Athena's Web Weekly Column

Week of Sep 10th - Sep 16th,  2004

Massachusetts

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  The state of Massachusetts was 'born' out of the original 13 colonies on February 6th, 1788 in Boston as it was admitted into the union with the ratification of the Constitution.
State of Massachusetts

State of Massachusetts

This gives it an amazing conjunction of planets in Aquarius, with the Moon (using noon as a birthtime) at 12, Mercury at 13, Pluto at 15, the Sun at 17 and Saturn at 29 degrees of this sign. This 'stellium' of planets reinforces and underscores the Aquarian theme throughout its history. The first shot of the Revolutionary War was fired here. Is anyone not familiar the rebellious and independent nature of Aquarius? Education and the dissemination of knowledge, as well as what we think of in this country as 'Yankee ingenuity', the spirit of investigation, discovery and technology are all offspring of the water bearer. This state has the oldest written Constitution now in use in the world, and the importance of the 'people' has always been high, as we are part of the Commonwealth, whose preamble includes, '...the people have a right to alter the government', and 'The Body-Politic is formed by a voluntary association of individuals: It is a social compact, by which the whole people convenants with each Citizen, and each Citizen with the whole people, that all shall be governed by certain Laws for the Common good. It is the duty of the people, therefore, in framing a Constitution of Government, to provide for an equitable mode of making laws, as well as for an impartial interpretation, and a faithful execution of them; that every man may, at all times, find his security in them. We, therefore, the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging, with grateful hearts, the goodness of the Great Legislator of the Universe...'

Boston Common

Boston Common

  With Pluto conjuncting both the Sun and Mercury in Aquarius, there are huge concentrations of both resources and population in this state. While it is the 45th in size out of the 50 in the US, it ranks 13th in population, with more than half of that number in the Greater Boston area. As the Embargo Act put a damper on our early shipping industry, it encouraged (a polite way of saying it) the development of the textile mills and Massachusetts became the wealthiest New England state. Electricity and products run by electricity are Aquarian in nature, as symbolized by the glyph used to depict this sign, two broken wavy lines.
Paul Revere's Ride

Paul Revere's Ride

Non-computer electronic machinery is what this state manufactures and sells more than any other catagory, followed by computer and electronic equipment, instruments, chemicals, and transportation in descending order. The community pattern was underscored by towns building around a central green and the town meeting, under which every taxpayer had an equal voice.

  The independent and intellectual side of Massachusetts can be easily seen as we were the only state not to vote for Nixon, with the headlines the next day defiantly declaring 'The other 49 are out of step!' Horace Mann championed a campaign for universal education, while Emerson and Thoreau strove for the doctrine of individual expression. Some of the staunchest proponents against slavery were born of Massachusetts. Public libraries were in every town by the beginning of the 20th century, and the state's universities and colleges, including Harvard and MIT, are internationally famous.


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