So it occurs to me that if I'm going to name a blog as you see above, I should mention our Founding Fathers' use of what we now call "astrology" as they went about setting up the place.
Using the stars' and planets' positions to time the placing of a building's cornerstone, the shoveling of a monument's first spade of soil, or the holding of an event--such as a speech, a bill-signing, an Inauguration, or a war's commencement, among other things--is called Electional Astrology.
It takes a lot of skill to do this, and as most people know, our Founders were well-versed in the subject of Sacred Geometry. In fact, the study of the planets, Fixed Stars, the Golden Ratio, etc was considered to be part of a well-rounded education, as indeed it had been considered for centuries past.
"Popular" or "sun-sign" astrology had not yet marginalized what had been the study of the celestial sphere...that Great Cosmic Clock whereby we receive our yearly timings, our months, our seasons...and which we now recognize as our Solar System.
That Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, and the rest were Freemasons is well-documented online, in books, and most anywhere you'd care to look.
A lovely Google of "Freemasonry in Early America" or of "Sacred Geometry" will result in more info on the subject than you can shake a stick at.
Online there are astrologers galore with longer experience and with more strength in their typing finger than I have, so you may want to check them out, if you've not already...there are many sites of interest, and there's no point in my duplicating here. A good place to start is Ed Kohout's site, StarTiming.net, listed on the Links List hereupon.
Yep, the concept of the Great Mathematician was well-known to Ben, George, and the rest of the boys. You may also read online many essays on the placing of Egyptian symbols and Star lore onto US money, which you can view for your very self if you have a dollar in your pocket. (And hopefully you do, as 2006 begins.)
And there is the reputed triumvirate between London, the Pyramids of Giza, and Washington, as evidenced by Fixed Stars rising, culminating, and setting at the same time during particular events over all three cities--at the Same Time. Either ole Ben, the Almanac publisher/writer, knew what he was doing, or Someone Else was behind it all. As Above, So Below, y'know! My guess is that it was more than a little of both.
Seems "the swamp" of DC was strategically chosen in more ways than meets the average eye, and this would explain their use of a SWAMP area...expense and mosquitoes be dam*ed. And naturally the architects and builders were familiar with the Masonic principles of Sacred Geometry because numbers are the Foundation of Creation.
So yes, there are Fixed Stars associated with the US natal Chart--July 4, 1776 being the most commonly-used date--although the Chart for Cornwallis' Surrender is very instructive, too--and George Washington quite obviously and specifically selected the time for the Surrender based on his knowledge of the Stars...Electional Astrology. (And I wouldn't put it past Cornwallis to have been familiar with such himself.)
Note: some think the July 4th Chart is more of a "war chart" and the Surrender Chart is more of the beginning of the country...the birth/natal chart. Personally I try to work with both charts when I have the time. (And transiting Pluto 24Sag+ has been hanging about the Ascendant of that chart recently...today, as a matter of fact. Not good, m'peops.)
So! Some prominent Fixed Stars which are connected to the US Chart/s are: Sirius, Regulus, Graffias, 33 Aquarius, Aldebaran, Antares, Spica...Google them, if you're unfamiliar with their keywords.
One in particular is the Royal Star of Persia, Regulus, in the constellation Leo. Keywords: "success if revenge is avoided." Well...Oops and more Oops...because this Star speaks of how seeking revenge causes one to lose the ground already gained.
That's a higher concept our Founders thought was important, yet our more recent Leonine rulers have opted for revenge on exactly the grand scale which our forebears feared most and warned us strongly against.
And so we must reap what we've sown--a natural law even America isn't exempt from...in fact, some would say the reaping is well-begun, esp considering the attacks of 9/11.
And you will note that Fixed Stars such as Regulus are mentioned in the Bible--and were named by our Creator Himself, it says. In fact, the Aug 11, 1999 Eclipse is, imho, connected with the Bible's prophecy concerning the Angels letting go the winds of war and strife:
The Oxen Point, The Lion Point, The Eagle Point, and the Angel Point. We've certainly seen an increase of war and strife since the "King of Terror" Eclipse--aptly named, centuries ago, by Nostradamus himself. A Fixed Grand Cross of planets sat upon these Points near the middle of the Fixed signs...Taurus (Oxen), Leo (Lion), Scorpio (Eagle), and Aquarius (Angel). And remember we're underneath a Fixed Grand Cross well into January 2006. Therefore, the Eclipse is being emphasized, and of course, terror is constantly in the news and in people's thoughts. A few people even make well-timed speeches about it.
Here's a link to a few previous comments on the "King of Terror" Eclipse of 8/11/99, with a little art included (no clicking on image necessary for you Windows users):
1999 Eclipse info + Basonge Dance Mask
There you will read of transiting Venus' triggering of the 8/11/99 Eclipse degree, 18Leo21 on 9/11/01. And shudderingly this day, I must be honest with you and report that Saturn, the Taskmaster, bringer of reality, hardship, and a calling to accounts, will be visiting that same Eclipse degree in upcoming days:
1.Sep 4, 2006;
2.April 5, 2007 (Rx); and
3.May 5, 2007.
This entire period is esp risky for similar issues as the 1999 Eclipse brought to the world, and for the reaping of what was sown--for Old Man Saturn is, after all, archetypally the Grim Reaper and tends to bring a cold light to any subject.
Now it could be that some previously-uncovered reponsibility for the 9/11 attacks will be unmasked by Saturn during this time frame since Neptune, on Sep 4, '06, will be again at the Unmasking degree of "18AQ": "A man's secret motives are being publicly unmasked."
This refers to the uncovering of past behavior. We have already been "treated" to Neptune's triggering of this degree with recent misdeeds revealed in politics, so there will be more veils lifted in the months to come, and pay attention to Sept, 2006--it's near the 5th anniversary of 9/11, too.
And one more thing: at 1:00 pm, on Sept 11, 2001, as I took a break from my computer screen and its charts of Manhattan set for the times of the attacks, and from the horrendous, repetitive TV coverage of them, it suddenly occurred to me to ask the Tarot, "who is responsible for this brutality"? (As a contact with one's higher mind, I have learned to find the Tarot useful, but am not of the "fortune-telling" school of thought by any means).
The answer received? "Ask the Sphinx".
I'm still pondering over that one.
-Jude Dec 31, 2005 6:18 pm est
ps: asap, I will post on the change from the original Inauguration date which altered the relationship between the Sun at Election and the Inaugural Sun, among other things...and NOT for the better.