Happy Independence!!

I was born and raised in the United States of America.  As you may or may not realize, today — the Fourth of July — is the day when we, the people of the US, as a nation, celebrate the anniversary of our independence from British rule, as effected by our US predecessors back in 1776.

"We...declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States..."
“We…declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States…”

Interestingly, the actual legal schism between the Thirteen Colonies on the one hand and Great Britain on the other occurred two days earlier, on July 2nd, 1776, but it was the ratification of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th that immediately captured national attention, and which lodged firmly in the hearts and minds of the people of the new nation.

A few additional interesting Independence Day factoids:

1)  Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson — Founding Fathers who were instrumental in bringing about US independence — both died on July 4th, 1826 — 50 years to the day after the Declaration of Independence was signed into new reality!

2)  Another Founding Father and eventual President, James Monroe, also died on a Fourth of July, in 1831.

3)  Yet another US President, Calvin Coolidge, was born on a Fourth of July (in 1872).

4)  In another show of independence, the Philippines became an independent nation on a Fourth of July (1946)…and to make that fact extra-fascinating, the nation it was stepping away from was the US itself, which had governed the Philippines as a Territory up to that point in time.

The Philippines know all about July 4th and Independence!
The Philippines knows all about July 4th and Independence!

5)  Whether US Independence became associated with either July 2nd or July 4th, either way, the “birth of the nation” would fall between the dates of June 21st and July 22nd…meaning, the United States of America, Zodiac-wise, is a Cancer.  As an entity, the US was born under the Sign of the Crab.

Think about that for a moment…

The very first primary characteristics that almost any basic Astrology text would offer up to describe the prototypical Cancer would include traits such as “nurturing” and “maternal” and “emotional.”

Cancer the Crab
Cancer the Crab

I don’t know…of the 7 billion or so people currently walking the Earth, would a single one of us ever describe the United States as an entity to be “nurturing” or “maternal”…?  Does that seem even remotely applicable?

Of course, trying to describe a person or entity based solely on their Sun Sign is generally a very misguided endeavor — this would be about as useful, accurate, and thorough as trying to predict the value of a company’s stock based on how appealing you find its ticker symbol, or attempting to guess if a sports team will win a big match by focusing on what colors it uses in its uniforms.  To really do a worthy astrological analysis of the US as an entity, we would need to know the time of the nation’s birth down to the minute, and I highly doubt anyone can pinpoint such a thing.  Still, it makes for some intriguing contemplation…

It could be argued — I’d kind of gently argue it, I guess — that what the US was setting out to do (in part) when making its break from Britain, was to enable itself to actually be more nurturing and maternal toward its own people, and maybe toward others over time, as well.  What transpired down the course of the centuries that have followed may have wandered from that path, yes, but I can personally see that maybe some sort of desire to nurture did inform the proceedings way back then in that formative era (along with, sure, plenty of other concerns, many or even all of which may have had nothing to do with any desire to nurture: lust for power, desire for control, political concerns, economic motivations, greed, lust, ego…but the presences of all of these things can’t negate any finer imperatives that may have also been legitimately in operation at the time!).

Couldn't the US have originally had some desire to be this for its people, and for the world...?  (artwork by Georges Hatsatouris)
Couldn’t the US have originally had some desire to be this for its people, and for the world…? (artwork by Georges Hatsatouris)

So I guess what I’m getting at is that I, for one, do realize that my nation is not perfect — the US has at least its fair share of shortcomings, if not more, and we have a lot of work to do to set a lot of things right, both at home and abroad — but I also realize that what the US was always intended to stand for in terms of being a bastion of free thought and free speech and free life, is utterly worthy, as much now as when the nation was conceived.  And with all of that in mind, I’m going to set aside some time later on, in the evening, when fireworks are decorating the sky, to meditate on this image of the United States not as some cruel, imperialist, repressive power, but as a warm, nurturing mother-figure — Lady Liberty come to tuck us in and to sing to us a soothing lullaby, and to empower us to all be finer and greater than we have been…

Happy Independence Day to all us children, everywhere!

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