Mars Through Capricorn

Spark Astrology

No Time For Excuses

2020 is an über-cardinal year, thanks to a spectacular congregation of planets in Capricorn. With Saturn, Pluto, the South Node, Jupiter and now even Mars in the sign of the goat, March promises to be quite an active month. Read below how Mars operates in Capricorn, and also what it means in the house of your birth chart it is currently transiting.

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Mars loves Capricorn. This is not the place for reckless, instinctive reactions like when Mars is in Aries; or for deep, emotional responses, like in Scorpio. Mars in Capricorn talks the talk and walks the walk. Behaviour and intention are perfectly aligned with this placement.

Pragmatic, competent, and ambitious, this Mars works tirelessly for his goals. He has grit. Forethought, planning, tenacity, efficient use of resources, and tremendous self-control are seen as essential survival strategies. The fuel is any goal aiming to build genuinely meaningful and long-lasting accomplishments.

Starting on the first day of winter in the Northern hemisphere, Capricorn is all about preparing for and dealing with wintry conditions in life. In this scenario, anything out of control is potentially lethal. With superb focus and concentration, Mars in Capricorn has little appreciation for laziness, time-wasting or unnecessary emotion that may hinder progress. Strong and self-assured, Mars in this sign gets things done competently and authoritatively, with surgical precision and time to spare.

This is one of the most powerful Mars transits in the zodiac. There is a quiet strength in the air that you sense and know not to mess with. Level-headed and with the eyes firmly on the big picture, if feathers are ruffled you will know in no uncertain terms, in a very direct, clear and no-nonsense way.

Taken to its extremes, this placement may result in cold and calculating, sometimes even ruthless action, with no spontaneity or emotions on display. Cautious to a tee, unnecessary risks are avoided in favour of research and strategic plans. This is a think-before-act transit, one that emphasizes security and the long game. Why reinvent the wheel, if you can build on traditions that have proven successful and enduring?

The 2020 Effect

Mars comes along to re-activate and amplify the effects of the Saturn/Pluto conjunction. Boundaries are being broken down so that new structures can be erected in your life. What happened for you in January was episode 1, for many a rather unpalatable pilot of what this epochal congregation in Capricorn is all about. We're now heading for episode 2 - and this time, Mars and Jupiter are there to ensure things get done and the lesson learnt. Change is on the cards, and that involves a new beliefs system, one grounded in realism and hard graft. And then Mars conjoins Saturn at 0° Aquarius, and together these two begin a square to Uranus. But that's a story for another post. For now, please enjoy my breakdown of this transit by house below.

First House

Assert yourself - but keep your friends, too...

Mars in the first house/on your ascendant affects you on a very personal level — whether it’s experiences, feelings, or external events. Your energy levels are sky-high. Enthusiasm, excitement and sexual magnetism are strong. It’s the battle of the ego versus others, of autonomy versus dependency, of following one’s path regardless of obstacles. The need to focus on yourself is now stronger, whether in terms of looks, how you present yourself, the impact you make on others, or your general direction in life. Your assertiveness and motivation reach new heights. New projects abound, your priorities are shifting, and you have a strong desire to do what is right by you. Watch out for increased impatience, irritability, and anger. Remember to breathe…

Second House

Watch your expenses!

With Mars in the second house, your values, finances, and sense of self-worth will be getting a lot of attention. This is likely about your disposable income and pursuing new earning opportunities. It usually signals new purchases or investments, and more often than not significant expenses. Be open to change in this sphere of life, ask yourself “how” questions to open the door to novel approaches and solutions, then plan a budget and follow it though to get what you want.

Your self-esteem is also set to improve as a result of your renewed determination.

Third House

Be extra careful when driving!

Your focus is now on communication, siblings, neighbours, and short trips. Perhaps you are pursuing more writing or speaking opportunities. Or you put a lot of energy into a particular exchange – written or spoken. You are more active with people in your immediate environment, such as siblings or neighbours. You may also decide to go on a trip, perhaps something you hadn’t planned. In all cases, you tend to express your ideas much more powerfully, which can work out well for you, although you need to watch the risk of coming across too strongly.

Fourth House

Get your DIY tools out!

Renewed activity in the home, family, or living situation. Your energy levels are sky-high. Enthusiasm, excitement and personal magnetism are strong. Are you planning to move, enhance, or renovate your place? Are you inspired to build stronger foundations for your life? Plans for a better work/life balance get under way. You may be required to spend more time with your family, maybe with your parents, with emotional exchanges and outbursts likely. Your gut feeling is also stronger at this time. Remember to breathe…

Fifth House


Love is in the air, so enjoy more opportunities for romance or a creative project. Enthusiasm, excitement and sexual magnetism are strong over the next few weeks. This is Me-Time for you. Taking care of Number One, going out and having fun, pursuing your interests are a priority for you right now. This is also the house of children and hobbies, so expect a lot of energy in these areas of your life.

Sixth House

Time to air your trainers!

Your health, daily routine, work, and habits are a source of irritation right now. Your wellbeing takes centre stage, be it physical or mental. Plan a healthy routine that will help maintain strength and flexibility. This could be a great time to start a fitness regime. The sixth house also rules pets and colleagues or employees, so some tension could come up with them.

Seventh House

Hot stuff!

Not a time to be alone, relationships — be it business or romantic — are heated up right now. Your energy levels are sky-high. Enthusiasm, excitement and sexual magnetism are strong. Passionate, explosive outbursts are likely from all sides. A new partnership may be on the horizon, either extremely hot or challenging. Contractual negotiations may be triggering you. Breathe deeply and take lots of cold showers…

Eighth House

Your money or... your partners'

Renewed vigour goes into joint finances, pensions, tax, loans and mortgages. Lots of work is needed in this area of life. This may be a good time to execute plans that provide more security for you and your loved ones. It’s a time of transformation, and sometimes this may prove difficult and intense, but worthwhile. Deep emotions and issues of power and control may come to the surface.

Ninth House

New Horizons

Are you planning a trip abroad? You’ll be putting a lot of energy into far-flung travel, or contact with foreign peoples/cultures. Also likely are a higher course of study, or teaching, writing, publishing, marketing, or legal work. Whether of the body or the mind, you crave new horizons to bring more meaning into your life.

Tenth House

Work! Work! Work!

Your career, vocation, or status in the world are likely to sky rocket, as you leave a mark in this area of your life. Your energy levels are sky-high. Enthusiasm, excitement and personal magnetism are strong. Significant opportunities may be within reach. Mars in your tenth house could foreshadow career advancement, a change in your life path, or clashes with somebody in a position of authority. You will be pursuing your goals with renewed energy. Remember to schedule some downtime with family, too…

Eleventh House

Join the Club!

Plans for more time with friends get under way. You’re on fire in your circle of friends or business network. You take the initiative significantly more, and may choose to do some physical activity together. This could also be a good time to join a sports club. You may feel more sociable and communicative, doing all it takes to pursue the bigger picture, and your hopes and wishes. Your long-term aspirations receive a push over the next few weeks.

Twelfth House


With low energy levels, you have an overwhelming need to be alone, take a backseat, and focus on personal matters. You have a strong urge to repress emotion and anger, but this approach may prove detrimental in the long run. Not a time for high energy and action, but one for dreams, inspiration, diving into the subconscious, and recharging. Secrets may be revealed, and intuition heightened. Use this time to recharge in preparation for more action when Mars changes sign.

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