Born On The Fourth Of July

Did you know that a country can have an astrological birth chart?  Like the chart for any newborn, the one for a nation is based on the date, time and place of its birth, so the chart for the USA is calculated for July 4, 1776 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania at the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  With a presidential election on the horizon, I thought it was just the right time to take a glimpse into that chart’s “America the Beautiful” energies.

Four key planets - the Sun (which describes core personality characteristics), Mercury, Venus and Jupiter  ̶  are in the nurturing, caring, patriotic, love-of-hearth-and-home sign of Cancer.  They are all placed in the Seventh House, which represents partnership and committed, collaborative relationship with others.  The heart of the chart – the Moon – is in humanitarian, tolerant, independence-loving Aquarius, and these qualities are reinforced by the South Node of the chart, the indicator of a karmic legacy, which is in the sign of Aquarius as well.  America’s Ascendant, the symbol that describes how our country interacts with the rest of the world, is Sagittarius, the non-judgmental, freedom-loving, all-inclusive, “never met a person I didn’t like” sign of the expansive adventurer. 

With Saturn, the planet that reminds us our responsibilities, strongly placed in its own “home” in the mission-driven Tenth House, our nation is called to share the wealth of its rich and resources with others.  The United States can best deliver on that mission not only through the collective union of the diverse energies of its individual states, but in collaboration with other nations as well, because Saturn is in Libra, the sign that echoes the relationship themes of the Seventh House. 

America has a chart that is called to claim freedom for itself and bring it to others – to be inclusive, not restrictive; peaceful, and nurturing, not aggressive.  Infused with a spirit of adventure, it has great love of the “motherland” (Cancer is the sign associated with “motherhood and apple pie”) and is strong in the defense of its security and safety.  And one last thing.  The North Node, which describes the soulful purpose of a chart, is in Sun-ruled, attention-attracting Leo, the sign of the generous leader, and is placed in the powerful Eight House of transformation.  Simply stated, ours is a nation born to take the lead by example and action in the healing and transformation of the world of which it is a part.  


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