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JULY 2017

 Planetary Weather of July - Happy Birthday U.S.! - The U.S. Chart

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Happy Birthday United States!

The United States Chart

On July 4th the U.S. celebrates its Independence from British rule as outlined in the Declaration of Independence that was ratified on July 4, 1776.

This document represents the beginning of the United States and the chart for the day explains why the U.S. has grown and flourished for over 200 years.

No one knows exactly what time the paperwork was completed, although astrologers have debated this subject endlessly, so this is a chart for noon as that provides plenty of verifiable information.

US Chart

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On the surface the chart appears unremarkable and may even lead someone to believe that this is the chart of an unsuccessful enterprise destined for failure.

Mars is square Neptune which could symbolize the type of passive aggressive behavior that results in difficult negotiations and scattered energies.

Even worse, the Sun, which is the most important point in any chart, is square Saturn. The Sun represents the head of the entity which is the United States, as well as the entity itself, and can represent obstacles, failure and difficulties.

However, the Declaration of Independence very clearly limited (Saturn) the powers of any President (Sun) and his/her term of office, which fits the symbolism very well.

The signers of the Declaration of Independence did not want any one man to have too much power as they had no intention of being under the thumb of yet another king.

The Sun square Saturn can represent a spirit of closeminded conservatism and poverty.

The Sun square Saturn in the U.S. chart can also represent as a motivating force those people who developed a work ethic of awesome proportions. Many of the early settlers were those who escaped religious persecution, such as the Puritans who were guided by strict rules and conventions. Others came to America in the 1600’s as indentured servants with little more than the clothes on their back and worked hard to pay off their shipboard passage. For more than 150 years before the United States was born the earliest settlers labored in a harsh environment under the rule of a distant king .

Yet the United States has always symbolized to the world at large as a place of freedom, high ideals and the land of opportunity. Where do we see this?

The planets aligned in the declinations of this chart are amazing. The Declaration of Independence was signed when the Sun was parallel FOUR planets and contraparallel yet one more planet.

The Sun was parallel Venus, Mars, Uranus and Jupiter and contraparallel Pluto. The more planets tied together in an alignment the more important the moment in time.

Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Pluto are all at extreme declination, which signals extreme virtuosity and brilliance above and beyond the ordinary. When planets are at extreme declination they are outside the limits of the Sun’s path and can operate more freely.

Venus, Pluto and Jupiter linked together represents the financial strength and opportunity of the newly formed country. Venus and Pluto are financial planets, while Jupiter offers the opportunity and good judgement to progress and expand (perhaps the reason the U.S. coined the phrase “manifest destiny”).

Mars aligned in the declinations with these bodies suggests the drive and initiative to grow and thrive.

The Sun parallel Uranus represents high ideals and a desire for freedom for all mankind (to quote the Declaration of Independence, “all men are created equal”) that counteracts the conservatism and suspicion of authority symbolized by the Sun /Saturn square.

The chart outlines the dichotomy of a country that espouses freedom for all, yet must rein in those freedoms when they infringe upon the rights of a majority or a minority. This is represented by the Sun parallel to Uranus and Jupiter overlaid by the Sun square Saturn.

On one hand there is a desire to protect the rights of all humanity and on the other hand there is an urge to protect our nation, perhaps best exemplified in the isolationist doctrines that prevailed before the World Wars.

The United States chart is a study in contrasts. For instance, the U.S. donates huge amounts of money to impoverished countries (the Sun parallel humanitarian Uranus and generous Jupiter) yet at the same time is widely reviled by those who perceive this generosity as a means of control (the Sun square Saturn).

This chart with its contrasting alignments might remind us that there can be no true freedom (Uranus, Jupiter) without responsibility (Saturn).

Humanitarian and social justice advocate, Eleanor Roosevelt, said:


Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry his own weight, this is a frightening prospect.”
-- Eleanor Roosevelt

The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt

JULY 2017

July has world chart alignments that represent the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Most of it is bad, unfortunately.

July 1-5 - The good times of the month show the Sun aligned with Jupiter and Neptune. This can be very beneficial planetary geometry for some activities, dependent upon your personal chart.

July 1- 12 - The bad world chart aspect of Sun contraparallel Saturn overlaps the goodness of the first several days of the month, making any day after the 5th a very poor time to make major decisions, changes or to launch anything of importance.

July 6 - 21 – An ugly T Square forms in the heliocentric system involving Saturn, Ceres and Chiron. This negative business/financial alignment begins as a Grand Cross for the first few days when Mercury gets in the act. Fear and losses, or fear OF losses, can drive business markets into a domino effect. The best thing to do is to do nothing at all if it involves starting new investments, projects or relationships since the Saturn square Chiron aspect will be within ½ degree of exact in any chart natalized after July 14.

July 21- 31 – The Saturn square to Chiron in the heliocentric chart continues to spin forward into exactitude on August 8. This alignment is hooked in with nasty Sedna throughout July, so negativity is heightened.

 

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“Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.” 
-  Ayn RandThe Fountainhead


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