Every now and then we get lucky.
One of the more important alignments in the chart cast for the 4th of July, 1776 is an applying Solar square to Saturn, not an easy natal configuration. When this alignment became exact by secondary progression, it manifested as the Winter of Valley Forge, psychologically scaring General Washington forever, as he was unable to obtain funds out of Philadelphia (then the seat of the administration), to clothe, feed and keep alive his troops through that cold, hard winter. Saturn is the planet that rules Winter, and in a hard aspect to the Sun, will drain the later of it's light source and warmth. It contracts (Saturn) them, making situations smaller, harder and more difficult.
This experience would later come back to influence Washington's decision in the Jefferson/Hamilton debate, of whether or not to have a central banking system modeled after the British.
Were we willing to set up a financial system that would help to pay off the country's national debts? Washington was well aware of what the down side to this question could be. He had witnessed it.
Generically speaking, the Sun and Saturn are the two rulers of the chart; the Sun, the King or power center, and Saturn, the administrative system (or its leader) that runs the show. With the Sun squaring Saturn, these two don't get along.
One way to learn about the underlying themes hidden behind these archetypal masks is to observe them when they are being triggered by planetary activitiy. Watching the US Sun Saturn square being triggered would help to provide clues about its idenity in the US persona.
In anyone's horoscope, Saturn rules Capricorn. Wherever Capricorn falls in your chart, Saturn has authority over that territory. In the US chart, Capricorn falls on the second house cusp, ruling the national finances. We have Pluto in Capricorn in the 2nd house, indicating that these leaders are very private and secretive about their funds.
Concerning the Federal Reserve, we do not know who their memebers are, we do not know how much money they take in collectively or are paid personally, we are not privey to their discussions, and they are not obligated to step down from office every four years without a vocal mandate from the people. It is a private, corporate, concern, not a branch of government.
Our Sun-Saturn square represents the on-going conflict between the acting president (the Sun) and the financial administration behind the scenes (Saturn, together with Pluto in Capricorn) quietly running the long-term show.
Would you like an example of Saturn running the financial sector?
On September 11th, 2008, at around 11:00 AM, there began an electronic financial drain on the economy. In late 2008 Democrat Congressman Paul Kanjorski accidentally lifted the curtain that normally hides the Wizards of Oz in the Federal Reserve and US Treasury. ...he says that he was there when the Security of the Treasury (Hank Paulson) and the Fed Chairman (Ben Shalom Bernanke) on Monday September 15th, 2008 went to members of Congress to explain what was going on. He says "here's the facts, and we don't even talk about these things, on Thursday (11th September) at about 11 o'clock."
A summary of what he goes onto to say is:
"The Federal Reserve noticed a tremendous draw down of money market accounts in the USA to the tune of $550 Billion dollars in a matter of an hour or two.
Money was being removed electronically.
The treasury tried to help with $105 Billion.
But could not stem the tide.
It was an electronic run on the banks
The treasury intervened but had they not closed down the accounts they estimated that by 2:00 PM that afternoon. Within 3 hours. $5.5 Trillion would have been withdrawn and collapsed and within 24 hours the world economy."
On September 11th, 2008, there was a triple conjunction of Venus, Mars and Mercury, all right on top of the US natal Saturn.
This is the Fed, with its hand on the wheel, its spanner in the works, it's thumb on the scales.
As we look back over our shoulders at the time that has past, we can now ask these questions?
Were the banks naive about their positions? Did they refrian from giving out year-end bonuses? Did they open their financial doors to the waiting public, ready and eager for loans? Were the foreclosures fair and legal, all across the land?
This is one part of our US Sun Saturn square.
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