Further to last month's observations - see Planets' rivalries presage South China Sea War - bold and beautiful Venus, Aphrodite, has flung upwards the western horizon and tonight, 18 October 2016, is at the threshold of the head of the Scorpion, that ruddy northern constellation boasting prized ruby Antares.
Mars must have seen her coming, and what was earlier taken to be a rush to assert himself before mysterious Saturn who is dallying yet, while Mars has scooted into the arms of the northern archer, Sagitarius, rather ominously it was previously thought, you know, reputed god of war in the arms of the archer, after all, now it seems the diffuse halos of tranquility and beauteous serenity which precede the lustrous Venus have put aside any considerations of belligerence.
In such circumstances, given the reflections of proceedings in the South China Sea apparent in the night time movements of the planets and stars, things look more peaceful.
What will Mars do next?
Where is Mercury?