We all love this country. But what make us proud of and what can belittle us? I would like to take a moment to explore on the strengths and shadows from astrological point of view.
In this chart, what catches our eye first is the group of planets on the top of chart. US has Liberal rising, with its ruler Venus in 9th house conjunct Jupiter in Mid-Heaven. As a nation, we value highly and dearly of the principles and belief system we uphold. We desire to exemplify to the rest of the world the culmination of civilization, social grace as well as most ideal form of human development and social orders. Mars in Gemini in 9th house signifies our will to fight for the freedom of speech and stand by what we believe in. We can see all these symbolism manifested on the foundation documents of our nation such as the Declaration of Independences, Bill of Rights, and Constitution etc.
Sun in Cancer in 10th house indicate our existential purpose is to incorporate the above mentioned understanding in shaping the kind of government structure, jurisdiction and legislation framework with great passions and caring of humanity.
The square from Saturn in first house to the Sun and mid-heaven can potentially be shown as rigid insistence of self-righteous authority over others. We can become deeply emotional when being challenge of our authority or our viewpoints. We can project to the world a tendency to want to be in driver seat and easily involve in power struggle as we identify our stability and security with our supremacy.
Because mid-Heaven is occupied by a stellium, so Saturn by default is also square the 9th house planets. This indicating a propensity to impose our view points to others, a need to convert others to our same viewpoints in order to feel secure.
Our great ingenuity in invention, creativity indicated by Mars and Uranus in 9th house is boosted by the hard working ethics, persistent effort of Saturn in first house. The innovative sparks, originality of the mind goes hand in hand with resolution of group synergy and dynamics to build something great. Together these good traits manifest into material abundance as well as flowing of good ideas and expanding of consciousness.
Our courage and fortitude in facing great uncertainty is shown in Mars square Neptune. There comes up the image of Mayflower ship braving the stormy sea across the Atlantic Ocean (Bill Meridian comes up this metaphor), or in our daring endeavors to challenge spatial exploration and success in defiance of the unknown.
But the shadow side is sometimes we can fight out of self confusion and chaos, like Don Quixote fight with a windmill… On that more to come.