Mars, planet of drive and competition, is in the state of combustion from September 25th 2023, all the way until January 18th 2024, going from the signs of Virgo to Sagittarius.
A planet is combust when it’s in close proximity to the Sun and gets burnt up in its bright glare. In this case, Mars becomes invisible in the sky and symbolically weakened, where its power and influence are limited.
This does not mean its fierce energy disappears, but Mars is harder to control and may express itself in a reckless or even self-defeating way. You feel angry and overly competitive, and often frustrated that progress is too slow.
You may demand instant results, but it’s your challenge to find a balance, especially from October 4th to November 17th. Perhaps your efforts are being overshadowed or somebody is stealing your attention, and you have to either defer gratification or work in a subtler way.
Take care of your health when doing long hours, exercising, and collaborating with others, especially if someone else is in charge. Mars and the Sun are planetary friends, and Mars’s robust nature can deal with harsh conditions, but you have a constant sense of being driven.
This is also an egocentric combination, so it is not easy to work quietly and let others take the spotlight. Mars is strong in Scorpio from November 17th to December 27th, but also receives the influence of calculating Saturn, which demands all the more patience and composure.
From December 27th to January 18th, Mars exchanges signs with expansive Jupiter and your efforts get an injection of faith and optimism. A project with a humanitarian or spiritual focus is a big advantage at this point and you help yourself by joining in with a wider effort.