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Seven American Presidents Have Uranus in Aquarius in Their Astrology WheelsWhen I started my research on all the USA country and presidents wheels, I was quite open-minded about my studies. I wondered what the commonalites between the wheels might be but did not want to start out with pre-formed conclusions. I think it is too easy to start with what you "think" is right, research it and possibly slant your research to prove your original point. I did not want to do that. Since I am a long time astrologer but not a trained researcher this might be considered an error. Be that as it may, I skipped right by the hypothesis and went directly into a spreadsheet of possibilities. I trusted the actual number counts of the chart positions to grab my attention to point me in the right direction and I was not disappointed.
First I compared the various USA birth wheels that are postulated as "the correct one." By using actual events in the ongoing history of the country, I rectified the four main choices and selected Virgo Rising as the most representative of our country and the events it experienced. Next I did the same procedure with the 43 presidents until I was personally satisfied that I had the correct wheels for each. This is a huge area for controversy so be aware that other astrologers may make other choices. I trusted my own research. I then compared the country as a living entity with each of the presidential wheels. I used the 13 primary astrological points, ascendant, midheaven, lunar nodes and the 10 physical bodies: Sun, Moon and eight planets. Yes, I count Pluto as a planet and no, Earth is not counted because we are all standing on it. As a research standard, I used conjunctions and opposition aspects only with tight five-degree orbs.
As I have mentioned in previous articles, three important influences came out of the USA natal wheel when compared to the 43 presidents: Aquarius/Uranus, the Mercury-Pluto opposition and Neptune. I have done separate articles on each to describe their connection to and their effect on our country. In this article I want to reach back into what I determined to be the dominant pattern, the Aquarius/Uranus connections but then look at the highest count in a different way.
The Aquarius/Uranus energy tends to be different, forward seeking or futuristic, independent, unique, freedom loving, highly individualized and intellectual. Uranus (a planet) itself is in charge of (rules) lightning, earthquakes, explosions and surprises so you can get an impression of its overall energy pattern. The planet is considered the "ruler" (influencer) of the sign. Aquarius (a sign) can often feel like it was dropped off on the wrong world or that it walks slightly out of step with the mass of humanity. You have heard the saying "march to the tune of a different drummer" and that describes Aquarius or its ruler, Uranus. An old national characterization is the familiar fife drum and drawing, which is very apt. The country and president connections to this Aquarius/Uranus energy exceeded average expectation. One interesting example...
Uranus takes 84 years to complete one orbit around our Sun as one complete cycle of the twelve zodiac signs, seven years per sign. Note that there will be time overlap between signs due to retrograde motion. It has been 233 years (at this writing) since our birth so Uranus has traveled through the signs almost three times. Therefore it should average out in terms of the spread of years and signs. 43 presidents divided by twelve signs gives an average of 3.6 per sign. Note that there are 44 presidencies but only 43 presidents because Grover Cleveland was elected twice. Uranus was in its home sign of Aquarius for seven of those 43 presidents or double the average expectancy. Here are my observations on those presidents who live with the energy of Uranus in Aquarius. Additionally, there are notes on the Founding Fathers who also had Uranus in Aquarius.
Uranus in Aquarius passage number one (March 12, 1744 to December 13, 1752)
Not only is Uranus very important to our country as it is located prominently on the country's midheaven (mission, goal, ambition, stature - USA Virgo Rising wheel). It was in the sign of Gemini at our birth, but it assumes prominence by being directly on the midheaven. Using my spreadsheet commonality highest count, seven of our 43 presidents have Uranus in Aquarius: James Madison, James Garfield, Chester Arthur, Benjamin Harrison, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.
President Madison was only 25 years old at the signing of the Declaration of Independence but he had future President Thomas Jefferson as his mentor. Delegate Jefferson was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence. Both men were instrumental in the writing of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights (Jefferson was out of the country at that time) that gives Americans our individual freedoms. Madison is considered the Father of the Constitution and our Bill of Rights.
While the Revolutionary War is not usually presented as a civil war, it truly was a civil war. That war was based on a break from our mother country, England, with the colonists (then current inhabitants) in disagreement with one another, neighbor against neighbor and conflict within families, the Tories (staunch British Crown advocates) against the Revolutionists. The cost to all colonists in terms of casualties and economics must have been equally matched by the terrible division within the populace and the families. The rights that were fought for at that time were only for Caucasians and only for men. Slavery and women's rights were tabled for another time, another battle.
I also looked at (but did not research deeply) which of the other Founding Fathers had Uranus in Aquarius. Eleven more were delegates to the Constitutional Conventions that preceded our Declaration of Independence. Six were signers of that Declaration and five more were present but were not signers,
I also looked at (but did not research deeply) the second group of Founding Fathers who are alternately called the Framing Fathers, those delegates who turned their attention and efforts to the design and implementation of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights that define our country. The Declaration of Independence was specifically the fight for the freedom to build a country with an intended Constitution that protected its citizens in their individual freedom. However, that Constitution had not been written at the time of the Revolution itself. The building of the Constitution was the work of a second group of Founding Fathers so they are alternately called the Framing Fathers. Both groups were instrumental in founding our country and deserve the title, but the two groups had quite different jobs to do.
President Madison was the president who bridged both issues. Twelve other Framing Fathers who did sign the Constitution had Uranus in Aquarius in addition to President Madison. Five additional Framing Fathers with Uranus in Aquarius went home without signing the Constitution and three delegates refused to sign, one of which had Uranus in Aquarius. The big bone of political contention at that time was states' rights. The high representation indicates the importance of that Uranus in Aquarius energy to the individual freedoms that were being birthed and framed. However, you will not see such influence in a newborn baby. It is present in the birth energy but the fruits of that energy emerge in the adults who eventually founded and built our republic.
Uranus in Aquarius passage number two (February 18, 1828 - February 11, 1836)
Three children born with Uranus in Aquarius grew into Presidents Garfield, Arthur and Benjamin Harrison. They were post Civil War presidents during the terrible aftermath of that war as the North punished the South and the slave holding states and territories. The slaves were freed - but to do what? They were turned loose, no training, no help, little to no policing, and no vote as angry politicians and carpetbaggers took advantage of the weakened South. President Lincoln never got a chance to aid in the transition from war to peace having been assassinated shortly after the war ended. It took decades to bring reasonable order to the country and civil rights remained in disarray. The war had been fought 1) to preserve the integrity of the nation, the union itself and 2) the emancipation of slavery and the extension of the individual rights we declared in the name of all men at the time of our Revolutionary War. The rights of women were still not addressed.
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