In a young man's chart, this would be the chart for outrageous break-away "sowing wild oats" (or other seeds) - "spring break" sort of unleashing his genetic material indiscriminately into the world. Maybe a "first time with unlimited access" sort of adventure. My question is: How would you interpret this for a 79-year-old man in the public eye?
The chart is complex - five planets less than 1° an angle and two others which are even more important even though more widely angular - which are the pivot point of the return chart. I speak of a Venus-Mars conjunction on Descendant.
Venus is 1°26' above Descendant, Mars 2°35' below. Not only are they conjunct (2°43'), their midpoint is 0°34' from Descendant. Additionally, the closest aspect in the chart is transiting Venus square natal Mars 0°06'. Furthermore, Venus-Mars is the fulcrum of the whole aspect pattern, begin square transiting Uranus opposite natal Mars (both of those are within 1° of an angle) and being mundane square natal Moon (a mere 0°09' from MC). Venus-Mars is what the chart is all about.
It seemed a great opportunity to stir discussion about this. Nobody ever talks about this sort of question. I could, of course, be completely wrong, but I don't think this aspect means that Joe and Jill will take two weeks to run off on a great sexual adventure together, or that Joe will lose control with a White House intern (or anyone else he randomly runs into).
(There are a few other things in the chart. I can sort those out when I get the kernel right.)\
Most of the time, we interpret this aspect (strongly placed in a return chart) "all about sex." There is more to it, of course, but not much - and the other bullet points are related. For example, we can say the aspect means great passion, in the sense of very powerful feeling-force in general, or about some particular topic that dominates matters for two weeks. I often interpret it as "powerful emotions prevail over reason" (and may use some variation of it for Joe). Also, Venus-Mars sometimes works as afflicted Venus in the sense of causing unlubricated friction in relationships. (It's not the most common expression, but it shows; usually, though, as a spin-off of the simpler meanings.)
My current site interpretive notes (based mostly on Bradley tweaked by subsequent observation) interpret it thus:
(Passion, powerful feeling; affection + aggression)
Inflamed passions prevail over reason (the sexual impulse is invariably kindled). May mark an encounter with one of the great loves of one's life, where "love" must be understood as substantially (exclusively?) physical in origin and survival; the carnal hunger having been sated, interest expires. Depending on expectations, this can cause hurt or offense. In any case, this aspect combines pain with pleasure, may strain relationships, and might include outright cruelty.
Fagan's interpretation of the pair foreground in a return chart is this:
I'm not inclined to give myself an easy out on this one, let it slip by - it is an enormously powerful chart that probably will be of great impact (as I said, five planets within 1° of an angle - and that doesn't even count Venus or Mars). It seems the crux of a very important brief period....it presages a rollicking good time with plenty of fun with 'the lads.' But it may tend to get out of hand, especially should Neptune enter into the fray, in which case Bacchus will exact his toil.
So... how would you start off interpreting this?