It all seemed to come so gradually until it didn’t. We started out rebuilding the economy after the dot com boom and bust of 2000. We inflated everything with a grand Pluto in Sagittarius. We built big houses, had no doc home loans, increased our physical sizes until a third of us became obese and even built mega churches with “pastorpreneurs”. Then came the bill for it all. Around 2007 and 2008 Pluto circled the sign of Capricorn, father time, the grim reaper, Chronos. Pluto began the visit in the death and transformation sign of Capricorn. Things began to shrink instead of expand. Everything got more serious and more regulated. Government and corporations became even more powerful and consolidated so that just about any industry was controlled by 4 large corporations. The average person on the street became more aware of stagnation of the paycheck, a shrinkage in the safety net and a loss of the social contract. The extended family continued to shrink and the services for the elderly, disabled and unemployed were marginalized or eliminated. America became focused on corporate profits, elimination or reducing environmental protections, stingy benefits for those in poverty, cuts in programs for disabled and no forgiveness for student college debt. We became Scrooge.
The planetary forces have a remarkable way of taking care of the order of the universe. There is a distinct order and, as I have said before, we are all under the directions from the heavenly bodies. As constellations move and planets transit, we are effected. In our current times, Pluto began this long 16 year transit in 2008 and will continue to rake America over the coals until 2024. 2020 is the year of heavy raking as it brought in another transit in the air sign of Gemini. This began in January and would affect the lungs (air) bringing with it a virus to expose the existing habits and systems America–as well as the world–that did not work. Here we found great problems in the health care system of America. It demonstrated its weaknesses, its lack of preparedness, its disregard for the poor, the elderly, the uninsured, and its workers. We have had many warnings of pandemics over the last 50 years and yet we allowed the department to be underfunded and supplies rot and decay.
There is no going back to the wonder years. These are the wonder years. We will wonder about everything. We will wonder about how we will pay our rent, mortgages and car payments. We will wonder if we will catch the virus. We will wonder if life will ever return to normal. (What is that anyway?) We will wonder how we will find employment. Of course, we will wonder if it is safe to travel on airplanes, sit in stadiums, attend the theater and have large weddings.
Remember, this has not ended. Even when the Gemini transit ends the later part of September, we will still be dealing with the virus and assorted breakouts. We will find better treatments and eventually a vaccine. But many people will not trust the vaccine so the virus will join other viruses and linger around waiting for its place in line. What made this virus so deadly is its ability to give it to its host and have the host not have symptoms but have the ability to share it with others. Wow, that’s a smart virus.
Since 86% of America is a service economy, the virus hit in its strategic area, services. All of a sudden we learn what is essential versus non-essential. My Trader Joe cashier shelf-stocker became more essential than my attorney. Costco became essential and all the food delivery and pharmacy deliveries became essential. God bless the post office, the pharmacy, the grocery stores, the take-out services and in-home lab services. God bless those who would come to your home for infusions, blood samples and other services. Think of the risks. Governors and Mayors became more powerful as the central government in Washington became more confused and disoriented. What they could do is send out money and they did. The states did the heavy lifting and begs the question what kind of centralized government do we want and what do we need to get rid of?
Next came the death of George Floyd, the sacrificial lamb for the next exposure. America has always had a racial problem from its birth. It has always discriminated against the black and brown. It was founded with slaves after killing off most of the indigenous people who lived on the land they took. America and its focus on a white world has never faced its dark side of racism, prejudice and injustice. Floyd is the symbol of the shadow side that white America has not looked at. With riots and protests, we are learning that many people around the world recognize the injustice and want something done to transform the system.
America must now face its shadow side. It cannot progress into the future with the past and current systems. It is being forced to reform and transform itself. The next 3 years will be very tumultuous as we see what has to be done and the struggle to birth the new. Pluto takes no prisoners. It kills off and allows newborns to come forth. We, here in America, are in somewhat of a death struggle with its Soul. What is the Soul of this nation? How far have we come from the intention of its birth. “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” A beacon on the hill. Pluto in Capricorn will not allow you to wiggle out from under the rock. It will yank you to stand trial and account for your wrong doings.
Why have we pushed our elderly, sick and disabled people to warehouses of death? Why have we said it is okay to have our “essential” workers have no health insurance or sick leave? Why is it okay for those who process our meats or pick our crops live in unhealthy, cramped lean-to’s without health coverage? Didn’t we find out these are our essential workers?
What more must we learn before it occurs to us? The system is us. We put those in office who had their own interest at heart before ours. We have put incompetency as our representatives and walked away and went shopping. We didn’t care to get involved. We would rather hide and send obnoxious tweets and comments while gloating over our power. Have we turned nuts? Do we truly care?
Why are so many systems broken, starting with our infrastructure? Why is our immigration system so ugly? Have we looked at what and whom we have put in control and power to speak in our name? Where are our ethics and character? We continuously witness corruption, greed, flaunting of wealth, plutocrats, a president who promotes his hotels for government events and can’t empathize with the masses. America’s government became a system of leaders constantly running for the next election and focused on fundraising.
Pluto says something to the effect that we have gotten away from our true purpose and promise and must return to it. It will be uncomfortable as we go forward further into the 20’s but change doesn’t come when it is comfortable. America will survive this turmoil but she must first clean up her act. She has a social disease and has to take several remedies. Remember, nothing is complete here on Earth. It is always in the process of becoming. We move higher in awareness day by day. We will shed this old and outworn way of thinking and behaving. First, we have to address what we have become so we can transform into a more enlightened, aware, rational and united country.