Could there be a more poignant chronicle of the USA’s loss of innocence than the three chapters of Jupiter’s square to Pluto, about to climax August 4, at a theater near you? The two planetary powerhouses have been at cross purposes since first squaring off October 21, last year. Stress fractures are now an architectural feature of the White House from the sheer volume of tension and barely controlled hostility reverberating from the Oval Office since the 45th President took occupancy. Please don’t get the idea that the White House is alone. Each one of us is coping with an ongoing situation causing stress fractures in our lives, our work, our relationships, our health, our finances. I’m merely using the Presidency as an example because it’s in the news every day.
Jupiter in Libra can foster truth and justice, harmony and equality, and demonstrate exemplary wisdom and tolerance– on a good day; and on a bad day swings from one side of the scale to the other, unable to make up his mind about anything of importance, yet everything is wonderful, great, in fact.
Pluto in Capricorn can be strategic and highly organized, able to keep both self and others moving towards a goal– at least on a good day. Waking up on the other side of the bed it’s all about pure, unadulterated striving for wealth, power, and prestige.
Place the these two planetary energies at cross purposes and it’s easy to see abuse of power, arrogance, demagoguery, fanaticism, and obsessive compulsive behavior seep into the mix.
The following is a sequence of news events surrounding the nation’s executive on key dates of this planetary transit.
Chapter 1. October 21, 2016, day one of the Jupiter-Pluto square. The day after that final Presidential debate, during which candidate Trump refused to say whether he’d accept the election’s results, he made a public statement, “I will totally accept the results of this great and historic election, if I win.” His remarks were criticized as undermining the legitimacy of the election. On November 24, the first exact square between Jupiter and Pluto, the nation’s voting majority ate humble pie for Thanksgiving after the presidential candidate who won the popular vote by upwards of two million votes (now well over 3 million) lost the election. As the first round of Jupiter-Pluto square wound to a close on January 16, allegations about Russian hacking and the President-elect’s ties to Russia had already hit the newswires.
Chapter 2. On January 26 the next wave of the Jupiter-Pluto square began with an announcement by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that it would investigate suspected efforts of foreign powers to gain influence through the financial interests of the President, his close family members and associates. On March 30, the second exact planetary square, Mike Flynn, the President’s former national security advisor, told the FBI that he would cooperate in their ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the presidential election in exchange for immunity. By May 13, the close of the second wave of Jupiter square Pluto, the President had already fired FBI director James Comey and threatened him in a tweet, “James Comey better hope there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press.”
Chapter 3. On June 3, the third Jupiter-Pluto wave began as protesters around the country participated in a “March for Truth,” demanding that an independent commission investigate White House alleged ties to Russia. Days from now, on August 4, the third and final exact Jupiter-Pluto square brings this dramatic saga to a crescendo, following a flurry of White House staff hirings and firings. Coincidentally, Uranus, harbinger of sudden changes and surprises, stations retrograde August 3. Uranus Rx tends to internalize chaotic impulsivity. With all the proverbial stress fractures, might we expect implosion in the White House? Is the health of the chief executive in jeopardy?
Back to another, hopefully less extreme, reality… our own as individuals. How can we make effective choices and take responsible action as this stressful planetary aspect reaches a final climax on Friday? No matter what curve balls are thrown our way we can model the positive qualities of Jupiter in Libra (tell the truth, strive for harmony, treat others as equals, practice tolerance, be responsibly optimistic) and Pluto in Capricorn (be organized and strategic, keep our eyes on the goal, help others see that goal as clearly as we do).
We will no doubt continue to feel the effects of the Jupiter-Pluto square long past its September 1, conclusion. Truth bombs, coming right up! May the end of innocence bring a new cycle of growth and understanding of our larger purpose.