Each spring on March 20 or 21 the Sun moves (ingresses) into the sign Aries, this is the Vernal Equinox. The above wheel is the chart for this event set at Washington, D.C. Vernal Equinox charts set for the capitals of countries are a valuable tools that have been used by astrologers for many ages to evaluate the coming year’s prospects for nations. Let’s look at some of the notable features of this chart to see what may be in store for America during the next 12 months.
Astrologers always give particular attention to the sign and degree of the Ascendant, in this chart, 10 Pisces 18 ( the 11th degree of Pisces) is rising. The Sabian Symbol for this degree is: “Men seeking illumination” – a symbol of men as dramatized in some form of apostolic succession, or a living tradition of spiritual achievement. The divine spirit is fundamentally a matrix of itself, since its continuance depends on its unswerving maintenance of the purity in motive and expression which it has contributed to the humanity it has created in its own image. A keyword is: DEDICATION, in a positive indication this is indicative of high accomplishment in an effective alignment with ultimate reality, but in a negative indication reveals a base, feckless hypocrisy masquerading as someone or something of value and integrity.
The presence of Neptune at 12 Pisces 24, only a couple of degrees away for the Ascendant, is also clearly significant, especially in view of the the spiritual connotations of the degree symbol. The ruler of Pisces is Jupiter, ( and also Neptune, according to modern astrological lore). Pisces is the sign at the 10th house, the place of authority and public manifestation; 19 Sagittarius 13 is the sign/degree of the MC ( midheaven); Jupiter is thus the ruler of bothof the most important angles of the wheel, the Ascendant and Midheaven, all indicators for a potentially momentous year. The Sabian Degree Symbol for the 20th degree of Sagittarius is: “Men cutting through ice”- a symbol that suggests the capacity with which people can organize the resources and processes of nature for the benefit of the community at large. When expressed in a positive manner there is an exceptional capacity for overcoming obstacles and capitalizing on every opportunity, but, negatively, there is a lack of perspective and unnecessary acceptance of hardship.
The most significant planetary pattern is a grand cross made up of Jupiter opposing Mercury & Uranus and Pluto at the focal point of the pattern. The newly discovered Eris (disruption) is near Uranus, and the asteroid Vesta completes the fourth leg of the cross. (see the horoscope at the beginning of this article)
The final important point I want call your attention to in the horoscope is the presence of Saturn and the Moon in an almost exact conjunction in the Sagittarius in the 10th. The 10th house from a mundane astrological perspective represents the Execute Branch of the government, hence, the President. The grand cross pattern is augmented by a wide sextile from Jupiter to Saturn & Moon and a trine from Uranus.
So, you may ask, “what does this all mean?”
The houses of the chart tell us something about the “circumstances” of an issue or situation. The grand cross pattern we see in this horoscope forms the fundamental structure of the chart, and activates the 2nd, 11th, 8th and 5th houses( the accentuation of the 5th is considered of merely supplementary impact because it is an asteroid not a planet that is involved). The 2nd & 8th house axis relates primarily to material issues – the 2nd to issues that involve the need to survive, produce the basics of life, food, water, shelter, to the financial institutions of a nation, its economy and plenitude or lack of basic resources. At a deeper level this house relates to the fundamental social values of a society; what the people “hold dear”. One of our American values is obviously “money”, a subject we talk and obsess about more than anything else.
Next,, we look at the 8th house, broadly considered to be not a very nice place to be. The reason, of course, is that the basic keyword for it is “death”, and more politely described as the place of “transformation”& “rebirth”, and most positively as where we find “other peoples (ones partners, relations) money”. Jupiter located here perhaps suggests that during this year the nation may face very difficult challenges and crises, the survival of which will require the expenditure of supreme effort and a willingness to confront fear and evil – an extreme test of will. But, Old Jove here may provide the necessary spunk to make it through.
Looking at the 11th house – the government requires many institutional organizations in order to govern, among the most important is the Congress ( legislatures, generally), and civil service workers, local officials. etc. This is the house of friends, hopes and wishes, thus it may reflect the general mood of the people -are they optimistic or depressed? This is place to find other nations that are friendly to ones country. Pluto here is indicative a rather over-stressed population, that is looking for a “power” to save them, perhaps a Superman that will come to their aid. It is rather ominous that the President’s “right-hand man”, Mr. Bannon is on record as saying that the “government institutions, agencies should be blown up!” Pluto sitting here in the 11th may just give him the opportunity and means to do just that. Then where will we be?
In summary: Material issues, finances, taxes, budgets will be on the “front burner” this year, as will the Congress, which, since Pluto is its planetary indicator, will appear to hold most of the power, but internal conflict between its members will be intense, perhaps violent, no holds barred conflict, as the representatives of the multitude of interest groups and constituencies demand their “piece of the pie”. With Saturn and the Moon in the 10th, house of the President , in positive aspect to the grand cross,may, if he so chooses, serve as a needed arbiter of the legislative struggles and pull things together; or, he could, take the negative path, and play the dictator/despot (Saturn) card and try to gain advantage for himself from the situation. We shall see.
I find that the Sabian symbols highlighted in this chart are very suggestive of the potentialities that are offered this astrological year for the country. There is Neptune and the “men seeking illumination” at our threshold. How will we address them, will we recognize them and welcome them in? Or will we not see them because we are so tied up in a our personal emotional turmoil, ignorance and greed?