Unto the Breach

As promised, I erected a mundane horoscope to examine the implications of Mars being singularly bright in the evening sky at the time of the Congressional mid-term elections in the United States. The title of this post alludes to the famous lines from Act III, Scene I of Shakespeare’s play Henry V, which conclude with:

“. . . when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger. …”

From there it was a short step to William Blake’s immortal words from The Tyger:

“When the stars threw down their spears
And water’d heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?”

As we will see, both the Lamb (Venus) and the Tyger (Mars) figure prominently in this chart, as does Aquarius, the sign of the tarot trump The Star. Although I’m unable to save a picture of this chart from my laptop, here is a list of the angular and planetary positions:

Ascendant: 16° Leo 39
Midheaven: 6° Taurus 08
Sun: 14° Scorpio 41
Moon: 8° Scorpio 27
Mercury: 7° Sagittarius 50
Venus: 27° Libra 00, retrograde
Mars: 24° Aquarius 45
Jupiter: 29° Scorpio 42
Saturn: 5° Capricorn 27
Uranus: 29° Aries 59, retrograde *
Neptune: 13° Pisces 48, retrograde *
Pluto: 19° Capricorn 06 *
* The three “generational” planets aren’t used much in traditional horary astrology, but I’ve included them here for completeness.

The regal sign Leo on the Ascendant suggests that “sovereignty” is a key issue in this election, and the ruler of Leo, the Sun, is in Scorpio, the sign ruled by Mars in classical astrology; its square to the Ascendant makes it a “war cry” of the red (Republican) contingent. The Sun sits in the fourth house of the chart, usually described as “the home” but here interpreted on the national level as “homeland security” and, by extension, “immigration.” This emphasis on security is reinforced by Taurus on the Midheaven with the Moon directly opposite at the bottom of the chart and as far from its point of exaltation as it can get. The Moon in its “fall” is also closing in on the “dark” phase of the New Moon, which could portend a troubled chapter in the annals of American politics.

Mars is in Aquarius in the 7th house of “open enemies” and its antagonist, Venus, is in Libra, the sign of its rulership, in the 3rd house of the “lower” – or practical – mind. At first glance, the trine between these planets implies that civil discourse on their differences is possible, but Venus is sidling away from such engagement by being retrograde and separating from the relationship. Although not in close aspect, the Sun and Mars are in collusion in the “scientific” signs of Scorpio and Aquarius as mentioned above, while retrograde Venus in a cadent house appears to be in the least favorable position of the three. It is also opposed retrograde Uranus in Aries, the modern ruler of Aquarius in the sign of Venus’ detriment. Uranus is above the horizon and in mutual reception with Mars as well as in an applying sextile aspect to it, giving both planets enhanced prominence in this chart. The interplay of 7th-house Aquarius and 3rd-house Libra – both rational Air signs – gives the impression that principled humanitarian ideals are at the heart of the conflict, but the premier “mental” planet, Mercury, is disadvantaged in Sagittarius, the sign of its detriment, and not much help in clarifying the issues. Radical Uranus, as the most elevated planet in the chart, appears to have more to say.

The tarot trumps associated with these astrological positions are interesting. There are three instances of Death (Scorpio) and two of the Devil (Capricorn), both uncompromising influences, while the more charitable Justice (Libra) and the Moon (Pisces) are diminished through lack of dignity. Fixed signs dominate, with Scorpio foremost and Leo, Aquarius and Taurus sensitively placed. It is entirely possible that the status quo in the US Congress will not be disrupted by this election.

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