[Edith Hathaway] Transiting Pluto opposite anyone’s natal Sun is an arresting
phenomenon, confronting the person’s very identity and legitimacy on
deep levels. There are no political or geographical boundaries to
Pluto’s realm, just as with Plutonian elements such as radioactivity.
Expand the implications to cover the first-ever Pluto opposition to the
USA Sun. Pluto’s orbit is 248.4 years, and the Sun in the chart of a
nation-state is the President, or Head of State; also the presidency.
When one of the outer planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, is within a
few degrees of a key point in a chart, that gets my attention – even if
these planets are not considered an integral part of classical Vedic
astrology. They also do not rule over zodiacal signs or nakshatras.
But currently, transiting Pluto is within a 3 degree orb opposite the
USA Sun (Kelleher chart) at 22:38 Gemini, using the sidereal zodiac/Lahiri ayanamsha.
This occurred for much of 2015 and 2016 and runs all through 2017 up to
Jan. 2018, coming also later in 2018: August to November (i.e.
continuing within 3 degrees opposite the USA Sun). Previously, this
transit covered the last two years of the Obama presidency and the
entire period of the controversial 2016 U.S. Presidential primaries and
election. We will focus here primarily on what this means for tr. Pluto
opposite the USA Sun in 2017, with Donald J. Trump in the presidency as
of Jan. 20, 2017. Additionally, we take a brief look at the years when
tr. Pluto was in Virgo in the USA 10th house (the presidency), and when tr. Pluto was in Scorpio in the USA 12th house on Sept. 11, 2001.
When a planetary station occurs within a 3° orb of an important
aspect, the effects are even more intense. In 2017 there are two close
Pluto stations opposing the USA Sun: tr. Pluto turns Stationary
Retrograde April 20, 2017 at 25:18 Sagittarius (2°40’ orb to USA Sun), and Stationary Direct Sept. 28, 2017
at 22:45 Sagittarius (07’ orb to USA Sun). The chart below shows the
two Pluto stations in 2017 relative to the USA chart. (The Kelleher
chart is used throughout.)
While we know that the U.S. President is represented by the Sun and the 10th house in the national chart, it is not always clear what or who Pluto
represents. That is because Pluto refers to subterranean forces, often
criminal, that do not want to be seen or identified while they do their
work. Pluto correlates astrologically to radical changes and
transformations that are often forced on us, much like in the myth of
Pluto (also the Greek Hades) – who wanted the young Persephone, and in
order to have her, he kidnapped her and brought her down to his kingdom
in the underworld. But Persephone was the daughter of Demeter, goddess
of the earth and the harvest. In mourning for her only child, she causes
all the plants to wither and die. When Persephone is allowed to return
to earth for half the year, the plants flourish once again. She then
returns to Pluto in the underworld and the same thing happens all over
again, year in and year out.
As mineral wealth is underground, Pluto is closely associated with
immense wealth, also on a positive level with depth perception. Pluto’s
tactics can be ruthless in his desire to preserve power, wealth and
financial status. Pluto goes after whatever he wants in unlawful,
unaccountable ways, with usually hidden operations. Known as the planet
forcing radical changes, he tends to bring elimination and renewal. A
total breakdown may happen before a rebuilding process can occur. As we
see here, Plutonian forces can be easily identified with concepts such
as the “Deep State.” Read More