The Sun went into Aries yesterday, and this marks the astrological new year! Whenever the Sun enters into one of the four Cardinal Signs, Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, the chart for that entry will color the entire season. So, with that in mind, let us look at the Aries Ingress chart for 2019.
Very Dry, Slightly Cold
The first thing that is notable about this chart is that it is very dry. There are 5 Traditional Planets in dry signs, 3 in Earth and 2 in Fire, compared to only 2 in wet signs, 1 in Water and 1 in Air. Astrological charts can be quite literal, and this chart could signify that many places will get much less rainfall than usual for this time of year. On a more symbolic level, many people will tend to feel more judgmental and sure of themselves than they otherwise would. This will be made worse by the fact that Jupiter is in Sagittarius. Even though Sagittarius is a very good placement for Jupiter, overconfidence is one of the main faults of this sign.
The balance between hot and cold is fairly even, tipping slightly cold. There are 4 Traditional Planets in cold signs, 3 in Earth and 1 in Water, compared to 3 in hot signs, 2 in Fire and 1 in Air. This will probably mean that the temperature will be mostly normal for the season, but it could run a little chilly.
An Almost Full Moon
The Aries Ingress occurred right before the Full Moon. For those in the Southern Hemisphere, this will be appropriate to the season, and it bodes well for a good harvest. On a more symbolic level, it means that this season will be one that brings matters to completion.
As this chart represents the beginning of the astrological year as well as the season, there is a sense that this year is a continuation of previous years rather than a brand new start. This is the dominant theme of the transits for 2019 as well, as we are at the end of a twenty-year Jupiter/Saturn cycle.
Saturn Coming Closer to Pluto at the South Node
In this chart, Saturn is about 3° away from Pluto and getting closer. Pluto is also sitting right on the South Node. A Saturn/Pluto conjunction can be explosive, but it does not have to be. The impact of Pluto can be avoided by not allowing our minds to go to dark places. On the other hand, we all impact each other, so even if you avoid Plutonian impulses yourself, you may still be influenced by those who do not. Still, for most, this transit will be experienced on the global and political level rather than the personal one. The notable exception will be those with planets and important chart points in late Capricorn. The other Cardinal Signs, Aries, Cancer, and Libra, may also experience some of the effects.
This is an interesting transit in many ways, though. Even though Saturn is edging very close to Pluto, these two planets will not actually come together until January of 2020. In April, Pluto will turn around and go retrograde, and then a week later, Saturn will go retrograde as well. It is almost as if Saturn were coming up Pluto on tiptoes from behind, and Pluto turns around to see who is coming. Realizing that she is caught, Saturn turns around and runs away.
On a practical level, this means that we will probably get a foreshadowing of the issues and the themes of the coming Saturn/Pluto conjunction during this season. Events will almost happen, but they will be stopped for now. As further evidence of this, both the Moon and Mars are separating from a trine with these planets. This means that something was about to happen, but the time has passed for the time being.
Mercury Retrograde Conjunct Neptune in Pisces
We are still in the midst of a Mercury Retrograde in Pisces. I discussed this in more detail in my article regarding the transits of March 2019. For the purposes of the Ingress Chart, however, it poses a different problem. As I mentioned earlier, this chart is very dry. Dryness brings with it a tendency to make swift judgments. Mercury in Pisces is very moist, and Neptune is also associated with extreme wetness.
While this could serve as a balance to the dry energy of this chart, Mercury is severely debilitated in Pisces. This means she does not have the power to influence the other planets but is likely to be overpowered by them. Because Mercury is the planet from which we gather information, the most likely scenario is that people will tend to make snap judgments without all of the facts or on the basis of false or misleading information.
To counteract this tendency, as much as possible, try to be extra careful of jumping to conclusions, and check and double-check your facts before acting or making decisions.
Venus square Mars
Last year, Venus and Mars each had their own dramas and plot twists as Mars went retrograde in Aquarius followed by Venus going retrograde in Scorpio. They were often in conflict with one another during this time. In this chart, Venus is in Aquarius, and Mars has moved on to Taurus. They are both still in Fixed Signs and still at odds. This could lead to some further relationship difficulties harkening back to the issues from last Fall. It could also indicate more gender-based controversies in the political arena.
Mars in Taurus
One other notable feature of this chart is that Mars is in Taurus. This will tend to slow things down quite a bit. Now, in some cases, this would be neutral or even positive. In this chart, however, it will bring some tension. This chart is a bit on the chilly side, but there are planets that want to warm up and get moving. As Mars is the planet that usually gets things going, the tension will come from wanting to do things but experiencing delays.
Taurus moves at a slow, steady pace, and there is nothing that will make her move any faster. The best thing to do is to exercise patience and to accept that everything will take a little longer than you expect. Leave yourself plenty of time to accomplish things, and try not to get too frustrated or annoyed. Also, be patient with others. Everyone is experiencing this same transit…and it will impact some people more intensely.
Wrapping It All Up
I have mentioned a lot of problems with this chart, but overall, it does not look like a bad season or a bad astrological year. Most of the difficulties will be small annoyances and delays. There may be misunderstandings, but they can be avoided. On a positive note, the heavy influence of Earth and Fire will make for a productive season, even if it seems to move slowly. The keys to this season are patience and the acceptance of slow and steady progress.
Wherever you are, I wish you a happy and blessed Equinox!