Over the past week I have been thinking about the Fall (Libra) ingress chart and what it means to those of us in America. The most prominent aspect in this chart is Mars in the 7th house forming a T-square with Saturn, Venus and the Moon. The 7th house relates to foreign countries-foreign affairs, and Mars shows terrorists and military action, fires, war and war like situations such as we have recently seen with Syria and the mall shooting in Kenya. How is the Sun entering Libra connected to all of this?
What is an Ingress Chart?
An ingress chart is set for the moment the Sun enters one of the Cardinal signs-Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, showing us a preview of that season, so to speak and what we can expect for the time.
The Libra (fall) ingress chart is set for September 22, 2013 at 4:44 p.m. EST, Washington, D.C.
Just hours before fall was official and the Sun entered Libra we had news of a massive terrorist attack at a mall in Kenya, and at the time of this post around 100 are said to be dead. Police have said they are in control of the mall but according to the news, explosions are being heard at this hour.
The terrorist group Al Shabab is apparently responsible for the attack, and as fall officially began on September 22, news reports claim Americans were involved in the attack.
Al Shabab has been recruiting young American men in Minneapolis which has a large Somalian population. The Youth" or "The Boys", is the Somali-based cell of the militant Islamist group al-Qaeda, formally recognized by authorities in 2012. As of 2012, the group controls pieces of the southern part of the country. Al-Shabaab's composition is multiethnic, with its leadership positions mainly occupied by Afganistan- and Iraq-trained ethnic Somalis and foreigners.
According to Wikipedia, this terrorist organization came to light and the attention of authorities during the Uranus-Pluto square of 2012, and recognition came while Jupiter, the planet of expansion was in Gemini (Gemini rules youth) and the entrance of Saturn in Scorpio. Scorpio is the natural ruler of the 8th house of death.
So, what the Ingress chart tells us is that we (America) have enemies abroad and will be engaged in conflict throughout the fall. Some politicians are calling for military action in Africa at the time of this post.
Syria is a country ruled by Scorpio and as the ruler of Mars is Scorpio-Aries, it would be premature to assume our worries in that part of the world are over either.
If you have read past blogs you will remember that the Jupiter/Pluto/Uranus transit (T-square) has to do with the rise of international terrorism, and this transit will re-occur through summer of 2014, so there is absolutely no doubt there will be more terrorist events, or attempted terrorist events if they are averted. We can hope and pray they are averted.
Mars is at 16 degrees of Leo in the Ingress chart, which is part of a bigger T-square involving Venus, Saturn and the Moon and the Nodes from the 3rd to ninth house. Mars is disposed by the Sun, which lies in the 8th house of death, so we know that many deaths have already occurred and will unfortunately occur during the period this chart covers.
The 3rd-9th houses rules religion, philosophies, education, transport and neighboring countries and look for issues to arise in these areas as well as courts and education. Terrorist groups such as this one and Al-queida generally operate on a religious/philosophical basis using these ideologies as an excuse for cold blooded murder, and this gives us a reason for their actions. It is religious war, or a war between various ideologies to say the very least. We will see other religious and philosophical conflicts before fall is over as well. There are news reports that terrorists in Nairobi who held mall goers hostage questioned mall patrons as to their religion, and murdered non-Muslims although people from all religions have been killed.
Neptune rules religion and Neptune is retrograde in the first house of this chart at 3 degrees of Pisces, opposite the 7th house where the planet ruling our enemy lies showing confusion as to who/what the actual enemy who opposes us really is. Sometimes our enemies are in plain view among us, as in the case of Al Shabab who is recruiting young American men according to published reports.
Neptune is at home in Pisces and is generally not favorable in the first house ruling the masses, or the country and its inhabitants and is connected with illusion, delusion and confusion, deception and a lack of clarity among Americans. This planet shows us large groups of people will suffer this fall. Humanitarian issues will surface over the next three months.
We could see some major creative projects, art or movies emerge during this time, and spiritualism, astrology, psychic readings and all types and metaphysical arts and sciences will become more popular.
Neptune urges toward collectivism, and is associated with social movements, socialism, loss, corruption, and illusions that can be perpetrated on the public and/or fraud. Neptune is also associated with the sea, water, welfare, chemical gasses, drugs (legal or illegal) and alcohol. It is also connected to oil which may be a concern this fall.
Neptune in the first tells us American's should dig deep when considering the issues of the day, and expect there are those in charge who will not present the facts as they truly are or the facts may not all be known, or misrepresented in some way.
Women are significant in this chart. As Saturn opposes the moon, this does not bode well for women or for the laws that protect women. Venus conjuncts Saturn and squares Mars from the 9th house of legal matters and we will probably see issues arise having to do with a women's right to choose, and American women will encounter opposition in the legislative and legal processes this fall.
The Uranus-Pluto square lies in the in the 2nd to the 11th house at 10/8 degrees of Aires-Capricorn at the time of this post. The 2nd house shows the wealth of the nation, banks, stocks, etc and the 11th house shows Congress and this square shows conflict over money in Congress.
At this time we are just under a week away from a potential government shutdown threatened by the majority of Republicans in Congress who wish to abolish Obamacare. The budget battle will be a difficult process. There may be secret meetings and secretive deals made the public are unaware of at the time. All in all, this process will continue to escalate the rift in the Republican party and the separation of moderates from the Grand Old Party.
The Uranus-Pluto square: come again
On September 14-15 the Uranus-Pluto square was set off by the planet Mercury at 7-9 degrees of Libra. Each time the U-P square is set off we will see major events and upheaval occurring in the world.
On September 16, the mass shooting occurred in the Navy Yard among other events. Within a week we saw terrorists take over a large international mall in Kenya.
The Uranus-Pluto square will be set off again as the Sun reaches 7 degrees of Libra, October 1-4 and the few days before and after. We will see many more events occur during this period that are significant in the world.
The world becomes an angry place prone to violence and upheaval each time this square is set off. The potential exists for natural disasters, and we have seen this before. Pluto also rules nuclear weapons and in the past issues have arisen concerning nuclear proliferation.
Rhetoric becomes angry during these days as different sides push their agendas and plans. You may see this in your personal life as well as the world. Remember, Pluto rules the power structures, bullies, and people may feel/act more vengeful.
Other transits may play a role in the conflicts that will arise. On September 28, Venus squares Mars and this can represent issues with money and between the sexes. Conflict will exist between men and women and sexual issues, scandals may be highlighted at this time. On the same day, Mercury enters the secretive sign of Scorpio.
October 3, as the Sun opposes Uranus we will hear about surprising and unexpected events with unusual twists and turns. Uranus rules coups, explosions and revolutions. Some relationships will end at this point.
The Uranus-Pluto square comes together in an exact square again October 17-November 16, 2013 and this will be an intense and angry period in the world, but the end result will bring great changes, much like the early 1930's.
These energies affect our personal lives as well as the world especially if this transit is hitting a personal planet in your natal chart, or you are a Cardinal sign (Libra, Aries, Cancer or Capricorn) and have a Sun sign at 7-11 degrees. Only an experienced and seasoned astrologer can tell you what this transit will involve.
If you do have a personal planet in your chart that is being affected don't panic! I have closely watched these planetary energies coming together since 2008 or before, and my personal chart has been affected numerous times. Events and situations may seem tumultuous and often are, but as the energies come together change occurs along with a release of negative energy and solutions to problems are found and life moves forward. Nothing lasts forever whether good or bad, and so it will go in the world and in our lives. The world is constantly changing and so are we.