Chart shown: Spring Equinox March 20, 2011 @ 7:20:50 pm edt Washington, DC; also known as the Aries Ingress 2011 horoscope.
Sun in Aries and Saturn in Libra are Exalted; there is a 'Grand Cross' pattern (highlighted in red) which includes Mc/Ic angles, and, if the Nodal axis is included, is dissociate with the Nodal axis in Sag/Gemini; ASC/DESC, Sun and Uranus are in Cardinal signs; Hour of Jupiter in a critical/crisis degree, in 7th house of Partnerships, Legal Affairs, and Open Enemies; near Midheaven, SN '28Gem' is at a degree of Bankruptcy, the position of the Moon (the people) on the morning of 9/11/01; the effects of a major coup, the attacks of 9/11, continue to ripple and weaken the US.
ASC 1Lib03 brings US natal Midheaven to the fore (from our nation's Sibly natal chart Mc 00Lib53) and makes evaluating Venus Spring 2011's chart-ruler; Venus rules 1st and 9th houses; lower left, you see listed the two applying aspects of Venus (how things will proceed): trine Moon 5A00, then conjunct Neptune 7A06.
1. A Moon/Venus trine indicates optimism, harmony, and honorable intentions and perhaps will bring improvement to America's status in the world (natal Mc), something we sorely need. Careers of the populace may benefit as well so this gives some support to what economic talking heads are saying now: improvement in levels of hiring in 2011 (though many positions may be temporary or consulting, no benefits.)
2. Chart-ruler Venus' second applying aspect is a dreamy, illusory conjunction with Neptune, bringer of inspiration and spirituality, but also of fraud, deception, disillusion, dissolution, and loss. Plus, negative escapism is one of Neptune's favorite of ways of (not) dealing with difficult issues and one thinks of the so-called 'drug wars' going on in Mexico and spilling into the US.
Venus/Neptune indicates an inflated treasury (Neptune here is in a crisis-ridden 29th degree) and their conjunction brings more nebulous Piscean energy into the chart. At its best, the pair describes the highest form of spiritual love, healing ability, idealism, and a hypnotic power of attraction. Perhaps a new entertainer, film, artwork, or piece of music will capture the public imagination in a very big way this Spring, with vivid imagination and romance prominent. (Can Justin Bieber get bigger?) In addition, this aspect shows signs of impractical dreaming, deception, or of being a burden to others.
Venus conjunct Neptune also indicates 'loss' (Neptune) of, by, or through a 'female' (Venus) or by de-valuation (US credit rating?); fraud involving smaller amounts of money is indicated. Actually with Neptune's tiresomely long-term conjunction to US natal Moon in Aquarius (we-the-people) - though not as close for Spring 2011 - we have a midpoint picture with US n Moon at apex...
Venus/Neptune = n Moon: being easily influenced or led by others; a dreamy nature; chaotic emotional lives; comforting those who delight in deceit; negative escapism (moderation in all things! jc); self-delusion; romantic notions; impracticality.
As you see, the Sun enters Aries with progressive Uranus in close conjunction, the Sun's only planetary aspect for Spring 2011. This signifies powerful, decisive actions yet with unpredictability, eccentricity, and possibly, occultism involved; Sun rules 11th house of Hopes, Wishes, Groups, and Associations; the combined energies of Sun-Uranus = radical reformers, battles between rule makers and decision makers, a contrary head of state with unusual habits, and/or revolutions for the purpose of removing existing leaders.
With Sun and Uranus combining at Aries Point, much unpredictable energy, restlessness, and disruption are evident; for America we may glean a midpoint since their conjunction lies opposite US natal Mc: Sun-Uranus = Mc: major events in support of big plans; hopeful triumph for the ego; restless people with far-reaching ideas; reformers, technicians, inventors; sudden events bring emotional upheaval and have major impact.
Jupiter at Critical Degree
'12Ari' is a crisis/critical degree with financial implications (moneybags Jupiter's natural sign Sagittarius is intercepted in 3rd house, and also rules mystic Pisces on the 6th cusp; Pisces is a military sign, 6th house is the realm of military and police services along with Work in general, and Health.) Disturbingly, Jupiter's Sabian Symbol for '12Ari' = "A Flock of Wild Geese" may relate to the mystery of global bird and fish deaths; round up to '13Ari' and we have "A Failed Bomb Explosion," which may be literal, figurative, or both but a least it's "failed."
The fated Nodal axis lies near the Mc/Ic axis of Career and Home (Security); with NN near Ic one hopes that homelessness and foreclosure in America will be addressed more fully and that conditions will improve. SN at Mc tends to thwart career aspirations and is seriously affecting America's standing in the world (Mc) but these karmic conditions may ease once transiting Saturn trines this SN 27Gem45, thus sextiling NN - but not in Spring 2011.
Disturbingly, powerful and sneaky Pluto is 'in the house' - the 4th house, the Basis of the Matter, and place of endings; Pluto is @ '8Cap' = "Birds in the House Singing Happily" which is perhaps another link to mysteriously dead birds; Pluto/NN opposes Mc so we have: Pluto/NN = Mc: one's future depends upon the actions of others; powerful associations which can cause career setbacks; learning and receiving assistance from important groups; associations with others are the sine qua non of success. Pluto/NN = destiny of the masses; powerful connections.
Destructuring and transformation of the Real Estate market is one implication of Pluto in 4th house with renovations and repairs indicated; our national who-owns-what-mortgages issues continue (Saturn Rx rules 4th cusp), and sad to say, plutonian spies and saboteurs may be afoot even more than before with high-level surveillance becoming more prominent in the news since Pluto also represents big publishers and the use of persuasive propaganda.
Now this is a Full Moon chart (Sun 197 degrees Moon) so something may have peaked or been fulfilled just prior to March 20 - the Sygyzy Moon (last lunation) is @ 28Vir48, here in 12th house of Karma, Politics, Large Institutions, and the Collective Unconscious. US natal Saturn 14Lib48 is the first US planet to rise in the chart which brings our exalted Libran Saturn and its Scales of Justice to the fore this spring, along with our ongoing Saturn Return.
The traditional implication of natal Saturn in 10th house as America has (July 4, 1776 5:10 pm lmt, Philadelphia, PA) is a 'fall from grace' - and we feel this occurring if we stay on the current path of trying to act as the world's global police force while spreading 'democracy' at gunpoint. That forces within the US are attempting to affect our nation's total collapse has been in evidence for years now, according to some people such as myself.
Moon 17Lib26 is thankfully past depressive Saturn in 1st house and parallels Fixed Star Spica (potential for brilliance, but also The Spike) which hopefully shows more improvement in consumer confidence and our emotional state.
Yes, Saturn Rx in 1st house shows delays and loss yet Moon in 1st house is fortuitous - mixed portents. However, one of the bigger factors of note is the opposition between societal planets Jupiter and Saturn, a 20-year cycle which influences the world's financial cycles. This pair's current cycle began on May 28, 2000 @ '23Tau' = " A Jewelry Shop Filled with Magnificent Gems", a hint of the many thefts which society has suffered since the New Millennium began, and we continue to suffer them under complicit, enabling politicians who can't seem to kowtow enough to Wall Street and to the rest of the global crime syndicate of monarchs, Rothschilds, Rockefellers, and their minions.
Messenger, orator, and trader Mercury 18Ari17 in 7th house of Partnerships, Legal Affairs, and Open Enemies, is ready for action in Aries and parallel (like a strong conjunction) Fixed Star Altair, the Eagle, a star associated with US ambitions for imperialistic domination and surveillance. Mercury/Jupiter contacts tend to expand thinking and plans while broadening horizons. These are not especially practical plans, however, and their contact promotes idealism, over promising, and even zealotry.
As you see, the midpoint of the plutocracy pair, Pluto/Chiron, sits directly upon 5th cusp of Gambling and Risk-Taking, and upon US natal South Node, too. This indicates the US falling back on old behaviors (SN) of disenfranchising those who can least afford to be harmed. One thinks of April 15th as Tax Day when, thanks to recent legislation, the poorest among us are to be the only ones who will not benefit from the President's extension of tax cuts. Some compromise that tilts the financial hourglass even more toward the well-heeled!
Testosterone-driven Mars, god of war, is in 6th house and rules both 7th and 8th houses; Mr. Contentious is in militaristic Pisces as America-driven wars continue; health issues of our returning soldiers remain critical with sacred warrior Chiron also in sympathetic Pisces. A Mars/Neptune (Neptune bwo Pisces) connection may describe infections, epidemics, poisons, gas, and/or travel over water.
Debt (8th house) and imprisonment concerns continue with Mars affecting 12th house, the polarity of its actual placement in 6th house; Mars rules money planet - and, The General - Jupiter.
Uprisings and riots continue into the summer as the 9th cusp of Foreign Lands in the Spring Equinox chart highlights the passionate rage and warrior energy of two Fixed Stars closely associated with the Middle East, Capulus and Algol; sadly, the ancient 'Muslims v Christians' quarrel heats up and is used by political operatives on all sides for their selfish purposes - to the extent that such high volatility may be managed.
Plus, with the Saturnian SN in 9th house, past behaviors of the US government will continue to play a major role in stimulating Middle Eastern turmoil against the West.
All in all, when set for Washington DC, the chart has many planets (actors) in the northern hemisphere showing many private issues of note to be addressed for Spring 2011. Only two planets are in the public sector (Mercury and Jupiter in 7th H), so most of the initiative belongs not to America but to others with only two planets (Saturn and the Moon) in the eastern half of the chart from which we will operate this spring. America's Saturn Return is in full swing with issues of authority, responsibility, accountability, austerity, lack, delay, lessons to be learned, depression, and loss on the US menu. A steady (Saturn) course is necessary.
To close, here is a round-up of seven prominent midpoint pictures in the chart which will flavor Spring 2011; look to the house positions of the apex (focal) planets to see where the midpoint energies play out for Washington along with associated house rulerships and planetary aspects; the Saturn/Uranus picture with apex Pluto has been in effect prior and will continuing enforcing its difficult energies upon the world:
Sun/Saturn = Pluto: elimination of pessimism or despair; disciplined people who want and attract power; overwhelming rigidity and inflexibility; an increased will to retaliate against others for slights; illness inhibits development; pressure to change one's entire value system.
Saturn/Uranus = Pluto: upheaval to protect assets; rebellion; tremendous fear of loss; violence and brutality; harm through force majeure (war); a desire to overcome difficult situations through extraordinary efforts; concealing changes to activities; rigid inflexibility replaces adaptation.
(Note: both Sun/Saturn and Saturn/Uranus are quindecile - 165 degrees - an aspect of obsession-compulsion: Sun QD Saturn = obsessed with 'measuring up'; driven to prove oneself through ambition and accomplishment; can be cold and calculating; may assume authoritative role with others; can set goals and achieve them if focused. Saturn QD Uranus = driven toward breaking old, outdated concepts through use of innovative ideas; may disrupt governing systems; can break rules through defiance of law and order; benefit comes through societal changes for the betterment of mankind.) (The Quindecile, Ricki Reeves.)
Mars/Jupiter = Sun: leadership; success; organizational talent; love of enterprise; resolutions to correct past errors; legal or religious defenses; strong determination toward objectives.
Mars/Jupiter = Uranus: ability to find the best political approaches during times of unrest; abrupt uses of of social forces; studying people's motivations; urge for freedom and independence; ambition; making sudden decisions; unexpected events within partnerships or business; active resistance to tutelage or guardianship.
Jupiter/Neptune = Mars: speculation; unreliability; being let down by others; plans without prospect; defiant reactions toward explanations about delays, confusion, or laxity in meeting obligations; strong idealism; a need for practical focus; the courage to defend one's explanations of reality.
Sun/ASC = Mc: professional recognition; attaining esteem and respect.
Uranus/ASC = Mc: using technology to understand others (by spying?); unexpected changes occur yet aims are fulfilled; excitement; making changes; agitation on behalf of an increase in safety and protection; experience prevails over disruption.
(All Midpoints: Ebertin; Munkasey; Tyl; as always, any, all, or none may apply and are subject to stimulation by transits and progressions.)