Happy Birthday USA 2018 edition

Like human beings, nations and entities also have astrological charts and a look at the planetary cycles affecting nations can tell us a great deal about what is in store.  Personal request from me: Political posts can generate nastiness.  Please keep all comments productive and astrological. 


Geeky astrological detail:  I use the Sibley chart for the US and here’s why.)  One of the most critical astrological events coming up for the United States is the return of Pluto to its placement in the natal chart for the country, something we call the “Pluto Return.”  Pluto returns are very rare since they happen only every 248 years and very few governments last through their Pluto returns, although there are exceptions such as the Roman Empire.   Pluto cycles of all kinds tend to be associated with destruction and regeneration, and I don’t think there is any doubt that we are seeing the unraveling of the American structures of government.  This unraveling began during the economic collapse when Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008, followed by the turmoil of the challenging Uranus/Pluto square between 2010 and 2017 and has affected the global system as a whole, but this Pluto return will be America’s alone.

One interesting fact about Pluto in the US chart is that 1957 was a pivotal point for America’s Pluto (geeky astrological detail: Pluto is retrograde in the US chart and progressed Pluto re-aligned with natal Pluto in 1957).  1957 marked the enactment of the Civil Rights Act which began the transformation (Pluto) of the integration of African Americans into mainstream American society.  (This was also the year that the Soviet Union launched their Sputnik, beginning the space race, and the beginning of the Cold War.)

Pluto is in the second house of money in the US chart, and America’s obsession with money and economics over all else is well documented.  We can trace the importation of African slaves into the country directly to this obsession with money and possessions, since slaves were quite literally economic possessions.  Pluto in any chart shows where the potential for destruction lies – whether in a nation or in the psyche of an individual – and in the US that potential lies in the house of wealth and possessions.  With transiting Pluto in America’s house of money now and preparing to return to Pluto’s position in the US chart, we are already seeing that the area of wealth and finance, as well as the legacy of slavery, will be the arena in which the US continues its downward descent.

Progressed Moon changing signs

The Moon in the US progressed chart (the chart that evolves through time and is used as a forecasting tool to predict mood and personal preferences) has been in the sign of Sagittarius since February 2016.  Sagittarius is the sign of expansion, religion, philosophy, and optimism and this influence was at work when Donald Trump was nominated as the Republican candidate.  Donald Trump is bigger than life – he speaks in superlatives and seems to have unbounded confidence.  He is the perfect representative for the Sagittarius progressed Moon.

On July 27, 2018 the progressed Moon will move into dour and practical Capricorn.  The mood of the country will shift from optimism and enthusiasm to requiring realistic expectations.  I believe that we will begin to see a move away from the adherence to philosophies that are not grounded in reality to a more limited viewpoint.  This could create economic problems for financial markets which are, face it, governed by the flow of optiomism and pessimism.

Solar Return chart

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The Solar Return chart is cast for the moment the Sun returns each year to its place in the natal chart.  This year, the Solar Return Sun falls in the first house of identity.  The main question for the US this year is: How does the country want to present itself to the world at large?  The sign of Cancer is on the ascendant, and suggests that the question of who belongs (Cancer) and who is in our tribe – what is our national identity and who peoples it – is going to be critical.

This will not be easy, with the Aries Moon seeking self-expression aligning with the wounding and healing of Chiron.  The national problems must be faced and dealt with before healing can happen.

Neptune, planet of mists and secrets, conjoins the Midheaven of national reputation.  This is not an ideal placement for obvious reasons, but the fact that Neptune is part of a Grand Trine involving Jupiter AND the Solar Return Sun will help to provide some ease and flow in the healing of these wounds.

Pluto is in the seventh house of the Solar Return chart, with Saturn in its doorway.  The seventh house governs partnerships and open enemies, and I don’t think we have to wonder for too long what this can mean.  Partnerships are fragile things, and when Pluto and Saturn live in the house of partnership (for the next year) they will have to be quite strong to survive.

Looking ahead

The New Moon (the alignment of the Sun and Moon) in the progressed chart is a time of new awakening.  It brings a rebirth of some kind, and a sense of a new beginning.  The US will have a Progressed New Moon in 2024, around the time that the Pluto Return is completing its cycle.  This suggests to me that the continued national stress between 2020 and 2024, while this could cause a major critical breakdown, will result in some kind of breakthrough and new beginning in 2024.



By | 2018-07-06T10:06:20+00:00 July 6th, 2018|Featured posts, Politics|14 Comments


  1. Louise Keefer July 6, 2018 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Something I don’t think I have ever seen discussed is the impact and significance of all that “free” labor. The U.S. has a long history of not wanting to pay for labor, and also importing “guest” workers to do jobs that citizens won’t do, because they don’t pay living wages. I’m hoping this is not “too political”, because what I would like to know, is what do you see in the charts that would account for this attitude towards laborers? Are there sixth house issues? Possibly twelfth house, issues, with people being in denial about the real sources of wealth, a kind of “dirty secret”? Thank you!

    • lokasiwisata.info July 6, 2018 at 6:16 pm - Reply

      Louise, that is an interesting topic for discussion. The “master servant” relationship falls in the 6th house which is tenanted in the Sibley chart by Uranus, planet of disruption and innovation. I would have to think more about this to attempt to make connections.

  2. Valerie BE July 6, 2018 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Lynn, thank you for this analysis as well as your insights. This is material to contemplate deeply, and we’ll all be doing that day by day, watching and seeking to understand as it unfolds.

    I can’t imagine traveling the upcoming gauntlet without the wisdom of astrological perspective.

    • lokasiwisata.info July 6, 2018 at 6:16 pm - Reply

      Thanks Valerie. 😀

  3. Tamara July 7, 2018 at 2:08 am - Reply

    Like Louise Keefer, I am very curious about how of this effects workers, and unions. The recent Supreme Court decisions decimating the rights of contract workers (Lewis vs. Epic Systems) and public employee unions (Janus vs. AFSCME), and Trump signing a letter of intent to make the whole nation “Right to Work” scare me. As a union member, I see workers rights, wages , benefits, etc. constantly being eroded. I live in the Seattle area where all the well-paid amazon.com workers are, but the ones in the warehouses are making less than $30k a year, and have their bathroom breaks timed. If they are in the bathroom more than 6 minutes, they are dinged for it. I fear the corporations have taken over everything, and we will all end up wage slaves.

    • lokasiwisata.info July 7, 2018 at 12:52 pm - Reply

      Because Capricorn governs societal structures such as corporations and governments, Pluto moving into Capricorn has had the effect of consolidating power (and wealth, with Pluto in the US second house) as well as wealth. I do feel like these issues have more to do with the way wealth is handled in the US than employee relationships, although in the early 20th century labor unions were quite healthy. While my personal feelings are in support of the worker, and I wish that all employers would realize the value of treating workers with respect, in some ways I feel that the pressure the unions put on corporations is one of the many factors that drove companies overseas. But everything turns around, and in the news today there was saying that the labor shortage is good news for workers.

  4. Rita Klein July 7, 2018 at 10:52 am - Reply

    Lynn, I am intrigued by the un-aspected Venus in the Solar Return chart! The North Node conjunct Mercury in 2nd house indicates to me that it is time for the US to get their values straight. With the Pluto return in the natal chart in 2nd house as well, it appears that all is in place for a mandatory national soul-searching to occur, like it or not.

    • lokasiwisata.info July 7, 2018 at 12:53 pm - Reply

      I completely agree, Rita. And that unaspected Venus will bring to light the fact that more and more, the US is acting alone and losing its traditional allies.

  5. Tamara July 7, 2018 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the overview Lynn. I feel we need unions more now, because the income imbalance and even though there is a stronger labor market wages are still very low, and benefits barely there. The unbridled greed is what concerns me. People asking for a living wage are vilified as undeserving, but no questions CEO’s making huge salaries.

    What does the visit of the Republican Senators visit to Moscow imply astrologically? Does Russia have a chart? I mean there was Czarist Russia, the Soviet Union, then a more modern Russia, and now Putin’s Russia. Do they all have the same chart, or is a new chart created for each Government?


    • lokasiwisata.info July 12, 2018 at 7:40 am - Reply

      Tamara, usually we look at the chart for the government of a country. But this is a good question for a future post!

  6. facts! July 8, 2018 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    Awesome analysis! Something to hope for… I’d only been worried about the 2020 Pluto return, so I’m enthused about the new beginning thereafter.

    • lokasiwisata.info July 12, 2018 at 7:40 am - Reply

      We always have to look at the planetary atmosphere as a whole rather than single out one terrifying event. 🙂

  7. […] been writing a lot lately about the transits to the US chart involving Pluto and the upcoming Pluto return in the US astrological chart, the time when Pluto in the sky aligns with Pluto in the chart for the United States.  Pluto is […]

  8. […] Pluto’s entry into Capricorn in 2008 also coincided with the election of Barack Obama, an African-American, to the presidency which I think we can all agree released a great deal of hatred which had previously been hidden.  The chart of the United States has been challenged by Pluto since it entered Capricorn and began to oppose the four US Planets in the nationalistic sign of Cancer.  Cancer is associated with family – a tribal sense of belonging.  Under these Pluto cycles the US has started to fracture, and we are heading into the Pluto Return, the time when Pluto in the sky returns to its placement in the US chart which will peak around 2020-2024 (read this article for more information about the US chart). […]

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