On July 30th, Mercury reaches its greatest eastern elongation of 27.2 degrees from the Sun. Generally, this is the best time to view this planet since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky, but because of the angle of inclination of the ecliptic plane to the horizon, that is depending on geo-latitudes, people living in northern hemisphere cannot catch sight of Mercury with the naked eye now, they need at least a good pair of binoculars… But people from Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina or Chile have very good chance for it. In some of my recent posts I wrote in detail about Mercury’s astro (- nomical/logical) connections – one of those:
Promethean Mercury turns direct
Anyway, to better understand the celestial background, view this zoomable chart above.
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Sun square Pluto will happen on 7th October, 2016 at 19:33:17 UT /15:33:17 EDT/. The last exact square between Sun staying at the 15° of the tropical Libra and Pluto staying at the 15° of the tropical Capricorn came to pass on 28th September, 1524.
It’s interesting that, at the same time, a ’Mercury conjunct Autumnal Equinox Point’ and a ’Moon conjunct Winter Solstice Point’ will occur. Since Pluto, more and more approaching the fixed star ’Albaldah’ (pi Sagittarii, on the back of the head of the ’Archer’), will be in wide – but ’applicative’ – conjunction with Mars, and Uranus square Pluto will still remain, we can experience the presence of some background tension. >> More Info
On September 26th, Sun–Jupiter conjunction will occur in the tropical Libra, and, within other contexts, in the sidereal and constellational Virgo. The last exact ecliptic Sun–Jupiter conjunction in tropical Libra was on October 22th, 2005 and the next one will be on September 30th, 2028. Libra-Sun conjunct Libra-Jupiter could be specified by the following keywords: arbitration, dispensing of justice, diplomatic tact, creating a life of harmony, good manners, reverence for life, pacifism but sometimes opportunism or overconfidence.
Sun conjunct Jupiter will happen near the fixed star called ’Zaniah’ (eta Virginis), within an orb of 1.5°. According to Ptolemy and Alvidas, this star ’… gives refinement, honor, congeniality, order and a lovable nature’. By V. Robson Jupiter conjunct Zaniah ’brings religious and philosophical mind, social success, many friends’ and Sun conjunct Zaniah indicates ’educational and studious interests, popularity, social success, much pleasure, happy marriage’. But we might find this short description strongly ironic since the etymology of ’Zaniah’, derived from the Arabic word ’Zaaniyah’, means ’woman who has unlawful relations with a man’ – evoking thus the idea of the ’adulteress’ or the ’cocotte’… Such phenomena are not exceptional; unfortunately, the astrology of the fixed stars, in this residual form we’ve inherited, contains a number of controversial elements. More info
On September 22nd, Mars comes into exact (ecliptic) conjunction with the Milky Way’s Centre. As Mars will have an ecliptic latitude of 2° 34’ S and G. C. an ecl. lat. of 5° 37’ S, the reddish planet will stay roughly 3° above G.C. (note, ’above’ is valid for the northern hemisphere, down to mid-southern geographic latitudes…)
To measuring angular distances on the sky, we can apply some basic essential skills or ’tricks’. For example, the average apparent size of the Moon’s diameter is one half of an arc degree (equal to 30 arc minutes). Or, as amateur astronomers do that sometimes, simply hold your hand at arm’s length; the width of your little finger will cover circa 1 arc degree.
Just find Mars after sunset, locate ecliptic line, employ one of these tricks and make fairly a measurement… Galactic Centre would be there somewhere. 🙂
By modern scientific researches, a complex astronomical radio source, called the ’ Sagittarius A’ appears to be located almost exactly at the Galactic Center which coincides with a supermassive ’Black Hole’. But for astrologers – and not only for the ’siderealists’– it seems more important that there exists an ’ayanmasha’ setting the Galactic Centre at 0° of the sidereal Sagittarius; as you can view on the zoomable image, at the same time, it is considered as the beginning of the Mula nakshatra within the Vedic lunar mansion system (’mula’ means in sanskrit ’root’ or ’origin’). >> More Info
(Venus in Libra) sextile (Saturn in Sagittarius) within the tropical context. /Concerning the sidereal one: (Venus in Virgo) sextile (Saturn in Scorpio)/.
Libra-Venus sextile Sagittarius-Saturn indicates generally a diplomatic, methodical, systematic, fair-minded person. Faithful and true, therefore he/she will be much sought as a friend or advisor, or as a person to be trusted with any commission requiring sterling honesty and ability. Deep thinking based on own observations and experiences, need for reconciling feuds and discrepancies. Sometimes vastly expanded spiritual horizon. Famous people with Libra-Venus sextile Sagittarius-Saturn: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770–1831), Peter D. Ouspensky (1878 –1947).
The last occurrence when Venus stayed in the 11th degree of the tropical Libra and, at the same time, the Saturn in the 11th degree of the tropical Sagittarius, happened on September 2nd, 1869. More Info
♂ enters (tropical) ♐. If Mars is well-aspected here, it indicates an argumentative disposition and fondness of debating on subjects of serious nature such as law, philosophy and religion. It ’makes’ the person candid and open in all his dealings with others, full of enthusiasm and ambition, anxious to appear well in the eyes of the community, although he would scorn to cater to the ideas of others where they do not coincide with this ideas of probity and justice. These people make interesting and ideal entertainers, especially in later life for they are fond of traveling and are keen observers, hence they always have a fund of interesting and instructive information which they are both willing and anxious to impart to their hearers. These people are also fond of sports and out-door exercise, in which they usually excel and a well-aspected Mars in Sagittarius is an ideal position for a lawyer. It ’makes’ for much success in that direction by sharpening and quickening the mental and oratorical faculties. When Mars is afflicted in Sagittarius, it ’gives’ a sharp tongue and a quarrelsome disposition and there is a dishonest streak in the nature, therefore such people are often found generally disliked in the community and particularly in social circles, for they seem to be always at variance with the ideas and opinions of others and adopt a most supercilious attitude toward those with whom they disagree. These people are also liable to meet with accidents when they travel and to sustain a number of broken bones. More info
New Moon. ☉ ☌ ☽ in (tropical) ♌ indicates generally a highly intuitive, ambitious and strong-willed individual who can subordinate love of ease, instincts and lower emotions to certain consciously undertaken goal-directed activities to reach an ideal, depending on the spiritual maturity, in social, political, scientific, humanitarian or metaphysical field. Famous people with (☉☌☽) : ♌ in their radix chart: Franz Joseph I of Austria, Jean Piaget, Peter O’Toole, Charlize Theron More Info
(Sun in Leo) square (Moon in Taurus). Last Quarter Moon. Analogies: conflict between the conscious and the unconscious mind, sometimes hypersensitivity (or, at least, mental and emotional troubles), strong desire to acquire and possess; nevertheless, difficulties to pursue a settled course in life; the native is generally nature-lover and philanthropic, but having often problems with the opposite sex and people higher or lower in the social scale; good possibility for artistic activities as sublimation. Famous people with (☉ : ♌) □ (☽ : ♉) in their radix chart: Aldous Huxley, Pina Bausch, Bill Clinton, Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull).
Mercury enters (tropical) Leo. With mostly harmonic aspects, Mercury in Leo indicates an out-spoken, quick-tempered, but kind-hearted and sympathetic person having good organizing ability, high ideals and aspirations; a strong and persevering intellect which scorns to stoop to low and mean acts, and despises equivocation.
Sun opposite Pluto (☉ ☍ ♇) indicates a great willpower arising from compelling inner tension; a persistent desire to express oneself in an unusual or unique way; the need for fundamental changes and – sometimes – radical spiritual transformation.