Category: Astrological News Written by Robert Wilkinson
What’s Coming in Late January Through Early March 2022.
On January 24, 2022, Mars enters 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 re-activate all the conjunctions in Capricorn from January and March 2020, giving us a new version of the long wave cycles set into motion back then!
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 renews the expression of the late 2019 Sun conjunct Jupiter at 6 Capricorn, as well as the theme of the many conjunctions at 23 and 25 Capricorn.
Mars is now at maximum cruising speed around 43-44 minutes of motion per day. We are in the middle of Mars’ cycle, in between the previous retrograde slowdown between 18-28 Aries from early September to mid-November 2020, and the next one coming between 9-26 Gemini from late October to mid-January 2023. 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
Its last transit of Capricorn began on February 16, 2020. This was a profound transit, as it triggered the numerous Capricorn conjunctions between January and March 2020. Capricorn is the sign of Mars’ exaltation, or greatest growth. The last half of February and all of March 2020 we learned to be pragmatic and organized with an eye to the long game, with an eye to accepting discipline and “responsible action. In March, many cycles were set into motion when Mars made conjunctions with Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn.
Looking back at 2020, Mars entered Aquarius at the end of March, immediately made a conjunction with Saturn at 1 Aquarius, thereby jumpstarting the new 20 year Aquarian era launched globally at the Grand Mutation conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn at 1 Aquarius at the December 2020 Solstice. During April and early May 2020, we saw the future, and ways to make a greater contribution to our greater good, as well as ways to cooperate through managing energy and things with an eye to the future.
That period opened up new group initiatives, as well as new visions of a greater good for a greater number. Of note was that Mercury went SD at 29 Aquarius in early March 2020, and Mars passed through the “Transfiguration Zone” at 29-30 Aquarius in mid-May 2020, activating what we’re going through in 2021 as Jupiter is also making three transits through that Aquarian zone. This year expands the promise of the transfiguration process we’ve been going through since May 2020.
Mars in Pisces from mid-May through late June 2020 helped us learn to flow, bless, and forgive much. As Pisces is the sign of seclusion, it’s no wonder that fiery and aggressive Mars inflamed many passions of those who were quarantined. The period when Mars squared Uranus in mid-April through the various Mutable squares in June featured the beginning of the anti-mask rebellion (Pisces rules veils) as a widespread policy of mask wearing was mandated.
Then Mars entered Aries at the end of June 2020, where it remained until it finally entered Taurus in early January 2021! Mars in Aries last year was a time of testing and trials, conflicts and turning points, wherever we have late Aries, late Cancer, late Libra, and late Capricorn in our charts. We were all tested to protect what we cared about while maintaining inner equilibrium and a balanced sense of perspective and proportion.
Mars in Aries brought a period of open aggression and conflict between entrenched authority (Capricorn) and a future oriented impulse to move humanity in new directions (Aries). That was a time when planets or angles we have in Aries or Scorpio moved out of a watery expression (Pisces) into a fiery expression (Aries).
We then saw Mars’ entry into Taurus in early January 2021, moving the natural fire of Mars in Aries into one of the signs of its “exile,” meaning it’s in a sign opposite one it rules. When it entered Taurus, it immediately made major squares to Jupiter and Saturn, and received squares from the Sun, Mercury, and Venus! These tested us to stay focused, see what we want and why we want it, and be more heartfelt in our lives.
Mars moved into Gemini in early March 2021, where its Aries side found productivity, and its Scorpio side found regeneration. March and April were about discovering and externalizing information which naturally led to the shifts in allegiance and direction while Mars was Cancer, as well as the need to integrate these new directives in our lives to make us more secure.
It then moved through Leo between mid-June and late July 2021. Fiery Leo is another element Mars is familiar with. Mars in Leo offered new initiatives wherever we have Leo in our charts, allowing us to know what our hearts were into. Mars in Leo is a time to show style in whatever we do, as well as playfulness.
As Water (Cancer) and Fire (Leo) are elements integral to Mars’ nature, Mars is comfortable in those signs, even if it doesn’t grow that much in Cancer. Mars does very well in the Fixed Fire of Leo, as the Aries part of Mars is Fiery, and the Scorpio part of Mars is Fixed. Mars in Virgo was also favorable, since the Earthy Virgo is related to its exaltation Earth sign of Capricorn.
This past Autumn we finished another transit through idealistic Cardinal Air sign of Libra which shifted the element quality of the ruler of the houses and planets we have in Aries and Scorpio from Virgo Earth to Libra Air. After that period of it not “being at home,” it then moved from the idealistic Air of Libra to its natural Water element in Scorpio. This affected planets and houses where we have Aries and Scorpio, shifting the emphasis from Air to Water.
Mars was in Sag from mid-December through the present time. We now begin a new experience of Mars in Capricorn, the sign of its exaltation. So whatever we have in Aries or Scorpio now moves from the Fire of Sag to the Earth of Capricorn. 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 between now and February 6. From February 6 through 19 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 February 19 and March 6.
The Mars Challenge For All Signs
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. (This last happened between July 2020 and January 2021.)
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 puts 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. (This last happened January and February 2021.)
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. (This happened between early March and late April 2021.)
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 puts 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. (This cycle was re-set between late April and mid-June 2021.)
While Mars is in Leo, it brings new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Leo, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Taurus. It puts 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. (This cycle was re-set between mid-June and late July.)
While Mars is in Virgo, it brings new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Virgo, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Gemini. It puts 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. This cycle was re-set between late July and mid-September.)
While Mars is in Libra, it brings 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. (This cycle was re-set between mid-September and late October.)
While Mars is in Scorpio, it brings new beginnings to those with Sun or Ascendant in Scorpio, and new emergent developments to those with Sun or Ascendant in Leo. It puts 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. (This cycle was re-set from November through mid-December 2021.)
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. (This cycle was re-set the past 7 weeks.)
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 Set the Pattern of the New Age in 2020
Mars conjunction with Saturn at 1 Aquarius in March 2020 launched a totally future oriented period of human existence which began to take shape in a new 20 year Aquarian Era with Jupiter’s conjunction with Saturn on that same degree in December 2020. And here it’s important to note that this is the last transit of Saturn through Aquarius before we “slip across the edge of the Age” after 2050.
I explained how various Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto transits over the past 3 centuries each strengthened the advent of the Age of Aquarius in the article Uranus Awakened the Age of Aquarius, Neptune Dreamed It Into Collective Consciousness, and Pluto Will Sprout It Into Life, as well as why we are not yet fully into the Age of Aquarius yet, but will be in the third quarter of this century. Of course, living on the cusp of a Great Age means we will be dealing with the dying echoes of the Age of Pisces for some time to come, since many who were born under those dying assumptions will try to perpetuate them as long as they can.
Just remember that the Capricorn cycles set into motion by Mars in March 2020 will have far reaching implications, some of which won’t be completed until 2053! We won’t have another Saturn conjunct Pluto for over 30 years, nor another Jupiter conjunct Pluto for 12 years. These Capricorn cycles will play out until the next transit of the outer planets over the conjunction points as a finish to what just began, and as prelude to the next cycles beginning then. (There will be an exact Sun conjunct Jupiter as both conjunct Pluto in Feb 2033 at the Angel Point at 15 Aquarius. That promises to be a much happier cycle than the current one!)
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 early November and now. This will continue through early March, since we’ll have Mercury, Venus, and Mars all in Capricorn for a few more weeks.
This begins a new cycle of expression related to the lessons we learned during the time Saturn was in Capricorn between December 2017 through March 2020, and again between July and December 2020. That means Mars will specifically activate the Saturn lessons of 2018 from now through the first week of February, and after that Mars continues to activate Saturn lessons from 2019 during the second and third weeks of February. Then Mars tracks into late Capricorn, activating lessons from 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 now have a new 2 year “pulse” 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 begins to make a novile to Saturn, followed in early February by a sextile to Jupiter and a quintile to Neptune. It them makes a trine to Uranus as it begins to close in on its conjunction with Venus which is exact in early March.
The last half of February shows Mars and Venus both septile Jupiter, tredecile Uranus, and sextile Neptune. The first week of March shows Mars conjunct Pluto and semisquare both the Sun and Jupiter, finishing its run with a biseptile to Pluto. All in all, relatively productive with some serious internal changes and external forks in the road for those affected.
As it leaves Capricorn and moves into Aquarius at the beginning of March, it makes another fateful conjunction at 1 Aquarius, this time with Venus. This reconfirms and reactivated the progressive pulse which began December 2020 with the Grand Mutation at 1 Aquarius, discussed in several articles before now. This will bring yet another glimpse of the future for all of us in the house where we have 1 Aquarius.
What Do Mars Oppositions Teach Us?
At this point in time, Mars makes oppositions to the outer planets when transiting Cancer, Leo, Virgo, and Scorpio. It last made oppositions between June and November 2021, and now has re-entered its time in the outer planet occupied zone between Capricorn and Taurus. This ends the old cycles and begins new ones.
This year, because Mars goes RX in Gemini toward the end of the year, we won’t have another Mars opposition until November and December when Mercury, Venus, and the Sun oppose Mars. It won’t oppose an outer planet until May 2023. 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 June through November 2021, we all went through “tests of skill” in expressing the realizations which surface at Mars oppositions. June gave realizations about Pluto. July gave us realizations about Saturn and Jupiter. September and November gave us realizations about Neptune and Uranus.
Renewing the Future Set Into Motion By The Grand Mutation of 2020!
During this time of Mars in Capricorn, gladly accept your “disciplines of Self-realization,” 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 instinctively 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 Aries teaches us how to act on our own initiative, not defer so much to others, and “working half-heartedly is not the way to accomplish much.” Mars in Taurus teaches us to “take pleasure in our work” as we learned to keep it simple and steady despite crosswinds, and Mars in Gemini teaches us adaptability because “there are many ways to get things done.” Mars in Cancer teaches us to “be watchful as we work,” acting with sensitivity, care, and caution.
Mars in Leo teaches us to “work with flair and style,” putting on the show as we accomplish things in inspired ways. This is a time to show our power and style when opportunities present themselves, and see how our command of energy can be expressed in creative ways.
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 teaches us “Work for the now, work for the future, work for all time.” Taking a look down the road, Mars in Aquarius teaches us “As you strive for greater things, you make manifest a future ideal which will outlive you.” Mars in Pisces teaches us “to witness our common humanity as we struggle for clarity in a murky collective environment.”
This transit closes the first cycles set into motion in 2020 and opens a new set of cycles. We got a sense of the promise of things to come when Mars transited Sagittarius, and now can take a new look at what we are to do and how we are to do it. And when this transit of Capricorn is finished, Mars in Aquarius will lead to a renewal of multiple long wave Aquarian cycles in March and April of this year.
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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.
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