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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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The tragic assassination of Benazir Bhutto

In the final days of this year of 2007 the entire world witnessed the assassination of the charismatic Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto.
In the news there was no clear reference to the time of the event. The only times we found are that of the confirmation of Bhutto’s death given by the BBC as 18:16 local time and Wikipedia refers 17:35 as the time she went into surgery at a nearby hospital. The earliest TV reports appeared a little after noon UT (17:00 Pakistan local time). If the event took place around that time, it makes perfect sense as Mars was rising, a clear indicator of a violent event.

In this chart Mars is debilitated in Cancer describing a treacherous act of violence. The small malefic is afflicting Jupiter the ruler of the MC, and thus significator of authority figures and leaders. Jupiter is also combust which afflicts it even further.
The Sun itself, another symbol of leaders, is in the 7th House setting, which can also signify the fall of a leader.
The Moon, ruler of the Ascendant, is in the 3rd House of small travels. Indeed Bhutto was in transit (3rd House) in her campaign car when the assassination took place. In this house, the Moon is in her joy and she was in fact receiving cheers from a multitude of supporters.

Benazir Bhutto was born on the 21st June 1953 in the city of Karachi, Pakistan. Unfortunately the time of birth is unknown, so no chart can be erected. The only evident connection to the event chart is the close conjunction of transiting Mars to her natal Mars (at 4º49’ Cancer) and Sun (at 29º36’ Gemini), but without the Ascendant and the houses this information is rather vague and irrelevant.

Evidences of this tragic event must also be seen in the mundane charts for Pakistan.
As no visible eclipses or other phenomena have occurred in Pakistan in the last couple of months, we must look at the latest ingress chart, that of Capricorn.
The ingress occurred on the 22 December 2007 at 11:07:49 Pakistan time. The figure was cast for Islamabad, the country’s capital.

The most noticeable positions are the angularity of both malefics: Saturn is right on the cusp of the 7th House and Mars is on the 4th House. Again, the opposition of Mars to the Sun-Jupiter-Mercury conjunction is quite evident, an indicator of an act of violence. Jupiter, ruler of the Ascendant and the MC, is combust, which is another traditional indicator of danger to a leader. The triple conjunction is disposited by Saturn on the 7th House of enemies and ruler of the 12th House of secret enemies and conspirators.

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