Mars gets into close proximity with Sun and becomes combust on 24 September 2023 at 17:48 IST and remains combust till 16 January 2024 at 22:32 IST.
Mars loses its strength and is combust when it is within 17° from Sun. This year, as Mars travels through Virgo (Kanya), Libra (Thula), Scorpio (Vrischika) and Dhanus (Sagittarius), Sun too travels along with it for 114 days making it lose its prominence.
This transit is supposed to save Aries (Mesha) rasi born from negative influence of Rahu-Ketu and Saturn, which Jupiter is unable to do due to Guru-Chandala Yoga.
But due to combustion, Mars cannot help them sail through these tough months.
Similarly, Vrischika rasi born struggles with financial management during October, till mid-November 2023.
During November 2023 – January 2024, Mars is supposed to be beneficial for Scorpio born natives. But combustion takes away the advantage and also creates unexpected disputes, legal issues, construction and real estate work getting delayed, being blamed by family members, broken relations.
Stress continues for Aries, Taurus, Cancer, Libra and Scorpio until late January and they get some relief only after 5 February 2024, when Mars enters its exalted sign Capricorn without being combust or influenced by other planets.
Between 17-18 November 2023, Sun and Mars will be at same point in 4th quarter of Visakha nakshatra in Scorpio (Vrischika Rasi). This is the highest point of Mars combustion.
Avoid confrontations, signing of documents, major financial transactions, entering into new agreements around this date.
During 3-4 October 2023, Mars crossed Ketu and this is BAD time to start new business or enter into a new job.
Existing team will not be ready to accept you as a new member.
If you are writing about or working on archeology, history, mythology, ancient sciences etc, your efforts will be recognized.
Even though Sun conjunct Mars makes it combust, this conjunction cannot be ignored. Two highly volatile planets combine and make their presence felt !
Those who are born with Sun and Mars as default natural benefics, like Aries, Taurus, Cancer, Leo, Scorpio and Sagittarius ascendants will tend to develop more competitive spirit during this period.
They like to win.
But injuries can take few of sportsmen down during october-november 2023. Cricket World Cup 2023 can witness multiple injuries, replacements.
Graha Yuddha or Planetary War effects Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius in September 2023 – January 2024
Mars causes Graha Yuddha or Planetary War in whichever sign present, when it conjuncts other planets in same sign or within 15º distance.
Planets which are behind Mars have lost the planetary war, while planets which remain ahead of Mars have won it.
Until 29 October 2023, Mars stays ahead in this graha yuddha. But on that date, Mercury crosses Mars which makes it lose planetary war.
Later, Sun crosses Mars during 17-18 November, which makes it feel suffocated.
Finally, Venus too defeats Mars on 22 February 2024.
This makes Mars lose to all planets during its combustion period and stress is experienced by moon signs of Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn and Aquarius.
Politically, this is bad time for India, USA, Canada, Bangladesh, Australia, New Zealand.
War between Afghanistan – Pakistan intensifies at Durand line. Both countries economies suffer.
Climate will be a mixed bag with unusually hot days along with heavy rains and floods followed by severe cold nights.
Mars Combust 2023 – Effects on 12 Moon Signs
Aries : You will be dissatisfied with attitude of people at work place. Not a good time for trading or speculation. Lack of peace at home can make you travel for few days.
Fear and insecurity can creep in, which makes you miss out of few opportunities. Early October 2023 can see some sudden financial gains, but joy will be short lived as trouble awaits in December.
Taurus : Hard work does not yield positive results. Health of self and family causes unexpected expenditure.
Attitude of spouse or business partner remains indifferent. Increased workload leads to more mistakes. Few may want to quit or change job, but this is not the right time.
Gemini : Family commitments during November 2023 can be stressful. Financial and health condition looks good but some money will be spent on travel and gifts. Profits in business increase slowly.
Cancer : Hurdles and failures at work. Superiors are not happy with your results. Short distance travel proves to be useless. Uncertainty about future can lead to stress and insomnia. Health of spouse creates some trouble.
Leo : Anxiety increases regarding a long awaited project. Monetarily, this is not a good time. Confidence will be high, despite adverse conditions at work. Business can run into losses.
Virgo : Need to take care regarding health issues related to digestion, headaches, and back pain during this period. Lack of progress in all endeavors.
Confidence and energy levels can be low. Job transfers can put you in a fix. Relations can break and health also can go down.
Libra : Health will be most effected. Money and relations in family are not in your favor. Pick your works carefully, as they can lead to permanent damage.
Superiors will create pressure situations at work. Business runs into losses due to negligence of partners.
Scorpio : Financial gains and success in business are moderate. October-November will be toughest months as your failure to meet past commitments will create pressure.
Those 2 months are also not good for speculation and new investments. Money flow will be good but expenditures and debts take away your savings.
Sagittarius : During November-December 2023, new challenges at work place can be testing. Business can run into losses. Lack of planning by partners will make you pay the price.
One positive aspect is that health will remain good and so will be confidence levels.
Capricorn : You can witness mixture of favorable and unfavorable outcomes. Competition and rivalry can impact business adversely. Lack of understanding between partners leads to disruptions. Monetary losses can occur during december 2023 – january 2024. Your efforts are not recognized.
Aquarius : Hard earned money will be depleted, forcing you into debts. Energy and confidence levels are low, except during January 2024.
Business looks promising but not enough revenue to enter comfort zone. Past mistakes and missed opportunities can prove to be costly.
Pisces : Financial condition will not be up to expectations. There is no growth in career, while partners remain indifferent. Not a good time to start new businesses or invest into existing ones. Lack of immunity, eye problems and insomnia can effect you.