Mars and Venus will synchronize their respective sign changes very closely as the weekend begins. Tomorrow at 8:54 pm EST, Mars enters Pisces direct from an eventful tour of Aquarius. Less then an hour later, at 9:46 pm, Venus fills the the Aquarius vacancy, moving over from Capricorn. Both planets are on course for a conjunction and in the middle of a long disjunction that corresponds to your life now.
Looking down the road, Venus will catch up with Mars for an Aries conjunction during the first weekend of this coming April. Like all conjunctions it represents, among other things, the beginning of a new cycle.
The most familiar cycle that begins and ends with a conjunction involves the luminaries, Sun and Moon. Every 29.5 days or so, the luminaries begin a new cycle (or lunation) with a conjunction called a New Moon. Venus and Mars also have cycles that begin with conjunctions. Because of how we move relative to Venus and Mars, their mutual cycles have been observed to be more complex, but no less regular, than those of the Sun and Moon. That is, until 1960.
About two and a half years ago, Robert Blaschke published a Mountain Astrologer blog demonstrating that the Venus-Mars cycles, which “repeated like clockwork since 1761,” began a century-long period of aberrations in 1960. Based on the intuitive association Venus and Mars have with gender, Mr. Blaschke offered a hypothesis. His theory was that the interval of irregularity, ending in 2060, corresponds to an era of when the relationship between women and men will be undergoing transmutation.
Robert Blaschke’s observations of Venus and Mars and their correspondence to human relationships ring true. Now that we have entered the second half of his theoretical century of relationship metamorphosis, any striking synchrony of Venus and Mars is worthy of a close examination.
What is most symbolically striking about the nearly concurrent sign change this weekend is how it expresses a state of estrangement. For Venus to apparently wait for Mars to vacate Aquarius before moving into the sign that Eric recently characterized as “some of us here,” implies that the “some of us” is rather sharply divided along gender lines.
Despite a recent decision by the United States to make combat roles equally available to women, the fact remains that “female” still means “excluded” in the established order of things worldwide. What has changed since 1960 is the nearly universal awareness of how pronounced and substantial gender inequity really is, even among those who perpetuate an outmoded paradigm. Nobody can claim ignorance at this juncture.
What we have yet to do is heal beyond what estrangement can accomplish in providing everybody some space to gather separately and do a gut check. Mars in Pisces will give us a clue of where we’re at as far as getting back together on terms that differ from those in past centuries.
One of the afflictions of many in the male tribe is the reflex of compensating, often overly so, for any perceived threat to masculinity. If there is any sign where a Mars tenure is likely to correspond with a reaction towards compensating, Pisces is a leading candidate. Pisces is deep territory emotionally, unlike many men, and deep water can provoke panic even if there is no chance of drowning.
So, keep your eyes open (or on yourself, as the case may be) and watch what happens from tomorrow until Mars enters its home sign of Aries just hours after the Pisces New Moon on March 11. Any sign of overreaction from male-supremacist institutions and card-carrying members will be an indicator of progress that needs to be made, and what needs to be addressed. Any demonstration of self-examined emotional intelligence should be encouraged, cultivated, and nurtured as though life itself depended on it, because it will.
Finally, the Aries conjunction of Venus and Mars come April will be a clear signal that we are not out of the woods yet. Aries is ruled by Mars. That means the new Venus-Mars cycle will begin under less than equal circumstances. That’s where you come in.
If Robert Blaschke was correct, we now have less than 50 years before the relationship between women and men resets to a pattern that will continue for another two centuries to follow. There is a lot at stake, and we are behind schedule. Whatever you contribute to the mix, please keep two things in mind.
The immediate order of business is to heal gender estrangement. That means cultivating the spectrum to fill in the divide, making room for all orientations, especially transgendered orientations, to be part of the future. Even before that, however, is the issue of doing what you can to make sure humanity survives until 2060. Those are not separate issues. Attending to the one will address the other. Please proceed with that awareness as your mission.
If Venus and Mars are any indication, we will soon have fresh information about where we are at, and what we have to do. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to figure out what role the rest of us need you to fill. If you have any doubt, ask around outside of your group.
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