From May 2002*
Mars in Gemini (intellectual assertiveness and ambition, physical energy coupled with mental power and initiative) has caught up with Saturn in Gemini (intellectual structure and organization, the application of knowledge and information in professional and other highly public uses) to create an extraordinarily powerful energy of intellectual ambition and the opportunity to use knowledge to generate practical, tangible, useful results.
The last time this conjunction of Mars and Saturn occurred in Gemini was March 31, 1972. (They almost made it again in April 1974 ... but Saturn moved into Cancer first ... and the conjunction occurred at 0º there.) If you have placements in your Natal Chart around 14º of any sign, this conjunction has special meaning for you. (I would consider anything from 10º to 16º of any sign in your Natal Chart to be in a position to aid -- or possibly hinder -- in this effort.)
Even if you don't have Natal placements in these significant degrees, this configuration kicks off a time of building that will bring new features into your life over the next two years that could well be important parts of your life in the future for the next thirty years.
(Notice also the wonderful sextile between the Moon and Neptune in Aquarius helping this force find idealistic, altruistic, progressive, and highly inspired uses.) Venus and Mercury in Gemini are also part of the mix -- Venus with its close trine to Neptune, makes this energy cluster especially imposing It would be hard to overstate the creative, spiritually instructive, therapeutic ... and potentially profitable power of this enormously impressive combination.
You will be investing considerable personal resources in some venture that involves the application of knowledge, the use of information, possibly new study and research on your part, sharing ideas and concepts with others, and acquiring a whole new database of opinions and concepts on which to center your own judgments and viewpoints.
The impending opposition to Pluto suggests this new set of attitudes could be quite controversial, revolutionary ... even "dangerous" ... as it shatters the comfortable status quo you have become used to -- and sets entirely new beliefs in place about the way the world operates and how you propose to respond to these changes.
An intellectual and philosophical power struggle of sizeable dimension is taking shape here ... which may place you in serious disagreement with other people and eventually prompt a need to find a workable compromise in your efforts to move this new venture of yours to completion. At the very least you will need to abandon ideas you may have relied on for quite some time -- and adopt new philosophical tenets (based on new knowledge), new "rules for living," as part of your new foundation.
Again, the first sticks of dynamite have just been detonated in this new construction project -- and while you may have some notion of what the final result will look like, you are still working from blueprints -- and those blueprints will change significantly over the summer months. You won't really begin to appreciate the changes and proposed final shape of this enterprise for a while yet -- but the work, once it undergoes the reform and "improvement" of the opposition to Pluto, is underway.
Realize this all sounds very exciting ... and in the long term, it is. But it probably will not be very comfortable. Change on this scale and in these areas -- the intellectual concepts that shape your beliefs about virtually everything -- are the stuff of raw, tangible creation. You will literally see the principle at work: "Change your mind and you will change your world." But with the upset to cope with, it may take you a while to appreciate both the power of this energy and the value of the final product it hands you.
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