The State of the Nation: the US Pluto Return
On February 20, 2022, the United States experienced its Pluto Return. The following is a repost from my private newsletter, outlining my analysis of the upcoming issues and general state of a new America on the other side of this aspect.
There’s a lot of buzz this month centered around one particular date — February 22, 2022. Internet New Agers have seized the date with white knuckles, insisting that not only is it yet another portal-opening opportunity, but also a major shift in the timeline of the universe for as many reasons as their are psychic readers. Some have connected its importance to a major astrological transit — the United States Pluto Return. But the truth is, the US Pluto Return actually perfects two days previously. And while I’m sure there’s something to be said for the numerology of 2/22, I’d like to take a moment to address this transit free of any sensational spirituality, extraterrestrial cooperation, or malevolent entities.
(A quick note before we begin: I’m using the Sibly Chart as the US Natal, which is widely accepted as the most accurate representation of the United States in astrology. I’ve drawn up the Return using Washington DC as the location, as the seat of US power has shifted considerably since 1776. Additionally, I use the Placidus system because I believe the uneven distribution of energies within each house best represents the imperfect nature of human life and examining when and how the signs flow from one to the other within each house gives me a more nuanced picture of the extremely messy forces at play in any evolutionary journey.)
Let’s start by examining Pluto itself:
In the US natal chart, Pluto is at 27 degrees 33 minutes Capricorn, located in the chart’s 2nd House. Here we see the Puritan Work Ethic, an intense drive to succeed and a belief in systems of support and structure to achieve it. Money is power, and America was about to explore this equation in some very new ways. Opposing Mercury, Capitalism was baked into the system from the beginning, creating a country whose domestic trade was based in other people’s money though not always with the most transparency. Both…