for the four weeks beginning OCTOBER 16, 2018
If you are unfamiliar with the methods and interpretations of Sidereal mundane astrology, please see my free book Sidereal Mundane Astrology. (A link to the current edition can be found near the top of the Publications sub-forum.) For standard interpretations, see Chapter 8 of the current (15th) Edition.
USA Mundane Forecast: viewtopic.php?f=46&t=2547
Trump Watch: viewtopic.php?f=46&t=2547#p18558
Other Locations: viewtopic.php?f=46&t=2547#p18559
Ingress Summaries: viewtopic.php?f=46&t=2547#p18560
Transits to Solunar Planets: viewtopic.php?f=46&t=2547#p18561
LONG-TERM (Solar Ingress) PATTERNS
The 12 months beginning January 15, 2018 are unstable, revolutionary, revising, remapping, anti-establishment, and often anti-government. Here are the highlights from the Capsolar (most of which have already been manifesting all year exactly as written in January):
Pluto (0°08') & Uranus (0°42') angular. A spirit of revolution assaults current systems, tearing at iconic structures. Victory in the 2018 elections will fall to those who present best as rebels. PLUTO: High-impact events that sever connections. Mainstream and counter-establishment sensibilities clash. Leader crises, financial crises, severing historic relations. Natural disasters include hurricanes, earthquakes, floods. URANUS: Explosions (literal or metaphorical); sudden rupture, shock, surprise, overflowing normal boundaries & limitations. Disclosures, revelations, surprise attacks, changes in leadership, protests, and revolts and their suppression.
Foreground SUN-VENUS-URANUS: Changes in foreign relations are a certainty. Shifting social values, including increased liberty in Venus matters. "Culture wars" kick up more intensely for the midterm elections. The voice of rebellion is concentrated on those in the highest office.
MOON conjoins MERCURY & SATURN. Expect economic narrowing and backtracking on the recovery: recession is not unthinkable. Capsolars had close Moon-Saturn aspects in 1819, 1837, and 2008, which should concern students of American money crises. Its record for violent inhumanity is heart-stopping. Climate destabilization will escalate faster in 2018 than in previous years, with tragic, life-smashing consequences.
- Mercury + Saturn. Restrictions, delays, failures, & calamity in transportation & communication. Communication fails for technical reasons & because people stop listening to each other. Information flow is interrupted & rationed. Data integrity is increasingly doubted; cybersecurity is a greater priority than cyber-expansion. Commerce is interrupted: More newspapers go out of business, more small businesses close their doors.
- Moon-Mercury: The media remains much of the story.
- Moon-Saturn: Hardship, narrowing, sacrifice, loss, sadness, with few causes for celebration. Bereavement, deprivation, disappointment, destructive assaults by people & nature; other hardship centers primarily on alienation and divisiveness. It will be a good year for undertakers.
- Saturn in Sagittarius: Internationalism, immigration, aviation, elitism, hierarchical economic separation, & missiles dominate headlines.
Libsolar (October 18)
This ingress, overlaying mid-October to mid-January, is volatile. "Combative" doesn't do it justice: It is more intensely confrontational. Angular Pluto brings many of the year's themes to a head. Moon conjoins Mars within half a degree (closer for Washington than the world): This is outright bloody (in parts of the world, literally spilling blood and counting bodies); yet the conjunction closely squares Mercury, so the "bloodying" we see will be especially with words... and with disclosures from data streams, documents, and the press and other publications. A close Mercury-Uranus PVP opposition signals discoveries and revelations. These start spilling forth at an accelerated pace through the last half of October and into early November and the elections.
A late hurricane season will impact the Gulf. Saturn is on IC near New Orleans and through the Mississippi Valley where the worst effects will land. Neptune (in the west) and Pluto (in the east) are the only other two planets crossing large swaths of continental U.S., so local climate and cultural crises can be expected. Most worrisome is Pluto on IC along the coast from North Carolina to New York City, while squaring Ascendant in New England. The eastern seaboard, therefore, is as vulnerable to severe autumn storms blowing off the Atlantic as is the Gulf.
MEDIUM-TERM PATTERNS (The Bridge)
All month (exact 11/8) is a PLUTO Zone (transiting Pluto squares Capsolar Ascendant). This reiterates and concentrates Pluto elements in the Capsolar interpretation above.
Until November 8 (exact 10/27), transiting Saturn conjoins Capsolar Moon, forming a SATURN-PLUTO Zone. Periods of such Saturn transits reliably produce a few weeks when death, loss, sadness, sacrifice, and severe hardship dominate headlines worldwide, either from human action or the destructive impact of nature. Paired with Pluto for the U.S., this takes the form of harsh, dramatic hardship with a sometimes apocalyptic feel, such as catastrophic disasters with profound feelings of irrevocable loss or separation. This apocalyptic feeling lasts until just after Election Day.
SHORT-TERM (Lunar Ingress) PATTERNS
Caplunar (Oct 16)
The Caplunar is dormant, though with Moon square Sun. Primary influence of this week, therefore, is the most recent non-dormant lunar ingress, the October 3 Canlunar. Uranus sets (1°51'). Mars is more widely on IC. Their square is within 2° in mundo. In a word, Mars-Uranus squares are explosive, bringing startling violence, surprise attacks, and psychological (if not physical) “bombshells.” The planets of fire + explosion anticipate bombs and collisions. These can be purely psychological and verbal (it is an election year, after all) or can be physical explosions and attacks or sudden, raging natural disasters.
However, Venus is much closer to an angle than Mars (0°27' from Eastpoint). This softens the tone. After an unusually rough month, people seem more focused on making a difficult situation better. Shifting relationships with other countries are always anticipated when Venus and Uranus are the two strongest planets (echoing their Capsolar foreground square). More broadly, these three week have started letting people smile again and share something exciting and perhaps promising.
Raucousness and disagreement are probably a healthy sign right now: They can be the best side of America with an election pending. Clarity comes from new information and demystifying facts, because Moon squares Mercury for Washington (0°09' in mundo). The media plays a large role in this, and is probably a big party of the week's stories. Watch the news especially for anything about security of voting machines.
On 10/20, CapQ MC conjoins transiting Uranus. This is the most volatile day of the week.
Arilunar (Oct 24) The Arilunar covers October 24-30. Expect a rough week. Mars is the only planet in the immediate foreground, and its one aspect is a PVP square to Saturn (1°22').
Mars-Saturn aspects are difficult to specifically interpret because pretty much the only think you can count on is that events will be harsh, hurtful, destructive, and filled with struggle. The aspect does not specialize in any one type of bad event but, rather, incites destruction and hardship wherever it occurs, whether from human events or the rages of nature.
This chart seems beyond the often harsh and aggressive competitions of an election season, especially when you add Saturn's concurrent transit of Capsolar Moon. That is, it seems to be about something else. (However, "attack ads" will surely be flowing earlier than usual this year.) Something else is cooking.
Presently, the main long-term transit in the U.S. natal chart is Pluto, half a degree from natal IC, an uprooting and overturning transit. Neptune is exactly square natal Uranus, a difficult transit to interpret but likely meaning that the wool is being pulled over our collective eyes. This week also marks an exact opposition of progressed Moon to U.S. natal Mars. These aspects don't seem to provide any more details, but they do increase the sense that something dire is brewing.
CapQ Descendant and Mars hover close all week, but outside a 2° orb until 10/27. The last days of this week, therefore, have the first strong Mars trigger, and Mars' quotidian presence will be stronger the following week. CanQ Ascendant squares Neptunes 10/24-28: hysteria and misjudgment are a big part of the event. Earlier, CanQ MC squares Saturns 10/24-25.
Canlunar (Oct 30) The Canlunar covers October 30 to November 5, right up to the eve of the midterm elections. Jupiter, Mars, and Sun are the most angular planets, with a close, culminating Mercury-Jupiter conjunction the only aspect.
Were this a personal lunar return, I'd call it boisterous. It's far more collegial than I would expect. There is a clear sense of winning in the air, as if feeling one's oats as a championship team. Optimism runs high, business prospers, and people seem actually to be having a good time for a change.
What a strange tone for this exact week in history! This feels so... healthy! Of course, mounds of money are being spent left and right. Competition is the word of the day no matter how collegial things seem. But in the Canlunar is a remarkable absence of the animosity one would expect.
CapQ Ascendant chases Mars all week. As the Canlunar opens, transiting Mars is square Capsolar Jupiter on the angles, so expect a brief monetary crisis or other Mars-Jupiter event. November 4, Mars is at 28° Capricorn, its exaltation degree, exactly square Capsolar Mars and half a degree from CapQ Descendant: This, two days before the election, will be the center of the most competitive. combative, even violent outbreaks.
Liblunar (Nov 5) The Liblunar covers November 5-13, which includes Election Day and the U.S. mid-term elections November 6. Though five planets are reasonably angular in Washington, there is only one that is close: Sun squares Ascendant (0°06'). The message is clear: This election, which isn't a presidential election, is all about the president! Whichever side one is on, the issue that will matter is whether one is for or against President Trump.
Sun has a single hard aspect, though it isn't evident from the chart shown here: It's a mundane square to Mars, only 0°20' wide. One might take the easy route of calling this an afflicted Sun, that, "It's all about the president, and the tone is hostile." I think the truth is not so simple. The aspect only likely shows the intensified and heightened late-hour aggressive competition. There is combat, and rhetoric is as fiery as a fuel-plant explosion and as blasting as a Category 5 storm. (Rather than saying Sun is afflicted, one might as well notice it is exactly at the Venus/Jupiter midpoint. There is no single way he is perceived by the nation as a whole. The answer is up in the air.)
There remains gaiety in this chart. Moon conjoins Venus (0°07' in mundo). Uranus is the second most angular planet and opposes Venus. It isn't exactly a sense of play, but it does show excitement and buoyancy that, writing this nearly two months in advance, I cannot explain at all.
Regionally, the West Coast (including San Francisco and Los Angeles) has a Saturn line and looks quite deflated; same with the longitude of Denver. The Indiana-Ohio region and a great swathe across the Plains is marked by Moon, Venus, and Uranus. It will be interesting to see if this reflects which regions come out of the elections happiest.
CapQ Descendant exactly conjoins transiting Mars November 6, concentrating the Mars forces especially on Election Day itself. That day and the next, CapQ IC crosses ingress Jupiter, so there will be a lot of noisy celebration and boisterous carrying-on. Transiting Mars stays in partile angularity all week; ingress Mars crosses IC 11/11, which should be an especially nasty, hurtful day.