Charts of Equinoxes and Solstices are also called Ingresses in Mundane Astrology as they are symbolic of what might lie ahead for the next three months. Often we do the chart for Washington, DC and sometimes for Greenwich, England as well as the locality in which we live.
The solstice chart for Washington, DC is set for 6:51 AM. It has 13 ½ Degrees Cancer rising, which is the degree of the US Sun. This puts Pluto on the seventh house cusp at 12 ½ degrees Capricorn. Pluto has been opposite our Sun for quite a while and the tension in Washington has grown even more intense in the past few weeks with the civil war in Iraq.
Mars in the Solstice chart is at 14 ½ Libra which is the degree of the US Saturn. Mars in Libra would like a peaceful solution to all conflicts but it is opposed by Uranus in Aries and squared by Pluto. Mars is in the 4th house of the chart, our home, conjoined Vesta, Ceres, and the north node, so the Libra theme is huge in terms of personal relationships and our relationships to other countries.
The extreme polarity in the US congress is shown by all these points in Libra opposite Uranus, the dwarf planet Eris, the Moon, and the south node in Aries. Recently, Eric Cantor, the house majority leader, lost his bid for re-election and just this week a new majority leader has been chosen. Some of the older Republicans in the Senate like John Mc Cain and Lindsay Graham are pushing for boots on the ground in Iraq and calling back the hawks in the Bush administration who got us into this war in the first place.
Eris was the goddess of discord and is next to the Moon, which also represents women and children. The abuse of women all over the world has increased with the recent rapes and hanging in India, and the taking of hundreds of girls from their school by Boko Haram in Nigeria. In the United States, there are thousands of children from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador in detention camps with small cells and barbed wire fences.
Mercury is retrograde in Gemini in the chart but it is exactly trine the Moon in the United States’ chart which should help with communications in our relations to other countries, though certain things may not get accomplished until Mercury turns direct on July 1.
Venus in Taurus is the only planet in earth signs. Venus is broadly opposite Saturn in Scorpio so her abundant Taurean nature may be somewhat diminished. We still have the grand trine with Saturn, Jupiter and Chiron in water signs, which help to balance all the tension of the cardinal oppositions and squares.
Neptune in Pisces is opposite Pallas Athena here; perhaps our social activism represented by Pallas will have a more spiritual dimension as we head into the summer months.
In summary, this is a very volatile chart for the Cancer ingress and will keep us working on relationships and asking us to stay balanced as we move into the heat of summer.Photograph (c) Jim Larsen