PLUTO’S RETURN TO CAPRICORN IN THE USA CHART, PART I: THE VOYAGE HOME TO . . . WHAT?

July 7, 20113 Comments

“Astrology for the Astrologically Challenged” by Deborah Smith Parker

Since the USA was founded with Pluto in Capricorn, our nation’s primary fulcrum of power will always be that of government and corporate interests. In spite of all our rhetoric about “we the people,” it may surprise some to learn that America’s astrological chart did not deal its citizens a particularly strong hand.

In astrology the citizens of a nation are represented by the Moon which in the USA’s chart is in Aquarius. The bad news is that the Aquarius Moon tends to be a loner, dissociating from stress, angst and trauma which it also seems to attract. This may seem contradictory to those who know enough astrology to know that Aquarius represents the house of groups, associations, and friends.

So why is Aquarius a loner? Short answer—well, relatively short: Aquarius represents the experience of the individual meeting the collective. This doesn’t always work out well.  Aquarius largely views collective thought as a narcotic trap one must be rescued from. It pulls us away from the creative potential for individuation represented by its opposite sign Leo. Consequently, Aquarius responds to society the way the crew of the Starship Enterprise responded to the Borg, and goes on a quest proving that resistance is not futile. Aquarius champions individual expression in an ongoing battle against oppression and conformity.  The impact of these repeated collisions requires a measure of withdrawal in order to rest for the next encounter.

Getting the attention of Aquarian Moon people for the next battle isn’t easy. It takes an intense and sustained pounding. However, the good news is that if and when “we the people” wake up to what’s going on around us, the strong Aquarian need for rebelling against oppression kicks in, just as in our nation’s beginning.

Once individualistic Aquarius has engaged one can never be sure quite how it will act, being Aquarius and all. There are, however, two archetypal national images to keep in mind. First are the early American farmers and shopkeepers who grabbed their rifles to employ some unorthodox and successful battle tactics against highly regimented British soldiers. The second image is one of the many faces of the 60s peace and freedom movements.

So, has the continuing economic downward slide that first became evident to all but the dullest of the dull in the fall of 2008 finally triggered a wake up call for the Aquarius nature of our national psyche? Economic factors alone are more related to Capricorn and may not be sufficient to goad an Aquarius Moon to action.

However, when economic conditions deteriorate to where large numbers of people are severely crushed (how about now, folks?), Aquarius’ rebel nature erupts in the collective and the fight for freedom begins. We saw the beginning of this in February of 2011 in the subzero temperatures of Wisconsin when Governor Walker’s union busting and class warfare actions outraged and mobilized not just Wisconsin residents’ sense of fair play, but citizens all across the country. It’s just started and isn’t over yet but chief indicators of how it will finish will be visible by the summer of 2012.

There’s more. In August of this year Saturn will complete another of its 29 year cycles for which the foundations of an economic policy established in early 1981 with creeping and deepening roots will either be reinforced or discarded. Ring a bell? Anyone? We’ll take this up next time along with how the Moon and Saturn work together in the USA chart.

 (Deborah Smith Parker is the author of “Humanus Astrologicus” available in soft cover on this site and now in ebook formats—for a ridiculously low price. To sign up to receive her blog or follow her on Twitter @astro_logicus and Facebook click to the right of this post.)

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Deborah Smith Parker is re-writing the often impenetrable language of astrology into a much friendlier form. She has spent her 30 plus years as an astrological consultant, writer, teacher and lecturer freeing the rich astrological images and their descriptions increasingly buried under modern clinical and technological descriptions. Her additional work in public policy has provided many outlets for demonstrating her ability to break down highly complex systems into information that’s easily understood.

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3 Responses to “PLUTO’S RETURN TO CAPRICORN IN THE USA CHART, PART I: THE VOYAGE HOME TO . . . WHAT?”

  1. I love your insight….maybe we will see that Aquarian moon kick in and hear more from the people…when Jupiter enters the sign of Gemini next year….until then….the people will be looking for ways to expand their sense of security (Jupiter in Taurus squaring the moon in Aquarius) in more humanitarian ways….Kathleen

  2. Lynda Hill says:

    Great post Deborah and very insightful! Wonder what will happen with this last swing of Neptune into Aquarius? Hugs from DownUnder, Lynda

  3. Jim Hennum says:

    Oh, I’m sensing another book in the offing here. Political Astrology in verse, anyone?

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