On January 1st, our New Year, Mars entered Aries. Talk about fireworks and with Mercury direct, you will mean what you say.
January 5th will have a New Moon that is also Partial Solar Eclipse for Epiphany It is in Capricorn. Thus the Moon and the Sun are conjunct.
The next eclipse is a total Lunar eclipse on January 21st right after the Sun moves into Aquarius ( January 20 at 9am EST). The effects of an eclipse lasts until the next one occurs.
Overall this is, to borrow a phrase, a bonzer time to make goals and set deadlines. Everything is working on your behalf so declare what you want and then go for it. We are still working within the Solstice chart that tells us that women will have the upper hand in negotiations and have a lot of momentum on their side. Mars is in Aries, the seventh house right now, and suggesting that they may overplay their hand (because energetic Mars square acquisitive Venus), but for the most part the force is with you and particularly favors new opportunities. Go for it.
The Chinese New Year will begin on February 16 initiating the Year of the Pig.
Omaha, Nebraska in 1911, the county-seat of Douglas county was also the largest city in the state. It is situated on the Western bank of the Missouri river, about 20 m. above the mouth of the Platte. Its Pop. (1880) was 30,518, in (1890) 66,536, and by (1900) 102,555. In 1910, according to the U.S. census, the population was 124,096.
Originally, with Council Bluffs, Iowa, it was the eastern terminus of the first Pacific railway, but now Omaha now has outlets over nine great railway systems: the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy, the Union Pacific, the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific, the Chicago Great-Western, the Chicago & North-Western, the Chicago, Milwaukee & St Paul, the Illinois Central, the Missouri Pacific and the Wabash. Bridges over the Missouri river connect Omaha with Council Bluffs.
Omaha is the see of Roman Catholic and Protestant Episcopal bishoprics. Among the educational institutions are a state school for the deaf (1867); the medical department and orthopaedic branch of the University of Nebraska (whose other departments are at Lincoln); a Presbyterian Theological Seminary (1891); and Creighton University (Roman Catholic, under Jesuit control). This university, which was founded in honour of Edward Creighton (d. 1874) whose brother, Count John A. Creighton, (d. 1907) gave large sums in his lifetime $1,250,000. Creighton University was incorporated in 1879. St Joseph’s Hospital (Roman Catholic) was built also as a memorial to John A. Creighton, largely endowed by Creighton’s widow.
The principal newspapers in 1911 were the Omaha Daily Bee (it folded in 1937), the World-Herald (still extant) and the News. The Omaha Bee was established in 1871 by Edward Rosewater (1841-1906), who made it one of the most influential Republican journals in the West. The World-Herald (Democrat) was founded in 1865 by George L. Miller and was edited by #148 William Jennings Bryan from 1894 to 1896.
In 1804 Meriwether Lewis and William Clark camped on the Omaha plateau. In 1825 a licensed Indian post was established here. In 1846 the Mormons settled at “Winter Quarters” that was later called (1857) Florence (pop. in 1900, 668), and in the immediate environs (6 m. N.) of the present site of Omaha. By 1847 the area had built up camps of some 12,000 inhabitants on the Nebraska and Iowa sides of the Missouri.
The Lewis & Clark expedition were compelled to remove from the Indian reservation within which Winter Quarters lay, where they founded “Kanesville” on the Iowa side (after 1853 was known as Council Bluffs), gradually emigrating to Utah in the years following. The Kanesville Tabernacle is renowned as being where Brigham Young was sustained as the Second president and Prophet of the The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints.
Winter Quarters (Florence) was deserted in 1848, but many Mormons were still in Nebraska and Iowa, and their local influence was strong for nearly a decade afterwards. Not all Mormons though left Nebraska by 1853 and speculative land “squatters” intruded upon the Indian lands in that year, and a rush of settlers followed the opening of Nebraska Territory under the Kansas-Nebraska Bill of 1854.
Omaha (named from the Omaha Indians) was platted in 1854, and first chartered as a city in 1857. It was the provisional territorial capital from 1854-1855, and the regular capital in 1855-1867. The city was connected by telegraph from 1863 to Chicago, St Louis, and since 1861 with San Francisco.
A Trans-Mississippi Exposition illustrating the progress and resources of the states west of the Mississippi was held at Omaha in 1898. It represented an investment of $2,000,000, and in spite of financial depression and wartime, 90% of their subscriptions were returned in dividends to the stockholders.
Next week or so we finish up in the Big Apple.