Astrologer’s Tour of the Maine Solar System Model #6: Mars

So, we have just come from Earth, and are at the last of the planets before the asteroid belt (that is not represented in the Model, but you can’t have everything, right?). We are at Mars, the great red planet of action, fire, conflict, sharp things.

Interestingly enough, I am publishing this on the day that Mars has entered back into its home sign, Aries. I had left this as a draft for over a month. while Mars was in wishy-washy directionless Pisces. And it’s not like these articles are long, or anything. They’re done in no more than 45 minutes, for sure. How’s that for correspondence? He was just waiting around to come back home the whole time. And whee, off we go!

You can find the exact location on Google here.

Mars of Maine Solar System Model
Mars of Maine Solar System Model

Now, it doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense right off the bat that Mars is located at the Welcome to Presque Isle sign. Mars isn’t known to be the most welcoming of planets, you know. But when you look deeper at the actual mechanics of what a welcome sign is, it is where one enters a boundary. And Mars is, of course, an arrow… a penetrating phallic symbol. So, here, at the soft boundary of Presque Isle, Mars, the one who acts and charges in, helps us do the same.

Some Martian facts about Presque Isle…the city is known for its Hot Air Balloon Festival… and also is home to a notable military airbase. How is a hot air balloon Martian, you ask? You certainly won’t find this in the ancient books of correspondence, so we have to figure it out ourselves based on the fundamental operation. Though it seems to be an air-expansion object and one could argue thus ruled by Jupiter, I would argue that being that a constant flame, and thus, HEAT, powers the vessel, that it is a Mars-ruled mode of transportation. We could say it’s co-ruled, though, to be really fair.

Another interesting fact about Presque Isle: the city is the headquarters of the Aroostook Band of Micmac, the first group to ever sign a treaty with the USA! Now, this seems to be basically the opposite of Martial correspondence, being a sure representation of peace. Perhaps I’m reading too much into this? No idea… moving along…

You can see the University of Maine Presque Isle page about Mars here, where you will find the following information:

  • Diameter: 2.9 inches (7.4 cm) 
  • Location: “Welcome to Presque Isle” sign (1.5 miles or 2.4 km from Sun)
  • Construction: Rubber baseball with fiberglass cover
  • Constructed by: Caribou Tech Center (Caribou High School)
  • Painted by: Jeanie McGowan, Curator of Collections at the Northern Maine Museum of Science and student at the University of Maine at Presque Isle
  • Posts constructed by: Northern Maine Technical College, Sonny Michaud and students
  • Base constructed by David Tardie and his students, Loring Job Corps, Cement Mason Program

Onward to Jupiter!

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