When Mars approaches Jupiter, what happens? And what do the essential dignities of these two planets tell us?
Let's zoom out and look first at the combining of planetary themes between these two planets,within the image of Mars approaching or overtaking or passing Jupiter..
First we have the images of something like military level mobilization, heightening conflict or intensity, religious or moral purification with a kind of zeal or aggression, the rapid development of something, growth with a flavor of pedal to the metal, but also in the sign of Virgo we have youth, innocence, purity, learning or skill development, preparation and planning, and chastity or wholesomeness, innocence or naivete. With Neptune nearby in opposition, we might be looking at a time of rapid growth or development (something in particular growing rapidly), flavored by a kind of visionary optimism or a can-do sense of personal responsibility.
Added to this, we might see the images of strength, purity, muscle, discipline, health and new dietary or health regimes, renunciation or purification with an element of power and forcefulness. Mars/Jupiter combinations are indicative of charisma, faith, aggression, aspiration, hope, and achievement. They also picture a time where the humble, modest, or lowly might achieve rare victories over the powerful or high and mighty.
With Jupiter currently in his detriment, there might be a certain amount of unpleasant grunt work, details, drudgery, or conservativism that interferes, intervenes, or participates in the forceful drive toward immediate and powerful results. We might have to pay extra close attention to whether the end justifies the means or if we're becoming corrupt or dishonest in our handling of something. Since Mercury rules both Mars and Jupiter in Virgo, and Mercury is just turning direct as the new moon approaches, we might expect to see a sudden turn of circumstances, or a renewal of faith or commitment to principles coming through shortly. Something that has been rather challenging during the recent retrograde, some area of our life that we've been experiencing delays or setbacks in, might suddenly pickup and move rapidly through various limitations or blocks.
Mercury in Libra also suggests negotiation and compromise, and with Mercury's direct movement plus the Mars/Jupiter conjunction coming, we might be ready to see new results based on a new way of relating, or thinking. Or if we've recently reorganized certain areas of our lives it's likely that we'll see the rapid benefits of those changes taking place. On the other hand, we might still have to be careful about more negotiations still coming. Mars/Jupiter in Virgo opposite Neptune can be a little zealous, puritanical, or victim/martyr like...so giving too much or taking too much, knowing what's fair and what's not, will be an ongoing conversation in the next week or so. These debates or negotiations will also likely play a role in the entirety of the next moon cycle.
Another possibility for Mars approaching Jupiter is for the increase of a difficult or challenging presence coming toward an area of life that has been mostly positive or uplifting. Mars conjoining with Jupiter might be the picture of a sudden, though rather short lived, period of challenge, strife, hardship, or setback. The idea of onslaught or persecution of some kind might have a real role to play in the next week or so.....being vigilant and observant of how Mars is showing up in the next week will be especially important.
Last but not least, when the conjunction occurs between Mars and Jupiter, they will both be in the term of Venus. This is interesting since Mercury, the ruling planet of Virgo, will also be in a Venus ruled sign. Venus in Virgo is in her fall, but she will be catching up to both Mars and Jupiter by the end of the month.
Some images that come to mind...
* The maiden approaches the temple innocently, reminding all renunciates that their genitals still have life in them
* The men of war, theology, business, and skill are outdone by a young woman...she's half serious, half scholar, half intuitive, half nude, half nun, half harlot ...complexifies the entire picture of god, mind, and knowledge
* The issue of purity is distracted by innocent and "true" desires
* The crime happens to return us to innocence, or innocence returns us accidentally to crime
* The upstanding, puffed up devotee, leader, is undone by an innocent, youthful, temptation
* Sexy librarians reminding us that knowledge is sexy
Hopefully this gives everyone some images and ideas to play with for the week and month ahead, given the upcoming transits!
Prayer: May we fight the good fight but also be defeated by the sweetest temptations, the kind that return us to satisfactions beyond results