For those who have had little or no exposure to Astrology, it is a difficult concept to wrap the mind around that everything in our own existence is found in the 12 spoke wheel. How can a handful of planets represent well… Everything? Easy, you need to know where to look.
We are going to use my Mercury and Mars. I love this pair. Mars is 19Cap10 and Mercury is 19Cap14rx. It doesn’t get much more conjunct than those two. They are found in my 12th house just shy of the 22Cap34 Ascendant. Right there that tells us that Mars and Mercury tend to work as one unit. Even though they are separate planets, the conjunction is so tight it is impossible to tell where one stops and the other starts. Being in the 12th house shows that there is a drive (Mars) to push hard in understanding (Mercury) the subconscious mind. Mars probes deeper into the Mercury thought process. This is also a placement found often with athletes (Mars drive and Mercury activity) and with surgeons (Mars cutting Mercury the hands) and Psychologist (Mars probing again and Mercury understanding the subconscious). Recently I have rediscovered my joy in (Mars driving and Mercury communications) in writing. It became more important as I started writing in front of the public (bringing the information from the 12th across the Ascendant) Aries is on the Cusp of the 3rd and is ruled by Mars… the 3rd the house representing communications. Gemini is on the Cusp of the 5th and is ruled by Mercury… the 5th rules enjoyment and pastimes. The 5th also likes to be in the spotlight. Virgo is on the cusp of the 8th house again the ruler Mercury and the 8th had originally been ruled by Mars.
What else is this duo doing in my chart? Let’s look at the 5th again. The 5th will tell us about my children. Well the house is empty. So looking at the Gemini Cusp I look for the ruler and it is Mercury. We look at Mercury and find that conjunction with Mars. They are both well aspected so it is safe to assume I will have 2 children. With the tight conjunction, twins could be possible or very close in age. I do have 2 kids. A Gemini son (Mercury) and a Leo daughter with lots of fire in her chart and an Aries rising (Mars). They are less than 2 years apart, and as they were growing up, I was asked all of the time if they were twins. They are frightfully close, they have told me of conversations they would have as babies before they could talk. The 12th house is also known as the house of Karma… maybe they knew each other before… if I ever doubted previous lives, these two have changed my mind.
My Jupiter is in Aries (Aries ruler Mars) that seems to add abundance. I do love to talk. And waving my (mercurial) hands all over the place when I do. Jupiter rules foreign places also. I grew up with tons of pen pals from all over. The Internet has been such a delight, where I used to have to wait weeks on a letter from England, now it is a click away. The third house has to do with siblings. The house cusp is Aries. Again Mars is the ruler. So we go back and find Mars conjunct Mercury in the 12th house. House of Karma and I have 2 siblings…. a Gemini brother and a fire sign Sister who’s natal Mars is conjunct mine.
Mars and Mercury are opposed the Descendant. I have been Married twice (one with a fire Ascendant the other with a Gemini Ascendant). The relationships were adversarial and arguing was common. Also though, when it came time to put plans into actions, that happened also.
Oooh sex! the 5th house is ruled by Gemini (mercury ruler) So back to my conjunction. In the 12th, there is lots of speculation what happens behind my closed doors. Mercury (thought, communication, hands, fingers, writing) and Mars exhaulted in Capricorn (sexual drive, aggression, directness, probing) I will let you try to figure that out and leave that 12th house mystery door closed.
And how about Death? The 8th house has Virgo (ruler Mercury) on the cusp. We find Mercury conjunct Mars in the 12th. Well the 12th does have to do with hospitals and sleep. Mars with quick incisions, cuts, blood, stabbing, invasive. That is reassuring in a way, since I also have Uranus and Pluto conjunct in the 8th. So I can be expecting just about anything with Uranus there, but looks like a peaceful ending though being the 12th, or I could just be unexpectedly decapitated (Mercury head, Mars cutting, Uranus unexpected volitile rush of energy, Pluto intense and violent) Guess we will have to wait until then and look back at the chart, right?
This is just the very tip of the iceberg. Remember everything under the Sun is here.