USA Chart Comparison: Ascendent and First House

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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.