Marching Orders: Mars in Capricorn (17 March – 16 May, 2018)

By Agent 17, Armand Diaz


Marching Orders: Mars in Capricorn (17 March – 16 May, 2018)

By Armand Diaz, Agent 17

Traditional astrology considers Mars to be exalted in Capricorn, where his assertiveness and aggression can be put to use for society. Mars in Capricorn can help build institutions, but he can also storm the fortresses and initiate change. This year, Mars will be quite busy in the sign of the mountain goat, meeting with Capricorn’s ruler Saturn then going on to conjoin Pluto, in addition to other aspects he’ll be making. Significantly, Mars will be ‘out of bounds’ for part of his time (only for about 20 days – A planet is considered out-of-bounds when it travels beyond the ecliptic, or beyond 23°27′ to the north or south of the celestial equator.) in Capricorn, suggesting that he’ll be both more powerful and more erratic than usual, and less likely to fall in line with Capricornian expectations.

The action starts on March 24th, when Mars squares the Sun in Aries. Although this is a “hard” aspect, the Sun is very strong in Mars’ home sign, and the two are more likely to agree on a course of action than to disagree about particulars. Ego might get in the way in some places, but it’s generally a good time to initiate action. The Moon is waxing at the first quarter, another indication that it’s time to get moving with projects and plans.

Just after the March 31st full moon, Mars meets up with Saturn on the 2nd of April. Mars/Saturn aspects always signal a time to focus our energies, and that’s very much in concert with general Aries energy that prevails now. This is no time to multitask: pick a project and get to it. It’s a serious, perhaps weighty time, but there’s a lot of potential for growth and progress – even if we don’t see immediate results.

Two days later, in April 4th, Mercury in Aries is square to Mars. This is an opportunity to express ourselves and to make a clear and direct presentation. Some folks will get a little sharp-tongued and words could be cutting, so take care. With Mercury retrograde, however, the message could get lost in translation, and it could take until early May to resolve.

A week later, Venus and Mars come into an easy trine. With the Goddess of Love in her home sign of Taurus, there’s potential to build within relationships, laying foundations for the future. There’s also plenty of opportunity for enjoyment, with the sensual blend of Martial and Venusian energies. Neptune sextiles both planets, helping to put a romantic soft focus on things. Expect this vibe to prevail from around the 10th through the 14th of April. With Mercury slowing to station direct at the new moon on the 15th, you may as well take some time to enjoy yourself, especially after the hard work you put in over the past few weeks and in light of the busy time to come.

The period between the 15th and 24th of April is especially charged. As we climb away from the new moon, Venus opposes Jupiter, Chiron enters Mars’ sign of Aries, Saturn and Pluto station to retrograde, and the Sun meets Uranus. This is likely to be a very tumultuous time, on both the personal and collective levels.

Capping this active period, Mars sextiles Jupiter and meets Pluto on the 24th and 26th. The question would seem to be: how do we handle uncertainty and rapid change? Mars might be inclined to help to enforce an agreement between power brokers, taking orders from Jupiter and Pluto as they seem to help consolidate control. With Jupiter in Pluto’s home sign of Scorpio (which is also one of Mars’ residences), it seems likely that a conservative approach (reaction?) to change is likely.

Yet not all Plutocrats agree with each other, and power struggles can occur. With Mercury in Aries threatening to expose information when he squares Saturn on the 25th, it may be harder to consolidate power than some folks anticipate. In our personal lives, we may find that we’re somewhat divided in our loyalties, at home and at work. While we may seek to avoid conflict and take the high road, we may also have doubts about which path is truly leading us upward.

When Mercury squares Mars on the 12th of May, we may finally resolve communication issues from early April. While our words may still be barbed, that is part of getting the point across.

Keep your eyes and ears open as we approach Mars’ ingress to Aquarius on the 16th of May. It comes just hours after Uranus enters Taurus, and the Cosmic Warrior will square Uranus later the same day. It’s a very shocking introduction for Uranus’ seven-year stay in the sign of the bull, and we’ll have clues about what’s coming in advance, as major events often “cast their shadow before themselves.”

Capricorn and Aries will feel the brunt of Mars’ time in Capricorn most directly, while Libra and Cancer will get a kind of bounce-back reaction, especially around the first quarter moon in Cancer on March 24th and the Libra full moon on March 31st.

The Fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius will have a harder time integrating the energies, although there is potential for great progress on focused tasks. Mutable signs – Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces – will also have challenges, and will need to access their inner flexibility to deal with unexpected changes, especially in mid to late April.


Agent 17 Armand Diaz

Agent 17 Armand Diaz

Writer, Consultant

Agent 17 – Armand Diaz, Ph.D. Armand’s approach to astrology is informed by his extensive work in the evolution of consciousness and a broad knowledge of ancient and modern spiritual traditions. He also reaches beyond astrology with both Tarot and the I Ching,. Although a sunny Leo, his Scorpio ascendant isn’t afraid to tackle the tough issues, as reflected in his most recent book, Separating Aspects: the Astrology of Breakups, Divorce, and Other Partings, the result of years of delving into difficult territory with clients.

Armand teaches astrology, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops within the United States and internationally. He is a contributing writer and editor to a number of astrology websites, and has been published in The Mountain Astrologer and other journals. His books include Integral Astrology: Understanding the Ancient Discipline in the Contemporary World, and Transpersonal Astrology: Explorations at the Frontier, an anthology which he co-produced and co-edited.

Location: New York

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