Two Hundred Years of Growth Through Crisis - 1
When considered as the archetypal structure of a person's life and individuality, a birth chart does not change. But its component parts — planets, angles, nodes — do evolve according to their respective rhythms and in answer to the impacts and challenges of the environment. Thus, as the "astro-philosopher" studies a person's chart, he or she deals with three basic factors: the birth chart as a permanent reality referring to a fundamental set of potentialities, some of which at least will be actualized; the "progressions" or "directions" that mark the overall unfoldment of the implications of birth at a particular time and place; and the various types of "transits" that represent the person's reactions to important changes in his environment (internal-psychic as well as external-physical, cosmic as well as social) even more than the actions of that environment upon him.
I have frequently compared this process to the development of an acorn into an oak tree. The genetic pattern of oak-hood which is contained within the cells of the acorn remains unchanging. When the seed germinates, the potentialities in the acorn which, taken all together, define the character of the oak become actualized in the tree (astrological progressions). This growth process, however, is affected by the condition of the soil, the climate, the weather and the seasons, and the actions of animals and men (transits). Because the small planets close to the Earth — Mercury especially — move so rapidly, their transits around the entire circle of the birth chart can refer only to a series of fairly often repeated impacts, and in a study of the evolution of a national organism, these transits can be dismissed as uncharacteristic unless they are accented in a special way, or unless these small planets happen to be conjunct with the larger ones at particularly sensitive points of the chart. The periods during which Mars and Venus (and to a lesser extent, Mercury) are retrograde may also be significant, particularly if during these periods the planet moving backward in the zodiac makes strong aspects, or if a combination of the three smaller planets tends to mobilize tense planetary relationships in the natal chart. The transits that are usually most significant, however, are those of the planets dealing with social changes — Jupiter and Saturn — and those of the planets whose cyclic motions beat the rhythm for processes of basic transformation — Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.
It is not my purpose in this book to try to correlate in detail the progressions or transits that refer to the chart of the Declaration of Independence and the historical events affecting the development of the United States. This would involve a long and complex study, and the weighing of numerous factors in a great many charts over the two-hundred-year history of the United States — not to mention the relationships between the U.S. chart and the charts which traditional mundane astrology attributes to other nations, as well as the charts of all the Presidents and of the beginnings of their administrations. Instead, what I am going to do is isolate some of the particularly significant progressions and transits that support the validity of the U.S. chart with the Sagittarius 13°l0' Ascendant, and then outline the main features of the rather crucial astrological situation in which the American nation finds itself at the present time.
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