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The Autumnal (Fall) Equinox, September 22, 2013*
by Marlene Pfeifle, CAP

Chart for Washington, D.C. USA
The first day of Fall in the Northern hemisphere
*September 22, 2013 is the first day of Spring in the Southern hemisphere

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The Equinox occurs Sunday, September 22 at 4:44:08 pm EDT, Washington D.C.

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.

The arrival of the sun, moon, or planet into a zodiac sign is known as an "ingress". Mundane astrologers draw up charts based upon the moment the ingress, and they apply their interpretation of the influence of the planetary phenomena to nations and large communities.

The entrance of the Sun into one of the four cardinal signs of the zodiac form the background in which various other astrological events take place during the seasons - Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter . These charts furnish, what H. S. Green calls, "a framework or skeleton outline of the year."

The ruler of the rising sign of the chart and the Sun's placement in a solar ingress chart govern the energy of the chart. It is important to note that the ingress chart influences, but does not override, the impact of eclipses and major outer planet transits that take place during the season.

Listed in the column on the right are the significant astrological events that may create volatility in the market this season.

(Chart analysis and discussion of astrological events follows below..)

Upcoming Astrological Events of the Season
(US Eastern Time Zone - significant Dates are marked red)

Sept 19 – Full Moon, MERCURY Square JUPITER
Sept 20 – PLUTO Direct
Sept 22 (Sunday)- Autumnal Equinox (Sun into Libra)
Sept 26 - VENUS Trine JUPITER
Sept 28 (Saturday)- VENUS Square MARS
Sept 29 (Sunday) - MERCURY into Scorpio

Oct 01 - SUN Square PLUTO
Oct 03 - SUN Opposition URANUS
Oct 04 - New Moon

Oct 07 - VENUS into Sagittarius
Oct 08 - MERCURY Conjunction SATURN
Oct 10 - VENUS Square NEPTUNE
Oct 12 (Saturday)- SUN Square JUPITER
Oct 15 - MARS into Virgo
Oct 16 - VENUS Trine URANUS
Oct 18 - Full Moon Lunar Eclipse
Oct 19 (Saturday)- MARS Opposition NEPTUNE
Oct 21 - MERCURY Retrograde
Oct 23 - SUN into Scorpio
Oct 25 - SUN Trine NEPTUNE
Oct 29 - MERCURY Conjunction SATURN
Oct 31 - MARS Trine PLUTO

Nov 01 - URANUS Square PLUTO
Nov 03 (Sunday)- New Moon Solar Eclipse
Nov 05 - VENUS into Capricorn
Nov 06 - SUN Conjunction SATURN, JUPITER RX
Nov 10 (Sunday)- MERCURY Direct
Nov 12 - SUN Trine JUPITER
Nov 13 - NEPTUNE Direct
Nov 14 - VENUS Square URANUS
Nov 15 - VENUS Conjunction PLUTO
Nov 17 (Sunday)- Full Moon
Nov 21 - SUN into Sagittarius
Nov 24 (Sunday) – SUN square NEPTUNE

Dec 02 - New Moon
Dec 04 - MERCURY into Sagittarius
Dec 07(Saturday)- MARS into Libra
Dec 17 - Full Moon, URANUS Direct
Dec 21 (Saturday) - Winter Solstice, VENUS Retrograde

Chart Analysis with discussion of Astrological Events

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside
And it is ragin'
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'... - Bob Dylan

The 2013 Equinox chart for the Washington, D.C. is governed by an extreme level of challenging energy.
Aquarius rises in the Equinox Chart giving Uranus and Saturn rulership over the chart. The Libran Sun in the eighth house strongly supports the planetary influence of the rulers.  Aquarius is a "fixed" sign, therefore the energy governing the chart will be a strong and enduring influence throughout the season.

There is a sextile - and mutual reception - between Saturn and Pluto supporting Saturn's influence, which adds intensity to Saturn and bestows more authority to Pluto in the challenging square between Pluto and Uranus.

Virgo on the cusp of the eighth house - where the Libran Sun resides - adds magnified observation, critical precision, and a refined level of intensity to all matters associated with the eighth house, Scorpio's natural domain.  Venus, the ruler of Libra, is in Scorpio - a sign where astrologer's describe Venus as in its "fall"- a sign that inhibits positive attributes of Venus.  Add to that, Venus is conjunct Saturn. Whew, that's a lot of restrained, frustrated, challenging energy!

And yet there is more! Magnifying this energy is an applying T-square with Venus-Saturn, Moon, and Mars.  Astrologers are known to quibble over the size of orbs allowed between aspects - the opposition shown in the chart above from the Moon to Venus and Saturn squares Mars within three hours of the Sun's entrance into Libra, however, had I allowed for a wider 5 degree orb instead of a tight 3 degree orb, the chart would show red lines drawing a stressful T-square between the Moon, Mars, and Venus-Saturn.

Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto dominate the season - Expect challenge and uncertainty. But... look around, read the news - one can surely recognize that Bob Dylan's song, which captured the tumultuous spirit of the '60's, could have been written today...

"The line it is drawn, The curse it is cast, The slow one now Will later be fast, As the present now Will later be past, The order is Rapidly fadin',
And the first one now Will later be last, For the times they are a-changin'

Now, with all that in mind, let us look at the chart. This is the framework in which the transiting planetary aspects of the season will act.

The Equinox Sun appears in the eighth house for Washington, D.C. chart.
The Sun is in its "fall" in Libra,  The natural desire of the Sun to express its individualization is lost in the sign of Libra.  Libra most often relies on the opinions of others, and will compromise its self for peace and harmony's sake, whereas Aries, Libra's opposite sign - and where the Sun is exalted - will fight for self expression and prefers aggressive action over diplomacy.  So, it's easy to understand that a Libran Sun in the eighth house, where an Aries Sun would be quite comfortable, is NOT comfortable at all!

The Sun's entry to Libra begins setting off the Uranus-Pluto square.
 By the first week of October, days leading up to the New Moon, the Sun moves into an opposition with Uranus in Aries forming a T-Square with Pluto. Unexpected and disruptive trouble leading to intense difficulties for the US is made possible.  Friendly nations can be lost and enemies made. Hasty and/or poorly considered legislation, autocratic use of power, and much difficulty between President Obama and Congress is strongly suggested.

Mercury in Libra in the eighth house - Typically, wherever Mercury is located, much activity surrounds the matters governed by the house.  In Mundane astrology, Mercury chiefly relates to political meetings, debates, and to the Speaker of the House.  Much more will come out regarding the IRS and the Tea Party scandal, much more debate over the budget, and there will be much, much more talk regarding weapons in Syria. (The eighth house in political and sociological terms rules, among other things, the IRS, the national debt, national expenditures, the FBI, and weapons)

Saturn, co-ruler of the chart, is in the ninth house conjunct Venus, opposing the Moon in Taurus in the third house - In a Mundane chart the Moon signifies the Public, and in the third house, it signifies the Public Mind.  A Taurus Moon suggests the need for stability and certainty is on the Public's mind.  However, the need for stability and certainty is very unlikely to be met since the Moon is opposed by the Venus-Saturn conjunction.  Moreover, a Moon-Venus-Saturn opposition square Mars strongly suggests trouble for the government. Ambassadors are criticized, and it is not a good time for foreign affairs.

Nor is Saturn conjunct Venus fortunate for business, trade, banks and money matters. In money matters, this aspect suggests loss of revenue and depreciation in the value of stocks and shares. Venus-Saturn in Scorpio in the 9th suggests foreign support of the growing US debt (buying of bonds) may be restricted in some way.

The third house indicates that rail accidents are possible as well as storms or collisions at sea.

Ok, now for all who are stressed out by this interpretation, here is where I add something positive... With the Moon in Taurus in the third, and school back in session, it is an ideal time to look into finding tax advantages and tax savings plans for education.  Actually, anytime the Moon is in Taurus is an excellent time to add to/ or open a savings account.

Mars in the seventh house square Venus - Foreign relations suffer with talk of war/or actual war.
Since the end of August, the US has been involved in a dramatic "jeu de stratégie"(as Ambassador Kerry might say while speaking French) in regard to Syria and their use of chemical weapons.  A game of political brinkmanship in international relations or not, Mars in a T-square aspect with Moon, and Venus-Saturn suggests negotiations may suffer or fail, with the possibility of alienating friendly nations. Friends lost abroad and enemies made - in any case, there may be harsh criticism of the nation. Being that Mars is in Leo, much criticism will be directed at the President.  (President Obama is a Leo)

Mars placement in the seventh also indicates potential legal challenges, and Mars square Venus in Scorpio suggests an increase in national expenditures and taxation.

Additionally, the T-square with Mars, Moon, and Venus Saturn is reflective of the challenging energy from the applying T-square between the Sun, Uranus and Pluto.  

Pluto in the eleventh house square Uranus in the second house. Here, Pluto imparts intensity and power to matters pertaining to the legislative branch of government.   In mutual reception with/and sextile to Saturn, Pluto is able to garner even more strength as long as it acts responsibly. 

Pluto square Uranus in the second house suggests that money matters will be met with resistance from Congress with much unwillingness to co-operate. It is possible a surprising move from the Fed causes fluctuations and losses in stocks. Banks, investments, and business suffers. The President will encounter much opposition from Congress. There will be considerable debate regarding military actions as the T-square forms between the Sun, Uranus and Pluto at the beginning of October. Lunar energy joins in with a New Moon on October 4.

Each of the New Moon charts will aspect and activate the energy of the Pluto-Uranus square - the New Moon in Libra, with a T-square; the New Moon in Scorpio - a Solar Eclipse - aspects the square with a sextile, and the New Moon in Sagittarius aspects the Pluto-Uranus square with a trine.

Neptune in Pisces in the first house - Neptune's nature is passive, but compassionate, having concern for all humanity, and is associated with democratic political movements. According to Green, with Neptune unafflicted by hard aspects in the first house, "popular interests and movements come to the front and make themselves felt in the national life". Increased attention is given to religious and spiritual groups and democratic goodwill.

Jupiter in Cancer in the sixth house - Jupiter is exalted in the sign of Cancer, but is not strong in the sixth house. There will be increased attention to all matters pertaining to the sixth house, such as the armed forces, civil servants, unions, and the health care law - The Affordable Care Act - aka as Obamacare.

On September the 26th, Venus will trine Jupiter, which should help to improve foreign relations and settle much confusion over the debate of funding the Affordable Care Act.

NOTE: Interpretations are primarily based upon the writings of H. S. Green in the book, Mundane Astrology: The Astrology of Nations and States. Planetary aspects provide conditions for the possibility of action - interpretations of these possibilities are merely suggestions of possible action given by the astrologer reading the horoscope. Marlene Pfeifle.


The NYSE will be closed:
November 28 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Happy Thanksgiving to all those who celebrate!
Note: The market will close early at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 29, 2013 (the day after Thanksgiving) however, crossing session orders will be accepted beginning at 1:00 p.m. for continuous executions until 1:30 p.m.

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All the best for the season!


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