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The Sibly U.S. Chart and Pluto in Capricorn

A couple of weeks ago I put up an article on Saturn transiting the Second House of the Sibly U.S. chart. That got me thinking about Pluto, which is in the same sector. Pluto first entered the U.S. Second House in Dec. 2012 (using the Koch house system). This is a little late to connect it to the economic crash of 2008, but Pluto’s entry into Capricorn was right on time. Pluto first crossed into that sign in Jan. 2008. Then it went retrograde and back into Sagittarius. It turn direct in Sept. 9, 2008 (just as Lehman’s Brothers’ last attempt to right itself failed) and reentered Capricorn in December.

Of course, the 2008 recession was a worldwide phenomenon and we’re concerned with what Pluto’s passage through Capricorn means to the United States. For that we have to look beyond its journey through the U.S. Second House and look at aspects it makes with all the planets in Cancer in the U.S. chart. That’s where things get interesting. (Click here to see the Sibly U.S.A. horoscope.)

The first aspect transiting Pluto made to the Sibly chart was an opposition to Venus and Jupiter which are conjunct in Cancer. Since these two planets are so close together, Pluto was within a degree of aspecting one or the other for a period of almost two years, starting in Feb. 2009. Something else started in Feb. 2009. The Tea Party Movement came into being and over the next two years it became a potent political force.

The Tea Party had many components, but it was essentially a reaction by older white people to the fact that we had a black president. Bill Clinton was accused of many things during his presidency (and he was guilty of few,) but he was never called a socialist, or accused of being born in a foreign country or of plotting to take away peoples’ guns and impose Sharia law. The Republican Party was so successful at fueling and harnessing the anger of the Tea Party that people forgot that it was their party that had first advocated the corporate bailouts that had originally sparked the Tea Party’s ire.

After Pluto moved beyond the U.S. Venus and Jupiter, the next stop was an opposition to the U.S. Sun (and square to the U.S. Saturn.) This aspect became exact for the first time in Jan. 2015. This is when Republicans gained a majority in the Senate (after winning elections in Nov.) Since they already had control of the House, the G.O.P. was now able to stymy every initiative put forth by President Obama, including his nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

Pluto opposed the U.S. Sun twice more in 2015, in July and November. In June 2015 Donald Trump surprised many by announcing that he was running for president in 2016. At first his candidacy was considered a joke, however by November he had established himself as a major force within the Republican Party and other candidates in the Republican primary, along with several moderate Republicans, began to get nervous.

The pattern that seems to be evolving out of these Pluto aspects is a movement to right in U.S. politics. This is necessarily a problem, despite the consternation it has caused those on the left. The problem is the fact that the symbolism of Pluto does not readily lend itself to democracy. Pluto is all about power and going to extremes. When it comes to politics Pluto generally represents fascism and totalitarian governments. This has me wondering about what may be in store for this country in 2020, when Pluto opposes the Sibly Mercury, and then in 2022 when it reaches it natal place in the U.S. chart. Will the same pattern play out to its ultimate end, or will Pluto swing around to take us to the opposite extreme? Astrology answers a lot of questions, but it’s the ones it asks that are often the scariest.

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