To cast a natal chart, you need to know the date, time and place of the birth in question. The date tells you the position of the Sun. The time (along with the date) allows you to pinpoint the position of the Moon. The location (along with the date and time) will give you the primary angles — ascendant, descendant, mid-heaven and nadir.
The primary angles, in turn, set up the all-important houses, which function to individuate a natal chart. Because the angles change with location as well as with time, the place you were born is just as important as the date and time when it comes to your astrological identity.
You might accurately say the place of your birth will always be part of you, and you part of it. It is not a connection to be minimized. If you were (for example) to move to the other side of the International Dateline from where you were born, the birthday on your passport would not require changing.
It is thus worthy of note that the Democratic Party’s presidential convention is now taking place where the U.S. was born: Philadelphia, PA. That, and a couple pertinent events in the astrology this week, imply that a nation has come home to take care of some unfinished business — or not.
For astrologers, there are a handful of astrological events that take priority along with the date, time and place of an earthly occurrence. Eclipses are probably the most heavily weighted because of how important the Sun, Moon and lunar nodes are. After that, either ingresses (objects moving from one sign to another) or lunar phases (New, Full and quarter Moons) are considered to be nearly as big a deal. Finally, and often overlooked, come the starting and ending of retrogrades — called “stations,” for how the object in question is perceived stationary before changing directions.
Today, the Moon makes the astrological grade in two ways. After leaving Aries behind to enter its exaltation in Taurus shortly after 11:30 am EDT (15:27:23 UTC), the Moon will close to withing 90 degrees of separation from the Leo Sun. That happens just seconds before 7 pm EDT (22:59:37 UTC) to reach the lunar last quarter.
A last quarter Moon means it is one week before the end of the current lunar cycle, and the next New Moon. It is thus, at least, a time to take care of unfinished business started with the previous New Moon. Beyond that narrow definition, however, it is not unusual for any loose ends, dropped stitches or dreams deferred of longer standing to clamor for your attention with the advent of any given closing square from the Sun to the Moon.
So it may be said to be now for the U.S. When a new nation was brought forth with the signing of The Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia some vital corners were conveniently cut.
First, the hallowed document itself contains a libelous reference to the original inhabitants of the continent who were given no voice and no choice regarding a wave of immigrants setting up a new country on their land.
Next, the subject of slavery was pointedly ignored. Finally, those who famously rallied around a slogan of no taxation without representation made no provisions for women to participate.
Now, all of those cut corners are coming home to roost where they hatched.
Furthermore, the planet that brought the subject of unfinished business into the world will be reaching its retrograde station on Friday just as the Democratic Party’s convention draws to a close. That would be Uranus.
Up until the unexpected discovery of Uranus in 1781 (between the end of the American Revolution and the beginning of the French Revolution), our solar system was a nice, neat known quantity for both astronomers and astrologers. In the minds of most brilliant people (with the exception of an occasional satirist like Voltaire or Swift) the cosmos had been nicely figured out. Uranus upset that neat little apple cart and the world has not been the same since — thank goodness.
For it is the loose ends that create possibilities. It is the unresolved and unfinished business that not only shows us where to improve, but constantly goads us to do and be something more, something better.
So it is that a party, and a nation, now gathers in Philadelphia. Not to preach a smug entitlement, confidently blind to hubris. Rather, to go about the messy business of cleaning up some originating errors and to begin anew in the most appropriate place to do so: where it all started. The astrology this week will support just such an effort. Whether and to what extent the potential implied by this week’s astrology is fulfilled is, as it always is, up to those who assume the mantle of responsibility for manifesting on Earth.
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