There is a great deal of debate among astrologers for which astrological chart is the right one for the United States. Most of us use the Sibley chart of July 4th (here’s why I use it), but some argue for a Gemini rising chart, or a Scorpio ascendant.
The ascendant describes the way we see ourselves, and the way the world see us and it’s therefore more visible in many ways than the Sun sign. So when I see articles like this one, about a research study undertaken by Microsoft about what makes their employees happy, it reinforces my confidence that Sagittarius, the sign of sunny optimism and adventure, is the correct one.
We live to feel good.
That’s the American way. We get up every day; we’re excited about our lives, our jobs and our bank balances.
At least that’s what we say — because a positive attitude is vital to being, or appearing to be, a success.
Yet is this everything? And has the pandemic incited us to wonder whether we’re really so excited about working at all? Even if we’re the boss.
This idea of feeling good and a positive attitude being vital to success is quintessentially Sagittarian, and easily explained by the Sibley chart. This chart also shows that Aries, the sign of the individual, is on the cusp of the sixth house of work and labor. Pulling oneself up from the bootstraps and all that stuff is very sixth house Aries in nature. But beginning in 2018, the U.S. progressed Venus transited the cusp of the sixth house of work (also health and small animals, but historically this is the house of masters and servants). Transits of the progressed Venus shows where we need to feel that what we are doing is valued, and suddenly “work” needed to be more rewarding. According to a Vox article from 2019, more workers quit their jobs in April 2019 than in any previous single month, and as we know the great labor shortage continued to worsen through the pandemic.
Progressed Venus won’t leave the U.S. sixth house until 2041, suggesting that this idea of laborers being valued is likely to continue for quite some time.