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Moon in Aquarius

Moon in Aquarius

   Since the US Moon falls in Aquarius we are the land of the free, the home of independence. As a people, we have an emotional identification with freedom, liberty and equality, especially through our birth (Moon). There is an international scope to the spectrum of races which combine in this melting pot of nations. The level of education has generally been higher for the average American citizen than it was for their European equivalents, especially in the decades following the birth of the nation. The notion of democracy and self-government is an important one, of the people having a voice (3rd house) in the affairs of the nation. Indeed, our Declaration of Independence and Constitution with its first amendment, freedom (Aquarius) of speech (3rd), derive from this same lunar character.

Frances 'Fanny' Wright

Frances 'Fanny' Wright

   As this silvery stream has wound its way down across the sands of time, it has nourished much in our character and personality that is decidedly American.

   Pluto paralleled the US Moon between 1823 and 1825. This influence of this alignment is to squeeze our emotional patterns, and flush the old, worn and outdated national habits. People can be intense, obsessive, or confrontational during its passage. If someone tried to squeeze the life out of you, you'd get confrontational, too. This alignment is important because it will repeat at the end of 2003, when some of these same patterns will return.

   The role of women in society is one of the themes that tends to be 'flushed' at these times. Controversy over the woman's place was stimulated by Frances Wright, who had moved from England to the US in 1824. In 1821 she had published a work entitled View of Society and Manners in America in which she gave a glowing report of the new nation which she had gained from an earlier visit. After coming to live here however, her enthusiasm and naivete began to fade.

MsWright

Ms Wright

   As she traveled down the Mississippi, she was appalled by slavery and began to think about how it might be abolished. Having previously achieved notoriety, she began to lecture from public platforms, addressing groups and openly discussing such forbidden subjects as equal rights, birth control and abolition. One newspaper editor denounced her as a "bold blasphemer and voluptuous preacher of licentiousness", but the insults did not stop there. Dubbed 'The Great Red Harlot' for her personal life, which included several affairs as well as her progressive views on sexual relations, 'Fanny' Wright was a political figure who espoused ideas critical to the women's movement. She championed the notion of universal education, helping to give voice to those women who wanted more education for themselves and their children. Women were particularly affected by the changing economic conditions from agrarian to urban life. She gave credence to women being involved in health and medicine. She helped break down a rigid structure and paved the way for other women to make changes regarding women's roles in society.

   'The first American woman to speak publicly against slavery and for the equality of women, Fanny Wright was a rebel who pursued equality for all. She lived according to her own ideals rather than society's dictates.

   -Diny Rooke

   This theme will once again be challenged, debated, and ridiculed through 2003-2004, with new heroines becoming lightning rods for controversy and ridicule. While this battle has never ended, this will be a time when it rises to the surface once again.

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