What you need to know about Mars in Capricorn
One time every two years…
One time every two years Mars passes through one of its most intense places in the sky, in Capricorn, and affects our tendency toward anger or irritation if we have not developed restraint and Peace within ourselves. This can be a powerful place and time of activation of new health routines, strong, clear boundaries and rising to the occasion for ourselves and our work – usually. In 2018 when Mars passes through Capricorn it will also be with Ketu, the South Node of the Moon, or the eclipse pattern. (This simply means that all the eclipses in 2018 will cross a mark in Capricorn or Cancer).
Mars in Capricorn gives great strength, prowess, stamina, discipline and clear boundaries to most everyone (in your own way) around the world for a short while.
Learn Why we need to hydrate and cool the heat of Mars and Ketu:
In general, Mars is a hot planet, and usually, its time in Capricorn is for a short period of time, about two months at most.
This year the planet Mars spends seven months in Capricorn with some extra irritating features – we can use this to see where we can improve our lives and patterns, remember!
Mars is more intense than usual this year because:
1. Mars is at its boldest in Capricorn in July and August 2018. This year it is lingering longer and retrograding in this bold place. In the Vedic tradition, protection practices are often sought when Mars retrogrades anywhere in the heavens.
Have you been more impulsive? Notice your habits, and you can add a PAUSE button.
2. Mars is with Ketu (which is said to act like Mars).
This means we have a double Mars energy, at its boldest, and is weak and filled with empty ego at the same time. Ketu is a spiritual influence which will also show our weaknesses to show us where we can improve ourselves, if we choose to look!
* Have you noticed your ego/self-identity getting bruised a little easier, or getting “micro-triggered” and then you settle back down?
Mars is actually not strong for helping us with discipline when it is with Ketu, ironically. We are shown our weaknesses and more likely to get injured with athletic endeavors. When Mars is with Ketu the double fire energy shows in our bodies like someone with over developed muscles who have weak joints – the overall structure is not stable but tends to want to push through and idolize force.
The eclipse pattern, Ketu can weaken our resolve to finish and do things, to weaken health and vitality and the joints (a Vata issue) and increase the likelihood of injuries to joints or head injuries and accidents or any issue which not treating ‘wind’ issues or Vata will make worse.
This is even more reason to be gentle with our bodies and not PUSH too much, and to meditate and hydrate to give resilience.
The good news is that with extra resolve, you can overcome some weak habits. Keep trying to do that daily walk, meditation or mantra! You can do it! Just keep trying. Please ~ we are all having challenges, and it helps to know we are all overcoming our personal issues at the same time. Remember, you are part of the human family and community and when you expand your issues to connect with others, less fortunate than you or understand the others are struggling too, it helps take the pressure off any perfectionist or judgmental voice. Keep trying and committing, and any time you stop yourself from angering you are triumphing!
I get to practice this with the planes flying over our house – which has expanded 5 fold. The noise is nothing our quiet, country like setting has ever experienced. In the challenge, I get to take a deep breath and still mark down the screeching plane times.
You can still be in action and reduce your irritation at the same time!
3. This year, Mars is also retrograding during the July and August eclipses and just crossed those eclipse patterns in late July!
I have explained most of this in the previous JULY PDF, and there is a tad more at the end of this PDF to help you understand why things might have felt wild, and out of hand in July from threatening world Trade Wars to unstable markets and continued cyber-warfare in the form of foreign entities trying to destabilize governments through social media posts that spread anger, short-sightedness and lack of seeing other human beings as human beings.
World Stage Influence:
This year Mars retrogrades in its most easy to anger place often causing irascible and impulsiveness (notice how dictators and weak world leaders are imposing restrictions with haste from Zimbabwe to the U.S.).
As a result, we have seen revolts, and violence in the name of independence from the elections in Zimbabwe (better than in 2002 elections, but still violent) to instability and unrest in Nicaragua and continued issues in countries still caught in war and violence. (The fires in California are related to both the ripples from the total solar eclipse in Aug 2017 and from the intense heat of Mars and Climate Change stoking each other’s fires, literally.)