[Reposting from Chart Interpretation]
Would you consider a Mars/Uranus aspect of +10º15 in a natal chart as a conjunction?
(Yes, it is my own and you can view it at my profile if you wish)
Astrotheme has it considered, but I think it is a bit too far away, although I do identify with some of the descriptions regarding this conjunction.
Mars is in Cap, Uranus in Sag, both in the 9th House.
I read this by astrologer Richard Nolle at www.astropro.com/features/...0URa.html:
"While strongest when exact, the Mars-Uranus conjunction is effective throughout the time during which these two planets remain within orb of conjunction."
What do you think?
In my personal opinion, no - this wouldn't be considered a conjunction in your chart. For a couple of reasons:
1) It is right on the edge of orb - and that's giving a lot of latitude for orb. In my experience, a 10 degree orb is used only for a conjunction involving the Sun or Moon. For conjunctions of other planets, an orb of 5-8 degrees is much more common. If Mars and Uranus are approaching conjunction that might make a slight difference - but only a slight difference. Especially with Uranus being an outer planet, I don't view it as having enough "force" to be have an influence on Mercury in this case.
2) Most classical astrologers held the opinion that two planets can be conjunct ONLY if they are in the same sign. Your Mars and Uranus are in different signs, so technically speaking, it would be impossible for them to be conjunct. I don't subscribe completely to this point of view - if two planets are in different signs but within a couple of degrees of each other, I would probably consider them to be conjunct on the cusp between the two signs. But that's not the case here.
To play devil's advocate, it should be noted that your Mars in Capricorn is in exaltation. Not only by sign in general, but very close to the exact degree of exaltation (Mars is exalted at 27degCap). That is going to strengthen the influence of Mars considerably in your chart.
However, that being said, I think that Uranus as an outer planet is too far from orb, and it resides in a different sign - so I wouldn't interpret it as being conjunct Mars in your chart.
Are you/have you ever been accused of being rash?
I wanted to say violent, actually, but my better judgment got in the way ;-)
Yes, I would view it as 'valid'. A conjunction spans 14 degrees. Although I have found the more exact an aspect gets, the more it will function as a 'fulcrum' point in a chart, planets and points go through (synodic) cycles from one aspect phase to another. The larger the orb, the more subtle the influence, as it is more on the fringe, but tightness, is not the only way to evaluate the prominence of an aspect. As planetsmove from one dimension of interaction to another (aspects), within this dimension they will go through different stages: degrees.
Planets (chakra's) and aspects (energetic relationships within the microcosmos of the personality) colour time. As above, so below..As planets evolve through cyclical motion, so do we. This process can be charted by projecting the aspect's geometric (energetic) phase on the zodiac, giving the key (degree symbolism) to understanding the evolutionary quality of these two energies within the incarnated soul. In this way the right (imagination) and left (mathematics) sides of the brain work in unison.
The fundamentals of this interpretational technique were laid down by Dane Rudhyar. The most revolutionary consequence of this line of thinking is the notion that there are no longer unaspected planets. More here:
I think ten degrees is the generally accepted maximum distance for a conjunction. However even beyond that it will have a reduced effect like a siren fading into the distance or just coming into hearing range. Also if it is an applying or separating aspect would make a slight difference.
Conjunction - www.myastrologycharts.com/conju...on.php
Personally, I would concur with Grey (well done, btw) with one slight difference:
Would consider a conjunction across signs if within a very close orb. Each would retain it's sign, but tend to function as a unit. One or the other might come to the fore, depending on circumstances.