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Jupiter and the Sibly USA Chart

Yesterday we had a celebration here in the US, and for conservatives there was much to celebrate. The economy is still going strong, tensions with North Korea have been reduced to a low simmer and, if Trump is able to get his next Supreme Court nominee confirmed, men will soon be able to impose their morality onto the bodies of women. Sure, there is still outcry over the treatment of immigrants at the Mexican border but, like the periodic calls for gun control, these protests are likely to come and go with little or no impact of policy.

With this in mind, I decided to look at the Sibly chart for the United States. This is one of many charts that have been proposed for the USA. I’ve checked it against several important events in US history and it performs fairly well. So, at least for the time being, it is my preferred US horoscope. (Click on Sibly chart to see the horoscope.)

One thing that is impacting this chart is a nice trine from transiting Jupiter to the Sun in the Sibly chart. Typically, Jupiter transits do not last long, but right now Jupiter is at the end of a long retrograde journey, so it is moving slowly. In fact, Jupiter has been within degree of completing this aspect for most of June. The aspect will continue to be close for all of July.

Jupiter trine the Sun describes a period of positive outcomes and good feelings. Even though there are a lot of people who are very upset about what’s going on in this country right now, there are many others who might not be as politically engaged and who don’t have the time or the will to consider the moral, ethical and economic costs of various policies. These people may not have even supported Donald Trump, but they are happy to see the government doing things, instead of getting bogged down in one argument after another.

This happy mood was augmented yesterday because it was the birthday of the USA and the transiting Sun was conjunct the country’s natal Sun. We had all sorts of Jupiter energy going on. However, another thing that can be indicated by Jupiter, particularly in large doses, is complacency. “Everything is going great, so why worry?”

Of course, there are several reasons why we should worry. One of them is another aspect to Jupiter in the Sibly chart, this time an opposition by Saturn. I’ve done some research on this aspect and it seems that when it occurs in the Sibly chart we often see significant economic developments. Back in 1930, for example, this aspect coincided with the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act. The act was designed to protect American manufacturing and agriculture from foreign competition. Instead it helped morph a stock market “correction” in the US into a worldwide depression.

Right on cue, tariffs ordered by President Trump are set to take effect in just a few days. China has promised to retaliate with tariffs of its own, and Trump has responded to this with threats of even more tariffs. A trade war between the two largest economies on the planet is not going to be good for anyone. It’s going to be a war of attrition, a contest to see who can endure the most pain. And when there is pain in the economy it is typically those at the bottom of the economic scale who feel it most.

So, I hope everyone had a joyous Fourth of July. I hope the fireworks were spectacular and burgers hot and juicy. I say this because, by the time the next Fourth of July rolls around, I’m afraid that none of us, conservative, liberal or “I just don’t care” will have nearly as much to celebrate.

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