The fall equinox or Libra Ingress chart is set for September 22, 2014 at 10:29 P.M., Washington, DC, USA. This chart gives us a look at the last quarter of the year and what lies ahead in the US for the next 3 months.
The ascendant of this chart is 13 degrees Gemini, making Mercury (the trickster-nearly retrograde) the chart ruler, and Mercury lies at 26 degrees of Libra in the fifth house of children, young people, gambling and speculation. Mercury is days away from the fall retrograde and in the shadow period of the retrograde in this chart, so Mercurial energy is changeable. It's depositor, Venus also lies in the fifth house, and Venus and Mercury are in mutual reception, or each other's signs, and this shows us that communication is important and Mercury and Venus will co-operate with each other which should bode well for communication. It also shows a focus on children and young people and speculative situations or gambling and creativity which can take many forms.
Jupiter is prominent at 14 degrees of Leo in the 3rd house forming a grand trine with Uranus in the 11th and Mars in the 6th. A grand trine is a positive flow of energy between the houses it aspects.
This transit points to new inventions, medicines, even events connected with spacecraft, aircraft and exploration. The third house relates to roads, railways, communication of all types including social media, schools, institutions, relations with neighboring countries and freedom of speech, all of which should see an increase, while the sixth house rules health, healthcare, public workers and the political institutions.
Jupiter will however start its square to Saturn after it crosses Uranus the latter part of September, and the square shows up more in the (winter) Capricorn ingress chart which can relate to economic downturns and conflict between political parties and ideas/structures and is a significant transit in the development-progress of the world.
Neptune is retrograde at 6 degrees and lies in the 10th house of Government, and head of government (the President) and is square Neptune in the 6th house. Mars-Neptune transits are convoluted and indicate confusion, trickery, lack of clarity and deception. Mars-Neptune can indicate chemical weapons, radiation and Neptune also rules water and the sea. (there are reports the Syrian army is once again using chemical weapons on the 'rebels.') Will they become a US partner now in the war on ISIS and Congress has voted to arm and train them? American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff are reported to have been handed over to ISIS for beheading by 'moderate' Syrian rebels who were paid. Who is on whose side here and why?
Propaganda, lies deceit and misguided direction are all the realm of Neptune-Mars and it is easy looking at the players to see just how convoluted the situation can become.
At the time of this post the President is forming a world wide coalition to fight ISIS among many countries. Will these countries deliver on their promises? That remains to be seen. Astrologer June Cowell wrote, "Kind of a 'say what they want to hear then do what you want secretly' ploy so typical in Politics and in human nature. Of course America has been guilty of such duplicity as well with US natal Mars in duplicitous Gemini, sign of multiplicity, one of the factors in the Pentagon's insistence that 'of course we can fight more than one war (Mars) at once'. But is it the sane and responsible thing to do?, says our natal Saturn exalted in balanced Libra."
Deceptive Neptune in its own sign shows large groups of displaced-disenfranchised people, as I wrote when Neptune entered this sign several years ago. It rules the masses, and shows the masses may be deceived in several ways this fall, and it also shows propaganda. Neptune signifies religion, scandals, mysticism, spirituality of all types that includes Islam-now on the front burner with the ISIS situation. Of course ISIS does not practice true Islam but the issue could become muddled and this movement draws the confused malcontents looking for something bigger than themselves under the banner of 'religion,' which has happened in the world before.
At the time of this post the powers that be say 'no ground troops,' in the war against ISIS. Will the story remain the same once air strikes are in full force? Or will it be a case of having to back up and change tactics. With Neptune square Mars it is possible we are not being told the full scope of the situation or it is unknown at this time.
Powerful Pluto goes direct 2 hours before the equinox and the day after Mars squares Neptune. Pluto turning direct is a powerful force in the world. Issues that have been buried come to light, true motives are revealed, and situations will escalate quickly throughout the rest of the year as the other outer planets also turn direct. Mars-Neptune is muddled, discouraging and ugly, not to mention deceptive.
As Mars lies in the sixth house we will see a continued focus on contamination or contagion issues such as Ebola and EV-D68 that has affected hundreds of children, or other viruses-diseases. The 6th house rules public health and health care workers especially, which are at risk this fall. As Neptune squares Mars we may not get correct information about the situation from the top, the information could be distorted, subject to propaganda or mis-information and we could see a spread of disease, and-or confusion about other health related issues.
The moon of this chart lies at 17 degrees of Virgo in the 4th house showing the people and mood of the people and sextile Saturn shows public support for the military. Virgo is the most discriminating of signs and while there is support for the military and government the public is in no mood to suffer fools gladly.
The ever present Uranus-Pluto square falls in the eighth house of death, transformation and international finance to the 11th house of large institutions and friendly countries. This is a war like configuration and I expect the war on ISIS to escalate with all the ramifications of war.
Aries rules fire among other things and with the trine between Jupiter and Uranus we may see massive wildfires that spread quickly this fall.
October will bring two eclipses. The first lunar eclipse October 8, falls at 15 degrees of Aries setting off the grand cross in this chart in the 11th and 8th houses. Moon-Uranus will bring unexpected situations that can involve women and square Pluto in the 8th deals with bullies in the world, agendas, finance, and death.
The second eclipse is a solar eclipse on October 23 at 0 degree of Scorpio falling on the cusp of the 5th/6th houses of children and young people, creativity, speculation and (6th house) health, healthcare workers and workers of all types.
While the grand trine in this chart is positive and we may see new inventions, ideas and approaches, Pluto in the 8th house is indicative of war, death and financial issues. Pluto square Uranus in the house of friendly countries indicates issues abroad, even among those countries and institutions considered friendly, such as the recent terrorist arrest in Australia.