Happy (?) Birthday USA, 2022 edition
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 […]