The USA in 2017

January 2, 2017

There are at least 8 birthcharts available for the USA. The one used in this commentary  is known as the Gemini Rising chart. Its data is: July 4, 1776, Philadelphia, Pa (39N57: 75W09) at 2.14.35am.  This gives 7 Gemini 35 on the ascendant. The data comes from Dr James D Keifer. In 1908 he quoted ‘an acquaintance who was a descendant of a signer of the Declaration of Independence’. Extensive research later fine-tuned the birth time.

The USA birthchart



In the chart Uranus – the planet of difference, racism and discontentment – and Mars –the planet of energy, hate and violence – are in house 1 (the people). Progressed Uranus has been in house 12 (secrets and self-undoing) for many years and racism is the nation’s blight. Any progressed aspect to Mars stimulates anger and hatred and it was ‘written in the stars’ that these twin evils would one day converge into a very dangerous moment.

In January 1999 progressed ascendant moved to house 7 (war and open enmity) and in June, 1999 it moved to form an opposition aspect with birthchart Uranus. On September 11, 2001 – with progressed ascendant opposition birthchart Uranus (planet of sudden, unexpected events) and progressed Mars (planet of violent attacks) parallel birthchart Neptune (planet of planes) – the terror attack known as 9/11 occurred.

On November 4, 2008 with progressed Uranus conjunction the ascendant the US, in a radical move, elected Barack Obama president. But with progressed Sun sesquisquare progressed Mars is was also a dangerous move and in many parts of the country the level of racism and hatred began to escalate.

On April 2, 2011, with progressed Sun trine birthchart Jupiter, America got revenge on her arch enemy when Osama Bin Laden was killed in Pakistan. Barack Obama had the same aspect which indicates that getting Bin Laden required a lot of luck (trine aspect). And on November 6, 2012 Barack Obama was reelected president – progressed MC in the chart was trine (luck) birthchart Uranus.

Then in January 2015 progressed ascendant in house 7 moved to form a high-discord opposition (separation) aspect with birthchart Mars and this stimulation to Mars poured fuel on the flames of anger and hatred that was simmering in many parts of the country. The aspect reached peak power in April 2016 and Donald Trump rode the wave of discontentment (Uranus) and anger (Mars) all the way to White House. By now the country was irreparably damaged. The damage inflicted by hate and anger isn’t a flesh wound – it goes to the core of the nation’s psyche – and with so much racism and hatred there’s little chance of the wound healing. 2016 is etched in the minds of all Americans and for many the bitterness, disgust and resentment won’t go away.

America’s future needs to be viewed through this lens and Donald Trump, who fueled the racism, sexism and anger, will be a victim of the hatred and disrespect he fueled. Progressed ascendant opposition birthchart Mars will end in July 2017.

USA chart progressed to December 31, 2017usa

Ongoing long-time progressions

Four long-time progressed aspects will influence America’s immediate future.

Progressed Saturn – planet of work – in house 6 (work and employment) trine (luck) birthchart Venus in house 2 (finances) is supporting job’s growth; but progressed Jupiter – in house 2 (finances, financial policy and banks) – square (obstacle) birthchart Saturn – planet of economy and planning – in house 5 (hazards, risks and the stock market) is hindering economic growth. Progressed Mercury in house 10 (the administration) trine (luck) birthchart Mars – planet of construction and manufacturing – is supporting the manufacturing sector; but progressed Mercury sesquisquare birthchart Jupiter – planet finances and trade and ruler of house 7 (other countries) – signs for unwise trade agreements and bad financial decisions.

The second half of 2016 was influenced by three fateful progressed aspects. Progressed ascendant was opposition birthchart Mars – planet of malice, indecency and crude behavior; progressed Venus (Hilary Clinton) was inconjunct progressed Neptune – planet of idealism, great expectations and deception; and progressed MC (the administration and publicity) was square birthchart Sun – planet of politics. The progressed MC-Sun square aspect marked for a low-point in everything political. It reached peak power in December 2016 and will influence 2017.

The USA in 2017

In November 2016 progressed ascendant (the people) moved to form a high-discord obstacle (square) aspect with birthchart Neptune – planet of schemes, refugees, great expectations, complexity, fake news, lies, illusion, escapism and drugs – in house 5 (the stock market, speculation, gaming, sport, movies and children). It forecasts widespread disillusionment, confusion and chaos, self-delusion, a phoney boom on Wall Street, investor uncertainty, a fraud scandal, drug taking in general and in sport, race fixing and a generally bewildering year for the American people. It reaches peak power in February 2018.

In February 2017 progressed Sun (the president and those with power and authority) in house 10 (the administration) moves to form a luck (trine) aspect with birthchart Sun in house 2 (finances); and progressed MC in house 5 (recreation, speculation, sport, sex and stock market) moves to form a trine aspect with birthchart MC (business and reputation.) These high harmony aspects support the administration’s business and financial agendas.  They reach peak power and harmony in February 2018.

On September 26, 2017 progressed Sun (the president and those in positions of authority) in house 10 (honor and credit) moves to form a friction (semisquare) aspect with birthchart Pluto – planet of division, corruption, coercion, cover-ups, crime and hacking – in house 9 (the internet, websites, television, Supreme court and legal decisions). The aspect reaches peak power on September 26, 2018 and signs for political disunity, coercion, threats and drastic political developments.

On October 28, 2017 progressed Venus – planet of women, women’s issues, the arts and social ties – in house 12 (secrets, clandestine activity, the FBI and disappointment) moves to form an obstacle (square) aspect with birthchart Pluto – planet of groups, criminal activity, threats and intimidation – in house 9 (legal matters, constitution, Supreme Court, tweeting and social media). (Donald Trump is surrounded by women whose actions and behavior can cause him big problems.) This highly emotional-drastic aspect reaches peak power in September, 2018.

And in December 2017 progressed MC (the President, his administration and publicity) moves to form a conjunction aspect with birthchart Saturn – planet of economy, loss, failure, recession, farming, mining, natural disasters, destructive weather events, fear and suffering – in house 5 (the stock market, speculation, recreation, sport and sex).  It reaches peak power in December 2018 and forecasts administrative problems, a dysfunctional administration, reputational damage, big falls on Wall Street, a bear market and widespread fear, regret and despair. (In Donald Trump’s chart the same aspect reaches peak power in January 2018 and ends in March 2019.) The aspect’s full impact will be felt during 2018.

Major Moon progressions in 2017

A Major Moon progression can stimulate a major progressed aspect and fine-tune the timing of the major events it maps.

On December 21, 2016 progressed Moon in house 6 moves to form a parallel aspect with birthchart Mercury (planet of talk, press releases, debate, education and controversy) in house 3 (private opinions writing and newspapers). The aspect reaches peak power on April 28.

On March 5 progressed Moon moves to form an inconjunct aspect with birthchart Jupiter (planet of finances and banks) in house 2 (financial policy, banks, treasury and $US). It reaches peak power on April 4 and stimulates progressed Mercury sesquisquare birthchart Jupiter.

On April 12 progressed Moon moves to form an opposition (separation) aspect with progressed Uranus (planet of shocks, startling revelations, extremists, racism, radical moves and change) in house 12 (clandestine activity, secret deals, FBI and secret enemies). It reaches peak power on May 12 and stimulates progressed Uranus conjunction birthchart ascendant.

The precise start, peak and finish dates of aspects to birthchart ascendant require a precise birth time, but as it stands progressed Moon moves to form an opposition aspect with birthchart ascendant on April 28.  The aspect reaches peak power on May 28. This major Moon stimulation to the Uranus-ascendant conjunction during May, 2017 signs for disturbing events and unsettling developments. Uranus is the planet of big shocks, radical extremists, exposé, unrest, demonstrations, difference, racism and anti-racism.

On May 28 progressed Moon moves to house 7 (the other country, foreign policy, international relations, open enemies, disputes and war). Donald Trump has no planets in house 7, but progressed Uranus, its cusp ruler, is opposition birthchart Moon in his progressed chart, so any moves he makes in regard to Russia (Uranus) will be met with massive public opposition (Moon).

On June 6 progressed Moon in house 7 (foreign powers) moves to form an opposition (separation) aspect with birthchart Uranus (planet of unexpected developments and radical change) in house 1 (the people). The aspect reaches peak on July 5 so there are more big shocks and disturbing developments in store for the US during June and July.

On June 23 progressed Moon moves to form a sesquisquare (agitation) aspect with birthchart Mercury (planet of writers, journalists, scientists and controversy) in house 3 (writing and newspapers). It reaches peak power on July 23. Progressed Moon parallel birthchart Mercury reached peak power on April 28 and ends on September 17 so the involvement of a journalist/ newspaper in the events that occur in May and June can’t be ignored.

On September 11 progressed Moon moves to form a sesquisquare aspect with progressed Venus (planet of emotional ties and women) in house 12 (secrets and clandestine affairs); and on September 15 it moves to form a square aspect with progressed Sun in house 10 (President Trump and public standing). Progressed Venus semisquare progressed Sun in the US chart reaches peak power on October 4, 2018 and this Moon stimulation in September 2017 times events involving a woman that have an adverse (friction) influence on the nation’s honor.

On September 28 progressed Moon moves to form an inconjunct aspect with progressed Sun (planet of power, authority and respect) in house 10 (the President and honor); and on October 15 progressed Moon moves to form a semisquare aspect with birthchart Pluto (planet of coercion, crime, corruption and drastic events) in house 9 (social media, internet, ethics and moral issues). Progressed Sun semisquare birthchart Pluto starts on September 26 so this Moon progression activates the aspect and times when major Sun-Pluto events (drastic political developments) can occur.

On October 24 progressed Moon moves to form a sextile aspect with progressed MC (honor and reputation) and on November 3 it forms a sextile aspect with birthchart MC.  So it’s all a question of honor and there’s a lot of luck around in November 2017. The aspects reach peak power on November 25 and December 2 respectively.

On November 28 progressed Moon moves to form a sextile aspect with birthchart Saturn (planet of safety measures, work, slowdowns, loss, fear and panic) in house 5 (the stock market); and on December 12 it forms an inconjunct aspect with birthchart Jupiter (planet of finances) in house 2 (finances and banks).  These Moon progressions reach peak power on December 27 and January 11, 2018 respectively and stimulate progressed Jupiter square birthchart Saturn. They time when Jupiter-Saturn events – financial scares, bank failures and falling stock prices – can occur.

And on December 6 progressed Moon moves to form a semisquare aspect with progressed Pluto.  Progressed Venus square birthchart Pluto started on October 28, 2017 so this Moon-Pluto aspect stimulates it and progressed Sun semisquare birthchart Pluto and times when major Sun-Pluto and major Venus-Pluto events can occur.  The Moon-Pluto aspect reaches peak power on January 5, 2018 so the US will end 2017 with Pluto – the planet of groups, cooperation, coercion, disunity, crime, corruption and drastic developments – wielding a big stick.

Related reading
America’s forecast for 2018


Related articles in: Sky-Watch and a Global Events Forecast