2016 An Astrological Preview

This is a general overview of astrological events occurring during the year 2016. Some of the events mentioned below may affect us globally or nationwide, whilst others may only affect us on an individual basis. For details about the nature, strength or duration of any effect that may take place, inception charts as well as natal charts of people in charge of the countries in question will also have to be taken into consideration. For events affecting the native on a personal level, natal-, solar return and other charts will have to be consulted. This should achieve an accurate judgment of the level of influence. In this astrological preview, the following information can be found:

Retrograde motion of the planets

Noteworthy sign ingresses and transits

Other noteworthy phenomena (Solstices, Equinoxes, Super Moons)

Solar and lunar eclipses

Solar ingress charts

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Retrograde Motion

Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be retrograde at times during 2016.

Mercury Rx

will delight us, as usual, with interrupted communication, malfunction or complete failure of computers and other electronic devices and general uncertainty and confusion concerning any contracts, legal documents or agreements.

Mercury will be retrograde in  Aquarius/Capricorn between  6 January and 25 January, in Taurus between 29 April and 22 May, in Virgo between  31 August and 22 September, and in Capricorn/Sagittarius between 20 December and 8 January 2017.

Mars Rx

will bring a reduction of energy levels and new plans or projects will most likely be put on the back burner. Accidents and health problems are likely to affect natives who have Mars Rx transits to prominent planetary placements in the appropriate house of their birth chart.

Mars will be retrograde in Sagittarius/Scorpio between 18 April and 29 June.

Jupiter Rx

will remind us of his prudent side; with Jupiter’s help we are able to fulfil our potential but in his Rx phase, he demands that we obey the rules, follow our moral guidelines and show kindness and compassion.

Jupiter will be retrograde in Virgo between 9 January and 9 May. Retrograde Jupiter in Virgo brings a sober note to our search for inner truth. In this introspective time, we may realise that vanity, negligence and suppression of our emotional life are not helpful if we want to find our true self.

Saturn Rx

in Sagittarius will give us a chance to re-evaluate what has become static and dogmatic in the past. It is likely that any unfinished but forgotten business will make an unexpected reappearance during this time, reminding us to bring old issues to a close.

Saturn will be retrograde between 26 March and 13 August.

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Sign Ingresses and Noteworthy Transits

Jupiter will move into Libra on 9 September

Jupiter Rx will square Saturn on 23 March

Jupiter will square Saturn on 26 May

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Other Noteworthy Phenomena

Solstices and Equinoxes

Spring Equinox: 20 March (4:30UT)

Summer Solstice: 20 June (22:34UT)

Autumn Equinox: 22 September (14:21UT)

Winter Solstice: 21 December (10:44UT)

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Super Moons

There will be 3 Full Moons which are Super Moons during 2016:

16 October in 23* Aries

14 November in 23* Taurus

14 December in 23* Gemini

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Solar and Lunar Eclipses

Solar Eclipses

Total solar eclipse on 9 March in 18* 56’ Pisces. This eclipse may be of immediate importance to Russia, Afghanistan and Pakistan. With Jupiter being eclipse ruler, countries falling under the planet’s rulership will have to be taken into consideration, too.

An eclipse usually affects only a small number of people. To establish the possibility of any effect to take place, the birth chart should be scrutinized for any of the following:

  • Sun or Moon are in or around 19* Pisces
  • Sun or Moon are in or around 19* Virgo (opposition)
  • Sun or Moon are in or around 19* Gemini or Sagittarius (square)
  • 19* Pisces is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
  • 19* Pisces is ascending in the birth chart (conjunct Ascendant)

Should it be the case that one or even more of these factors apply, an in-depth reading of the birth chart may be necessary to find out if, how and to what extent the native could be affected.

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Annular solar eclipse on 1 September in 9*21’ Virgo. This eclipse may be of immediate importance to Brasil. Russia, Turkey, Irak and Saudi Arabia are likely to be affected at a later date. With Mercury being eclipse ruler, countries falling under the planet’s rulership will have to be taken into consideration, too.

To establish the possibility of any effect to take place, the birth chart should be scrutinized for any of the following:

  • Sun or Moon are in or around 9* Virgo
  • Sun or Moon are in or around 9* Pisces (opposition)
  • Sun or Moon are in or around 9* Sagittarius or Gemini (square)
  • 9* Virgo is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
  • 9* Virgo is ascending in the birth chart (conjunct Ascendant)

Lunar Eclipses

Appulse lunar eclipse on 23 March, Moon in 3*17’ Libra, Sun in 3*17’ Aries. This eclipse may turn out to be of immediate importance to Russia and China. With Venus being eclipse ruler, countries falling under the planet’s rulership will have to be taken into consideration, too.

People with Libra or Aries rising, either in their birth chart or in their Solar Revolution for 2016, could be more affected than others. Furthermore it should be investigated if natal Sun or Moon are conjunct the eclipse point. If it should be the case that one or even more of these factors apply, an in-depth reading of the native’s charts may be necessary to find out which particular areas of life are likely to be affected the most.

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Appulse lunar eclipse on 16 September, Moon in 24*20’ Virgo, Sun in 24*20’ Pisces. This eclipse may turn out to be of immediate importance to Senegal, Mauritania and the Canary Islands. Russia, Kazakhstan, India and Pakistan may be affected at a later date. With Jupiter being eclipse ruler, countries falling under the planet’s rulership will have to be taken into consideration, too.

People with Virgo or Pisces rising, either in their birth chart or in their Solar Revolution for 2016, could be more affected than others. Furthermore it should be investigated if natal Sun or Moon are conjunct the eclipse point.

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Ingress Charts

2016 Solar Ingress for the United Kingdom


Aries Ingress London 2016

Shown here is the Aries ingress chart, cast for London, representing the United Kingdom. With a fixed sign rising, this chart will be valid for the whole of 2016. From the chart above, we can see that Mars will be the Lord of the Year. He is Lord of the 9th house,  and is prominently positioned near the 10th house cusp (MC). Main themes during this solar year will be matters concerning conflicts. Bonatti writes that Mars in the 10th house:

“… signifies wars and contentions over matters which do not belong to those who seek them, nor pertain to them” (BoA p951)

A detailed analysis of the Aries ingress chart will be posted on my web log in due course.

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2016 Solar Ingress for the United States of America

Aries Ingress Wash 2016

Shown here is the Aries ingress chart, cast for Washington, which is representative for the United States of America. With a common sign rising, this chart is valid for six months. The Libra ingress chart will have to be taken into account thereafter. During this year, much attention will be paid to the election campaign which will result in the US Presidential Elections, held on 8 November. From the chart above, we can see that Mars will be Lord of the Revolution, which gives a first indication of what is to come.  Bonatti writes about Mars being Lord of the Revolution in the 1st house, that:

“… it signifies something horrible (and sorrow and fears, and contrarieties and contentions) is going to come to men …” (BoA p948)

A detailed analysis of the Aries and the Libra ingress charts for the United States, including a prediction regarding the next US president, will be posted on my web log in due course.

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2016 Solar Ingress for Syria

Aries Ingress Damascus 2016

 

Shown here is the Aries ingress chart, cast for Damascus, which is representative for Syria. With a cardinal sign rising, this chart is valid for 3 months only, which already indicates the unstable situation in this country. Therefore the Cancer-, Libra- and Capricorn ingress charts will have to be taken into consideration, too. The Moon is Lady of the Revolution, highlighting the fact that the focus is on the common people of Syria. All other planets are in the problematic houses 6, 8 and 12, telling a tale of enemies, illness and death.

For personalised 12 months forecasts, see my Annual Prediction Reading

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US – lead Airstrikes Against Syria?

Solar ingress 2013 Syria

According to the rules of traditional astrology, judging the 2013 Aries ingress chart for Syria we find that the Sun is Lord of the Year and also significator of the king. The ingress chart has Leo, a fixed sign, on the Ascendant. Therefore the chart will be valid for the whole of the solar year.

We also note that the Sun is in a square aspect to the Moon in the 12th house, which is aptly signifying the common people. We can furthermore deduct that the square aspect adequately represents the state of affairs, i.e. the civil war currently taking place in Syria. To find out about the possibility of Syria getting dragged into a war against a foreign enemy, we have to investigate further. Traditionally, Mars is the natural significator of war in a Revolution. Bonatti tells us about the likelihood of war breaking out that, if Mars were to be cadent:

“it does not signify it.” (BA p896).

Bonatti also suggests that the planet Mars is separating from by aspect would be the instigator of the war. We know that Mars can only separate from either Jupiter or Saturn, reason being that these are the only two planets who are moving slower than Mars. Investigating this possibility in our ingress chart, we find that Mars is neither separating from an aspect to Jupiter nor to Saturn. This can be interpreted as another indicator against the possibility of a full blown war, waged against a foreign force, breaking out.

But let’s now have a look at the other half of this equation, the Aries ingress chart of the United States of America.

Aries ingress 2013 Washington

We wrote about this ingress chart earlier in the year, noting that the chart would only be valid until the Libra ingress, on 22 September 2013. We basically came to the conclusion that the Lady of the Revolution was the Moon, in the 4th house, indicating that the main themes for the first half of the year would be internal domestic issues, people’s resources, and so forth.

Libra ingress 2013 Washington

Looking at the Libra ingress chart, the picture changes. Here we find Aquarius on the Ascendant and the sign ruler Saturn, the Greater Malefic, conjunct the Moon’s North Node. Mars, natural significator of war is aptly located in the 7th house, which, according to traditional astrologers, like Lilly or Partridge, has also to be taken into consideration. Thinking of Bonatti’s rule again, we can now say that Mars is located in an angle, which signifies war. Mars is separating from a square to Saturn, and here we find in Bonatti:

“And if Saturn were to rule the … quarter, there will be war by seduction and cleverness, and through knowledge and skills” (BA 897).

And later on:

“And if he [Mars] were separated from Saturn (since Saturn in such a case signifies kings), it seems that the king [i.e. head of state] is the one who has incited the war, or it will be due to the advice of old and ignoble men.” (BA 894).

Adding to this is the fact that the Moon, signifying the common people, is opposed to Saturn, squaring Mars and conjunct the Moon’s South Node. This clearly shows that a large part of the population is not in agreement with the plans of the government or the head of state.

All in all it seems that there is a likelihood of one or perhaps more single sided strikes against Syria, which will probably take place after 22 of September, when the Sun will have moved into Libra.

The chart below shows  the monthly profections of Mars and the Sun for September 2013 in the ingress chart for Syria. It clearly shows that both profected planets will be activated by Saturn in the revolution chart, which doesn’t bode well.

Aries Ingress 2013 Syria monthly profection

The yellow segment shows the path of the Sun and the red segment the path of Mars throughout the monthly profection in question. The inner ring shows the planets of the ingress chart. *

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*For a discussion of the profection method used here, see: http://www.cieloeterra.it/eng/eng.articoli.profezione/profezione.html

All quotes from: Book of Astronomy by Guido Bonatti, translation from the 1491 and 1550 Latin translations by Dr. Ben Dykes; Cazimi Press, Minnesota 2007.

Aries Ingress 2013 for United Kingdom, European Union and United States of America

On 20th March 2013 at 11:02 UT/06:02 EST the Sun will be in 00*00’ Aries. Traditional astrology states that a chart cast for the capital of a nation at the time the Sun enters Aries provides a detailed picture of the events occurring during the year or at least part of the year to follow. The ancients called this the Revolution of the Year of the World, but it is also known as the Solar Ingress.

As ingress charts are location specific, I will give an analysis of the 2013 solar ingress for Britain and the EU, followed by the ingress for the Unites States of America.

Solar Ingress 2013 London

Shown above is the Aries ingress chart, cast for London, representing the United Kingdom. With a moveable sign rising, this chart will be valid for three months only. Thereafter, the Cancer-, Libra- and Capricorn ingress charts will have to be taken into account.

From the chart above, we can see that most of the planets are debilitated. Saturn is retrograde, Jupiter in detriment, Mars and Venus are combust, and Mercury is essentially debilitated by detriment and fall. Luna is essentially dignified by Rulership and face and is close to the Ascendant. Therefore I propose that the Moon will be the Lady of the Revolution, valid until the Cancer ingress on 21 June 2013.

Also of importance is the fact that the Moon is the Lady of the Ascendant, too.

Bonatti says about the Moon being in the domicile of the Lady of the Year:

“ [i]t signifies and abundance of waters or rains, and the increase of rivers and streams, and their flooding; the increase of cold; and the goodness of the disposition of men, and that they will rejoice in the good.” (BA p857)

With the Moon being the Lady of the Revolution, the main themes between March and June will be matters concerning the common people. We also find that the Moon is square Mars and trine Saturn, of which Bonatti says:

“If at some time it were to happen that the Moon … is the Lord of the Year … and one of the malefics were joined with it, and were to impede it by aspect or conjunction, the condition of the year and of the vulgar or common people will be weakened and made harsh if it were the Lord of the Year.” (BA p911)

Bonatti goes into more detail about this, writing:

“[I]f the Moon were the Lady of the Year or Revolution, … it signifies the good condition of the vulgar generally; and even the good condition of sailors and mothers, … and also gourmands or gluttons … and their way of life. If however she were impeded, it signifies the contrary of these things which I have said…” (BA p974)

and later on writes about the Moon in the 12th house:

“Indeed in the twelfth, it signifies impediment and duress, and the instability of things, and quarrels and prisons from the direction of enemies.” (BA p978)

But not only the common people will suffer, there might be surprises waiting for the rulers, too. Looking at the placement of the Dragon’s Head in Scorpio, we find that:

“Abu Ma’shar said that it signifies … evil and sorrow in great men; and it signifies wars and battles and wounds …” (BA p981f)

It also seems that we will be in for more surprises regarding what may be hidden in our food, as the ingress chart shows Jupiter on the 12th house cusp, which, according to Bonatti denotes that:

“[T]hat they [people] will be saddened by accidents which will come to them on the occasion of quadrupeds, and especially large animals, like horses, cows, and the like.” (BA p944)

What springs to mind as well is retrograde Saturn in the 5th house of joy and pleasure, and Mercury in the 9th house who is strongly debilitated.

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The ingress chart for Europe, cast for Brussels, is nearly identical to the one cast for the United Kingdom. This leads us to believe that  more financial restrictions and continued economic hardship for most of the population, as indicated by Mercury can be expected for The United Kingdom and the European Union.

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Solar Ingress 2013 Washington

Shown here is the Aries ingress chart, cast for Washington and therefore representative for the United States of America. With a mutable sign rising, this chart is valid for six months and the Libra ingress chart will have to be taken into account thereafter.

Once again we see that the Moon is the Lady of the Revolution, but here the Moon is located in the 4th house. Just as we saw in the ingress chart for Europe, the fate of the common people will be of major concern during the next six month. Luna’s location in the 4th house indicates that we are dealing with domestic issues and people’s estates, homes and resources in general. Furthermore, the Moon is aspecting Saturn in the 8th house and Mercury, who is essentially debilitated by Detriment and Fall, in the 12th house. Bonatti says about the placement of the Moon in the 4th house”

“[I]f it [the chart] were nocturnal, neither the beginning nor end will be praised; men’s affairs will be restricted, unless Jupiter were to work to the contrary.” (BA p976)

Taking into account that in this ingress chart Jupiter is the Lord of the Ascendant, we have to investigate Bonatti’s claim thoroughly. Here we find that Jupiter is in detriment and his dispositor is debilitated Mercury, who is located in the 12th house, squaring Jupiter.

At least all is not bad, as it seems that the economic problems will cause tighter bonds between families. Bonatti says about Jupiter in the third house in ingress charts:

“And if he were in the third, it signifies good fortune from one brother to another, and between them; and men will rejoice because of their relatives, and especially younger ones, and first or older sisters.” (BA p943)

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All quotes from: Guido Bonatti’s Book of Astronomy (BA), translation B Dykes, Cazimi Press, 2007

Solar Ingress 2012 for UK, EU and USA

On 20th March 2012 at 05:14 UT the Sun will be in 00*00’ Aries. Traditional astrology states that a chart, cast for the capital of a nation at the time the Sun enters Aries, provides a detailed picture of the events occurring during the year to follow. The ancients called this the revolution of the year of the world, but it is also known as the solar ingress.

The 2012 solar ingress chart for the United Kingdom is depicted below.

Traditional astrology observes the rule, that a solar ingress chart with the Ascendant in a fixed sign (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius), is all that is needed to judge the events of the year to come. But should the Ascendant fall in a mutable sign (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces), two charts are needed. One is to be cast for the Aries ingress and the other one for the following Libra ingress. Each chart is valid for six months. Should the Ascendant be located in a moveable sign (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn), then four charts need to be taken into consideration. These should be cast for the time of the Sun’s ingress in Aries-, Cancer-, Libra- and Capricorn and are valid for four months each.

A glance at the ingress chart for 2012 with the location of London shows that Aquarius is the rising sign. As Aquarius is a fixed sign, this chart alone may be used to predict the general events for the United Kingdom during the whole year 2012.

Bonatti tells us about the usefulness of the revolution:

“For through a revolution of the years of the world is known what is going to be concerning the good and bad in that year, namely if that year is going to be tranquil or troublesome … and what the standing of kings or princes, the wealthy, or great men, is going to be. And likewise of the people … according to the customs of men.”   (BA, p815f)*

The first significant factor to be judged in the ingress chart is the Lord/Lady of the Year. In our case the Moon is Lady of the Year. She is in Pisces, the domicile of Jupiter. (We shall find out in a moment, why this placement may turn out to be of great importance.) As the Lady of the Year, she is concerned with the signification of the condition of the citizens or common people. Looking at the chart, we can see that she is peregrine and applying to an opposition to Mars, the lesser malefic. Furthermore she is separating from a trine to Saturn, the greater malefic.

Because the Moon is outside of Cancer we have to look at the Lord of the Domicile for exact judgment, as Bonatti tells us. If the Lord of the Domicile is strong and fortunate, it signifies good for the people or the region. If he is weak, the opposite meaning occurs.

Before we continue our judgment of the Moon, we have to take a look at another important factor in the ingress chart, the significator of the government (originally known as “significator of the king”). In our case the government is signified by Jupiter.

Looking at the state of Jupiter, we will see that he is peregrine and aspected by Mars. Furthermore he is located in the 2nd house, the house of finances.

Considering what we have seen so far, a picture begins to emerge. Jupiter, the government, is not particularly strong, with problems concerning the 2nd house of finances. This in turn has a negative influence onto the Moon, representing the general public. Furthermore the Moon has just separated from a trine to Saturn. This means that we have to have a closer look at Saturn. Saturn is located on the 7th house cusp, but applying the 5 degree rule (Planets located 5 degrees or less from the next house cups are considered to belong to the next house), we have to interpret him as being in the 8th house. Here is what Bonatti has to say about Saturn in the 8th house:

“… it signifies litigations because of the seeking of inheritances .. and it signifies matters whose pain and distress or sorrow will last for a long time .” (BA, p937)

The Moon is also opposing Mars. Bonatti explains about this weakening factor, stating that:

“ … the condition of the year and of the vulgar common people will be weakened and made harsh.” (BA, p911).

Mars is placed in the 7th house, and according to Bonatti, this:

“… signifies contentions and contrarieties, and confusion in all matters, and harm for this reason. And it signifies business transactions with fraud and deception, also grief and sorrow in it.” (BA, p950)

It is also very enlightening to look at the placement of the Arabic Parts in the ingress chart.

Beginning with the Part of the Sun, which gives us an idea about things to come and the future in general, we find it in 02*08 Aquarius, positioned in the 12th house of hidden or secret matters. Looking at the Lord of the 12th house, we find it to be Saturn, the greater malefic. Just as a reminder, Saturn is exalted in Libra, retrograde and in the 8th house.

The same accounts for the Part of Mercury, concerned with poverty and ordinary intellect, in 04*51 Capricorn in the 11th house, and the Part of substance, for goods and possessions, in 16*12 Aquarius, in the 12th house of informers, private enemies and self undoing.

The Part of Jupiter, representing happiness, is to be found in 20*46 Scorpio in the 8th house. Ruled by Mars and inflicted by its placement in the 8th house, the house of money owed and tax collectors, it is quite clear that 2012 will probably not go down in history as a year of happiness.

Looking at the chart for Brussels, representing the whole of the EU, a different picture emerges.

Most importantly we notice that the Ascendant is in Pisces, a mutable sign. This suggests that the chart above is only valid for the next six months. Thereafter we need to look at the Libra ingress chart, to make any further judgment.

We can see here that retrograde Mars is opposing the Ascendent and the Sun and Mercury are in the first house. Remembering that the first house tells us about the condition of the common people, we realise that much upheaval can be expected in the next six month. Mercury, the Planet of merchants, trade but as well material prosperity, is retrograde and therefore moving further towards the Sun, worsening the combust state he is in.

Taking a look at the placement of the Arabic Parts, we see that the Part of the Moon is in Aries, in the 12th house and ruled by debilitated Mars. This is a broad hint that the fortune of the majority of people living in the EU is not brilliant. Furthermore the Part of Mercury, concerned with the fortunes of ordinary people, is in Capricorn, ruled by Saturn, in the 7th, representing public enemies and thieves, who is casting a trine to the Moon.

On the positive side, the Part of Venus, concerned with love and concord is in Taurus. Venus is highly dignified by rulership, indicating that there is still time for loving thoughts and deeds.

Looking further ahead, we can take a glance at the Libra ingress chart for Brussels:

Here the ruler of the Ascendant is Saturn and Mars is in Scorpio, conjunct the 10th house. This indicates that things will probably not improve for the EU during the second half of the year either. I will post an in-depth analysis of this chart later in the year.

Let us now take a look at the solar ingress chart, cast for Washington, representing the whole of the USA.

The Ascendant is in Sagittarius, a mutable sign, showing that this chart is valid for the next six months. After that period, we have to look at the Libra ingress chart for Washington to comment on any further development.

The Lord of the Year for the USA is the Sun, exalted in Aries and conjunct the 4th house cusp. As for the Planet ruling the government, Bonatti tell us:

“… or if the Lord of the 10th were under the rays of the Sun (whether he has escaped from combustion or not, provided that he is not appearing from under the rays): the Sun will be the significator of the king …” (BA, p832)

To judge the state of the head of the government, we can look to Bonatti again, reading:

“If however the Lord of the Year were the significator of the king, then look for his substance from the 2nd and its Lord.” (BA, p888)

From this we can see that the 2nd house is ruled by Saturn, exalted in Libra in the 11th house of hopes and wishes, and its bound Lord is Mars, Rx and in Virgo in the 9th house of dreams and visions. We may therefore deduct that, at least in the time between March and September, not everything will be working as the government hopes or wishes. Particularly themes of responsibility and justification may become an issue.

Let us have a look what Bonatti has to say about the Sun being Lord of the Year:

“… it signifies the sublimities and exaltations of kings, and glory and honour, and its seeking; and that the king of this region will be exalted; and he will be worried about the increase of his kingdom-and not merely the king, but even anyone according to his own nature or birth of increasing his own status.” (BA, p957)

The Sun is located in the 4th house, and Bonatti writes about this:

“… it signifies praise between men, and their sublimity and honor. And matters will appear which had long stood hidden nor appeared.” (BA, p960)

Looking at the Arabic Parts we can see that the Part of the Moon, concerned with fortunes, is in Capricorn, ruled by Saturn which, as we have pointed out before, is not a good placement at all. The Part of the Sun, spirit, things to come and the future in general, is located in Scorpio, ruled by Mars and opposing the Moon. This indicates again that the people of the United States will not see any increase in their fortunes during the next six months.

Lastly we have a quick look at the Libra ingress chart for Washington:

We can immediately see that the rising sign is Scorpio and the Lord of the Ascendant, Mars, is in the first house. He is not Rx any more and considerably stronger, dignified by rulership and triplicity. The Sun, Lord of the Year and significator of the government, is now in his fall in Libra, a definite sign of weakness.

A thorough analysis of the Libra ingress chart will be posted on my web log later on in the year.

UPDATE: See as well my article: Libra Ingress 2012, Obama & the US Presidential Elections

*All quotes from: Book of Astronomy by Guido Bonatti, translation from the 1491 and 1550 Latin translations by Dr. Ben Dykes; Cazimi Press, Minnesota 2007.

Winter Solstice 2010

It is love which is the centripetal power of the universe; it is by love that all creation returns to the bosom of God. The force which projected all things is will, and will is the centrifugal power of the universe. Will alone could not overcome the evil which results from the limitations of matter; but it shall be overcome in the end by sympathy, which is the knowledge of God in others,–the recognition of the omnipresent self. This is love. And it is with the children of the spirit, the servants of love, that the dragon of matter makes war. (Anna Kingsford, Clothed With The Sun)

With the Winter Solstice upon us, I want to take the opportunity and wish all readers of my web log and my friends on Facebook/Twitter a peaceful Solstice time and a happy and prosperous year to come .