An American Mandala

“If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could better judge what to do, and how to do it.”

Abraham Lincoln, June 16 1858, “House Divided” Speech

America’s most crucial wars were written in the stars. A true disbeliever might want to prepare himself with the mantra, “This synchronicity is just a coincidence,” because the Revolution, Civil and Second World Wars were described in celestial patterns so precise it could whirl a debunker into a wormhole of cognitive dissonance.

The orbits of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto approximate a 3:2:1 ratio so it’s no surprise to find that their cycles are roughly synchronized, but were our three great, era-changing wars timed by the same cosmic clock? The chart below shows the positions of the outer planets from fight to finish during those wars which inarguably, I think, shaped and defined our nation. If you can overlook my lame attempt at computer graphics, this data creates a beautifully aligned template, an American mandala.



Each ring is labeled with its given war. The lines dashed about the rings correspond to the positions of the outer planets from beginning to end for each conflict, information which can be verified in any decent online astrological ephemeris. A note on timing: the starting dates reflect the point at which situations erupted in violence, the actual (though not, in the case of Pearl Harbor, official) onset of war. The end points include the usual dates of Confederate and Japanese surrender but in the Revolution fighting continued by land and sea for some time after Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown. Therefore, I’ve used November 30th 1982, when the treaty known as “The Preliminary Articles of Peace” was signed in Paris. This tentative peace more closely approximates the end of actual on-the-ground fighting since the final battle for Independence took place 20 days earlier with Revolutionary soldiers fighting Loyalist and Indian fighters in the Ohio territory. In truth, you can use any of the likely dates such as Yorktown or the parliamentary decision to end the war, but whichever way you view it these cycles remain. And since we’re considering the broad sweep of cycles here, not specific moments, we don’t need to-the-minute precision.

The single green wedge marks an overlap of the planet Uranus for each one of these of these wars. All three shared the placement of the planet Uranus between 9’20” (read as 9 degrees and 20 minutes) and 17’16” of the astrological sign of Gemini. From the Revolution and running, whenever Uranus traveled between the 9th and 17th degree of Gemini, an epic battle for liberty has occurred. The glorious conclusion has (so far) always been the …new birth of freedom that Lincoln hoped for during the Civil War.

Blue represents Neptune which maintained what astrologers call an Opposition or 180 degree angle from its previous placement, alternating back and forth from war to war. By the time Neptune reached 29’56” of the sign Virgo or its polar opposite Pisces, war was here. All three conflicts saw Neptune reach at least 5’10” of Libra or Libra’s opposite “partner” Aries. Historically Neptune has traveled through the first five degrees of Aries or Libra during those times when America, to paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, finds that it must nobly save, or meanly lose, the last, best hope of earth.

Pink, which is Pluto in our chart, formed a 90 degree square and a 180 degree opposition to points it occupied during the Revolutionary War (within the six degree orb allowed for in astrology). “These are the times that try mens’ souls,” Thomas Paine said of the Revolutionary era. Lincoln understood that his war was fought so “that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

I will discuss and explore astrologically timed historical cycles more fully,  but for now consider this a crash course in how to read a cosmic cycle chart and an introduction to the kind of subjects we’ll be following here. It’s simple really. These are the astrological patterns of America’s great wars for freedom, those times when somehow, and in many ways despite ourselves, we were able to advance the cause of liberty a little farther.

Stare at a mandala long enough and you begin to see why Jung called these Eastern diagrams of the cosmos “a window on Eternity.” Study enough of these cycle charts and you start to see the future there too.  So long as “the more things change, the more they stay the same” we can look for a great era-changing war to arise in the second half of the 2020s when these cycles once again come full circle. The next great depression? Our economy is collapsing about two years too soon from my point of view.

These wars are not inevitable. Neither are they accidental. UPI, taking a light-hearted and surprisingly even handed look at an astrological discrimination lawsuit in Austria recently pointed out:

William Shakespeare’s character Cassius in the play Julius Caesar disputes the power of superstition, and the alleged influence of the stars, in his much quoted line, The fault, dear Brutus, lies not in our stars, but in ourselves.But Shakespeare then has Cassius come to a bad end, dying when his attempt to overthrow the power of Caesar and his heirs is crushed. Where Cassius was concerned, the stars had the last laugh.

The fault… lies not in our stars, but in ourselves.Shakespeare, incidentally, reached the height of his powers during an earlier variation of the “Liberty” cycle that we’re tracking here, seeking freedom of thought, speech and artistic expression in the smothering atmosphere of Elizabethan/Jacobian repression. It’s no wonder some of his countrymen went spilling into the Atlantic and across the ocean in the desperate founding of Jamestown. They had to go to such lengths, just to breathe free, I imagine. All this is food for another post of course, but it’s no coincidence that some of the most quoted (and revered) men in the world include Shakespeare, the founding fathers, Lincoln and FDR, these men who experienced the birth of a new world.  With each cycle, as I said, we further progress the course of freedom, completing some of the business that was left unfinished the previous time around. If, looking back, the outcomes seem in some ways predictable, this was so only because we as a collective were predictable in our responses to such evolutionary pressures.

In other words, we, individually and collectively, choose the future. Actions– and inactions — have consequences and how we choose to respond determines to a large measure the course of future events. I don’t think we can unconsciously follow the well worn ruts of our American past, expecting to be led out of the mire and lifted into the promised land of a glorious new era. It will become increasingly important for us to look at the ways in which we are not free, and how we may be dispossessing others of the rights to “Life, liberty and the Pursuit of happiness.” I’ll be looking at these cosmic cycles in my own effort to, as Lincoln said, …know where we are, and whither we are tending…

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