by Robert Wilkinson
Today we take a new look at which signs dominate which US states. Included are the Sun, Moon, and sign of the planet ruling each state's Sun. If you've wondered why certain states appeal to you or turn you off, this may explain why. Of course this article is focused on the US, but remember 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 chart of the place we're at.
It has been asked 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 in the US, 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. I would think that the same standard could be used for Canada, Australia, Germany, or any other country with states that had to ratify their national governing document.
The chart of a political entity is usually calculated for noon, since it elevates the Sun and supposedly shows how that entity will "shine its light-life" in the world of nations. Noon charts are often used as a substitute for sunrise, or "Solar" charts for individuals as well, when the birth time is not known.
The judgment is still out as to whether Solar or Noon charts are more accurate, or if they're both equally valid to use for delineation. Personally, I use sunrise charts, since that supposedly "begins" the day, and holds the promise of that day in its patterns.
You'll also find in the table in the linked article that I included the planetary ruler of the Sun sign, aka its "dispositor." The reason that the dispositor of the Sun sign is important is because it exerts a major influence in how that Sun is expressed, like a shading or background tone to that energy expression.
For example, a Sun in Scorpio state with Mars (its dispositor) in Libra will show a different Scorpio light than one with Mars in Aquarius, where the Sun will show more an Aquarian background tone. It's national character, the people, are shown by the Moon. A Moon in Aquarius state would have different kinds of people than a Moon in Sagittarius state.
As I've noted before, 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 curve ball 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 piqued your curiosity, here's What Are The Moon Signs of the States? where you can find out the Sun and Moon signs of the states in the US. This information is from Horoscopes of the U.S. States and Cities by Carolyn Dodson.
If some of you history afficionados want to offer alternative historical dates, please feel free to do so in this or that comment stream.
© Copyright 2008 Robert Wilkinson