Mundane astrology helps us understand history better by looking at the complex tapestry of planetary cycles. The law of universal resonance affects existence at large, therefore whatever happens in the cosmos is reflected upon individual and collective life. American history has been characterized mainly by two opposing societal dynamics: egalitarianism versus differentiation. To better understand this sociological fundament, we’d better start off our research from a basic analysis of the 1776 chart of American Independence.
As stated numerous times in my articles, the Mutability of Mars square Neptune within the US national horoscope is highly indicative of how social movements rise, grow and eventually fade across the country. Numerous other elements are to be considered within this historical horoscope, but for now let’s just stick to the predominance of that Mutable Mars-Neptune square, and the sparkly presence of Uranus at 8 degrees of Gemini.
Demonstrably, the various presidencies have been characterized by important planetary configurations which involved 8 and 21 degrees of Mutable signs (with the obvious allowance of a few degrees’ orb). This means that during eventful times (including elections), both transits and natal configurations of the chosen presidents have featured prominently across those very degrees. Configurations involving those degrees within the most influential presidents’ natal horoscopes have been linked with the country’s fate. This fascinating study can give us a lot of insight on the historical perturbations of the American society.
Abraham Lincoln and the Nation
Lincoln was born under a visionary Saturn-Neptune conjunction in Sagittarius squaring a pungent Pluto-Mercury conjunction in Pisces. All this was aggrandized by the presence of a compassionate Jupiter in Pisces. The whole configuration features across the range of 3-22 degrees of Mutable signs, therefore creating and important connection with the horoscope of American Independence. Lincoln’s natal square in Mutable signs stands as the astrological signature which explains his political approach and the cause for which he sacrificially left the nation to a renewed destiny.
The Civil War and the Confederacy
The Battle of Fort Sumter, which ignited the sanguineous civil war in 1861, broke out under a combined square between Mars, Saturn and Uranus acting across 3-9 degrees Gemini-Virgo. The Saturn-Uranus cycle was then on its waxing phase, and Mars appears to acted as a trigger for the intense configuration. With national Uranus sitting at 8 degrees of Gemini, the country was going through it first Uranus return. This explains the escalation of ideological fights across the territory.
Earlier that year, on February 8th 1861, the Confederacy had been established. The Southern States declared their unrecognized bond under the same Saturn-Uranus configuration, and a feisty Sun-Jupiter opposition across Aquarius-Leo. The connection between the Saturn-Uranus cycle and the onset of the American Civil War is obvious. Also, we can see how any major activation of those Mutable degrees (5-25 of Gemini-Virgo-Sagittarius-Pisces) tends to spark both revolutionism and outrage within the nation.
The Future of the USA
The configurations at play during a specific historical phase cyclically repeat themselves, often reawakening old issues. An interesting configuration will form in the skies within the 2020-2030 decade, and it involves the same actors: Jupiter-Saturn and Uranus.
In April 2024 a Jupiter-Uranus conjunction will occur at 21 degrees of Taurus, on an area of the zodiac which squares the feisty Sun-Jupiter opposition of the Confederacy. That year may see a powerful resurgence of secessional claims. Interestingly, the conjunction will occur during the next presidential campaign. The Inauguration chart for January 2025 carries a powerful Sun-Pluto conjunction which may indicate a transformative leadership. Possibly the entrance of Pluto into Aquarius will bring a new wave of widespread activism, and it may firstly manifest with a major popular awakening within the USA. The importance of the years (2021-2025) leading to the next presidency lies in the occurrence of a Pluto return and the second Neptune opposition for the nation. As specified repeatedly in other articles, the first half of this decade will represent a time of major reassessment and metamorphosis for the country. That social imbalance will most probably lead to the great shakeup which will characterize the second half of the decade.
The next Jupiter-Uranus cycle reaches its waxing square in 2027; an important event which will coincide with the nation’s third Uranus return. That Jupiter-Uranus square will powerfully activate 8-10 degrees of Gemini-Virgo. Saturn will be at 27 degrees of Aries, on its waxing square to national Pluto in Capricorn. A powerful pattern will emerge, recalling issues which seem to have been buried under the mask of a ‘modern’ nation.
These interesting configurations seem to suggest that a major transformation will reach its full extent during the second half of the decade. Are we nearing the bend with regards to the unity of the States? Astrology suggests that the cyclicity of time has brought the country to a phase that will give prominence to the the existing divide between different States. At some point during the next decade me might even witness the end of their unity as we know it. History may ask that a new balance be established within the country. This might also suggest that the USA will lose its seat as the world’s leading economy before the early 2030s. Another cyclical shift of power towards the East will most probably happen as a consequence.
Photo: The Storming of Fort Wagner (lithograph, 1890) – Wikipedia.org