by Debra Silverman
America’s Astrological Chart
July 4th, 1776, at 5:10 pm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence proclaiming the independence of the United States of America from the Queen of England. This moment created the birth chart for America.
Think of that eventful moment: A new world was found. A free world! America became the new and shiny hope for the future—for the Republic, for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Looking at the astrological chart of that magical moment, the birth of America, we see that America was born with four planets in the sign of Cancer. Cancer represents the “mother” archetype: The one who loves to give, help, and share her abundance to anyone who asks. Inherent in the tale of the ultimate giver is the Mom who forgets herself. In fact, this is the life lesson of a Cancerian personality type: to learn how to ask for help. As with all life lessons, America is still working on that one.
The Dalai Lama—like America—is a Cancer. He is the ultimate evolved Cancer. When he was in trouble with the Chinese he gathered his family of monks, they aligned and prayed together and remained intact as a family. We could learn a lot from the Dalai Lama. He teaches us how to forgive…in fact, his co-author, Victor Chan, with whom he wrote a book on forgiveness, was Chinese! His example teaches us kindness, self-care and respecting fate no matter what has been handed to us.
America Is Not Well
As I was looking at America’s birth chart I saw a transit occurring that alarmed me…Oh no, Saturn, the planet of restriction is going over our rising sign (the rising sign determines your body type and it’s health). America has Sagittarius rising, and at this moment in time Saturn is moving through Sagittarius. In other words Saturn, the planet of restriction, is on her body. America is overweight, and out of control—but no one is addressing this. And we are going to get even sicker. America is not well. We have a Cancerian personality with a not so healthy body.
So when the body of America needs attention and she is not well, what do we do?
This can go one of two ways. Either 1) America gains discipline, conserves energy, eats less, exercises more allowing the country to recalibrate to a healthy life or 2) America gets sicker, and becomes the center of attention for all the wrong reasons.
Coincidently I recently spoke to a client today with the same rising sign as our country. Just like America, she has a 14-degree Sagittarius rising sign. She has had a weight problem her whole life and in the last six months during this transit has lost over 70 pounds.
Well isn’t that funny, the influence of Sagittarius on America and four planets in Cancer (they love to eat) has had us working with weight problems—obesity is everywhere in our county. Research shows that more than two-thirds (68.8 percent) of adults are considered to be overweight or obese.
I was fascinated to hear that my client had used this transit to get herself healthy because she felt she was out of control and really needed to get her body back. She said it was so much easier under the influence of Saturn. She had no problem sticking to her diet. So maybe there’s hope for America?
Invitation To America: Seek Kindness
Right now, America needs compassion and a good family to help her out. But our collective “red, white and blue” family at the moment is very, very contentious. All we see on the news is a constant display of our dysfunctional family feud: The Democrats hating the Republicans and vice versa.
What if I said, “Mom is not well.”? Would that bring us together? Think of what you would do if your mom had just been diagnosed with a major life-threatening illness…surely, you and your siblings would be there to help, to be gentle…and not fight!
If someone handed me this chart for America and said it was their mom, I would suggest she should:
- Slow down.
- Take time for self-reflection.
- Be quiet and internal.
- Learn to ask for help.
Which brings me back to the sign Cancer, asking for help and Saturn influencing us now. These are all indicators that we need to accept what is. Accept it, folks. Whether you like it or not Trump is our next president. How do we deal with this? Well, we have no time to fight amongst ourselves while mom is sick!
My suggestion is to seek kindness. Mom needs her kids to rally around her, to be kind and attentive.
So, here is an invitation America, an invitation to seek kindness.
- Can you sit across a table with the opposition, and stop the polarization by listening?
- Would you be willing to ask a Republican or a Democrat why they voted as they did and agree for both of you to not interrupt and then to actually hear each other?
- Would you be willing, in honor of the Mother’s body, to support Standing Rock as many gather together to stand up for water?
America needs our help to get along and find a way to peace; to help avoid putting pipelines into the water system risking land that is rightly promised to those who were here before, those who know how to pray and honor her body; to be honest enough to ask for help.
What do you need help with and whom can you help when it comes to the Earth?
I invite you to share your contribution with me.