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Upcoming Mars Transits (Direct & Retrograde), Mars-Ketu Conjunction and its impact.

So, we are now at the 2nd major transit that is going to impact us up to the end of the year, i.e. Mars transits in Sagittarius and Capricorn. There are some major conjunctions which Mars will have during these transits, that is going to make these two transits a troublesome. So, I just thought of covering these two transits to bring awareness as per my little understanding of Astrology. Let’s break this article in following points –

Important Planets.
Mars in Sagittarius.
Mars with Saturn in Sagittarius.
Mars in Capricorn.
Mars with Ketu in Capricorn.
Mars Retrograde in Capricorn.
Overall Impact.
Similar Earlier Transit.
Ascendant-wise impact of Mars-Ketu in Capricorn.

Let’s cover all points one after the other –

Important Planets – As we can see that there are 3 planets who are becoming big players here, i.e. Mars, Saturn and Ketu. So, let’s first see what they all represent –
  • Mars - Mars represents our will power, courage, ability to take actions, aggressive nature, anger, our fighting ability, brother, male friends, a boy friend for a girl, a soldier, an athlete and real estate etc.
  • Saturn - It is all that which we don't like in our life. Saturn is Delay, Frustration, Restriction, Limitation and Anxiety. It is people of Authority, like Boss at your Work Place or Father-Figure at Home. Saturn is our Karmic Debt from past-life. Saturn is the things we didn't treat too well in our past life. Saturn is our Challenges and Lessons of life. Saturn is Old-Age, Teeth/Bones in Human Body, Diseases, Changes etc. Saturn represents our Step-Relations, it means that wherever Saturn sits, people related with that house give us Step Treatment. Saturn is Hard Work, Efforts and most importantly Perseverance etc. Nothing comes easy and in one go with Saturn. You have to work hard continuously over the longest possible period of life. Saturn makes a person Legend as Legends have one thing in common that they choose one field and work hard in it for whole life.
  • Ketu - Just like Rahu, Ketu also represents Illusion as both are ilusionary planets but the difference is that Ketu is also the one who removes the illusion and brings enlightenment. Besides this, Ketu represents Isolation, Separation, Spirituality, Mystical World, Other Dimension means things related to Alien World, also represents Son, Dog, Intuition, Research Ability, Curious Nature, things which we have already achieved in past life and not much concerned to perform in this life.
Needless to say that everything I am going to say now depends upon the whole chart. Chart + Dasha + Transit = Event. This is general rule. So, please don’t make any conclusion just because of a transit.

As we know that all these planets are among the most malefic planets who are supposed to give some hardships in our life, hence it is necessary to be aware that what type of hardships we can expect in coming months. It may be argued and it is generally asked by clients why God or these planets send us hardships? Why can’t life be all fun and joy? My response to them is always to remember some event in their life when they were too happy due to some achievement and then ask yourself what is actually making them happy? The achievement or victory over all the hurdles which they crossed with their courage and will-power? It is obviously the happiness of overcoming obstacles. So, all the malefic planets or God brings hardship in our life in order to make us realize our true potential. That’s why, these hurdles and facing them is very necessary in life.

Mars in Sagittarius – So, the 1st important transit of Mars will take place from 7th Mar, 2018 to 2nd May, 2018. It could have been a normal transit and we may not have talked much about it but the problematic fact is that Mars is getting conjunct with transiting Saturn in Sagittarius.

Mars with Saturn in Sagittarius – So, two of the strongest malefic are coming together in sign of Sagittarius. Sagittarius is although sign of religion, philosophy, literature, higher learning, teachers, preachers and Gurus. So, it looks like quite a decent kid. But problem with Sagittarius starts when these malefic planets, i.e. Rahu, Mars, Saturn & Ketu, are either in someone’s birth chart in Sagittarius or they are transiting through Sagittarius. This is when people become stubborn and almost violent about their own beliefs, philosophies and morals. They become adamant that only their beliefs are correct and everything else is wrong. So basically, the quality of flexibility is getting lost here. That’s why, when Mars-Saturn are in Sagittarius we can get into situations where we can have disputes or conflicts around our belief system. It is more true as Mars-Saturn together in any house/sign normally creates a war-zone. So, in Sagittarius, it is bound to bring conflicts related to beliefs and religions. We can see some big terrorist attack during this transit. Now, the most troublesome portion of this transit will be when Mars is transiting through Moola Nakshatra (0.00 to 13.20 degree) ruled by Ketu as Moola itself represents uprooting of things or destruction of things. Although, whole transit of Mars in Sagittarius is problematic but these 1st 13 degrees are more so. Also, if you have any planet in Moola then things related to that planet will also feel the stress. Last but not the least, the house where Sagittarius falls for you will be impacted by this double malefic transit of Saturn-Mars. Like, Gemini Ascendant or Gemini Moon Sign people can feel the stress around their relationship as this transit will take place in their 7th house of relationship. This will be the 1st direct exchange of energy between Saturn-Mars-Ketu, although for a very limited time. As I normally say for all malefic planets transits, it is going to be a stressful time. Only positive thing here is that this transit is for about 50 days, so we can still shut our mouths for 50 days to avoid any conflict like situation. People who are in regular meditation, will be in better mental position to deal with this transit.

Mars in Capricorn – Then Mars will enter Capricorn on 2nd May, 2018 and will stay there till 6th Nov, 2018. Mars normal transit lasts for about 45 days but here, Mars will be retrograde from 27th June, 2018 to 28th Aug, 2018. This retrograde motion will make Mars stay in Capricorn for about 6 months. Let’s start with good note, i.e. Mars is exalted in Capricorn.

Mars with Ketu in Capricorn – But problem starts with this conjunction here when Mars joins Ketu in Capricorn. This is a bigger energy exchange between Mars-Ketu-Saturn as Capricorn is ruled by Saturn. Mars-Ketu together represents revolts, explosions, terrorist activities, accidents and surgeries etc. Capricorn is sign of Govt and Authority. So, we will see at many places in the world, either people or Army will be revolting against Govt. Even in personal life, we may not like to be under authoritative attitude of others, no matter those people are your parents or Bosses. This conjunction will provide the fire-power to go against the authority, Govt or Law. Actually, the transit of Ketu in Capricorn which made us feel separated from authority from Sep, 2017 onwards will get the additional impetus of exalted Mars and finally people will be revolting against Govt or authoritative people. Again, if this conjunction is taking place over one of your birth chart planets then revolt can be against things/people of that planet. Also, such people can face some accident/surgery like events. Likewise, the house where it is happening will be in a very troublesome state for 6 months time. On personal level, take care while travelling or driving. Try to avoid any circumstances which can lead you into arguments with others. Also, please try your best to avoid any situation of surgeries etc.

Mars Retrograde in Capricorn – Not only that Mars is with Ketu but when Mars goes retrograde and then direct, Mars will crossover Ketu 3 times during this transit. It will happen within 8 to 15 degrees in Capricorn between June to August. If there is any planet within these degrees of Capricorn in birth chart then it is going to suffer much in these 3 months. As I understand this transit of Mars is this. Mars will be all exalted and powerful when it enters the Capricorn. Then it meets Ketu in between. Then it retrogrades. Then again meets Ketu. Then goes direct and again passes through Ketu. In the end, it moves out of Capricorn in Nov, 2018. So to start with this transit, we all may be very obedient and law abiding people. Then retrograde phase will make us reflect that what we are getting by obediently following someone. Then Mars-Ketu transits over each other will bring the revolt against authority and then we will try to become our own authority or follow our own rules.

Overall Impact – I think to understand the overall impact of this transit, we have to keep in mind the concept of Jeeva Karaka and Ajeeva Karaka (http://astrosaxena.com/jkak) which says that during any difficult planetary position in birth chart or transits, we can still get the results of non-living significances of the house where such position/transit is taking place but results of living significances will depend on lots of other factors. For example, being a Scorpio ascendant, this Mars-Ketu conjunction will be in my 3rd house of business, self-efforts, communications and travelling. So, if I put my best efforts, I can still get results from business and communications but I still need to be very careful while travelling/driving as I can control my driving but I can’t control the way others drive and someone can still hit me. So, throughout all the houses, we have to keep in mind that some positive results we can still make which are of non-living nature but with living significances, we cannot have any surety of getting favourable results.

Similar Earlier Transit – And did we recently seen such a transit? Yes, very recently. Between Feb, 2016 to Sep, 2016, Mars was in Scorpio and went retrograde. At that time, Saturn was in Scorpio. So, Mars-Saturn joined heads in Scorpio. Scorpio is ruled by Mars-Ketu. So again, it was energy exchange of Mars-Saturn-Ketu. All I remember from 2016 is that it was a volatile year with lots of sudden events and changes taking place in life of people. I also posted an article about it which is here - http://astrosaxena.com/step2016. So, as it is the same energy exchange, we can expect similar events. Only difference will be of the house where the conjunction is falling and that Mars is exalted.

Ascendant-wise impact of Mars-Ketu in Capricorn – Let’s see how this conjunction can impact us in different houses as per our ascendant or Moon sign –

Aries Ascendant or Aries Moon sign – For Aries people, this conjunction will be in 10th house of career, work and father. It is time when you may not feel like working under anyone. You may think of leaving the job and work for yourself. In some cases, people can be told to leave the job. At the same time, it is time to take good care of Father’s health. People may not have cordial relations with people in authority. There will be an urge of revolt.

Taurus Ascendant or Taurus Moon sign – For Taurus people, this conjunction will be in 9th house of long distance travels, teaching/preaching/counselling and Teachers. They can have serious conflicts with their Teachers or Gurus. If a person is in work like counselling, he should be careful of his words. 9th house is another house of leaving job, so Taurus people can also leave the job. They should be careful if they are travelling. Belief system and principles can become a cause of conflict for them.

Gemini Ascendant or Gemini Moon sign – For Gemini people, this conjunction will be in 8th house of sudden events, accidents, surgeries, in-laws or marriage benefits etc. So, they really need to be careful against any kind of accident or sudden event. They must travel with all the safety-gears on. Any sudden event can result in surgeries etc. So, please take extra care. There can be disputes with in-laws and marriage benefits can be spoilt due to stress with in-laws. At the same time, if person is interested in occult or mystical studies, it can be ideal time to deep-dive into it.

Cancer Ascendant or Cancer Moon sign – For Cancer people, this conjunction will be in 7th house of relationship, partner, business and other people etc. Stay away from relationship or partner as much as possible. This is the most genuine advice I can give you. Or if you are bound to be in relationship then just keep your mouth shut till the end of year to sustain relation. Obviously, it is not a time to enter in a relationship. Same caution should be followed if you are in partnership business and want it to prosper. Relationship can be troublesome in this time but person can still make gains in business with hard work.

Leo Ascendant or Leo Moon Sign – For Leo people, this conjunction will take place in 6th house of disputes, conflicts and daily work life. It shows that you can face lots of conflicts at work place. You may have to deal with competing colleagues and non-cooperative bosses. People won’t like to work under authoritative environment. 6th house is another house which can spoil the relation as it is house of disputes. So again, not a great time to enter in relation but if you are already in relation then one needs to be very cautious in order to sustain it.

Virgo Ascendant or Virgo Moon Sign – For Virgo people, this conjunction will take place in 5th house of children, happiness, creativity and love/romance. Again, person can be all about researching in his education or creativity related field. They will work really hard in these fields but love/romance related matters will be at stake. They should not try to be authoritative in love matters. Likewise, they will not like to be with partner who is authoritative. They need to be very careful about health of their children.

Libra Ascendant or Libra Moon Sign – For Libra people, this conjunction will take place in 4th house of mother, home or peace of mind. We can say that they need to take utmost care of their mother’s health. Peace of mind will be spoilt due to aggressive environment at home. It is good time to dedicate in spiritual pursuits like meditation to bring some peace of time. Again, they need to be careful while driving or travelling as 4th house represents Vehicles too. It may happen that they may go away from their home as they may find their home or mother too authoritative.

Scorpio Ascendant or Scorpio Moon Sign – For Scorpio people, this conjunction will take place in 3rd house of business, communication, travelling and siblings. So, they may need to take care while travelling or driving. Likewise, they should be careful about their siblings or while dealing with them. If they are in communication related work or marketing etc, they should be very careful about their words, either oral or written. At the same time, their business can give them good gains if they put their best efforts.

Sagittarius Ascendant or Sagittarius Moon Sign – For Sagittarius people, this conjunction will take place in 2nd house of speech, wealth and family. Again, they have to watch-out for what they speak to keep a good family environment. There can be clearly some stress in family life or they may have to stay away from their family. They can be earning well but expenses will be equally high. So, they need to put extra effort to make some savings. Main emphasis should be on speaking well and nice.

Capricorn Ascendant or Capricorn Moon Sign – For Capricorn people, this conjunction will take place in their 1st house of self, physique or overall life/health. It shows that they need to be extra careful against any accident like situations as this conjunction is happening directly at 1st house of self and physique. As Mars is exalted in 1st house, they can gain in their Career like promotion, hike or R&R etc but main emphasis is on health here. It can make them feel confident about themselves.

Aquarius Ascendant or Aquarius Moon Sign – For Aquarius people, this conjunction will take place in 12th house of losses, expenses and foreign lands. It shows that they can have hard time saving money. As 12th house represents hospitals, foreign lands or spiritual journeys, their expenses can be for these reasons. It shows some conflicts with Gurus etc. Their main focus should be to avoid any over-expenditure or spendthrift nature else this time can bring lots of expenses.

Pisces Ascendant or Pisces Moon Sign – For Pisces people, this conjunction will take place in 11th house of large organisations, networking circle, gains and socializing etc. Again, they can have good gains through their hard work but they can find it tough to save money. Their interactions with their network circle and friends may not go too well. So, they need to be careful in their socializing. They can get authoritative position at work but after best of efforts. They may need to travel.

Overall, as we can see, this transit is all about taking care of health as Mars-Ketu together become karaka of any accident, injury or surgery like things. We also need to take care of our speech and the words we use. Concept of Jeeva Karaka and Ajeeva Karaka is the biggest help in understanding where we can get good results and where we may need to take utmost care.

Hope this helps. Please post any comment or query you may have.


Vishal S Saxena – Astrologer

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