by Robert Wilkinson
Today we take a new look at the astrological signs of the Sun and Moon of the 50 United States. If you've wondered why certain places seem to have a specific quality, these positions may help you make sense of why certain states appeal to you or turn you off or seem to have the qualities they do. 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.
The birth chart of any legal entity is to be found in 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, its birth chart is when it was accepted into the Union and agreed to be part of our Federal Republic.
The original 13 colonies that founded the nation are calculated from when they ratified the Constitution, the supreme Law of our land. I would think we could use the same standard 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 symbolizes how that entity will "shine its light-life" in our world of nations. For individuals, though noon charts are often used, usually for individuals we use a sunrise, or "Solar" chart, when the birth time is not known.
There are different opinions about whether Solar or Noon charts are more accurate, or if they're both equally valid to use for delineation. I have always used sunrise charts for individuals, since that supposedly "begins" the day, and holds the promise of that day in its patterns. That said, I use noon charts for political entities.
You'll also find in the table in the linked article that I included the planetary ruler of the Sun sign, a.k.a. its "dispositor." The dispositor of the Sun sign is important because it exerts a major influence in how the energies of the Sun is expressed, like a shading or background tone to that energy expression.
For example, a Sun in Sagittarius state with Jupiter (its dispositor) in Libra will show a different Sagittarian light than one with Jupiter 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 Pisces state would have different kinds of people than a Moon in Virgo state.
There are unresolved questions about 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 awakened your interest, 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.
As always with things of this nature, if any of you history afficionados want to offer alternative historical dates, please feel free to do so in this comment stream.
(Rewritten from an article originally published in 2008)
© Copyright 2010 Robert Wilkinson