I don’t know if you remember how I predicted that Hawaii would be hip again during Barack Obama’s summer vacation there. Later that same day, CBS announced it was reviving Hawaii Five-0. Boy, was that a lucky break!
But now it appears that instead of getting ready for the luau, I should be looking up my Baked Alaska recipe. Actually, Baked Alaska is a Southern dish, and according to Epicurious blogger Regina Schrambling, a real Alaskan specialty is rhubarb muffins made with sour milk. Who knew?
We’ve all learned a lot about Alaska in the past two weeks. Ever since Aug. 29, the day that John McCain announced his selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, all eyes have been on the 49th state.
Historians out there know that Alaska and Hawaii both became states in 1959, Alaska on Jan. 3 and Hawaii on Aug. 21. Before we go any further, let’s take a moment to ponder that. Alaska — cold, self-sufficient state — joined the U.S. during the frigid sign of Capricorn, ruled by Saturn. Hawaii — sunny, fun-loving state — became part of the Union during the sign of Leo, ruled by the Sun.
Now, what are the chances of that?
I’ve decided to take a peek at the statehood chart for Alaska, which I got from Carolyn R. Dodson’s Horoscopes of the U.S. It’s set for Washington, D.C., not Juneau, Alaska’s capital, because that’s where Alaska’s statehood was declared
Dodson sets the chart for noon. I don’t know if that’s because the time of the statehood declaration is unknown or that’s when it actually happened.
I was interested to see whether Jupiter is making a transit to a key point in the Alaska chart because of all the publicity the state is receiving. You could read publicity as a Mercury transit, but the Winged Messenger moves so quickly that I settled instead on Jupiter, the Great Expander, since we’re hearing a LOT of news about Alaska and Palin.
Guess what folks? Palin accepted the GOP vice-presidential nomination as Jupiter was stationing and going direct on Alaska’s 12 degree Capricorn Sun. So far, so good.
There’s been a lot of focus on Alaska’s bloggers so I wanted to see where Uranus is in the chart and what the transits are to it. Here’s a story from Time magazine on the role that Alaska’s bloggers hope to play in educating the rest of America about Sarah Palin.
Alaska’s Uranus is at 15 degrees of Leo. That’s not hitting any buttons for me. But the state’s Jupiter is at 24 degrees of Scorpio, getting a wide trine from transiting Uranus, planet of technology, and a square from the Neptune, North Node, and Chiron triple conjunction in Aquarius, which rules the collective.
If you want to look at the Alaska chart, it’s here, with transits of Aug. 29, courtesy of Astrodienst.
Me? I’ll be out shopping for a dog sled. I might need one when Pluto moves into Capricorn, when some meteorologists are predicting a cold spell.