2018 Solstice in Detroit


Well, we’re two weeks behind, but trying to finish up both the year and visit around the states. This week we are in Detroit, the Motor City of Henry Ford, John DeLorean and Bob Seger.  Next week is Nebraska.

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For the quarter we are  looking at our chart from the Traditional perspective.  I just finished Morinus’s Astrologica Gallica #21 and John Frawley’s the Real Astrology, so I want to put some of what I read into action.

In traditional astrology there are no conjunctions because everything in the same sign is equal. This means that regardless of degree, as we have in this chart, all water planets are trine (or fire or air or earth for that matter would be if they were populated.) 

We  have one  opposition  sets, one from Sagittarius in the fifth to Gemini in eleventh.  This means that the government shut down will get an incredible amount of press as it plays to public fears, worries and so forth.  This will result in very poor presidential polls, though Rasmussen Reports is holding steady.  Personally, we should see a sudden worry of how long the go-go times and stock market will last and people may begin to save to offset their concerns.

And then there are the trines.  We have two in this chart from Venus in third to Neptune and Mars in the 7th/8th.  This suggests that while things may get hectic, they will never get as bad as we fear and new opportunities in relationships may occur in the unlikeliest places.  We maybe surprised that we are more active than normal, particularly for those in the Northern Hemisphere, this being winter, but this forecast also suggests we may have an early spring.

Our next trine is from the Midheaven to the fifth house, telling us that our elders, superiors will be important during this period.  This maybe as disparate as they being a supportive or our dreams, or giving us  much needed advice.

Overall, with the Ascendant at 06 Leo, An up to date girl walking with an old fashioned lady, contraries will abound and things will seem slippery and slick.  Should you stay the course or should you go?  Alas that’s another city, and another day.  For this cycle this message seems to be if you expected the unexpected, you won’t be surprised.

                        The Aspects

  1. Mars went direct into Aries 5 days ago.  And the Sun is conjunct Saturn and it is also sextile Neptune.
  2. Mercury is quincunx the North Node and square Chiron.  Mercury is also trine Uranus.  It went direct into Capricorn yesterday.
  3. Venus is trine the North Node and Chiron and is quincunx Uranus.
    1. Uranus will be going direct tomorrow.
    2. Venus will be entering Sagittarius in 2 days.

 

History

Detroit, city, is the seat of Wayne county, southeastern Michigan, U.S. It is located on the Detroit River (connecting Lakes Erie and St. Clair) opposite Windsor, Ontario, Canada. 

Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, a French trapper and trader, arrived on the 24th of July 1701  with about 100 followers. He built a fort on the river and named it Fort Pontchartrain du Détroit in honor of his patron (the French word détroit means “strait”); later the British called it simply Detroit.   They also built a palisade fort about 200 ft. square S. of what is now Jefferson Avenue and between Griswold and Shelby streets.

Indians at once came to the place in large numbers, but they soon complained of the high price of French goods.  There was also serious contention between Cadillac and the French Canadian Fur Company, to which a trade monopoly had been granted, and if that was not enough,  Cadillac also had a bitter rivalry between him and the Jesuits.

Although the inhabitants then increased to 2oo or more, dissatisfaction with the paternal rule of the founder increased until 1710, when he was made governor of Louisiana and then named that large pond after his benefactor, Pontchartrain too. The year before, the soldiers had been withdrawn; by the second year after there was serious trouble with the Indians, and for several years following the population was greatly reduced and the post threatened with extinction.

But in 1722, when the Mississippi country was opened, the population once more increased, and again in 1748, when the settlement of the Ohio Valley began, the governor-general of Canada offered special inducements to Frenchmen to settle at Detroit, with the result that the population was soon more than 1000 and the cultivation of farms in the vicinity was begun. In 1760, however, the place was taken by the British under Colonel Robert Rogers and an English element was introduced into the population which up to this time had been almost exclusively French.

Three years later, during the conspiracy of Pontiac, the fort first narrowly escaped capture and then suffered from a siege lasting from the 9th of May until the 12th of October. Under English rule it continued from this time on as a military post with its population usually reduced to less than 500.

In 1778 a new fort was built and named Fort Lernault, and during the War of Independence the British sent forth from here several Indian expeditions to ravage the frontiers. With the ratification of the treaty which concluded that war the title to the post passed to the United States in 1783, but the post itself was not surrendered until the 11th of January 1796, in accordance with Jay’s Treaty of 1794.

It was then renamed Fort Shelby; but in 1802 it was incorporated as a town and received its present name.

In 1805 all except one or two buildings were destroyed by fire. General William Hull (1753-1825), a veteran of the War of American Independence, governor of Michigan territory in 1805-1812, as commander of the north-western army in 1812 occupied the city.

Failing to hear the declaration of war between the United States and Great Britain, he was cut off from his supplies shipped by Lake Erie. He made from Detroit on the 12th of July an awkward advance into Canada, which, if more vigorous, might have resulted in the capture of Malden and the establishment of American troops in Canada, and then retired to his fortifications.On the 16th of August 1812, without any resistance and without consulting his officers, he surrendered the city to General Brock, for reasons of humanity.

After Perry’s victory on the 14th of September on Lake Erie, Detroit on the 29th of September was again occupied by the forces of the United States. Its growth was rather slow until 1830, but since then its progress has been unimpeded. 

Detroit was the capital of Michigan from 1805 to 1847.

—adapted from the Encyclopedia Britannica c. 1911

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