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. Several features of this particular chart foretell what is in store for America during the next twelve months.
The importance of the Ascendant
Astrologers give particular attention to the sign and degree of the Ascendant, here at 10 Pisces 18, its Sabian Symbol is:
Men seeking illumination – a symbol of men in a form of apostolic succession i.e.: a living tradition of spiritual achievement.
The keyword is: DEDICATION positively, this is indicative of high accomplishment in an effective alignment with ultimate reality, but negatively 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, is also significant, especially in view of the the spiritual connotations of the degree symbol as the ruler of Pisces is Jupiter and Neptune, according to modern astrological lore. So the Lord of Pisces, Neptune, is in full sway.
Saturn is just nudging into his reigning at house at 28 Sagittarius , but is still in the 10th house, home of authority and public manifestation. The Midheaven (MC) itself is at 19 Sagittarius 13 which brings us back to Jupiter as the ruler of both of the Midheaven and the Ascendant — indicators for a potentially momentous year.
The Sabian Degree Symbol for the 20th degree of Sagittarius is
“Men cutting through ice”- a symbol suggesting 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. Newly discovered Eris (keyword is disruptor or disruption) is near Uranus, and the asteroid Vesta completes the fourth leg of the cross.
Finally the presence of Saturn and the Moon is in an almost exact conjunction in the Sagittarius in the 10th at 27 Sagitarrius at the Galatic Center. The 10th house from a mundane astrological perspective represents the Executive Branch of the government, hence, the President. The cardinal grand cross pattern is augmented by a wide sextile from Jupiter to Saturn & Moon and a trine from Uranus.
Houses are the Circumstances of What?
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, activating the 2nd, 11th, 8th and 5th houses (the accentuation of the 5th is considered of a supplementary impact because Ceres is asteroid & not a planet).
The second & eighth 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,, looking at the eighth house, broadly considered by many a “bad” house because its the basic keyword is “death”, or more politely described as the place of “transformation”& “rebirth.” Positively, this is where where we learn about “other peoples (ones partners, relations) money”. As Jupiter is here at 20 Libra it is suggesting that the nation may face very difficult challenges and crises as “balancing the budget” becomes the new buzzword, but since it is in the eighth house that ist offset by confronting fear and deciding what is evil – making the right choices. Old Jove 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. The house of friends, hopes and wishes, 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 own 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. Wwill 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?