Fearless Endurance (Mars in Capricorn)
“As we are entering the Age of Aquarius, we have to become responsible, outspoken, leading teachers of this Age. That's what we have trained for and that's what we have grown into. You cannot live under a camouflage. You have to live openly, honestly, brightly, and forthrightly. Your words should be so strong that they affect every heart; your truth should be so pure that it lifts a person's soul to the heights.” - Yogi Bhajan
February 16 triggers the beginning of a new evolutionary cycle in each of us. As the Spiritual Warrior enters the sign of discipline, excellence, and discernment, we as individuals are being called to initiate necessary actions in our lives that will progress society past the last gasp of the patriarchal age.
Mars will join a stellium of other planets representing our collective karma, already in the sign of Capricorn. This signals a time to shift our attention from collective consciousness to individual authority. We have watched existing frameworks crumble before us, perhaps getting caught up in the assignment of shame or blame, depending on which side of the deck our cards fell.
But the “personal planet” Mars now calls you to ask yourself, “what am I going to do about it?” This Mars transit reminds us to take personal responsibility for our collective karma, and to ask ourselves how our individual work will contribute to change of the ages. Putting one foot in front of the other, what actions can you take on a daily basis to move the needle forward?
Mars in Capricorn correlates with an evolutionary intent to apply the will toward meaningful accomplishments.* It is passion channeled through discipline. There are some achievements that are only enjoyed through delayed gratification, through consistent and determined work to create strong, lasting foundations. (Think Taj Mahal!) Mars brings energy and willpower to help us muscle through whatever may be blocking our endeavors, and Capricorn provides the discernment to apply this effort toward right action and the creation of long-term success.
Your individual natal chart will illuminate the stage upon which you are called to use this assertive and determined energy. There you may find an increasing need for freedom, or frustration at the feelings of restriction that Capricorn produces. Fears may bubble up to the surface. It may be easy to internalize these emotions into depression, or to dispel them through outward conflict, but Mars is pushing you to do the difficult - to act thoughtfully and in a manner that will cause the evolution of your soul. To listen to your instinctual nature, the part of that knows what’s right, and to do the courageous act and not hair-trigger react. To grow past self-imposed limitations and break free from fears. And to recognize that sometimes the most courageous act is to change your course or to walk away.
*Steven Forrest, Mars in the 12 Signs, Astrology University, available here.
This article first appeared in AS ABOVE SO BELOW. Click here to download the entire AQUARIUS issue.