The symbolic meaning of the planet Uranus transiting over (conjunction, square, opposition) the Moon in the United States chart is that the people of the country (symbolized by the Moon) become upset, disturbed, shocked, perhaps even revolutionary. If we look back through the history of the United States we can see this pattern in play; usually it results in the country going to war.
Now some may argue that the United States goes to war so often, at the drop of a hat, that any cycle could point to an agitation of the people. And in fact I notice an agitation half-way between each of these points to be discussed, which hints at an eighth harmonic cycle. But on reflection, each of these occurrences seem to be a really important incident.
After looking at these cycles through the history of the United States, the next obvious question is when does the next one occur. We will discuss that at the end.
The United States had been attacked in September of 2001 and people were very agitated. They wanted revenge. The President of the United States, his Secretary of State, and many news outlets were helping to get the populace of the country riled up for war. Many compared the attack on the World Trade Center to the attack on Pearl Harbor, and were hoping for the same response.
People were unhappy with the “lack” of militancy of the Carter administration, especially after the hostages were captured in Iran after their revolution, and especially after an attempt to rescue those hostages failed but resulted in the deaths of eight men sent to rescue the hostages. So people were primed for the new militancy of the incoming Reagan administration, and he did not disappoint. Defense spending greatly increased under the new administration and a new Cold War was born, with increased hostility towards the Soviet Union.
This was a peak in the Cold War. Cuba had been invaded by a group financed by the United States in April of 1961 that had resulted in their capture, so passions on both sides were inflamed. Then in October of 1962 the Soviets attempted to put missiles in Cuba to protect it from another invasion by the United States. The US then blockaded Cuba to prevent the missiles from arriving and the world was on the brink of a nuclear war. Records released at a much later date showed that we were closer to war than anyone had known at the time, and one Soviet torpedoman who said “no” at a critical juncture was all that prevented nuclear missiles from being launched.
The attack by Japanese planes on the Pearl Harbor naval station in Hawaii on December 7, 1941 really got the American upset at the Japanese and ready to go to war. Previously to that attack the US was largely isolationist and did not want to have anything to do with the European War, let alone an Asian one. Of the three exact squares of these two planets the second was on December 20, 1941, two weeks after Pearl Harbor.
Initially the Americans did not want to enter the war, but through clever propaganda from the Wilson administration the Americans became extremely pro-war, even replacing the name hamburger (named for a town in Germany) with Salisbury steak and sauerkraut with Liberty cabbage. After the War some people were still agitated (the Revolution in Russia had just taken place) and there were bombings of public buildings, increased anarchist activity, and many raids of dissidents by Attorney General Palmer.
As discussed previously Americans were itching for a War with the Spanish over Cuba for several years, not only to relieve the Cubans from their hideous Spanish overlords, but also to provide a boost to what was thought to be the falling manhood of Americans since the Civil War was in the distant past. This buildup came to a climax with the explosion on the battleship Maine in the Havana harbor in February of 1898.
Eighteen Seventy-Six had seen the Centennial of the country, Custer’s Last Stand, and a contested presidential election that made Bush v Gore look mild. The Panic of 1873, which extended more-or-less for the next quarter century, resulted in some railroads lowering their pay for workers in the summer of 1877, while stockholders got bonuses. As a result there was a nation-wide strike of workers called the Great Labor Uprising that saw scores killed by local, state, and federal militias. The strike ended with no raise for the workers, but it resulted in increased labor solidarity and increased class consciousness among both workers and the burgeoning middle class, as well as increased animosity towards strikes among the owning class. There was also an opening Uranus-Pluto square that year, such as the one we are having this decade.
The Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, which required run-away slaves to be returned to their owners, the Kansas- Nebraska Acts in 1854, which essentially overturned the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and allowed all new states to determine if they wanted slavery within their borders, and the Dred Scott Decision in 1857 had all occurred recently. Because of all of these, abolitionist sentiment was running high in the North when John Brown made a raid on slaveholders in Kansas, killing five, and then made his raid on Harper’s Ferry in 1859. Some think he was insane and some think he was a hero, but this act helped bring the Civil War. John Brown was financed by a group of prominent New England abolitionists known as the Secret Six and supported by such people as Henry Ward Beecher, brother of the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin and a prominent preacher in Brooklyn. In fact, many Southerners blamed the Civil War on Lincoln and the two Beecher children.
This was near the end of Andrew Jackson’s second term, and he was called by his opponents “King Andrew”. Someone was really agitated about him since the first attempted presidential assassination occurred this year. In Florida white settlers wanted the land that the Seminoles had moved to after losing the First Seminole War, one that was started by Jackson and which involved the murder of two English subjects and could have resulted in an international incident. In this, the start of the expensive Second Seminole War, Jackson asked the Seminoles to move. Meanwhile, gold was discovered on Cherokee land and they were forced to move so that the whites could get the gold. Meanwhile, down in Texas, at the time not a state of the US, Mexico had rebuffed an attempt by Texas to become part of Mexico, and so the Texans were in rebellion against Mexico. The Battle of the Alamo took place the following year.
Hints of the war started almost two decades earlier. The French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars were happening, and the British, who were fighting the French, were keeping the Americans from trading with the French. Americans were getting increasingly upset with this, and Western voters elected a group of “War Hawks” to Congress to push for a war with Britain. The resulting war did not turn out well for America, with Washington, D.C. burned, but it did result in the National Anthem for the country. The greatest victory of the war, by Andrew Jackson in the Battle of New Orleans, happened after the war had ended, but propelled Jackson to become a war hero which resulted in his running for President in ten years.
The farmers of the Western Frontier, which in the late Eighteenth Century meant Western Pennsylvania, were upset at a tax on distilled liquor, which meant mostly whiskey. They were also upset that small distillers were taxed at a higher rate than large distillers. This was the first major rebellion against the federal government after the Constitution was adopted. President Washington and Alexander Hamilton led federal troops to put down the rebellion, the first demonstration that the federal government would act to quash revolution. But this activity of the Federalist govenment paved the way to a more democratically-oriented Jefferson Presidency.
The British had imposed various levies on products that the colonists used, and many people were upset at this. Agitations resulted in the Boston Massacre, where colonists were killed by British soldiers, and the Boston Tea party. War broke out with Britain in the next year, 1775.
The next Uranus aspect to the US Moon comes up in 2024-26. We have looked at this period before and we will look at it again, since it is a very important time that we are rapidly moving towards, now only a decade away. In the previous entry, I said this period — 2028 — would see the “nations of the world … finally decide that the global crises are so ominous that they need to band together in a World War II-scale attempt to fight for the survival of the planet.” This Uranus square Moon is the years just preceding this date of 2028. It suggests that the people of the United States (not to mention the other people in the world) will be getting very upset at what has been done to their planet by the forces of capitalism over the last 500 years.