Anniversary in Service

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The United States of America has another birthday coming up on Saturday. Although nations do not come into the world as people do, there are some countries that can mark their beginning from a specific date. The U.S. is one of them. Yes, one could fairly say that many dates and events could be construed to represent the beginning of America as it now is, but one day stands out.


That day, of course, is July 4, 1776. A day documented with parchment (or paper) and ink by the astonishingly audacious and historically unprecedented Declaration of Independence.

The Declaration of Independence defied what Keith Olberman has referred to as “the alchemy of precedent.” It was a miracle, really, that a nation should seek to initiate its existence in service to principle.

Among the principles cited by the signatories of the Declaration of Independence as they set forth to create a new nation was the notion that “all men” were created equal, providentially endowed with “inalienable rights,” which included “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” In spite of its karmically and pathologically disturbing disparagement of the American First Nations, and also in spite of its male supremacist language, the founding document of the U.S. still inspires absolute awe.

Since its creation, the U.S. has been on a long journey to determine whether it could in reality serve its lofty definition of self. For most of that trip the results have been less than stellar. It was downright ignominious, for example, that a nation made by lofty rhetoric should then set forth to practice overt genocide on the original inhabitants of America, all but exterminating some of the most Earth-friendly people and cultures ever to exist on Earth.

Then there is the undeniable fact that the so-called founding fathers conveniently skated around the issue of slavery, mocking their own principles in actual practice until The People would have it no more. One must also confront the specter of war made intentionally for purposes of profit behind facade after contrived facade of disingenuous righteousness.

Yes, one might fairly say that the U.S. has always been, and with time has more become, a mockery of its ideals. Yet, every once in a while, America defies the priests of precedent and sets forth anew to live up to its principles. Still living and breathing are enough Americans who actually believe that the historically improbable can yet be made possible. As always, however, one would be loathe to predict the outcome.

Hence, looking at the solar return (birthday) chart for the USA this year is enough to remind any thoughtful astrologer that the highest principle astrology might serve is not to predict, but to inspire. Taken that way, the solar return chart for the U.S. this year (whether cast for Philadelphia, where it all began, or Washington D.C., where America’s uneasy empire resides now), is notable.

For reasonable purpose, and based on abundantly resonant correlations, the “birth” chart used here on Planet Waves is the famous Sibly chart. That chart is set for 5:10 pm local time in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776.

The 2015 solar return chart for the USA has Virgo rising, celebrating the grounded yet resilient nature of American citizens who continue to insist that their nation manifest its founding principles. Virgo, one is compelled to remember, is the only sign where its planetary ruler (Mercury) is also exalted.

Thus, one is also compelled to look for where Mercury is in the chart — a chart that features the Sun in the exact same degree as it was for the date recorded on the Declaration of Independence. Encouragingly, it is the most elevated planet.

For astrologers, the symbolism of the most elevated planet on any chart founded upon a date, time and place cannot be underestimated. The so-called mid-heaven represents (among other things) both the self-conscious image and any observable discrepancies as regards to that image for the party whose birth is being observed.

But this is not just any Mercury presiding over the birthday of the United States this year. There is more than correspondence with, and thoughtful understanding of, how the U.S. often sees itself one way, and other nations often see it another way. There is also Mercury’s placement and timing.

This is a Mercury recently freed from the thin, confining slice of the zodiac in which it recently paced back and forth in retrograde. This is also a Mercury in late Gemini opposed to (which for astrologers means “reflected by”) the core of our galaxy in the latter degrees of Sagittarius.

For astronomers, any galactic core represents the highest example of a center and an axis. Once you go out into intergalactic space, there are no longer any such reference points in a universe hastening to only expand in all directions. For astrologers, the core of our galaxy has a similar correspondence.

As Eric has put it so many times here on Planet Waves, our Galactic Core represents a “homing signal.” Combine that with the United States’ natal Sun (emblematic of consciousness) and Mercury’s correlation to mind and its means of expression, and you get the picture.

It is a picture of a nation newly conscious and mindful of the homing signal of its founding principles. It is the image of a country that has gone grievously off course, but which is not yet finally lost, thanks to those who serve its most elevated ideals.

As such, Planet Waves asks you to join us as you are able in observing the ideals of a life inspired (not predicted) by astrology. As best as you are able, we invite you to participate in our Art of Service, which includes being liberated from the constant assault of corporate advertising. That liberation is made possible by those of you who become supporting members. Finally, let there be no doubt that all of us at Planet Waves pursue (and find) our own happiness through our practice of service to you.

You might also consider it worth your while to safely and respectfully observe the birthday of what comedian Bill Murray might affectionately call a “knuckle head” country, which may yet keep its promise to posterity.

Offered In Service

Len is available for astrology readings. You can contact him at lenwallick [at] gmail [dot] com.

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Besides endeavoring to be of service to all of you here at Planet Waves, Len strives to live in Seattle while working as a professional astrologer. To contact him for an astrology reading you can send an e-mail to: His telephone number is 206-356-5467. In addition to his profession, Len contributes to the Seattle community without monetary compensation by serving as a Reiki practitioner and teacher through classes and outreach offered by the Seattle Reiki Mastery Series modality.

7 thoughts on “Anniversary in Service

  1. Michael Mayes

    Virgo is rising, and we’re separating the wheat from the chaff. The emotional sludge being churned by retrograde Saturn lies underneath this Virgo mask.

  2. Sara Victoria

    Also – humility. A fine quality in a super power #VirgoRising
    And with Pluto approaching his first opposition to the US’s Sun,
    that virtue is highly prized.

  3. Barbara Koehler

    . . . and speaking of service, the U.S. solar return Moon is in the U.S. solar return 6th house of service, albeit in Pisces. Perhaps the GREATEST service though will be contributed by the U.S. solar return Uranus conjunct the U.S. natal Chiron, both at 20+ Aries as they are right now. I equate that energy to the Bernie Sanders rallies, amazing (Uranus) every one (Aries) with the number of attendees and with the healing truth (Chiron) about what’s wrong with U.S. government. Did I mention already that in a year and one half when the next president of the U.S. is sworn in, transiting Uranus will again be at 20+ Aries?

    That will be on January 20, 2017, when the Sun will be at 0+ Aquarius, which will trine Bernie’s natal Uranus at 0+ Gemini. Yeah! By then the U.S. Progressed Mercury (progressed thinking moving forward again) at 20+ Aquarius will have completed it’s station-turn-direct, and at that time it will be sextile the transiting Uranus who will (again, just as now) be conjunct the U.S Chiron. By that time transiting Saturn (the OTHER ruler of Aquarius) will be at 23+ Sagittarius and will be square transiting Mars at 23+ Pisces, and they will be forming a T-square with the U.S. natal Neptune at 22+ Virgo. And no, I don’t know for sure what that means.

    But here’s a guess. Mars rules Aries and Uranus (one of the rulers of Aquarius) is and will be in Aries, in the same degree he’s in now, and the Sabian Symbol for that degree is A PUGILIST ENTERS THE RING. And Bernie’s drawing unexpectedly (Uranus) large crowds. And he’s coming out fighting. And his natal Uranus (opposite his natal Hidalgo) will be trined by the transiting Sun in Aquarius that day when the new President gets sworn in, January 20th, 2017. And Aquarius, where the Sun will be, is ruled by Uranus, symbol of unexpected change, and Saturn, symbol of the rigid status quo who will be square Mars (ruler of the sign Uranus is in) that day.

    Hmmm.. . Uranus or Saturn, Saturn or Uranus . which way will the People (U.S. Moon in Aquarius) be moved to vote on election day in November 2016. Well, it looks to me like a Uranus kind of day on January 20th, 2017!

  4. Len Wallick Post author

    Sara Victoria: You make a very good point. Thank you for taking the time to add it here.

    Barbara (be): Thank you also for taking us into further detail on the US solar return chart (as only you can do). Thank you as well as a look ahead to through Sibly and Sabian implications and your cogent summary of how the Saturn-Uranus dynamic seems to fit the motif which appears to be shaping up. Of course, where Uranus is surprises are probably in store. Finally, and once again, i hope you are having the happiest of birthdays.

  5. Mary McKie

    Founding Fathers … let’s hear it for the boys!! And then let’s cheer the Virgos on as they re-build what Pluto has been dismantling. Thank you Len … I’m inspired to watch that Michael Moore movie again. If only we could all adopt a native american and start this party over.

    Happy 4th everyone! And birthday, Be!

  6. Len Wallick Post author

    Mary: Apologies for not acknowledging your comment earlier, i was a bit under the weather for a few days. i hope your holiday was observed with better health than mine was. And yes, let’s hear it for any and all who take direct action to foment liberty and justice for all.

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