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This Date In History:
November 19, 1863:
U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivers the “Gettysburg Address” at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The Gettysburg Address, of course, is regarded as one of the greatest speeches in American history. In the speech, Lincoln redefined the Civil War as a struggle that would bring about “a new birth of freedom” and “equality” to all Americans.
Fascinatingly, in the heavens that day, “Energizer” Mars and “Philosophical” Jupiter were exactly conjunct at 11 degrees of “Transforming” Scorpio. Jupiter symbolizes our moral convictions and philosophy of life. With Jupiter, we tend to look at the “bigger picture,” and how we all fit into it. Jupiter is regarded as benevolent and philanthropic in nature. It also rules politicians and public speaking.
Enthusiastic Mars, meanwhile, as ruler of Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, is very trailblazing and pioneering. It also is the planet of war (rules the aggressive urge), and signifies courage and bravery.
When we get Mars and Jupiter together, there is often an intense “zealousness,” a strong desire to “evangelize” or “convert” others to our way of thinking, our philosophy, as Mars “fires up” our beliefs and convictions (Jupiter). We passionately “go to battle” (Mars) for what we believe in (Jupiter). Indeed, Mars-Jupiter is often indicative of “fanaticism” because it is linked with so much enthusiasm for our message and the causes we are espousing. Jupiter is characteristically “preachy” to begin with. It rules preachers and teachers, as part of its intrinsic “uplifting” nature.
Even though Pluto had not been “officially discovered” at the time, it was at 11 degrees of Taurus that day, which put it exactly opposite the Mars-Jupiter conjunction in Scorpio (Pluto now rules Scorpio).
Pluto denotes our “urge for regeneration,” or “rebirth,” and its energy and awareness tends to be very penetrating and intense. Pluto, in opposition to Mars-Jupiter, therefore, most likely served to magnify “even further” the passion and enthusiasm for renewal for the country that Lincoln must have been feeling that day delivering his speech. His message resonating at an optimum time for “mind altering impact” upon the public.
Pluto was also in Taurus which signifies “what we value,” and the Gettysburg Address was about learning to value “all Americans” as equals, a clear change from earlier consciousness (Pluto).
The Illuminating Sun and Mercury were also in Re-birthing Scorpio, and trine to the Compassionate Moon in Pisces, a Moon placement which inclines to make us more aware of our similarities versus our differences. Pisces symbolizes our link “to the divine.” The Moon governs our emotions. It also denotes “the public,” and again, with a Pisces Moon, there is more of an emotional receptivity and idealism regarding the “mood of the public.”
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