This is always a big day to remind us of this great human experiment called America. Many of us don’t really
remember why we celebrate it; we chiefly focus on the signing of the Declaration of Independence. But this day, July 4th, 1776 ushered in 7 years of war of which I am sure people probably wondered what it was they were all fighting for. We are told little of the details. This war, however, resulted in the deaths of 5% of the white American males. Women and blacks who also fought were not counted in the final death numbers. It was the costliest war in American history.
The colonists could not give in or go back as all of them were immigrants. Most of them had left Europe or England to escape lives there. They saw the British trying to impose that same type of life on them in the colonies and they would fight to prevent it. The British needed the colonies to fund their wars with France. The war went on for the seven years until the French fleet bombarded the British at Yorktown while the Americans took care of the land battles. So really, America got her start due to the wars being waged in Europe. She was tied to the needs of the powers in Europe.
America is currently revisiting this same period for the first time since the Revolution. The same planetary configuration that ushered in her birth has returned. It began back in 2008, 10 years ago, and lasts until 2024. During this period the current Tea Party was formed and all kinds of similar events that led up to the Revolutionary War are in play. You must keep in mind that the Declaration of Independence was the outcome of years of the colonies wanting to be independent of any central nation. Before the Declaration was signed at least 90 towns, counties, militia units and other groups had already declared their independence from the British Empire.
This planetary configuration began in 1760 and ended in 1778. The set up for the changes took place during these crucial years. During the 1760’s, with a recession in full swing, made worse by imperial taxes, the city of Boston was full of poor women who had been widowed by the empire’s latest wars and with unemployed sailors who despised the city’s crown-connected elites. All through the 1760’s crowds attacked tax collectors, mansions, carriages and other symbols of wealth. Artisans and farmers from New England to Pennsylvania raged against laws that prevented the colonies from printing their own money. The grievances go on and on.
We may not have the same grievances as the colonists but if you read history, especially the period of 1760 through 1778, you will hear the echoes of the colonists in some of today’s grievances. In 1774-1775 the colonists realized that the British really didn’t care about them. They saw the British constitution for what it was “a rickety assemblage of old compromises and narrow privileges that kept power away from them.” “We can celebrate 1774 too” by J. M. Opal, LA Times, July 4, 2018
This important period through 2024 is now setting up changes in America that will begin to play out from 2024 forward. What are the comparisons? Is our celebrity savior culture one of the areas to go? Americans look to billionaires to save the planet, fund health initiatives, save our schools, funds our hospitals etc. Once the spell of the hearts and minds of the colonists had been broken, royal authority fell apart pretty quickly. What is today’s royalty?
In 2024 we will still be in the struggle to improve America just as 1778 was when the last period ended. (17760-1778) but we will have a very different set of circumstances to work with. At that time the planet of transformation, Pluto, will enter the sign of Aquarius, the constellation of freedom, brotherhood, the individual etc. The focus will be away from the government and more on the citizen It will be away from the power of the corporations and a focus on the power and needs of the people. Everything is evolving. It is important to remember, though, that Americans, as a group have the freedom to express anger and outrage. It is when it moves into violence that democracy becomes threatened.
In the famous words of Abraham Lincoln on the eve of the Civil War, telling the nation that it couldn’t break up as the colonies did from England “We cannot remove our respective sections from each other, nor build an impassable wall between them…….A husband and wife may be divorced, and go out of the presence and beyond the reach of each other, but the different parts of our country cannot do this. They cannot but remain face to face.” Ours is a nation of not just states but also a union of people, different, free and argumentative. As Benjamin Franklin said it so well before he signed the Declaration, “We must indeed, all hang together or, more assuredly we shall all hang separately.”