rests upon the premise that a moment in time has unique qualities that
provide a guide to its future potential. In an individual's chart the
birth moment is said to be the severance of the umbilical cord and initial
first breath (these two events often don't occur at the same time). This
birth chart acts as a template upon which other moments in his/her life
can be judged. The same axiom holds true for a country.
Great Maritime Adventure
story of Australian colonization is one of the truly great marine
maritime adventures. Eleven ships sailed for 252 days across the
world to the Great South Land. By the captain's log the First Fleet
set sail at 4 am from Portsmouth , England on May 13, 1787. This
may be viewed as a conception chart. The real birth chart of Australia
commenced when the new settlers claimed the shores of Sydney Cove
on the morning of January 26, 1788.
chronicles note that Captain Phillip waited for first light to row
ashore and begin the new community in what he described as the finest,
most extensive harbor in the world. Phillip King's diary records, “At
daylight the English colors were displayed on shore and possession
was taken for His Majesty…a feu de joie was fired by the party of
marines and the whole gave three cheers which was returned by the
Supply.“ The diary of fellow officer James Scott also confirms this
early christening, which appears to be between 5:25 to 5:30 am. Australia
celebrates January 26 as a national holiday commemorating the foundation
of their country.
colonies gradually spread around the spacious coastlines, joining
to form one nation under self-government on January 1, 1901. Although
this was celebrated at a New Years Eve ball in Melbourne , the official
swearing in ceremony did not conclude until around 1:35 pm the same
day in Sydney . There is some controversy over the exact minute (some
claiming an earlier time), although common sense would indicate that
a swearing in, like a marriage, doesn't become official until all
the vows are exchanged. This chart swearing in chart (meticulously
researched by the late Australian cosmobiologist Gwynne Stoney) then
becomes the standard for the government of Australia . Not surprisingly,
there are significant similarities in the angles and planetary placements
of both charts.
are valid for predictive purposes. The Settlement horoscope depicts
Australia with a multinational Aquarian Sun rising on the Ascendant.
Initially this was reflected in the egalitarian nature of the society,
and now it shows its effects through multicultural policies. Australia
is one of the select countries to have hosted dual Olympic Games
in 1956 and 2000. The great love of sport and recreation (also gambling)
is obvious via a Fifth House Jupiter square to an Eighth House Moon.
The Aquarian emphasis also manifests in the Australian love of freedom,
and a healthy disrespect for oppression. Australia grew out of a
penal colony where freedom was a cherished possession. Australians
are also adept at pulling the rug from under those who achieve power
without glory. They call it their “tall poppy” syndrome.
chart also displays the competitive Aries Ascendant with ruler Mars
in the Fifth House of recreation. A feature of this is the Ninth
House Sun/Saturn combination depicting conservative rule and heavy
international responsibilities. That's been the case with Australia
involved in all the major wars of the last century and again beginning
this one in Iraq.
Sagittarian influence of the 1901 chart with four planets in spacious
Sag, plus a Ninth House Sun/Saturn has often resulted Australia being
dubbed the lucky country. Instead, it depicts a natural optimism
of the character, the willingness to find humor even in despair,
and what might be determined an addiction to chance. Australians
love to gamble (over 10% of gaming machines exist in Australia ),
and their connection with horses is legendary. The champion Phar
Lap still stands in the Melbourne Museum , and the country stops
as one to listen to the running of the Melbourne Cup on the first
Tuesday in November. The winner of the first Melbourne Cup was–you
guessed it–Archer. Economically, the strong Second/Eighth House (assets
and investments) of both charts has fostered considerable overseas
investment toward Australian resources.
World War Two, as transformative Pluto crossed the Settlement's Descendant,
Australia has drifted further from their its English ties toward
an American alliance, both culturally and economically. This began
with the fall of Singapore and subsequent
Japanese invasion of mainland Australia . The US , anxious to halt
the Japanese push southward, joined Australia 's defense providing
troops and military technology. Ironically, the American Supreme
Commander of the Pacific, General Douglas Macarthur, was born on
Australia Day–January 26. Nowadays, the US maintains defense bases
and satellite stations on Australian soil and the government has
openly supported the US war on terrorism and invasion of Iraq.
12, 2002, on the Indonesian Island of Bali, Islamic terrorists torched
the Kuta Beach nightclub taking over 200 lives, a large percentage
of the victims from Australia . At the time the Australian Settlement's
secondary progressed Mars was square to, and the progressed Moon
had arrived at, natal Mars. The red planet remains in square to itself,
and the end of May 2004 hosts a transiting Mars return accompanied
by Saturn. It could well be another period requiring heightened security
horoscope of self-government confirms the April/May 2004 timeframe
as vital. Transiting Saturn (restrictions, blockages) opposes the
Sun/Saturn (government) conjunction and the solar eclipse of April
19, 2004 also falls upon the Australian Ascendant. This phenomenon
has often coincided with difficult periods and leaders being “eclipsed” in
eclipses on this degree have often impacted upon the apple isle of
Tasmania . The previous one (arced within a minute of this eclipse)
accompanied the Port Arthur massacre of 1996. It also strongly suggests
Australia is on the edge of another leadership change in 2004. Back
in 1977 the sitting Premier abruptly quit the year following his
election victory. In 1958, the Treasurer R. J. Turnbull resigned
amidst bribery allegations (although he was later exonerated). And
it was also affected in 1939 when a comparatively young Premier Ogilvie
suddenly died in office of a heart attack at 48. On that basis alone
one would imagine some cyclic major change to the Tasmanian political
hierarchy over the period of the year.
moves further down destiny's road the push toward a republic has gained
greater support, despite being narrowly beaten at the last referendum.
A major change in government structure seems a future formality as transiting
Pluto (restructure) crosses the Sun/Saturn conjunction in 2012/13 and
Uranus (independence) comes to square the same point. Australia can look
toward a radical change in the leadership direction in years to come.