Now that some of us have gotten some sleep after the ‘big surprise’ of 2016, and I have an opportunity to sort through my own thoughts regarding the USA election results, I thought I’d send out a newsletter with some of those ideas. Over the course of the next few months, they are sure to evolve, but my thoughts are compelled by the many emails I have been getting asking ‘what happened’? One of my clients wrote to me about the eclipse mentioned in my 2016 Cheat Sheet for August 18. It doesn’t show in the ephemeris, thus her question. First, the ephemeris, for those of you who don’t know what it is the book in which you find all the planetary movements. That August 18 full moon was so close to an eclipse ‘huge’ 🙂 that I ‘called’ it one. Usually about 87 to 90 days’ post eclipse (and this was the week that brought this home, as will the first week of December and the middle of December 2016, since there were two more eclipses following August 18), we see surprising moments in the news because now the shadow has lifted and we have peripheral vision.
The definition of an eclipse by astronomers is that there is temporary loss of light…how poetic, because they operate that way. They often shed psychological shadows as well as the visual shadow. That August 18 ‘sort of’ eclipse happened to be on President elect Trump’s axis of relationships with himself and with others and it was the first in a series that officially begins sometime next spring, and, which I believe will cause him to review his own shadow through the reflections of the others with whom he will find himself working and vice versa.
Currently I am in Florida and stayed up late watching the results and I found the perspective to be very interesting, because sometime around 1:30 am Eastern time, PBS people here interviewed their correspondent on the West Coast whose response was very different from many of the states whose results had already come in. If you look at the map, there was a lot of ‘red’ all the way out to the ‘blue’ states of the West. Secondly, the usual suspects that usually vote one way, voted in the opposite way — a topsy turvy result, which, I think, indicates that American politics are not dead, but instead are having a resurgence and rebirth, much as they did at the time of our Declaration of Independence in 1776, but more on that later.
I remembered something after the results came in. I had forgotten that on the last few elections going back to President George W. Bush, that the candidate who has the worst transits seems to win! Why wouldn’t they? This is not an easy job, doesn’t pay that much considering how much it takes out of you, and, is often, frustrating and divisive. President elect Trump had the world’s worst transits to his chart. The astrologers at a recent conference I attended, all said that he would lose when they saw ‘terrible’ transits to his chart. Secretary Clinton also had some rough spots, but, the question of her birth time was a constant problem and frankly, the hits to Trump’s chart were far worse (in my opinion) so, of course, everyone thought he would lose. Again: The ‘thing’ I forgot and will never forget going forward, was that in the past elections, all the individuals who were voted in – ALL had terrible hits by Saturn, who is the taskmaster of the zodiac, requiring long hours of organization accompanied by exhaustion, requiring high levels of focus and sacrifice. Frankly, I don’t know why anyone would want the job, but lest I digress, those tough transits were hitting the winners of the past. President George W. had it, President Obama had it, and now President elect Trump had them. So, what does this mean? And before we burn down our cities and emigrate to other countries, let’s do a little history lesson.
If you look at the chart of the United States of America, formed July 4, 1776, 5:10 PM (Sibley Chart), Philadelphia, PA, and you see where everything was transiting on election night, there it was — Saturn — the taskmaster sitting right at the Ascendant (moment of birth) on the USA chart. This happens only every thirty years for a two and a half year run and we are in the middle of this cycle. Saturn rising in the charge at is birth represents a turn towards a more moderate energy, more reserved, and is not an easy placement because it means there is a lot of responsibility, work and not a lot of pay back at least until the ‘work’ gets done that needs getting done. It suggests pulling something in — expenses, belts, waistlines, taking responsibility for citizens’ actions (mundane charts), working hard, and, hopefully, becoming a little less emotional over time to get a few things done. To give a more positive slant on what currently seems impossible, it suggests that once the revolts we are seeing across the country subside, the adrenaline wears out, that maybe we can get back to work and get the things that need getting done — get done. Saturn, too, represents builders and construction and the infrastructure is an issue for both sides or parties.
On a deeper level, this may be the USA moving from being a feisty adolescent to entering one of the adult phases of their lives, stop the infighting, learn good communication skills to get things done, and agree to disagree in order to get the things most important – done that need getting done — like infrastructure, finally resolving the issue of immigration by giving undocumented workers a path to citizenship by giving them work permits and allowing them to pay into the system while becoming citizens. These are ‘choices’ that we must make as a nation, because the USA, over the course of the next five to six years is having what we, in the astro-business call, the nation’s very first Pluto return!
Pluto takes about 247 to 250 years to return (Yup, you heard that right!) to the same position as it was in at birth. And it isn’t an easy return nor does it give us an easy approach. Five years to go…is nothing compared to some 240+ years where it has been traveling around the horoscope of the USA and for the last thirty some years has been traveling through the house of values and spending and assets in the USA chart, indicating a significant change in the nation’s values, approaches to those values, and the destruction of liquid assets, while transforming what is good into what is better. Pluto cuts deep into an infection to clean out all the parts that are infected and some of the surrounding areas of the infection so that it finally heals. As you can imagine, this is a very painful, but necessary process for healing deep wounds. Pluto can, however, heal the malignancies — in this case — in both parties — and change things.
So…a little about Pluto first. Pluto (which rules the sign of Scorpio) was the god in mythology who was the god of the Underworld. He was one of three brother/gods (Saturn Kronos) and Jupiter(Zeus) were the other two). Pluto’s job was taking the souls of those who died and housing them as they transformed. He had lots of rules and didn’t like being out of control, but the amazing thing about him was that if one survived their time in the Underworld and paid their ‘dues’, then they’d be returned to life but in a very different form and with a greater consciousness. Anyone surviving the Underworld came out markedly different. Enough said. It was a choice to be removed from the meat hooks in hell, one had to sacrifice something and it had to be something they truly believed they could not live without.
Think about that. Perhaps it was wealth or addictions or a relationship that they believed they could not live without, or, in more contemporary terms, a belief or belief system that is out of tune or out of step and one believes they cannot live without and are uncompromising about that or those beliefs. It was and is a choice and no one else’s. As Pluto reaches its return position, our country that is faced with making choices and those choices requires stepping out of fixed, concrete beliefs that need review. If we can do that — compromise — then we get the ‘gold’ that Pluto gave to those who had made the sacrifice of their old beliefs and returned to the world. If we can move out of fear, out of black or white thinking, out of fear, out of anger, out of distortion and/or believing the news stations or media that remains biased and holding one view, we can get things done. If we can, then fantastic, but if not, then it is on us.
Pluto is the planet (astrologers still think of it as a planet) of death and rebirth, resurrection after darkness, and in mundane terms is often seen in the charts of those who transform people (therapists), or properties (builders of infrastructure and buildings), or resources that are collaborative. It is also strong in the chart of those who have the capacity to transform consciousness as in the above-mentioned therapists or coaches or motivational speakers. Pluto is the planet of choice. We can, as Pluto returns, for the first time, to its place in the USA chart starting on February 2022 choose to transform our minds, our thoughts, our infrastructure, our attitudes, and our strengths as we move towards that return.
Pluto transits and returns are not easy. In fact, they are treacherous — but only so — if one refuses, absolutely refuses, to look at their own issues that must change which means we have to be vulnerable, which is one of the most terrifying things for most people and, particularly, for those with strong Scorpio or Pluto placements in their charts. It is interesting that the Scorpion is the only animal on earth that will kill itself by its own sting. Rather than feeling as though it is losing the battle, it destroys itself. Not a good choice, really, when the greater choice is to move beyond, to think outside the box, to try to find someplace in the middle — a big grey — rather than seeing things as black or white.
Not only will our future President, his cabinet, his party, as well as the other party and the people of this nation be faced with that choice — that choice of being conscious — but it is the only opportunity we have until the next return some 250+ years hence to make that happen. The last few years before a return (between now and 2022) are the time of reckoning, where each person, or country as in this case, must look at their values, their spending, their hidden gifts, skills and talents, often ignored and ignite change. Pluto in the USA chart is placed in the second house, which holds all the above.
When the colonists declared war on Mother England, they declared war for many reasons, but one of them was the issue of human rights. It was also a time of huge taxation to people who had been here in this country for several generations and who now had the opportunity to claim their new land as their own. The Declaration of Independence is about ‘for the people and of the people’. Frankly, this means everyone whether black, white, pink, green or, female, male, transgender, or confusedJ But there must be a ‘payment’ of some sort — an effort, the ability to contribute something back, either by working, or volunteering, or, giving something, and, most importantly, letting go of something that we believe we cannot live without.
You cannot get out of hell unless you are willing to sacrifice something. If you do that, then you are transformed, holding vast riches of what you never believed was possible. But you must make the choice to be conscious, to think, to see both sides, to compromise, to share ideas, to cultivate those things that you do not see but others do.
There is a greater order often unseen until later. Though many are thinking oh my God we are lost. Maybe not.
And in a much more positive note and in conclusion:
Positive News: The other thing I noticed about some of the transits for president elects along with the ‘tough’ hits was that Jupiter, the planet of good fortune and protection — key thing here is protection — was nicely aspecting other president elects as it was for Donald Trump two weeks ago. Along with that, the USA, has its own difficult Saturn at 14º Libra at the very top of the chart which is how the world sees us. And, now, with the good fortune that Jupiter bestows hitting that difficult planet and which only happens once every twelve years — it is possible that good things will come out of this — that new building, new perspectives, new organizations, a new career cycle (if you will) for the USA is upon us, but we still must do the work and rather than ‘judge’ -listen. Rather than violate — cooperate. And, most of all realize that this election has been one of the most involved elections in recent times. And this my friends is a good thing.
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