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NOTES ON THE HOROSCOPE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON

George Washington was born at Pope's Creek (later called Wakefield), at 10:04 AM on 11 February 1732, and was christened at home on 5 April of that year.

Moon 17.00 Capricorn
Venus 29.25 Pisces
Saturn 02.42 Aries
Pluto 17.43 r. Libra
Ascend. 20.15 Taurus

Sun 03.19 Pisces
Mars 23.14 Scorpio
Uranus 10.04 Sagittarius
Caput 25.41 Sagittarius
MC 00.33 Aquarius

Mercury 06.34 Aquarius
Jupiter 08.37 r. Libra
Neptune 14.40 r. Gemini
Fortuna 03.56 Aries

The place and time are derived from Douglas S. Freeman, George Washington. A Biography, Vol. 1, p.47.
Freeman has based his information on an entry in the Washington family Bible, which he reproduced as a frontispiece to this volume.
He is however partly in error, for he records the birth as being at 10.00, whereas the entry actually gives, 'about 10 in the Morning' (my emphasis).
I reproduce below a copy of this entry, as interesting evidence.



Unfortunately, Freeman's error has been repeated by several biographers, and the rounded-off hour has been adopted by the majority of astrologers. This has led to numerous incorrect horoscopes of the great man.

Like many biographers of Washington, James T. Flexner, Washington. The Indispensable Man, 1976 edn, p.4. notes that the birthdate of 11 February has been pushed forward to the 22nd by calendar changes instituted during Washington's lifetime. However, no matter that the calendar was changed, in Britain and North America in 1752, the date of his birth remained the 11th February, and the data in ephemerides of that day and year are still pertinent. 1

The astrologers, G. Wilde and J. Dodson, A Treatise of Natal Astrology, 1894, pp.152-3, rightly give the data for Washington's horoscope in Old Style, for the 11 February (incidentally, they propose an Ascendant of 24.32 Taurus). However, the historical fact is that, even during Washington's lifetime, his birthday was celebrated as 22 February.
The earliest such celebration was in 1778, as noted by N. W. Stephenson & W. H. Dunn, George Washington (1940), Vol. 2, p.58.

Most of the horoscopes with which I am familiar are based on the unadjusted precise time of 10.00 am. For example, the astrologer Luke Broughton printed a horoscope for Washington with such a birth (Ascendant 18.51 Taurus), in Broughton's Monthly Planet Reader, September 1861. This figure was reprinted in Broughton's influential Elements of Astrology, 1898, p.347. Unfortunately, it is immediately evident from this chart that Broughton has made a serious error with the location of the Moon. This he places in 21.05 Gemini, when, in fact, the Moon was located in Capricorn, throughout the entire day.
The rectified time I have provided above (which differs slightly from that in David Ovason, The Book of the Eclipse. The Hidden Influences of Eclipses, (1999), p. 219) appears to be acceptable, in terms of major progressions. For example at the time and date of his death, which occurred just before midnight on 14 December 1799, the progressed Moon (23.13 Cancer) was on the Ascendant, the progressed Saturn (10.58 Aries) was on the Midheaven, and Venus was conjunct the Dragon's Tail. For this reason, I have deviated from the stated 10:00 AM only slightly.

A rectified time, of 10:04 AM, allows Washington the common destiny of great men - he came in with an eclipse and died with an eclipse. The time of 10:04 permits the lunar eclipse of 12 November 1799 (in 20.06 Taurus) to fall on his Ascendant. Without this slight adjustment to the time, there would be no significant cosmic notice of this extraordinary man's passing.
In my books, that would have been an impossibility.





1 See, for example, Henry Coley, Merlinus Anglicus Junior, or, The Starry Messenger. For the Year of our Redemption 1732, or Edmund Weaver, The British Telescope: Being an Ephemeris of the Celestial Motions, with an Almanack For the Year of our Lord 1732. Coley gives a midday Moon as 15.16 Capricorn, while Weaver gives a midday Moon as 15.08 Capricorn.
The variations are typical of several others. A useful source is the collection of 14 ephemerides for this year, bound in the British Library volume, pressmark PP 2465.