The Whitewashing of Juneteenth: 

"Stating that Juneteenth is when "slaves found out they were free" totally whitewashes the real story and diminishes the truth about the huge, scary, dangerous struggle former slaves endured as they tried to pursue their lives as free people... and they are STILL struggling for the same freedom enjoyed by non-blacks to this day."

There is a story going around that Juneteenth marks the date when slaves "finally found out" they were free two and a half years after the emancipation proclamation. The story states that black people in the south "didn't know" they were free for over two years.

This is ridiculous!! There were newspapers, there was postal service, there were trains, and telegraphs.  It is completely unrealistic to believe this news was successfully kept a secret!! Of COURSE they knew they were "free" before June 19, 1865!!

However, life was DANGEROUS for black people then (and still is today).  Many freed slaves wanted to start a life as free men, but they faced threats from those who were bitter about the outcome of the Civil War. Many had no resources and nowhere else to go!

The difficult truth is, many white people and former slave owners made black people's lives a living hell after the emancipation proclamation.

Let's be clear. Uranus had already been well into Gemini, and it was in the 9th house of "Broadcasting news widely" at the time the emancipation proclamation was signed, and had just completed a sextile to Mars in Aries, telling me this news spread like WILDFIRE in 1863!!



(Chart for the Emancipation Proclamation.  There's no way it was a "secret"!  Uranus in Gemini, the sign of information and communication, in the 9th house of "broadcasting and publishing".)  

So what IS Juneteenth?

It's when the federal government ENFORCED the emancipation proclamation.

It's when it was put into action. It meant if a black person remained with their former slaveowners, they were no longer to be treated as slaves but instead as employees. It meant if a black person wanted to leave, they couldn't be legally be hunted down as "property".


(Chart for Juneteenth with transits for New Moon Eclipse, 2020)

Stating that Juneteenth is when "slaves found out they were free" totally whitewashes the real story and diminishes the truth about the huge, scary, dangerous struggle former slaves endured as they tried to pursue their lives as free people... and they are STILL struggling for the same freedom enjoyed by non-blacks to this day.

Neptune rules oppression and slavery, Chiron is where we open up old wounds in order to heal from them.  Currently, transiting Neptune and Mars in Pisces are conjunct Juneteenth's Chiron in Pisces, and Juneteenth's Neptune in Aries is conjunct the current transiting Chiron in Aries.

It is time for us to face and accept our uncomfortable history.  We owe it to our black brothers and sisters to honor the truth, that even as they were declared free in 1863 on paper, they still aren't free in practice in 2020.


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