On the winter night of January 7, 1762 in Boston, no one could have noticed that Pluto had moved into the sign of Capricorn. The planet wasn’t discovered until 1930, and in 2006 it was demoted to the status of “dwarf planet”. Nonetheless, the heavenly body named after the Lord of the Underworld had ventured into the sign that rules governments, economies and systems. Its transit through Capricorn would last until December 1, 1778. Like all wheels, astrology’s has 360 degrees, and they are equally divided into twelve signs. This gives each sign 30 degrees, with each degree having zero to 59 minutes. In the late afternoon of April 17, 1775 Pluto reached 26 degrees and 41 minutes of Capricorn. By then American tempers had reached their boiling point, and early in the morning of the 19th the “shot heard round the world” rang out in Lexington. On January 25, 2008, for the first time since the American Revolution, Pluto returned to Capricorn. After 246 years, on April 4, 2021 Pluto will again reach 26 degrees and 41 minutes of the cardinal earth sign. In astrology the intensity of a sign’s influence increases with the degrees. So on March 22, 1765, when the British Parliament passed the Stamp Act, Pluto was at a mild 3 degrees and 45 minutes of Capricorn. Looking back, an astrologer can now see some very troubling aspects in the chart of the Stamp Act. Foremost, a large group of planets, called a stellium, were present in Aries. This group included Mars and Saturn, known to ancient astrologers as the malefics, Uranus, known to modern astrologers as the bringer of upheaval and societal chaos, and the North Node, regarded as a point designating an unfolding destiny. Any astrologer would also note that Aries and Capricorn lie 90 degrees apart, causing the planets traveling, or transiting, through them to form astrology’s most contentious angle, the square. Aries has been ruled by the planet Mars since early astrology, and the sign and planet are associated with conquest, aggression and combat. Indeed March 22, 1765 was a consequential day. But an ocean away, neither Parliamentarians nor King George III recognized what they had unwittingly unleashed.
Pluto’s discovery coincided with the aftermath of the 1929 stock market crash and ensuing Great Depression, the rise of Hitler’s Germany and the popularity of Freudian psychology. It is associated with the will to power, primordial instinct and purification through complete destruction. It reforms. In Capricorn, its ruthless and relentless power is applied to institutions, and in particular to obliterating corruption within them. Hades and Dionysus, India’s Shiva, Kali and Shakti, and Hawaii’s Pele share Pluto’s volcanic and transfiguring force. The annihilation Pluto brings is to a purpose, regeneration. On March 5, 1770 Pluto had reached 17 Capricorn 09, on June 9, 1772 20 Capricorn 49 and on December 16, 1773 21 Capricorn 55. As Pluto’s influence became more virulent, The Boston Massacre, Caspee Affair and Boston Tea Party further strained ever-escalating tensions between the American colonists and the British government. Great Britain responded with the passage of 1774’s incendiary Coercion Acts, as Pluto strengthened to 24 degrees. On January 6, 2021 when half a million Americans gathered in Washington DC to protest the “irregularities” of the 2020 election, Pluto had returned to this critical 24 degree point.
As of the 6th, allegations of election fraud were substantial enough for seven states to have sent slates of dueling electors. But precisely when the state by state roll call began, threatening to force a review of election results, the “riots” got underway. Unarmed, fourteen-year Air Force Veteran Ashli Babbitt was shot to death by the Capitol Police, and subsequently rally attendees continue to be arrested. Immediately following January 6th, with intimidating and chilling effect, corporate media began labeling the 74 million citizens who voted for President Trump as insurrectionists, and its corporate and social media counterparts began purging those it deemed guilty of “wrong-think” from platforms. Astonishingly this included the President of the United States. On January 20th an administration believed to be illegitimate by tens of millions of Americans was installed. To this day federal troops actively guard Washington DC.
In 1774, the British government thought it could ride roughshod over its disgruntled subjects by enacting punitive laws. But its Coercion Acts became known to the colonists and history as the Intolerable Acts, and the events of Lexington and Concord became their inevitable consequences. For the first time since 1775 Pluto is rapidly approaching 26 Capricorn 41. Back then, no one could have predicted when or where the War of Independence would break out. An agitated public knew only that the political powder keg was bound to ignite. Similarly in 2021, there is a sense that something potentially dangerous and unstoppable is brewing. Bullets sell out as quickly as they reach gun shops and the cost of canning supplies has steadily risen for over a year. Economic fears compound the national angst, as hundreds of thousands of American workers are added to the jobless roles every week. Astrology cannot predict whether or not the current Pluto return will coincide with a Lexington 2.0. But it does offer clear guidance about timing. From 1775–1776, Pluto hit the eruptive 26 Cap 41 point five times, as it will again from April 2021 through late November of 2022. The exact dates during the current transit are April 4–6th and May 19–21st in 2021 and January 23–24th, August 17–18th and November 26–27th in 2022. Moreover, due to its irregular orbit and retrograde, Pluto will also revisit the point it was at on July 4, 1776, 27 Capricorn 33, three times in 2022, February 20th, July 11th and December 28th. The cry “It’s 1776 again” is not unfounded. On that winter night in Boston in 1762, few if any could have foreseen the long, arduous path to independence that was then barely an inkling in the ethers. By December of 1778 the course of history, and Pluto’s potency, were clear.