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The Fall Equinox and the Next Three Months…

The sun entered Libra, Friday, September 22 at 4:01 PM EDT, and so initiated the fall equinox and autumn season  – here is the chart for that event set at the Capital Building, Washington, D.C.

Fall Equinox 2017

Two of the primary features we look for in a seasonal ingress chart is the position and condition of the sun, since the chart is erected based on its transit, and the other feature is the Ascendant and the position and condition of its ruler.

We see that the Ascendant here is Capricorn and its ruler, Saturn is in Sagittarius, in the 11th House.  Capricorn’s nature is practical, pragmatic, persistent, and organized, hence these qualities should characterize the prevailing mood of the season.  Saturn, the ‘no nonsense’ planet is located in the 11th House.  In mundane/political astrology the 11th is associated with the legislative branch of government, our beloved Congress,  its activities, or lack thereof, will be a major focus of attention.  Some other things related to the 11th are: social groups, associations, and forces all kinds; political affiliations and participation; national goals; friends of the nation; labor unions; left-wing movements; and business prosperity.

The sun is located in the 8th House.  The 8th is traditionally thought of as a ‘bad place’ to be, in a natal horoscope, it is associated with death.  In a mundane/political chart it is related with such things as: the nation’s budget, economic crisis; national debt; insurance and the insurance industry; internal revenue; environmental pollution; public money; criminal activity; social security; taxation and totalitarian regimes.  A wide range of subjects, any of which could be prominent over the next three months.

The aspects to the sun are also important to note.  The sun is the source of the energy and vitality of life on the planet, consequently its condition in the ingress chart is a very important indicator of how well things will go for the season.  In other words, a sun with difficult aspects is indicative of  diminished vitality and resourcefulness.  When the sun is relatively weak the inevitable shocks and hazards that will occur potentially will cause more havoc than if the sun were better positioned.

The sun, fortunately, in this ingress chart is somewhat well positioned, it receives no aspects from the two ‘malefics’ Mars and Saturn( there is a wide orb, out-of-sign superior square to Saturn)  and it is favorably aspected to Venus and Jupiter, although not by major aspect, but in a wide orb semi-sextile.  The orb of the semi-sextile is actually too large to be very effective as it is, but in this case, the sun happens to be in an exact (within 10′) conjunction with the mid-point of Venus and Jupiter.  This conjunction with the mid-point could be the ‘saving grace’ for the sun because it suffers from a lack of dignity points because it is in its ‘fall’, (Libra) in in the 8th House.

The final thing I will call attention to is the opposition of Uranus to the moon and Jupiter, which is across the 3rd/9th House axis.

The 9th House in the mundane/political horoscope relates to a wide spectrum of concepts and events, among them are: higher education; religion, philosophy; international diplomacy; exports/imports; foreign countries; foreigners generally and immigration specifically; long distance travel; the justice system, courts and the Judicial Branch of the government; and political propaganda, Fake News, if you will.

With the moon and Jupiter under stress in the 9th you can take your pick of which of these items will rise to public attention and alarm.  If you select immigration as ‘the issue’ I think you have a sure bet, another sure bet, and perhaps a stronger bet,  will be the subject ‘political propaganda’ ( the Russia thing, or hoax if you are a DJT devotee.)  The Special Council, Mueller’s investigation falls under the auspices of the 9th, so, we should expect more ‘revelations’ to continue to pour about that.  Public distrust of news media will probably not abate, but intensify.  Who to believe, who and what to trust will be a question on our minds.

The 3rd House relates to ‘communications’ generally, a few of the specific things we find there are:  public schools and ‘lower education’; internet and related communications systems; news media; social media; computers; transportation in all forms including  roads and bridges; domestic commerce; and data processing and statistical research.

Uranus is the planet of ‘upset’, hence, expect the unexpected in any of these above enumerated areas.  We are however already hearing some disturbing reports that fall in the purview of the 3rd – for example, the ‘hacking’ of computer systems; some by the Russians of our voting systems in 12 States( this ‘good news’ just released by the government of incidents occurring  in June -the government sat on  this information for 3 months, I suppose to see if it would hatch).  Then there was massive data breach of Equifax.  With Uranus roaming in the 3rd more of this sort of stuff will likely be coming out.

Now for a look at the USA chart and the Fall Ingress chart

Fall Equinox 2017 USA

I will only point out what I consider to be the most alarming feature of what is presented here, namely the transit of Saturn at 21 Sagittarius opposing the USA Mars at 21 Gemini.  This opposition is within a 1 degree orb. It has been in this neighborhood since last December, and made a station direct on this degree August 25.  Astrologically this is a definite confirmation of the belligerent stance the US has been in since DJT took office.  This gravity of the situation is aggravated by the fact that DJT’s sun and moon opposition is activated by this Saturn transit.  Saturn is thankfully moving away from this degree and will be entering Capricorn in December.

Will there be war?

I would predict not.  One reason for my guarded optimism is the ‘mystic rectangle’ in the bi-wheel, comprised of the transiting planets moon, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus with the USA Mars.  Also, while the Ingress chart does not exhibit a strong sun, it is nevertheless  able to muddle through,  I believe.  However, the 8th House placement, with Capricorn rising suggests many trials and tribulations ahead of us during this autumn season, particularly in the areas I have mentioned.

Saturn in the 11th House suggests to me that the fundamental ‘test’ for Americans during this period is not so much in the nature of the events that may occur, however difficult these may be, but in the manner in which we deal with them.  The 11th House in its highest sense depicts  national ideals , hopes and aspirations.  America was founded on very high ideals – democracy, freedom  and equality for all, and for the ‘promotion of the general welfare’.  America has been for many years a ‘Beacon, a Shining Light on the Hill’ for countless immigrants, the tired, worn and desperate masses.  Will America under Trumpism abandon its ideals and become instead Fortress America, an international Bully, a divided country?

An Overview of the Big Picture

I think a primary astrological ‘benchmark’ that we can use to gain some perspective is the epochal Uranus & Neptune conjunction, exact from April 1992 to October 1993, at the 19th & 20th degrees of Capricorn. Pluto began its transit these degrees in the spring of 2016 – what was happening them? Of course the crazy election campaign season! Pluto reached the 19th degree of Capricorn, on February 2, 2017, just 13 days after the inauguration of DJT.
Pluto (the transformer) at this critical degree of Capricorn ( governmental structure, authority figures) suggests the present state of affairs – flux, dissention, instability within our government and governments around the globe – the break-down of governance, mass killings, massed forced migrations of people into other countries, etc.
Pluto enters Aquarius early 2024 which should mark a significant turning point in the world crisis. Coincident with this it will be Pluto’s trine with Uranus, it will be moving into Gemini.  A Saturn, Neptune conjunction at the mid-point of this trine then forms on the 1st degree of Aries. This is an extraordinarily positive configuration! Also, we should take into consideration the 240 year ‘Mutation Conjunction’ of Jupiter and Saturn. The two will be conjunct on December 21, 2020, at the 1st degree of Aquarius, which will initiate a mutation from the Earth triplicity to Air Signs.  This is a significant astrological cyclical pattern.  Before the ‘discovery’ of the outer planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, the Jupiter Saturn cycle was the primary tool for the ancient astrologer in forecasting.
The astrological outlook, if we can hold together for another 5 or 6 years holds wonderful potential!

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