On July 4, 2011, America celebrates her 235th birthday, our much-touted Independence Day. At 12:28:09 pm EDT on July 5th, the Sun returns to natal position in our nation's Sibly chart (July 4, 1776 5:10 pm LMT Philadelphia, PA) during an Hour of Saturn, with Libra and Saturn rising. Return Sun (SR) is posited in 10th house making the next 12 months a watershed year for the United States.
For as you know, Solar Returns are in effect from birthday to birthday so the following Solar Return chart extends from July 5, 2011 to July 4, 2012. (The US SR 2012 chart is chock full of planetary patterns including a Mystic Rectangle, but that's a topic for a later post.)
I have relocated the Return chart to Washington DC (from Philadelphia) which does not change houses of the planets but does slightly change house cusps by one or two degrees: Washington DC is chosen because of the dire financial circumstances our nation has been plunged into and because the 2/8 and 3/9 cusps are at critical-crisis degrees (29 Lib/Ari and 29Sco/Tau, as you see) when set for DC.
At Midheaven 3Can03 (MC), the Goal/Aspiration/Public Status point, is US natal Venus and transit Venus 1Can51, indicating that our national Venus Return will soon occur. Venus, a money planet of evaluations and relationships, is out-of-bounds of the earthly plane and is the closest planet to an Angle in the SR 2011 chart (1A12) and thus leads the action although powerful Pluto is a close second at IC (2A58), the Foundation of the Matter. Pluto does prefer those lower, hidden places.
So this puts the ongoing oppositions of transit Pluto to US Venus and Jupiter (US n Jupiter is @ MC as well) uppermost in our considerations in this post, and points out difficulties on the political, social, and financial levels for our country and for Washington DC. The precise identity of subversive Pluto is, of course, debatable yet International Bankers, Societal Puppet masters, Spying Agencies - even 'The Pope' - are certainly implicated when one thinks of the secretive, sabotaging events and calamities occurring in and against America these days.
Horoscope shown: US Solar Return July 5, 2011 Washington DC; please click to enlarge the chart and read my many notations, some of which may not be to mentioned within this text. US natal planets are penned around the outside of the chart; Inaugural Moon 2009 29Sco45 is notated at the 3rd cusp.
ASC 2Lib41 with Saturn rising indicates delays, restrictions, inhibitions, and a potential for further losses at this, a Saturn Hour. The third of our three
Saturn Returns occurs on August 28, 2011, and SR 2011 Saturn rules 4th house with Pluto and US n Pluto 27Cap33 Rx posited there so mining incidents may occur during the year along with Real Estate (4th H) problems, destructurization, and plutonian transformations continuing.
Chart-ruler Venus makes 3 applying aspects to other planets which describes how things will proceed for the coming year, In order, they are:
1. square Uranus (2A43): both planets are angular so have outlets for expression - Uranus conj Descendant of Partnerships may show disruption or break-ups in relationships, or new unusual partnerships, or sudden events caused by Open Enemies; Ebertin gives 'Uranus in Aries' as Utopians which indicates the one-world-government promoters; the Venus/Uranus square also denotes relationship break-ups, fickleness, erratic financial goings-on, impracticality, and a refusal to compromise with others in a traditional fashion.
2. trine Chiron (3A18): sacrificing relationships, devotion upon an altar, or enslavement (Clow.)
3. opposing Pluto: ah, the biggie! This aspect affects America's Public Status on the World Stage since it is spotlighted upon the MC/IC axis where its energies will play out over the next year for it's been running in the background but now takes center stage; excessive demands are made on partners; compromises are hard to make or to find; confidences will be revealed; legal affairs, joint ventures, and overspending are not favored.
As a pair, Venus/Pluto has bankruptcy implications and this seems to me to be what manipulative Pluto is attempting to engineer against America. (Hope I'm wrong!) Pluto squares the rising Saturn (Democrats) in 1st house so we'll have to wait and see. But with both planets angular, it may not be long before we find out Pluto's deepest imperatives. Plus, the Saturn/Uranus midpoint continues to be near Pluto, god of the Underworld, and will again perfect soon: it's the same 'brutality, harm through force majeure, desire to overcome difficulties, rebellion against one's lot in life' midpoint picture the world has been under since the world-shaking Cardinal Cross of 2010.
More Finances: 8th House Jupiter in Money-Loving Taurus
Jupiter 5Tau40 is in 8th H of Shared Resources, Debt, Credit, and Insurance (plus other 8th H connotations such as Corporations) but with 29Ari15 on the 8th H cusp. Asteroid Eros (piercing) conjoins the 8th cusp, too, at 29Ari04. Jupiter's powerful trine to Pluto (0A20) is nearly exact so perhaps help will come with finances though in whose favor remains to be seen (typed the Common Good/Populist leaning astrologer.)
Moneybags Jupiter, significator of the Republican Party, is being squared by Mercury 5Leo35 (in 10th H), planet of bloggers, reporters, thinkers, planners, orators, trade, commerce, transport, and communications in general. Of course, young people and those who serve are also provinces of Mercury.
This Mercury is interesting because it is apex (focal) planet of a YOD pattern (Finger of God; special task, crisis, crossroads) and Mercury is in its element since it sits at the crossroads of all travelers. Which way to go? Well, this Mercury conjoins tr asteroid Minerva (to be accomplished) and as I never fail to point out when mentioning her, The Owl of Minerva is the title of the Hegel Society's journal.
One of our problems is that the US is being assailed by acolytes of the Hegelian Dialectic, the Hegel Society. This is the Thesis-Antithesis-Synthesis crowd of political philosophers whose 'dialectic' sets up the US Saturn Return #3 (August 28, 2011) as the synthesis stage of development for our accountability-responsibility issues and Saturnian lessons which any Saturn Return brings. As we know from recent events, our August 2011 Return times a very important moment in US history.
So there's speedy little messenger Mercury in the house of Public Status at the apex of the situation. And its foundation? The sextile between Pluto 6Cap01 Rx and Chiron 5Pis09 Rx (the position of President Obama's natal Chiron in Pisces, the Knight in Shining Armor placement for Chiron, embarked on a Quest for the Holy Grail (R. Nolle, Chiron.) A 5th H Chiron describes lovers of pomp and circumstance and who direct human psychology toward doing their bidding. (Note: Joseph Goebbels and Barry Goldwater were both born with 5th H Chirons.)
The YOD's Pluto sextile Chiron "creates a very pragmatic dynamic in the chart" (Clow) and shows "a vortex of transmutative power in the location house of Chiron and then shoots the energy to Pluto" which then locates the power in Pluto's house (4th = Homeland; Domestic Scene; Real Estate, etc.) Seems that Pluto, planet of the Global Crime Syndicate, has America in the crosshairs. And with the angular Uranus, planet of Technology and Computers, more cyber-hacking and Internet thievery of account and other info/intell seems safe to predict.
And it's good to remember that Hitler rose to power under a Uranus/Pluto square so let's be wary of new bosses or 'czars' who love to dictate against the will of the American people (yes, we already have them, I know. Look at dissolved governments in various states being taken over by the anti-democratic forces of Corporate Rule.)
Well, there are more factors to consider and I'd hoped to complete this post before the next thunderstorm which now rapidly approaches (please pardon annoying typos!) This post will be edited with more info soon (including more on apex Mercury, other planetary patterns, we-the-people's Moon in Virgo, Sun aspects, and prominent midpoint pictures) or a new column will be published on the topic of our US Solar Return 2011, then linked to this post as my schedule - and Thor's thunderbolts - permit.
UPDATE June 30, 2011: this US SR 2011 column is now completed and you may wish to read the rest here. jc
For some mighty mystical reading, I recommend Kal Dani's Oracle with its amazing amount of information concerning 'The Eclipse Prince William' - 'The Shadow King' - and his occulted numbers. The info-rich site includes Numerology, Eclipses, Kate (born on the day of a Lunar Eclipse (he, the Solar Eclipse, she the Lunar), the X-Men connection, Biblical prophecy, the Queen's late night visitor, Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed, the Assyrian fish god, and much much more. It's astounding! jc