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Nov 21, 2021

George Washington: Thanksgiving Day 1789 - and 2021

Happy Thanksgiving 2021 to All My Fellow Americans!

by Jude Cowell

Sunday November 21, 2021

When an undoubtedly grateful President George Washington issued a proclamation for, "the People of the United States a day of public thanks-giving" to be held on Thursday November 26, 1789, America's first official Thanksgiving Day came into effect. (Follow the link for a view of the newspaper announcement!)

Not the one the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony held to celebrate their first harvest sometime between September and November 1621, of course, but the official day established by President Washington that we continue to celebrate in November on Thursdays, the day of generous Jupiter the Great Benefic. So naturally, such a celebration had to be held on a Jupiterian Thursday. In fact, in some places Americans are known as the "Thursday people."

And then there's this, from a Thanksgiving 2009 post,

"President Lincoln proclaimed a national holiday, Thanksgiving Day, in 1863. {} President Washington had gotten into the act with a Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1789 when he called for Americans to "unite to render to Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection." Unite, George said. And be thankful.

As for the planets at noon LMT on November 26, 1789, we find a pleasant trine between Sun in early Sagittarius and Moon in late Pisces (Luna heading for the Aries Point prior to day's end), a visionary blend of conscious and unconscious energies known for being generous, humanitarian, and sometimes moralistic. Yet perhaps of more signficance to Washington's thankful proclamation is an out-of-sign conjunction between Mars @15Leo06 and Jupiter @00Vir37, a planetary pair denoting 'resolutions and decisions'. And proclamations.

So there we have it, then and now. But please be advised: there's no fan of gravy here but you can definitely pass the cranberry sauce!


Public domain image above: Pumpkins!

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