Each year a new Sun Cycle commences when the Sun moves from south to north
declination. At this time the electromagnetic relations established determine where each
sign is located in the sky. It is an extremely important astrological event. The Y2002 Sun
cycle commences at 7.16pm GMT on March 20th 2002 - as per Raphael's Ephemeris.
(Michaelson's, American Ephemeris for the 21st Century gives 7.17pm GMT.) This
converts to 2.16pm EST on the same day at Washington. The Sun Cycle Chart is a
birthchart of the year: A general event chart giving a general picture of the events
affecting each area of the mundane agenda during the year.
Each house in a mundane chart rules definite issues on the mundane agenda and the
planets and signs affecting each house have a distinct influence on the mundane affairs it
rules. In other words, each planet and sign in the chart, due to its house position, has a
distinct influence on a particular area of the mundane agenda. Thus the accuracy of a
chart's assessment depends on three things:
1. An understanding of the precise affect each planet and sign has in mundane astrology.
2. An understanding of the mundane agenda ruled by each of the houses and
3. A clear understanding of what is happening in the world today.
In the Brotherhood of Light text Mundane Astrology C.C. Zain explains the influence of
each planet in Mundane Astrology and the mundane-matters ruled by each of the houses.
An understanding of what is currently happening in the world today is gained by
observing the electronic and print media.
Astrodyne power, harmony and discord in mundane astrology:
Astrodyne power (in any birthchart) translates as importance. In a mundane chart the
mundane-matters and people ruled by the powerful planets and houses attain importance.
Astrodyne harmony translates as gains, progress and growth. The mundane-matters ruled
by a high-harmony planet experience gains, progress and productive growth. The people
ruled by a high-harmony planet have a constructive, beneficial influence. They
experience success, gains and benefits. The mundane-matters ruled by a high-harmony
house experience gains, progress and productive growth. The people ruled by a high-
harmony house have a beneficial influence. They experience success, gains and benefits.
Astrodyne discord translates as adversity, misfortune, difficulties and a lack of growth.
Discord spells trouble. The mundane matters ruled by a high-discord planet experience
setbacks, adversity, difficulties and sluggish growth. The people ruled by a high-discord
planet have an adverse, unfortunate influence. They experience problems, setbacks,
failure and adversity. The mundane-matters ruled by a high-discord house experience
adversity, misfortune, problems and a lack of growth. The people ruled by a high-discord
house have an adverse, unfortunate influence. They experience problems, setbacks,
failure and adversity.
Mundane astrology decodes the messages being sent by the planets, but it is very
important to understand just what mundane astrology can and can't do, and the scope of
the information provided by a mundane chart. A mundane chart pictures the inner-world
environment and the influence - whether fortunate and beneficial, or unfortunate and
detrimental - it is having on the world's mundane affairs. The chart pictures definite
astrological affects, influencing particular mundane issues, but it does not picture precise
events. For example: If Jupiter, the planet of increase and expansion, is in the 5th house,
ruling the share market, in the Washington Sun Cycle chart the astrological affect on the
share market will actualize as rising stock prices and a prosperous period on Wall Street.
But the chart does not precisely indicate how many points the share market will rise at
each trading session.
It is very important to understand what a mundane chart can do. In the Y2001
Washington Sun Cycle chart Mars, the planet of violent attacks, and Pluto, the planet of
terrorism and drastic events, formed a prominence (conjunction) aspect in the 7th house,
ruling open enemies and war. It was obvious that the astrological affect influencing the
7th house would actualize as a terrorist attack by a foreign enemy and that America would
respond by going to war, but that is the limit of the information provided by the chart.
This information combined with a through understanding of America's current 7th house
situation would have provided more information, but the prediction of the actual event -
planes piloted by Islamic terrorists, crashing into the Twin Towers and Pentagon - is
beyond mundane astrology. Those who claim to precisely predict such events using
astrology are whistling Dixie. The facts are: (1) A planet by its house position in the Sun
Cycle Chart indicates a new inner-world influence (planet) affecting a definite area of the
mundane agenda (house): And the power of the planet influences the importance of the
event. (2) If the planet is harmonious its influence on the house-specific mundane agenda
will be fortunate; and (3) if the planet is discordant its influence will be unfortunate.
The new Sun Cycle for Washington commences at 2.16pm EST on March 20th 2002.
This chart is born at a time of struggle and adversity. The US is engaged in a war on
terror, the economy is sluggish, the President and Congress are under great stress,
unemployment is a major problem, there's business uncertainty and a real (or unreal)
threat of another terrorist attack by an open or secret enemy.
When interpreting any birthchart it is essential to focus on the relevant and disregard
the irrelevant. Power is relevant. High-power translates as relevance and low-power
translates as irrelevance. Thus in this Washington Sun Cycle Chart the focus is on the
high-powered planets and houses. The aspects formed by the Sun in the Sun Cycle Chart
are very important.
In the Y2002 Sun Cycle Chart the Sun forms a friction (semisquare) aspect with Mars,
planet of war; an obstacle (square) aspect with Jupiter, planet of finances; and a friction
(semisquare) aspect with Neptune, planet of aviation, chemicals and inflation. These
discordant aspects indicate political problems, war and violence problems, financial
problems and aviation problems. The worst aspect, Sun square Jupiter, indicates
problems and adversity for the business, banking and financial sectors. Sun semisquare
Mars indicates problems and adversity due to war, strife, violence and accidents; and Sun
semisquare Neptune indicates troubles for the aviation industry, widespread uncertainty
and problems due to chemicals, inflation, fraud and drugs. These aspects indicate
worldwide difficulties during the year. Sun discord has an adverse influence on world
leaders and the political agenda. It indicates trouble for the politicians, political problems
and power abuse. Sun square Jupiter maps an adverse business and financial climate:
political problems due to financial problems. It puts the political agenda and business
sector at odds. The political agenda is frustrated by poor financial conditions; and
business is hindered by bad political initiatives. An outstanding feature of this
astrological year will be financial troubles - severe problems for the business and
banking sectors. As Jupiter rules religion (ethics and morals) anticipate high-discord
political-religious problems. Religious leaders criticize world leaders and their ethical
values. This will be a morally challenging period for the political-leadership agenda. An
afflicted Jupiter is over-optimistic, careless, extravagant and thoughtless.
The dominant influences in the Washington Sun Cycle chart are the Ascendant ruling the
people, their health and welfare and the Moon ruling the everyday people and the
domestic agenda. The people and their needs drive the US mundane agenda, but
Ascendant-Moon discord indicates problems and adversity. Pluto ruling corruption, crime
and terrorists, Neptune ruling confusion, oil, aviation and inflation and Mars ruling
aggressive action and war are rated powerful planets. The mundane-matters they rule will
attain importance: And, as all three are discordant, they will experience misfortune,
setbacks, failure and adversity. Mars, the planet of war, is the most discordant and thus
the cause of the greatest adversity and misfortune. Saturn ruling the work and security
agenda is next strongest followed by the MC ruling business. The four weakest planets
are Venus, Uranus, Jupiter and Sun. This indicates that the social agenda (Venus), the
radical and technology agendas (Uranus), the religious, law and trade agendas (Jupiter)
and the political agenda (Sun) are of least importance. The very weak Sun indicates the
influence of the President, other political leaders and politics is reduced
The 11th house dominates the chart (by a long way.) It rules Congress, the aldermen of a
city, friends, allies, and the ambassadors sent from other countries: And Congress will
have the most important influence during the year. 11th house discord indicates that
Congress will experience problems, difficulties and misfortune. The actions it takes will
cause adversity. The next strongest house is the 10th. It rules the President, his
administration, business activity and America's reputation. The mundane-matters and
people ruled by the 10th house attain importance; but 10th house discord indicates
problems, setbacks, adversity and misfortune. The actions taken by the President cause
adversity. The 8th house (death, debt, tariffs, pensions, loans and insurance) is next
strongest. Astrodyne power brings all of these matters into importance; but astrodyne
discord indicates problems, misfortune and adversity. The 8th house is the most
discordant. It is the source of the greatest adversity and misfortune. The 1st house is next
strongest. It rules the people, their health and welfare. 1st house discord indicates
problems and adversity for the people. The 6th house is next strongest. It rules work,
labor, sickness and drugs. 6th house discord indicates problems and adversity with these
matters. The next strongest house is the 5th. It rules children, teenagers, schools, the
leisure industry, gamboling, hazards and the share market. 5th house discord indicates
problems, misfortune and adversity influencing these mundane matters. The 9th house is
next strongest. It rules diplomatic moves, trade, shipping, aviation, radio, television, the
law, court cases, religion, teachers, universities, publishing and advertising. 9th house
harmony promotes gains, benefits, productive progress and success with all these matters.
The 9th house is the most harmonious. It is the source of the greatest benefit and good-
fortune. The 7th house is next strongest. It rules international relations, foreign policy, war
and open enemies. 7th house harmony supports benefits, gains and success with these
matters. The 12th, 4th, 2nd and 3rd houses have low-power and their potential to have an
important influence on the mundane agenda during the year is corresponding low.
With progressed Mercury sesquisquare progressed Jupiter in the US birthchart and
progressed Mars square birthchart Sun in President Bush's chart the financial difficulties
and strife mapped by these aspects are the main influences affecting the Y2002
astrological year. Over the next two years Mars is the dominant influence on George W's
inner-plane weather. Progressed Mars square birthchart Sun peaks in March 2002; and
progressed Sun conjunct birthchart Mars peaks on June 2nd 2004. Mars is the planet of
strife, violence and accidents. It rules George W's 2nd house (his personal finances) and is
cusp ruler of the 10th house (his business interests and reputation). Progressed Mars is in
the 3rd house (talk and rhetoric). The Sun is the planet of vitality, authority and
significance. It rules the 12th house (secret enemies and disappointments) and is cusp
ruler of the 1st house (his health). Progressed Sun is in the 2nd house (personal finances).
Apart from the war on terror the astro-indicators reveal health problems, financial strife,
business troubles, discredit and major disappointments. Progressed Mercury sesquisquare
Jupiter in the US birthchart will influence the Y2002 astrological year. Mercury is in the
10th house (business) and Jupiter is in the 2nd house (finances) and the aspect maps an
adverse agitation influence on business activity and financial conditions.
Congress: The Y2002 Washington Sun Cycle chart indicates Congress will play the most
important role during this astrological year. Four distinct influences will affect the
proceedings. The Moon (the common people, family life, novelty and gossip) has a
fluctuation influence. Saturn (security issues, farming, disease, hardship and difficulties)
has a loss influence. Jupiter (finances, trade, treaties, diplomacy and religion) has a
financial/moral influence: and Mercury (the print media, science and journalists) has a
controversy influence. The Moon Saturn and Mercury are discordant and each has an
adverse problem influence. Jupiter is harmonious. It has a beneficial supportive influence.
The net 8.18 discordynes possessed by the 11th house indicates Congress will experience
problems, adversity and misfortune. It is working under highly adverse environmental
conditions and the actions it takes will do more harm than good. The Moon in the 11th
house indicates that Congress is influenced by the needs of the everyday people; and the
actions it takes will affect large numbers of people. There's a gossipy atmosphere and
Moon discord indicates the common people are critical of Congress and the actions it
takes. Saturn indicates that Congress will adopt an ultra-orthodox, conservative and hard-
line approach. Saturn is the planet of fear, loss and economy and Congress is motivated
by the security needs of the people, but hampered by adverse economic conditions. The
mood in Congress will be worried, anxious, grave, somber and regretful. Jupiter on the
other hand will send Congress on an extravagant spending spree: Security spending to
alleviate the people's fears and insecurities. Mercury, cusp ruler of the 11th house, in the
8th house (death, taxes and compensation) embroils Congress in controversies involving
these 8th house matters. An afflicted Mercury indicates indecision and wrong decisions.
The Moon-Saturn conjunction highlites the security and economic needs of the people. It
is opposition Pluto (crime, corruption, kidnappings and terrorism) in the 5th house
(children, schools, film industry and share market); and square Mercury (journalists and
controversy) in the 8th house (death and taxes). This means that Congress will influence
and be influenced by adverse Pluto-5th house events and adverse Mercury-8th house
events. The burdens will be heavy (Saturn). Jupiter, the planet of religion, will provide
faith, hope and optimism when the going gets tough (Saturn). Jupiter square Sun
indicates extravagant spending, financial difficulties and wild optimism. Saturn offered
the people tax breaks, but Jupiter wants to raise taxes to finance the war on terror.
Revenue raising, spending and tax issues are the major obstacle-problems confronting
Congress during this astrological year.
The Moon-Saturn, Mercury-Pluto T-square indicates a very difficult year for Congress as
it deals with security issues, the war on terror, Enron, therapeutic cloning and senate
elections in November. A year of heavy burdens and responsibilities.11th house discord
maps difficulties and unfortunate events. Self-interest motivates the congressional
agenda. Congressmen will suffer severe problems and heavy losses. Congress will take
security measures to protect the people (and farming sector), but is hampered by poor
financial-economic conditions. The mood is serious, grave, despondent and worried: the
workload heavy and burdensome. Congress will spend extravagantly, but gets embroiled
in a tax controversy. The death of a Congressman sparks talk and controversy. The
people suffer due to the actions taken by Congress and are critical of its policies and
decisions. The US will experience loss, misfortune and adversity (Saturn) and benefit,
good-fortune and support (Jupiter) through her friends and allies. Religious leaders
(Jupiter) will influence on how the members of Congress vote. Important events will
occur when transiting Sun forms an aspect with any planet in the 11th house (Saturn,
Moon or Jupiter); and when the Sun transits the 11th house.
The people, their health and welfare: The discordant 1st house indicates problems,
adversity and misfortune for the people. The Sun, cusp ruler of the 1st house, is in the 8th
and the misfortune comes in the form of death and taxes. Neptune in the 6th house (labor
and sickness) is opposition the Ascendant; and Mars in the 10th house (the President and
business) is square Neptune and Ascendant. This high discord T-square indicates
problems for the people and unfortunate events affecting their health and welfare. Mars in
the 10th house indicates strife events involving the President and Neptune in the 6th house
indicates confusion events involving labor and sickness. Both events will have an adverse
impact on the welfare of the people. Fun-loving Venus in the 9th house (vacations,
education, religion and court-cases) provides the people with some light-hearted social
relief. (Venus intercepts the Ascendant-Neptune opposition.)
The three discordant aspects to the Sun indicate financial difficulties, strife and
uncertainty for the people especially those with power and influence (Sun). The Sun in
the 8th house indicates that the people's welfare is adversely influenced by unfortunate
events involving taxes, pensions, tariffs, loans and death. It also indicates the death of a
prominent (political) figure. Events will occur as transiting Sun forms aspects with
birthchart Sun or Ascendant; and when the Sun transits the 1st house.
The President: Mars, planet of war, in the 10th house influences the President and his
agenda. The President will be aggressive, belligerent, impatient, angry and hostile. Mars
is the planet of strife, violence and accidents and the President is at some risk. This risk is
enhanced due to Mars being the most discordant planet in the chart. Mars discord puts the
President in some danger - measures to protect his health and safety will be needed. Mars
is the planet of infections and surgery. The President's destructive aggressive behaviours
will have high-discord consequences. Mars is semi-square Sun (political leaders) in the
8th house (death and taxes); square Neptune (fraud, deception and lies) in the 6th house
(labor and sickness); and square the Ascendant (the people). 10th house discord indicates
the President has plenty of problems to contend with. The 1st house-10th house
Ascendant-Mars square puts the people at odds with their President. His aggressive
behaviour is a problem. 10th house discord will see the President's popularity fall. Venus,
cusp ruler of the 10th house, is in the 9th house (vacations, overseas travel, religion, court-
cases and radio talks). Venus rules women, including the President's wife. The President
will benefit by adopting a kind-hearted, warm and friendly manner on his weekly radio
talks (9th house). Venus can neutralize the harshness of Mars. She maps the peace moves
that follow the fighting.
Mars in the 10th house puts the President in a confrontational mood. He and his
administration will say and do things that incite strife and dissension. Mars is the planet
of violent attacks, accidents and infections. The President's popularity will fall. His
aggressive stance will have an adverse influence on America's international reputation.
Important Mars events affecting the President will occur when transiting Sun aspects
birthchart Mars or MC; and when the Sun transits the 10th house.
The economy: Jupiter (finances), 2nd house (finances), 8th house (debts and taxes), 10th
house (business and employment) and 6th house (work and labor) are all discordant. The
discord maps adverse economic conditions during this astrological year. Progressed
Mercury sesquisquare progressed Jupiter in the US birthchart is the primary cause of the
current financial, business and economic difficulties.
Business activity: With Mars in the 10th house the war on terror drives the business
agenda. Mars is the manufacturing planet - it manufactures bombs guns and missiles. 10th
house discord indicates problems for the business sector. Business leaders and employers
will get hot under the collar. Mars square Neptune in the 6th house puts business and
labor at odds. Each frustrates the efforts of the other. 10th house-6th house discord
indicates employment problems - high unemployment. 10th house discord maps an
adverse business environment during this astrological year: Strife over Enron and its
corrupt bosses. Venus, cusp ruler of the 10th house, provides some relief. She
manufactures peace, harmony and love songs. Important Mars events affecting the
business sector will occur when transiting Sun aspects birthchart Mars and MC; and
when the Sun transits the 10th house.
Death and taxes: Very important events involving death and taxes will occur this year.
8th house discord maps tax troubles. The Sun rules political leaders, politicians and other
influential people. The Sun in the 8th house indicates the death of a prominent peson.
With the Sun semisquare Mars in the 10th expect the death of an important political figure
(by violence, accident or infection). Mercury rules journalists, writers and academics.
Mercury in the 8th house indicates the death of a journalist or a prominent literary figure.
The 8th house rules the death rate and the types of deaths suffered by the people. The
high-discord 8th house indicates that the most unfortunate events this year will involve
death and taxes. The Sun in the 8th house indicates the political agenda will focus on
taxes, tariffs, loans, pensions and compensation. Sun-8th house discord indicates
problems with these issues. Sun square Jupiter maps financial problems, tax troubles,
rising prices and trade difficulties. Mercury in the 8th house indicates much talk and
controversy over taxes, plans to finances the war on terror, loans, pensions, tariffs and
compensation. Mercury-8th house discord spells problems. The Mercury, Saturn-Moon,
Pluto T-square maps a high-discord circumstance involving death (8th house), Congress
(11th house), the people (Moon), hazards (5th house) and coercion/terrorism (Pluto).
Neptune, cusp ruler of the 8th house, will propose idealistic pension schemes for the
workers (Neptune in the 6th house). Important death and taxation events will occur when
transiting Sun aspects Sun, Mercury or Neptune; and when the Sun transits the 8th house.
The workforce and sickness: Neptune, planet of confusion, aviation, schemes,
chemicals, drugs and inflation, is the primary influence on the 6th house agenda. Neptune-
6th house discord indicates adverse conditions influencing the workers and problems due
to sickness. Neptune's influence is to create great uncertainty and confusion: chaotic
conditions in the workplace. Neptune will incite much worker unrest - especially with
those in the aviation industry. Neptune is the planet of poisoning; and sickness due to
poisoning is indicated. Neptune also rules mysterious ailments that are hard to diagnose.
Mars square Neptune enhances the risk of terror chemicals. Neptune opposition the
Ascendant places the people at risk. Saturn is cusp ruler of the 6th house. It is in the 11th
house and Congress has to deal with the work and sickness problems. Congress has an
adverse influence on labor and makes cutbacks to public health spending. Important
events concerning the workers and sickness will occur when transiting Sun aspects
Neptune or Saturn; and when the Sun transits the 6th house.
Risks, speculation, sport, children, schools, leisure industry and share-market:
These 5th house mundane-matters are influenced by Pluto, planet of cooperation,
coercion, corruption, groups, gangs, disunity and drastic developments. 5th house-Pluto
discord indicates problems will all these matters. Pluto's high-discord influence will
impact on the 5th house agenda, having a drastic influence on events involving children,
teenagers, schools, sporting personalities, film-stars and the share-market. Pluto indicates
drastic violence events in schools, teenage gangs and the kidnapping of a child (sports
star or movie star.) Children will suffer horrific violence and kidnappings. Pluto in the 5th
house indicates drastic events on Wall Street. Wall Street suffers due to the Enron
scandal. Pluto indicates corrupt investment practices. Corrupt investors will take coercive
measures. Pluto will enforce controls on speculation. Criminal gangs will infiltrate the
share market. Drastic action and cooperation will play a part in the various 5th house
events that make the news. The Ascendant-Pluto-Venus grand trine is a bright spot
indicating gains and benefits through the life (fun-social-sporting-overseas travel) trinity.
Drastic 5th house events involving children, schools, sport and Wall Street will occur
when transiting Sun aspects Pluto; and when the Sun transits the 5th house.
War and foreign relations: Uranus, planet of change and unexpected developments,
influences these matters, ruled by the 7th house. During this astrological year Uranus will
have a radical change influence on the 7th house agenda. 7th house harmony supports
success in the war on terror, unexpected developments with the war, sudden changes with
foreign policy, sensational overseas developments and radical action by open enemies.
Uranus in the 7th house maps startling exposÚs, extreme developments on the
international stage and sudden and unexpected attacks by extremist elements. Open
enemies, of the extremist kind, will take radical action. Uranus in 7th house indicates
unexpected difficulties with rogue countries, unexpected troubles arising with other
nations and unexpected assistance from a foreign power (Russia, ruled by Uranus?).
Unexpected (and hard to predict) events involving war and foreign powers will occur
when transiting Sun aspects Uranus; and when the Sun transits the 7th house.
Diplomatic relations, shipping, aviation, trade, laws and court cases: Venus in the 9th
house of the Sun Cycle chart has a beneficial influence on the 9th house agenda during
this astrological year. The 9th house is a safe-haven in a rather difficult mundane
environment. The high-harmony 9th house indicates that the most fortunate events this
year will involve diplomatic relations, treaties, shipping, aviation, trade, new laws and
court cases. Venus in the 9th house favors successful diplomatic negotiations. Venus-9th
house harmony indicates gains and progress on the diplomatic front. 9th house harmony
supports gains on the trade front. New laws benefit the people. Televised court cases
provide light entertainment. 9th house harmony supports the recovery of the aviation
industry. Mars on the 9th house cusp has a strife influence on the 9th house agenda. It is in
the 10th house and the President's confrontational approach stirs up dissension on the
diplomatic front. Strife at the trade talks has an adverse affect on US business activity.
Mars also has a strife influence on the court cases involving the captured al-Qaeda
terrorists. The moderate Venus influence adopted by the courts contradicts the harsh and
hard line attitudes adopted by the President and Congress. Pleasant 9th house Venus
events will occur when transiting Sun aspects Venus; and when Sun transits the 9th house.
Important strife events involving the 9th house occur when transiting Sun aspects Mars.
I have focused on those areas of the mundane agenda receiving powerful astrological
stimulation and have neglected the weak-powered 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 12th houses. This does
not mean that important events ruled by these houses won't occur during this astrological
year. It just means that one of the other mundane cycle charts will influence these events.
The Mars cycle chart influences the most important strife, violence and accident events:
the Jupiter cycle chart influences the most important financial events: the Saturn cycle
chart influences the most important work, hardship and security events: the Uranus cycle
chart influences the most important radical-change events: the Neptune cycle chart
influences the most important fraud, scandal, oil, chemical and aviation events: and the
Pluto cycle chart influences the most important group, cooperation, coercion, crime,
terrorist, kidnapping and humanitarian events.
The student of mundane astrology needs easy access to a radio, television or newspaper
that prioritizes the international and national news by its importance. This permits easy
verification of the events mapped in the mundane cycle charts as they occur.