George Washington Inauguration, 1789
by Zip Dobyns
Mundane astrology, which studies the world, offers a variety
of techniques. Horoscopes can be drawn for cardinal ingresses
when the Sun enters the cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra,
and Capricorn. Charts for eclipses and other full and new Moons
and for major planetary conjunctions can be used. Such charts
are calculated for the region of earth in which the student is
interested. The planetary signs and aspects will be identical
for the different locations, but the chart houses will change.
Another type of cycle chart is drawn for the moment in which
a planet enters north declination. The horoscope is used until
the planet has moved to its northernmost position, returned as
far south as it will move, and come back to 0 degrees of north
declination. The horoscopes of world leaders can also be helpful,
though it is often difficult to get accurate data for them.
Anything which has a beginning, for which data is available,
can be useful in mundane astrology. This includes countries,
institutions, organizations and events. Since countries and other
institutions are normally born in a series of steps, several
charts may be used to provide a full picture. For the birth of
the United States, we might consider the first act of war between
the U.S. and England, the Declaration of War by the U.S., the
end of the war, the Paris Peace Treaty, the Resolution for Independence
on July 2, 1776, the Declaration of Independence on July 4 1776
(with a totally uncertain time for the crucial vote and signatures),
the Constitution becoming the law of the country, the first meetings
of the House of Representatives, of the Senate, and of the Supreme
Court, and the inauguration of our first president, George Washington.
Washington was inaugurated on April 30, 1789 in New York,
the site of the government until the new capitol in Washington
D. C. was built. The ceremony was scheduled for noon, but it
was very late. Historical records located by my web friend, Doc
Cottle, pinpoint the time as between 1:20 and 1:30 PM when the
oath of office was finally administered. The time used was "Local
Apparent Time" or LAT. Local Mean Time was first used in
the U.S. in the 19th century, with different countries
starting to use it on different dates. I am working with a chart
set for 1:22 PM LAT. It should be accurate within a degree or
so, but the angles could be off a little, so I usually note,
when mentioning aspects to angles, that they depend on an accurate
time for the chart.
I progressed this chart to noon on January 20, 2001, and discuss
some of the local house cusps for Washington D.C. in addition
to the cusps for New York. Capital P stands for progressed factors,
and capital N for natal factors. The progressions certainly point
to change, which could be a smaller change if Al Gore is elected
or a larger one if a Republican wins the office. The time I chose,
after studying the aspects for many events in our history, puts
0 Gemini 58 on the NY MC and 28 Taurus 0 on the Washington D.C.
MC. If this time is accurate, P Juno (equivalent to Pluto) is
conjunct the N north lunar node and the N IC, opposite the N
MC and south node, and quincunx a conjunction of P Chiron and
the P IC . P Vesta is just past the P MC, conjunct N Ceres and
quincunx the local N MC.
Quincunxes and oppositions are the aspects most typical of
separations. These aspects certainly look like major changes
involving both the executive and his handling of power, and the
conditions of the public. The MC, like all forms of letter ten,
signifies the laws and those who enforce them. Opposite it, the
IC represents emotional security issues, homes and families,
and the public in general. Ceres symbolizes the nurturing side
of Virgo, with overtones much like Cancer. I interpret it as
a key to "mothering" or being "mothered."
Mars is always a key to personal action, and therefore typically
associated with changes in outer circumstances. P Mars is conjunct
the N East Point, an equivalent to Mars and the Ascendant, to
reinforce the potential for action and change. P Mars is also
conjunct N Bellona, a war goddess, and P Hela, a goddess of death.
The patterns point to an executive and/or a term of office with
considerable turbulence. The U.S. is likely to continue to share
the responsibility for policing Kosovo, for protecting Israel,
and for trying to deal with a very unstable world. However, P
Mars is also trine N Mercury for successful action by "fire-type"
people with initiative and confidence.
Mercury and the Moon rule the signs of Gemini and Cancer,
which are in the natal tenth house of the executive. The P Moon
is quincunx both P Mercury and the P north lunar node, and opposite
N Juno for the inauguration, again pointing to changes. P Moons
sextile to N Chiron, which is part of a grand trine of N Chiron,
N Juno, and P Pluto, all in air signs and earth houses, reinforces
the potential for success for individuals who are intelligent,
educated, and practical. Pluto, Juno, and the eighth house, the
P Moons location, are all associated with joint resources,
including inheritance, return on investments, debts, etc. The
U.S. may continue its economic prosperity, at least for the skilled
members of the society.
Aspects showing that not everyone is happy include P Venus
in Capricorn square N Vesta and N Neptune in Libra in the second
house. The second house and Libra are both ruled by Venus, which
carries the meaning of pleasure. The Taurus house represents
pleasure in the physical world which is under our own control;
money we earn and personal possessions and appetites. Juno, as
noted above, is like Pluto, pointing to shared money, possessions,
and pleasures. Libra also is associated with shared pleasure,
though both letters seven and eight can be competitive as well
as cooperative. Neptune signifies the capacity for empathy and
compassion for everyone. When this is lacking, it can produce
victims. The aspects fit a continuation of our increasing disparity
between the rich and the poor. The message is repeated by long-term
squares from the lunar nodes to Pluto. The nodes can be interpreted
as two more Moons in the chart, signifying the need for emotional
security, which often draws people into relationships, homes,
and families. Pluto, as already indicated, marks our capacity
to share mutual security with lasting, peer relationships.
P Saturns long-term trine to N Moon, and P Plutos
quincunx to it, give us a mixed picture for the security of the
public. Continued success is promised by Saturn, while tension
and frequent changes are suggested by the P Pluto quincunx. The
P lunar nodes hold a long sextile-trine to N Saturn. The long-term
aspects do not support a "doom-and-gloom" scenario
for the country, though some ups and downs are inevitable. They
do fit the need for education, a theme endorsed by all of the
presidential candidates, to help the people at the bottom of
Much more might be said, but I want to take a quick look at
some of the personal name asteroids. I will list their aspects,
and let readers try to decide who is more likely to be the winner.
If astrology shows ones state of mind, the prominence of
all of them fits their being the focus of a lot of mental attention.
N Johanna is in 0 Pisces 44, opposite P Jupiter. P Johanna
is in 2 Pisces 46, on the local Descendant. N Johnadams is in
17 Taurus 0, sextile N Moon. P Johnadams is retrograding in 13
Cancer 10, conjunct N Washingtonia (for our capital). N Jakoba
is in 20 Taurus 17, sextile N Saturn, trine P Venus, and quincunx
N Vesta. P Jakoba is retrograding in 21 Cancer 4, trine N Saturn,
opposite P Venus, and square Vesta and Neptune. N Johnny is in
11 Cancer 8, sextile the N Sun, trine the Part of Fortune, octile
P Mars, and opposite P Pallas. P Johnny is in 17 Libra 54, conjunct
N Juno, semisextile P Mercury, trine P Pluto, octile the N Ascendant
in Washington (if this time is right), and quincunx P Saturn.
N George is in 24 Pisces 34, conjunct P Ascendant if I have
the right birth minute for the chart, plus it is quincunx P Neptune,
semisextile N Mercury, and quincunx N Georgia in 24 Leo 16. P
George is retrograding in 1 Taurus 52, conjunct N Venus, square
N Uranus and Antivertex and quincunx the N IC (if this time is
right). P Georgia is in 28 Libra 58, quincunx the N south lunar
node and local MC, trioctile N Mars, sextile P Vesta, and octile
N Albertina (for Al Gore) is in 24 Cancer 5, square N Mercury
and P Neptune, trine N George, and semisextile N Georgia. P Albertina
is in 19 Libra 17, just ending a trine to N Chiron but still
trine Pluto, opposite P Moon, and quincunx N Saturn, the P Ascendant
in Washington, and the P south lunar node to form a yod. There
are many other fascinating asteroids, but I will just add that
Albertina is conjunct P Starr (for Ken Starr) and P Ganesa (the
elephant-headed Hindu god who may represent the Republicans).
Does that mean that Al will triumph over Starr and the Republicans,
or vice versa, or does it just picture the confrontation? P Albertina
is also semisextile P Williams, which could stand for either
Bill Clinton or Bill Bradley.
The preceding patterns include separation, harmony, and conflict aspects.
Two candidates will separate from their goal of being president. Gore
will obviously leave the Vice Presidency. If Bush wins, he will leave
Texas. If McCain wins, he will leave the Senate. If the new president
is personally threatened, as is the U.S. history with Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions
in earth signs in the year of his election, the man with more harmony
might be the one who does NOT win??? Any psychics want to try to guess?
We hope to have a message board on our site, and might tally the guesses
of both astrologers and psychics.
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