Let's talk about the Mars/Jupiter conjunction today.
Mars was traditionally considered the "lesser malefic," because of his excessively hot and dry nature. The word "malefic" sounds pretty menacing to our ears today, but originally its malefic designation was associated with its relationship to the life of plants and crops. Excessive heat and dryness or excessive coldness and dryness (Mars/Saturn qualities) are bad for the life of most plants. Whereas the moderate life giving qualities of moist and warm (closer to the benefic planets, Jupiter/Venus) are supportive of the life of most plants.
Right now Mars is overtaking Jupiter in the sky because he's the faster moving planet. As he approaches and overtakes Jupiter the qualities of Mars and Jupiter start to blend together. Mars represents strife, conflict, challenge, competition, aggression, violence, destruction, opposition, cutting or separating, desire or lust, selfishness, heroism, courage, and speed. And Jupiter represents growth, expansion, faith, optimism, luck, blessing, confidence, aspiration, breadth of vision or experience, wisdom, unity, and opportunity. When we blend these qualities together we get a mixture of faith and courage, or heroism and expansion. We might see opposing or competing beliefs, or a confident heroic challenge. We may see growth and strength going hand in hand, or aggression and wisdom. Violence and religion or competition and the confidence of our beliefs or ideas. We might see cultural or religious expansion through violence or strife, or we might see growth that comes fast but includes challenges and requires courage.
The next step is to include the sign of Jupiter and Mars. Since both planets are in the celestial house of Mercury and Mercury in Libra is just now picking up speed again after his retrograde, it might be said that Jupiter and Mars are accomplishing something, or working through challenges that are directly related to Mercury in Libra's recent retrograde cycle. Mercury direct in Libra might signify the recovery of something that was lost, set back, or delayed. The ironing out of details or the implementation of new ideas and strategies. The need to communicate something challenging to others, or the new plan or strategy being implemented at last. Mars/Jupiter may signify the rapid expansion, success, or growth of these changes and all the challenges associated with them.
Including the mythic/archetypal qualities of Virgo, the idea of learning new skills, implementing detail oriented plans or visions, a rapid period of harvesting things that we've been working on for quite some time, or the general fascination or attraction to youth, innocence, health, skillfulness and purity. We might find ourselves launching a new campaign, organizing a new system, or strengthening some element of our spiritual, professional, or religious practices.
By contrast, we might also find that something is challenging us right nwo and thus magnifying some area of dysfunction in our lives. Where have we been excessive or over the top with things? Sometimes sickness or setbacks appear suddenly and dramatically in order to instruct us or correct bad habits.
In general Mars/Jupiter provides something like a furnace blast of growth, action, challenge, and expansion. The changes might be somewhat mundane or earthy with modest Virgo in play, but we shouldn't underestimate the power of the moment to accomplish something good in our lives right now.
Prayer: Help us to move confidently in the direction of our dreams and goals, taking joy in each simple step along the way