In Vedic astrology, each planet has an exaltation sign. Within the exaltation sign, there is also a degree of deep exaltation where a planet is functioning at its best. An exalted planet is extremely strong in its nature and its purity can be compared to a refined gem. Each exalted planet will be defined by at least three Avasthas, or “conditions”. Since it is Jaagrita, meaning “awake”, it is ready to be used and capable of producing most auspicious results. Being Deepta, meaning “radiant”, an exalted planet generates feelings of joy and happiness whenever a person decides to use it. Finally, we can also describe it as Garvita, meaning “proud” – it shows that a native feels a healthy sense of pride, confidence, and accomplishment with regard to that exalted planet.
In Vedic astrology, Mars is a planet responsible for dealing with immediate obstacles and difficulties in our lives. It is a planet associated with logic, focus, and willpower. We use Mars whenever we decide to stand up for ourselves or protect our close ones. The strength of Mars in a natal chart also indicates a person’s resistance to stress and hardships before they have a breaking point.
Mars is exalted in the sign of Capricorn, while its deep exaltation occurs at 28 degrees of Capricorn. What are, then, the effects of exalted Mars in Capricorn?
First of all, the placement of Mars in a Saturn’s sign enhances this planet with typical Saturnian qualities of perseverance, detachment, and long-term focus. Rather than being branched off in many directions, Martial will in Capricorn has its sight set on duties and productive tasks. It makes a person very hard-working, well-organised, and responsible. Therefore, it is an excellent combination for achieving goals that require time, tenacity, and concentration. As an example, famous scientist Albert Einstein had his Mars placed in Capricorn, only one degree away from the planet’s deep exaltation point. Since Capricorn is an earth sign, the volatile traits of Mars are grounded and used in a meaningful manner.
Capricorn is also a tamasic sign, which shows that Mars located there is primarily focused on alleviating ills and fixing problems as soon as they arise, which are typical Martial concerns. A person with this combination is unlikely to become involved in petty fights, deliberately look for troubles, or lose their energy on trivial pursuits that do not support their goals. This is due to the fact that Capricorn is a feminine sign, which colours Mars with a tint of receptivity rather than outgoing initiative. Thus, we can say that an individual with exalted Mars is concerned only with solving issues that are directly affecting their security and well-being. In Capricorn, the chivalric and idealistic energy of Mars does not spread out in many more or less fruitless directions, it focuses on tackling real and most immediate obstacles, as well as protecting our closest ones and providing them with a tangible sense of security.
Naturally, these are very general effects of exalted Mars in Capricorn and they can manifest in a slightly different way, depending on conjunctions and aspects to Mars, as well as the dignity of Saturn, the planet ruling Capricorn. The placement of Mars in D9 (Navamsa chart) will also provide you with more insights.
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