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Mars in Capricorn ~ Dec. 7, 2010 to Jan. 15, 2011

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From December 7 at 3:49 p.m. PST / 6:49 p.m. EST, the planet of action, energy and movement transits the sign of the achiever, Capricorn! As we close the year out, we can tie up some loose ends and begin to look forward to the new year. Mars represents our physical drives, aggression, passions, anger, self-assertion, confidence and the motivation behind our efforts. In Sagittarius, Mars' actions can be spontaneous, adventurous, and hasty. In Capricorn, Mars is more conservative, pragmatic, and purposeful.

Capricorn is a sign that doesn't just accomplish its goals, but does so with palpable presence and command. To that end, each decision or action must reflect success. The margin for error is little to none. No pressure there :) Capricorn ideals work hard at ensuring there are results to actions -- expected/projected results, and results that can be measured.

Mars in Capricorn may move a little slower than Mars in Sagittarius, but each movement is well thought out and carried out with intention, making success imminent because failure is not an option. At best, Mars in Capricorn is practical, hard working, productive and goal-oriented. At worst, unyielding to ways/ideas outside of their own, bossy, unapproachable, too cautious and narrow-minded.

Much of Mars' transit in Capricorn coincides with Mercury's retrograde cycle (Dec. 10 to 30), so we may encounter delays, blockages or extra obstacles to achieving our objectives. This need not be a frustrating period. Recognize where the energy may be blocked, identify where energy flows more fluidly, and follow that. There is more than one way to get to your destination or intended result. If the most direct or common way is proving to be more of a problem than usual, then consider seeing an alternate point of view. Seeking counsel from those with more experience or ones you trust could also prove a wise move on your part. Perhaps recruiting the help of others with similar goals or delegating tasks could help move things further along that attempting to go at it alone.

Fortunately, Capricorn is natively cautious and believes in slower but surer steps. This should mesh well with Mercury being retrograde. Just remember that rushing may only cause more harm than good in the long run. Give your actions and decisions the time and energy needed to ensure all the t's are crossed and i's dotted. It's easy for details to be overlooked during a Mercury retrograde. So, if your energy is stressed, nervous or rushed, it's also easy to make mistakes. Be mindful of your thoughts and physicality. The mind affects the body, just as the state of the body affects the mind ... and by extension, impacts the energy you're projecting. We attract what we put out. So attract/invite the energy/influence you want with intention. Consciously take breaks throughout the day to breathe and return your body to a relaxed state with a calm mind.

Most importantly, however Mars' transit in Capricorn may manifest in your life, apply good intentions and have integrity in all actions and throughout the decision-making process. Misuse of authority and corruption are two possible dangers of Mars in Capricorn.

Those with natal Mars in Capricorn or have a birthday in December may celebrate their Mars Return or Solar Return while Mercury is retrograde. This doesn't necessarily mean your return period will be in slow motion :) However, actions/decisions/projects during the return year/s may benefit from thorough planning, exacting details on steps to be taken, and seeing the broader picture while also understanding what each of the phases will require to get to the ultimate goal. More patience than usual may also be necessary during the return period of two and a half years for a Mars Return and one year for a Solar Return.

While in Capricorn, Mars will align with the following celestial bodies (all dates reflect North America Pacific time zone; allow +/-2 days for life span of influence):

  • December 13 ~ Mercury-rx conjunct Mars and Pluto. Consider it done. What fills the mind may also be what we act upon. With Mercury retrograde, careful not to overshoot or overestimate results. Ensure decisions and actions are well thought out.
  • December 29 ~ Mars square Saturn. Reality bites. Careful not to take out anger or frustration on those undeserving. Channel aggression toward a more productive outlet. Also today, Mercury stations direct.
How might this Mars transit influence your chart? Look to the natal house/s ruled by Capricorn. Match the sign with the house cusps on your birth chart. Use the list of zodiac signs below to identify the Capricorn zodiac sign on your birth chart then click here for an explanation of Mars transiting those houses.

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For those without a birth chart, you may use your Sun sign or Rising/Ascendant sign, if you know it. Look for your Sun and Rising signs below then click here for an explanation of Mars transiting those houses.
  • Aries-Sun or Aries-Rising ~ 10th house
  • Taurus-Sun or Taurus Rising ~ 9th house
  • Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 8th house
  • Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 7th house
  • Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 6th house
  • Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 5th house
  • Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 4th house
  • Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 3rd house
  • Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 2nd house
  • Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 1st house
  • Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 12th house
  • Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 11th house
Alternatively, you may cast your own birth chart to find out where your natal Mars is, as well as what your Rising may be -- birth date, time, and place required.

Are you celebrating a birthday? Schedule a session for a Solar Return (birthdays), Mars Return, or 3-Chart Package Reading (detailed natal & overall outlook for the next 12 months). Or give the gift of insight.

Have a question or need a quote for a more customized reading, ask me here. Or feel free to cruise on over to the AstroCreeps and TarotFreaks Forum* to start or join a discussion.

What significance do planets, signs, and houses have in astrology? Planets have the function, the job to do. The style/manner they will use get that job done is defined by the zodiac sign they occupy. Where in our life the job gets done is determined by the house the planet occupies/transits. So, when Mars (aggression) is in Aries (bold), he is more assertive than when he is in Cancer (sensitive). When traveling through the 10th house (professional life), he may bring his confidence and motivation in matters relating to our career. While in the 11th house (friendships), we may be more inclined to having our social calendar packed with activities. Having the foresight for what may be coming up or receiving confirmation on what may be happening now are ways astrology can be beneficial ... as above, so below.

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