I’ve been wondering about the upcoming Moon-Mars occultation on Christmas Eve, when Mars will be hidden behind the Moon. Why should this be significant? My internet connection is down, so I can’t look it up. So I’ll see what comes out of my head.
An occultation is an eclipse. An eclipse of the Sun is when the Moon gets in front of it and blocks out its light. This is an unusual event. In ancient cultures, any unusual natural event would have been seen as meaning something, as a message, a portent.
Sometimes these portents are personal, like when a wild animal behaves in an unusual manner, but you are the only one to see it. You reflect on it, you think about it symbolically, and the meaning may become clear. Or you just know what it means.
And sometimes these portents have a wider significance, because we all see them. Like an eclipse of the Sun. Or an eclipse of Mars by the Moon. Long ago, before the astrologers worked it all out, we wouldn’t have been able to predict them. That would have made them even more awesome. On the other hand, once we could predict them, that would also have been awesome, like the minds of the gods opening to humanity.
Moon Goddess Selene
So occultations mean something by virtue of their rarity. They also mean something by virtue of the symbolism of the planets involved, and the symbolism of one being hidden behind the other.
In medieval astrology, as I understand it, the Moon was the most important planet, for it was the nearest and so transmitted to earth the energies of all the other planets. This is why a Void Moon is said not to be a good time to start anything. A Void Moon occurs when the Moon approaches the end of a sign, and will not make any applying major aspects with any of the planets before it enters the next sign. The Moon is not transmitting anything, so nothing can be accomplished. The Titanic set out on its maiden voyage under a Void Moon. If they’d waited an hour or so, it would have been in the next sign, and the ship might have been OK.
So you can look at an eclipse of the Sun in two ways. Because of the exact line-up between the Moon and the Sun, you could say that the energy of the Sun is transmitted to the earth in an unusually intense manner. Or you could say that the energy of the Sun is blocked out, the light of consciousness and reason is blocked out, and nature in her raw power and unpredictability is released. No doubt one of these is a more traditionally correct interpretation, but as I said, I’m just writing what comes out of my head.
So we can look at Moon-Mars in these 2 ways. Mars becomes unusually intensified and focussed. Or the Mars principle is occluded, the ability of certain peoples to stand up for themselves, to survive, is weakened.
Ares or Mars
Mars will be retrograde in Cancer during the occultation. Both of these factors suggest to me that any Mars related events will not be between countries but within certain countries.
Mars will be at 3 degrees of Cancer. This was Pluto’s position during the time of the Russian revolution and the destruction of its monarchy. Vladimir Putin, Russia’s strongman leader, is legally obliged to stand down as President at the end of his second term early next year. He is currently arranging to have himself made Prime Minister, with his own appointee as President, so that he can carry on as before. Then at the following election, he will be allowed to stand as President again. So he is turning himself into a monarch. He is assuming the power (Pluto) of the old monarchy. Moon-Mars is occurring in opposition to Jupiter-Pluto, adding to this symbolism of leaders and their power: a Prince (Jupiter-Putin) who is fighting (Mars) to increase his Power (Pluto) at home (Cancer) through internal politicking (Mars retrograde).
Strongman Vladimir Putin
Eclipses/occultations are more about particular events than long-term trends (though they may be part of that), so in Putin’s case, there may be particular acts of skulduggery going on, which he is not shy of, but which we may never get to hear about.
On 4th July 1776, Venus was at 3 Cancer. So whatever chart you use for that day, Moon-Mars will be hitting the US Venus and its meaning of wealth and resources. A reasonable prediction here, especially with Pluto going into Capricorn and opposing this Venus, is that the Moon-Mars occultation portends the correction needed to sort the sub-prime crisis, the owning up by the financial institutions of their exposure to it and their likely losses. This will bring things down to earth and help end the credit squeeze and bring us back to ‘normal’ economics. There is currently a trickle of banks etc owning up to their losses. Moon-Mars may somehow force the issue, events may occur that turn the trickle into a flood.
The Constitution for the Federal Government of the USA was approved and signed at 4pm on 17 Sept 1787 in Philadelphia. This chart has Mars at 3 Cancer conjunct South Node at 1 Cancer. So this could be very significant, a retrograde Mars Return under an occultation by the Moon of Mars. And by transit, Pluto is starting to oppose this Moon-Node. George Bush’s warmongering, and the unreason fuelling it, has been disastrous for the USA’s place in the world. Who knows, Constitutional issues may be raised around the President’s powers to take the country to war. Events may occur around the occultation that kick off the issue.
Having just posted this, I noticed at astrofuturetrends that an asteroid may hit Mars at the end of January, equivalent to the 15 megaton impact of the asteroid that hit Siberia in 1908. Now that would be a good literal meaning for the Mars-Moon eclipse.