Folks, my how much I love this country - I mean I really really loooove America! I feel so at home here, so loved, appreciated and valued. And the fourth of July is indeed a bittersweet day for me, for it is the day when I learnt of the sudden death of a beloved family friend aged 90, who I had known for over 40 years. Cyril Hayes, for whom my photo "Cyril's Botanic Rose" (taken in the Botanic Gardens Dublin) above, is titled, was a close family friend who until his death at 90 remained a feisty, lively, highly argumentative and spirited inspiration to me and so many others.
And Cyril's astrological chart was Sun - Jupiter, same as the natal chart of the USA. I have spent the last few days studying various aspects of the natal chart of my beloved adopted country.
For the USA is fast approaching it's Pluto Return. The USA is probably the only country in the world to have it's Pluto Return analysed, as Pluto was only discovered in 1933.Plutotakes 248 years to orbit the Sun, hence if we take the USA natal chart as being the Declaration of Independence - 4th July 1776 at 5.10 pm in Philadelphia, then the USA has five years to go before its Pluto Return is exact.
And we are seeing so much of what Pluto symbolises here in the USA. This dwarf planet symbolises death, re birth, destruction, power and corruption. Pluto also however symbolises standing in your power, which is what we are seeing in spades in the USA right now. Women, children, migrants, the LGBT community. All over the USA people are saying - "Enough - we are not standing for this any more"
Elizabeth Gilbert, one of my favourite living writers has posted a heartrendering description of the 130,000 children now separated from their parents at the Mexican Border. It is quite possibly the biggest crisis the USA has undergone since 9/11. So I urge you to donate to www.togetherrising.orgto help these children.
Mars has been opposing Pluto for some time now, hence we have had several weeks of aggression and anger opposing power and corruption. Thankfully this aspect ended on the 29th June, but the aftermath of this very powerful undercurrent of anger, frustration will last for some time.
For what is often missed about the USA natal chart as shown above, is that along with being Sun - Jupiter, as my beloved Cyril was, the USA natal chart is also Sun Saturn and Moon Saturn. The Moon Saturn aspect explains perfectly to me why after over 200 years of being an independent nation, women still have so few rights in this country. In most of Europe, maternity leave of at least a year is the norm, frequently two.
Not in the USA.
And in my native Ireland we have had over 20 years of female presidents. Not in the USA.
Happy fourth of July to my loved ones worldwide, wherever you are. For America is indeed still the land of freedom and opportunity - a land where if you focus hard enough, you can achieve dreams beyond your wildest imagination.
America, I love you so.
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!