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On February 16, 2020, Mars entered Capricorn. What does this mean for all of us?
It means that how we generally “attack the problems of life,” or how we “take the initiative” leaves the widely expansive sign of greater truths and futures of Mars in Sagittarius and now expresses it through the highly organized and disciplined practical Cardinal Earth of Capricorn. The transit of Mars in Capricorn will activate all the conjunctions in Capricorn in January, and initiate two more when it conjuncts Jupiter and Pluto in March!
Sagittarius is where the remains of the “stripping down and purifying” energy of Scorpio now moves up and out, freed of obsolete things and considerations. Now that “up and out” gets organized into practical forms of power. This begins the implementation of the late 2019 Sun conjunct Jupiter at 6 Capricorn, as well as the theme of the Superior Conjunction conjunct Saturn and Pluto at 21 and 23 Capricorn respectively. This passage of Mars through Capricorn sets numerous cycles into motion, some lasting decades!
Mars is now at maximum cruising speed around 41 minutes of motion per day. We are in the middle of Mars’ cycle, in between the previous retrograde slowdown of late Capricorn and mid-Aquarius from April to October 2018, and the next one coming between 18-28 Aries from early September to mid-November 2020. While Mars direct helps us get a lot done, Mars retrograde requires us to slow down and undo, re-do, or re-plan our lives with an eye to making things more efficient during the direct motion periods.
Mars’ Path To Where We Are Now
We navigated deep feeling waters and saw the need for closure in old parts of our lives during its time in Pisces in November and December 2018. January and the first half of February 2019 Mars transited its home sign of fiery Aries, so we had more energy helping facilitate direct action. It is noteworthy that the next Mars retrograde will be in Aries, so expect to revisit some initiatives set into motion last January or early February.
It transited Taurus between mid-February and late March, stabilizing our forward momentum while learning to enjoy simply doing what we had to do. Its transit through Gemini and Cancer in April, May, and June opened a time of discovery and reorientation to conserve our energy to support our continuing growth. Its transit of Leo between early July and late August gave us new initiatives wherever we have Leo in our charts, allowing us to know what our hearts were into.
Its transit in Virgo between mid-August and early October coincided with a lot of conjunctions which shaped the past 4 months. We were all making practical adjustments and sacrifices in our Virgo sector, taking care of business with an eye to details and how to do what we needed to do. Mars moved through Libra between early October and late November, with new ideals and a recalibration of how much time and energy we were devoting to our Libra influenced affairs. This was a period of learning to find the balance and hold it, rather than keep “comparing and contrasting,” paralyzing action.
It then entered Scorpio, one of the signs it rules, along with Aries. Mars is most naturally itself in those two signs, with Scorpio the zone where it eliminates all which is unnecessary to attain the fulfillment of the process it’s engaged in. It’s been moving through Sagittarius, it’s in a sign in harmony with its Fiery nature, so we’ve recently “Flamed on” and set elements of the future into motion. It now moves through Capricorn, the sign of its exaltation, or greatest growth, so be pragmatic and organized these next few weeks, with an eye to the long game.
Mars in Capricorn also means that any planets or angles we have in Aries or Scorpio have moved out of a fiery expression into an earthy expression. This also impacts the houses where we have these signs, and puts a huge focus of activity in the house where we have the first 10 degrees of Capricorn March 1. From March 1 through March 15 the focus of activity will be in the house where we have the second 10 degrees of Capricorn, with the focus on the last 10 degrees of Capricorn between March 15 through 30, 2020.
The Mars Challenge Since January 2019
When Mars was in Aries, it brought new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Aries, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Capricorn. It puts the focus on relationships to those with Sun or Ascendant in Libra, and fulfillment to those with Sun or Ascendant in Cancer. (Again, these crucial points of choice and change will be revisited in some way between September and November 2020.)
While Mars was in Taurus, it brought new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Taurus, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Aquarius. It put the focus on relationships to those with Sun or Ascendant in Scorpio, and fulfillment or public activity to those with Sun or Ascendant in Leo.
While Mars was in Gemini, it brought new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Gemini, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Pisces. It puts the focus on relationships to those with Sun or Ascendant in Sagittarius, and fulfillment to those with Sun or Ascendant in Virgo.
While Mars was in Cancer, it brought new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Cancer, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Aries. It put the focus on relationships to those with Sun or Ascendant in Capricorn, and fulfillment or public activity to those with Sun or Ascendant in Libra.
While Mars was in Leo, it brought new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Leo, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Taurus. It put the focus on relationships to those with Sun or Ascendant in Aquarius, and fulfillment or public activity to those with Sun or Ascendant in Scorpio.
While Mars was in Virgo, it brought new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Virgo, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Gemini. It put the focus on relationships to those with Sun or Ascendant in Pisces, and fulfillment or public activity to those with Sun or Ascendant in Sagittarius.
While Mars was in Libra, it brought new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Libra, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Cancer. It put the focus on relationships to those with Sun or Ascendant in Aries, and fulfillment or public activity to those with Sun or Ascendant in Capricorn.
While Mars was in Scorpio, it brought new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Scorpio, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Leo. It put the focus on relationships to those with Sun or Ascendant in Taurus, and fulfillment or public activity to those with Sun or Ascendant in Aquarius.
While Mars was in Sagittarius, it brought new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Sagittarius, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Virgo. It puts the focus on relationships to those with Sun or Ascendant in Gemini, and fulfillment or public activity to those with Sun or Ascendant in Pisces.
While Mars is in Capricorn, it will bring new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Capricorn, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Libra. It puts the focus on relationships to those with Sun or Ascendant in Cancer, and fulfillment or public activity to those with Sun or Ascendant in Aries.
Obviously within these transit spans there are other “phase relationships” between transiting Mars and all the planets in our charts, but to go into all of them would make this article a book. For example, Mars makes aspects to your other planets which are different than aspects to your Sun and Ascendant. All aspects, waxing and waning, fall within “The Whole Cycle” of each planet to every other planets and our Ascendant. You can find out more about the Whole Cycle in my book Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend. where I explain the various phases in the planetary cycles in terms of the Whole Cycle for various generations.
Mars Links to the Past, Present, and Future
While Mars now initiates a new time of activity wherever we have Capricorn, it activates the information Venus confirmed, the Sun illuminated or vitalized, and Mercury helped us understand when they all transited Capricorn between late November and late January. This will continue for a few months, since the inner planets all are ahead of Mars in terms of signs. Mars activates what the other planets have set into play with their transits, we will see it activate all the inner planet transits between Sagittarius and Aries in 2020.
This begins a new cycle of expression related to the lessons we learned during the time Saturn has been in Capricorn since December 2017. That means Mars will specifically activate the Saturn lessons of 2018 between mid-February and the first few days of March. After that, Mars continues to activate Saturn lessons from 2019 during the first half of March. Then Mars tracks into late Capricorn, setting things into motion to be expanded by Jupiter and organized and crystallized by Saturn during the rest of 2020.
In December 2019 the Sun conjuncted Jupiter at 6 Capricorn, setting a 12 year themes related to that degree into action. Those larger Jupiter in Capricorn themes were reinforced after that via the transit of Mercury, with a new 2 year “pulse” to set into motion during the current Mars transit through Capricorn. That means the promise of greater things to come after we complete the old duties is about to open up in a big way, and what is set into motion in February and March will have far reaching implications which won’t be completed 2053!.
Aspects in Play
We’re now going to experience a renewed Capricorn experience in the house(s) where we have that sign in our charts. Mars enters Capricorn and is immediately binoviled by Venus and quintiled by Mercury on its retrograde station! Those are followed by a trine to Uranus, a sextile from the Sun, and a quintile to Neptune! These are excellent for intuitive practical action anticipating the future, innovation of structures helping us get beyond preconceptions, and see clearly which ideas need revision, and how we may need to “make our pitch to an audience.”
By the end of the month we see Mercury retrograde making an Inferior Conjunction with the Sun and both are sextile Mars. The beginning of March we find Mercury septile Mars and then Mercury stationary direct semisquare Mars at the same time Venus is tredecile Mars. By the middle of the month Mars is tredecile Uranus and trine Neptune. Because Mars is closing in on the outer planets in Capricorn, it then makes conjunctions with Jupiter and then Pluto, with Mercury novile Mars and Mars septile Neptune and Venus forming a trine through the end of the month and beyond.
Of course, the big news is that Mars moves into Aquarius at the end of March, and immediately makes its fateful conjunction at 1 Aquarius, initiating a progressive pulse which will take flight beginning December 2020 with the Grand Mutation at 1 Aquarius, discussed in several articles before now. As it enters Aquarius, it is semisquare Mercury, quintile the Sun, and square Uranus, giving us glimpses of the conflict and chaos which will begin to dominate the public square in January 2021,
, we immediately see after the semisquare to Saturn and Pluto in the second week of January and the square to Neptune in late January, it will not make any major aspects until the conjunctions in late Capricorn in March when all the planets are compressed in a very short span.
Remember as Mars transits Capricorn, once it makes conjunctions with Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn, it will again begin to make waxing aspects to all of these planets for many months to come. This is going to “open experience,” as contrasted with the “closing experiences” of Mars’ waning aspects to those planets since June 2019. So the old Mars cycles relative to these spiritual planets are closing over the next few weeks, preparing us for the new beginnings when Mars conjuncts Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn in March 2020. Again, these Capricorn conjunctions have been and are giving the structure and priming the pump for the Grand Mutation of 2020 which launches a new 200 year era.
What Do Mars Oppositions Teach Us?
At this point in its cycle, Mars is done with being the nozzle of “focused activity” for all the other planetary energies which it was during the Spring of 2019. It made its oppositions from Gemini to Jupiter in early May, and from Cancer to Saturn and Pluto in June. The June oppositions had Mercury joining Mars in Cancer, giving us FOUR different ways to become more aware of how to transmute dysfunctional Mars energies into healthy Mars expressions.
We received Neptunian realizations when Mars opposed Neptune in September, and finished the last major spiritual Mars test of the year with the Mars opposition Uranus in late November. Different Mars oppositions require different skills, since the “Tension of Opposites” between the planetary expressions in the signs they’re in entirely determines the spiritual tests to learn and demonstrate.
As I noted in Chapter 2 in my book Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend,
Mars' duality is Grace/Sin. This is the aspect of consciousness that shows whether our responses are manifesting error or truth, maladjustment or beauty. By our Martian function we force things before their time or confront abrasive, aggressive, or hostile energies in ourselves and others, and thus we learn how to sever what must be severed, and further what must be furthered, quickly and directly. (As an aside, the original meaning of “sin” had nothing to do with moral failure. It was an archery term meaning “to miss the mark,” or not hitting the center of a target. I use it here in that sense.)
So from May through November 2019, we all went through “tests of skill” in expressing the realizations which surface at Mars oppositions. May and June gave realizations about Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto. September and November gave us realizations about Neptune and Uranus.
The September oppositions had strong stabilizing trines from Virgo to Capricorn, which helped us get organized and grounded in our self-expression. This is what we’ll be practicing between January and March. However, because Mars will go retrograde within the outer planet span, we won’t have another Mars opposition until June 2021!
Picking Up the Pace On the Way to The Grand Mutation of 2020!
Anyway, after the 2018 Mars retrograde and its incredibly long 8 month stay in the span between late Sagittarius and late Aquarius, in 2019 Mars moved quickly through Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, and Scorpio, activating those sectors of our charts. In January 2020, Mars moved through Sagittarius, and now that it’s in Capricorn, it moves the emphasis away from Fire into Earth transforming inspiration and vision into disciplined group activity.
During this time of Mars in Capricorn, gladly accept your “disciplines of Self-realizaton,” since there’s no better period to get organized and accomplish more than you might when Mars is in the other signs. This will help everyone bring organization to how we do things, and if you get into a dispute, play the long game. Mars in Capricorn is the chessmaster, who calculates every move with an eye to 8 moves out, and where there is no wasted time, energy, or money.
Just remember to take time to play, since with so much Earth emphasis work is the default. A larger vision will unfold, but only after we build the structures for that vision to take shape. This is a time when truly, “if you build it it will come.” It’s a time to use earth in a wise way, since this activates the structures within which our Aquarian ideal will come forth in the future.
Mars in Capricorn uses its power in initiating ways, expressing itself through the sign of the Instinctive Wisdom of the Child and Elder archetype, a.k.a. “The Innocent.” We all have the ability to know instinctive what to do and when in any circumstance once we step back from calculations and manipulations and expectations and simply do what we know is right at the core of our Being.
Mars in Virgo taught us “All play and no work make for an ungrounded life.” Mars in Libra taught us “All work with no socializing makes for an unsustainable life.” Mars in Scorpio taught us “doing the wrong thing in the wrong way with the wrong people will never make us happy, so do the right thing and be happy!” Mars in Sagittarius taught us how to be a “stylish and bold Archer riding our Sacred Arrows to our dream,” as well as “scattered effort leaves us frustrated.” Mars in Capricorn will teach us “Work for the now, work for the future, work for all time.”
© Copyright 2020 Robert Wilkinson - https://www.aquariuspapers.com
Reprinted on crystalwind.ca with persmission from Robert Wilkinson.
© Copyright 2020 Robert Wilkinson - https://www.aquariuspapers.com
About the author:
Robert wilkinson An internationally-known astrologer, author, public speaker, metaphysician, and futurist, with over 25 years experience as a counselor and educator. He has presented hundreds of public talks on all aspects of Astrology, the Eastern Wisdom tradition, the Western Wisdom tradition and promoted many mass gatherings and cultural events. Some of his specific areas of interest and expertise include personality profiles, degree patterns, integrative astrology, various aspect harmonics, among others.
Reprinted on crystalwind.ca. with persmission from Robert Wilkinson.
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