The Astrological Karma of the USA and Pluto
Many people don’t realize that Pluto was the last planet to be identified in our solar system in the 1930s and that it was also classified as a dwarf planet in 2006. In astrology, Pluto is still considered a planet and a very potent one at that. Ignore Pluto at your peril, because this planet is the maverick of all the astrological bodies.
Pluto is the Roman name given to the Greek god that we know as Hades who is the Lord of the Underworld, which tells you everything you need to know immediately. As Hades hid in the shadows of the Underworld, so the planet Pluto is almost always in darkness which is why it took so long for it to be discovered.
Pluto rules the sign of Scorpio which is a complicated sign that is said to be full of hidden depths and secrets- again, things that lurk in the shadows rather than being out in the open.
How does Pluto affect our chart?
First of all Pluto has the longest orbit of any planet as it is also the furthest away from us. It takes 249 years for it to complete one cycle and travel through all of the 12 zodiac signs and it can spend 30 years in one sign alone. For this reason we also call it a ‘generational’ planet which means that people born in one generation usually have Pluto in the same position on their chart. We should not discount Pluto just because this planet is far away from us, actually this means that we will feel its influence even more as it spends far longer in a section of our chart than other planets.
Pluto in history:
Pluto is linked to Hades and therefore to death, change, transformation, revolution, and chaos. It is fitting therefore that this planet was discovered in 1930 as this was one of the most challenging and chaotic periods in our history. It was the time of the rise of the Nazi party and also the time of the Great depression which is highly significant.
With Pluto in the mix the Great Depression was reaching its peak and causing a crisis in the United States. From the turbulent times of the Great Depression however we moved on to a much more stable future in the 20th century. This is typical of Pluto which asks us to confront our situations head on in order for us to transform. Pluto can cause chaos in our lives but we should look at this as necessary change if we want to grow and ultimately improve. Pluto often brings something to an abrupt end before we may feel ready for it which is why it is linked to death, but this is transformative and restorative.
Transiting Pluto was also in opposition with Pluto in the natal chart and sextile with Neptune which is a positive aspect. It followed a period of greed in the 1920s when people had been careless with money which was then corrected in the 1930s. In order for the population to get a wakeup call however, they needed to experience the difficulties of the Great Depression.
Pluto brought about great suffering during the Great Depression but it also taught us about having compassion for our fellow man. Before then there had been a push towards individualism in the 1920s which led to greed and a lack of care in communities. Once the Great Depression was over, people turned towards a new way of living which was pushed forward in part by the New Deal by Roosevelt.
Pluto often presents us with difficult situations that seem overwhelming and may destroy our way of life as we know it but this is necessary for us to develop. It is astrology’s way of forcing us to move on and move forward.
Pluto in the Second House of the USA Chart:
Pluto moved into Capricorn in 2008 and will stay there until 2024. It also moved into the Second House of the USA chart in December 2016. What does this mean for us moving forward?
The Second House in astrology is linked to the sign of Taurus and rules finances, financial security and material possessions. People who are born under the sign of Taurus are known for being self-indulgent and keen to enjoy all the sensual pleasures of life. They have a tendency to over eat and enjoy rich foods and drinks. This links directly to the Second House which points to a certain self-indulgence which can spill into greed if left unchecked.
In many ways we are now seeing an echo of the time before the Great Depression when people’s value systems went astray and they indulged and became greedy. We are moving in this direction now and Pluto is going to bring everything to a climax.
Some examples of how we may feel the plutonian power now are as follows...
As we are looking at finances and possessions we may see stock markets or currencies starting to fluctuate wildly.
Another good example would be that we start to make less money in our business. This may force us to face tough times financially but it may be that we are holding on to a business or project that is not good for us. Pluto will show us where the cracks are, and it may mean that you go out of business or have to close and do something else. This, however, is the transformative and restorative side of Pluto. We may have to abandon one idea but what we build in the future in its place will be even bigger and better.
What we definitely can’t do during this time is try to hang on to outdated ways of doing things. The astrology points to a collective shift in the value systems of the USA and its approach to finance. We may see new ways of borrowing money and even new ways of paying like bitcoin which would have been unimaginable just a few years ago.
Whatever happens, we will see a breakdown in the old systems but trust that these are paving the way for us to rebuild something even better.
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