for the four weeks beginning JANUARY 13, 2020
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USA Mundane Forecast: viewtopic.php?f=46&t=4434
Trump Watch: viewtopic.php?f=46&t=4434#p33341
Biden Report: viewtopic.php?f=46&t=4434#p33342
Other Locations: viewtopic.php?f=46&t=4434#p33343
Ingress Summaries: viewtopic.php?f=46&t=4434#p33344
Transits to Capsolar Planets: viewtopic.php?f=46&t=4434#p33345
Outer Planet Sign Transits: viewtopic.php?f=46&t=4434#p33346
LONG-TERM (Solar Ingresses) For the United States, the 12 months beginning January 14, 2021 are more severe than 2020. A striking difference is that 2021 will be a year of action, whereas 2020 was more a year of paralysis. This also means that 2021's threats will be more actively violent and conflictual. Saturn in Capricorn continues to define the time. Pluto enters Capricorn until 2039. Autonomous survival and isolative self-sufficiency are hallmarks of the post-COVID world.
In the 2021 Capsolar, two partile aspects have the loudest voices.
MARS squares SATURN (0°34') with Mars 0°29' and Saturn 0°18' from an angle. Harsh, hateful, hurtful, and destructive, Mars-Saturn incites many forms of destruction and hardship: Deadly violence, fires and explosions, and financial crises are among the kinds of event it accompanies. In an annual chart, its psychological impact is worse: Mars-Saturn fosters hate and the conflict that arises from feeling powerless, shamed, and diminished. In the United States, 2021 will feel like our nation is filled with primitives competing for basic survival amidst widespread hardship.
Nearly as close (but not as closely angular) is JUPITER square URANUS (0°42'). This aspect does not usually occur for disasters (except for floods).Jupiter-Uranus is 2021's aspect of recovery and salvation through scientific advances and social revolution. This broadly, boldly liberal combination does not mean that we have a new broadly liberal administration: It might mean that, or we might have a replay of 2017 when the incoming Trump administration triggered a renewal of in the street liberal political activism not seen in 50 years.
Jupiter-Uranus means ideological rebellion (both peaceful and violent) and remapping the larger social contract in which liberal social and political agendas demand wider horizons, expanded opportunities, civil liberties, and enhanced diversity. Inventiveness, new technology and tech vision, futurism, and “good science” engage popular imagination. At its best, it signifies collective optimism and anticipation of good change amidst terrible conditions.
These two dynamics compete throughout 2021, but not in mutually neutralizing isometric tension: 2021 will be a year of activity and activism, though rarely gentle or well-behaved. Mars conjoins Uranus: For the U.S., they are foreground and Moon squares Uranus (1°10') and Mars (2°27') mundanely. Mars-Uranus is explosive: If physical bombs aren't detonating then psychological "bombshells" are exploding. It means surprise attack and sudden action, the "lightning war" of blitzkrieg. Moon-Uranus promises swiftly changing circumstances that require rapid adaptation and response. Moon-Mars is most worrisome: Besides its broad sense of emergency and typical Mars expressions of violence, fire, disaster, and damage, it is an aspect of assassination and other severe crises for a nation's leaders. Whoever sits in the Oval Office in 2021 will have unusually severe challenges.
Mars squares Jupiter (2°13') suggests economic crisis, especially from aggressive spending. In fact, Jupiter aspects to Mars and Saturn threaten markets (as Pluto, Saturn, and Jupiter in Capricorn show shifting conditions in banking and institutional economic management). This may not be terrible: We surely need to consume significant resources for economic recovery. Also, this year of action includes spinning up the wheels of industry once more: Mars-Jupiter is consistent with economic expansion (greater industry and productivity), as Jupiter-Saturn is consistent with structural investment. Rebuilding infrastructure at many levels is a priority.
Mars-Jupiter is stormy (includi8ngh destructive weather), but its essential momentum is forward and expansive with an enterprising spirit. I expect it to be useful to recovery. Post-pandemic, I anticipate an era of opportunity for new entrepreneurs and a renewal of entrepreneurial spirit in the country (after so many businesses have collapsed to create a vacuum, and their former principals have lost so heavily: capital investment in new business will be readily available). If that does not occur in 2021, at least the cultural and economic reorganization making it possible will be well underway. (A wide Mercury-Jupiter mundane conjunction is optimistic in this regard.)
KEEP YOUR EYES ON RUSSIA THIS YEAR. Moscow's ingresses have been vague for several years: This year, Moscow has the same two aspects most closely foreground as Washington. However, Jupiter-Uranus is closer, Mars-Saturn second closest. If we find ourselves in direct competition or conflict, Moscow has the advantage over Washington and may be part of the "surprise attack" threat Washington's Capsolar shows.
MEDIUM-TERM (The Bridge)
- Jan 14-17: Saturn Mars.
- Jan 18-19: Saturn.
- Jan 20-29: Neptune Saturn.
- Jan 20-27: Neptune.
- Jan 28-Feb 1: Neptune Mars.
- Feb 2-4: Neptune Jupiter Mars.
- Feb 5-7: Neptune Jupiter.
- Feb 8-9: Neptune Jupiter Mars.
Mars is in Aries all month. During its September Aries transit, news was dominated by fires, election combat, authoritarianism, riots (more peaceful than not) against continuing police violence, and enhanced polarization, so we likely will now experience something similar. Also, Pluto enters Capricorn January 26 (remaining until August 9). -- Summaries of longer-term trends from outer planet sign transits are here.
SHORT-TERM (Lunar Ingresses)
Liblunar (Jan 6) The Liblunar covers an entire month, January 6 to February 3 since the following Caplunar, Arilunar, and Canlunar are dormant.
Jupiter (0°20' from Westpoint) squares Uranus (2°34' from Midheaven). Jupiter also conjoins Saturn (1°39' mundo), though Saturn is only widely angular. These portray a time of much change and reformulation with a clear bottom line that things are getting better: It is a month of optimism, hope, and active engagement of powers.
This chart overflows with progressive social and political movement. This does not, however, mean that they have won the election or the day: We saw the same in 2017's Capsolar where the meaning was that the political left, having been shockingly trounced in the election, rallied with fervor it had not shown in half a century. (Moon square Jupiter, 1°28' mundo, is typical of civil rights moving forward, probably by judicial or activist means.)
Jupiter squares a non-foreground Mars, conjoins a foreground Saturn, and squares a foreground Uranus. Despite overall optimism, I'm not sure the stock market performs well in January. Also, there are conflicts: Moon squares Saturn and Pluto. Perhaps this is the disease still having its way, or perhaps it is hardship caused by social violence by whoever lost most in the election.
Caplunar (Jan 13)
The Caplunar is dormant. Moon conjoins Sun and Pluto (effective for the four weeks following). Among other things, this places focus on the president and on cyclical phenomena such as the stock market.
Mars squares Saturn within 0°03'. This has no practical significance in Washington (where, in any case, the new Capsolar has this aspect exactly angular). However, Mars-Saturn is exactly angular in other parts of the planet where its effect will be severe and probably deadly. These include: the American west (either side of the Rockies), the India-Pakistan border, westmost Africa and western Europe (Spain near Madrid, France near Paris, western Germany, and directly through Stockholm), Japan near Sapporo, Iran).
- 1/15: CapQ MC on Capsolar Mars, sq. Saturn.
- 1/16: CapQ MC on t Mars.
- 1/17-18: CapQ MC on s/t Uranus, sq. Jupiter.
- 1/19: CapQ WP on Capsolar Saturn.
The Arilunar is dormant. Moon again squares Pluto (0°12').
- 1/20: CapQ WP on t Saturn.
- 1/21: CapQ Dsc on Capsolar Moon. CanQ MC on Cansolar Mercury.
- 1/22: CapQ WP on Capsolar Jupiter.
- 1/24: CapQ WP on t Jupiter [t Mars-Jupiter sq.]. CanQ WP on Cansolar Mars.
- 1/26: CanQ MC sq. Cansolar Mars.
The Canlunar is dormant. Moon conjoins Pluto, which has entered Capricorn by 0°03'; it also opposes Venus (0°48' mundo). Venus-Neptune themes supplement the root message of the Liblunar.
- 1/27: CanQ Dsc on Cansolar Mars.
- 1/29: CapQ MC sq. Capsolar Moon.
The Liblunar covers February 3-9. Mars sets (1°08'), Sun squares Ascendant (1°27'), and Sun squares Mars (0°52'). Sun also squares Uranus (0°39' mundo). The week is fiery and violent with greater aggression and willingness to be combative. This seems volitional, not accidental: It may be aimed directly at the president or the government in general, but appears, instead, to be their initiative and affirmative action.
These aspects plus a close Mercury-Mars square and event the wide Sun-Jupiter conjunction are consistent with war. War seems unlikely during a worldwide pandemic, but it's worth mentioning that the lineup of aspects has war as one of its possibilities. Moon's aspects to Venus and Pluto show irrevocable changes in relationships, whether between nations or through the destruction of community and loss of life.
Otherwise, we have warring words, aggressive debate, laced with the priority of special interests. The main events, in part, involve people with money and power taking action to get more money and power.
- 2/7: Cansolar IC on Cansolar Jupiter.