Astrological state of the Union and post Pluto Return America

Part II: The current situation and looking ahead

In yesterday’s post we looked at the past 20 years of Plutonic influences in the (Sibley) astrological chart for the United States leading up to the Pluto return: the period during which transiting Pluto returned to its place in the U.S. chart. Pluto is the planet of destruction and regeneration; Pluto’s placement in the charts of individuals or of nations describes where we meet the shadow, the place of our undoing. In the U.S. chart, Pluto is in the sign of Capricorn (position and status)  in the second house of money, values and resources. We can see here the correlation to an obsessive compulsion of Americans and the U.S. government to place financial gain above all other values.

This urgency to amass as much wealth as possible created the need for the institution of slavery which permitted cheap labor to build great fortunes, and the legacy of slavery and its descendants is a major cause of the strife we see now during the Pluto return. Pluto’s role is to dig up the darkness and expose it to light so that it may be transformed and transmuted, and under the Pluto influences of the past 20 years we have seen the racial conflicts in the U.S. emerge at a level most of us never knew existed. Racial conflicts aren’t the only issues that arose under the Pluto return, but the fevered war against “woke” is certainly rooted in the fight for racial justice and its backlash. This war has filtered into other areas of post Piscean Age evolution such as gender issues.

Technically there were three exact hits from transiting Pluto to U.S. […]

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By |2023-04-08T08:54:10-04:00April 8th, 2023|Politics|6 Comments

Astrological state of the Union and Pluto Return update

Part I: A look back at the past 20 years of Plutonic influence.

art by Midjourney and me

The return of Pluto, the planet of destruction and regeneration, to its place in the U.S. astrological chart has been a dramatic event that only occurs once every 248 years. Pluto returns in charts of nations and empires mark periods of great turmoil and change, and we have certainly seen that in the United States. The turmoil actually began long before the beginning of the Pluto return in early 2022:

    • Pluto crossed the U.S. Sagittarius ascendant (the point which shows the style of action and the way the nation is viewed by others) in 1999 and 2000, just before the events of September 11, 2001 changed everything. This period was marked by the Columbine massacre, the first of the school shootings which have come to define our national trauma. President Bill Clinton was impeached. The 2000 presidential election was so close it was decided by the Supreme Court, leading many to believe it was an illegitimate presidency, something which has haunted every election since.
    • Pluto, still in Sagittarius, opposed the U.S. Mars (conflict) in 2003-2005, leading to the invasion of Iraq and the war in Afghanistan. Pluto also squared U.S. Neptune (confusion and delusion) during this period and now, 20 years later, it is generally agreed that these wars were entered into under false pretenses and accomplished very little.
    • Beginning in 2007-2008, Pluto squared the U.S. Midheaven – the point of highest aspiration and the noble goals of the nation. President Barack Obama was elected and then in 2008 Pluto entered Capricorn and facilitated the crash of inflated dreams and housing markets. The Pluto/Midheaven […]
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By |2023-04-08T08:56:32-04:00April 7th, 2023|Politics|9 Comments

The Astrology of the U.S. Midterm Election, 2022 edition


Election Day in the U.S. falls on November 8th this year. Whoever decided to schedule Election Day during Scorpio season clearly wasn’t working with an astrologer – how much nicer would it have been to hold the election during Libra season when everyone wanted to be nice. Oh wait, then nobody would be able to make up their minds. 😃

Lunar eclipse. This year the midterm elections fall not only in Scorpio season, but on the day of a lunar eclipse at dawn in Washington, the Moon opposite the Sun at 15 degrees of the Taurus/Scorpio axis. This is one of the cross-quarter Celtic power days (Samhain), and with a lunar eclipse on this day it’s bound to carry a great deal of potential to create waves.

This is a total eclipse, with the lunar nodes just three degrees from the Sun and Moon which intensifies the eclipse energies – there is a sense here of something underground about to burst, which is then pushed into consciousness with an almost violent thrust. Mercury is exactly conjunct the Sun within one minute of a degree, something called “cazimi,” suggesting that ideas and communication could be lost under the power of the brilliant nuclear explosive energies emerging at this time. On top of this, Uranus, planet of “shock and awe” – sudden change and eruption of awareness – virtually ensures that what happens on Election Day this year is impossible to predict (exact conjunction to the Taurus Moon and opposes the Sun and Mercury).

The position of the lunar nodes is critical in an eclipse, and here we have the North Node of fate tied in with the eclipse of the lunar energies, and the South Node of […]

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By |2022-10-15T08:58:35-04:00October 15th, 2022|Politics|4 Comments

The astrology of Queen Elizabeth II: Duty and honor above all

art by Eleanor Tomlinson

After watching The Crown on Netflix I became inspired to learn more about the Windsors and I began watching documentaries on YouTube about this fascinating family. At some point I hope to present a comprehensive series about the dramatic personality differences as explained by astrology, but now the Queen has transitioned to the next plane at a point where the entire global political ecosystem hangs in a fragile balance. So before we move on to discuss King Charles and Liz Truss and what might come next in Britain I’d like to bid an astrological farewell to Elizabeth. (This is not meant to be a comprehensive astrological profile but will cover the major influences in this brief format.)

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was not meant to be Queen. Her Uncle David (Edward VIII) was first in line to the throne after the death of his father King George V but famously abdicated to be with the woman he loved, leaving his younger brother to take the throne as George VI, Elizabeth’s father. George VI suffered from health problems (lung and heart) and died at age 56, leaving Elizabeth to become ruler of the British Commonwealth encompassing seven nations. She was 25. But as we will see, her astrological chart shows a powerful destiny of commitment to a greater cause.

Elizabeth was born with the Sun in Taurus, and the Sun makes no aspects to any other planets (other than an out of sign aspect to Chiron in Aries which is out of the scope of what I will cover here today). We call this a “singleton” Sun and it tends to show someone who tends to stand alone. Her Moon is in the regal […]

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By |2022-09-11T08:11:20-04:00September 11th, 2022|People, Politics|4 Comments

Happy (?) Birthday USA, 2022 edition

art by Linda Mears

Every history has a beginning, a crescendo, a crisis, and then either a breakdown or a breakthrough. This is true for individuals, and it’s also true for countries. The story of the United States is a fascinating one, especially through the astrological lens.

Before we can understand the current situation we have to understand how we got here. Back in 2009 I wrote:

The United States is at an astrological crossroads.  The US progressed Mars turned retrograde last year, and is searching for a new direction.  Pluto, god of transformation, has been challenging the US Midheaven, the point of public perception.  The qualities that gave the US its power over the past 400 years will not work for the next 400, and the nation will have to adapt.  Economic systems are changing and becoming much more tenuous and fluid as they go global.  Traditional social systems are weakening and require a new way of looking at the way humans form families and cultural groups.  As a people we must become more lithe and limber so that we can adapt to the changing collective, or we will not survive the 21st century.  This is not a time to look back and long for the conservative values of the 1950s – those days are over.  There is a new day dawning, and we will have to be ready for it.

Apparently we are not ready for it, and the return of Pluto to its place in the U.S. chart is drawing attention to the deep fissures that divide the country. But let’s take a birthday look at the chart of the United States and see what is in store for us […]

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