When two planets are near each other as pictured they are considered “conjunct”.
Last week I had a client who knew some astrology. She was asking about her Venus in Pisces. Her Venus was in Pisces but Mars was also in Pisces and the planets were tightly conjunct. When planets are close together in a chart, they don’t operate independently. It’s akin to being conjoined twins. Wherever one goes the other is there. This is the case every minute of every day.
As an example, I have Mars conjunct Mercury. Mercury rules the mind and Mars refers to raw male energy. Mercury is already fast. Mars ramps it up. I cannot separate these functions.
If you tell me to think (Mercury) slow, I will be pissed (Mars). My writing is masculine, it’s assertive and full of sex. I am not capable of cowardly thinking or writing like a girl.
On the flip side when a person is angry they come at you with their Mars. With Mercury is attached to Mars so I am going to attack you with my Mercury-ruled mind or my mouth. I am going to say things or write things. I may smash your vehicle, like I did my husband’s motorcycle when we were teenagers.
If I am going to fight (Mars), then Mercury will be included in some form. There just no way to separate these functions due to the conjunction in my chart.
If you have a conjunction in your chart you have a situation like this as well. The energy of the planets involved in the conjunction are married to each other for good or ill and they do not function independently at all.
Can more than two planets be conjunct?
Of course! The planets were where they were when you were born and it they were right on top each other when you were born, so be it. I will discuss the orbs next. Meantime…
Do you have a tight (by degree) conjunction in your chart? Tell us about it!