Mars / Pluto Anger
Intense ANGER is the over-riding theme this Beltane (May Day) as Mars unites forces with Pluto in late April, spilling into May, sparking intense arguments, tests of will, war-talk, and expressions of violence. With both planets in Capricorn, clashing egos, excessive ambition, patriarchal manipulations, and political power struggles are likely to erupt. Expect this spring to see an explosion of hyper-activity, megalomania and overblown hype. The Mars/Pluto energies together are very powerful and when used with precision and intention, they can help us ACCOMPLISH MUCH. However, when applied carelessly, they can WREAK HAVOC!
Donald Trump does not take kindly to limitations being placed on him. He would prefer to run the country all by himself than follow the protocols of government! As Trump wiggles ever deeper into quicksand of his own making, Mars and Pluto will oppose his natal Venus/Saturn (control over women). He will lash out viciously at any woman who dares to cross his path. (Watch out Melania!) However, oppositions mean he will be met with considerable resistance. With transiting Saturn (fear) opposing his natal Mercury (state of mind), and Mars/Pluto (fury) opposing his natal Saturn (caution), there could be fireworks! Luckily transiting benefic Jupiter is making positive aspects to transiting Pluto, Trump’s Saturn and the US Mercury, so although there may be skirmishes, a full-blown war seems astrologically unlikely at this time, despite rising tensions. But loan scandals, trade wars, and extreme political intrigue arising from “following the money” in the Russian Investigation will continue to shock and amaze.
The National Chart
Pluto, the Transformer, is transiting through the 2nd house of money and values in the US National chart (until 2040!) This period will mark the 2+ decade-long restructuring of our economic system. As slow-moving Pluto begins to oppose the US Mercury in the 8th house of other peoples’ money, arguments will abound concerning how our National values became so degraded by a loss of integrity, rising systemic racism, gender inequality, gun violence, homelessness, gross income disparity, social media selling our privacy, etc. Meanwhile trade agreements, Korean communications, and the Iran Nuclear Deal may breakdown.
The Great Depression
The 1930’s was a time of food rationing and hardship leading up to the Second World War. Many of the conditions that led to that Great Depression are present NOW: an expanded economy, soaring stock markets, low wages, extreme income disparity, deepening debt, and increasing homelessness were national problems. In the ‘30’s huge deficits, few regulations, severe drought affecting agricultural areas, and newly-imposed tariffs fostered global economic decline. Doesn’t that sound disturbingly similar to today?
Uranus in Taurus
On May 16th Uranus will change signs – from Aries/Fire into Taurus/Earth – until 2026. Uranus last entered Taurus in 1934 during the Great Depression. The radical changes of Uranus will expose “climate denial” with earthquakes and seismic eruptions, gigantic storms and increasingly extreme weather events. Due to partisan in-fighting, infrastructure may have to collapse before being repaired.
Taurus, the Bull, rules finance, so while Uranus (radical unexpected changes) transits the sign of Taurus (our possessions) we can expect financial disruptions, stock volatility, bank defaults, and money scandals. These Times are calling for Financial Revolution to change the current scam of extreme wealth inequality, off-shore tax havens, huge earning gaps, etc. Crypto-currencies present alternatives to centralized banking, but are just the tip of the iceberg of this coming Economic Revolution.
Jupiter in Scorpio
Jupiter is in Scorpio, just like in 1934! Scorpio rules banks, mortgages, inheritance, loans, debt, default, death, sex, and SECRETS. Jupiter spends freely while ignoring the rules in order to maximize gains. By the early 2020’s transiting Saturn, then Jupiter and finally Pluto (in 2022) will conjunct our National Pluto in the US money house. This portends another depression-style economic tumble – for both the USA and global markets.
Although this stressful economic onslaught is just beginning, acknowledge that our financial system NEEDS to change. Stay as flexible as possible for whatever craziness may come. Grow your vegetables and appreciate your neighbors because you may need to rely on each other someday!
Chiron in the 4th
The 4th house in Astrology represents the Family. In the National chart, it represents our national homeland. On one hand Chiron involves questing for truth, independence and freedom. Immigration Reform and DACA, although over-due, could be further delayed during the Pluto/Mercury opposition, due to partisan in-fighting.
Chiron, traveling through the US 4th house until June 2026, also involves wounding and healing. During these upcoming 8 years, expect the US homeland to suffer some serious natural disasters. Thousands may die while survivors scramble to relocate to safer areas. Advice: Talk about survival preparedness, plan escape routes, engage in serious discussions with your children about what to do in emergencies, where to meet if separated, etc. BE PREPARED, and then be GRATEFUL for the life you have!