At every solstice and equinox, each turn of the season provides a chart for the three months ahead. This is the moment that the Sun enters a Cardinal sign, Aries at the beginning of Spring, Cancer starts the summer, Libra the fall, and Capricorn winter. We call these “Ingress charts” and although there are different kinds of ingress charts, when an astrologer uses that term without a more specific context that’s usually the kind we mean.
As I write this the winter solstice is due in 12 hours, when the Sun enters Capricorn and win ter starts – December 22, 12:30 AM EST. Planetary positions on the zodiac and the aspects (angular relationships between planets are the same all over the world. What they show, with Sun conjunct Pluto, both square Uranus, is a season of continuing uprisings against authority and sever crackdowns. Every ingress chart for this year will show roughly the same with slow-moving Uranus and Pluto near the cardinal angles. (That is the beginnings of those four signs.) With Pluto in early Capricorn and Uranus in early Aries all the ingress charts this year have the Sun square to one of those two planets and either conjunct or opposing the other. Expect trouble! Is that a bad thing? Such trouble can start revolutions, clearing out dictators, offering opportunities for greater rights and equality. Revolutions don’t always end up that way, but although efforts can succeed or fail, there is no success without the initial effort. These cardinal signs, especially Aries, are all about initiative. And yes, the same pattern marked all four quarters last year, too! As it continues we can expect uprisings from Cairo to Oakland, California to keep building.
Jupiter in Taurus square to Venus in Aquarius bring novel attempts to build economic stability. Mars in Virgo is sesquisquare to both, making the economic experts more fractious and critical of each other. Everyone agrees that cutbacks are necessary, but where? Jupiter in Taurus favors capital and looks to the beneficence of wealthy “job creators”, but he’s retrograde and with Mars in critical Virgo and Venus in progressive/populist Aquarius we may see more and more people saying “Job creation? What jobs where?” Corporate earnings have been going to huge profits for a few, not jobs for the many. We may see more demands that those profits should be taxed so that if the so-called “job creators” aren’t living up to that title the government can get the money for schools, hospitals, and infrastructure that actually assure that workers are available and capable of helping to create profit.
Those are global trends. To see how the quarterly ingress charts affect a specific country we set them for the national capital. The angles and houses, functions of location as much as of time, will show how the global trends play out locally. In Washington DC the ascendant at the moment of this year’s winter solstice is Libra. Chart ruler Venus in the 4th house puts a strong focus on the opposition party – the Republicans, of course – square Jupiter in the 7th (wealth being or going abroad) and Mars is in the 12th, pointing to cuts in infrastructure and public services. But these are all hard aspects and nobody is happy about it. With the Sun in the third house trine Jupiter in the 7th should expect a lot more talk about how our economy is being exported and the Sun is conjunct Pluto right at the bottom of the chart, just inside the 4th house. The Republican debates and primaries are likely to look more and more like a circular firing squad while the candidates try to outdo each other justifying tax breaks for the ultra-wealthy and tax hikes for the middle class. Does Michele Bachmann hate Muslims? I don’t see her shaking hands at a mosque or stopping by for tajine dinners. (Trust me, Honey, after that picture of you eating a corndog grabbing couscous with your fingers has to be an improvement!)
A very interesting bundle of aspects has Sun trine Jupiter, both sextile to Neptune in Aquarius – suggesting wealthy folks promoting demagoguery and astro-turf movements. At the same time Uranus is semi-sextile Jupiter and square Sun while Venus is semi-sextile Sun, square Jupiter, and sextile Uranus. Uranus is in the 6th house suggesting labor uprisings and Jupiter is retrograde showing Capital losing ground. Still this complex of aspects shows give and take, but with bargains that will prove disappointing. And again, that Jupiter-Venus square is getting agitated by Mars in Virgo. While all this suggests greater polarization in general and divisions among labor, that Sun in the 3rd house square Uranus in the 6th will provoke new discussions and analysis. Whether the Republicans get to keep selling their kool-aid while they get deeper and deeper into brown-nosing the plutocrats and brown-shirting the rest of us will depend on whether workers and struggling home-owners drink the kool-aid or talk up the fact that de-regulation, privatization, and militarization are what got us into the mess we’re in.
Or to put it all simply, it’s what we already know. The primaries are going to get nastier and more doctrinaire, creating a deeper split between pragmatists and reactionary idealists.
The 10th house (the president) is ruled by the Moon in this chart which is in the second house semi-sextile Saturn in the first, sextile Venus in the 4th and trine Uranus. Obama can prevail politically by stressing fiscal responsibility for all people, stressing that ALL need to sacrifice and the wealthy are in a better position to “do without” than the poor. With Uranus in the 6th the big question is who is really creating jobs? If capital doesn’t the government must tax them so that they can. There are roads, schools, and hospitals that need improvements and putting Americans to work for America will help put more of America to work.