When in the same sign, they contradict and obstruct each other.
Saturn tries to rein Mars in and slow him down.
Mars tries to kick Saturn on the backside and speed him up.
They clash... and smash... making things crash.
(Okay - it's getting late. I'll try not to do that Dr. Seuss stuff again.)
My teachers always referred to these two when they get together as "the planets of war."
Mars sits in each of the twelve signs of the zodiac for just six weeks. (Again - he's speedy.) While Saturn parks in one sign for roughly two and a half years.
So Mars catches up to Saturn a couple of times a year, making this combination of the two difficult planets getting together in the same place in the night sky not astronomically unusual or special.
Which is why NASA isn't writing about it in their newsletter this month... (But they sure are talking about that super exciting and successful Mars mission! As my husband likes to say while watching scientists on TV in awe, "Go nerds!")
And it's not even astrologically all that big of a deal. MOST of the time.
But THIS time, this month, it's likely going to be more of a problem.
Because of Rahu joining them, ramping up the frustration they bring. And because Mercury, the planet of communication, goes retrograde today for the rest of February, causing all kinds of potential mix-ups and misunderstandings... fun, fun.
By Carol AllenMany people have been asking me for an astrological overview of this new year… A big blog site asked me to write an article about it… a wonderful women’s group asked me to come and speak about it… a friend suggested I offer free calls to you all on the subject… and a colleague with a popular online newsletter asked ... Read more
By Carol AllenI don't know about you, but I'm bundled up good. Seriously, I look like a crazy bag lady or something. I'm wearing the works—hat, scarf, sweater, leggings, thick socks with long underwear. It's layers galore. I've got the heater blasting, and all my pets (my dog and two cats) are lying on heating pads in their little pet beds. (They ... Read more
By Carol AllenIf you've been feeling funky lately, it's likely because you were born on planet Earth! (And that you live in this solar system—I'm just guessing!) Seriously: the planetary influences are intense now, and have been for a while. Fortunately, they’re not so VIOLENTLY intense as they were in the summertime (so much so that I ... Read more
You might find that your love life is taking a back seat to situations around the house, at least until January 4, as the Full Moon in domestic Cancer lights up your 4th House of Home and Family. Just go ahead and put romance and passion on hold for a few days (or weeks) but the end result will be way worth your while. Oh, did I mention that this month's Full Moon will make any efforts on the romantic front worth your while? Yup!
Credit: February 20 to March 20