In early January, the Sun, Mercury, Jupiter, and four asteroids met up with the South Node of the moon and an exact Pluto-Saturn conjunction in the sign of Capricorn. Pluto-Saturn conjunctions have historically been associated with war and economic downturn (WWI, the Cold War, the economic recession of the early 1980s and the AIDS epidemic, to name a few).
The subjects of war, economic downturn, and societal change (and any Saturn-Pluto conjunction) naturally test our reliance on current authority, restructure power dynamics, and force us to examine our use and allocation of resources.
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.