Endings Bring New Beginnings as the SuperMoon Shines on the Spring Equinox
It certainly was a beautiful sight to watch the Full Moon as it rose big and bright above the eastern horizon Saturday evening!
Events and announcements occurring at the time of the Full Moon always grab our attention as the Moon’s bright light acts as a giant spotlight that shines on events occurring around the Full Moon’s five day orb of influence.(1)
“Giant” is the word to describe this month’s Full Moon (March 19 at 2:10 PM EDT) since the Full Moon occurred at the same time the Moon was at its closest approach to Earth (perigee). Although the February 18 Full Moon and the upcoming Full Moons on April 18 and September 27 occur when the Moon is perigee, the Moon is closest to Earth at this Full Moon since December 12, 2008 and there will not be another perigee Full Moon this close until November 14, 2016.
With the turn of the calendar, March Madness began to get usurped by media Moon madness over the “SuperMoon,” a term coined by Richard Nolle to describe when perigee occurs around or at the time of the Full or New Moon.
Whatever you prefer to call this Full Moon, it has generated a lot of analysis and discussion as to whether it has any additional “meaning” beyond the fact that perigee Full Moons bring tides that are higher and lower than normal. Although there are many market watchers who incorporate the cycle of the Moon and other planetary phenomena into their forecasting, remarks made by CNBC Fast Money’s Karen Finerman that “I can’t think of a less relevant piece of information” (2) remain the norm.
This month's Full Moon is in Virgo, a sign ruled by Mercury. Unlike Gemini (the other sign ruled by Mercury) which loves to collect information just for its own sake, Virgo analyzes all this information to ascertain out what’s really relevant.
Full Moons don’t just grab our attention for their beauty. Gazing at the Moon stirs our emotions as the Moon represents our instinctual behaviors and the need for physical and emotional security. The Virgo Full Moon is the sixth consecutive and last Full Moon since October 22, 2010 occurring at the end of a sign. Longstanding events and situations are ending now as we move into new and unchartered territory.
A SuperMoon can increase the potential for increased geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, tsunamis, flooding, mudslides and sinkholes (especially since the Moon is in the earth element opposing the Sun in Pisces which is part of the water element in the sign that rules the sea).
The Full Moon at the end of Virgo reflects that Japan is faced with the enormous aftermath of an earthquake/tsunami that has already occurred. Virgo rules health/hygiene, schedules/routines, employment, and the armed services. The March 11 earthquake profoundly affected all of these things. The Moon rules food and water/liquids which are showing signs of increasing radiation levels that were released into the air from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Mercury is movement and rules commerce and exports which has been completely disrupted. Offices and factories are closed as millions are unable to get to work. The Moon opposing and the Sun conjoining Uranus the planetary energy of electricity which is sporadic or completely offline, reflecting the erratic and unpredictable energy of Uranus. The Sun and Mars in Virgo’s opposite sign Pisces reflect the sacrifices the Japanese people have already endured.
Beyond the geophysical effects are the geopolitical ones. On the eighth anniversary of “Operation Iraqi Freedom” a war that the U.S. seems unable to extricate itself from years after the justification for going to war was found to be false. Eight years later at the SuperMoon the U.S. has commenced “Operation Odyssey Dawn” together with coalition forces to according to the Defense Department, “protect the Libyan people from the country’s ruler.”
As the saying goes, “it always darkest before the dawn” which describes the darkness of night (endings) and the time to sleep (Pisces) disappearing as we awaken to the Sun rising to begin a new day. Waiting less than 24 hours for the most powerful time of the solar year when the Sun enters Aries the first sign of the zodiac and the sign ruling military action to commence these two Operations could have made a quicker and better outcome more likely.
As I described in the February 27 Weekly Forecast, the Virgo Full Moon “re-activates” the final opposition of Saturn in Virgo and Uranus in Pisces (April 26, 2010) that began on Election Day 2008, and the first (and only) opposition of Jupiter and Saturn (May 23, 2010) in Virgo/Pisces. The BP oil disaster, the “flash crash” and the European sovereign debt crisis were the major events at that time and none of them have been completely resolved.(3)
As the largest planets in our solar system, Jupiter (expansion/bullishness) and Saturn (contraction/bearishness) are the general economic indicators. Uranus is the wild card (the “black swan”) that creates shocks and unexpected events that increase volatility as markets suddenly reverse from one extreme to the other.
Unexpected disruptions (Uranus) create delays and shortages (Saturn) in the global (Jupiter) supply chain that awakens the world to how interconnected (Pisces/Neptune) the world has become in ways never imagined which is the big theme as Jupiter and Saturn oppose each other for the final time on March 28. For example, a $2.00 microprocessor manufactured in Japan could disrupt the production of a $30,000 car.
While lean manufacturing and just in time inventory management have greatly boosted efficiency and productivity (Virgo) over the last several years, safety stock and flexible sourcing combined with local manufacturing will now be in sharper focus. Geophysical and geopolitical shocks (Uranus) have begun to erode (Pisces) the cost savings. I have written many times about the restart of the U.S. as a manufacturing empire in the coming years, and it seems that the shift of Uranus from Pisces to Aries on March 12 (the day of the first explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant) could be the shock that awakens U.S. and foreign companies to the benefits of manufacturing in the U.S. Rethinking the current global manufacturing model could begin when Virgo’s planetary ruler Mercury is retrograde March 30 – April 23 as more accurate information about the situation in Japan and its impact on the global supply chain is revealed.
As the Full Moon marked a culmination point and the ending of major planetary cycles, the Sun which is our life force and our will to survive and thrive, erupted a giant filament of magnetism and hot plasma from the southwestern part of the Sun. According to SpaceWeather.com, the blast eruption was not directed toward Earth, but the unsettled and explosive conditions on the Sun do represent the tumultuous events occurring on Earth now.
Spring in the northern hemisphere began March 20 at 7:21 PM EDT when the Sun entered Aries. 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 and peak at the June 21 Summer Solstice.
As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries represents the start of something new as the confidence and creativity of the Sun synergizes with the courage and boldness of Aries to birth new initiatives. Far rarer than the closest SuperMoon to Earth is the Vernal Equinox Sun conjoining Uranus in Aries (March 21) (4) ushering in a new cycle of technological innovation and revolutionary changes. There is no planetary alignment that screams “new beginning” more than having these two planets conjoined at the beginning of the first sign of the zodiac! This alignment serves as a wakeup call as more individuals realize they are far more powerful than they have been led to believe.
The Sun conjoining Uranus describes leaders occupying center stage who are innovative and unafraid to break new ground, to those at the opposite end of the spectrum who are eccentric, defiant and dictatorial such as Muammar Gaddafi who is desperate to hold onto power past his expiration date as Libya’s leader. In which came first, the chicken or the egg debate (meaning would it have happened without U.S. and coalition forces intervening or not), the Sun and Uranus opposing the Gaddafi government in the Vernal Equinox chart set for Libya indicates that Gaddafi will be overthrown by opposition forces.
Aries is ruled by Mars which is eager to dive head first into new endeavors. With Mars in Pisces the sign of endings until April 2 (together with Mercury retrograde March 30- April 23), getting these new endeavors off the ground could be more challenging as there can be more confusion than clarity. Events unfold much more rapidly after Mars moves into its “home” sign Aries April 2 until May 11.
The Sun conjoining Uranus can create high winds, tornadoes, severe thunder and hail storms, and “freaky” weather conditions that could disrupt the power supply. While weather and temperatures are more prone to extremes with the Sun Mercury, Jupiter and Uranus in Aries, prevailing weather conditions could tend to be drier and warmer than usual especially after Mars enters Aries April 2. This can create droughts and fires (as well as greater potential for volcanic eruptions). In the chart for the Vernal Equinox erected for the USA, Mars is prominent in the Midwest through Memphis and south to New Orleans which could indicate these parts of the U.S. more susceptible to these conditions. The Eastern seaboard should be prepared for strong storms especially in New England and the Northeast that bring flooding and a lot of coastal erosion.
The Sun rules speculation and Uranus rules volatility which bring surprises that take the market further above or below support and resistance levels than expected, especially as Uranus rules the sector of the stock market in the Vernal Equinox chart set for the USA. As described in prior Forecasts, Jupiter opposite Saturn (March 28) is likely to take the market lower during the next few weeks before rebounding. Whether the market takes out the February 18 year to date top is debatable but it is likely that if the market makes new highs it could occur at the end of this cycle or in early summer. Venus conjoining Neptune in Aquarius (March 26) in the sector of the Vernal Equinox chart ruling the stock market reinforces the market volatility that could be driven by rumors and hype. Certain financial illusions could be shattered and the market could be affected by financial fraud and insider trading. Residential real estate prices could continue to decline in most parts of the country as the cost of home ownership rises.
In addition to Japan, Libya and the other Middle Eastern and North African nations that are already experiencing intense geophysical and/or geopolitical turmoil, other potential global hot spots prominent during the next three months are Central America, Venezuela and western South America, Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti/Dominican Republic. France, Germany, Italy (as the Sun and Uranus shake up Rome/Vatican City), Iran, Algeria, Niger, Nigeria, Sudan. China (especially central China), Koreas, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia.
Markets have a greater potential for more pronounced moves on or around the following dates:
March: 21-22, 24-25, 28, 30-31
April: 4-6, 8, 11-13, 18, 20-21, 25, 27, 29
May: 2-3, 9, 11, 13, 16-17, 19-20, 23-25, 27, 30-31
June: 1, 3, 6, 8-10, 13-15, 17, 20-21 (To be continued at the Summer Solstice which will cover the time period June 21 – September 22, 2011.)
(1) The two days preceding the Full Moon, the day of the Full Moon, and the two days following the Full Moon. Besides reactivating major planetary alignments, a Full Moon that is a Lunar Eclipse will tend to have a six month influence (or until the next Lunar Eclipse). Its influence will also get re-activated when a transiting planet forms a challenging alignment to the eclipse.
(2) See the video within the article. Thanks to a reader who brought this to my attention. Personally I find it even more disconcerting when women (who are biologically more attuned to the Moon’s cycles than men) are not receptive to the possibility of lunar influences.
(3) The EU is having a debt summit March 24-25. Just because the oil is out of sight at the bottom of the Gulf does not mean the problem was resolved as it will take years to uncover the health effects and environmental impact resulting from the spill.
(4) The last time the Sun conjoined Uranus in Aries at the Vernal Equinox was in 1676.
Posted 3/20/2011 11:42:00 PM