The United States of America was born on July 4, 1776. This means that the United States of America is a Cancer, a Child of the Moon. The Moon symbolizes the Mother in Astrology and she rules over hearth and home, roots, and the past. Children of the Moon are born during the time of year when days are long, nights are short, and when the world is bursting with life. This vision of plenty is echoed in the lines “America, the Beautiful” which describe a land of spacious skies, purple mountain majesty and amber waves of grain. Indeed it’s this vision of plenty that stands at heart of the American dream which promises the tired, the poor, and the huddled masses yearning to be free a welcome seat at the summer picnic table. But the Moon, for all of her hospitality, has a dark side. Being the planet of home and family, she can also be clannish and will always place a higher value on blood ties. A dark Moon can lead to paranoia, bigotry, and fatalism. So where does our Utopian vision of a democracy come from? The United States of America was born with its Ruling Planet, the Moon, in the revolutionary sign of Aquarius. And it’s the Aquarian energy that gives this country its love of equality, liberty, and getting mixed up in other people’s business. Aquarius is ruled by two planets—Uranus and Saturn. Uranus is the planet of revolution and change while Saturn is the planet of the staunch status quo. Each struggles to master the other and the relationship between these two adverse planetary energies often brings schizophrenic results—as any Aquarian can tell you. Nevertheless the commitment to living according to those higher truths and finding a way to translate them into our day-to-day lives is a cosmic mission statement, a fool’s errand perhaps, that the United States of America will never walk away from. Subscribe for more features. Only 1.99 a month!