The Equinox occurs at about 11:03 GMT/UT (13:03 in South Africa) on the 20th of March 2013. Western astrology takes the Sun’s position along the ecliptic at this moment as marking the first degree of the sign Aries. So, this is sometimes referred to as the Aries Ingress. As the beginning of the astrological year a chart cast for the Aries Ingress is said to represent the entire year ahead. This chart is typically used to glimpse Mundane or global trends for the year ahead. It is debatable whether this Equinox has the same significance for the entire year in the southern hemisphere, but at the very least a chart for the this equinox would be valid for the coming quarter; till the Solstice on the 21st of June.
Before sharing with you what is admittedly a less than cheery interpretation of this chart, please note that this application of astrology is far from my speciality. I’m merely speculating and thinking out load.
There’s some strong energy in this equinox chart. Probably most striking is the T-Square formed by the Moon, Pluto, Mars and Uranus. Mars and Uranus are in close Conjunction and the Moon is almost precisely Square Uranus! We could view this as an indication that there will be ‘domestic upheaval’ in some form; people are prone to emotional eruptions in a way that will easily derail domesticity. The Moon being involved in such intense aspects with Mars, Uranus and Pluto is a little disconcerting. It could translate as literal destruction of homes, perhaps through natural or man-made disasters. I would like to be optimistic but I dare say any astrologer who looks at this chart and fails to note the prominence and potential destructiveness of the Moon/Mars/Uranus/Pluto configuration is being less than forthright.
As I see it the problem here is the fact that the Moon is so inherently sensitive and defenseless and is here caught in the crossfire between a bunch of rouges having it out. If the Moon was not in harms way I would be more optimistic about the potential for the high-voltage Mars/Uranus/Pluto combination to find some form of meaningful expression; there is a time and place for that sort of abrupt and explosive energy, but it just isn’t compatible with Lunar concerns. When the Moon gets this energetically involved with (or is overrun by) this sort of com
There are certain places in the world where this dynamic Moon/Mars/Uranus/Pluto T-Square will be on the angles of the equinox charts for those locations. We can see this on an astrocartography map. For example, Argentina, Venezuela, and perhaps the north eastern corner of north America will have the Mars/Uranus Conjunction on the Ascendant. Central Africa may be another location to watch, along with the eastern part of China.
Another notable feature of this Ingress Chart is the Yod formed by Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto. ‘Religious and social fanaticism‘ is one phrase for it given by Reinhold Ebertin in The Combination of Stellar Influences. That might not sound great but I do think this combination can represent a very positive and idealistic struggle to bring about needed social change. Interestingly this same configuration was present in the last Solstice chart (21 December 2012) and just happened to come back into focus again now and reassert its influence over at least the coming quarter. It seems to represent some sort of struggle for justice which may of may not be successful. I would assume that in places it succeeds and in others not; the core idea is the intense effort made to achieve it. It could conceivably represent a suppression of religious movements, beliefs or ideologies, or, as suggested by Ebertin, a ruthlessness actually inspired by an ideology or belief system. I expect we’ll see this influence at work as power struggles in the places and institutions where laws are made and upheld.
The Grand Trine between Moon, Saturn, Mercury and Neptune would be considered a positive feature by many, and in some respects it is. However, there is no such thing as a ‘happy’ Moon/Saturn aspect. Not even a Trine. At best it’s prudence, frugality and emotional self-control. Yes, these are virtues that may help rein in the unruly Moon/Uranus aspect (which is far more focused in terms of orbs). Moon Trine Mercury and Neptune could represent sympathetic personal communication; reason and communication is very much soaked in feelings and emotions, for better or worse.
If there is any advice that can be given to the general public on how best to navigate through the coming months in light of these energies, it would be this:
Be gentle with those close to you and value and guard your family and home; you may need these more than you realize. Don’t react impulsively and aggressively in your personal relationships. Be kind to those you love (if it seems like there’s repetition here, it’s for emphasis). Work patiently and determinedly towards your goals, because great achievements are possible now, but don’t let this blunt you to the needs of others and to ethical considerations. Might does not make right. Make your own highest truth concrete and tangibly manifest in your own life; walk your talk (and try to mind your own morality and leave others to theirs). Be honest and make sure you listen carefully and read all fine-print (Mercury is Conjunct Neptune); and if you feel subtly moved or inspired, write it down.