USA Chart Comparison: Ascendent and First House

US Chart Comparison – Moon Phase

In this post, I look at the Sun/Moon phase in the constitution and Sibly charts.  Phases are a technique used in astrology related to the cycle of the Moon.  For phases, the circle is divided onto eight equal size segments of 45 degrees arc each.  To find the phase between two points, the slower point is used as the starting point and the number of degrees in longitude is measured to the faster moving point, in the counter-clockwise direction.  The phase is then based on in which segment the faster point falls.

The eight phases in order are the new, crescent, first quarter, gibbous, full, disseminating, last quarter, and balsamic phases.  The new phase is about beginnings and initiative; the crescent phase is about the initial gathering of information and moving out into the world with regard to the beginning; the first quarter is related to struggle and the putting down of foundations with regard to the beginning; the gibbous phase has to do with readjusting, crossing all the t’s and dotting all the i’s.

The full phase is about fulfilment and the releasing of what as been accomplished; the disseminating phase is about promoting what has been accomplished; the last quarter is about struggle and achievement in the outside world with regard to what has been accomplished; the balsamic phase is about letting go in preparation for a new beginning, and can include sorrow, loss, and a sense of helplessness.

For the Sun and the Moon, the distance is found from the Sun to the Moon.  In a chart, the phase of the Moon tells the approach the entity takes toward its existence and the outer world.  The phase of the constitution chart, with the Sun at 15 Pisces and the Moon at 5 Gemini, is crescent.  The phase of the Sibly chart, with the Sun at 14 Cancer and the Moon at 28 Aquarius, is full.

For the constitution chart, the crescent phase indicates a country that is exploring, moving out, gathering resources.  For the Sibly chart, the full phase (the phase was full all that day up until shortly after the 5:10 PM time) indicates a country that is releasing itself outward, always working toward fulfilment.

US Chart Comparison – Hemispheres and Quadrants

In this post, I look at the contents of the hemispheres and quadrants in the constitution and Sibly charts for the USA.  A chart is a representation of the points as would be seen facing south – where the east is to the left and the west is to the right. The hemispheres are houses above the horizon (to the south), the houses below the horizon (to the north), the houses on the left (to the east), and the houses on the right (to the west).  The quadrants split the sphere into four areas, the southeast, northeast, southwest, and northwest.

I use the following groupings for the astrological points.  The Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars are personal energies.  In a nation, the personal energies might be described as taking pride (Sun), caring (Moon), communicating (Mercury), money making (Venus), and battling (Mars), although there are many more possible descriptions.

Vulcan, Jupiter, and Saturn are the social energies.  For a nation, one description of the social energies is making alliances (Vulcan), proselytizing (Jupiter), and governing (Saturn).  There are many other descriptions.  Chiron, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are the energies of mass consciousness.  For a nation, the energies might be described as serving (Chiron), looking forward (Uranus), idealizing (Neptune), and transforming (Pluto).  These energies should act on an unconscious or semi-conscious level.

These groupings are one of the usual groupings found in astrology, except for the classifications of Vulcan and Chiron, which are my assignments.  For those who are not familiar with astronomy, the classification is based on the speed of the point as seen from earth, which varies with the distance from the sun for all of the points except the Sun and Moon.  For Vulcan, the asteroids orbit between Mars and Jupiter, so Vulcan is between Jupiter and Mars in speed.  (Vulcan is unusual in that the point will jump 90 or 180 degrees from time to time.)

The Northern and Southern Hemispheres

The Northern Hemisphere

The points in the areas of a chart show what areas are emphasized in the nation.  The northern hemisphere in a chart is the hemisphere that is below the horizon.  The northern hemisphere contains the first through sixth houses.  For a country, the northern hemisphere represents the internal life of the country.

For the Sibly chart, the Moon, Vulcan, Chiron, Uranus, and Pluto are in the northern hemisphere.  This gives one personal point, one social point, and three points of mass consciousness below the horizon.  For the Sibly chart, most of the energy of mass consciousness is focused onto internal affairs.  Not so much for social energies and very little for personal energies.

For the constitution chart, the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, and Pluto are in the northern hemisphere.  So, four personal points, one social point, and one point of mass consciousness were below the horizon when the constitution came into effect.  For the constitution chart, most of the energies of everyday life are focused internally, a smaller amount of social energy is focused internally, while very little of the energy of mass consciousness is focused on our homeland.

The Southern Hemisphere

The southern hemisphere is that part of the chart that is above the horizon and represents that which is turned outward from the country.  The southern hemisphere contains the seventh through twelfth houses.

For the Sibly chart, the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune are above the horizon.  So, four personal points, two social points, and one point of mass consciousness were in the southern hemisphere.  This would indicate that as a country our personal and social energies are mainly focused on things external to the country, while in terms of the energies of mass consciousness we mainly focus inwardly.

For the constitution chart, the Moon, Vulcan, Jupiter, Chiron, Uranus, and Neptune, half of the points, are above the horizon.  One personal  point, two social points, and three points of mass consciousness were above the horizon at the time the constitution went into effect.  When it comes to that which is external, the constitution chart says, quite strongly, our energy flows as mass consciousness.  Also, we project much of our social energies outward.  The constitution chart says that most of our personal energies are focused inward.

Both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres

For the constitution chart, energy is evenly balanced between south and north, between the inner and the outer.  For the Sibly chart, the country should be a bit more focused externally rather than internally.

The Eastern and Western Hemispheres

The Eastern Hemisphere

The eastern hemisphere of a chart is the left side of the chart.  Points on the east are rising in the chart as time goes on.  The houses on the eastern side of the chart are one through three and ten through twelve.  Energies on the eastern half of the chart represent those things a country can control or influence through direct action.

For the constitution chart, Venus, Mars, Vulcan, Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto are to the left.  So two personal points, two social points, and two points of mass consciousness were moving up the chart when the constitution went into effect.  Our personal energies would be a little less self-directed than other-directed.  Our social energies would be a little more self-directed than other-directed.  Our energies of mass consciousness would be balanced between self and other direction.  The energies on the left side are fairly evenly balanced with those of the right side.

For the Sibly chart, the Moon, Vulcan, Saturn, and Pluto are to the east. Here there are one personal, two social, and one point of mass consciousness moving up the chart to the left.  There would be less self-directed energy in the Sibly chart, since only four points are on the left.

The Western Hemisphere

The western hemisphere of the chart is those houses on the right side of the chart.  Points on the right side of the chart are to the right looking south and are moving downward.  The western hemisphere represents reception rather than action and indicates energies that attract or react rather than initiate action.

For the constitution chart, the Moon, Mercury, the Sun, Jupiter, Chiron, and Uranus are in the west.  So, three personal points, one social point, and two points of mass consciousness are to the right.  In terms of our personal energies we would be a bit more likely to reflect or react rather than act.  Socially, we would be a bit less like to reflect and more likely to act.  In terms of mass consciousness, we would have an even balance between acting and reflecting.

For the Sibly chart, Mercury, Venus, the Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Chiron, Uranus, and Neptune are descending the right side of the chart.  The personal points dominate, with four on the right.  There are one social point and two point of mass consciousness descending.  Our personal energies would be overly reflective and reactive.  Our social energies would be a bit less likely to reflect than take action.  The energies of mass consciousness would be balanced between reflection and action.

Both the Eastern and Western Hemispheres

The constitution chart has six points to the left and six points to the right and there is as even a balance between the energy types as is possible on either side, since there are an odd number of personal and social points.  With the constitution chart, we would have an even balance between self and other direction.

The Sibly chart has four points to the left and eight points to the right, so we would be more other-directed than self-directed with the Sibly chart.  Given that there are only four points to the left, the distribution of types is fairly even on the left, since all types are present.  On the right, there is a strong set of personal energies focused on other direction.

The Quadrants

The Northeast Quadrant

The northeast quadrant contains the houses that are to the left and below the horizon – the first, second, and third houses.  For a nation, the northeast quadrant is the area of internal self-direction.

For the Sibly chart, the Moon, Vulcan, and Pluto are in the northeast quadrant.  We would emote as a country internally with self-direction.  We also would form alliances and transform ourselves internally and with self-direction.

The constitution chart has Venus, Mars, Saturn, and Pluto in the northeast quadrant.  We would make money, battle, govern, and transform internally and directed by ourselves.

The Northwest Quadrant

The northwest quadrant is the quadrant that is below the horizon and to the right looking south.  The quadrant contains the fourth, fifth, and sixth houses, and deals with the internal working of a country in reaction and reflection.

In the Sibly chart, Chiron and Uranus are in the northwest quadrant.  When it comes to serving and goal setting we would be reactive and act internally to the country.

The constitution chart has the Sun and Mercury in the northwest quadrant.  We would take pride and communicate internally to the country in reaction  and reflection.

The Southwest Quadrant

The southwest quadrant is the part of the chart that is above the horizon and to the right facing south.  The quadrant contains the seventh, eighth, and ninth houses.  The quadrant deals with reaction to and reflection on things external to the country.

In the constitution chart the Moon, Jupiter, Chiron, and Uranus were to above the horizon and moving down the chart.  When it comes to emoting, proselytizing, serving, and goal setting, we would look outward in reaction and reflection.

For the Sibly chart Mercury, Venus, the Sun, Mars, Jupiter, and Neptune, half of the points, were to the southwest.  Communicating, money making, taking pride, battling, proselytizing, and idealizing would be focused outward in reaction.

The Southeast Quadrant

The southeast quadrant contains the houses that are above the horizon and are on the left, the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth houses.  Points in the southeast quadrant represent energies that are active (rather that reactive) and directed outward.

In the Sibly chart, just Saturn is to the left and above the horizon.  We would govern externally with self-direction.

In the constitution chart, Vulcan and Neptune are to the left and above the horizon.  We also would form alliances with and idealize other countries in a self-directed way.

The Quadrants Overview

For the Sibly chart, the strongest focus is on the southwest quadrant with half of the points and most of the personal points.  The weakest quadrant is the southeast quadrant with just Saturn there.  The other two quadrants contain two and three points.  So, for the Sibly chart, we are strongly influenced by others and a lot of our energy is focused externally.

For the constitution chart, the northeast and southwest both have four points and the northwest and southeast both have two points.  We would tend to be more self-directed internally and more other-directed externally.

The constitution chart is more balance than the Sibly chart with regard to the quadrants.

Two Charts for the USA: Introduction

The two charts are the Sibly chart, set for 5:10 PM Local Mean Time at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, PA, on July 4, 1776; and the time when the constitution went into effect, 12:08 AM Eastern Standard Time (12:00 AM local time), at Federal Hall, New York, NY, on March 4, 1789.  The constitution chart performs well statistically when compared to events according to information given in the article, “Bold New Theories on America’s National Horoscopes: The U.S. Constitution” by Richard Noelle, Dell Horoscope, p.31, July, 1989.

In my opinion, the passage of the Declaration of Independence was like a conception and the actual event which brought the country into existence was when the constitution went into effect, which was at midnight local time at the Federal Hall in New York City on March 4, 1789.  That said, any real chart in the progress of this country toward existence should reflect the progress and our resulting country.

The two charts, along with their aspect grids, are given below.  The charts were created using the Kepler program on my desktop, the grids using the iPhemeris app on my iPad.  The orbs for the aspects in the grids are two degrees for the Ptolemaic aspects (0, 60, 90, 120, and 180 degrees) and one degree for the less influential aspects that I have included (45, 135, and 150 degrees).

chart for the US constitution going into effect

Some Comments on Joni Ernst

A month or so ago, the Fort Dodge Messenger published a letter to the editor that I had sent to them which supported Bruce Braley for Senate.  In the letter, I gave reasons for why I feel that Braley would be better for women than Joni Ernst.  A week or so later, a woman sent in a letter to the editor countering my letter.  This is my reply to her letter.

I had said that the right wing of the Republican Party had cynically been putting up successful women as candidates while at the same time working toward a society were men have the right to dominate.  To support my argument, I gave the odds of being a male in the Iowa Senate and House for the Democrats and the Republicans.  For the House, for Democrats the odds are about 1.5 to 1, while for the Republicans the odds are about 8 to 1.  The writer did not comment on that part of my letter.

I said that we need to have women represented in our governing bodies to represent our different life experiences.  She agreed and used the argument to support Ernst.  I am afraid that if Ernst is elected, she will turn back the clock on reproductive rights, will not support policies to financially protect women, will get rid of the ACA – which has given many more women good health insurance.

I went on to give some policies the Democrats had put through to help women – improvements to social security, equal pay for equal work, access to credit (brought to us by a Democratic House and Senate and President Ford – a Republican).  I also mentioned that most Democrats support reproductive rights and that Obama and his first Congress brought us free birth control.  Also, that the Democrats deal with the realities that women face. The writer did not address those comments, except the reality comment.

To end my letter, I wrote that the Democrats tend to base policy on the science of those who study society while the Republicans nominally base policy on fuzzy phrases like “unborn children”, “innocent life”, “big government”, and “tax and spend”.  The writer ignored “unborn children” and “innocent life” but had something to say about “big government” and “tax and spend”.

With regard to the realities that women face, she used the theme to criticize the Democrats.  First, she wrote women want jobs for themselves and others – and the Democrats are responsible for the slow recovery – this after the Republicans blocked the advice of economists who said we needed more spending to get the economy back on its feet.

Second, she wrote women want fiscal responsibility – not acknowledging that the Obama administration has been reducing the deficit consistently for several years now.  She wrote that tax and spend Democrats are responsible for the large increase in the national debt – not acknowledging that the debt comes from years of Democratic Houses refusing to cut services and Republican presidents refusing to raise taxes.

Also, we have the reality that fiscal responsibility for the federal government is different from fiscal responsibility for a household.  When a recession hits, government income goes down since fewer people are working and paying income tax and corporations are paying less income tax with lower profits.  At the same time, demand for government services, like unemployment payments and food stamps, goes up, so the government spends more and the deficit gets larger.  If the government had cut the deficit to zero in 2008, we would be in another Great Depression. It is a Republican big lie to say that the federal government operates like a business or household.

Third, she wrote women want to feel safe – she felt that terrorists are coming in from Mexico with our “porous” border.  We have had one successful terrorist event since 2001 and the terrorists were not illegals.  And the event was quite small.  Obama seems to be doing a good job protecting us from terrorist attacks.  And I have read that Obama has deported more illegals than any president before him.

She ended her letter by calling regulations, the NSA spying, and the harassment of tea party groups by the IRS (she probably does not remember Nixon) big government and by calling on voters to vote for Ernst.  I have already written a short blog on the need for regulations.  I, unlike many Democrats, am not up in arms against NSA spying because I do not think the spying is any more than the spying that businesses do on us through our internet connected world.  I speak with a little experience on this subject since I am a statistician somewhat following data mining.  As to the IRS scandal, I do not think we have the full story.  As I last knew, organizations that support political parties do not get tax exempt status. At least it is true for churches.  Maybe there was a Supreme Court ruling I missed.

Anyway, I feel Ernst would be a mistake and I support Braley.

Scared Fecesless

This is being brought out in the elections, but the wealthy people who are pouring money into Republican campaigns are scared fecesless about the future, at least that is my interpretation.  Why?

I read in our local newspaper at some point that Chuck Grassley said that the claim that climate change is real is just an attempt to change the American lifestyle and is not based on the realities of science – if I am paraphrasing him right.  I sent him an email asking him how Pacific islanders were supposed to style their lives.

Change is always hard.  People have money, lives, knowledge invested in the status quo.

Our society runs on energy – transportation moves the goods we buy as well as getting us to and from work and out and about buying things – we have come to depend on our houses and places of work having heating and cooling as the seasons change – our many appliances make life easier for us – we need electricity for lights, servers, computers, printers, copiers – our manufacturers need energy to produce goods – our farmers to plant and harvest.

 Whether all of this convenience and comfort is good for us is another question.  I will say nothing to that question here.

 A number of years ago, when I attended the Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency yearly convention – IAEE is mainly a trade organization – to which I belong – one of the speakers – who was from one of the military branches – gave a demonstration of a computer program that modelled ways of getting us through the future to an energy solution where fossil fuels had run out and were replaced by renewables – if I am remembering right.  The model indicated that all energy resources would be required to get us to that future point at our current standard of living.

I think that is why people with money are so scared.  They fear we will destroy our economy – that there are not solutions to our energy needs which maintain our lifestyle and which do no include the use of fossil fuels.

Models, whether they be climate models or economic models – and I am quite sure physical science is a heck of a lot more rigorous than economic science at this point in knowledge – are subject to the assumptions about and mathematical understanding of the processes being modelled.

There are many women and men who have been concerned about our energy future and our use of energy over many years now.

The Union of Concerned Scientists – which is an advocacy group that started at MIT – and to which I also belong – has done modelling of the use of renewables to supply our energy needs and has found – I believe it was for electrical demand but it may have been for total energy demand – that renewables will do the trick.

My experience with ideas and computer programming tells me that as an idea or program develops, newer and easier ways of approach become manifest.  I think we will find the same will be true with energy.  And the oiling of the ingenuity machine that government policies provide will help us get through this problem.  And, yes, there will be failures as well as successes.

Back in 1973, I was a senior in college – I was a physics major and was doing my senior thesis research on solar energy – I built two solar collectors and measured the amount of heat they absorbed over a few days.  I was inspired to do this topic after reading about alternative energy in the 1964 Proceedings of the United Nations Conference on New Sources of Energy: Solar Energy, Wind Power, and Geothermal Energy, Rome, 21-31 August 1961.  Many of the methods given in the proceedings are being developed now.  If you can find a copy, it’s worth reading.

Anyway, I fear climate change more than disruption from energy resource change, so I have voted Democratic.

Another Argument for Abortion Rights

Here is an argument for abortion.

In the 20th century, medical science advanced to the point that populations began to expand at a fast rate, since the death rate was reduced across ages and societies.  As a result, we have put unprecedented pressure on the resources of our planet.  I expect we will eventually destroy ourselves if we continue on the path of population growth.

The natural way of controlling human population growth was through disease.  With most diseases under control, we need to use a method that is artificial, which is birth control and abortion.  We have seen in the West that women control fertility when given access to work outside the home as well as contraceptive methods and legal, safe abortions.  The nice thing is that there is no need to force anyone to limit their fertility.  Individual women can have as many kids as they want.