An astrological Response to current American politics


The #1 Sibley chart of the United States, which is based on historical accuracy, unlike many other versions of charts you'll see
The #1 Sibley chart of the United States (with today’s transits), which is based on historical accuracy, unlike many other versions of charts you’ll see
Of interest to me right now are transits to the Sibley #1 American chart (my American chart of preference), largely because, not to state the obvious, I am deeply worried about the future of the U.S.

The ongoing square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn shows up in the U.S. chart from the 4th to the 2nd house. Pluto is within 2˚ of the 2nd house cusp, and I have found through the years (as have many other astrologers) that a planet in conjunction via transit to the cusp of a house is an important moment in the chart, largely because of the liminal nature of cusps, which serve to introduce or guide us into the issues and nature of the house in question.

So on the one hand, you’ve got Pluto about to enter the 2nd house, and yet on the other, you’ve got Uranus continuing its transit through the 4th house. Uranus in Aries, as has been said before, represents the type of energy that desires absolute eradication of the old, with such things as overthrow of government (when we’re in a mundane chart, such as that of the U.S.).

I think it’s pretty clear by now that Uranus in Aries is propelling much of the “alt-right’s” desire for what they perceive to be “change”. I also believe it’s not too much of a stretch to think that the type of change Uranus in Aries desires is blind to consequences, particularly long-term consequences. Even so, there is reason to take the desire for change seriously.

Uranus in Aries in general represents a demanding energy, one that is founded on cognitive/intellectual anguish and turmoil (Uranus), and is reactive and reactionary in nature. The combination is great for overthrow of governments, but not, ironically, given the astrological moment, when in square to Pluto in Capricorn, which represents a much more determined, even plodding, energy, one that fully intends to keep the traditions of the past in place.

That Uranus has been transiting over natal Chiron is another sign that we have much to learn from our seemingly-endless revisiting of the same problems associated with what is clearly a “broken” (and therefore debilitated, even “wounded”) system.

If anything, Uranus, an irritating factor for those of us who have Cardinal energy in our charts and find that any transit through Aries pokes at any wish we might have had to keep things status quo, is trying to tell even the most entrenched something important, something we need to hear and, most importantly for the biased and unwilling-to-change 4th house, take seriously.

At this point, because my daughter is a Millennial and I am extremely conscious of how they think, I can’t help but want to tell all Trump supporters, be careful of your wish for absolute and irrevocable change, because it may seem to them/you, that “only” one person, i.e., Trump, represents change… but the Millennials are going to bring actual change, and it will not be the sort you were hoping for, because their values are nothing like yours. Welcome to Uranus in Aries: a brand new energy is pushing at our most-cherished, most deeply-entrenched, beliefs.

Ironically for those stuck in this moment, caught between the Scylla and Charybdis of desire for change but at the wrong moment (i.e., the Boomer generation, who are actually too old to benefit from most of the changes they seek) they are stuck in the mindset of people who still believe in the idea and ideal of a president. Whether they know it or not, their traditions, represented by entrenched Plutonian methods, are the very thing the next generation abhor.

While this current crop of voters are thinking short-term (jail Hillary and what? all your troubles suddenly vanish?) the next generation is looking to actually overthrow the entire system, including questioning whether or not America needs a president, whether power should not be more equitably managed by a group of legislators.

Be careful of the change you wish for, for while your ‘prayers’ are being heard, they aren’t necessarily being interpreted in the manner of your belated choosing, and fading Boomers are no longer powerful enough in terms of numbers to evoke the kinds of change they think they want, not over the long-term.

Astrologically, by the way, Pluto in Leo represents the “boomer” generation, and I think in both Clinton and Trump we see plenty of evidence of that astrological-generation’s excess, greed, corruption, largesse, etc. I thought that time had passed once the nation elected Obama, a Pluto in Virgo, but apparently that group wants one last moment in what is for them a dying spotlight, and the nation is forced to give it to them.

Squares from the 4th to the 2nd have to do with the fundamental values we were raised with, and how those values are expressed in a manifest, material way. With Uranus in the 4th, questioning and constant intellectual agitation brings on changes in our 4th house, learned-at-home assumptions about how things “are.” It is a very distressing transit because everything we thought we knew, that was written in stone, is upended, and we are forced to see things through others’ eyes.

From my perspective, the 4/10 axis is the ‘backbone’ of the chart; it represents the axis of our most unconscious beliefs (4th house) that will shape who we are in the outer world (10th). That is the process America is currently going through, and those changes are being resisted, as evidenced by the tension of Pluto in Capricorn in the 2nd, which absolutely does not agree with Uranus in Aries. Not for one second, and since it’s Pluto, and it represents a certain kind of inexorable change of its own, the battle in the heavens will reign for quite some time yet, while our collective values are shaken and challenged.

Here’s the thing: in December, Pluto will conjunct the nation’s 2nd house cusp (again, after this year’s protracted retrograde motion), and when that happens, we will be coerced, in Plutonian fashion, into the 2nd house’s desire to manifest the values inherent in the 4th house. Squares from the 4th to the 2nd provoke our most visceral, instinctive emotional responses and compel our perception that those feelings must be made manifest in our behaviors.

It is an empiricist’s dream to have planets transit the 2nd, because finally we have ‘evidence’ we can point to that either confirms (or discounts, with Uranus in the 4th) our most dearly-held beliefs. That these beliefs are too-often founded on knee-jerk reactions (1˚Aries on the 4th house cusp) is something Americans tend to overlook, since Aries does not have a long memory for its own mistakes and misunderstandings of much more complicated, nuanced events.

Natal Pluto is retrograde in the U.S. chart’s natal 2nd house, so we are coming up on a Pluto return. This means that events occurring when Pluto transits to the cusp of the 2nd should reverberate and reinforce Pluto in Capricorn’s hold on ‘the establishment,’ but with Uranus through the 4th, that establishment will eventually be changed. Just be careful what you wish for, because you might not like the direction Uranus in Aries pulls us into. It is sort of alarming, as we age, how fond one gets of security as we define it (4th house) and with Uranus there, that security becomes less and less certain.

To make a long story short, the 2nd house has long been thought of as the Sun’s exit out of the underworld, so we will have to see how it plays out to have Pluto’s dark energy triggered into some form of action. I have written about the 8/2 axis before, but I really need to write specifically about the affect on the 2nd house of its identity as the exit from the underworld.

I’m about to get to the next series on composites, so that’s coming. Thanks once again for reading!


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