by Robert Wilkinson
Today we revisit an article outlining which signs rule which states. I've also included the Moon signs and the sign of the planet ruling each state's Sun since the dispositor of the Sun sign exerts a major influence in how that Sun is expressed. If you've wondered why certain states appeal to you or turn you off more than others, this may explain why. Obviously this article is geared to those living in the US, but every country, state, city and village in the world has its own astrological character, so no matter where we are, we can benefit by knowing the astrology of the place we're at.
You may ask how a city or state can have a birth chart. The birth chart of any legal entity is its incorporation date, or when it was founded by charter or declaration. That is when the entity formally began to exist. For a state, it is when it is accepted into the Union and agrees to be part of our Federal Republic. The original 13 colonies are calculated from when they ratified the Constitution, the supreme Law of our land.
Usually a chart calculated for noon is used, since it elevates the Sun and supposedly shows how that entity will "shine" in the world. Noon charts are often used as a substitute for sunrise, or "Solar" charts for individuals as well. The jury is still out as to which is more accurate, or if they're both equally valid to use for delineation. I use sunrise charts, since that supposedly "begins" the day, and holds the promise of that day in its patterns.
Still, there are unresolved questions about the subject of which signs actually rule the states. From a related but different article:
"... some signs are over-represented, (7 each for Gemini, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn) while others don't occur at all, like Aries and Libra. 38 states are represented by only 6 signs. I've always thought that seemed strange, but this world can be pretty strange indeed. At least with the states there would seem to be no confusion as to their "birth" sign, since it is determined by when they were accepted into the union. Of course, that raises the question as to whether some of them have a different sign if they were part of the Confederacy, since they left the union only to rejoin it several years later.
Another possible factor that could change these listings is that the states ratified the Constitution before their acceptance into the US, which may produce different results. And a curveball is that all charts are done for Washington DC (the Capitol city is where they were accepted into the US) even though early in our nation's history Philadelphia and New York were the national Capitols before DC. For now, though, I'll give you the signs for when each state was accepted into the United States, set for DC at noon. As an aside, most of them have an Ascendant square to the Sun sign, but not in all cases. I left out the state of Confusion, since we all live there from time to time. ;) Enjoy!
Now that I've hopefully whetted your appetite, here's What Are The Moon Signs of the States? where you can find out what signs predominate over the state in which you live. All information is taken from Horoscopes of the U.S. States and Cities by Carolyn Dodson. And if some of you historians want to offer alternative historical dates, please feel free to do so. One such comment stream clarified when New Orleans was actually "born."
© Copyright 2007 Robert Wilkinson