Following the Moon: Oct. 14, 2023GGAMoon

Since we had the Sun and Moon in angular houses in the Full Moon chart for Sept. 29 (click here to see the article and the chart) I had expected that the events of this past lunation period would be in some way decisive. For that reason, I was surprised when the threat of a government shutdown was put on a 45 day hold. But then that ploy resulted in the very decisive ouster of Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the House and the lunation chart was vindicated.

At the moment the news is dominated by the war between Israel and Hamas, but the political storm that the removal of McCarthy started is still rolling through Washington. Other issues, like the United Auto Workers strike, the resumption of the actors and writers strike and Donald Trump’s fraud trial, are also simmering behind the tragic events taking place in Israel and Gaza. The big question whether one of those issues will give us a decisive event during the next lunation period.

The New Moon chart for Oct.14, 2023 (which is also an eclipse chart) seems to say “no”. (Click on New Moon to see the chart.) Here we have the Sun and Moon placed in the Ninth House. This is a cadent house, indicating that the events are likely to be inclusive or that the result of those events will have more to do with ideas and basic principles.

Of course, the Ninth House is also associate with the courts and, lately, Donald Trump has been spending a lot of his time in courtrooms. However, his current trial for business fraud in New York is likely to continue for a few more weeks, and even if there is a ruling, Trump is sure to appeal it. Another significant court case that’s been in the news is the fraud case against bitcoin mogul, Sam Bankman-Fried and it seems likely that more charges are in the works for President Biden’s son, Hunter. This chart hints at developments in one or all of these matters.

The strength of Mars in this lunation chart indicates that the war in Israel will continued to be a prime concern for people in the US. Mars is placed high in the chart and it is in a sign that is agreeable to its violent nature. However, the fact that Mars is square to Pluto in the First House of this New Moon chart indicates we could also have a violent event closer to home.

We can hope that the positive aspects to Mars (a trine by Saturn and a sextile by Venus) will mitigate the destructive qualities of Mars, but those aspects place Saturn and Venus in oppositionGGAMoon
. This could represent issues involving women, but Saturn is in the Second House of money and Venus is often associated with wealth and finance. This seems to indicate that economic issues will become a prime concern. This could be related to the possibility of a government shutdown or the ongoing autoworkers' strike. However, other matters, like the stock market, inflation and interest rates could spark concern.

Still, despite all these uncertainties and worries, the New Moon chart set for Washington D.C. seems relatively quiet (particularly when compared to the New Moon chart set for Tel Aviv). Our various emergencies are likely to take a backseat to what’s happening elsewhere in the world.


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