Anyone even slightly acquainted with Astrology and the US natal chart knows that Uranus, planet of revolution and rebellion, is closely linked to the US natal chart and psyche. With its appr 84-year cycle, Uranus returns to natal degree on a somewhat regular basis - 'somewhat' because we are talking about that quirky lover of the unexpected, Uranus, The Awakener.
On May 30, 1944, Uranus returned to America's natal degree 8Gem+. Basing the Return on the 'Sibly' natal chart (5:10 pm LMT) the time of the Return (relocated to the White House): 5:04:58 am EWT (+4:00); using the Scorpio Rising chart (2:21 pm LMT), its time: 2:44:01 am EWT. Obviously the two charts differ in house cusps, Midheaven, ASC, etc, but here I speak more generally because today is the 65th anniversary of D-Day which marks the amphibious phase of the Allied Forces' invasion of 50 miles of France's coast, with fighting beginning June 6 on the beaches of Normandy.
As you know, President Obama is there today taking part in ceremonies to mark the occasion and, I'm glad to say, a few participants are in attendance, too, though in their 80s and 90s now.
This was the largest single-day amphibious invasion of all time, and was aka 'Operation Neptune' and 'Operation Overlord'..the first obviously related to Neptune astrologically (amphibious, the sea, overseas), the second to Pluto which was out-of-bounds and conjunct Mars, god of war, on June 6, 1944.
Mars and Pluto, who together indicate great zeal, force, brutality, superhuman power, ruthlessness, ambition, confidence, and people disabled in war (Ebertin) were conjunct US natal North Node (NN '6Leo')...
Mars/Pluto = NN: working with others to change the world; the joint performance of record achievements; spurring others on to better results or setting an example through one's own achievements. (Tyl; Ebertin.)
Allied forces liberated France from Hitler's German forces as the weeks bore on (and freed the rest of the world, as it turned out) as the United States repaid our own liberator - France - two cycles of Uranus later! But this time, the action included Britain's and Canada's important alliances.
Counterattacks were mounted yet from east and west our forces crushed Hitler's army until they surrendered on May 7, 1945.
Here are the Solar Eclipses of the time period, from D-Day to Hitler's surrender, with details from Brady's Predictive Astrology:
Jan 25, 1944; '5AQ' conjunct US natal South Node; 18 South Series: endings, separations, partings which can be from loved ones traveling overseas or the ending of relationships; anguish and grief but new situations bring positive outcomes.
July 20, 1944; '27Can' opposite US natal Pluto; 19N: realism; coming down to earth and becoming aware of an old situation and seeing it for what it really is; a constructive time for tackling the truth.
Jan 14, 1945; '24Cap' near US natal Pluto and opposing US n Mercury; 19S: a joyful event; a pleasant surprise; a lucky win or break that positively changes lives.
So D-Day was a sort of Declaration of Independence all its own - and freedom-loving Uranus was the alchemist's assistant with secret hand Pluto sending troops across Neptune's seas!
And even though I believe wars are instigated by rich old men dreaming them up for young men to fight and die for, I do send my hearty appreciation and thoughts to France today for ceremonies marking the courage and accomplishments of America, Britain, Canada, and France. Well-fought and thankfully won!
Read more on D-Day and bravely check out a fresh limerick written in honor of today's occasion: A Kitten in Normandy Fought.