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by Gary Brand - written May 15, 2003,
published in the June 2003 edition of Echo* newspaper

Rhea, Saturn's moon, hangs below the unlit rings as it
ecilpses the giant planet, taken on March 21, 2006 by the Cassini spacecraft. Rhea, Saturn's moon, hangs below the unlit rings, which cast faint shadows onto the planet above the moon.  Taken on March 21, 2006 by the Cassini spacecraft.  Courtesy of NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute.
Saturn's orbital period brings it back to the same place in any chart every 29-30 years.  Since the U.S. birth chart (for July 4, 1776, pictured at left) has four planets in the sign of Cancer, Saturn's entrance into that sign is a significant event for this country. Saturn will conjoin Venus, Jupiter and the Sun in the U.S. birth chart June-November 2003 and February-July 2004.  These influences have happened seven times in the past so, by examining what occurred at such times in the country's history, we can get a picture of what will happen this time.  The first time Saturn conjoined Venus, Jupiter and Sun in the U.S. chart was June-August 1797 and January-June 1798.  By early 1797, France had seized (Saturn) over 300 American ships (Jupiter) and the U.S. minister to France (Jupiter) had been refused.  Jupiter is associated with international commerce, shipping and ships while Venus symbolizes money and cargo so the transits of Saturn at this time clearly restricted these things and the U.S. economy (Jupiter/Saturn) was feeling the pinch by the summer of 1797.

In January 1798, President John Adams revealed that the French had tried to bribe (Venus) the American commissioners sent to France the previous fall.  Pro-war Federalists clamored for an immediate declaration of war on France but Adams, defying the advice of his entire cabinet, sent a new mission to France that eventually negotiated a new treaty (Jupiter).  Despite having avoided war with France, Adams was defeated (Saturn) in his bid for reelection in 1800, partly because his handling of the French crisis had alienated members of his own Federalist party.

The next Saturn transits of U.S. Venus, Jupiter and Sun was August 1826-August 1827 and February-April 1828.  Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4, 1826, the same month that Saturn entered Cancer so the country was in mourning (Saturn) when Saturn first contacted the U.S. Venus and Jupiter.  A recession (Saturn) that began in 1825 continued through much of 1826.  The politics (Saturn & Sun) of this time were full of bitterness (Saturn) and viciousness.  Andrew Jackson hated (Saturn) then President John Quincy Adams, so much so that after the 1828 election, in which Jackson defeated the one-term Adams, he thereafter referred to Adams only as "Clay's president."

Saturn conjoined U.S. Venus, Jupiter and Sun again June-December 1856 and April-July 1857.  The Supreme Court ruled in the infamous "Dred Scott" case in 1857 that slaves (Saturn) were not citizens (Sun).  This decision and the bloodshed in Kansas in 1856 between pro and anti-slavery factions fanned the growing, fuming passions that led to the Civil War.  This was a period of financial crisis (Saturn-Venus) in Europe and in the U.S.  Franklin Pierce (remember him?), a one-term president, lost to James Buchanan, another one-term president, in the 1856 election, which took place during these influences.

The next visit of Saturn to the U.S. planets in Cancer was July 1885 - August 1886.  Thomas Hendricks, the Vice President elected with Grover Cleveland in 1884, died in November 1885.  In May 1886 there was a demonstration at Haymarket Square in Chicago by trade unionists, socialists and anarchists who wanted the workday reduced to eight hours.  When police tried to break up the meeting, a terrorist (Saturn) threw a stick of dynamite into the crowd that killed eleven people, including seven police, and injured 100.  Eight alleged anarchists were tried for inciting violence and four were hung (Saturn) amid protests from prominent intellectuals who charged that there was insufficient evidence (Jupiter) for their convictions.  On August 31, 1886, an earthquake destroyed (Saturn) much of Charleston, South Carolina, killing 60 people and leaving 10,000 homeless.  Tremors were also felt in Washington, Richmond, Augusta, Atlanta, Raleigh, Omaha, and New York.  Also in that year Geronimo, the great Apache chief, surrendered.  President Cleveland, who angered railroad kingpins and other political bosses with his vetoes (Saturn) based on principle, won the popular vote in the 1888 election but was another one-term president because he lost the electoral vote (sounds familiar).

Saturn conjoined U.S. Venus, Jupiter and Sun again September-October 1914, May 1915 - January 1916, and April-June 1916.  In August 1914, first lady Ellen Wilson died so the country and the president were in mourning when Saturn began these transits the following month.  However, President Wilson remarried (Venus) in December 1915, under the influence of these same transits. World War I began in the summer of 1914 and by early 1915, prominent American politicians were advocating military preparation for the U.S. entering the war.  Also in 1914, there was controversy over rights of neutral countries on the high seas (Jupiter).  On May 7, 1915, the Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine and among the 1,100 lives lost were 128 Americans, making the war more personal.  Once again, these Saturn influences were indicative of loss of life and subsequent grief.  In January 1916, the Mexican bandit Pancho Villa tried to engage the U.S. in a war with Mexico by killing 17 American mining engineers (Saturn) and in March 1916 he burned the town of Columbus, New Mexico and killed 16 residents.  General John Pershing was sent to guard the Mexican border but, instead, invaded Mexico in pursuit of Villa without President Wilson's knowledge (Sun) and war with Mexico was only narrowly averted.  Also in 1916, a munitions explosion in Jersey City, New Jersey causing $40,000,000 damage was traced to German terrorists (Saturn).  Although Wilson won the 1916 election, it was the closest since 1876, with less than 4,000 votes in one state determining the outcome (sounds familiar).

The next conjunctions of Saturn with the U.S. Cancer planets were toward the end of World War II: July-August 1944 and January-August 1945.  D-Day (June 6, 1944) just preceded Saturn’s entrance into Cancer and the resulting loss of American lives in the following days and weeks caused much grief (Saturn).  During the final months of the war with Japan, Kamikaze pilots caused heavy losses of American lives and ships.  Of course, the surrender of Germany in May 1945 and the Japanese surrender in September 1945 were great benefits brought by Saturn (completion, defeat of enemies, endings).  Rationing (Saturn) of precious commodities (Venus) was still in force at the end of the war.  Once again, these transits directly affected the White House when President Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945, plunging a war-weary nation into grief.  He was yet another president who didn’t continue in office after these Saturn transits.  On August 6, 1945 an atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima, killing 135,000 people, the exact day that Saturn conjoined the U.S. Jupiter, signifying much grief and suffering of our enemy (Jupiter is in the U.S. 7th house of enemies).  Three days later another atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, killing 75,000.  Although these bombs undoubtedly brought a quicker end to the war and saved American lives, a demonstration of their power could have been made without the tragic loss of non-combatant lives.  Saturn conjunct the U.S. Jupiter at that time symbolized the heavy karmic debt this country incurred by the lives lost in the bomb blasts and the tens of thousands who later died agonizing deaths from radiation poisoning.

The most recent conjunctions of Saturn with the U.S. Cancer planets were August-December 1973, May-August 1974, and December 1974-June 1975.  Once again, the White House was directly affected by these transits when, for the first time in U.S. history, a Vice President (Spiro Agnew) resigned (Saturn) in October 1973 amid charges of income tax (Jupiter) evasion.  The infamous "Saturday Night Massacre" occurred on October 20, 1973, when Richard Nixon fired (Saturn) the special Watergate prosecutor and the Deputy Attorney General, resulting in the resignation of the Attorney General (all three positions are represented by Jupiter).  Jupiter represents inflation and by early 1974 it had exceeded 10%, while interest rates soared and the stock market plunged.  The oil embargo (Saturn) of this time resulted in high gas prices and long lines at the pumps and caused Congress to begin daylight savings in January of 1974 and February of 1975!  In July 1974, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee (Jupiter) adopted three articles of impeachment (Saturn) against Nixon.  He responded by resigning in disgrace (Saturn) on August 8, 1974, the first president in history to do so.  After being in office for only a month, Gerald Ford gave Nixon a full pardon and sealed his own political fate as a partial-term president, the only one who was never elected as President or Vice President. Saturn (resignation, relinquishing or accepting political power) exactly conjoined the U.S. Sun (the president) the day after Nixon resigned and the very day that Ford was sworn in!  In April 1975, Saigon was occupied and U.S. Embassy personnel were evacuated by helicopter, a final humiliation (Saturn) in the Vietnam debacle.  In May 1975, an American merchant ship (Jupiter) that had been seized (Saturn) by Cambodia was rescued by U.S. Sailors and Marines but with the loss 38 American lives.

To summarize, the White House was directly affected by Saturn transits in every instance:  the president, vice president, former presidents or the first lady died, all of natural causes, during four transits (1826, 1885, 1914, 1945) and the president and vice president resigned in one case (1973-74).  Wilson was the only president, among a total of nine, to be elected for another term during or following these transits.  War was averted in two cases (1798, 1916) and the transits immediately followed or were at the end of two wars (1945, 1973), so these influences seem to have a dampening effect on war.  Four times there were important events that involved cargo, passenger or naval ships (1797, 1914-15, 1944-45, 1975).  Loss of American lives or the loss of a leader and subsequent widespread grieving characterized five of these seven periods (1826, 1856, 1885-86, 1914-15, 1944-45).  Economic problems characterized four periods (1797, 1826, 1856-57, 1974-75).

We can conclude that Saturn in Cancer invariably brings big losses for the White House and its current resident only has an 11% chance of being elected in 2004.  We can reasonably expect an end to the Iraqi war but not without further significant loss of American lives.  Other events with significant loss of life are quite possible and economic recovery is unlikely during Saturn's sojourn in Cancer, which lasts through mid-July 2005.

*Echo is a monthly newspaper about community, the environment, health, cuisine, and spirituality that is distributed in central Virginia.
Good Timing and Location are Keys to Success

Gary Brand, Traditional Astrologer
Tallahassee, Florida

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