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Week of Aug 9th - Aug 15th,  2002

Looking at America's Future

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   We're examining the chart of the United States to see what's in store for this nation in 2003. Naturally, there are many alignments which will occur in the horoscope for the country next year, but the Web usually likes to comb through these aspects and determine which will be the most potent, and then attempt to understand in depth how this combination has manifested before in our history.

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Pres JQ Adams

   Last week we briefly paid a return visit to our predictions for 2002, as several of the celestial combinations were the same for 2002-2003. This was due to the passage of Uranus over the US Moon and the Aquarian themes which would follow in its wake. It was largely based upon this combination that we felt, in 2001, war would be forthcoming, and such has in fact turned out to be the case as the Bush administration takes on global terrorism. We will see similar scenarios this year, as the US prepares to do battle with Iraq.

   However, there is another alignment which will occur in 2003 and which will play out in 2004, which will certainly spice up our celestial brew. In addition to the cycles of Uranus conjuncting the US Moon, Pluto will also parallel this same Moon on November 10th, 2003, and then realign with the lunar orb on May 22nd, and July 1st, 2004.

Pres Jackson

Pres Jackson

   This alignment has occurred before, with Pluto paralleling the US Moon seven times between April 25th, 1823 and January 7th, 1826. While Uranus deals with unexpected chains of events, stirring up excitement, craziness and mad-bombers, Pluto rips circumstances out by their roots, evoking passion and fear (opposite sides of the same coin), and the termination of customary patterns.

   The US Moon in Aquarius deals with our national character and the people of this great land. We are a multi-cultural mix, setting the stage for the Age of Aquarius when some of the best ideals of this nation will be used as a template for an international community. Located in the US 3rd house, it deals with our day-to-day endeavors, our trade, and how we define ourselves on paper. This last notion is perhaps best exemplified by our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Liberty, equality, and social justice were high on the list of priorities of our original charters. These are Aquarian ideals, and marked an even sharper contrast to the establishment at that time than they do today. The 3rd house is also the location of choice, of decision making and communications.

William Crawford

William Crawford

In 1824-1825, the traditional party system broke down as the Federalists disappeared as a national force, with the Republican party split into Administrative supporters, who backed JQ Adams, and the Jacksonians, who obviously backed Andrew Jackson. Until that time, presidential candidates were elected by congress, with the last nomination naming William H. Crawford of Georgia as its candidate for president on February 14th, 1824. In August of that same year, the first nominating convention was held in Utica, NY, and for the first time, electors of nominees for office were chosen by popular (Aquarius) vote. Although this was only for state office, the ill-will felt by the Jacksonians, having received most the votes in the electoral college but still losing the election, helped to mark the death knell for congressional nominations in the years that followed.

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