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The Spring Equinox, March 20, 2013*
by Marlene Pfeifle, CAP

Chart for Washington, D.C. USA
The first day of Spring in the Northern hemisphere
*March 20, 2013 is the first day of Fall in the Southern hemisphere

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Significant Upcoming Astrological Events of the Season

March 20 SUN in Aries, Vernal Equinox (Northern Hemisphere)
               Moon square Uranus, then Moon square Pluto before                going VOC at 2:01 pm thru Fri, Mar 22 2:49 pm
March 21 VENUS into Aries
March 22 MARS Conjunct URANUS
March 26 MARS Sextile JUPITER and Square PLUTO
March 27 FULL MOON in Libra
March 28 VENUS Conjunct URANUS
March 31 (Sunday) VENUS Sextile JUPITER, SUN Square PLUTO,                 VENUS Square PLUTO

Apr 06 (Saturday) VENUS Conjunct MARS
Apr 10 NEW MOON in Taurus
Apr 12 PLUTO Retrograde
Apr 15 VENUS into Taurus
Apr 19 SUN into Taurus
Apr 20 MARS into Taurus
Apr 22 VENUS Opposition SATURN
Apr 30 MARS Opposition SATURN

May 05 MARS Trine PLUTO
May 09 NEW MOON SOLAR ECLIPSE at 19°31' Taurus
May 20 URANUS Square PLUTO
May 24 FULL MOON LUNAR ECLIPSE at 4°8' Gemini/Sagittarius
May 28 VENUS Conjunction JUPITER
May 31 MARS into Gemini

Jun 02 VENUS into Cancer
Jun 06 NEPTUNE Retrograde
Jun 07 MARS Square NEPTUNE, VENUS Grand Trine with               SATURN and NEPTUNE
Jun 08 (Saturday) NEW MOON in Gemini
Jun 12 VENUS Square URANUS 90
Jun 19 SUN Conjunct JUPITER
Jun 20 SUN in Cancer Summer Solstice (Northern Hemisphere)

The Spring Equinox occurs Wednesday, March 20 at 7:01:55 am EDT, Washington D.C.

Chart Analysis with discussion of Astrological Events

Listed above in the right column are significant Astrological Events and Planetary Ingresses that create volitility in the market this Season.

The entrance of the Sun into one of the four cardinal signs - Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn - are the most important solar ingress charts of the year as they form the background for which various other astrological events of the season take place.  The beginning of the astrological year is when the Sun enters the zodiac sign of Aries. 

The chart rulers and the Sun's placement in a solar ingress chart basically govern the energy of the chart, and the ingress charts furnish, what H.S. Green calls, "a framework or skeleton outline of the year." They have a heavy influence, but do not override the impact of eclipses and major outer planet transits.

In the chart above, the 2013 Aries ingress for Washington D.C., the Sun is well placed in the first house in Aries; Neptune, co-ruler with Jupiter of the Pisces rising chart, is well placed in the 12th house in Pisces, and Jupiter's energy in Gemini is happy in the 3rd house, but Saturn and Pluto add a bit of complicated energy.

The Uranus square Pluto aspect, the most influential outer planetary aspect of the year, though not exact on the Equinox, is set off by the Moon in Cancer squaring Uranus, which then moves on to square Pluto hours later at 2:01pm. (The Uranus square Pluto aspect remains an important influence up through 2015. Review the Fall Equinox article for more information on this aspect)

So, what we have for the beginning of the astrological year in the U.S. is a spring season greatly influenced by the planets Neptune and Jupiter, the rulers of Pisces, who have taken on the courageousness of an Aries.

The tension of the Uranus square Pluto is translated by the Moon in Cancer, and will be translated through various transits throughout this season; but Neptune and Jupiter's rulership of the Equinox chart will work fearlessly to keep the consequences brought on by the challenging aspect of Uranus square Pluto at bay during difficult transits. The most difficult challenge will come when Uranus squares Pluto EXACT on May 20, 2013.

Neptune energy bridges the corporeal and spiritual in the collective conscience.  It works to dissolve boundaries between reality and what yet can be perceived or be revealed.  It seeks to escape.  Deeply connected to the unconscious, Neptune's captivating influence is dreamy, ethereal, and stimulates imagination, sensitivity and creativity. 

When unafflicted, Neptune's nature is passive, but compassionate, having concern for all humanity – spiritual and mystical movements increase, charities benefit and democratic goodwill spreads.  Serious concern comes when this same energy is challenged - resulting in chaos and instability.

Neptune is considered a representive for democratic political movements, and when challenged, Neptune's energy can cause collapse, uprisings, discontent, disillusionment and deception.  

Jupiter, the ancient ruler, brings boundless idealism into the Pisces realm, adds a bit of luck, and watches over like a guardian angel. Without boundaries, Jupiter's faith and optimism is capable of pushing beyond imaginable limits - seeking, and exploring the unimaginable. When unafflicted, democratic ideas triumph, devotional study of religion increases, and peace and goodwill develops between nations. However when challenged, great confusion can occur and disturb peace and order.

With all that in mind, let us look at the chart as the framework in which the transiting planetary aspects of the season act.

The Equinox Sun appears in the first house for Washington, D.C. chart, along with Venus, Mars and Uranus.
The Sun is exalted in Aries, and an Aries Sun is at home in the first house. The Sun in the first house is strong regardless what challenges arise, and the placement of the Sun in the first house promises national success and prosperity.

However, the first month of spring will be explosive, as it starts off with Uranus conjunct Mars square the Cancer Moon.  People especially concerned with economic security will demand change in government, and domestic matters take unexpected turns.

Venus, still in Pisces, is exalted, and initially Venus brings balance, peace and promise of prosperity; but she soon leaves her exalted state in Pisces and enters a sign of her detriment - Aries.  In Aries, contrary to her natural nature, Venus is self absorbed and cares little about equality. She is the Female Warrior who wants what she wants, when she wants it, and she wants it now.

Jupiter, not at best in Gemini, is involved in a complicated configuation - a Yod.  Jupiter is inconjunct Saturn and Pluto, who are not only sextile, but in mutual reception.  Jupiter, at the fated point of the Yod - known as The Finger of God - must compromise, limit and modify its energy to appease the energy of Saturn and Pluto. There may not be much saving grace given from Jupiter this season.

The Moon in Cancer in the fourth house squares Uranus and Mars setting off the energy of the Uranus square Pluto aspect on the day of the Equinox.   An aggressive spirit rises in the people regarding economic matters.  This does not bode well for the President who may find himself losing popularity.

Saturn in Scorpio in the eighth house - Debt, regulations in banking, and taxation are areas that the US government must confront.

Pluto in the tenth house - Pluto and Saturn are in mutual reception - in each other's houses (Pluto in the tenth, Saturn in the eighth) - and they are sextile. This energy opens the door for transformation in government and the possibility to deal with the National Debt and tax reform in a realistic and responsible way.

Neptune in Pisces in the twelveth house - Neptune's home - Increased attention is given to religious and spiritual groups. Hospitals and charities benefit, but there is the possibility of administrative scandal with Neptune here. The same goes for scandal in government administration.

Mercury in Pisces in the twelveth house conjunct Neptune - There will be much activity surrounding public institutions and the legislatuure.

The NYSE will be closed:
March 29 for Good Friday.  Happy Easter to all those who celebrate!
May 27 for Memorial Day

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All the best for the season!


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