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Observing the Mars-Saturn conjunction

Today, 10th of July, around 18:11 UT the Mars-Saturn conjunction will become exact at 5º26’ Virgo. The interpretation of this conjunction was dealt with in our previous post, so today we are giving some info regarding its observation in the sky.

5º Virgo corresponds to the “centre” of the constellation of Leo on the Sidereal Zodiac. The two planets will be close to fixed star Regulus, to which the Arabs called “al-qalb[u] al-’asad” (the heart of the Lion).
The conjunction can be easily observed as soon as the Sun sets and the twilight grows dimmer:

Even if at your location this occurs a couple of hours after the conjunction, the distance between the planets will not be noticeable to the naked eye.
To the observer the planets will appear to be slightly of line and not exactly conjunct. This is due to the difference of latitudes, in this case about half a degree. The current latitude of Mars is currently 1ºN02’ while Saturn’s is 1ºN41’.

Such a close proximity of the planets allows us to evaluate the difference of colour between the two planets. Mars has a reddish tone to which the ancients referred to as rust colour, while Saturn presents a yellowish tone.

You can also take the time to observe the Moon which will be in the end of the sign of Libra, very close to Spica, a bluish coloured 1st magnitude star located at 23º57’ Libra. (Note that in the Sidereal Zodiac they are both in the constellation of Virgo.)
Spica will be easy to locate. It will be the bright star just above and to the right of the Moon.

This combined observation allows us to understand the true distance between 5º Virgo, where the Mars-Saturn conjunction occurs, and 23º Libra where Spica is located. It is a much larger distance than the one we are used to see on paper and screen astrological charts.

We wish to all a clean sky, with no clouds and light pollution, and an excellent observation.

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The Mars Saturn conjunction in Virgo

This Summer brings us an important mundane conjunction of Mars and Saturn.
It will occur next Thursday, the 10th July, at 18:11 UT, at 5º Virgo 26’.
This is a minor conjunction within the mundane panorama, as it represents a lesser cycle of the tree superior planets.
Because it involves the two malefics, this type of conjunction is traditionally related to disagreeable effects, like conflicts, scarcity and political instability.

The conjunction occurs in Virgo, where Saturn is currently placed, thus activating its effects.
As Virgo is an Earth sign, it brings concerns related to earthly matters: land crops, resources and food in general; it is also a feminine sign, thus relating to female issues and birth; it is ruled by Mercury, so also relates to communication, interchange, commerce and travel.

The countries affected by this conjunction are, as should be expected, the ones ruled by Virgo, like Iraq and Greece. The same goes for cities ruled by this sign, as Paris, Athens and Jerusalem.

The critical points of this cycle will be harsh contacts between these planets.
The dexter square will occur in 12th December 2008, with Mars at 21º Sagittarius conjunct to the Sun; the opposition in 5th April 2009, with Mars at 16º Pisces, and the sinister square in 11th August 2009, with Mars at 11º Gemini.

European Union

The conjunction chart for Brussels presents a strongly angular Moon, in the MC, at 25º Libra, trining the also angular Mercury, in the Descendant, at 29º Gemini.

The emphasis on these planets suggests much conversation and movement, which is also shown by the identification between the 1st house and the 3rd, both ruled by Jupiter.
The placement of the Moon in the MC, suggests discussions regarding the government and the rulership of the European Union. This is most likely related to the Lisbon Treatise, which is contested by some countries. This will not be an easy matter, as suggested by the square between the Moon and Venus (the Moon’s dispositor and ruler of the MC).
Likewise, the Moon closely activates the contra-antiscia of the Mars-Saturn conjunction, thus reinforcing the notion that some kind of conflict or struggle is to be expected.
The square between the Moon and Venus, and the opposition of Jupiter (ruler of the Ascendant), to the Sun (natural significator of power), also adds a note of tension regarding the issues of government.
Mercury is also very relevant in this chart, not only for being angular and trining the Moon, but manly for dispositing the Mars-Saturn conjunction. It is strongly dignified in its own sign, Gemini, and conjunct the stars Betelguese and Menkalinan, both stars of the nature of Mars and Mercury, thus promising many arguments and fights.

But there are also some ameliorating factors. The Moon’s mutual reception with Venus and the Moon’s conjunction to benefic star Spica, can provide some assistance to this matter, remitting some of its harshness. Besides, the Moon-Venus square occurs in signs of long ascension, thus decreasing the tension naturally signified by this aspect.

United States

In the United States the conjunction falls in the 11th house and the chart presents almost the same degrees as the February lunar eclipse. As the conjunction occurs in the 11th house, it can be expected some conflicts between the government and the congress.

In this chart the Moon is conjunct the Ascendant and rules the 9th house which brings forth matters relating with foreign affairs. This is further emphasised by the conjunction of Mercury, dispositor of the Mars-Saturn conjunction, to the cusp of the 9th house.
The Moon-Mercury trine suggests interchange, communication, frequent travels, etc.

Also note that the Mars-Saturn conjunction activates the 9th house of the previous Cancer Ingress (see previous post); in the ingress Saturn rules the 2nd house and Mars rules the IC, relating foreign affairs (9th) to the country’s economy (2nd) and resources (2nd and 4th).

The angularity of the feminine planets (Moon on the Ascendant and Venus conjunct the MC) suggests the prominence of women or feminine issues in the country’s image.

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