Natal Delineation of the Chart of Japan

by William Stickevers
September 10, 1997

The birth chart for the nation of Japan is February 11, 1889 at a rectified time of 10:44am local time, in Tokyo. The chart reflects the ideals set forth by the Meiji restoration that was embodied in the Meiji Constitution. There is a Grand Trine in the Air element between the Sun - Moon - Uranus in the chart, suggesting an ideological vision of a refined and enlighten culture that encourages high aspirations for its people. The Sun in Aquarius reflects an intellectual leadership based on high-standing principles such as freedom, independence and individual rights. These set of placements would promote the development of a liberal democracy over time.

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Japan Birth Chart, Japan Natal Chart, Japan Astrology Chart

There is a Sun-Neptune square in the chart that reflects a utopian dream for the state. This aspect suggests a great deal of ungrounded idealism in the nation's psychology indicating Japan is susceptible to collective psychic outbreaks such as manias, fads, or extremist ideologies that can infect the nation and its people. This astrological placement also reflects sacred sovereignty of the state: the Emperor of Japan - a symbol of the nation and unity of the Japanese people.

The natal Sun placement in the 10th house in the nation's chart is in opposition to natal Saturn retrograde in the 4th house. This would suggest that the authority of state demanded strict subordination of the interests of the group or the individual to those of the state. The Sun is also the ruler of the of 4th house and natal Saturn receives the Sun by sign and is in mutual reception to it by Term & Face, engendering a society that voluntarily places great importance of obedience on the group, especially in the form of familial piety toward one's parents and loyalty to the state.

The horoscope has Jupiter in Capricorn (the sign of the patriarch) ruler of the 3rd house is square to Mars and in opposition to the Moon. This pattern indicates a need to indoctrinate a social ideology (based on the Shinto-Confucian concepts) into its primary education system for the purpose of ingraining a great obedient family (populace) with a father-like emperor at its head. 

The natal Grand Trine in Air (Sun-Moon-Uranus) with the natal T-square (Sun-Saturn-Ascendant) configuration presents cultural dilemma for the nation in thatВ the traditional demands of duty (giri) to one's family (Sun-Saturn-Asc) and (Ninjo) the pull of modern ways of living (Sun-Moon-Uranus). This problem is especially Japanese because the Japanese people are overwhelmingly group-oriented: they work in groups; they play in groups; and they seem happiest in groups. Such extraordinary feeling for collective behavior has its origins in the family, and any rejection of or failure to conform to the family raises for the Japanese individual the most serious questions about his/her role in society as a whole.

Japan's Future

The 127-year Uranus Pluto cycle appears to be important for the radical restructuring of nations. Reinhold Ebertin describes it as "building again on the ruins of the old". The conjunction that occurred during 1965/66 marked out the re-constructive aspects of this cycle by the transformational emergence of Japan as a world economic and technological power. On the scientific and intellectual plane Uranus-Pluto correlates with electronic manufacturing, computers, digital communication, undoubtedly industries that contributed to Japan's economic success.

This Sun-Uranus trine in the chart of Japan is responsible for the drive and incorporation of high-technology into its culture. With the coming conjunction of theВ transiting Uranus/Pluto midpoint in 2012 to the natal the natal Sun of the nation, there will be a new impetus for the development of new proto technologies in alternative and replenishable energy such as solar power and nuclear fusion and a rapid moving away of imported fuel sources.

Uranus/Pluto will also spawn the development of new micro industries that specialized manufacturing in space for the production of medical products, electronic machinery, and biodynamic methods of growing food that respects the delicate ecological balance.

We will likely see Japan lead the world in the implementation of global communications network for industry and commerce that employs the use of artificial intelligence.