EYE ON THE SKY: REFLECTIONS ON EXALTED MARS
Mars will be in Capricorn because it will go retrograde in late June and this is unusual as it does not go retrograde in Capricorn that often and it has been since 1813 that it went retrograde with Ketu in Capricorn. Mars does not leave Capricorn until early November so we are really going to need to understand it fully. The May part of the transits is the best as it is mostly unafflicted and since Mars governs the adreneals it is giving extra energy to get stuff done with power and vitality.
Still Mars is a first class malefic that likes to fight and it is in an enemy’s sign, Capricorn and it is no wonder that Israel is getting aggressive with Iran and Syria. Malefics cause problems but exalted malefics for certain rising signs, may have the power and courage to get through those problems–but there will problem. For some rising signs like Gemini the energy is more powerful to do harm.
Mars is the soldier and in its exalted sign in the enemy’s camp in Capricorn, it finds great courage and power and does not complain as much. In moving residences this weekend, I found Herculean energy to get through difficult tasks without complaining. It felt empowering. Grateful for exalted Mars for our move. Here it is still in an enemies sign and there were numerous challenges like lost keys to our storage unit, the power going out, the movers breaking lamps and all kinds of things that are deeply needed lost in a box somewhere but my attitude has been great–just plow through it all with energy and courage and it does not matter attitude like a good solider. See the job, do the job, stay out of misery.
Exalted planets are very misunderstood. If you have exalted Mars in your natal chart and it is a good planet for your rising sign like for Aries, Scorpio, Cancer and Leo Rising and Pisces that it has 3 times as much energy to produce results for the houses to own. When it goes into exaltation in transit, its strong qualities come out but when it is in the natal chart, they rarely leave you.
For Taurus, Gemini,, Virgo, Capricorn and Aquarius and even Sagittarius because Mars owns the 12th house, exalted Mars is more difficult.
For Aries Rising, exalted Mars in the natal chart bring a very powerful career if other factors are supporting it in the D-9 and D-10 chart. Mars is practical and focused at work and great vitality, consistence and achievement can occur. Mars will be disciplined at work and show courage and clarity to move forward and conquer. The downside of exalted Mars for Aries is that he can blow people away with his power and like the exalted Sun, people are often trying to take down and snipe at powerful people.
For Scorpio rising, it gives great power for self-transformation if one can get through the typical Mars stuck and stubborn energy that can make the energy rigid. The key with Mars too strong is to remember that is more than one right way to get something done and it does not have to be done my way. Flexibility and cooperation have to be learned. The transit of Mars in Capricorn will trigger these issues.
Mars in Capricorn for May is very higher energy so you can get away with doing 3 times as much work and have the energy and Aries and Scorpio will benefit most but Capricorn will enjoy also. Exalted planets have too much gun and power and tend to blow over people with their force. Make sure to tone down your power as some people will not be able to handle it.
Exalted malefics become more powerful to do harm for certain rising signs so Capricorn rising may have more health issue related to too much fire or pitta and this may also impact Cancers and Leos because of the aspects. Virgo moons and rising signs may have challenges with children and investments and romance. Libras have to watch out for automotive or home accidents and Taurus will have to be careful with foreign travel and issues with father. Gemini rising or moon will have a difficult 8th house transit which may trigger marital separation, disputes around income, difficult health issues. Sagittarius may have too many expenses or health problems may arise as Mars owns the 12th house and it has more power to do more harm if you are in malefic Mars period.
Remember transits are only 20% of prediction so it is always in context to your dasha cycles. If you are running a Mars period or sub-period, you will be impacted more by the transit. People are very unique so stopping running your fear mind.
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