Winter Solstice 2009 and Eclipses of Dec 31, 2009/January 15, 2010
Solstice and equinox charts are used in astrology to determine the trends for each quarter of the yearly cycle of the earth around the sun. The winter solstice and the spring equinox are often used to forecast the calendar and astrological year respectively. The winter solstice chart is cast for: December 21, 2009 12:46:43 pm EST, Washington, DC .
The sixteenth degree of Aries rising at the winter solstice 2009 in Washington brings us action, exploration, and a pioneering spirit. It feels like a refreshing and welcoming energy, especially as the ascending axis of the chart stimulates creativity and speculation in the US Sibly fifth house of investments. To reinforce the theme, the fifth and opposing eleventh house of society in the solstice chart are being triggered and energized by Mars—the ruler of the ascendant which is retrograde in Leo in the fifth house opposed a cluster of planets in Aquarius. The nation is now driven to operate creatively while expanding a social vision that affects large groups of people. It seems to also be willing to invest in children and entertainment (fifth) and in the environment and communities (eleventh). Health care looks like it is actually improving, but is still in need of serious attention from our government in order to accomplish what it is meant to deliver.
This quarter is probably a good opportunity to be affectionate and enjoy good times with friends, creative endeavors, or self-expression while serving others at the same time. The moon at the solstice joined Jupiter and Neptune at 24° Aquarius indicating that people are in need of expansion and divine connection. Many people may need or want more sleep right now. It is a time to recharge the spiritual batteries. There is also a tendency to escape the routine by using technology, meditation, inspiration or movies (Neptune). In many ways the film Avatar magnificently manifests these ideas and is being delivered to us with perfect timing.
Mars is currently retrograde in creative and royal Leo energizing and opposing President Obama’s Ascendant. Barack Obama is clearly meant to resist attacks from people opposing him (Mars transiting on his descendant). Luckily Mars also drives Obama’s Sun in Leo and can propel him into being a responsible leader. Obama’s Natal Mars can get lost in details though, being in Virgo, but has the opportunity to manifest his inherent purpose to lead and bring responsible structure (natal Saturn trines natal Mars).
More importantly though, there are lessons that will need to be learned in leadership ranks—Saturn is transiting the US MC and natal Saturn, while approaching its twenty-seventh year return. Negotiation and diplomacy are struggling against powerful corporate influence on the presidency (Sun conj. Pluto in Capricorn square Saturn). Saturn exalted in the sign of Libra though gives some hope for peaceful and partial regulations and fair decision-making. Our nation will need to re-establish itself starting in December 2010, as the USA begins its Saturn return, and will need to continuously work until 2012 to obtain results, when the return is completed.
On New Year’s Eve a lunar eclipse highlighted the need for long-term thinking and need to create new governmental structures—three planets, the Sun and the North Node all in Capricorn highlighted the ninth house of law and philosophy. To top the picture the Moon will join the other planets in the upcoming solar eclipse of Jan 15th. That will create a push to generate caution and practical approaches to matters of wealth, finances and banking. That energy can also be expressed pretty negatively through the dissemination of fear, secretive actions and suppression, especially as it relates to the media. In order to attract the higher manifestation of the symbols, I am choosing to invoke the positive characteristics of the sign Capricorn and hope our country will manifest self-control, honor, efficiency, prudence, patience, honesty, and responsibility.