With the arrival of the Spring Equinox, the Earth is poised in a brief moment of balance between the daylight and the darkness. From this point onward until the Summer Solstice in late June, the daylight in the Northern Hemisphere will increasingly triumph over the nighttime shadows, marking the yearly season of fecundity, growth, and renewal.
In the astrological calendar, the Spring Equinox coincides with the first degree of the first sign of the zodiac, Aries, and thus heralds the birth of the new astrological year. A chart may be drawn for this moment, calibrated to the time zone and location of the capital city of any country, offering some indications about the coming year for that particular nation. The most significant evidence in these charts often comes from potent, tight aspects to the angles, which later get set off by powerful transits.
One example is the Spring chart for 2001 drawn for Washington, DC, which had Uranus (22Aquarius58) square to the Ascendant (21Taurus58). Uranus retrograded back to the exact square to that Ascendant in early September, arriving just past it at 21Aquarius53 on September 11, and remaining very close to that square until crossing for the final time in mid-December 2001. This was a period of extraordinary turmoil, upset, and transformation in the US, including the terrorist attacks of September 11, the anthrax attacks, and the initial phase of the new war. It should also be noted that there was a very tight Mars/Pluto conjunction in the Spring 2001 chart, which indicated the extreme violence that erupted later in the year.
The Spring 2013 chart also carries within it a very dangerous configuration: a tight Mars (6Aries21)/Uranus (7Aries59) conjunction square to the Moon (7Cancer59). This points to sudden, violent, and transformative eruptions during the coming year. This trend is most likely to influence those living in the countries where this configuration is in strong aspect to the horizon or meridian lines.
In 2013, the most dramatically affected Spring Equinox charts are the ones drawn for Beijing, China, and Caracas, Venezuela. The Chinese chart is particularly impacted, with the Ascendant at 8Libra14 and the MC at 9Cancer28. From March 20 through March 24, 2013, transiting Uranus will cross the Descendant of this chart, with Mars transiting there as well from March 20 through March 22. This suggests some kind of sharp spike of turmoil, rebellion, or upheaval around that time, including the possibility of a dramatic weather or natural event. Moreover, transiting Uranus will square the Chinese Spring chart Midheaven from March 28 through April 15, indicating an unexpected shake-up within the government.
Transiting Uranus will not be returning to the Ascendant degree in the Chinese Spring chart, but it will return twice more to the square with the Midheaven, from October 5 through October 31 and from December 17 through February 1, 2014. Moreover, there will be an overlap with the long station of Pluto conjunct the IC (9Capricorn28) of the Spring chart from June 25 through November 4, 2013, with the combination suggesting some sudden upheaval and significant power struggles in the last months of the year. The first crossing of Saturn to the Chinese natal chart Venus (19Scorpio26) from December 12 through December 22, indicates that this buildup of tensions within the government and perhaps between the government and the people may lead to a very stressful time in December 2013.
Unlike the Chinese Spring chart, the one drawn for Caracas, Venezuela is only impacted by a transit of Uranus immediately after the Equinox, and not at all by any transit of Pluto to one of the angles. The Ascendant of this chart is 8Aries14 and will be crossed by Uranus from March 20 through March 24 and by Mars from March 20 through March 22. There may be significant domestic upheaval or potentially violent protest during this time, but events will quickly subside. The last week of July 2013 will bring a Jupiter/Mars conjunction square to the Spring chart Ascendant, implying further upheaval but likely far less drama than what may show up in late March.
It should always be remembered that any indications found in these yearly Spring Equinox charts will be far more relevant when they are supported by indications in the corresponding national natal chart. But they always yield important clues as to where to turn our collective gaze.