by Robert Wilkinson
Yes, believe it or not, there is some debate whether July 4, 1776 was our "true" birthday. Was that day when the US was born? Actually not. It was a day when 13 individual colonies' representatives signed the Declaration of Independence, but it was not when this country became a country. That came years later. It seems that a preponderance of the evidence indicates the US is either a Pisces or a Virgo.
There is a tremendous debate among astrologers as to when on July 4 the document was signed, but to me that doesn't matter. For years I used the Declaration of War chart done for July 6, 1775, as the "birth chart" for America, since that was the first point of organized union against the form of government imposed upon the separate and whole group of colonies. But after a while, I got to contemplating that though I found the July 6 chart valid in some ways, it still doesn't describe all this nation is.
So I did some research, and found that statistically, in terms of "hits" correlating to significant historical events, the two outstanding charts for the founding of our nation are the chart for The Articles of Confederation and the ratification of our Constitution, which is the supreme Law of the US. From AstroDataBank we have a great summation of the pros and cons of the many charts considered to be the "birth chart" of the US. It sure doesn't seem to be July 4, 1776, for all kinds of historical and astrological reasons.
This is a great resource if you're interested in the birth chart of this country, with graphics and explanations and commentary. I believe that the birth chart for the US is either the ratification of the Articles of Confederation or the Constitution. If the former, we're in deeper than we think, since Mars, the planet of aggravation, hassles, war and upheaval went stationary retrograde on the exact degree of the US Moon in 2005 while Saturn has been in the US Ascendant in a Grand Fixed Cross for a year, square the Moon, opposed Venus and square Jupiter.
From the site:
Ratification of the Articles of Confederation (Grimes)
Date: 03/01/1781 (Mar 1, 1781)
Time: 15:19 (3:19 PM) LMT (+5:00:39)
Place: Philadelphia, PA (Lat: 39 N 57; Lng: 75 W 9)
Uranus went from its conjunction with the US Sun and has been square Mars conjunct Uranus in Sag for many months and will continue. Neptune has been square the US Moon in Taurus, with an ongoing Pluto opposition the national Uranus promising the very difficult times in the past and present we're experiencing.
This would certainly explain the revolutionary upheavals going on in the recent past, and portend some pretty radical and violent events to come. This chart, if it is in fact the most accurate in showing national changes and events, promise us that the extremes have just begun, and that there are changes to come that are so far-reaching as to defy description. We're in for national upheaval on a level not seen in decades, perhaps since the Civil War. Thank you George Bush for "bringing it on." You will go down in history as the worst president, the most corrupt, inept, indifferent, and incompetent in American history.
From the site:
Signing of the Constitution
Birth Date: 9/17/1787, 11:29:00 AM, Philadelphia, PA. "The data is for the signature that finalized an adoption of the present U.S. Constitution subject to ratification by the individual States. The... Constitution was declared effective as of March 4, 1789."
From Lois Rodden:
"On July 24, the convention named a five-man Committee of Detail to sort everything out and draft a coherent summary of all the votes. After nine days, they adjourned and Washington went fishing. The dwindling collection of delegates picked a five-man Committee of Style and Arrangement to undertake the actual writing of the Constitution. Although they were not supposed to change the substance of what the convention had so far decided ... all five were strong-government advocates. The actual writer was Gouverneur Morris, who re-wrote the original to read, "We, the People of the United States ...."
"When the committee presented its constitution on Sept.12, the delegates eagerly began trying to change things all over again... The changing continued right up to the scheduled closing day, September 17, but three delegates ... refused to sign. Franklin still had doubts and reservations, saying "I consent, sir, to this Constitution because I expect no better." Still ahead was nine months of bitter debate before the necessary nine states ratified what had been written that summer in Philadelphia. Ahead lay the creation of the Bill of Rights... but it was on the 17th of September 1787 when Washington wrote in his journal, "The business being closed, the members adjourned to the City Tavern to dine, after which... retire to meditate on the momentous work which had been executed."
From the NCGR Journal, "Legal Inception of the U.S. Constitution,"
Adopted: Sept 1787, 11.29 AM LMT Philadelphia PA. (AFA).
Sept. 28, 1787 Submitted to states.
Accepts new Constitution: July 2, 1788 by Congress of Confederation (Parent body of Constitutional Convention).
Looking at the chart of the Constitution as the birth chart, we find that in 2005-2006 Pluto squared the national Sun in Virgo and opposed the national Jupiter in Gemini in the 7th. Interesting that in 1995-98 it crossed the Asc and Moon in early Sag, and that's when the neocon rise to power began.
Neptune has been conjunct the Constitution's Pluto in Aquarius and is now conjuncting the Saturn in late Aquarius. Uranus has been square the chart's Mercury in Virgo in the 9th, and has now begun to square the Venus a little further into the second decan of that sign. And Saturn is in the chart 9th, opposition the chart Saturn in Aquarius. Sounds like a national reality check!
Right now I am favoring the Articles of Confederation chart, as it seems to have more of the powerful aspects describing our current national disaster. However, as with most things, I am keeping my mind open to many possibilities (including the Rudhyar chart) until I feel I have a preponderance of evidence pointing to one over the others.
(Adapted from an earlier article originally published 6 September 2005)
© Copyright 2007 Robert Wilkinson