the masculine and feminine on fire—mars & venus into aries

who is the artist?????

who is the artist? —–> Zdzislaw Beksinski

Friday the 20th, Mars and Venus ingressed and conjuncted at 0º of Aries.

Thus a new cycle begins among astrology’s most interesting pair, the God of War and Goddess of Love.

Their passage from Pisces to Aries not only threatens the arrival of Spring in a number of short weeks but is very special due to degree and sign involved.

Alright, to start, I will discuss the sign of Aries and what it means to have planets here, then I’ll get on to the peremptory conjunction.

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fast and dirty—only a matter of degrees

hs-2003-09-a-small_webSince the next New Moon falls on 0º of Sagittarius, I am posting a fast and dirty about degrees of special consideration in astrology—of which, zero most certainly is!

Alright, let me break down some of the more common examples—

Aries Points:

  • the first degree of any Cardinal sign—Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn
  • they mark the seasonal changes—Equinox or Solstice
  • depending on which planet or point falls here, there is great impetus towards a fresh beginning

Avatar Points:

  • the 15º of the Fixed signs—Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius
  • they are the half-way point between the seasonal changes
  • characterizes points or planets with a sense of stability and stubbornness

Classical Critical Degrees:

  • 0, 13, 26 degrees of the Cardinal signs
  • 8-9 & 21-22 degrees of Fixed signs
  • 4 and 17 degrees of the mutable signs
  • these are traditionally very sensitive points and any body located here will be emphasized

Beginnings and Endings:

  • the oº and 29º of any sign are seen as important
  • these are the cusps—the areas where two fundamental archetypes seem to meld into one another
  • the 29º is known as the Anaretic degree
  • when a body or point is at the 29º, it is commonly felt a crisis concerning the pertinent themes is occurring, therefore the planet is debilitated somewhat
  • planets or points at the 0 degree are seen as more stable than the 29th and may be areas of power, as such the Aries Points

Fixed Stars:

  • during ancient times, these were bright objects in the sky that did not move like the planets did—named ‘fixed’ by the Ancients
  • not traditional degrees, but I thought I would mention them anyway—more thorough post to come later
  • there are many Fixed Stars, each with their own myth and importance, some well-known ones are Regulus and Sirius

A few additional notes:

  • with the exception of the Fixed Stars, there are no orbs to these degrees—a planet is either located there or it isn’t
  • Fixed Stars have very tight orbs—1-2 degrees only
  • such special degrees are used extensively with progressions and predictive work and added to interpretations of the natal horoscope to add nuance and depth

More info—here and here.

Well, there you go, folks. Short and sweet.

The upcoming New Moon is at 0º Sagittarius and on deck to be a  flexibly wonderful new start.

Lona