for the four weeks beginning May 6, 2018
If you are unfamiliar with the methods and interpretations of Sidereal mundane astrology, see my free book Sidereal Mundane Astrology. (A link to the current edition can always be found near the top of the Publications sub-forum.) For standard interpretations, see Chapter 8 of the new 15th Edition.
USA Mundane Forecast: http://solunars.com/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=2057
Trump Watch: http://solunars.com/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=2057#p14952
Ingress Angularities (Other Locations): http://solunars.com/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=2057#p14953
Ingress Summaries: http://solunars.com/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=2057#p14954
Transits to Solunar Planets: http://solunars.com/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=2057#p14955
LONG-TERM (Solar Ingress) PATTERNS
The 12 months beginning January 15, 2018 are a stronger, less forgiving version of 2016: unstable, revolutionary, revising, remapping, anti-establishment, and often anti-government. Washington's Capsolar has Pluto square Ascendant (0°08'), and Uranus on Westpoint (0°42'). A spirit of revolution assaults current systems, tearing at iconic structures. Victory in the 2018 elections will tend to fall to whomever can present himself or herself as the greater rebel.
PLUTO signals high-impact events that sever connections. Mainstream and counter-establishment sensibilities confront each other. Events are fiercely political, such as leader crises, financial crises, and severing historic relations. Natural disasters include hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods. URANUS signals explosions (literal or metaphorical); sudden rupture, shock, surprise, and overflowing normal boundaries and limitations. Expect disclosures and revelations, surprise attacks, changes in leadership, protests, revolts, and their suppression.
Changes in foreign relations are a certainty with a foreground SUN-VENUS-URANUS. Venus-Uranus also signals shifting social values, including increased liberty in Venus matters. What would 2018's version of legalizing same-sex marriage be? "Culture wars" kick up more intensely for the midterm elections. The voice of rebellion is concentrated on those in the highest office.
For the whole world, MOON CONJOINS MERCURY and SATURN. While Moon-Jupiter aspects in recent Capsolars brought economic recovery, expect the opposite from Moon-Saturn. Recession is not unthinkable. Capsolars had close Moon-Saturn aspects in 1819, 1837, and 2008, which should concern students of American money crises. Its record for violent inhumanity is heart-stopping. Climate destabilization will escalate faster in 2018 than in previous years, with tragic, life-smashing consequences.
From Mercury + Saturn, expect restrictions, delays, failures, and calamity in transportation and communication. Communication fails for technical reasons and because people stop listening to each other. Data integrity is increasingly doubted: Cybersecurity is a greater priority than cyber-expansion. Commerce is interrupted: More newspapers go out of business and more small businesses close their doors. Information flow is interrupted and rationed. Moon-Mercury keeps our attention on the media which, itself, is much of the story. Moon-Saturn signals hardship, narrowing, sacrifice, loss, and sadness, with little cause for celebration. Bereavement for widely beloved figures, deprivation and disappointment, destructive assaults by people and nature, and other forms of hardship focus primarily on alienation and divisiveness. It will be a good year for undertakers.
With Saturn in Sagittarius, internationalism, immigration, aviation, elitism, hierarchical economic separation, and missiles take up much of our headline space for 2018.
Finally, Washington has a Mars-Jupiter PVP conjunction. This furthers concerns of financial crisis. It could be as slight as the government shutdown of 2013 or as ravaging as the market crash of 1929, but probably will be something between. Resources are squandered, stretched past capacity. Religious evangelism and other belief-driven enthusiasm and aggression accelerate. Bigots have louder voices. In nature, as in human affairs, expect stormy weather.
The Arisolar (April 14) is dormant for Washington, DC, but adds (until mid-July) a further edge of violence and hardship: Arisolar Moon squares Saturn (2°24' in eclipto) and Mars (a blisteringly tight 0°09' in mundo).
MEDIUM-TERM PATTERNS (The Bridge)
Much of the month is a SATURN-PLUTO zone (May 6-28, with Pluto hanging around a day longer). Pluto conjoins Capsolar IC while Saturn conjoins CapQ Moon. Besides the severe expectations of the Saturn-Moon transit, this pair signals dramatic hardship, sometimes with an apocalyptic feel, and catastrophic disasters with feelings of irrevocable loss or separation. (By now we are well into America's tornado season.)
Within this, transiting Mars squares Cansolar Moon May 19-25, creating a MARS-SATURN-PLUTO Zone. Expect violent, ferocious, even explosive unleashing of force, actions broadly disrespectful of law, and hurtful aggression. With Mars and Saturn both transiting solar ingress Moons, the world teeters on the edge for a few days. Almost daily, the news will be filled with high death tolls and pain.
May 31 to June 2 gives a JUPITER Zone reprieve in most parts of the world. Mars and Saturn transits to solar ingress Moons are gone and Jupiter opposes CanQ Moon. Most likely this relief will be the main effect: World markets will pick up for a short while and diplomacy will prevail. Jupiter normally brings victories: these are victories in which the world shares. A heightened sense if prosperity, economic expansion, and a spirit of abundance and celebration prevail. Major events, if not purely political, economic, or aristocratic, will center on religion, inspiration, and the visionary.
SHORT-TERM (Lunar Ingress) PATTERNS
Liblunar (continuing from Apr 28)
Because the new Caplunar is dormant, last week's Liblunar continues through May 13. It shakes us out of Neptunian slumber. Pluto conjoins Mars (1°11') on IC, signifying ferocious, possibly explosive unleashing of force, broadly disrespectful of law. Cumulative stresses (psychological or physical) reach their breaking point.
Moon squares Mars in the foreground (2°32'). This intensifies fury and (if operating typically) adds destruction and loss of life. We must expect heightened conflict and (given the Arisolar and concurrent Saturn transits) outright hatred. Opposing forces contend aggressively.
Caplunar (May 6)
The Caplunar covers May 6 to June 2. For Washington, it is dormant. Its strongest contribution is Moon conjunct Mars (0°49') affecting the world in general. As the Arisolar also has a partile Moon-Mars aspect, and the overlapping Liblunar has Mars-Pluto dominant, expect much volatility this week and, to a lesser extent, all month.
Moon-Mars, on its kindest days, brings noisy hostility and saber rattling. More commonly, it is accompanied by violence, blood, fire, bombs, warring, earthquakes, accidents, and other destruction, often causing significant loss of life.
PRIMARIES THIS WEEK: Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, West Virginia 5/8.
Several quotidian crossings this week compete to win The Big Event to their day. The most volatile and explosive is CanQ Ascendant triggering Cansolar Mars-Uranus square 5/8. (If that's the big day, Jupiter themes will contextualize the event, both from the CapQ and CanQ.) May 7-8, CapQ Ascendant touches ingress Sun-Uranus (with transiting Sun on IC all week). May 9, Q Asc conjoins transiting Mars and ingress Venus, with Jupiter on MC. May 10, CanQ MC conjoins Pluto.
Arilunar (May 13)
The Arilunar covers May 13-19. There is so much in this chart (nearly two dozen significant factors) that we have to inch our way through it carefully. From the top, we expect a week of accelerated revelations and breaking news, with a very great deal happening.
Moon squares MC (0°34'), Mercury and Uranus closely conjoin Eastpoint. All three are tightly conjunct. Angular Moon + Moon-Uranus describes uprisings of the people, mass mind (or herd mind) building to an eruptive peak and surging forth. Events draw widespread common sentiment and emotional response.
Mercury-Uranus (0°05') seems the main theme. In addition to discovery, revelations, and disclosures, people are startled, taken by surprise, alarmed, perhaps in a state of emergency. Expect travel disasters, especially airplane accidents (likely in places where this or the Capsolar's Mercury-Saturn conjunction is angular).
Foreground Mars squares Mercury and Uranus (both partile). This very much enhances the risk of significant vehicular accidents, but also strengthens the impact of revelations and disclosures. Mars-Uranus is explosive, often bringing surprise attack and startling violence, though psychological “bombshells” are more common than physical ones. Mercury-Mars increases the chance of war and limits the ability to reach peace: It is tactical, even overtly military.
Sun and Jupiter, moderately foreground, are in close opposition. Sun also squares Mars (Sun is at the Mars/Jupiter midpoint). Focus is on imperial-type expansion, aggression, and economic recklessness, but also the opportunity for heroic virtue to shine. Politics egg on events, motivated by a non-philanthropic tendency of people with money and power wanting more. A raucous, stormy climate marks Washington (and possibly the literal meteorological climate).
Increasing the complexity, all midpoints of Moon, Mercury, and Uranus on one side to Sun and Jupiter on the other are conjunct horizon (excluding Jupiter/Uranus, but adding Mars/Pluto). These partly repeat the foregoing expectations and partly provide new details. In brief, here is what we expect from each:
- Mo/Su (0°12'). Spotlight, especially on actions & responses of government. Focus on leaders.
- Me/Ju (0°25'). Commercial alliances, trade negotiations, major judicial action. Favorable for swinging deals.
- Su/Me (0°28'). Highlights transportation & commerce, demands headlines.
- Su/Ur (0°28'). Psychologically (and perhaps physically) startling & explosive.
- Mo/Ju (0°32'). Prosperity & pride; diplomacy, dignity, elitism, “our people first.”
- Ma/Pl (0°39'). Violent, ferocious unleashing of force; disrespect for law.
PRIMARIES THIS WEEK: Idaho, Nebraska, Oregon, Pennsylvania 5/15.
With transiting Sun on CapQ IC all week, quotidian MC conjoins Mars 5/13 (thus Sun opposite Mars). CanQ MC crosses transiting Pluto 5/14. Each (as always) has a 2-day orb either side.
Canlunar (May 19)
The Canlunar covers May 19-26. Moon and Pluto (0°13' and 0°10' from angles, respectively) are in wide opposition. Mars and Uranus are widely angular, but closely square (1°06') .
People are upset, and they're not being quiet about it. This mostly repeats the populist, potentially explosive themes of earlier weeks. With main focus on Moon-Pluto, expect events that stun our minds and sensibilities with their intensity. (Major examples from the past include deaths and departures of leaders; uprisings and revolts; populist challenges to prevailing authority; and other staggeringly intense events, pleasant and unpleasant, that hold unflinching attention. Their extreme, often unprecedented nature makes them hard to decisively predict.)
PRIMARIES THIS WEEK: Texas, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky 5/22.
CanQ angles cross several planets, of which the most volatile is MC to ingress Mars-Uranus 5/22, with a masses-stirred prologue 5/20 as Moon and Uranus come to angles. Jupiter crosses CapQ Zenith 5/24 and CanQ Descendant 5/21.
Liblunar (May 26)
The Liblunar covers May 26 to June 2. Mars, exalted in Capricorn, rises closely (2°24'). That's the week in a nutshell! It's a time of aggression, conflict, battling, extreme assertion, and a general showing off of strength. (And remember the Caplunar and Arisolar have close Moon-Mars aspects.)
But there is more. Mercury is pretty close to IC (3°38'). Moon opposes Uranus for Washington (1°33' in mundo). Uranus and Pluto touch up the edges with extremism. Bottom line, if there were one week this year that I would out-and-out predict a declaration of war, it is this week. Today, wars don't tend to be declared in the old fashioned way - they're just fought. But the markers are all consistent with such an event, or an event that resembles it in its major elements.
PRIMARIES THIS WEEK: None.
Transiting Mars is within 2° or CanQ MC 5/25-6/1 and ingress Mars on a CapQ angle 5/29-30). On 5/28, Mars exactly conjoins CanQ MC as transiting Mercury crosses CanQ Asc: This is the day the Mercury-Mars symbolism will peak.