Mars in Capricorn
Mars is exalted in this sign. Antiochus says that this is because the god of war exalts in this place of death. (The steward of this sign - Saturn - is symbolized by the grim reaper). Most astrologers say that Mars is given the discipline it lacks by Saturn the taskmaster. The cosmic soul is said to perceive the actions of the native more clearly when in this sign, but this may be because Mars is in the 10th sign from Aries, its own domicile, thereby making it more visible cosmologically. For this reason, it is fortunate for getting ahead or becoming famous or well known, and seems to create ambition in the native. They have an intense drive, strong self discipline and self control and have a commanding presence. Quitting is not in their vocabulary. Its relationship to Saturn allows the native to be practical and coordinated in his/her efforts, sustaining them for the long haul. They tend to be very serious and focused and are anything but laid back.
In a diurnal chart, the excess heat and dryness purify and make distinct, the intent of the native, but due to the excess of these qualities, the native may lose some of his/her self control. (Mars is not of the sect in favor). They may push too hard and generate intense opposition because Saturn is of the sect in favor and the principle of limitation is imposed and the agnoia of Saturn is minimized. This means that Saturn will not wink at the transgressions of Mars. Even so, they are likely to advance and overcome their enemies, but with trouble and strife.
In a nocturnal chart, the cool and moist of night counteract the excessive dryness of Mars. If Mars is also above the horizon, it is in hayz. The natives actions become more schrewd and cunning. The principle of limitlessness is in operation. The agnoia of Saturn is increased allowing Saturn to wink at the natives transgressions. This is very favorable for anyone in the military, those seeking command, or business success, because they are likely to be able to progress quickly with a minimum of restrictions. They have more self control than their diurnal counterparts.
© 2001 Curtis Manwaring