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  Week of August 3rd - August 9th,  2001

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   During WWI, while Uranus passed through Aquarius, an exciting, stimulating and electric personality was seen as the savior of western civilization, as the hero of the hour. In a time of war, he was a man of peace, vision, and the popular imagination. That man was Woodrow Wilson.

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   When Wilson announced he would head the American delegation in Paris, he believed that he alone could overcome the forces of greed and imperialism in Europe, and bring a lasting peace for the world. The French people treated him like a savior who had brought the tragic war to an end. When he returned home to stump his plan of getting the US to join his vision of a League of Nations, the American people also treated him as a hero.

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   But Uranus passed through Aquarius between 1828 and 1836 as well. Was there another man of the people, a larger than life celebrity who pointed the way for the common good, who led the way for the multitudes? Meet Andy Jackson.

Our Seventh President

Our Seventh President

   Uranus entered Aquarius for the bulk of its passage on December, 10, 1828. On March 4, 1829, when General and now President Jackson was inaugurated, the heavens signaled a new vibration, a revolutionary development, a break with tradition. As the seventh president of the US, Jackson had been preceded by four upper class Virginians, and two affluent New Englanders. He, however, was a self made man from Tennessee.

   Jackson had won by appealing directly to the people, and with Uranus having just entered Aquarius, the excitement of this alignment electrified the crowds. Some loved it, some were horrified. Daniel Webster noted that "persons have come five hundred miles to see General Jackson, and they really seem to think that the country is to be rescued from some dreadful danger." When Jackson first appeared on the steps of the Capitol to take his oath of office, wild and unrestrained cheering broke out among the people. Few actually heard either the oath or his address, but many wanted to shake the president's hand, to meet the one who had spoken directly to, and represented, them. Jackson was all but mobbed by the crowd as he tried to make his way to his horse.

Jackson's Inauguration

The Jackson Inauguration

   Following the swearing in, these same throngs followed the newly elected president back to the White House and, although uninvited, took over the reception, standing on chairs and crowding so that people were trampled and china and glassware broken. Tubs of the wine punch and ice cream were taken out to the lawn in an effort to get the people to follow, which they did, through both doors and windows, overturning chairs and breaking furniture. Justice Joseph Story observed that this was a throng of people, "from the highest and most polished, down to the most vulgar and gross." It canvassed the full range of humanity. In order to protect his safety from the surging admirers, Jackson was forced to leave by a back door. In Story's opinion, it was the beginning of the "reign of King Mob." Another observer dubbed it a "proud day for the people." Although representing alternative ends of the spectrum, both opinions were accurate observations of what had occurred, but they were seen in a different light by different people. Personally, Jackson saw it as a resounding triumph for democracy.

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