The Democratic Party Horoscope
May 13, 1792 can be used as the birth chart for today's Democratic Party, as the basic principles and leadership emerged from Thomas Jefferson. The time the letter was penned is unknown, and so this horoscope is set for Noon at Philadelphia, a time which turns out to be relevant and useful in making comparative measurements. The powerful inner dynamics and the strong connections to the Scorpio Rising US chart show the radical (fundamental) accuracy of this horoscope.
In the Democratic Party (DP) horoscope, as in all political horoscopes, the Sun represents the leadership. Surprisingly, the Sun is in earthy Taurus, along with Venus and a retrograde Mercury. Taurus, the sign of tradition, stability, and slow but sure growth may seem like an unlikely Sun Sign for today's "liberal" Democrats, but the Democratic Party is the longest surviving political party in America's history, and is given additional political values by the Sun's aspect network, most notably a square to Pluto in Aquarius, a trine to Mars in Virgo, and a quincunx to Jupiter in Libra. Let's take these one at a time.
The most important of these connections is Pluto. Pluto's position in late Aquarius is very near the U.S. Moon, accurately reflecting the Party's mandate to carry the message of the people. Since the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, Pluto had advanced from late Capricorn to late Aquarius. In the natal U.S. horoscope, Pluto's position in the third house, as ruler of the Scorpio Ascendant, perfectly describes the Declaration as a powerful document, and a nation dedicated to a proposition, an intellectual concept.
By the time Pluto had advanced to 16º Aquarius, and entered the U.S. fourth house, Pluto's role shifted to creating the foundations of government as a natural outgrowth of the high-minded principles of the Declaration. This brought the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the design and building of the Capitol in Washington D.C., and numerous other cornerstones to the American experiment in democracy. When Jefferson enunciated the Democratic Party in 1792, the Taurus Sun and Aquarius Pluto were in exact (to-the-minute) square, reflecting the traditional values rooted in the Aquarian ideals of equality, liberty, and fraternity. The Moon in the DP chart is also in Aquarius, activating this important location of Pluto.
Pluto is central to understanding factionalism (or "partisanship" in today's terminology) because in Political Astrology Pluto governs factions. In the Scorpio Rising US horoscope, Pluto as the ruling planet is opposite Mercury, giving this country a natural and intense division over public policy formation. In the DP horoscope the connections to this critical Mercury-Pluto axis are precise: the DP Saturn is at the exact midpoint of the U.S. Mercury/Pluto, and the DP Neptune in Libra is only 0º14 from squaring the US Pluto.