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  Week of January 27th - February 2nd,  2012

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The bright lights in the nation's chart

        We've been examining some of the planetary alignments in the national map of the United States of America. Born on the 4th of July, 1776, we are a Cancerian nation. Home, family, the land and country are among the themes most important to us. But the Sun is not the only planet in Cancer. It is joined by Venus, Jupiter and Mercury. The Venus Jupiter conjunction is the tightest alignment (two degrees) in this group, and it suggests our great abundance of natural wealth, not only in food and its exports, but also in the minerals, lumber, and resources found in and on the Earth. With this Cancerian grouping poised on the doorway of the 8th house, these are precisely some of the manifestations we might expect to find.

fields of grain

Golden fields of grain

        Four planets in one sign in anybody's chart provides a great deal of emphasis and power in the themes we've been examining, but they also focus much of their power on the planet that rules this sign, the Moon.


The US Sun
in Cancer

        On the 4th of July, 1776, the Moon was moving through Aquarius. Now, as many of you already know, Aquarius is the sign of knowledge and invention, of science and technology. Those in the astrological community believe that the reason we are seeing such an influx and growth in these arenas is because we are heading into a time when these themes will be even more greatly accessed than they are now. According to my own research and calculation, we have a little more time yet before the last principle tie to Pisces is cut in 2015.

        With the Moon in Aquarius, we are the people of this nation, a multi-cultural mix of all the colors of the rainbow. Our inventive spirit has led the way in advances in farm machinery and new ways to accumulate and transport foods.

        "Farming became mechanized- steel plows, moving machines, reapers, harvesters, improved cotton gins for pulling away from the seed, and, by the turn of the century, great combines that cut the grain, threshed it, and put it in bags. In 1830 a bushel of wheat had taken three hours to produce. By 1900, it took ten minutes. Specialization developed by region: cotton and tobacco in the South, wheat and corn in the Midwest."

                People's History, Zinn, p. 277.


The US Moon
in Aquarius

        But with this Moon in Aquarius in the 3rd house, this public emphasis is to be found in the house of communication, transportation and education. One of the first places for employment of women were in the teaching and later telephone industries, both areas ruled by the 3rd house. What this meant was that the American public, in general, has been better educated that the populations of most countries, especially back in the 18th and 19th centuries, when these concepts were just beginning to flower.

        "In the meantime, the spread of public school education enabled the learning of writing, reading, and arithmetic for a whole generation of workers, skilled and semiskilled, who would be the literate labor force of the new industrial age. . ."


Freedom, Liberty, Equality?

                ibid. Zinn, p. 257.

        In our centennial year, observations were made about how far America had come.

        "The present system had enabled capitalists to make laws in their own interests to the injury and oppression of the workers."

        "It has made the name Democracy (a term ruled by Aquarius, the 'people' sign), for which our forefathers fought and died, a mockery and a shadow, by giving to property an unproportionate amount of representation and control over Legislation. . .

        "It has allowed the capatalists, as a class, to appropriate annually 5/6 of the entire production of the country. . ."

                ibid, pp. 239-240.

        That was one hundred and thirty-six years ago. The gap has only widened.


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