Jul 7, 2010
America's 'morning' natal chart - the Dobyns version
You know, the Library of Congress website states that "Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in the morning of a bright, sunny, but cool Philadelphia day."
A bit poetic yet telling given how many versions of America's natal chart exists, and most of them set for the afternoon of July 4, 1776.
So today I break from my habit of using the 5:10 pm chart (Sibly) and find that the closest version I have in my files for an 'in the morning' chart is the one presented years ago by master astrologer Zip Dobyns. Here you see it displayed with a few of my markings upon the chart image (click to enlarge.)
Searching for factors that differ from the other US charts, the 10:36 am LMT version contains two *YODs: Mercury/Neptune = Moon (we-the-people), and Mercury/ASC = Moon (5th house.)
Naturally, the Mercury/ASC YOD disappears rather quickly but Luna stays within orb of the Mercury/Neptune YOD until 12:36 pm. Later afternoon charts such as the Sibly (5:10 pm LMT) do not contain the Mercury/Neptune YOD with apex Moon, so this may be a small chance to evaluate the Dobyns chart with a few indications presented here.
(Midpoint pictures are from Tyl, Ebertin, and Munkasey; any, all, or none may apply and are subject to stimulation by transits and progressions.)
Mercury/Neptune = Moon: intuitive thoughts bring confusion and questions; sympathy and receptivity; a misguided imagination (which may be self-induced, and/or induced from others who lie, cheat, and pepper us with constant propaganda -jc); ESP; personal impressions dominate thinking processes.
Mercury/ASC = Moon: projections of emotions to others; moody reactions when stimulated by certain people; judgments based on personal feelings or subjective assumptions; negotiations that concern women.
When transit Neptune recently 'came through' these degrees we experienced:
Mercury/ASC = tr Neptune: deception; fraud; falsehood; slander; being deceived or let down by others; thinking badly of others; laxity in how events are recorded; confusion about the motivations of others; open to deception; not knowing quite what to think about someone. (Actually, I'm not personally confused about certain people: they're crooks and swindlers.)
10:36 am LMT, Philadelphia, PA, July 4, 1776: Hour of Mercury (Rx); Venus, Mars, and Pluto are out-of-bounds as in our nation's other July 4 charts.
One large factor in favor of using this chart for America is our do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do Geminian Mars @ Midheaven. Native Americans identified our martian tendencies early on as the US government, its reps, and many settlers spoke with forked tongues in order to take what they wanted and expand into the world. Our tendency to reneg on agreements is indicated as well since Mercury (agreements, treaties, negotiations, trade, commerce, communications) rules Gemini.
As you know, Mars signifies the Armed Forces and Police of a nation, and in general, males between the ages of 25 - 35, give or take a year or two. The goal (Mc) of being global cop, invader and occupier, and a police state at home comes to mind especially when we consider how many citizens are now locked up in the massive US prison system. Even debtors' prisons have been revived in some states in spite of difficult financial conditions and our tattered social fabric.
That the US is an active force (Mars) on the world stage (Mc) is obvious but the awareness of its true meaning and our multiple (Gem) motivations (Mars) are often not well understood at home by most of us, partially due to purposeful governmental and media-enabled cover-ups and obfuscations.
Two midpoints oppose natal Mars, and one conjoins it: the Venus/Uranus combo of energies which is more than broken relationships; it's also erratic or extravagant with money which works on several levels, not the least of which is the Pentagon's outrageous war budget for 2010 which totals more than all other discretionary spending put together! (Enlarge chart to read its midpoint picture with Mars, lower left.)
Not listed on the chart:
Moon/Neptune oppo Mars: self-aggrandizement; lack of self-control; relying on feelings rather than observations; anger and rancor from others; protests.
Moon/ASC oppo Mars: energetic self-projection; temperamental change at the slightest sense of frustration; impatience when others interfere with procedures; moodiness.
America's Problematic Mars/Neptune Square So Very Angular: our confused, deceptive, and/or inspired motivations
Now as you see, nebulous Neptune rises in the Dobyns chart indicating a psychic flavor to the chart and perhaps the oft-accused mysticism of Freemasonry and other secret societies in control of the US. Escaping form life's harsh realities is a constant occupation and perhaps turning on a TV these days, you'll view a plastic wind-up doll in a TV ad extolling the (dubious) virtues of yet another chemical mood enhancer for that 'moodiness' we just listed above. The insecurity of Neptune makes our fabled search for 'security' in the world something of a wild goose chase since Neptune's realm is the spiritual, not the physical!
Obviously, Neptune's link with the masses, mass media, and Hollywood's silver screen are indicated (as well as oil and gas), along with a tendency to become sympathetic yet dispirited concerning the many depressing social, economic, and human rights violations in the world. We do tend to give others the benefit of the doubt (often too readily, imho) and we attract odd characters who can easily steer us wrong.
Blend in the only-in-the-Dobyns chart inconjunct between Moon and ASC and we have quite a picture of the American character...see what you think:
Moon inconj (150 degrees) ASC signifies us as a people so eager to show concern for others that we allow ourselves to give to those who don't deserve our efforts - they laugh at us behind our backs for our gullibility! (Of course, we also willingly give to those genuinely in need and this is not to be discounted - I'm simply attempting to make note of factors not present in other versions of the US natal chart.)
Moon inconj ASC makes us emotionally vulnerable to the problems of others yet it's difficult for us to discern the difference between those who really need our help and those who don't, a trait which has proven through the decades to be an expensive character weakness to indulge. And with many of our presidents being Freemasons, their understanding of the universal principles of Sacred Geometry has given them a reliable window on how to play us. (On one level, mega-bucks can be channeled and re-directed through charitable donations - it's not just been Al Qaeda doing it - the US government may have perfected the ruse!)
Yes, our leaders know that the American people are generous and willing volunteers. But unfortunately, 'Moon inconj ASC' describes a condition where our volunteer efforts undermine our health and compromise our well-being.
Recent examples are Gulf Coast clean-up crews and the 9/11 first-responders; I'm certain you can think of others.
Well, there are many other interesting factors to discuss from the US Dobyns chart and if you're interested, please leave a courteous comment or opinion with this post. For without your input, my time feels too obviously wasted as I type into the void and others laugh at me behind my back for being too willing to volunteer my services on behalf of my only nag in the race - the United States of America.
*YODs are triangular patterns with two or more planets in sextile (60 degr) at base and pointing to an apex planet (or planets); the pattern indicates a special task, crisis, or a turning point. Issuing a sassy Declaration of Independence from England definitely qualifies as all three, and health problems may also be indicated.
Some Moon/ASC details are from Rob Pelletier's excellent book Planets in Aspect; the rest are from old notes made long ago from various seminars. jc