The Astrology of Americas Destiny by Dane Rudhyar
The frontispiece appearing in the original edition of The Astrology of America’s Destiny (New York: Random House, 1974) is an illustration from the noted 18th century English astrologer, Dr. Sibley. The horoscope being presented to Washington (see detail below) shows an old-fashioned square chart graphic. It is cast for 4 July 1776, 10:10 PM, London Time. It shows a local Ascendant for Philadephia of 13°12′ Sagittarius.
Over the years astrologers have come up with, and continue to come up with, various times for the birth of the American nation. In The Astrology of America’s Destiny, Rudhyar provides ample evidence from the historical record, including accounts by signers of the Declaration of Independence, that the correct birth time of the United States is the signing of the Declaration of Independence, shortly after 5:00 PM, 4 July 1776, in Philadelphia. Rudhyar rectifies the time of the signing to 5:13:55 PM, providing an Ascendant of 13°10′ Sagittarius.
A USA chart with 13°10′ Sagittarius rising is of key importance today because the outcome of the unprecendented US Presidential Election of 2000 was not decided until late evening, 13 December 2000 – at that moment the slow-moving planet Pluto occupied 13°06′ Sagittarius, and 36 hours later Pluto transited the US Ascendant. Later, on 11 September 2001, Pluto was situated at 12°37′ Sagittarius, which further supports the Sagittarius rising chart.
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