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Pluto and the Transformation of the United StatesFlagUSImage

Spring is here and we are beginning to see the light at the end of the long, dark COVID-19 tunnel. You might think that Americans would be breathing a collective sigh of relief. But instead the country has been rocked by a string of mass shootings (25 in the last month). This violence has been accompanied by multiple incidents of black people being shot by the police, protests sparked by those incidents and the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis.


Back when this string of shootings started, in March, I wrote an article attributing them to the square between transiting Saturn and transiting Uranus. (Click here to see that article.) That aspect has been separating over the past months but it remains within three degrees of exact. However, there is another factor to consider. That involves the return of Pluto to its natal place in the horoscope of the United States.


In the Sibly chart for the United States (click on Sibly to see the horoscope) Pluto is at 27Capricorn33. Transiting Pluto won’t reach that point until early in 2022. However, in late March of this year the aspect crept to within a degree of the conjunction and it remains that close until the end of May. So, it’s tempting see this current wave of violence as a foretaste of what that aspect has in store for us in 2022.


Astrologers have been talking about this Pluto return in the U.S. horoscope for years, mostly in apocalyptic terms. My take on it is has been more optimistic than most. I’m hoping that this conjunction will help us reach a greater level of cohesion and unity in the country. Of course, all of this is theoretical. We can often learn something about an aspect in mundane astrology (the astrology of historical events) by seeing how it works in natal astrology, but human beings don’t live long enough to have Pluto returns. That leaves astrologer will little to work with.


However, despite this lack of a previous example, it is generally agreed that this upcoming conjunction will be of momentous. Central to the symbolism of Pluto is the idea of transformation. This transformation can be sudden and overwhelming or it can be slow and incremental, but it always represent a total, from the ground up change. We have to remember that the discovery of Pluto in 1930 roughly coincided with the transformation of Czarist Russia into the Soviet Union and democratic Germany, Italy and Spain into fascist states.


These are some scary examples, but a Pluto transformation, though rarely easy, is by no means always a bad thing. I’ve seen plenty of examples in which a person came out of an important Pluto transit much stronger and much wiser than they were when it started. There’s no reason to believe that this principle won’t also apply to the upcoming Pluto return in the U.S. chart.


Still, the rise of mass shootings is a concern, as well as the continued use of excess force by police against African-Americans and the incidents of harassment and violence against Asian-Americans. However, I see this as a symptom of something bigger. Within a relatively short time white people of European extraction will no longer be the “face” of America. They will be just one more of many minorities within this country. That is a transformation that has a lot of people scared.


We saw evidence of this fear in the rabid support that Donald Trump enjoyed. We also saw it in the invasion of the U.S. Capitol last January. Now we’re seeing it in these outbursts of anger, frustration and violence. Transformation causes tension and that tension is being felt all across our populations, by people of all races and ethnicities. The conflicts that are currently in the news are going to continue but they are only the surfaces manifestations of a deeper and more profound change. And, despite the panic being felt in many sectors, that change, that transformation, has the potential of making this a stronger and more equitable nation.

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