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The Winter Solstice - 2013*
December 21, 2013 - 12:11 P.M. EST Washington, D.C.
by Marlene Pfeifle, CAP

* The Solstice date varies depending upon the exact day/time the Sun enters Capricorn.

The December Solstice occurs when the Sun is at it's most southerly declination of -23.5 degrees in the Northern hemisphere and is the shortest day of the year.  The sun is directly overhead on the Tropic of Capricorn in the Southern hemisphere during the December solstice, and it is the longest day (in daylight hours) of the year for those living south of the Tropic of Capricorn.

(read about the Solstice at  timeanddate.com )


The energy of the Winter Solstice Chart provides the background from which the next three months work within.

Well, the world didn't come to end when the Mayan Calendar ended last December 21, and here we are now, near the end of 2013, at yet another winter solstice in the Northern hemisphere. (It is the Summer Solstice in the Southern hemisphere).

And, following the New Moon in Sagittarius, (to my surprise!) it appeared that the Grinch just might steal Christmas! But stocks finally experienced a Santa Claus rally this week. And now as we head toward the end of 2013, the Capricorn New Moon and New Year 2014, I want to wish all who celebrate the holidays a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. And Happy Solstice!

Winter Solstice December 21, 2013 horoscope

(click image for printable chart)
Chart for Washington, D.C. USA

The first day of winter in the Northern hemisphere
*It is the Summer Solstice in the Southern hemisphere

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.

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

Upcoming Astrological Events of the Season

Dec 21 (Saturday) VENUS Retrograde, SUN into Capricorn
Dec 24 MERCURY into Capricorn
Dec 25 (market closed for Christmas) MARS Opposition URANUS,
Dec 29 (Sunday), SUN Square URANUS, MERCURY Square URANUS
Dec 30 MARS Square PLUTO
Dec 31 MERCURY Conjunction PLUTO , MERCURY Square MARS

Jan 01 Capricorn New Moon, SUN Conjunction PLUTO
Jan 02 SUN Square MARS
Jan 08 MARS Square JUPITER
Jan 11 (Saturday) MERCURY into Aquarius
Jan 15 Full Moon
Jan 16 VENUS Square MARS
Jan 19 (Sunday) SUN into Aquarius
Jan 30 Aquarius New Moon
Jan 31 VENUS Direct , JUPITER Opposition PLUTO, MERCURY into Pisces

Feb 06 MERCURY Retrograde
Feb 11 SUN Square SATURN
Feb 12 MERCURY into Aquarius
Feb 14 Full Moon
Feb 18 SUN into Pisces
Feb 19 MERCURY Square SATURN
Feb 26 JUPITER Square URANUS
Feb 28 MERCURY Direct, SUN Trine JUPITER

Mar 01 (Saturday) Pisces New Moon, MARS Retrograde
Mar 02 (Sunday) VENUS Square MARS, SATURN Retrograde
Mar 05 VENUS into Aquarius
Mar 06 JUPITER Direct
Mar 11 MERCURY Square SATURN
Mar 16 (Sunday) - Full Moon
Mar 17 MERCURY into Pisces
Mar 20 SUN into Aries, Vernal Equinox

The Winter Solstice, Dec 21 2013, 12:11 PM EST, Washington D.C.

Chart Analysis with discussion of Astrological Events

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, but great emphasis is placed on the importance of the Capricorn ingress in respect to the financial year ahead.

The chart rulers and the Sun's placement in a solar ingress chart govern the energy of the chart.

In the chart above, the 2013 Capricorn ingress for Washington D.C., the Sun is in the ninth house conjunct the Capricorn mid-heaven. Whenever a planet is conjunct an angle it has considerably more strength and influence, and because it straddles the cusp of two houses it influences issues represented by both houses.

The Solstice Sun conjunct the mid-heaven from the ninth house should bode very well for the Government, and the President in particular, however, one must take into consideration the condition of the Sun in Capricorn's ruler, Saturn.   

Saturn is square the Leo Moon from the eighth house.
This aspect diminishes the positive influence the Sun might have in either house, although there is opportunity for good-will indicated by the sextile to the Sun from Neptune in the twelfth house.

Aries is rising and the chart's ruler, Mars, is found in the seventh house in Libra.  Both by sign and by house, Mars is not in good condition to assert his energy naturally this winter season.  Libra and the seventh house are opposite the sign of Aries and its natural house (the 1st house) which makes Mars less inclined to act decisively with a single-minded focus that Mars is known for and is so effective when acting positively.

Additionally, Mars is adversely aspected by an opposition to Uranus from the first house - This is a problematic placement for the Aries Mars! Unfortunate, difficult, and even explosively dangerous situations can arise when Mars energy is challenged by Uranus.   H.S. Green states in his book, Mundane Astrology: The Astrology of Nations and States."the sign occupied by Mars may show where the trouble comes from."  In this case it would be trouble with U.S. diplomatic relationships.

Uranus in the first house is not only in opposition to Mars in the seventh, but square Pluto in the tenth house. The Uranus - Pluto square has dominated our world since 2012, bringing about sudden and unexpected troubles, uprisings and disturbances, and problematic diplomatic relations.  Uranus energy forms a T-square to Pluto, the Sun, the Moon and Mars on Christmas day, and this stressful energy especially influences the first weeks of January and throughout the season.  It will be a difficult start to the 2014 year!

False steps, charges of bad faith and broken pledges, are very possible. Cabinet changes, and a failure the get things done at home are very possible. Turbulence and a spirit of discontent and dissatisfaction permeates the country.

The market will reflect the mood of people.  The first house represents the prosperity of the people and the Moon represents the mood of the people. When investors are distracted by political problems at home and abroad the market suffers.

The beginning three months of 2014 will bring unexpected challenges for the U.S. - it's very difficult (impossible!) to predict the surprises and shocks a challenged Arien Uranus will produce.

Uranus in Aries when challenged has much impatience and anger. In the U.S., people will express angry disappointment toward the government. (Uranus square Pluto and Moon square Saturn) These squares represent a fundamental challenge between the people of the country and the government - the President in particular.  

The Moon in Leo appears in the Fifth house, square Saturn in Scorpio in the eighth house. Social problems arise and prominent political figures lose favor. Very unfavorable for political figures, as well as for increasing revenue.

Jupiter Rx in Cancer appears in the Fourth House
Jupiter here is fortunate for the people - however, not necessarily fortunate for the government in power. Crops should do well and land values should increase. The housing market benefits.

Mercury appears with the Sun in the Ninth House
. In Mundane astrology Mercury chiefly relates to political meetings and debates, according to H.S. Green. It has much to do with the Speaker of the House in the U.S. and has much to do with trade and commerce when bargaining and persuasive speech is involved.

There will be an increase in travel to and from foreign countries from official messengers or representatives. Immigration is a strongly debated topic this season. During the holiday season there is much discussion of religion and religious tolerance.

Pluto in Capricorn appears in the Tenth House square Uranus
The tension of the Uranus in Aries square to Pluto in Capricorn is translated by Mars and the Moon and through various transits throughout this season. This does not bode well for the government and the President.

Pluto and Saturn (The Sun's ruler) are still in mutual reception - in each other's houses (Pluto in the tenth, Saturn in the eighth) both houses of government and the Executive Branch must use this energy to act toward transformation in government and deal with the National Debt, tax reform and health insurance issues.

Venus Rx in Capricorn appears in the Eleventh House
Venus turns retrograde on the solstice. Raymond Merriman stated this week, "what Venus retrograde does correspond to – and what it corresponded to last week – is a change in policy of central banks, like the Federal Reserve Board, which just announced it will start its tapering process..there is a seasonal trend, reported in a recent Wall Street Journal article, which postulates that stocks go up more frequently from December 23 through January 3 than at any other time of the year. January 3 would still be within the two week time window for a reversal from a primary cycle crest related to Venus retrograde."(which correlates with Venus turning retrograde

Neptune in Pisces appears in the Twelfth 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.

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Read Randall Ashbourne's weekly Eye of Ra reports and his Forecast 2014 for more specific information as to how transits and planets changing directions might affect the market.

A note on Mercury turning directions:

February 6 through February 28 - MERCURY Retrograde at 3°Pisces20' Rx; Direct at 18° Aquarius 10'D
When planets change direction within a matter of days it is significant, and can be a turning point in the market.  During Mercury Rx the markets are unpredictable and volatile. Especially a few days before and after the stationing periods (when Mercury changes direction). Usually about half way through the retrograde cycle you will see a change in the direction only to return to where they started 90% of the time.

It is not a good idea to sign contracts, or purchase big ticket items. Important decisions made during Mercury retrograde often come back and regrettably haunt you - often they are reversed. It is a time to do things that start with “re”.  Example: read, research, recycle, repair, restore.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL WHO CELEBRATE RELIGIOUS and HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES

and HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

Marley

 

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