It’s been a year now since I last had the chance to post a mundane reading here. I apologize to my readers for the delay: it’s been a very busy time for me. Still, with the approach of the autumn equinox comes a new ingress chart, governing the next six months of America’s troubled encounter with its future, and other responsibilities have backed off far enough that I’ve had time to cast and delineate a chart for the upcoming six months. Those readers who are hoping for better times in the near future are going to be disappointed: for the United States, at least, the next six months are going to be more of the same rough sledding we’ve had for the last few years.
Let’s start with the basics. The administration in power in the US is indicated by the planet ruling the tenth house cusp, and the head of state is indicated by the Sun. It’s even more important than usual to draw this distinction just now, as President Obama remains as detached as ever from the political and economic realities of the country he was presumably elected to lead. You’ll find the Sun over in the eighth house, almost wholly disconnected from the rest of the chart; its only relation to other planets are a set of nicely paired applying semisquares with Venus and Mars. The semisquare is an aspect of tension, a weak echo of the square; Obama, isolated as usual, is once again poised between two competing forces, leaving him in a state of indecision and relative paralysis.
One of those forces, in a fine bit of political irony, is his own administration. Since the tenth house cusp is in Scorpio, that’s indicated by Mars, who is in Leo near the cusp of the seventh house. Mars in the seventh house is a traditional indication of war, though it normally needs to be backed up by a square, opposition, or conjunction of the outer planets to make that indication stick; lacking that, it argues that important figures in Obama’s cabinet are pushing hard for war, in a predictably blustering Leo manner, but may or may not get it. A mostly random barrage of missiles launched at an enemy who lacks the capacity to shoot back—the most typical expression of US foreign policy these days—might well be indicated by this position.
The other side of the conflict is Venus in the ninth house, which has a twofold significance here. The ninth house in mundane astrology represents relations with other countries, and so part of that opposition comes from the many other nations that are less than delighted with Washington’s latest march toward war. Venus, however, also rules the cusp of the fourth house, which in mundane astrology represents the other party in a two-party system. With utter predictability, in other words, Republicans who couldn’t find any objection to George W. Bush’s wars are bristling in outrage when a president from the other party tries something out of the same playbook. Again, whether or not their opposition will amount to anything is hard to say from the chart.
The position of the Sun in the eighth house also deserves discussion. The eighth house is the house of death, but an event as dramatic and rare as the death of a head of state in office is signaled in the heavens by much more specific indications, and those aren’t present in this chart. A position such as this in a mundane chart, rather, means that the authority of the head of state will suffer, or that another important figure in the administration will be forced to step down.
Far more troubling from the perspective of the current administration is the condition of the people, represented in a mundane chart by the ruler of the ascendant and the Moon. The ascendant of this ingress chart is in Aquarius, traditionally ruled by Saturn, and the Moon is passing from an opposition with Saturn, through an opposition with Venus, to a square with Mars. The Moon-Saturn opposition argues that popular opinion has been sharply divided; the Moon-Venus opposition suggests that the GOP, which at one point had some claim to speak for at least a part of the American people, is losing that advantage rapidly—a shift also shown by Venus’ separation from a conjunction with Saturn. The square with Mars warns that disillusionment with the Republicans may not work out to the advantage of the Democrats, as the cheerleading for war that’s taken the place of serious statesmanship on the latter side of the aisle will have very little appeal among the public.
Other factors promise to further this bipartisan loss of legitimacy. The most important of these is shown by the pattern of outer planets in the eleventh, first and second houses of the chart. Uranus retrograde in the second house—the house of the nation’s wealth and economic activity—may just be the most critical of these. Uranus is a malefic, the ruler of all things unexpected and disruptive, and in the second house of a mundane chart its normal meaning is economic crisis.
Notice the relationships between Uranus and other planets. It’s just separating from a square with Pluto, in the eleventh house but within orb of the cusp of the twelfth. There’s also a separating trine between Uranus and Mars, a good deal further apart, and an applying inconjunct—the minor aspect of near misses and might-have-beens—between Uranus and Saturn. The square with Pluto, conjunct the cusp of the house of institutions, suggests that recent changes in government policy may well trigger the impending economic crisis; the trine with Mars hints that the point of the bellicose rhetoric coming out of the administration just now may be intended to distract attention from the economy; while the inconjunct with Saturn, who rules the twelfth house cusp, suggests that official actions taken to forestall the crisis will fall frustratingly short of their goal.
Then there’s Neptune, poised in the first house of the chart. Neptune in a mundane chart represents those deep influences that come from “out of the blue,” difficult to define and often subtle in their influence but pervasive. In the first house, the house of the national mood and consciousness, this generally means the emergence of a new trend in the collective thinking of a nation, one that may eventually take shape in an organized movement of some kind. Neptune’s separating trine with Saturn hints that this new mood will emerge out of existing ideas and beliefs among the general public, and very possibly (given Saturn’s broader symbolism) from those of a conservative cast.
Neptune is also in aspect with Jupiter in an applying sesquiquadrate, another minor aspect of strain and tension. Jupiter in mundane astrology represents the influence of the rich and privileged in society, the sixth house is that of health, and the relationship here suggests that among the issues that catalyzes the birth of the new trend of thought is the extremely widespread popular dissatisfaction with the medical-pharmaceutical industry (the nation’s so-called “health care system”) and its ever more blatant pursuit of profit at the expense of human lives and health. Widespread publicity given to a more than usually egregious example of medical corruption or abuse may bring this dissatisfaction to a head—that would certainly be suggested, at least, by the square between Jupiter and Mercury in the eighth.
All in all, it’s an ordinarily troubled fall and winter for the dysfunctional former democracy called the USA. The upcoming spring ingress chart is something else again, and promises the arrival of a very troubled period indeed. I’ll try to have a chart up well in advance.