) where 28 degrees Capricorn to 9 degrees Aquarius falls in your natal chart indicates the primary arena where we find this foundational launching point. It's the activities and themes of this particular house where we are required to take full responsibility - like a boss!
With a mix of Capricorn and Aquarius themes colouring our movements and trajectories over the next two years, we're working with a potent combination of conservatism (Capricorn) and radicalism (Aquarius), tradition (Capricorn) and future vision (Aquarius), the conventional (Capricorn) and the unconventional (Aquarius).
Over the next two years, we're bringing new ideas and new ways - particularly of a more egalitarian, anarchistic, or future-oriented persuasion - into old and often crystallized hierarchical structures, and this can be dangerous work. The influence of potentially-volatile Mars (anger, aggression, inflammation) indicates the necessity for the steely-eyed resolve and cunning wisdom of the warrior as we take on these pursuits.
However, the planetary rulers of both Capricorn and Aquarius are in a flowing and congenial trine aspect as Mars goes direct, and this indicates that we may have more success activating the "egalitarian Aquarian shift" than we might have imagined or than we might have experienced previously. In many cases, it's just time. The water-bearer's ways are received like (geo-engineered) parched earth receives rain.
an example: following the $286 million ruling in favour of Dewayne
Johnson, an ex-school groundskeeper dying of cancer due to Roundup
herbicide exposure, there are 8,000 more Roundup-related court cases against Bayer, the now-owner of Monsanto, and Bayer shares have fallen 11% since news of the ruling.
As Mars goes direct, the planetary ruler of Capricorn, Saturn, is stationing direct (September 6) at 2 degrees Capricorn within an exact trine aspect to Aquarius' ruling planet, Uranus, at 2 degrees Taurus.
Again, this indicates some distinct cosmic assistance as we attempt to reconcile the current (often violent and deadly) authoritarian hierarchies with the winds of egalitarian-Aquarian change that are blowing, blowing, blustering and blowing...
From the July 7, 2017 patron article, "Saturn in Capricorn: An Astrological Overview for Long-Term Strategic Planning":
"We don't want to be under anyone's thumb, no matter how supposedly benevolent the thumb-bearer. There is no more energy to uphold unsatisfactory power dynamics and hierarchical establishments. There is no more energy to prop up the same-old, same-old. As the energy abandons these structures and frameworks, there is an organic leveling of the power scheme. There are openings that can be capitalized on and beneficial changes that can be made. It's all about positioning ourselves to be in the right places at the right times so that we can effect this type of beneficial change, so that we can bring in new ideas and methods...
There is a new definition of authority on its way during the Saturn in Capricorn transit. It is authority that does not require force, coercion, manipulation, dishonesty, ass-kissing, or mind control. It doesn’t have anything to do with ego. It can’t buy its way into position and power. It can’t simply cozy up to the “right people” to gain status. Being born into the right family or into the right neighbourhood will not guarantee this type of authority. It is authority that is non-hierarchical, fluid, earned, entrusted, freely and naturally-given."
With Mars direct in square aspect to Uranus in Taurus (exact for the final time September 18), we're taking on our own authority as agents of Uranian change. We're taking control of our own power and influence - which is much greater than the authoritarian hierarchies would like you to believe!
We're seeing the immediate openings, the immediate avenues for the injection of new methods, and we're taking action.
We're joining forces (Mars) with friends, comrades, and those of like-mind (Aquarius).
We're taking responsibility for bringing in the necessary catalyzing influences, and we're taking responsibility for being the necessary catalyzing influences.
We're holding firm to our soul-responsibility and soul-sovereignty. It's these things that tell us when to over-rule the standard protocols, when to slip in a practical and much-needed adjustment to the way things are being done. A suggestion. A slight alteration. A more direct route. A more common sense solution. A more humane method.
We're working within the confines and limits of our established positions (Capricorn), and this keeps us safe.
With Mars in Capricorn forming a square aspect to Venus in Libra (exact September 8 at 29 degrees of the signs), masterful manners, social graces, consideration for others, and partnering skills keep us progressing while putting any excessively opportunistic tendencies in check - in ourselves or in others.
Under the Venus in Libra - Mars in Capricorn square, we're doing our best to respect the hierarchical players (the people "just doing their jobs"), even when we don't respect the hierarchical game(s).
People matter. And most people don't want to be turned into compliant androids to be moulded and shaped and directed and exploited by the current power structures and power players of Planet Earth. Most people really do deserve better than these conditions, and we have to connect with the slivers of humanity that remain, even when we want to throw our hands up in frustration and abandon people to the muck and mess of it all.
There is much change required as we shift from authoritarian-hierarchical to egalitarian-self-sovereign, and it is within the establishments and the hierarchical structures that the catalyzing changes are most needed.
necessary changes are driven by individuals doing what comes naturally,
doing what's most logical or practical or humane in that moment. They're driven by
individuals living by their own consciences, acting under their own
authority, all while knowing that they would one day have to answer for not doing so in these critical times on the planet.
This is low-key revolution.
This is under-stated radicalism.
This is individual impulse and instinct telling us when we can bend or stretch or even full-out over-rule the standard protocols, choosing a better method or route or option.
We're putting the revolution into action in immediate and personally-meaningful ways. We're putting it into action in a step-by-step, methodical, and concrete manner.
Action planet Mars is moving forward after two months of retrograde motion.
Let's saddle up and get this show on the road!
Mars will remain in latest Capricorn until re-entering Aquarius on
September 10, finally busting into new degrees of the zodiac on October 8.