by Sue Taylor
Nation: An Astrologer's View of America,
by Jessica Murray. Available at mothersky.com.
Jessica Murray has written an astounding work that looks at the entity we know as the USA from the viewpoint of a master astrologer interpreting the birth chart of an individual. She writes with depth and clarity from the viewpoint of politics, history, and astrology. Her knowledge of each is extensive and pervasive.
Starting with the premise that our world
as a whole is in crisis, which I believe
would be hard for anyone to refute, she posits that the USA, which
leads the pack and is the primary world superpower, is hopelessly inadequate
to live up to the role it is cast in. America, as a country, is hardly
out of diapers, historically speaking. Unfortunately, she says, this
immature entity has
ended up being more or less in charge
of the fate of the Earth.
Murray suggests that in order to correct this situation and get our country back on track, we should start with understanding before we commit ourselves to any action. One way to this understanding is through an analysis of the birth chart of the nation.
Murray begins with the rudiments of the
sun, moon, and rising sign. Starting
with the sun in Cancer, the sign of the mother and ruled by the emotional,
ever-changing moon, she writes that the USA invokes the image of Mom,
apple pie, family picnics, hearth and home. We have, also, used the
image of being protective of the family and even exported this image
of taking care of the
rest of the world as a kind of Supermom.
The USA moon, on the other hand, is in
the sign of Aquarius, which is ruled
by the planet Uranus, god of chaos, innovation, insurrection, and futuristic
ideas. Murray points out the difficulty of having the moon, a very
emotional planet, in such a mental signalso the sign of science
and technology. This inherent conflict, she suggests, is responsible
for the disconnect between intellect and emotion that is prevalent
in this country.
Sagittarius is the US rising sign, ruled
by the planet Jupiter, the King of the
Gods. This is the persona we Americans tend to project to the rest
of the world. We are noted for our enthusiasm, optimism and excesses.
Jupiter is known as the Greater Benefic in astrology, and we love to
see ourselves as benefactors to the rest of the world. We have a can do attitude.
Unfortunately, the rest of the world doesnt always agree with our self image. With this outline to start, Murray sets the stage for the personality dissection of this entity known as the USA.
To be continued