We are experiencing a powerful Mars-Ketu conjunction right now which you should know about. The peak of the conjunction is on Monday, December 13.
Mars represents fire energy which can manifest as anger, aggression, irritability, or in its positive form, enthusiasm and vital energy. Ketu is the south node which has an energy similar to Mars but is more subtle and more intense. We sometimes call Ketu "ultra Mars".
The conjunction is especially powerful as it is taking place in the sign of Scorpio, which is co-owned by Mars and Ketu, so they are very strong and lighting each other up. In addition, Sun, another manifestion of fire, is also in Scorpio, bringing even more intensity to Scorpio, the sign of upheaval and transformation.
On a personal level, this is a great time to work with modalities that move vital energies such as yoga or Tai Chi. It is also a important to watch our minds for irritability, anger, and excessive competitiveness, even in holiday shopping lines!
Since Scorpio is a sign associated with traversing scary subconscious dark places, it could be a great time for insightful meditation and revelation of our own shadow side, as well as shamanic journeys.
The lunar mansion of this conjunction is Anuradha, which is ruled by Mitra, the Divine Friend. Friendships can be strengthened during this time, or damaged if there is too much anger and rivalry involved in the relationship.
Anuradha gives the shakti or power of worship and devotion. Devotional practices and prayer can feel more powerful with this transit offering the flame of fervent devotion.
On a global level, this may be a time when conflicts or violence may arise. On Sept. 11, 2001, there was a Mars/Ketu conjunction, but in a different sign, and in a much more threatening lunar mansion. As Mitra is also in charge of contracts and agreements, those may be either strengthened or broken during this transit. As always, how we use these energies is up to us!
Vedic Astrologer, Homeopath, mother, grandmother, and Director of the Caduceus Institute of Classical Homeopathy.