May 3 - November 5th, 2018
On May 3rd, Mars enters the sign of Capricorn. This is an important event on a number of levels. First, Mars has been in a conjunction with Saturn, in Sagittarius, since early March. That conjunction symbolized frustration and distress for many people. During that time, I received many calls from clients with health issues, marital issues, career problems and other frustrating life dilemmas. Even President Trump has been besieged with delays, obstacles and pressures, during this period.
When Mars enters Capricorn, the Mars/Saturn conjunction will end, which should bring a measure of relief. On the other hand, Mars will then move into Capricorn and join Ketu, producing a Mars/Ketu conjunction until November 5th. Mars and Ketu will probably not be as challenging as the Mars/Saturn combo. Yet, it will have its own kind of feisty quality.
One thing that characterizes the conjunction of Mars and Ketu is violence and military events. This tendency will be exacerbated by the fact that Mars will be retrograde from June 26th to August 27th. Retrograde Mars has also been correlated to increased military activity and outbreaks of violence in the world. In this case, Mars is also exalted in Capricorn, which increases Mars's tendency to be assertive. So for the world in general, this will be a period to watch.
Of course, the USA has talks scheduled with North Korea on the topic of decreasing North Korea's nuclear weapons. I think it is unlikely that anything substantial will come from this, and we might even see North Korea becoming more aggressive, again flexing its budding nuclear muscles, before the period is up. Iran's nuclear deal is also hanging in the balance now, and the Mars/Ketu transit is bound to bring complications.
On the personal side, each of us will be affected in some way by this conjunction. Here is a brief description of how Mars and Ketu could influence your horoscope in the next several months. Remember that in Vedic astrology we use a sidereal zodiac, so you need to read the birth dates for the Sun signs carefully. The following interpretations are valid for the period from May 3 - November 5, 2018.
Vedic Sun Signs
Apr 14 - May 14 (Aries) The Mars/Ketu conjunction will be activating your house of career. This will help you take more initiative in your ambitious projects. Ketu's contribution may be to bring more of a process-oriented approach to your work. You might feel yourself getting into the zone while you refine or perfect your projects. This is a great time for bringing technical precision to any aspect of your work. This period might also make you feel like you want to make changes in your work that ultimately bring more inspiration.
May 15 - Jun 14 (Taurus). Mars and Ketu are moving through your ninth house. This could be a good time for travel, especially if you are planning to do any physical activities like hiking, walking, or biking in the process. This is also a great time for doing physical activities that are spiritually inclined or that promote higher awareness, like Yoga, Tai Chi or Qigong. On the other hand, do your stretching gently, since this is a combination that can sometimes produce issues with the hip or low back area.
Jun 15 - Jul 15 (Gemini) This is a good period to focus on your health. Regular massage or body work is a good idea now. Yoga and other forms of meditation that are physically oriented can also help. One of the negative aspects of this transit is that it could intensify your need to be in control. Avoid power struggles or control trips with friends. Focus on exercise, Yoga and any other type of body and energy-awareness activities.
Jul 16 - Aug 16 (Cancer) During this period, you might feel more motivated and busy with your various work projects. This is a rather sensitive time for relationships, however, so it is probably a good idea to avoid confrontations. Instead, why not go on walks with your spouse or partner. Say less, walk more! This is a good time for therapeutic activities like body work or physical therapy.
Aug 17 - Sep 16 (Leo) Mars and Ketu are transiting through your sixth house, the house of health. This transit can sometimes aggravate health conditions, especially if they are related to inflammation. On the other hand, this is a good time for using subtle or alternative healing modalities like acupuncture, body work, or energy work. This can also be a good period for putting more energy into your home, and it is especially good for doing minor projects that improve the Vastu (Feng Shui) of your home.
Sep 17 - Oct 16 (Virgo) During this period, you might notice communication being a little strained. This could be particularly so if you have children, since Mars and Ketu are transiting your fifth house. The period might also allow you to put more energy into any creative project or educational endeavor.
Oct 17 - Nov 15 (Libra) Mars and Ketu are passing through your fourth house, so this is a great time for spending a little money on your home in order give it a better vibe. You could benefit now from using a Feng Shui or Vastu consultant to make minor changes in your home, or you could simply buy a book on one of those subjects and do it yourself. This transit can be more problematic for your vehicle, so if you drive a car, this is a good time to keep up with maintenance and drive at or under the speed limit.
Nov 16- Dec 15 (Scorpio) The conjunction of Mars and Ketu is taking place in your third house. This period could produce communication problems if you aren't careful. Resist the temptation to communicate in an aggressive or controlling way. Avoid serious discussions and arguments. This is a good time for pursuing any type of technical project, so if you have been postponing getting your computer tuned up, now is your time.
Dec 16 - Jan 13 (Sagittarius) During this period, Mars and Ketu will be passing through your second house. This is a period that could bring some financial gains, but it is also prone to expenditure. The second house is also related to diet, so this is a good time for letting go of foods that aren't good for you. And it is an especially good time to avoid excesses with things like alcohol or drugs.
Jan 14 - Feb 12 (Capricorn) Mars and Ketu are in the first house. Mars is giving you the impulse to be assertive and commanding. It gives the desire to take the lead. Ketu, on the other hand, might give you the desire for privacy. The idea is to put yourself out there, but then also give yourself periods of silence. This conjunction is also especially good for yoga, energy work, or any other type of therapeutic physical activity that gets energy to move through the body.
Feb 13 - Mar 13 (Aquarius) This period puts Mars and Ketu in the twelfth house, producing a combination for travel. If you travel, then make sure you spend some time out in nature, hiking or walking. On the other hand, this is also a great transit for the practice of Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, or Qigong. In other words, it's a good time to use the physical body as a vehicle for meditation.
Mar 14 - Apr 13 (Pisces) During this period, Mars and Ketu will be passing through your eleventh house. This is a good time for getting involved with groups, especially group activities that involve exercise. It could also be a good time for any group or team activities related to leadership, business or technology. Mars' transit here produces a favorable period for finance as well.