• let’s take a walk on the wild side…….

    So, 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” and capable of expressing their characteristics in a more explicit and exaggerated manner.

    Back to Mars.

    The late KT Boehrer (one of the greatest experts in declinations and OOB planets) describes an out-of-bounds Mars: “…is a fighter, daring, energetic, courageous, venture-some, often attracted to a career that is associated with an element of danger. The negative side may show in furious temper, anger and/or violence.”

    On the 9th of February the fiery planet of action will find itself at 25° Sagittarius in longitude and will start its adventure into the wild beyond as it enters 23°28’ of declination South. The OOB period will last until 3rd March when Mars will be at 11° Capricorn in longitude.

    OOB planets are a bit like “wild cards” you never really know how they will react.

    Let’s briefly recap: Mars in Sagittarius Mars takes on the clothes of the philosopher (and sometimes as the self-righteous prig) in the optimistic, truth-loving sign of Sagittarius

    Mars in Capricorn 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).

    People most affected by this OOB planet will be those having planets or angles between 25° Sagittarius and 11° Capricorn and relative aspect points in the Mutable and Cardinal signs.

    The Sabian symbol for 25° Sagittarius: “A chubby boy on a hobby-horse”. Indicating the anticipatory enjoyment of powers one can only as yet dream of utilizing.

    For 11° Capricorn: “A large group of pheasant on a private estate”. Indicating the refinement and propagation of aristocratic values by means of which man participates in the evolution of life toward ever more perfect forms of existence.

    “You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you.” Isadora Duncan

    Is your chart affected by this OOB Mars? Are you ready and willing to tame it? Tell me!


    Boehrer KT (1994) “Declination, the other dimension”, ‘Cycles and psychological patterns’ pp 24-30, American Federation of Astrologers, Inc, Tempe AZ, USA

    Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. p 225, 236,  Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA

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