• Are you ready for the ride?

    Mars, having exceeded the Sun’s outermost limit from the celestial equator, finds itself, as from yesterday 17th March, heading outwards in a southern direction as it enters Capricorn, the sign of its exaltation.

    Mars will remain OOB until the 8th of April when it will be at 12° Capricorn in the tropical zodiac. During their OOB phase planets express their full potential and act as wild cards, completely unpredictable…be it in a positive or negative manner.

    Mars is an assertive planet, Capricorn is a restrictive sign ruled by Saturn, it imbues responsibility, structure, ambition, drive and temperance to any planet there. So, whereas Mars in Capricorn might indicate steady progress and the drive to work to achieve, it could also mean recklessness (acting without consideration of others) and even inhibition (being held back by fear or meeting with difficulties that hinder its progressive attitude).

    Mars will make two difficult conjunctions during its sojourn in Capricorn:

    1st/2nd April whilst still OOB it will conjunct Saturn, ruler of Capricorn at 8° this could indicate a tremendous drive forward or a full stop and sense of frustration.

    26th/27th April it will conjunct Pluto at 21° this could lead to sudden explosions of pent up rage manifesting in inconsiderate ways or pushing against, or meeting with resistance in its full force in an all or nothing attempt to express personal ambitions.

    The Sabian symbol for 9° Capricorn: “An angel carrying a harp.” Indicating the revelation of spiritual meaning and purpose at the core of any life situation.

    For the antiscion point at 22° Sagittarius: “A Chinese laundry.” Indicating making use of one’s special racial-cultural background in order to survive and prosper in an alien environment.

    The Sabian symbol for 22° Capricorn: “By accepting defeat gracefully, a General reveals nobility of character.” Indicating the realization that one may grow through defeat as well as, and perhaps more than, through success.

    For the antiscion point at 9° Sagittarius: “A mother leads her small child step by step up a steep stairway.” Indicating the need in any social situation to assist the less evolved in their management of the problems which society requires its members to solve.

    “Magically, hopelessness gives rise to profound hope.”  Stefan Emunds

    In which sector of your life are you planning to use this energy?


    *What does it mean for a planet to be OOB? When we cast an astrological chart we use a precise locality (birth place) on the earth and from this observation point we take note of the position of the planets in the sky at the time of birth and this enables us to calculate the angles that the planets form to the given locality. Another point of reference however is the celestial equator (which is the terrestrial equator elongated into space). When planets travel beyond 23°27’ either side of the celestial equator, be it North or South, they are referred to as “out of bounds”.

    OOB planets can also be found in birth charts and special attention should be paid to them since they are considered “stronger”.

    Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp 215, 223, 235, 242 Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA

    Image: Mars, illustration from ‘Festkalender’ published in Leipzig c.1910 (colour lithograph) by Thoma, Hans (1839-1924)colour lithograph Private Collection German, out of copyright