Happy Birthday America! Every year we have our mid-year birthday in this country often celebrated and accompanied by lots of parties, picnics, days at the lake, family barbecues, and parades. The week of July 4 begins with the New Moon (new start cycle of the month) at 12º Cancer 54′, almost 13º. This is the same degree as the powerful fixed star known as the dog star, or, Sirius, which, is obvious, the Sun sign of the USA. I often see stories in the news about actual dog bites, but often note, too, that there can be many floods when this occurs. Obviously, for Californians, this may not be the case, but it is quite possible that we see this sort of thing in various parts of the nation.
Sirius has an ancient history. It was usually the time in the Middle East when the rivers, particularly, the Nile and when it would rise. Some savvy and salacious tax collectors made it work for them in that they would tell the people that if they paid their taxes, the river would rise and fertilize their fields! Whether or not this story is true, I have heard it throughout the years that this is one way of insuring their coffers were filled! Regardless, when planets pass over this degree — things can get a bit heated and entering political convention season suggests that this week’s news is more heated up than usual.
Referring back to the 4th of July celebrations, this holiday is a celebration of a revolution. Many people think that the Amirian Revolution was about taxes — and it was — but it was also a reaction to severe human rights that were being stripped away from the colonists more and more. The Boston Tea Party was one reaction to this. If we think about it, the colonists had been in the Americas for a few generations. Their children and their children’s children didn’t even have a memory of King and Country. They were born here, lived here, worked here and grew up here, thousands of miles away from their mother country with a very different set of rules, a lot more room and a completely different geography and climate. There were boundless opportunities here as opposed to their ‘mother’ country.
In the next few weeks, we enter the political convention season where we finalize the candidates for the Presidential election of November 8. Please vote. Regardless of fruitless, or jaded, or passive, or, disappointed, or whatever emotion you are feeling, it is the one ‘right’ we still have in the USA. The candidates are extremely different and reflective of what has been going on in the political arena for many years now.
If you don’t see a candidate that works for you, then vote anyway. If you are the staunch supporter of a candidate for whom you’ve bound your soul, but that candidate isn’t nominated, vote for someone, perhaps the next best qualified that your research shows works. Yes, there are things that need changing I am with you. One immediate example that comes to mind is the ancient practice of the Electoral College, which was designed for a much smaller population. And it is this electoral college, that will decide (I think) the vote in November. It needs to change, be amended, but, for now, we still have that.
I read in a recent financial newsletter that in the last six presidential elections (1992-2012) 18 states have gone with the Democratic candidate each time, 13 states have gone with the Republican candidate each time and the remaining 19 states have gone ‘blue’ some years and other years ‘red’. Think about those numbers. The set numbers show 31 states, or, 62% of the total number of states. That last number of ‘either way’ thinking or, 19 states is 38% more, which can tip the scales either way.
Yes, there are a lot of problems, one of which is the raging argument about gun control on assault weapons. The fact of the matter is that the constitution was written between 1700 and 1800 when a gun was just a gun — not an assault weapon. And when people were few, hunted for food, defended their homes, but they weren’t entering nightclubs and mass murdering innocent people.
Regardless of the need for updating parts of our constitution, it is still a solid document — having stood the test of time — and still is the outline for a very free country. With the Sun in family oriented Cancer and ruling families, I think of our forefathers on the 4th of July– not only the ones that made up this nation, but those many generations that came after, many of which came, at great peril, from foreign lands to start a new life in this country.
This IS the reason many of us are here instead of in the many bankrupt South American countries, or, some of the oppressive Middle Eastern Countries, or, the many Communist countries watching your every move while curtailing your freedoms and ideas. We are all here, because, someone, somewhere along the line made it across a great body of land or water to find a freer life. I believe we need to honor that effort and pay it forward. When you have that barbecue on the 4th of July with family or friends or both, think about ‘that’ life that allows you this life.