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by Gary Brand - written May 16, 2005,
published in the June 2005 edition of Echo* newspaper
U.S. birth chart for July 4, 1776 in Philadelphia at
2:23 PM, the time on the above clockface The U.S. birth chart for July 4, 1776 in Philadelphia at 2:23 PM, the time on the Independence Hall clockface on the reverse of the U.S. $100 bill.
[This paragraph was written in 2008 and early 2009.  When this article was written in May 2005, I was using what is commonly referred to as the "Sibly chart" for the U.S. - July 4, 1776, 5:10 PM, Philadelphia.  Ebenezer Sibly included what is probably the earliest version of a U.S. birth chart in his book, A New and Complete Illustration of the Occult Sciences..., first published in several separate volumes in England from 1784-1791.  The chart Sibly published as an illustration in his book was calculated for a time of 10:10 PM, London time because he was English (Id., illus. #53).  American astrologers have converted this time to 5:10 PM LMT (Local Mean Time) in Philadelphia.  However, the reasons that this chart is invalid and the historical evidence that has convinced me that the chart on the left is the most valid can be read in the article, What is the Real U.S. Birth Chart?  The only rewritten parts of this and previous articles in this series are those that pertained to different houses in the Sibly chart versus the Independence Hall clock chart.]

This article is the third in a series on the impact of the three outermost planets of our solar system (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) on the U.S. birth chart during the next two decades.  It is an analysis of astrological aspects (influences) that transiting Pluto made in the past to the positions of the planets when the U.S. was born.

When the first article in this series appeared in the November 2004 issue of Echo* newspaper, the price of gasoline was about $1.75/gallon, contrasted with today's national average of about $2.20/gallon, so the price has risen about 25% since November.  When we bought the older of our two cars in 1995 (a 1990 Toyota Camry), it cost $10 to fill the 12 gallon gas tank (when near empty).  As recently as three years ago, it took $15 to fill the tank and today [May 2005] it costs $20.  Using this personal rate of increase as a very rough estimator, I can expect to pay $25 to fill my tank by sometime next year (or maybe 2007).  Owners of big, gas guzzling SUVs and trucks are now paying about $75 to fill their tanks and they could be paying $90 by sometime next year.  [In June 2008, the average price of gas in the U.S. exceeded $4.00/gallon; however, by the end of 2008, the price had dropped below $2.00/gallon.]

In my December 2004 Echo* article, "Celebrate the Future (Twilight of the Oil Age - Part 2)," I wrote that potential ramifications of Pluto opposing U.S. Venus and Jupiter in 2008-2013 include exponential increases in the price of gasoline, transportation and everything made from oil.  The first article in this series, entitled "Twilight of the Oil Age, Part 1," appeared in the November 2004 issue of Echo* newspaper.  Difficult Pluto angular relationships (called aspects) to these planets mean power struggles with other nations over their resources, like oil (Venus and Jupiter in the U.S. 8th house of other countries' resources), revolts, deep political divisions, pandemics, global wars, revolutionizing inventions, terrorism, scandals, and abuse of power.  Elections are represented by the 11th house, Mercury as the ruler of the 11th house in the U.S. chart, and by Neptune, which is in that house.  The following events occurred during periods when Pluto was in difficult, tension-producing aspects with U.S. Venus, Jupiter, or Neptune.

Pluto squared U.S. Venus and Jupiter during 1822-1831 (and Neptune opposed these planets 1821-1824, adding to the tension).  The Monroe Doctrine of 1823 warned Europeans (Pluto is assertion of power) not to attempt future colonization (Jupiter) of North America.  In 1828 while Pluto was square U.S. Jupiter, Congress passed the so-called "Tariff of Abominations" (Pluto), which severely restricted imports (Jupiter).  The typewriter was patented in 1829, which revolutionized (Pluto) writing and communications (the U.S. chart has Pluto opposite Mercury, planet of communications).  In 1831 when Pluto was square U.S. Jupiter and Sun, the Nat Turner slave revolt took place in Virginia (Jupiter is freedom, Sun is authority, Pluto is revolt).  A cholera pandemic (Pluto symbolizes death and pandemics) began in India during 1826, spread to Europe, and reached the U.S. in 1832 where it continued through 1834 (while Pluto squared the U.S. Sun, posing a threat to the health of the nation).

Pluto conjoined U.S. Venus and Jupiter 1913-1922 (and Saturn conjoined U.S. Venus, Jupiter and Sun 1914-1916, adding to the tension).  The 16th Amendment to the Constitution (Jupiter), ratified in 1913, gave Congress the power to tax (Pluto) our personal incomes (Venus and Jupiter), which transformed (Pluto) the source of Federal revenue (Venus and Jupiter).  Also in 1913, the Federal Reserve System, a private corporation, transformed (Pluto) the core of our banking system (Venus and Jupiter).  In 1914, there was controversy (Pluto square) over rights of neutral countries on the high seas (Jupiter).  On May 7, 1915, the Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine (Pluto) and among the 1,100 lives lost (Pluto) were 128 Americans, fueling political pressure to enter World War I.  In January 1916, the Mexican bandit (Pluto) Pancho Villa tried to engage the U.S. in a war with Mexico by murdering (Pluto) 17 Americans and in March 1916 he burned the town of Columbus, New Mexico and killed 16 residents.  The National Park Service (Venus and Jupiter) was established in 1916.  Also in 1916, a munitions explosion in New Jersey that caused $40 million damage was traced to German terrorists (Pluto/Saturn).  The U.S. entered World War I (Pluto is global wars) at the end of 1917.  The influenza pandemic (Pluto) of 1918-1920 killed 22 million worldwide.  Prohibition (Pluto conjunct U.S. Venus) was ratified in 1919.  The 19th Amendment to the Constitution (Jupiter), ratified in 1920, gave women the right to vote (Jupiter is basic rights) but only after daily demonstrations in front of the White House by women willing to be arrested, forced (Pluto) President Wilson to get behind the amendment.

Pluto again squared U.S. Venus and Jupiter during 1972-1975, concurrent with the biggest scandal in U.S. history.  The Watergate burglary (Pluto) of Democratic Party headquarters in 1972 began what could have led to a Constitutional crisis (Pluto square U.S. Jupiter) if Nixon hadn't resigned.  V.P. Spiro Agnew resigned in disgrace in 1973 (Pluto means being forced out) after being charged with cheating on his Federal taxes (Pluto).  Also in 1973, Nixon fired (Pluto is abuse of power) the Watergate Special Prosecutor and the Assistant Attorney General, resulting in the Attorney General resigning in protest (Jupiter represents all three positions).  The Judiciary Committee (Jupiter) of the U.S. House of Representatives adopted articles of impeachment against Nixon in 1974 and he resigned the presidency in ignominy (Pluto) a week later.  The oil embargo and gas shortages of 1973-1975 resulted in long lines at the pumps, almost year-round daylight savings, and high unemployment.  Ford, the only president who was never elected (the greatest election irregularity in U.S. history) and the first of two appointed presidents, pardoned Nixon a month later, deeply polarizing (Pluto) the nation once again.  George W. Bush was the second because he was appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court after the 2000 election debacle.

Based on this historical perspective what can we expect from Pluto opposing U.S. Venus and Jupiter in 2008-2013 (Neptune will also conjoin U.S. Moon 2008-2011)?  Strong potentials include a deeply divided/polarized populace, global conflicts over natural resources like oil (Pluto), major changes in the banking system (Venus/Jupiter), mounting inflation (Neptune) and higher interest rates (Venus/Jupiter) fueled by escalating oil and electricity prices, continued power struggles (Pluto) with other nations, political scandal, abuses of power (Pluto), and the U.S. affected by a pandemic (Pluto).  Just remember that, out of difficult times, a renewal of hope and optimism is usually born.

*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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