Dane Rudhyar writes:
“I have chose a voting time just past 5 pm on which to calculate the chart presented in this book*. The original basis for this time seems to have been a book by Dr. E. Sibley, a well-known English astrologer of the late 18th century who wrote about 'the time the Americans chose to declare their defection from the mother country.' The chart he calculated for that time gives 10:10 pm, but the calculation of the Ascendant in the chart he gave is for the latitude of London.
Taking into consideration the five hours of time difference between London and Philadelphia, we come to a time in Philadelphia of 5:10 pm. I have rectified the time to 5:13'55" for reasons I will discuss presently. It is this chart, with Libra 2°08' at the Midheaven, and Sagittarius 13°10' at the Ascendant which I consider to be the 'seed-pattern' of the individuality and destiny of the United States of America as a collective person.
<..> I have already quoted Thomas Paine's glowing words: 'We have it in our power to begin the world over again.' These words are echoed in the reverse side of the Great Seal of the USA where we see under the 'unfinished pyramid' the motto 'Novus Ordo Seclorum' - a new order for the centuries - and the date for this beginning, also inscribed in the Seal, is 1776, the year of Destiny.”