“When the pickpocket meets the saint, he sees pockets.”
Orbital Period: 88 days
Synodic Period: Approximately 116 days (115.87754 days)
Archetypes: Teacher; Student. Writer; Reader. Storyteller.
Rules: Gemini and Virgo
Core Concept: The reception and transmission of data between a person and the surrounding social, physical, metaphysical, and psychic environments.
Developmental Focus: Evolving perception. Evolving thought. Evolving speech.
Positive Subjective Response: Curiosity, wonder, open-mindedness. Alertness. Comfortable self-expression; good listening.
Negative Subjective Response: Mental rigidity, intellectual defensiveness; compulsive speech, running around in circles.
Existential Emphasis Under Transits, Progressions, or Arcs: New information; omens and synchronicities; key conversations; speedy, chaotic developments; education in any sense; physical motion. Contact with young people or siblings.
Orbital Period: 225 days
Synodic Period: Approximately 584 days (583.92166 days)
Pentagonal Cycle of Five Synodic Conjunctions: 7.997 years (Two days and eight hours short of exactly eight years.)
Rules: Taurus and Libra
Archetypes: Lover. Friend. Artist. Diplomat.
Core Concept: The establishment and maintenance of bridges of rapport with other beings. Securing the benefits of alliance, partnership, and mutual correction. Calming; recovery from over-stimulation. The aesthetic response.
Developmental Focus: Opening and enriching of the capacity to love; recovery of trust; spiritual maturation of intimate needs, skills and reflexes.
Positive Subjective Response: Warmth, openness; trust; sharing.
Negative Subjective Response: Neediness; seductiveness; obsession with drama.
Existential Emphasis Under Transits, Progressions, or Arcs: Encounters with significant others; timely, "fated" meetings; turbulence and endings in partnerships. Contact with art and beauty; creative outpourings. Contracts established.
Factoid: Three time Mars orbit = four times Venus' orbit to within a tenth of one percent. (Resonance 4:3) Thus, every 6.4 years (2338 days) Mars and Venus return to the same positions relative to earth (heliocentric).
“Hunter or prey—which do you like?”
Orbital Period: 687 days
Synodic Period: Approximately 780 days (779.93651 days)
Rules: Aries and co-rules Scorpio (with Pluto)
Archetypes: Warrior. Protector.
Core Concept: Courage; assertiveness; protection of self and other. The defense of boundaries; the expansion of territory.
Developmental Focus: Appropriate assertiveness; the claiming of new territory; honorable defense of boundaries.
Positive Subjective Response: Courage; renewed confidence; vivid aliveness; pleasurable relationship with appetite and libido.
Negative Subjective Response: Anger; violent emotions; depression; frustration.
Existential Emphasis Under Transits, Progressions, or Arcs: Drive; making "a big push." Conflict; confrontation. Situations demanding assertiveness. Sexual release. Adventure; competition. "Clearing the air," encounters with rivals.
Factoid: Three times Mars orbit = four times Venus' orbit to within a tenth of one percent. (Resonance 4:3) Thus, every 6.4 years (2338 days) Mars and Venus return to the same positions relative to earth (heliocentric).
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