Tomorrow at 7:19 pm CDT, the sun and Mars will exactly conjunct at 28 Aries 8. I would like to take this opportunity to discuss Solar conjunctions.
Astrology is an earth-centered system. A chart illustrates what things look like from our perspective. In our view, the sun makes one full loop around the Zodiac in a year. All of the other objects in the chart are also circling the Zodiac, but at different rates.
The outer planets (from Saturn on), move slowly enough to result in one annual solar conjunction. These planets inch along and thus get lapped by the sun each year. For example, the last and next solar conjunction with Saturn are:
- Oct 24, 2012 (2 Scorpio 20)
- Nov 5, 2013 (14 Scorpio 14)
Jupiter encompasses a slightly different case because it only takes 12 years to travel through the Zodiac. In one solar cycle (year), Jupiter will have moved forward one full sign. Thus we have a sun-Jupiter conjunction about once every 13 months. Consider the last and next:
- May 13, 2012 (23 Taurus 11)
- Jun 19, 2013 (28 Gemini 32)
The inner two planets create an entirely different pattern. In a sense, we get twice as many conjunctions because there are inferior and superior conjunctions. Inferior conjunctions are when Venus or Mercury passes between the earth and the sun. These two also travel a lot faster than the others and thus we get a sun-Venus conjunction about once every 9-10 months, and a sun-Mercury conjunction about once every 2 months. For example the last two sun-Venus conjunctions (one of each type) were:
- Jun 5, 2012 (15 Gemini 45)
- Mar 28, 2013 (8 Aries 11)
And we all remember the Venus transit on June 5th because it was not only an inferior conjunction, but had Venus aligned perfectly and thus crossing the face of the sun from our vantage.
Last but not least, we have Mars. Mars is one of our nearest neighbors. Since its orbit is outside of ours, conjunctions between Mars and the sun are always superior. That means at this time of the cycle Mars is furthest away from us on the far side of the sun.
What makes Mars so unique astrologically is the length of its orbit. Mars takes about 2 years to circle the sun and because of our orbit, solar conjunctions only occur every 26 months. Think of it this way: 12 months after the sun conjuncts Jupiter, it has to go another full sign (month) to catch up. But 12 months after the sun conjuncts Mars, it has to go 6 signs to catch up. However, after traveling an additional 6 months, Mars has moved another 3 signs ahead. All in all, it takes more than 2 years for the sun to catch back up to Mars.
So now you see why tomorrow’s sun-Mars conjunction is special. It is, in fact, the least frequent solar conjunction of anything that I follow anyway. Here’s the complete list of proximal sun-Mars conjunctions:
- Feb 4, 2011 (15 Aquarius 31)
- Apr 17, 2013 (28 Aries 8)
- Jun 14, 2015 (23 Gemini 17)
To make things even more interesting, Mar is in its ruling sign. The previous and next solar conjunction with Mars in Aries are:
- Apr 2, 1981 (12 Aries 45)
- Mar 20, 2028 (1 Aries 0)
In my opinion, anyone born tomorrow (or within a few days on either side) will be confident and self-assured in life, at least better than most. They will be adventurous, daring, and competitive. They will judge themselves by their actions: a doer and a go-getter. And if we consider just those born on 4/16/2013 and 4/17/2013, they will have Venus in Taurus and Moon in Cancer, two additional planets in their ruling signs, and which provide ideal balance to all of the Aries fire. Lastly, if they happen to be born at the latest part of the 16th or earliest part of the 17th (Central time), their moon will complete a grand trine in the water signs (with Saturn in Scorpio and Chiron and Neptune in Pisces).
A number of humans will be born in this window, and mark my words, a few of them will grew up to be significant contributors to their communities. What a joy it would be to travel years into the future to catch a glimpse of these formidable beings.
In the mean time, the rest of us get to enjoy one last burst of the waning Aries fire. Venus has already advanced into Taurus and on Friday, the sun and Mars will follow. On May 1st, Mercury will whip in behind them. Today, we have 4 planets in Aries and 1 in Taurus. By May 1, we’ll have 4 planets in Taurus and 1 in Aries. That’s quite a change of pace.
The other day when I was thinking about the cusp between Aries and Taurus, I heard it as “the planting of seeds”. The rest of this month is likely to entail more energetic shift and change. All of this energy is being thrust into the soil. Then next month, it will be given time to ground and germinate. And life being what it is, we’ll likely have to wait a few seasons before we can behold the trees planted this spring and partake of its fruit.