There is nothing astronomically special about midnight on January 1. Some cultures regard it as the beginning of a new year, other’s don’t. This contrasts with the Chinese New Year, which starts on a New Moon, and the Iranian New Year that starts on the Spring Equinox. But there is no denying that for many people midnight on January 1 is special. It is a moment of collective focus, particularly now, when it is customary to have celebrations in many of the world’s population centres. Even if you don’t go out, you stay up long enough to see the New Year in. This means that the moment the New Year starts is important, and if we want to get a flavour for the year ahead we should consider setting up a horoscope for the precise moment it starts.
Let’s take an example. New Year’s Day 1939, set for Warsaw, Poland:
This is the horoscope preceeding the German invastion of Poland, on September 1 1939. It doesn’t really matter where I set the horoscope for, within reason. It would look similar if I had set it for Berlin, London or Los Angeles. The only real difference is that the Moon would move forward or backwards by a few degrees. Furthermore, in New Year charts the Sun will always be in Capricorn, close to the Fourth House cusp, and Libra will almost always be rising. So when you look at the above chart, don’t think that it is too special to Warsaw.
What matters about this chart is that the Sun in Capricorn is square Saturn in Aries, and Saturn in Aries is on the Seventh House cusp. In other words, there was a close Sun-Saturn hard aspect at the time of the New Year. It might be interpreted in terms of invasions and warfare, especially as the Moon in Taurus is nine degrees away from an opposition with Mars. This could be treated as a symbolic measure. Eight months after the New Year Germany invaded Poland, nine months after, Poland was defeated. One might also be interested in the opposition aspect between Mars and Uranus, which is tied up with the north and south nodes. Another signature of war and its machinery.
Let’s go back ten years, to 1929. This was the year of the Wall Street Crash, and it was also the beginning of the Great Recession. Here’s the chart, set for New York:
This is not such a spectacular chart, and I don’t think, on its own, that you could have used it to predict a market meltdown. However there were signs it wasn’t going to be a great year. Mars and Saturn, the two malefics, were in oppostion, repectively at 26 Gemini and 24 Sagittarius. Furthermore, the Moon at 22 Virgo was moving to a square with both, so completing a T-Square.
Turning to the horoscope for January 1 2019, shown at the top of the article, the picture isn’t good. Set for New York, there is a conjunction between the Sun and Saturn, in Capricorn. It’s going to be a difficult year, when many of us will have to face reality. Furthermore, the Moon is at 15 degrees and 4 minutes Scorpio, in the Second House of money. It’s a year of belt-tightening, where finances can stagnate and die. Worse still Mars is at 0 degrees 4 minutes Aries – in other words, the Moon and Mars are exactly 135 degrees apart. This angular relationship is seriously stressful, and there could be a lot of anger – particular in areas of the world on Eastern Standard Time. For example, New York, Washington DC, and Miami. If you’re into Uranian astrology, you’ll also notice that Saturn at 11 degrees 24 minutes Capricorn is exactly opposite Kronos, at 11 degrees 20 minutes Cancer. This represents authority figures being unable to get their way. Government is hard work, whether you’re a president, prime minister, or head of the Federal Reserve. In a US context, one thinks of the impending battle between Trump and the Democrat-controlled House. It is not just about Saturn and Kronos, but also the 135-degree aspect between the Moon in Scorpio and Mars in Aries. Moon-Mars aspects are often about angry women, and in a few weeks Nancy Pelosi will be Speaker of the House. And guess what Pelosi’s Moon is? Scorpio, of course.