On January 4, Mars—the God of war and planet of aggression, assertion, combat, energy, and passion—returns to the hardworking sign of Capricorn for the first time since January 2022. Go-getter Mars exalts when transiting this cardinal earth sign, which means, as per traditional astrology, it’s in its highest form of expression and all the more likely to shine bright.
Look at it this way: Capricorn is a Saturn-ruled sign; it’s disciplined, responsible, and tenacious. The planet Mars, on the other hand, is driven, dynamic, impulsive, and in the pursuit of victory.
When Mars activates this pragmatic and goal-oriented sign, it can succeed through its endeavours and commit to a plan of action and strategy that will ultimately bring results. Measured, purposeful, and systematic, the beauty (and exaltation, if you will) of this Mars placement stems from its ability to channel energy in the most productive way possible. Its razor-sharp focus is supreme, hence its remarkably disciplined nature. Mars plays to win, but in Capricorn, it will stop at nothing to see results. Slow and steady, Mars in Capricorn epitomises the meaning of resilience.
Life imitates astrology. What I mean by that is we are individually and collectively influenced by planetary transits and in more ways than one. In the meantime, check which astrological house belongs to Capricorn in your birth chart because while Mars transits this cardinal earth sign, you have the energy, focus, and celestial support to see your manifestations come to fruition. In Capricorn, Mars moves with intent and purpose, which encourages the collective to do the same. On that note, this is an excellent time to sit with yourself and reflect on your goals moving forward.
In addition to being a symbol of structure, discipline, and authority, Capricorn governs the 10th house of career, legacy, notoriety, public persona, and reputation in the world. That being said, while professional matters are right up Capricorn’s alley, consider this an opportunity to assert yourself, and take action when regarding serious matters. This could be personally (traditions, parental figures), professionally (career, leadership, success), or perhaps when it comes to your fitness, especially since Mars has everything to do with stamina and physicality. Sexuality is also aligned with the essence of Mars, so it depends on your situation.
On January 9, Mars will harmonise with Capricorn’s sign of rulership, Saturn, which could feel like a double dose of Saturnian energy. This brings light to everything from your long-term goals to the unconscious distractions that could’ve been inhibiting you from reaching the top of the mountain, so to speak. Whether with others or with yourself, reflect on the boundaries that need to be set at this time. Mars will eventually form a steady trine with lucky Jupiter on January 12, which can be equally expansive as it is auspicious. Don’t be afraid to test your luck.
Mars will join forces with Mercury shortly after on January 27, which can be grounding and mentally stimulating. If you’re working on a professional project or planning for the future, this transit could bring you the inspiration and clarity you’ve been seeking. There’s no such thing as coincidences in astrology, but an exhilarating Mars-Uranus trine on January 29 arrives just in time, especially when considering the new foundation we are collectively in the process of building.