Nation: USA No.11

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Nation: USA No.11 Gender: N/A
Penfield Scorpio rising chart
born on 4 July 1776 at 14:21 (= 2:21 PM )
Place Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 39n57, 75w10
Timezone LMT m75w10 (is local mean time)
Data source
Timed, original source unknown
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 13°13' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 25°28 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 08°35'


Date of the Declaration of Independence, generally considered the chart of the U.S. The time has been open to debate for a number of years.

One way to get a fix on the Ascendant is to identify the national image, the projected archetype onto the global stage. Benjamin Franklin wanted the national symbol to be the Wild Turkey. He was overruled when in 1782 the new Congress selected the Bald Eagle to be the national emblem, a symbol of fierce independence, and when strutting about in its mating ritual, a picture of pride, confidence, and regal beauty. The essence of the Bald Eagle is strength and courage. In ancient Sumer, Rome, and other warrior cultures, the eagle was the imperial symbol of command and control, and represented the ability to soar above all enemies. It's keen vision, powerful talons, and majestic appearance are further indications of moral superiority, of a divine or sacred mission. The eagle flies higher than any other bird, and thereby symbolizes the highest spiritual values.

On the United States national seal, the Bald Eagle is shown with its wings spread, holding an olive branch in one claw, and thirteen arrows in the other, representing the united thirteen original colonies. The nation's symbol, the Bald Eagle, is one of Scorpio's symbols. The most prominent national characteristics are symbolized by the Ascendant, so in a country known worldwide as the only remaining superpower, it makes sense that the United States should have Scorpio Rising, the sign directly associated with the eagle.

When the Scorpio Rising chart of 2:21 PM is progressed to April 12, 1861 Mars is at 16°06 Leo, exactly conjunct the MC! The beginning of the Civil War occurred 84 years after the Declaration was signed, and points directly to Uranus as the major significator by transit. Again, 84 years later, the United States was launching D-Day and fighting for the liberation of France during World War II. The prominence of Uranus in the natal horoscope is thus amply demonstrated. The Gemini Rising chart with Uranus on the Ascendant and the Sagittarius Rising chart with Uranus on the Descendant make good sense when considering this factor in isolation. In the Scorpio Rising chart, Uranus is exactly inconjunct (150°) the 8° Scorpio Ascendant. All three of these charts make sense when considering the importance of Uranus to America's cyclical war patterns.

With Scorpio Rising, the emphasis in the United States is on the accumulation of power itself, whether its financial, military, or ideological power. America's never-ending quest to be the world's richest, strongest, most righteous nation is its globally recognized signature. Scorpio, linked to the eighth house, is naturally associated with capitalism. When Scorpio was rising on July 4, 1776, there were four planets in the eighth house of capitalism, and of course Scorpio itself is intensely aware of where the finances are accumulating, and the natural power that these resources bring.

Scorpio is naturally attuned to the cycles of death and rebirth, and through the process of democratic elections, the national political identity is transformed. Elections are usually held the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November, a date which puts the transiting Sun, and often Mercury and Venus, very near the U.S. Scorpio Ascendant. Following the attributes of Scorpio, the United States projects an image of unyielding power, and will use whatever means necessary to further its geopolitical agenda.

Russia, born with the Sun in Scorpio, represents the other military superpower after World War II. These two Scorpionic nations were locked in a Cold War, very much resonating with the silent, deadly force embodied in the scorpion. The rest of the world was held hostage by Russia's and America's intense willingness to annihilate all humanity for the sake of national domination, much like the battle of two scorpions in a bottle.

Scorpio Rising defines the American national identity in many different ways. Scorpio is about power, about self control, and the control of the surrounding environment as much as possible. How could the United States become the world's reigning superpower without the driving intensity conferred with a Scorpio Ascendant? Scorpio is most interested in financial power, and America's identity is strongly connected to its capitalist system, an ideology which is now encompassing the entire global village. The emphasized eighth house is about power gained from pooling assets, and the financial clout that comes from corporate enterprises.

The United States government has been issuing official certificates for many years showing that the U.S. horoscope actually has Scorpio Rising. The certificates are in the form of the one hundred dollar bill, with founding father Benjamin Franklin on the face side, and the historic scene of Independence Hall, the location where the Declaration was signed, on the reverse side. The clock on the Independence Hall bell tower shows very clearly a time of 2:21 PM. Is this just a coincidence? Or is this acceptable evidence that the historic moment is being commemorated on the one hundred dollar bill?

Then, here's some numerological reasons why 2:21 PM makes sense. This time puts the Sun at 13°13' Cancer. The number 13 resonates powerfully through all of

early America's history. Thirteen original colonies make up the foundation of this country. The Great Seal, inscribed on the back of the $1 bill, features the cosmic significance of 13 in many different ways, including: 13 stars above the Eagle, 13 stripes on the Eagle's shield, 13 olive branches in the Eagle's right claws, 13 arrows in the Eagle's left claws, 13 steps on the pyramid, and 13 letters in the motto E Pluribus Unum.

Source Notes

Michael Wolfstar O'Reilly quotes Marc Penfield's "Horoscopes for the Western Hemisphere" in which he refers to the biography by Herbert S. Alan, "John Hancock, Patriot in Purple," 1940, p.228, "At last, about 2 o'clock in the afternoon of the 4th, the great white paper was reported ... and immediately ratified." From this, Penfield rectified the time to 2:20 PM which gives 8 degrees Scorpio Rising, rectified to one minute later by Wolfstar, who used it for his "Tomorrows News" column in American Astrology, 1992 to 2000.

The first edition of Campion's "Book of World Horoscopes" did not include a Scorpio Rising version, but the revised second edition did. (See page 410-412, chart #368.) In this account, and also published in American Astrology, is another great resource verifying a time of 2:00 PM: "The History of the Great Seal," by Gaillard Hunt. Then see source #1027 in Campion's book which describes how President Gerald Ford decreed that the bicentennial celebration on 1976 would be held on July 4, 1976 and the ringing of the bells would occur at 2:00 PM.


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