This Summer, the U.S. birth chart is getting lit up by a pair of super potent eclipses. In his 2017 Astro forecast for America, Colin Bedell tells us that the year ahead is about stepping into empathetic leadership that harnesses individual power for the collective good.
Human beings aren’t the only subjects gifted with astrological birth charts. The moment the ink dried on the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia on July 4th, 1776, the astrology of The United States of America was sealed …
:: THE U.S. BIRTHCHART ::
Rising: Sagittarius // Sun: Cancer // Moon: Aquarius // Mercury: Cancer // Venus: Cancer // Mars: Gemini
At her best, America embodies the highest expressions of Cancer energy: deep love and protection for the home, and reverence for the family. With a lucky, Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius Rising, American spirit can be kind, contagiously optimistic, and generously available.
Pair these with an independent Aquarius moon, and you’ve got streaks of intellectual liberation and equality-seeking. After all, it’s important to remember that in 1776, a government for the people and by the people was nothing short of a radical political experiment that repudiated the aristocratic and monarchic political paradigms! Her Mars in Gemini helps enshrine this self-government experiment in words: “We hold these truths to be self-evident ….”
Of course, the highest expressions of these energies don’t always manifest. From the defensive, hypersensitive Cancerian nature, to her admit no wrong, thou-must-not-disagree with me Aquarius gone dogmatic Moon, it’s on us to recognize these blinds spots and work to elevate her potential.
It’s easy to look at the current political climate and think that it’s the midnight hour. But America has always been a nation of dualities. When the Founding Fathers wrote, “All men are created equal” in the Constitution, they themselves were slave owners.
And Americans have been working to actualize her enlightened principles since the very beginning. So let us follow the example of those who fought for abolition, who fought for suffrage, who fought for civil rights, who fought for peace.
:: THE 2017-2018 FORECAST ::
Thankfully, this August we begin a super potent two-year cycle that will give all spiritual seekers the opportunity to help America self-correct!
With Lunar and Solar eclipses in the signs of Leo and Aquarius (which were in the same night sky when America was born!), the theme of collective leadership is emphasized.
The spiritual mountaintop is not “My dreams came true!” but rather, “How am I using my gifts and abilities to advance the lives of the people around me?”
On August 7th, an Aquarius Lunar Eclipse will inspire Americans to join in consciousness and let go of any low-level thinking and political disengagement. Can we imagine an ordering principle beyond economics? Can we imagine an America where we hold a quality of listening to ideas we disagree with? Let us live with those questions.
Two weeks later, on August 21st, the biggest Solar Eclipse since 1979 roars in the sign of Leo. This energy offers an opportunity for us to liberate ourselves from our fear and to self-actualize our divine potential.
Together, this pair asks us to balance the benefits of harnessing our individual power in honor of Leo, with the need to seek the empowerment of all through Aquarius.
The Universe is calling us to greatness. Let us answer the call.
Colin is a literal Gemini Twin Astrologer from Long Island, New York, a passionate student of A Course in Miracles, and a graduate of Parsons School of Design. Discover more about his work at QueerCosmos and follow him on Instagram.