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  Week of February 3rd - February 9th,  2012

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The US Moon in Aquarius

        Over the last few weeks we've been examining a few of the components of the US natal chart. Born on the 4th of July, 1776, this country has an energy, a persona, a personality that's different from that of other nations. What we have been examining are but a few of the threads in our colorful tapestry as a country. You can even weave in a flag or two if you like.


One of the bread baskets of the world

        Last week we began an examination of the US Moon, laying down some of the obvious celestial interpretations. This is a Cancerian nation (Venus, Jupiter, Sun and Mercury in Cancer) and we're into food, big time. Fast, slow or frozen food, deep-fried, marinated, sauteed, with gravy or without, stuffing and dessert, food. Eat it at home at the table, in front of the TV, behind the steering wheel, on the cruise ship (24-hour availability), or while on the John. Grow it, stow it, sow it, food. Would you like a second helping? With Jupiter exalted in Cancer, there's plenty. But these are mostly lunar Cancerian themes. What does it mean if the Moon is not in Cancer, but Aquarius?

        Working with the model we've just outlined, the answer might be 'free food', but it can also be a country that likes to 'reinvent' (Aquarius) its food. Now they're working on GMOs.

        But the Moon is not limited to dietary considerations. As most folks know, the Moon is also the archetype of women. If we shift gears, the Moon in Aquarius can also represent women for freedom or independent women- those who advocate gender equality in society.


Susan B. Anthony

        The individual possibly most responsible for helping to gain recognition (the vote) for women was Susan B. Anthony. The US Moon is 26 degrees and 57 minutes of Aquarius. This represents our national feminine archetype. Susan B. Anthony's Sun was 25 Aquarius 59, while her Jupiter was 28 degrees 52 minutes of Aquarius, sandwiching (to use a Cancerian phrase) the US Moon. Her Sun conjunct the US Moon suggests that she would be an excellent leader (Sun) for the feminine movement. Her Jupiter conjuncting the Moon could suggest publishing activities that would strike a national nerve. How's this for an Aquarian name for a women's rights weekly, pre-suffrage?

        The Revolution.

        Works for me.

        As we have heard over and over again in the annuls of the WEB, Aquarius is the vibratory pattern the people and planet are headed for. We stand at the threshold of the dawning of the Age of Aquarius. We are increasingly seeing this vibration in the media, in different nations and political settings. It's pulse is only going to grow stronger as time goes on. If you are in favor of these reforms, then things will tend to go your way over the long haul. Before we cross the finish line though, there may one or two bumps in the road.


The US Moon
Sun Jupiter conjunction

        You might have noticed.

        In leaving Pisces behind, we are leaving behind a system of bondage and servitude. We are headed for a time keynoted by 'Freedom' (Aquarius). To better understand these themes of yesteryear, let us look back to what it was once like to be a woman in this country.

        "Universal manhood suffrage, by establishing an aristocracy of sex, imposes upon the women of this nation a more absolute and cruel despotism than monarchy; in that, woman finds a political master in her father, husband, brother, son. The aristocracies of the old world are based upon birth, wealth, refinement, education, nobility, brave deeds of chivalry; in this nation, on sex alone; exalting brute force above moral power, vice above virtue, ignorance above education, and the son above the mother who bore him."

        National Woman Suffrage Association.

        If you are looking to fortify the themes of yesteryear, then you may want to invest in the Malox now, while prices are still cheap and there's plenty available. Freedom, equality, liberty, social justice and a level-playing field are among the components of what lies in our future. This may take as much as a generation to be fully realized, but realized it will be. Susan B. Anthony did not live to see the day that women would gain the vote in this country, but she knew with an Aquarian assuredness (the key phrase of Aquarius is "I know") that it would come to pass. For her, there could be no doubt. From Wiki-


She voted straight Republican

        "Before retiring, Anthony was asked if all women in the United States would ever be given the vote. She replied by stating, "it will come, but I shall not see it. . . It is inevitable. We can no more deny forever the right of self-government to one-half our people than we could keep the Negro forever in bondage. It will not be wrought by the same disrupting forces that freed the slave, but come it will, and I believe within a generation."

        Fourteen years after Anthony's death, women were given the right vote on August 26, 1920 by the nineteenth amendment to the constitution.

        Leaders who have Aquarius strong in their charts inherently hear this call and respond to it, regardless of whether they're advocating for children's rights, the women's vote, blacks' freedom, or the workingmans' (and its feminine derivative) rights to a fair and decent wage. Abraham Lincoln was an Aquarian, Susan B. Anthony was an Aquarian, and JFK had Uranus in Aquarius, the sign of its rulership. I have Aquarius rising, which is why you're reading this now. These and many others have only to look inside themselves in order to 'feel' that one day, we will all be pulling together for each other, rather than simply waiting for our individual retirements, society's current goal.

        In 1878 and 1879, the natal Moon was being paralleled by Neptune and squared by Pluto. These were active years (though not necessarily popular ones) for the women's movement. On January 10th, 1878, a women's suffrage amendment was introduced by a California senator by the name of Aaron A. Sargent. His proposed amendment was defeated in the Senate, but would be reintroduced each year until its final passage in 1920, using the exact words of the original submission from 1878.

        In the 1880s, participation of women in sports increased sharply as they began to become more visible in the public eye. Besides tennis, archery and croquet, they engaged in riding, cycling, swimming, boat racing, fencing, skating and bowling.


Give me your poor
but to what purpose?
Our feminine archetype

        With the US Moon in Aquarius, the United States of America contains within it the seed of the future, of what it will be like as the next few centuries unfold. You will not find this theme being demonstrated by our government, nor through our courts, but it is demonstrated through the international mix of our population, through the people, which is what the Moon in a national chart rules.

        On October 28th, 1886 the Statue of Liberty was unveiled and dedicated by the president at the time, Grover Cleveland. The 225-ton, 152 ft. tall copper statue had this inscription written into its base.

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door."

        Unfortunately, the unveiling occurred within two days of Neptune squaring the US Moon.

        The tired, poor and huddled immigrant masses were to become the blood and sinew of American industry with little time to 'breathe free'.


The US Flag

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