Mars: What You Project Is What You Receive

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Following his arrest and trial, DeSalvo managed to escape, was recaptured and sent to prison.  His life ended when he was stabbed multiple times, a brutal end to a brutal life.  We hear that those who live by the sword will die by the sword.  As we astrologers know, the 7th house is where we reach out to others as well as being the house of enemies.  We are used to dealing with polarity within astrology.  This series of postings has utilized Moon-to-Sun Return charting, the last post used a Mars Return based on the speculative time of birth for DeSalvo, a “time” that can be used in Moon-to-Sun Returns because the daily movement of the Sun and Moon results in a ratio that keeps the MC within 7 degrees of what it might have been if we had the actual birth time.

In this posting I am going to stretch the  bounds of usage further by using a precession corrected Mars-opposite-Mars Return — and then “advancing” it to DeSalvo’s date of death.  Cyclic astrology permits us to use these practices that would not be so appropriate if we were using conventional natal-progression-transit charting.  In these charts, note that the transiting planets are shown in the inner wheel — this is part of the software’s functioning if I wish to advance/adjust the chart for another date.


t/Mars opposes n/Mars along the 11-5 house cusps, squaring t/Mercury with both t/Uranus and n/Uranus as part of the pattern.  Mars and Uranus are, as a pair and as part of a serial killer’s personality, a brutal combination.  Mercury’s involvement suggests that words said in anger can trigger this potential for violence.  Since I am dealing with a speculative birth time (which seems to work well) I may be on uncertain grounds by applying that data to a Mars-opp-Mars Return.  Consequently, t/Part of Fortune conjoing n/Moon may not be a valid aspect — if it is, then we would expect this Mars-period to be marked by uncertain relationships with others, a lack of trust in who is one’s supporters.  t/N.Node on the 7th angle is squared by t/Pluto and n/Sun; Associates (N.Node) will be volatile (sq. to Pluto) and will impact DeSalvo’s self interests (n/Sun) .  There is a lot more that could be taken from this chart; I’ll leave that up to the reader.  I will move now to the “advanced” Mars-opp-Mars Return.


The above chart is the Mars-opp-Mars Return chart advanced to Nov. 25, 1973.  This “advance” is done the same as in Moon-to-Sun returns and as is done in Diurnal charts — one keeps the “time” of the Return chart and advances the “date”.  This results in the MC advancing at its daily rate, the transits reflecting the actual dates positions.  Because of retrograde motion, Mars has remained close to its former Return chart’s position, but the advancing angles no place it in the 7th house of enemies, still opposing n/Mars and t/Uranus.  The confrontational dangers still exist.  t/Venus and n/Saturn are at the IC angle; Venus is often at the IC angle (in particular) when death or love is involved — it acts much like a “cosmic balancing” factor, a pleasant love experience or as a final act of summation in a death situation.   n/Pluto is on the MC angle while t/Pluto opposes n/N.Node; we can make almost anything out of this combination that fits the situation.  I will not pretend to have any special insights into this, not having ever played with Mars-Opp-Mars returns.  This is just an exercise of curiosity.  I leave to the reader to make what they wish of this chart.

I encourage all interested in astrology to engage in what I have done here; that is to be playful.  Dave


About dadsnook

Dave has been exploring cyclic astrology since the mid-1970's. CYCLIC astrology utilizes both Return charts and planetary-pair cycles for short-term prediction. These practices and four years of archived material are available for study or reading at A new book, Personal Prediction ISBN 978-9-615-63033-5, has been published and the MC-Solar Cycle technique is now supported through a recognized software provider so that all students and practicing astrologers can apply these techniques for their own use. Recently, Dave has been exploring a new charting format:, transiting Moon to natal Sun Return charts. These moon-sun returns show how see seek to maintain or deal with change in our lives. A book is expected to be released in 2015. Contact Dave for details at Dave is a retired business systems analyst and automation systems engineer, enjoys woodcarving and tarot in addition to astrology.
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