America's Scorpio Rising Natal Chart
There are many possible natal (birth) charts for the United States of America which are in use today and I admit to using the '12Sag' Rising chart most often (July 4, 1776 5:10 pm LMT, Philadelphia, PA - aka the 'Sibly' chart.)
And Sagittarius Rising does describe our national selves quite well with expansive Jupiter as chart-ruler at '6Cancer'..."Game Birds Feathering Their Nests." Weight gain aside, it does sound accurate for all of us money-makers but especially for the denizens and hoodlums on Capitol Hill whose 'work' is so often overpaid and grossly perked.
Yet for a chart to 'work' (be correct) transits and progressions must time out with events. Seldom have I had a chance to do this sort of rectification delving along with the historical research it would necessitate.
So when ace political astrologer Michael O'Reilly says that he has done the work and prefers the Scorpio Rising chart, I have to check it out...especially since astrologer, meta-physician, and almanac publisher, Benjamin Franklin, appears on the $20 dollar bill with Philadelphia's Independence Hall clock pointing to 2:21 - I take Ben's clue very seriously.
At 2:21 pm LMT, 8Sco27 arose in Philadelphia - and now we see that President Obama's natal Neptune conjuncts this Ascendant - not a very stable influence, sad to say, and possibly indicating deceptions and/or illusions (including his 'rock star' image. Of course, another Neptunian word is: inspiration.) Or it may indicate that he has spiritual links with America and our nation's founding.
For years I have used the Scorpio Rising chart for surveillance/secret agencies issues (CIA, FBI, etc), but now I'm trying it out more often particularly because of the president's Neptune there, and the fact that the transiting Saturn/Pluto midpoint has been conjoining it off and on for months.
Back to Old Ben:
As the story goes, Franklin had wanted the TURKEY to be America's totem animal rather than Scorpio's eagle which we ended up adopting. But knowing that Mr. Franklin was something of a prankster, I wonder if his suggestion of the gobbly bird was more of a joke brought on by a sense of humor and the menu at the first Thanksgiving meal at Plymouth.
(Pass the cornbread dressing, we don't care much for stuffin' round here!)
Anyway, I've posted a link in the sidebar just after Thomas Jefferson's remarks (at top) to a chart-image-with-text concerning the US Scorpio Rising chart. Hopefully WordPress and your browser settings will allow you to enlarge the chart - otherwise you'll need your best googly eagle eyes to read the chart details scribbled upon it!
image: Imperfect Mandala, a drawing by yours truly; 2009+