With your natal Mars in Capricorn, this winter Earth sign will definitely empower the planet of action, as it operates wonderfully in the serious and structured surroundings that the sign offers. This placement is great for achieving goals, as it grants endurance and power to withstand difficulties; the native will not quit chasing his targets and even when things get tough, he will always find that extra strength to go on. Mars in Capricorn grants this type of robustness not only to the native’s character, but also to his body. On the other hand, this natal placement of Mars can also diminish the individual’s emotions, making him rather insensitive and concentrated on pragmatism and reality.
Mars is generally governing activity and our drive, what we fight for and what we conquer too. The red planet rules our actions and where we place our energy to receive results, yet also can show life areas where fighting for our goals receives resistance from other people (or life itself). Naturally, this planet is also connected to any types of violence and anger, as it is rather abrupt, impatient and explosive. Since the ancient times, the fiery planet has taken the name of the Greek god of war, Ares, and his Roman equivalent Mars. His energy is extremely masculine, symbolizing (together of course with the Sun, one side of the Sun-Moon dual axis) the archetype of the male. His opposite counterpart is of course Venus, creating with him the Mars/Venus axis as another archetypical Yin/Yang. An interesting fact is that even the ancient ones were being careful while handling the powers that god Ares (Mars) represented. There were very few temples of Ares, compared to all the other gods of the Greek Pantheon, and they were not invoking him. Of course, he was naturally receiving his share of respect, yet without specialized priests and cults of worshippers – as war and violence was always undesired. By analyzing this through a psychological filter, the sole fact of not making a lot of festivities in his name made him difficult to reach in the subconscious and unconscious of the masses and individuals. This way, he was in a rather idle mode, being invoked only when war had already erupted in order to raise the spirits and create a holy frenzy to the warriors.
In the sign of Capricorn, Mars is in exaltation and thus in its highest potency. Capricorn is located directly opposite of the sign of Cancer, where Mars is considered in fall and his functions are rather handicapped. Capricorn is the tenth sign of the zodiac, and has Saturn as its ruling planet. Capricorn is also the natural ruler of the tenth house, which governs our career, public image and success, domination and power. We should also note that Mars needs around two months to move to a next sign, while travelling through the skies. Once every two years Mars has a period of retrograde motion, where it appears to move backwards on the celestial canvas for apparently two months. Additional information about Mars’ potency in each sign can be read in the article about Mars’ Essential Dignities.
Mars in Capricorn is a great placement to have in a natal chart, considering that Mars is regarded as a malefic planet. Mars may feel suppressed in many other signs, being unable to expel its very dynamic traits in a healthy way. Yet, in the sign of Capricorn he finds the stable ground needed for progress, while also the seriousness to structure its tactics. We could say that when placed in Capricorn, Mars operates better than when in his own rulership’s signs, Aries and Scorpio. The reason is that Capricorn and Saturnian energies flowing through it can hold back the rapid Martian impulses, thus making all movements and choices of the chart bearer wiser and more calculated. Mars in Capricorn has the same strong drive as in Aries and Scorpio, but does not rush to make his actions, using logic instead of intuition. Thus, such a native may reach his goals with higher rates of success, even if it will take a little bit longer. In addition, Capricorn makes the Martian energy last long, opposed to Aries which gives a huge rush of energy in the beginning which gradually may decline. We could parallel a Capricorn Mars individual with a real mountain goat. They may climb the toughest cliffs, while at the same moment be safe and stable during their ascend.
As Capricorn is connected with the 10th house, it is quite natural that Mars placed here will be a huge boost for the individual’s career. He has a rather dominant approach concerning his gradual climb through the career system, especially if he is part of organisations or corporations. They set their goals to rise in power from the beginning and, especially if Mars is well aspected, they are usually winning power battles. An adversely aspected Mars shows resistance from other competitors, yet does not signify defeats – mostly complications and delays instead. Ambition is such a strong stimulant, that a Capricorn Mars individual eventually reaches his target one way or the other. Such people may not hesitate to implement unethical ways, and to walk on bodies. This is why such a placement, especially in a career opponent, signifies a possible fierce enemy. An ill-aspected Mars may even indicate that the individual enjoys the sorrow that their victory will bring to their opponent, while also that there are other cruel traits dormant that will be probably sometime awakened.
Natal Mars in Capricorn can make an individual hold his anger, but not forget it – until it is time for revenge. They have the ability to handle outbursts and stall such behavioral procedures, yet only to tactically channel them in such a way that they are more effective. Their revenge is cold-blooded, scheduled and many times fiercer than what they suffered from their opponent. If you have this placement, be very careful about such actions, as you may trigger a series of vendetta events – especially if the other person has similar traits. In addition, using your Mars in such a way activates his dark side, which will definitely bring in the end losses in the life areas that Mars (and Capricorn) rule by house placement. Planets connected by aspect to your natal Mars may also suffer, and the respective life areas that those planets are involved too.
Mars in Capricorn is one of the placements that can create workaholics. The native enjoys the feeling of being tired from work, while also he may usually enjoy when his body is tired from physical activity in general. He respects other people who do the same, and he values seriousness and responsibility in others. On the other hand, Capricorn Mars people feel disgusted by lazy people who do not get involved in serious activities, impractical and irresponsible individuals, and overly sentimental souls. The material world is very important for them, making them feel rather indifferent towards theory, ideas, and even art (unless we are speaking of the financial value of an art piece!).
When a person has his natal Mars in Capricorn, he may have subconsciously copied a lot of characteristics of his father or grandfather – definitely from some dominant male figure of his life. That male figure was definitely a despotic archetype, rather cold regarding emotions, and probably exercised control on the native himself. We cannot say that the native had some sort of affection to that person; the feelings that prevailed were probably mostly a mix of fear and respect. The young native probably strived to fulfil all of the orders and tasks imposed by that person, to feel accepted and not scolded for failures.
Individuals bearing this placement may experience health problems with the body areas that Capricorn rules. Teeth and bones are the primary body parts that can suffer, and an adversely aspected Mars indicates fractures of sceletal parts. The native should be especially careful with his knees and joints. In addition, there may be some problems of the skin, and Mars tends to give rushes and inflammation.
Sexually, Mars in Capricorn people can be very active till their old age – if they are not spending all their energy and time on their career. They are very dominant towards their partners, and once they conquer someone they demand stability and seriousness in their relations. Common fetishes that can arise are also connected with control, with such a native enjoying dominating their partner’s body. In some occasions, there can be sadistic tendencies and they enjoy to give pain and torture in bed. Yet, they tend to keep their private life away from the public eyes, usually wearing an asexual and serious mask in their surroundings. In addition, they have the ability to totally suppress their libido during periods of times with heavy workload, and dedicating themselves completely to their career goals.
When a Capricorn Mars is well aspected in a natal chart, the native will be very active in the life area that the sign of Capricorn rules, winning his battles concerning those house matters. He will tirelessly dedicate his energy, confronting any possible difficulties and problems successfully and enjoying the conquest of the desired goals. The victories in those areas will gift him the drunk-like feeling of the warrior who raises his sword and yells when the battle is finished and the opponent defeated. On the contrary, bad aspects to Mars can bring quite a lot of problems mostly connected with anger and putting too much efforts in vain. Also, when the darker traits of Mars are awakened by difficult natal aspects, the Mars in Capricorn person may experience war-like situations from rivals, too much turmoil and even defeats.
Each planets have a different effect on you, depending on which house and sign they reside in. In order to find out where they are located in your natal chart, you can use our free birth chart generator. Also, examine the aspects that they form with other planets in your chart. You will understand a lot more about the detailed role that they have in your horoscope.