By Agent 17, Armand Diaz
After spending virtually all of 2016 shuttling between playing defense in Scorpio and leading crusades in Sagittarius, Mars moves into Capricorn on 27 September for a short stay in the sign of his exaltation. In Saturn’s home sign, Mars’ energy is thought to be put to good use in service to a higher cause.
The trick, of course, is to make sure the good use is really good. Mars in Capricorn can serve patriarchal values, the good soldier who doesn’t question orders. Yet Mars’ service to the institutions of society isn’t limited to any one class of values or power brokers. With Pluto in the sign of the mountain goat, Mars is likely to put his energy into causes on every side of every issue, standing up for tradition while also subtly undermining it.
We’ve had a year of Saturn squaring Neptune, an aspect that brought into question the structures of our lives. Since the final square in early September, we’ve had a chance to start rebuilding, constructing new realities based on the possibilities, potentials, and illusions we’ve seen through the Saturn/Neptune kaleidoscope. Mars in Capricorn should help with the building process at all levels as we create new versions of our personal and collective lives.
As Mars’ ingress into Capricorn happens just one day after Pluto’s station to go direct on the 26th, we’ll be likely to see the manifestation of Mars in the sign before long. The last week in September will give us a good indication of how he’ll be navigating the craggy heights of the sign. See what happens in your life and in our collective lives around this time.
As Mars continues his climb up the mountain, he squares Jupiter on 9 October. Action speaks louder than diplomacy with this aspect, but with Jupiter in Libra a bit of bargaining may be required. Keep to your goal, but be ready to give way when necessary.
With an easy sextile to Neptune just two days away, a bit of flexibility may not be out of the question. While this should help our ability to negotiate and compromise, it could also fuel some of us with polemics and propaganda. Consider and reconsider before making a decision, and check to see that you have the facts.
The mid-October Martial energy continues on the 13th, when Mars squares Mercury. Words could get very hot around this time. Mercury in Libra will try to maintain balance and consider both sides of an argument. With the full moon in Mars’ home sign of Aries just a few days away, the Cosmic Warrior will probably demand what it wants and needs, kicking over the negotiating table and storming out in impatience. Choose your battles carefully at this time.
The intensity only increases after the full moon, reaching a peak as Mars meets Pluto on the 19th. This celestial meeting is the far bookend to Mars’ ingress a few weeks earlier, as two of the sky’s biggest bad boys tangle and tango, alternately wrestling with each other and conspiring together. In general, keep an eye on the third week in October, as we’re likely to see some very overt manifestations of the transformative energies of Pluto.
To think, after all that, that Mars is only halfway through Capricorn! His time at the back end of the sign won’t be quite so busy as his peak of activity from the 13th to the 19th, but it won’t be boring, either. As he sextiles Chiron on the 27th some of the wounds that we opened earlier in the month may be tended to and healing can begin. As we wind down towards a new moon in Mars’ second home of Scorpio, we could expect some peace and quiet.
Don’t. On 29 October, Mars squares Uranus in Aries. The planet of independence and innovation is in Mars’ home sign, and together the two are likely to start a revolution. Perhaps they will bring to the surface plans formulated by Mars and Pluto a bit more than a week previously. Or maybe they will overthrow the Plutonian conspiracies, instead of act upon them. Mostly likely, it will be all of the above. Have patience and a bit of caution around this time – although both patience and caution are unlikely to be found in great quantities.
Before he leaves for Aquarius on 9 November, Mars has one more piece of business to conduct – a square to Ceres, who has retrograded out of Taurus and into Aries. The environmental issues that were prominent around the end of September re-emerge, with an emphasis on action. We’re likely to sense that the time for debate has passed, and something needs to be done.
Mars’ time in Capricorn this year is going to be quite charged. A good strategy is to have a plan in mind, a goal towards which you can work with determination. Free-floating energy is likely to be a problem with the energies involved, especially as tensions mount around the middle of October. In fact, the Mars/Uranus square at the end of the month may feel like a needed release as the implosive energy of Mars and Pluto needs to work its way outwards. Yet if we approach it with a sense of mission – personal, professional, societal, global, or cosmic, we may find that we’re riding on back of a powerful ram.
Agent 17 - Armand DiazCosmic*Intelligence*Agency
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