The General, Economic and Geopolitical Influences of the March 20, 2010 Vernal Equinox

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The Sun is our life force; its movement into Aries on March 20 at 1:33 PM EDT marks the start of Spring in the northern hemisphere. At the Vernal Equinox the Sun shines directly on the equator and the hours of day and night are equal in length. Each day the Sun will move higher in the sky and the hours of daylight will increase until the June 21 Summer Solstice.

As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries represents the start of something new. In ancient times the Vernal Equinox was celebrated as the New Year and is still celebrated as a national holiday in many countries, including Japan and Iran. Christianity created Easter and the resurrection of Jesus as a substitute for the ancient celebrations of nature’s rebirth. Rabbits and Easter eggs symbolize the fertility and abundance of spring and the opportunity to begin anew.

Aries is ruled by Mars, the planetary energy of action. The confidence and creativity of the Sun synergizes well with the courage and boldness of Aries to birth new initiatives. The Sun and Aries represent the self, and the Sun in Aries (March 20 – April 20), is a powerful time to take ownership of your life and initiate personal objectives.*

The Sun and Mars are the most important planets at the Vernal Equinox and they are particularly powerful for personal achievement as the Sun in Aries is harmonizing with Mars in Sun-ruled Leo (March 21). Aries energy can move too quickly and become impatient to see things through to completion, but Mars favorably aspecting Saturn in Libra (March 22) provides the discipline to structure an ambitious agenda into a realistic and manageable timetable of smaller goals.

The Sun represents leaders. As the Sun in Aries opposes Saturn (March 21) and squares Pluto (March 26), there will likely be instances of current and former leaders being held accountable under the law for their actions that kept a corrupted hierarchy in place in order to solidify their own power and influence. Uranus in Pisces (which will move into Aries May 27) and Mercury in Aries conjoining the Sun and squaring Pluto at the Vernal Equinox describe a growing vocal opposition against leaders who resist calls to transform economic, governmental, and societal structures that have failed to serve the majority outside the boundaries of the status quo.

The Moon represents the emotional mood of the public. Reinforcing the positive influences to enact transformative change at a personal and geopolitical level is that the Moon is waxing (increasing) in light at the Vernal Equinox. Like the Sun in Aries, the Moon functions well in Venus-ruled Taurus. The Moon in Taurus forming supportive aspects to Uranus and Saturn (after the Moon enters Mercury-ruled Gemini March 20) offers the opportunity for pragmatic solutions within the existing framework and laws to bring reform and innovation. As a fixed earth sign, the steady influence of Taurus will carry through to finish the work that Aries is too quick to abandon to something more exciting. The Taurus Moon reminds us to take time out to smell the flowers, as events will unfold rapidly over the next three months with half of the planets in initiating cardinal signs.

The Sun, Mercury, and Uranus conjoin at the apex of the chart set for Washington DC, indicating that President Obama will be signing legislation he actively campaigned Congress to enact. Sundays are ruled by the Sun which strengthens the powerful energies of the Vernal Equinox to take bold action and overcome tremendous obstacles to pass the healthcare bill for President Obama to sign just as the window of opportunity was about to close. The Sun opposite Saturn and square Pluto reflects the fear and delaying tactics used by opponents of the legislation. Aries is symbolized by the Ram, and all the endlessly repeated rhetoric of “ramming the bill through” is going to manifest the healthcare bill enacted into law at the Vernal Equinox! (And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was born with the Sun in Aries.**)

Pluto rules insurance, and in the sector representing healthcare and employment shows how transformative this legislation will become for the domestic economy and beyond as the U.S. in the next few years will no longer be subsidizing the world’s pharmaceuticals.

The Moon ruling the chart indicates that the nation’s mood and circumstances will fluctuate and be affected by what happens in Congress which is influenced by the Executive Branch. The Moon in Taurus puts the focus on the banking sector and valuations of all kinds. With the Moon squaring Neptune in Aquarius in the sector representing debt, there are likely to be more surprises about debt that had been camouflaged (off the books). Consumer credit costs will increase, along with the cost of goods and services needed for daily living.

Mars in Leo reflects the public wants Washington to take action to reform the financial sector. The Federal Reserve will probably utilize every creative maneuver it can think of to avoid having to raise the fed funds rate through raising the discount rate and contracting excess liquidity.

Venus ruling the sector representing real estate conjoined by Saturn reflects that home values are still under pressure. As more higher priced homes are being forced into distressed sales, average selling prices will deceptively increase. It is unlikely that the Fed will break its commitment to end GSE mortgage security purchases.

Mars and Pluto rule the sector of the chart representing the stock market. The enthusiasm of the Sun conjoining Mercury and Uranus, Venus in Aries, and Mars in speculative Leo will likely contribute to keeping the market for the most part in an uptrend over the next three months, helped by corporate earnings and merger speculation. The Moon in Taurus conjoins the NYSE’s Sun; market sentiment stubbornly resists the urge to sell or go short. The Moon’s square to Neptune in Aquarius conveys the hope that the market can make a steady retracement back to the record highs of October 2007, an unlikely fantasy.

Financial markets have a greater potential for more pronounced moves or a shift in direction on or around the following dates:
March 22, 25, 29
April 6-7, 14, 19-20, 23, 26, 28
May 3-4, 11-13, 17-20, 24, 26-27
June 3-11, 14-15

Hot and dry conditions reflected by the Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Mars in the fire element are tempered by the moderating influence of the Moon in Taurus. Warm and dry weather unexpectedly shifts, bringing severe thunderstorms and flash floods, and the potential for hailstorms and tornadoes.

Areas with greater potential for increased news and weather activity include the entire U.S. East Coast (especially VT, NH, MA, NY, OH, PA, VA, NC, FL), Minnesota, Iowa, Arizona. Baja Peninsula, Cuba and Guantanamo. Earthquake potential for Cuba, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile. Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Russia, Georgia. Turkey, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen. Africa (Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Ethiopia, Somalia, Madagascar). Afghanistan, Pakistan. Social unrest and/or earthquake potential for Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, and central China.

Upcoming posts will describe the trends over the next three months in greater detail.

*The other powerful time of the year to do this is on your birthday.
**Nancy Pelosi: March 26, 1940 time unknown Baltimore, MD

Related Posts: “Anger Management as Mars Moves Forward” and “Time, Money, Politics, and the Body’s Solar Clock


Anonymous said...

You mentioned "Financial markets have a greater potential for more pronounced moves or a shift in direction on or around the following dates:
March 22, 25, 29
April 6-7, 14, 19-20, 23, 26, 28
May 3-4, 11-13, 17-20, 24, 26-27
June 3-11, 14-15". Can you explain what do you mean by more pronounced moves or a shift in direction? How about the months after June? Thanks - HT


The dates stop in mid June as I will be writing upcoming posts about the June 21 Summer Solstice, the September 22 Autumnal Equinox, and the December 21 Winter Solstice that will have dates covering those time periods since these are the seasonal turning points of the year.

The dates represent times of key planetary alignments, planets shifting into a different sign, or changing direction. For example, Pluto turns retrograde on April 6 and Saturn moves back into Virgo April 7. These energy shifts could at least temporarily alter current market patterns. I said “on or around” because the slower the planet moves, the greater its influence over a longer period of time than say Mercury conjoining Venus which is usually a one day influence.

Since Pluto will appear to be motionless in the sky April 1-10, its retrograde shift can have more than a one day effect. Pluto retrograde will likely bring more previously undisclosed news about all the stuff the market is already all too familiar with: debt/deficits, bonds, CDS and other opaque derivs, mortgages/loans, insurance, “living wills”, M&A, power grabs, taxes, and nuclear issues.

Alan said...

Deja vu. The Fed low rate policy is stimulating excessive speculation in stronger segments more than helping the troubled ones. However, raising rates will drive the markets higher as investors attempt to mitigate inflation. Higher commodities will kill the recovery. Many finished products are now priced 2x of what they were at the height of the 2007-2008 crush (inventory issue).

Even if we could fix this behavior, there is still the strain of rapidly accelerating global growth and resource shortage. That creates a lower ceiling than we had previously, which is inline with the current phase of the Pluto-Saturn cycle.