Solstice, June 21, 2013*
*Summer Solstice chart for Washington D.C., 1:04
by Marlene Pfeifle, CAP
Chart for Washington, D.C.
The first day of summer in
the Northern hemisphere
The first day of winter in the Southern hemisphere
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Upcoming Astrological Events of the Season
June 21 Summer Solstice,(Northern
SUN into Cancer 1:04 am EDT
June 25 JUPITER into
June 26 MERCURY Retrograde
at 23° 6' Cancer
July 01 VENUS
Square SATURN, SUN Opposition PLUTO
July 08 New Moon,
Venus trine Uranus, SATURN Direct
4° 49' Scorpio
July 17 GRAND
TRINE between JUPITER, SATURN, and NEPTUNE; URANUS Retrograde
12° 31' Aries
July 20 GRAND
TRINE between MARS, SATURN, and NEPTUNE;
MERCURY Direct at 13° 21' Cancer
July 22 FULL MOON,
MARS Conjunction JUPITER, SUN into Leo,
VENUS into Virgo
July 26 VENUS Sextile
SATURN, VENUS Opposition NEPTUNE
July 27 (Saturday)
SUN Square SATURN, MARS Opposition PLUTO
July 31 MARS
August 07 JUPITER
August 21 JUPITER
August 24 (Saturday)
VENUS Square PLUTO
August 26 VENUS
Opposition URANUS, SUN Opposition NEPTUNE
August 27 VENUS Square
JUPITER, MARS into Leo
September 09 MARS
September 11 VENUS
September 18 VENUS
Conjunction SATURN, VENUS Sextile PLUTO
September 20 PLUTO
Direct 8 59' Capricorn
September 22 Autumnal
Equinox, SUN into Libra
*In addition to significant
planetary aspects above, is a Bradley Model Major Trend
Change Date June 22 which occurs the day before the Full
Moon in Capricorn (discussed
in Randall Ashbourne's Forecast 2013).
The Summer Solstice occurs
Friday, June 21, 2013 at 1:04 am EDT, Washington D.C.
of Astrological Events and Chart Analysis
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 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.
summer packed with powerful planetary events - Aspects
such as Uranus square Pluto and Jupiter square Uranus are extremely
important because of the implication of their meaning globally
as well as at home.
(These aspects will be triggered
by transiting planets throughout the season - refer to dates listed
above. Take particular notice of dates highlighted in red.)
Uranus Square Pluto
- ( Read my discussion of this aspect written in the Fall
Equinox article.) Within a separating orb of 1°40' in
the Summer Solstice Chart for Washington D.C., this aspect is
well within the orb of influence for the season.
May 20 was the third in a series of seven exact waxing squares
between Uranus and Pluto that has occurred. Uranus
square Pluto remains an important global influence up through
square Uranus - What does this suggest in the Washington D.C.
Most likely it will be a hot, frenzied summer filled with demonstrations
and demands for civil liberties, truth, justice and positive change
What does this mean for the stock markets?
Using a chart for a visual look at how hard aspects between Jupiter
and Uranus have impacted the market in the past, Randall Ashbourne
discusses this aspect in his eBook,
Forecast 2013, saying, "Jupiter is the Old
God responsible for expansion and growth and Uranus is the ruler
of stock markets. When the two of the meet, there is a tendency
for the expansion to take a pause."
square aspect is tense, dynamic energy pitting the nature of the
planets and the signs they are in against each other to force
Uranus in Aries is bold, impatient, impulsive and rebellious
in the quest for individual freedom.
desires to control power, using power to control. With an affinity
to the Underworld, it reveals what is hidden and dark, bringing
elements into the light making what was powerful now vulnerable,
thus easier to tame, reform, transform or destroy. Capricorn
has dominion over governments and nations, and rules over all
governmental authority. Capricorn, (using a quote from Raymond
Merriman), "is signified by the psychological concepts
of ambition, caution, resistance, responsibility, and an urge
to make a clear distinction between right and wrong or good
ruling Sagittarius, represents - among other things - expansion
and growth, generosity, optimism, and in mundane astrology,
the nation's wealth. Jupiter is associated with
Social Consciousness and spirituality through his co-ruler-ship
of Pisces, and of his rulership in Sagittarius, organized Religion,
political aspirations, and law.
is exalted in Cancer - meaning, it is strong in Cancer, having
all the privileges of an honored guest in the zodiac sign of
Cancer and in the fourth house, Cancer's "home".
Jupiter enters Cancer June
25 - Mi Casa Es Su Casa (my
house is your house..)
Because Jupiter is such an honored guest in
Cancer, he should be on his best behavior. The US has a Cancer
Sun, and Jupiter's exalted energy is big - with "thunderbolts"
Jupiter will respond to protect the homeland and "the American
Way", opposing any "lightning strikes" from a rebellious
Uranus in Aries.
Mercury turns Retrograde June
Approximately every three months we should prepare ourselves
for about a three week break. It's a time best used to rest
up, relax, rejuvinate...and do all sorts of things that begin with
the letters "re". And the REason we should
do that is because Mercury retrograde is a time when communications
break down, misunderstandings occur, computerized electrical gadgets
are likely to go on the blink, transportation goes every which way
but loose, and shipping anything becomes a nightmare. That's
because Mercury rules both Gemini and Virgo and has dominion over
transportation, commerce, buying and selling, communications, and
negotiations. And last, but not least - computers!
Back up your computers, take your car
in for repair, and when traveling, take extra safety precautions. Reconfirm
reservations and pack extra in your carry on in case luggage is
I've known traders to press the "buy" button instead of
the "sell" button during Mercury retrograde. So
do yourself a favor and REmember to take extra caution talking,
traveling and trading during this time. Don't make major purchases
or change jobs. You just might wonder why the heck you made those
decisions when Mercury turns direct again!
During Mercury Rx the markets are unpredictable
and volatile. If you are in the market trading, "take profits
too soon!" as Raymond Merriman likes to say. It
is a time when normal price support and resistance lines fail, especially
a few days before and after the stationing periods (when Mercury
changes direction). Kaye Shinker always taught that usually about
half way through the retrograde cycle you will see a change in the
direction in the market only to return to where it started 90% of
the time. Raymond Merriman says that "sharp swings of at
least 4% tend to happen within only 4 days trading days , and usually
within only 3 days of this signature." (From his book, The
Ultimate Book On Stock Market Timing, Geocosmic Correlations to
Saturn goes direct July 8
- Saturn changing directions in the market often coincides
with market reversals.
Raymond Merriman states "If prices are rising to a new
cycle high in the primary cycle, traders might look for an opportunity
to sell short. If instead prices are declining into this same time
band, and a primary or greater cycle trough time band is also in
effect, traders would be advised to look for opportunities to buy."
(From his book, The
Ultimate Book On Stock Market Timing, Geocosmic Correlations to
Jupiter will be in a Grand
Trine July 17 with Saturn and Neptune, and just a couple days later
Mars joins in on the fun!
Here we have an easy blend of inspiration (Neptune), enthusiasm
(Jupiter) and self control (Saturn) with Mars joining in just to
make certain things get rolling. This is a very fortunate
aspect for the season, and implies that no matter what, things can
have a positive outcome if we take advantage of their timing.
Let's face it, sometimes Gods just
wanna have fun! So do we. Trines are typically easy flowing energy
that does not compel us to action. Nice times, so relaxing... but
while we enjoy the flow of energy, we can actually miss the opportunities
they provide because of the lack of dynamic energy. However,
when these three outer planets form 120 degree angles to each other
- a Grand trine - we really need to take advantage of the rare opportunity
that arrives amongst a summer of difficult transits. With Mars in
the mix, we might be able to Just Do It!
Uranus turns retrograde July
Raymond Merriman states in his book, The
Ultimate Book on Stock Market Timing, Geocosmic Correlations to
Trading Cycles, "... Traders are advised to look
for a primary cycle to culminate within 11 trading days of Uranus
turning retrograde In most cases, this primary cycle will unfold
within only 4 trading days of the retrograde Uranus date.."
My late partner, Kaye Shinker concurred, stating, "When
Uranus turns retrograde, about 4 days before the exact retrograde,
Uranus reverses the market trend. Following the Rx motion
80% of the time the markets creep up."
Mercury turns Direct July 20
Just as Mars forms a Grand Trine along with Jupiter, Saturn, and
Neptune, we feel the busi-ness of Mercury changing direction and
moving forward once again. For the US stock market, Mercury
Direct is very similar to Mercury Retrograde. According to Ray Merriman
"traders are advised to look for at least a 4% trading
cycle to unfold within just two trading days of Mercury turning
direct. Given an orb of 8 trading days, one is advised to look for
a half-primary or greater cycle to unfold. The probability is greater
that this cycle will be a crest than a trough. Therefore, if a half-primary
or greater cycle crest appears to be unfolding within 8 trading
days of Mercury turning direct (and better yet, if only 6 days or
less), traders would be advised to look for opportunities to cover
longs or even sell short..." (From his book, The
Ultimate Book On Stock Market Timing, Geocosmic Correlations to
Pluto turns direct September 20
Stay alert in the market! Pluto has been known to
coincide with a short term cycle low or high 4 to 8 days after the
trip around the Summer Solstice Chart
Pisces Rising in the Chart
- Ruled by Neptune and co-ruled by Jupiter - Again! Is
this a repeat of the Spring Equinox?
There is a glaring difference between these charts - and
that is that Neptune, the chart ruler, is retrograde in the Summer
Solstice. So, no, it is not a REpeat of the energy of the
Retrograde Neptune may be surprisingly
When planets turn retrograde the energy of the planet turns retrospective
and inward. So, interestingly, when Neptune is retrograde,
- retrospective and turned inward - people are more in touch
with their subconscious and aware of the unseen world. Therefore
people are more aware of what has been hidden, and are not as susceptible
to the confusion, the typical smoke and mirrors tricks and deception,
that can occur when Neptune is direct.
The Solstice Sun for Washington
D.C. appears in the fourth house along with Jupiter
All fourth house matters will come into prominence during
the Summer. This is the house of America's homeland. The heartland,
crops, agriculture, land, mines and minerals. It is favorable for
crops and the homeland in general. Home building and
buying will increase.
The fourth house also has much to do with the opposition party in
government. The Sun here does not bode well for the administration
in power, giving much more strength to the Republican party.
Jupiter on the cusp of the fourth suggests
favorable weather for the nation's capital, and along the East Coast.
Mercury conjunct Venus in Cancer
in the fifth house
Wherever Mercury resides in an ingress chart, that house highlights
the greatest amount of activity for the season. Venus will increase
the pleasure of all things in the house it resides in. The fifth
house realm is entertainment, children and places of amusement,
as well as the stock market and speculation, gambling and casinos.
It's going to be a fun-filled busy
time for family picnics on the Fourth of July, America's Independence
Venus is fortunate for traders speculating in the market.
Be mindful of the planets changing direction!
Saturn in the seventh house
trine Neptune in the twelfth
Saturn provides stability, structure, and adds some limit
to the indefinite quality of Neptunian energy. Neptunian intuition
is reinforced by the energy of rational Saturn, and flows easily
with a trine aspect.
However, Saturn in the seventh is unfavorable
for foreign affairs and for dealing with foreign diplomats.
Foreign trade is affected by some sort of limitation. According
to Raphael, "Next to Mars, Saturn is the most evil influence
in relation to international affairs and is sure to cause long and
grievous difficulties in relations with other countries.."
Neptune, at home in the twelfth
house, is compassionate - charitable institutions, hospitals
Moon in the eighth house
The ABC news reported in May that the woman in charge
of the tax exempt division of the IRS when the office began targeting
conservative Tea Party applicants, is now running the IRS office
and will be in charge with administering Obamacare. (Read more:
) The IRS scandal could very well disrupt the implementation of
the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and the story will not die during
Pluto in the tenth house
With Pluto at the top of the chart what was hiding is now
in plain sight. All aspects of government that were carried
on behind closed doors will come into public view. The
Obama administration which has boasted it would be the "most
transparent" government will be forced to actually BE transparent,
and forced to reveal its actions.
Uranus in the first house -
Planets in the first house in an Ingress chart are of primary importance
and have tremendous influence.
In a nation's chart, Uranus here suggests the desire for more freedom,
individualism, and free-market enterprise. Square Pluto, political
Happy Independence Day July
Happy Labor Day September 2nd,
Have a safe and happy summer! Marley