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Jupiter Mercury and Mars

Tomorrow, Sunday December 10th, there will be a rare conjunction of Jupiter, Mercury and Mars, viewable (with clear skies of course) just before sunrise in the Eastern horizon. 

Jupiter, Mercury, and Mars

The three planets are conjunct at 9 degrees of Scorpio in the perfect position to see them before sunrise - about 15 degrees before the Sun at 24 degrees. In fact, Mercury can only be seen just before sunrise or just after sunset since it's always within about 22 degrees from the Sun. 

Because the conjunction takes place in Mars's sign of Scorpio, Mars strength, astrologically speaking, predominates above the other three. Does this portend violence? Could be. Jupiter's presence should modify exteme expressions and could indicate resolution of violence as well. However, when we're talking about mundane astrology these kinds of events are hardly worth mentioning because you can only take a swing at very general statements. Mundane astrology only becomes really relevant when applied to the natal chart of a country, so that the dashas can be taken into account as well.

Vedic astrology chart

Transits December 10, 2006 at 6:30am (before sunrise)

Astronomically speaking, The Associated Press had this to say about the event: 

"Stargazers will get a rare triple planetary treat this weekend with Jupiter, Mercury and Mars appearing to nestle together in the predawn skies. About 45 minutes before dawn on Sunday those three planets will be so close that the average person's thumb can obscure all three from view. They will be almost as close together on Saturday and Monday, but Sunday they will be within one degree of each other in the sky. Three planets haven't been that close since 1925, said Miami Space Transit Planetarium director Jack Horkheimer. And it won't happen again until 2053, he said. 

The planets are actually hundreds of millions of miles apart, but the way the planets orbit the sun make it appear they are neighbors in the east-southeastern skies. They'll be visible in most parts of the world — in the Western Hemisphere, as far south as Buenos Aires and as far north as Juneau, Alaska, Horkheimer said." 

It will be worth it to get up early tomorrow before sunrise to try to spot them just above the horizon. Or if not, try again on Monday morning. As the week proceeds the conjunction will still be there but just not as dramatically. 

The Associated Press concludes:

"It is a lovely demonstration of the celestial ballet that goes on around us, day after day, year after year, millennium after millennium," said Horkheimer. "When I look at something like this, I realize that all the powers on Earth, all the emperors, all the money, cannot change it one iota. We are observers, but the wonderful part of that is that we are the only species on this planet that can observe it and understand it."