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Our previous post described the present moment of the Aries Ingress chart. In this one, I'm going to explain a little about how prediction using a traditional Ingress chart works. I am relying on my usual sources, Christian Astrology by William Lilly and Astrologia Munda by William Ramesey. Where my understanding of those sources fails, I fall back on my experience with horary astrology. If you are interested in predictive astrology, you may find this post useful. If you don't care to go down this particular rabbit hole, you might want to skip this post and go on to others more to your liking.
If you are familiar with this blog, you will see that the Aries Ingress features prominently. All the posts refer to this master chart for 2019 in some way. This is due to traditional astrology's reliance on the Vernal Equinox to set the tone for the current year. Although Julius Caesar changed the celebration of the New Year to the beginning of January, traditional astrologers still refer to a time when the beginning of the year corresponded with the first day of Spring, or the Vernal Equinox.*
*This year, we in the USA will use two charts in mundane astrology because the ascendant of the Aries Ingress falls in a double-bodied sign. This means the first half of the year will be very different than the second half, so we will use both the Aries Ingress and the Libra Ingress in turn. Fixed signs on the ascendant of the Vernal Equinox require only one chart to be followed for the year, while cardinal signs require four charts: one for each of the equinoxes and solstices in turn.
In perusing this blog, you will find references to the Aries Ingress chart of 2019 beginning in late February of 2019. This is because we use an ingress chart--or any predictive chart-- for past, present and future. I began referring to the Aries Ingress in February because although the Aries Ingress takes place in March, any chart shows the past in separating aspects, the present in exact (also called perfect) aspects, and the future in applying aspects between planets.
The Past (as of the Vernal Equinox) Using the Aries Ingress
Knowing that the astrologer is required to transition from focus on one chart to the next at some point, the following questions come to mind:
1) Q: Help me get a sense of how this chart and the previous ingress are related. What chart did we use prior to the 2019 Aries Ingress?
A: The previous Ingress chart of 2018 was the Capricorn Ingress. This is because the Aries Ingress of 2018 was a Cancer rising chart, and as a result we use all four cardinal ingresses in turn to study that year.
2) Q: When did we begin using the Aries Ingress in preference to the 2018 Capricorn Ingress chart?
I can't speak for all astrologers, nor was I able to find a direct answer to this question in my source material. So I followed my experience with horary* predictions and began using the aspects that showed as separating on the 2019 Aries Ingress when they reached their orb. When I found the predictions corresponding with those aspects were proved valid by the events that occurred, I took it as confirmation that the Aries Ingress could be used from that point forward for prediction.
*Horary astrology is the predictive form of Western astrology used to answer questions. I have been following this practice for the past nineteen years. This is the first opportunity I have taken to apply similar predictive techniques to mundane astrology, I am learning a lot from the experience! But I expect to develop more understanding with practice, which is one reason I emphasize entertainment when describing this blog.
Besides, we all need to laugh more, especially when it's at our own expense!
3) When will we stop using the Aries Ingress?
This year we will be re-testing the hypothesis above, which will require us to study the 2019 Libra Ingress beginning in late August for aspects which will appear as separating on that chart. When those aspects produce valid predictions we will switch over to the Libra Ingress, describing the second half of the year.
The Importance of Signifcators Derived from the Aries Ingress Chart
To describe how we use the Aries Ingress chart for prediction, we look to this moment to cast the roles of all seven visible planets for the first half of the year. From now on, Mercury will always be Trump and those in the nation who are aligned with him. This is because Mercury rules Virgo on the cusp of first house (the nation) and Gemini on the cusp of the tenth house (the Head of State). From now on, Venus ruling Libra on the cusp of the second house will always represent the nation's financial resources and Trump's progeny (the second house is fifth of the tenth). Venus will also rule Taurus on the cusp of the ninth house of the nation's legal issues, which is Trump's twelfth house of self-destruction. From now on, Mars ruling Scorpio on the third house cusp of the will always represent the nation's media and communications, and Trump's sixth house of employees. Mars, ruling the Aries cusp of the eighth house, also represents the nation's of loss of power and Trump's eleventh house of aspirations (the eighth house is the eleventh of the tenth). From now on, Jupiter ruling Sagittarius on the fourth house cusp will indicate those of the nation in open opposition to Trump. Jupiter will also play the part of the nation's seventh house, indicating foreign countries. The seventh house is also the tenth of the tenth, or the authority over Trump; hence, the Department of Justice. From now on, the Moon will play the role of the Congress of the United States of America, in other words, the nation's aspirations, and the second house or aides, money and resources of Donald Trump. From now on, the Sun ruling Leo on the cusp of the twelfth house will represent the self-destruction of the nation as well as those who speak on behalf of the President, for the twelfth is the third of the tenth.
The Future Using the Aries Ingress
The Planets and the Cusps
According to Ramesey, the cusps of the Aries Ingress chart will still be used to time significant events in the coming year. I will give an example of this type of exploration in the next post, Saturn Reaches Trump's Eighth House Cusp. This means we can set a chart for such an event, then project the new placements of the planets into the cusps of the 2019 Aries Ingress chart to see what changes are coming in the future. I find it simpler to amalgamate this combined chart when I draw it by hand. We must not lose sight of the fact that planets only rarely stand still, and each has its own speed. We will find over time that many planets have moved into a new sign, gaining or losing essential dignity; or into a new house, changing their area of operation. Sometimes they have moved into orb with a fixed star that has a special significance, or perhaps one planet has developed an antiscion with another planet. Planets formerly direct in motion may have entered retrograde motion, and vice versa. We will look at changes in their strength. And we will look at the aspects they form with other planets to see in what ways they challenge or support one another, and most importantly for prediction, which forces will ultimately prevail.
The Perfection of Aspects
Another way to study the Aries Ingress for prediction is to find out when an aspect of the chart will become perfect, and to set a chart for the exact moment of perfection. So far, I am using this sort of chart in combination with others of its kind to create a series of charts that describe a sequence of events. The aspectarian provided by your software shows the aspects you can expect to see on a given date at a given time. An Ephemeris is also useful for finding the day these aspects perfect. I use shared software on traditional settings to further refine the precise timing of the aspect to the degree and minute.* Then I study the aspect further by plugging all the resulting planetary positions into the Aries Ingress cusps, as described above.
*I have a feeling that each of these charts tells a story of its own, but I have not been able to determine exactly how they work yet. I believe Ramesey writes about this, but I'm still combing through Book IV to find the citation. Meanwhile, I'm experimenting. In the interim. I will look for an example of this sort of chart to discuss in an upcoming post.
A few more questions about mundane predictions:
Q: How are all three implicated Trump employees described by a single planet? Don't they each have different outcomes?
A: Cohen, Stone and Manafort, deriving from the nation's third house cusp in Scorpio, which is the President's sixth house describing his employees, are all signified by Mars. Scorpio is a prolific sign, producing a host of progeny. These men all operate in the nation's ninth house of legal matters, where they all share the dire risks and ill fame associated with Algol. If we wanted to know more about each of their individual legal outcomes, we would need to consult each of their birth charts.
Q: Why don't we use their birth data and study their birth charts?
A: Speaking for myself, I must confess my limitation. Natal astrology is not my field. But I do know that there is very little to be gained from birth data if we do not have the time of birth. This time will show their Moon sign, their cusps, etc. Too much information is lost without the time of birth to make this study viable, in my mind. Perhaps a gifted natal astrologer will step forward to rectify their times of birth and tell us more about their individual outcomes. Meanwhile I believe there is still plenty to be learned from the the Aries Ingress chart without being sidetracked by the lack of natal data.