Act of 1964 -
Invalidation of Defense of Marriage Act
As the Bob Dylan
song goes, "The times they are a changin." The
Supreme Court's invalidation of the Defense of
Marriage Act heralds a new definition of not
only marriage but of "family values."
start with the conjunction of two planets. The
Uranus-Pluto conjunction in the 1960s heralded
changing social, political, and moral values.
The Civil Rights
Act passed on July 2, 1964 outlawed major forms
of discrimination against racial, ethnic,
national and religious minorities and women. It
ended unequal application of voter registration
requirements and racial segregation in schools,
workplace, and public accommodations. Its
powers were initially weak but supplemented in
later years. Congress asserted authority over
the states under the power to regulate
As would be
expected, the bill's passage in both the House
and Senate was divided along geographic areas.
The eleven states that made up the Confederacy
primarily voted against the bill. Only seven
Southern Democrats out of 87 in the House of
Representatives, and only one Southern Democrat
out of 20 in the Senate voted for the Bill. Only
one Northern Democrat, Robert Byrd of West
Virginia, voted against the Bill (after a
In July of 1964,
the exact conjunction of Uranus and Pluto,
signifying dramatic social and cultural changes,
had yet to occur. (Uranus and Pluto were 6
degrees apart. The first exact conjunction
occurred on April 1, 1965.) This illustrates how
significant planetary configurations affect an
overall timeframe, starting before they become
exact and continuing for a period of time
landmark bill and the conflict leading up to its
passage, it's no surprise that the chart for
July 2, 1964 (drawn for noon in Washington DC)
is full of conflict. It includes a T-square
among Uranus and Pluto conjunct in Virgo, Saturn
in Pisces, and Mars in Gemini. This is a
particular feisty combination of planets, with
the forces of change being opposed by the status
Jupiter in Taurus
was opposite Neptune in Scorpio, perhaps showing
both idealism and conflicting values. Venus in
Gemini was square to Chiron in Pisces. The
Moon in Aries was square to the North Node, and
Sun in Cancer. The Sun was parallel the North
The North Node at
2 Cancer conjoined Venus at 2 Cancer in the US
chart. (I'm using the Gemini Rising chart for
the US.) Venus was Retrograde at 21 Gemini 54,
conjoining the US Mars at 20 Gemini 57 and
forming a square to the US Neptune. The legal
ramifications of this Act facilitated social, as
well as legal, transformation.
The Defense of
Marriage Act was passed on September 21, 1996
and signed into law by President Bill Clinton
(something to think about for those who see, or
saw, Clinton as a social liberal). The Supreme
Court ruled this law invalid on June 26, 2013.
I consider this invalidation an extension of the
initial Civil Rights Act as it extends the civil
rights under federal law, this time for gay and
lesbian couples. This Supreme Court decision
occurred during the first square of Uranus and
Pluto, following its 1965 conjunction. (The
court decision was based upon a suit brought by
Edith Windsor is an 84-year old widow, who was
forced to pay $363,000 in federal taxes after
the death of her female spouse because their
marriage was not recognized under federal law.)
enough, in progressing the Civil Rights Act of
1964 to June 26, 2013, we find an almost to the
minute trine from the progressed Sun in Leo to
natal Ceres in Sagittarius (27 Leo 37 to 27
Sagittarius 36). The Sun rules authority, Ceres
representing issues relating to family. In
addition, on June 26 transiting Jupiter had just
entered the family sign of Cancer where the Sun,
Mercury, and Venus were already posited. While
this Supreme Court decision dealt with marital
status, it ultimately affects the definition of
what constitutes a family under the law.
placements on June 26 include six out of ten
celestial bodies in the same signs as in the US
chart—Jupiter, Sun, Mercury, and Venus in
Cancer, the Moon in Aquarius, and Mars in Gemini,
so the energy is simpatico. And the Solar Arc
Jupiter in the Civil Rights Act had moved to 5
degrees of Cancer, the same degree as the
Jupiter in the US chart.
The chart of the
Supreme Court decision included an exact grand
trine among the Sun in Cancer, Saturn in
Scorpio, and Neptune in Pisces, as well as
Jupiter in Cancer in this grand trine. The Sun
was parallel Mars and Jupiter and Saturn and
Neptune were parallel (as well as trine).
The position of
Pluto in the Invalidation of DOMA chart was
exactly opposite the Sun in the Civil Rights Act
chart and had Uranus less than 2 degrees past
its square. Neptune (part of the grand trine
among Neptune, the Sun, and Saturn) conjoined
Saturn in the Civil Rights Act chart, and the
North Node conjoined Neptune.
Needless to say,
this many planetary connections are unusual.
The Defense of Marriage Act chart of September
21, 1996 shows no such connections. As such, it
looks like "game over" legally for the
conservative Christian forces.
enough, at the time that same sex marriage
officially began in Massachusetts on May 17.
2004, Mars and Saturn were conjoined in Cancer.
Saturn was at 10 degrees of Cancer conjoining
the Civil Rights Act chart Sun (in the exact
same degree) and the US Sun (at 12 degrees of
Cancer). Saturn represents the task master of
the Zodiac. It's as if these conjunctions were
holding the country responsible for its actions
and set the stage for further change.
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