The hills are lush, green and vibrant. Their gentle lines rise and fall from rolling hilltops into pleasant valleys, like a long, undulating breath of the Earth Mother. The rivers and lakes run with fresh water fed by clear streams. From Niagra Falls to the Hudson River, from the Thousand Island to Finger Lakes, the natural resources New York commands are impressive indeed.
'Born' on July 26, 1788, New York has its Sun, Mercury and Venus in Leo. Proud and powerful, it has long been a national leader. Affairs of the heart, creativity and the arts are all a part of the fire which fuels this drive. Romantic themes such as 'New York is for lovers' were pioneered here. Broadway, with its theatre and musicals, showcases the arts, as do the many museums and galleries throughout the state. The 'can do' determination of this fixed fire sign combines with a Sun Uranus conjunction which historically has provided a technological, engineering edge. New York is the nation's top manufacturing producer. It also holds first place in apparel, publishing, paper products, jewelry, silverware, toys and sporting goods. The credentials go on and on. Seventy percent of the nation's photographic equipment, 40% of its books, 52% of its magazines and 30% of our wearing apparel originate here.
One reason for all of these gold medals is the strength of Leo's will, but with both the Moon and Jupiter both in the signs of their exaltations (Taurus and Cancer, respectively), this state is blessed with a rich reservoir of watery and fertile natural resources. The farmland yields a rich harvest, including apples and grapes, with wineries and the dairy industry also being nourished by this abundance. Control of many of the nation's most important waterways combined to give it the early lead as the chief maritime center of the country in the early 19th century. New York City has long been a huge international port, but with the development of the steamboat in 1807 and the opening of the Eric Canal from the Hudson to Lake Erie in 1825 she also played a key role in national inland distribution.
This historical precedent of assuming authority as a center of power continues to shine as we realize that New York was our nation's capital in 1789, and inaugurated George Washington on the steps of Federal Hall as our first president. It is not without celestial endorsement that this regal heir is called 'The Empire State'. The New York port authority is the largest in the western hemisphere, while Kennedy National Airport has handled as much as one half of our overseas air travel.
Adding to the powerful determination of all this Leo strength, New York has its Mars in Virgo trining a Moon in Taurus. This earth sign combination endeavors to get the job done, and quickly. The work force is willing to work hard in order to maintain it's premier service record.
With a chart such as this, New Yorkers like to have their fun, and are not afraid to run the risk of getting caught. Big, bright and bold, with Mercury in Leo opposing Pluto, crime and punishment have long been a chapter of their history, as ghosts of Boss Tweed and rumrunners from Canada bucked the prohibitions of the '20s. As the sign of the heart, it's easy to see why, with its royal entourage squarely centered in the royal breast, 'I love NY'.