Mars in Virgo

MARS and Mercury are not altogether unfriendly, and certainly Virgo has no such detrimental effect on Mars as we found exerted by Gemini, but the combination is a little cold-blooded. There is a certain passionate chastity about it; real warmth of heart in the conventional sense appears to be denied. It will be seen that, of all upon our list, though many are great men and women, not one can be called a great lover. This remark applies as much to method as in the preceding sections; it refers to a certain coldness and detachment of action, as if the enthusiasms were not awakened. Yet the will may be extremely strong. The women on our list are almost ostentatiously passionless, and the men hardly less so. In the devotion to a cause, we find two of the greatest women enthusiasts that ever lived, Jeanne d'Arc and Madame Blavatsky. 

Before adding the name of Anna Kingsford to these, we must anticipate the objection that she boasted of an intensely sensual disposition, but here Virgo is warmed by the Sun, Venus, and Mercury, the first of these being in very close conjunction with Mars. However, there is no trace of eroticism in her work, and it is the actual method of expressing the personality which is denoted by Mars, not the nature of that personality itself. 

Among men we have Balfour, whose cold intellectualism is at once his charm and his weakness; Kruger, notably the most dexterous and cool politician of his period; Dreyfus, whose detachment made him so unpopular with his men, and thus led to his being accused by his brother officers; Archbishop Laud, whose lack of warmth lost him his friends; William III, most unpopular as a king, owing to his “Dutch coldness”; and Louis XVI, whose lack of sympathy with the needs of his people caused his downfall. 

Finally, we have two of the greatest conquerors that the world has known: Alexander the Great, and Napoleon Bonaparte. Both of these owed their greatness very largely to this power of detachment in their method; both, however keenly interested in a matter, were able to view it and treat it as if it hardly concerned them; and this is the chief virtue of Mars in Virgo. 

For the benefit of those who are not in possession of Raphael's {338} Ephemeris, or who are not able to interpret the symbols contained therein, the years when Mars is in the sign Virgo are as follows: 

From October 11th through December 1st 1840 

September 21st “ November 7th 1842 

September 1st ” October 18th 1844 

August 14th “ September 29th 1846 

July 26th ” September 10th 1848 

July 6th “ August 22nd 1850 

June 12th ” August 1st 1852 

November 17th 1853 “ March 22nd 1854 

April 28th ” July 8th 1854 

October 20th “ December 13th 1855 

September 28th ” November 15th 1857 

September 9th “ October 26th 1859 

August 21st ” October 6th 1861 

August 3rd “ September 18th 1863 

July 14th ” August 29th 1865 

June 22rd “ August 10th 1867 

December 6th 1868 ” January 31st 1869 

May 23rd “ July 18th 1869 

October 29th ” December 30th 1879 

March 18th “ June 15th 1871 

October 6th ” November 24th 1872 

September 16th “ November 2nd 1874 

August 28th ” October 13th 1876 

August 10th “ September 25th 1878 

July 21st ” September 5th 1880 

July 1st “ August 18th 1882 

June 5th ” July 27th 1884 

November 9th 1885 “ July 1st 1886 

October 14th ” December 5th 1887 

September 23rd “ November 10th 1889 

September 5th ” October 21st 1881 

August 16th “ October 1st 1883 

July 29th ” September 13th 1885 

July 9th “ August 25th 1887 

June 16th ” August 5th 1899 {339} 

From November 23rd 1900through March 1st 1901 

May 11th “ July 13th 1901 

October 24th ” December 19th 1902 

April 20th “ May 30th 1903 

October 2nd ” November 19th 1904 

September 13th “ October 29th 1906 

August 24th ” October 9th 1908 

August 6th “ September 21st 1910 

July 17th ” September 2nd 1912 

June 26th “ August 14th 1914 

May 29th ” July 22nd 1916 

November 2nd 1917 “ January 10th 1918 

February 26th ” June 23rd 1918 

October 10th “ November 29th 1919 

September 19th ” November 6th 1921 

September 1st “ October 17th 1923 

August 13th ” September 28th 1925 

July 25th “ September 10th 1927 

July 4th ” August 21st 1929

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