The U.S. worker shortage explained by astrology

There is a great deal of debate among astrologers for which astrological chart is the right one for the United States. Most of us use the Sibley chart of July 4th (here’s why I use it), but some argue for a Gemini rising chart, or a Scorpio ascendant.

The ascendant describes the way we see ourselves, and the way the world see us and it’s therefore more visible in many ways than the Sun sign. So when I see articles like this one, about a research study undertaken by Microsoft about what makes their employees happy, it reinforces my confidence that Sagittarius, the sign of sunny optimism and adventure, is the correct one.

We live to feel good.

That’s the American way. We get up every day; we’re excited about our lives, our jobs and our bank balances.

At least that’s what we say — because a positive attitude is vital to being, or appearing to be, a success.

Yet is this everything? And has the pandemic incited us to wonder whether we’re really so excited about working at all? Even if we’re the boss.

This idea of feeling good and a positive attitude being vital to success is quintessentially Sagittarian, and easily explained by the Sibley chart. This chart also shows that Aries, the sign of the individual, is on the cusp of the sixth house of work and labor. Pulling oneself up from the bootstraps and all that stuff is very sixth house Aries in nature. But beginning in 2018, the U.S. progressed Venus transited the cusp of the sixth house of work (also health and small animals, but historically this is the house of masters and servants). Transits of the progressed Venus shows where we need […]

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By |2022-07-10T11:12:16-04:00July 14th, 2022|Life|2 Comments

Sunday inspiration: The battle for the soul of America

In looking at the chart for Inauguration Day I thought I would take a look at the minor asteroids, some of the 10,000 named asteroids that hold a place in our solar system.  Lo and behold, I discovered that in the astrology chart for the United States, the Moon (soul) is in a harmonious trine to the asteroid America, and Pluto (creative destruction and transformation) forms a challenging square to the asteroid America.  The Moon, in idealistic Aquarius in the US chart, is itself in a semisextile aspect to Pluto, denoting the awkward and uncomfortable connection of the soul of the country (Moon) to the dark side of its history (Pluto) – the conflict between the ideals of its founding and the brutal realities of its relentless push for expansion (Sagittarius ascendant) and prosperity (Pluto in the 2nd house) which resulted in genocide of the native peoples and enslavement of Africans.  And with the US Pluto return approaching, Pluto will once again set off that awkward semisextile to the Moon and square the asteroid America, forcing the country to confront the question of what is this country all about.  What is America?

America is pretty unique in that there really is no cohesive idea of what America is, other than a nebulous idea of freedom and liberty which is in the Declaration of Independence.  Apparently from the inception of the government there was debate about how the country was to be run – as a federation of states? As a republic?  How much power would the states have to run themselves? etc. etc.  In France there is a pretty good idea of what it’s like to be French.  The Germans have their own unique personality.  But America, as a melting […]

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By |2021-01-17T07:56:10-05:00January 17th, 2021|Inspiration, Politics|8 Comments

The real astrology chart for the US – 2017 edition

Sibly astrology chart

This post is updated from previous articles. 

Any person, place or event with a date of origination has an astrological chart. Humans have birthdates, companies have incorporation dates, and countries have their own dates of origination (we call this “mundane” astrology). Mundane charts are not always easy to define since we must accurately pinpoint the exact time at which the current incarnation of the place began.

The chart for the United States that is most typically used is called the Sibly chart which uses a date of July 4, 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was signed, and has Sagittarius on the ascendant (Sagittarius “rising”).

A Scorpio chart used by many astrologers uses a date of November 15, 1777 when the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union were signed.   Other charts use the date that the Constitution was signed. There are also Gemini rising charts (including this one which uses a rectified time that is unsubstantiated in fact), a Virgo rising chart that uses a time when the signers convened to discuss the details of the terms,  and a rarely used chart for July 2nd when a resolution to declare independence was adopted.  This was famously the day that John Adams declared to be the birth of the nation, “to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires, and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”  

There are also a few adherents to a Scorpio ascendant that some say is based on the fact that the clocktower on the back of a $100 bill was set to 2:22 pm.  But if you look carefully at the image you’ll see that it could also […]

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John Oliver proves that Sagittarius is rising in the US chart

There is a big debate among astrologers about the rising sign of the US chart.  I use the “Sibley” chart, named after Ebenezer Sibley who created it, and has Sagittarius rising on the ascendant.  Michael Wolfstar O’Reilly insists that Scorpio is rising in the chart because the power that America wields is reflected in the Scorpio archetype, and because the symbolic Eagle is also tied into Scorpio.  In this article he also explains how the Gemini rising chart came about.

Michael and I have had some spirited debates on the subject.  Now John Oliver has put that debate to rest.

The ascendant is the persona – it reflects the way we see ourselves, the lens through which our experiences are filtered, and how we are seen by others.   Sagittarius is the sign of optimism, faith and religion, and it’s easy to see how the American persona fits under that umbrella.  No other country is such driven by religion and faith – and no other country is as optimistic and expansive as the US.  Sagittarius types are typically open and friendly, and Americans are seen the world over as having big friendly personalities (often TOO friendly for some more conservative nationalities).  But it’s American optimism that is probably the single biggest quality that is identified with the American persona.

I love John Oliver and listen religiously to his podcast “The Bugle” which sadly is on hiatus because of Oliver’s new status as major media star.  If you haven’t seen his HBO program “Last Week Tonight” you really owe it to yourself to try it.  I heard Oliver say in his podcast that America is relentlessly optimistic to the point of ridiculousness.  In fact, he said, “Optimism is America’s kryptonite.”

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By |2017-07-04T08:08:19-04:00July 23rd, 2014|Life, Popular Culture|4 Comments

The “real” astrology chart for the USA

Sibly astrology chartI’ve been spending a lot of time this week researching the various charts for the USA which is one reason for my lack of posting.  I have used the Sibley chart with great results, but every time I post an article on the US chart I receive quite a few emails arguing with my choice of chart.

There are three major charts used by astrologers and many more minor charts.  One is the Sibley chart which uses the date of July 4 1776 (signing of the Declaration of Independence) and a time of 5:10 pm, with Sagittarius rising.  There are also Gemini rising charts and a few adherents to a Scorpio ascendant that some say is based on the fact that the clocktower on the back of a $100 bill was set to 2:22 pm.  But if you look carefully at the image you’ll see that it could also be read as 4:10 pm and in fact Wikipedia says that the Department of Bureau and Engraving says that the time is 4:10 pm (although I could find no corroborating evidence for this).

Still, the relevance of the time on the clock tower is difficult to gauge in terms of establishing a proper horoscope for the United States.  Benton Bobrick’s masterwork The Fated Sky includes a scholarly discussion of the time when the signing of the Declaration of Independence was completed:

According to the Philadelphia Historical Society, ‘the Declaration was graced with its first signature (Hancock’s) at approximately five o’clock in the afternoon after which the members all went off to dine.’

This biography of John Hancock corroborates this (see page 13), using an approximation of “late in the afternoon” as the time […]

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By |2019-11-10T19:57:36-05:00July 29th, 2011|Politics|2 Comments
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