Welcome to the start of the astrological New Year as the Sun moves into Aries decan 1 on March 20. We are feeling impulsive now, want everything at once and to grab life with both hands. We want it all and they want it now! Of course we do, it’s the start of a brand new cycle. Everything is fresh, new, shiny and bouncy. “To boldly go” is our motto for the entrance into northern spring. But it’s also quite a volatile world stage at the minute, so what is going to happen with all this dare-devil energy? I thought it might be worth looking at some Aries ingress charts since we are also approaching this rare cardinal grand cross. It’s the sun’s birthday, its solar return in the location it is cast for. The planets and aspects will be the same the world over, but the angles will be different according to location. Some places will be hit harder and faster than others depending on the ascendant. The effect can last a whole year if the sign is fixed.
ARIES INGRESS CHART
The critical degrees (13º) of the Cardinal grand cross are the ascendant for both the Aries ingress chart of Washington DC and for Sevastopol in the Ukraine. Washington then will have a huge role to play in the next three months as Sirius is rising (21’) with Jupiter (Exhalted in Cancer). You can’t get more planetary caretaker than that. However the US will also have to be very careful about laying down the law in world affairs. Jupiter can over estimate his capabilities. Not only that but with swaggering Sirius rising “On the Ascendant and with Mars combined, Sirius can be quite dangerous, pushing ahead with too much ambition is then seen, resulting in dangers by injuries or attempts on the native’s life.” Sirius is generally really lucky with honors and success. With Jupiter in the chart also I would think it makes Washington pretty untouchable. BUT I just put a warning here because Pluto opposes Jupiter in the T-square and in my opinion Pluto ranks as “malefic” as Mars in the modern scheme of things. So its not really a given that Jupiter rising with Sirius can give undisputed godly protection. The Moon represents public opinion and is really divided here. It sits slap between the two stars in Libra’s scales, Zuben Elgenubi (Loss) and Zubenelschemali (Gain). The scales of fate and judgement, but it could go either way. A similar vibe the April Lunar eclipse.
For Washington the Sun on Scheat is conjunct the MC. The president will be demonstrating his Pegasus bravado. Uranus in the 10th house ramps up Americans reputation as the land of the free and the liberty of the individual (Or is it?..). But the T-square falls right on the AC/DC axis with Pluto so close to the DC and open enemies. The USA has to tread carefully.. The grand cross’s terrorising Algorab Mars will be sneaking in the underground (Ingress 4th house.) I wouldn’t like to speculate on what this means for America, I just thought the astrology was pretty stunning since the US Sibly chart has the Sun at 13º Cancer anway. Washington is important because it’s the seat of power and law maker for the whole of the USA. Jupiter rising is the planet of the judiciary also. But the chart ruler is the Moon, so hopefully the American people will have their say. (If they aren’t too distracted by the sports, gambling and leisure activities of the 5th house that is!) Cardinal signs rising in an ingress chart make it only effective for three months, so now until June 20 is a critical time, especially after Mars Retrograde goes direct and gets frisky again on May 20.
The charts for the Ukraine and Russia situation are probably more difficult since they have the tricky crow rising. These charts are only a degree different since they are in the same region, but it’s Moscow that has Algorab rising (21’). The Moscow’s ascendant is 13º Libra, so at the grand cross it will have the planet of war rising. Mars going retrograde through this region’s first house explains the conflicts that have been going on in the Crimea. I refer you to Paul Saunder’s Aries Ingress article for the Russian perspective. He says of Algorab “This star does not have a very good reputation and sitting on the Ascendant for Moscow in the next 3 months it suggest that Moscow will use pretty much every trick in the book to make sure that it tries to get it’s own way” In the ingress charts, Pluto falls on Washington’s descendant, while for Moscow its on the nadir. So Pluto transforms/ends/deepens USA’s relationships with its open enemies (The old enemy Russia maybe?) and for the Ukraine (IC is at 14º Capricorn) Pluto transforms/ends/deepens its ties with its roots. The New Moon in Aries at the end of this decanate just stresses the daring feeling of this period as a whole. Moon conjunct Uranus is “exciting, electric and quite chaotic … Both the Moon and Uranus are fluctuating and changeable, emotions often change in a flash.” So it will bring out the kooky, crazed lunatics and the unconventional rebels. Captains log, stardate 2014 etc etc….. Cue the music.