America’s Pluto transit and a growing love of Putin

US Sibley chart astrologyI just watched an interesting piece by Vox on the growing rise of admiration of Vladmir Putin by Republicans in the US.  (Youtube video below).  In 2014 70% of Republicans disapproved of Vladmir Putin.  By July 2016, Putin’s favorability ratings had spiked so that only 10% of Republicans disapproved of him.

Putin is known as a strongman – he has allegedly ordered the murders of journalists and forcibly invaded other countries just because he could.  Republicans, being from Mars where Democrats are from Venus, respect this kind of power in a way that Democrat-leaning types fear it.

Nations have astrological charts just as individuals do, and in 2014 transiting Pluto began a pass over the US Sun (geeky astrological detail: and the US progressed Jupiter which is beginning to align with the Sun in the natal chart).  Pluto is concerned with issues of power and empowerment, so it’s not surprising that this became more of an issue and something that Americans were grappling with.

This Pluto cycle has now subsided so it will be interesting to see how Americans view the new President’s love of this kind of display of power and whether they will continue to  admire it.

By | 2017-01-16T07:50:49+00:00 January 16th, 2017|Politics|11 Comments


  1. cimbalok January 16, 2017 at 9:54 am - Reply

    Very interesting, thanks for posting. Many of my Polish-American friends love Trump, but don’t seem to recall that Russia dominated and bullied Poland in the past. It’s like two halves of a brain that aren’t communicating with each other.

    • January 18, 2017 at 9:01 am - Reply

      People always tend to see what they want to see. The astonishing thing has been the way Trump’s followers either assumed he wasn’t going to do the things he said he would, OR that he was going to do the things he said he would. Both will be disappointed.

  2. Tamara January 17, 2017 at 1:28 am - Reply

    I hope this means people will lose their fascination w/ fascism, and realize how horrible Trump is. The scary thing is how his “followers” are sort of an informal Gestapo, harassing and threatening anyone that questions or disagrees w/ him.

  3. Dr. Deb January 17, 2017 at 10:00 am - Reply

    It will be awesome if Trump can restore relationships with other countries. When America is strong, the rest of the world also improves.

    People across the globe do NOT really know what is going on. Most media is controlled by a few people.

    Hopefully Trump and Putin can work together to improve the world.

    Sending Love, Joy, and Harmony.

  4. Tamara January 19, 2017 at 2:17 am - Reply


    Will you be doing a natal chart of his inauguration, or a chart of the women’s marches the next day?


    • January 19, 2017 at 8:10 am - Reply

      Hi Tamara, you probably already saw that this article posted last night.

  5. Lew Archer January 24, 2017 at 12:49 am - Reply

    I appreciate your work on this blog and I’ve enjoyed many of your insights, astrological and otherwise. However, I think it’s important to be accurate when making claims as serious as “Putin forcibly invaded other countries just because he could” – whatever one’s view of Russian intervention in Crimea and Georgia (which is a fairly nuanced issue that involves a complex web of regional politics and history), it was based on Putin’s clearly expressed policy of protecting and supporting ethnic Russians or other ethnic groups that share a common culture with Russia and who face oppression or persecution in former Soviet Republics.

    In 2014, after the democratically elected Ukrainian President had to flee the country for his own safety, he was replaced with a new government – (which was anti-Russia and pro-US & EU) – in violation of the Ukraine constitution. This created a tough situation for Crimea, a small peninsula that is autonomous in most ways but, at the time, was technically part of Ukraine despite being majority ethnic Russian. Crimea held a referendum to declare independence from Ukraine and request annexation by Russia – this received 97% support and Putin complied with Crimea’s request. (There is debate over whether voting was entirely on the level… but even if 97% is an inflated statistic, it’s clear a majority of Crimeans wanted annexation.)

    Under this same policy, Putin also intervened in the South Ossetia and Abkhazia regions of Georgia in 2008. South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which both include many ethnic Russians, were technically within the borders of Georgia. South Ossetia had voted for independence in a referendum but Georgia refused to acknowledge the results, while Abkhazia had been functioning autonomously for years but Georgia decided to reclaim authority over the region via military force. There were less than 1000 total casualties during this brief war, as Putin dispatched forces to ensure South Ossetia and Abkhazia were not conquered by Georgia. To be fair, I’ve read claims that Russia is too entangled with these regions since the 2008 conflict, although this seems difficult to really evaluate to me. Russia currently has one military base in Abkhazia with 3500 soldiers. South Ossetia recently considered Russian annexation but decided to stay independent; Russia didn’t object. However, Russia does play a key role in training South Ossetia’s military and helping to provide infrastructure needs.

    As far as “killing journalists” goes… Russia’s opposition newspapers and TV shows are part of the society and there are plenty of anti-Putin stories available to read or watch freely throughout the country, so it’s certainly not as if anyone against Putin is silenced. Yet, 34 journalists have been killed in Russia since 2000 (as a comparison, only 3 journalists in the US were killed in the same timeframe). This is generally attributed to corruption at the local levels, including connections between some officials and organized crime, plus an overall “climate” that contributes to the murders. Putin is not usually accused, even by his staunchest opponents, of personally ordering journalists killed, but he is sometimes accused of allowing or perpetuating the climate that leads to these murders. I wouldn’t have any way to know how accurate that assessment is, and I can’t imagine you really have much of an idea about it either.

    It also seems worth mentioning that Putin has routinely had the highest approval rating of any world leader since he took office in 2000 – most recently polling at 83% approval among Russians, polling around 80% frequently, and never polling lower than 61% throughout his 16 years in office. Western polling firms who became suspicious about Putin’s approval ratings looked into them for a while, but got essentially the same results, validating their accuracy. I’m not inclined to believe that over 80% of Russians are as immoral and/or as stupid as your evaluation of Putin would imply. So, I imagine Putin must be an effective leader in many ways, and I would guess that Russians appreciate average income in Russia increasing from 2200 rubles when Putin took office to 34000 rubles today. I’ve heard it said that Singapore’s first President is the only national leader to preside over a country changing from third-world to first-world entirely under his watch, but Putin has to get an “honorable mention” for that sort of acknowledgment.

    Have you considered that the US government has been at odds with Russia for a while and we’re mostly hearing about Putin through that filter? The US puts out propaganda just like other countries do. Anyway, this seemed worth writing… sorry for the length, but it seemed necessary to provide an appropriate amount of context.

    • January 24, 2017 at 7:27 am - Reply

      Thank you Lew for such a carefully reasoned and obviously well researched point of view and I agree that some of the comments in my article were thrown out casually and without much thought. Indeed I have felt that some of the hysteria about Russia might be overblown, and that perhaps having a more balanced and mutually beneficial relationship with Russia might be a benefit to both countries. The US political system seems to need a boogeyman archetype for some reason. That said, although there doesn’t seem to be any direct connection from Putin to the death of journalists, when the dead journalists are critical of Putin’s regime and murdered in a contract killing the question must be asked.
      Regarding the invasion of other countries to protect ethnic Russians, although that was Putin’s stated reason for the invasion, it’s no secret that he has a goal of bringing back Russia’s former prestige.

      The frightening thing for me is that these are patterns which we see in Donald Trump as well, with echoes of the faciscm of the 1930s as well – “Make America Great Again,” and his current war on journalists. Hopefully this will be ameliorated by voices of reason in the rest of our government.

      • Dr. Deb January 24, 2017 at 11:44 am - Reply

        The big difference between the USA and Russia is the USA is a Republic government and Russia is Democratic government, which gives the Russian President more power than in the USA. The USA has more checks and balances.

        I think a big problem, world wide, is the media doesn’t give true or all the information, although I’m not sure we want to know. A friend’s uncle in the military said “if you want to sleep at night, you don’t want to know what is really going on .”

        If Russia wanted to conquer more cities and countries, they could have in the last 6 years. The USA and Russia have the largest nuclear arsenals in the world, therefore it is advantageous for America to have a good relationship with them.

        Regarding world threats, I think isis is a greater threat than Putin, considering they are in 80+ countries. And what is REALLY going on in Syria? Some say Russia is fighting isis and some say they are fighting the good guys. And then there is Africa that has many terrorist attacks going on weekly, that we almost never hear about. Like I said, the media doesn’t always give us the truth or all the facts. My hope in the next 6 months is that Syria, Libya, Egypt, Iraq, and Afghanistan can find peace.

      • Eve January 24, 2017 at 7:32 pm - Reply

        I quite agree with your analysis por Pluto, being an astrologer myself (never so knowledgeable), but deceived at the same time not only for the limited information you have of Russia or President Putin; but poor psychic or intuitive skills on the subject.

        • Dr. Deb January 25, 2017 at 10:15 am - Reply

          Our body’s are ready for peace, wellness, and that it’s time to meet our real selves.

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