Mars Conjunct the North Node: Cannon Fire in the Backyard

I was born with Mars in Sagittarius square the North Node in Virgo. Medieval astrology says this aspect leads to “death by fire,” which may be why I’ve always gravitated toward aisle seats in movie theaters, auditoriums, and other crowded venues.

Today, Mars in Virgo is conjunct my North Node and it’s also squaring transiting Pluto in Sagittarius. Mars/Node contacts frequently bring contacts with large groups of men involved in martial activities. I grew up on army posts and forts and attended countless military parades, Boy Scout jamborees, and other Mars-oriented pageants. I’ve even completed a couple of marathons and attended a Winter Olympics opening ceremony (in Lake Placid, in 1980), which are constructive uses of my natal Mars/Node square, I believe.

Earlier this week, I was wondering what transiting Mars conjunct my North Node was going to bring. A military funeral perhaps? I attended a wake and a funeral this week, but the man wasn’t a veteran.

This morning, I got the answer to my question. My husband and I were awakened by the sounds of cannon fire. We’re staying in Vermont in a house that sits in the shadow of the Bennington Monument. Today, men dressed in Revolutionary War costumes are re-enacting the Battle of Bennington, which took place on August 16-17, 1777.

My natal Mars in Sagittarius rules horses, and my husband and I were talking about going to the racetrack in Saratoga Springs today. But it turns out that a martial spectacle came into my life without any planning on my part.

Unfortunately, many people in the world today have real war in their backyards, not just a colorful tribute to history.

As my nephew prepares to deploy to Iraq, I’m counting my blessings and praying for a time when mankind will beat swords into plowshares. Like John and Yoko sang: “War is over, if you want it.”