Mars went into  Capricorn on May 2nd and will stay there for about 6 months, and being closely connected to Ketu much of that time.  We we have to understand this transit in detail to deal with anger and explosive energy.  We think the most of the impact will not really be felt until after May 27th as Mars and Ketu are pretty far apart but then we are going to have to get use to it quickly because those two planets will be very close most of June-September  because Mars will go retrograde at the end of June and conjunct Ketu 3 times but will be within 3-5 degrees most of the summer fueling anger and great energy.  The exact most powerful days of the conjunction will be June 3, July 18, and September 22.


Mars will first approach Ketu in early June in Capricorn. On the highest level, in the sign of Capricorn, the Mars/Ketu conjunction encourages us to work hard at business but often we are frustrated or blocked leading to deep-seeded anger and resentment. If you watch small kids in a playground, they get angry, fully express it and then go back to being normal. Anger is a natural emotion that is often an expression of an unfulfilled desire. Kids are great about it but we tend to repress our anger until it explodes and that is dangerous.  As I have said before, transmute the anger by doing charity work and channel the energy into positive social service rather than raging at things that you cannot control.

This conjunction challenges us to be happy with our own power and leadership and this may be the case particularly among women, so express it now if it comes up.  This transit supports mathematics and engineering so this is the time to go deep into invention mode. For Scorpio and Aries rising, it will foster spiritual experience and intuition, as Ketu is the most spiritual planet. This is an excellent time for a meditation retreat or extra spiritual practice. Other activities may be frustrating.

My friend Juliana Swanson of Astral Harmony notes the following about Mars/Ketu:

On a positive note and if channeled well, Mars and Ketu conjunction reflects some great confidence, drive, and enterprise; an opportunity for important reorganization; social reforms; and enhanced mechanical and technical skill, development, and innovation. The less harmonious expression of this can be intense battles as in personal, legal, political, and military conflicts; a tendency for accidents or health crises (especially some potential for fevers, inflammation, infection, and high blood pressure); antisocial behavior; frustrated ambitions; impatience, mental aggravation, flaring tempers, and emotional irritation (pitta dosha to the max…it may be a very hot summer with lots of figurative and literal fires).

For Mundane Astrology,  this conjunction is very difficult for the planet and is a signature for violence and terrorism. It is thought that when Mars is retrograde/exalted that it acts like a debilitated planet and would have an impact more subjectively in terms of seething anger.  The race riots in St. Louis a few years back and in September in Milwaukee were recent examples of the Mars/Ketu aspects. 9/11 also happened during a Mars/Ketu conjunction in Sagittarius.

If you are feeling angry politically, find  another way to express your feelings in a positive way. Write letters, do posts on Facebook or call your Congressperson. In the extreme, this aspect can lead to accidents, fires, burns and explosions if the energy is not released. Be careful around your home and while driving around those key dates. Even if you are alert, others may not be as aware or mentally present in the moment.

The bright side of the conjunction of Mars/Ketu is that it forces us to face our unconscious fears and repressed angers, so we can look at them and transform them.  Capricorns and Aquarians need to find an outlet to unlock pent-up anger or it will explode. Exercise and healthy competition is one way to let off steam.

Usually yoga and exercise are good to get things moving but be gentle on yourself as too much will increase the air element or Vata and create more anxiety. Use the Nike slogan, “Just Do It,” to get moving as Mars/Ketu can create very sluggish and lazy energy, making it hard to get started again.

If you are on the Capricorn/Cancer axis or running a Mars/Ketu or Ketu/Mars period or are Aries or Scorpio rising or Moon, you will be most impacted by the transit.

Don’t get lazy by repressing or stuffing any feelings that come up during these brief moments in time. Remember, you are not your emotions and you are empowered to choose how you will best respond to challenging situations. You have the tools and advance notice of the stars to prepare you for handling this Mars/Ketu highlight.  In Part 2, we will discuss how it will impact your moon or rising signs.

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