Saturday, August 11, 2012

Mars enters Libra, Mars Conjunct Saturn, New Moon

Mars enters Libra on Monday, August 13. The planet of Action and Combat enters the sign of Idealism and Harmony. It's not a good fit between the planet and the sign. As usual, when a planet is changing signs its significations are weakened. Since Mars is the planet of Getting Things Going, this week is not especially good for launching new important endeavors.
Mars is exactly conjunct Saturn on Wednesday, Aug 15, in the first degree of Libra. Mars has been pursuing Saturn in the Heavens and now catches up to and overtakes Saturn. The dramatically different energies of these two planets are forced to combine in the sign of Cooperation. The planet of Action must combine with the planet of Delay. The planet of Attack forces itself onto the planet of Established Order. Mars Irritates Saturn; Saturn Restrains Mars. The result can be a lot of Frustration. This is an Intense Combination: an energy pattern for bringing things to a Crisis. Mars will be in Libra until September 28.
Since all this is happening in a sign ruled by Venus, the condition of Venus (dispositor of Mars and Saturn) becomes more important. Venus (appropriately?) is in Gemini, the most Dual-natured sign of the zodiac. Essentially it becomes a draw, and for most people nothing much happens other than intellectual exercise and argument: both Libra and Gemini are Air signs, i.e, mind-based.
The New Moon will be on Friday, August 17, @ 1 deg. Leo. This begins the Hindu lunar month Bhadrapada. This month has a reputation for Disasters. Recent examples: The 9-11 event, Hurricane Katrina, the 2008 Financial Melt-down....all occurred or came to a crisis-point during Bhadrapada. The nearly simultaneous conjunction of Mars and Saturn, two of the most potent malefics in Vedic Astrology, lends more energy to the month's potential for Crisis-type Events.

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