The "Dual" National Revolution ~ Part I of II

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Chart of the united states and the revolutionary transit of pluto

Chart of the united states and the revolutionary transit of pluto

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We are living in an extraordinary time and we can’t even begin to talk about the election, the candidates, without noting the powerful transits of Pluto and Neptune to the nation’s chart.  The only other time we’ve had these exact transits was during the period of the Revolution and leading right up to the Civil War; so the parallels are fascinating and really we’re in this “double engine” revolution.  On one hand there’s a deep transformation of the nation’s identity, much like in the Revolution with Pluto was in Capricorn and there’s also a transformation of the nation’s soul with Neptune in Pisces and a similar period leading up to the Civil War.  So let’s take a look at this “dual engine” revolution because this is going to be a very rich period in our nation’s history and really a time to savor and ride change.


The Plutonian part of this revolution really started with Pluto’s entrance into Capricorn in 2008.  Pluto is the planet of death and rebirth, and it will compel us to come to terms with elements of our nature as a nation that aren’t that easy to face.  Pluto stirs up issues of power, government, autonomy and how much authority government may or may not exercise, in essence a total transformation of the nation’s identity.  It shoves into the light that which has become toxic and no longer serves so that something new can emerge.  It stirs the nation’s inner cauldron which is now boiling over everywhere in frustration with the status quo.


All we need to do is return to the Revolution for some serious insight as this was the only other time Pluto was in Capricorn in the nation’s chart.  The Revolution wasn’t a simple one sided phenomenon, but the one thing it was, was a struggle for power, and the one thing it did was to shove into the light the uses and abuses of power and the underlying motives which fueled it, exactly like it has been doing in this country for the past 10 years.

And so these two periods, the Revolution and now, with Pluto in Capricorn, are perhaps the few times in history where people feel that they can really participate in reshaping the society and casting aside outmoded ways of governing and being governed.  As Pluto completes its transit through Capricorn by 2024, our country’s Pluto return, we’ll have completed an entire cycle, suggesting a complete reevaluation, reassessment and subsequent renewal of the fundamental values of our founding fathers and the Constitution.  

In addition to issues of power, Pluto’s return to its natal place in the earthy house second house also suggests serious reappraisal of our country’s resources, chiefly the use and abuse of natural resources as well as environmental concerns.  So while the Plutonian part of this revolution is survival and power, the Neptunian part of this revolution is a national spiritual crisis.  

National Neptunian crisis...

With Neptune in Pisces from about 2011 to 2025 we mark the end of a 160 year cycle and the beginning of a new one we are entering a profound period of psychological renewal and change, a shift in consciousness that we haven’t experienced in 160 years, and this new growth demands that our old self be shed.

Neptune stirs the collective unconscious psyche’s deepest feelings and longings.  Neptunian transits are crises of the spirit and in this case a collective spirit that has grown tired of rules, limits and boundaries.  It makes us aware of how world weary and fatigued we’ve become in our day to day lives and how so many things have become vapid, meaningless and intolerable.

Neptune wants us to experience beauty, the kind of beauty that connects us all.  Neptune wants us to throw out all of the crap and get down to what really matters.  Neptune transits facilitate this shift by dissolving structures that straightjacket the collective soul, leaving outworn beliefs and values behind that no longer serve. 

We’re living a time with an uncanny resemblance to the emotional and spiritual climate of 1850-1860 right before the Civil War when Neptune was in Pisces and opposing the nation’s Ascendant which is exactly where we are now.  The country at that time was on the verge of war which was only averted by the Compromise of 1850, a series of legislative bargains over the western territories and slavery designed to appease growing sectional tensions. 

But the Compromise of 1850 achieved the exact opposite and Americans were growing increasingly unwilling to accept limits, rules, laws or any kind of traditional boundaries.  Remember, Neptune stirs deep emotions and longings; it dissolves the boundaries between ourselves and others so it was awakening deep collective unconscious feelings, a tremendous unrest simmering in our nation’s soul.

So this is a very similar place "feeling wise" that is in this country now; the fear, the uncertainty, all brewing at the nation’s core.  These collective unconscious feelings then exert with tremendous force in the form of projections, and there is no other arena quite like the political arena where they get expressed.  That is why ideological movements are par for the course under Neptune transits because they are deeply imbued with emotion, a past and future fantasy, they’re all fantasy.  And so there is this romantic vision of paradise lost and regained through the creation of a perfect society. Ideologies can be politically left or right, some are peaceable and some are not, but they all are ideas which involve the redemption of a downtrodden collective, which then rises up and then overthrows the persecutor.

Sometimes they appear as the aspiration of the perfect Muslim state and the promise of a quick trip to paradise for those who blow themselves up in the name of Allah.

Sometimes it appears as a Superhero Grandpa who’ll fight corruption to restore decency and integrity to all. 

Sometimes it appears as the hijack of an entire political party, a three ring circus for the channeling of collective frustrations and fantasy.

And sometimes it’s just an overgrown, overstuffed, Kewpie doll, up-lifter of all who are also unrecognized, suppressed and deeply in need of some self-worth. 

This passage, from Liz Greene’s book "Neptune," states this phenomenon powerfully;

 “Arnold Toynbee, in Study of History, makes some relevant observations on the characteristic responses of a society threatened by the disintegration of existing structures and values. He suggests that the experience of “spiritual uncertainty” and “moral defeat” in a nation may propel its citizens into pursuing a “utopian chimera” as a substitute for an intolerable present.” In just this way does the individual in the throes of uncertainty and defeat often turn to Neptune’s world, and Neptune’s magic talismans, because life has become intolerable.” 

Toynbee goes onto state;

"In the twin movements of archaism and futurism, Archaism an attempt to return to some imaginary past Golden Age, and Futurism, a frenzied leaping towards some fantasy future, can be seen two apparently opposite, but fundamentally utopian (or Neptunian), collective attempts to escape reality.” Both ignore the necessary compromises and adjustments that are needed to create a tolerable present, to deal with the here and now.”

Feelings are pretty powerful, especially collective unconscious ones.  So, in part II of this video we’re going to take a look at Clinton, Trump and Sanders, and the lay of the land politically from the Democratic and Republican conventions right up through election day.  So I hope you’ll join me.


Sanders, Trump, Clinton. A look at potentials ~ Part II of II

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So, let’s do it…

Sanders, Trump, and Clinton.

So what I’ve done is gone ahead with all three charts and identify the “sensitive structures” within them.  That is, those structures that tend to get “sparked” at important or pivotal events in their lives.  By identifying these structures and what kind of connections they’re making “now” it will give us a really good perspective on how the election might unfold for each individual candidate.

So let’s get started with Bernie Sanders…

Bernie sanders ~ Presidential candidate

Bernie sanders ~ Presidential candidate

I can’t stress the importance of two sensitive structures in Sanders chart that are always present at major and pivotal events.

Zeus/Kronos=Mercury, which is his powerful and creative mental leadership

And Jupiter/Vulcanus=Pluto, one of the most successful midpoint structures, all kinds of positive change and development and the influential and expansive development of power.

Bernie Sanders "sensitive structures" activated at pivotal events.

So leading up to the Democratic National Convention Bernie Sander’s chart is in this current mode of expansion and will continue to grow over the year, but the energy will really pinnacle mid-summer, around the convention.

Powerful structures at play in sander's chart at convention time

Powerful structures at play in sander's chart at convention time

Sanders chart is strong and will continue that trend as his “sensitive structure” Jupiter-Vulcanus/Pluto is in powerful contact to his “natal” Moon and his “directed” Poseidon, and these two planetary pictures just heighten in energy as we get closer to the convention in July.  Now what that means with both the Moon and Poseidon is that Sanders will continue to exert powerful public influence, developing and building momentum while continuing to transmit his ideological concepts.   This may or may not mean he’s leading in the primaries but rather that his influence will remain strong.

Also building in strength over the next six months is his directed Aries point, which is the world axis, in connection to his natal Apollon point which indicates widespread expansion, and with those Meridian/Jupiter-Vulcanus/Pluto structure here too, probably a lot of money funneling in over the next several months.

Powerful structures at play in sander's chart at convention time

Powerful structures at play in sander's chart at convention time

Although his chart is still strong at election time, I’m a little bit less impressed with it.  Sander’s November chart just doesn’t contain a strong enough Zeus/Kronos=Mercury axis, an axis that has been so active in past elections wins.  And his chart also lacks a connection to the world axis that would show in this type of event.

So the repeating theme in his chart over and over again is about this release of “idealism” and the “inspiring of new growth,” a “generation of power and development” and “expansion.”  The Neptune and Jupiter transits of both his Meridian and Sun over the next six months continue these themes and the Saturn transit which is square will be challenging but serve as impetus to keep building and do what is needed. 

So Sander’s Neptune transit in these situations generally tends to inflate or dissolve, poof and they’re gone.  My guess is that Sanders will be relevant as long as collective unconscious feelings are strong and there is a need for a mouthpiece, Sanders being their channel.

Donald Trump

Donald trump ~ Presidential candidate

Donald trump ~ Presidential candidate

So now we come to Donald Trump.  I did not read Ted Cruz’s chart as there is some uncertainty as to a correct birth time on it so I made the executive decision to just leave that one alone. 

Upon identifying the “sensitive structures” in Trumps chart, the ones active at major events, we find a collection of inflations, deflations, successes and failures more than anything else.

One of the most important structures is where four of the six personal points meet up and it the structure that casts the biggest shadow in his life.  Sun-Moon-Meridian-Ascendant with Venus-Hades/Saturn midpoint, tremendous self-valuation issues; his uncertainty around his own inner value and worth and his bottomless need for “proof of value or love” that serves as a motivation for everything that he does, the White House being the ultimate trophy of self-worth and more poignantly personal redemption. 

Powerful "sensitive structure" in donald trump's birth chart

Powerful "sensitive structure" in donald trump's birth chart


But this structure also sits on the nations Ascendant and Neptune has been transiting this area for the past year and will continue through the election stirring up and intensifying not only Trump’s deepest unconscious feelings and longings but the unconscious feelings and longings of an entire collective.  Neptunian transits are crises of the spirit and in this case a collective spirit that has grown tired of rules, limits, and boundaries. Trumps ability to channel these archetypal images is his gift.

Neptune in pisces transiting the nation's ascendant

Neptune in pisces transiting the nation's ascendant

And the Zeus-Kronos/Mars/Neptune with the Mercury/Meridian in Trumps chart is what enables him to do so, to channel the collective; an endless font of imagination that’s nearly always operating, intuiting what others want him to be and then to becoming that person; a profound ability to read an entire auditorium of people the way he can read an individual.

Trump isn’t popular because he channels collective fear and discontent. Donald Trump is popular because he captures the collectives desire to dissolve and transcend the limits of life’s boundaries and just be who we are.  Trump is having the time of his life using his outrageously creative skillset and people like it, they want that kind of freedom in their own lives and that is a universal feeling.  No matter how abominable you think Trump is, there is a kernel in everyone that finds him oddly, offensively and uncomfortably attractive.

And so ramping up the next six months we have a very prominent Sun direction to his Ascendant which is exact to the second during the Republican Nation Convention, which in my estimation means there is a strong possibility that he’ll be at the helm.  Sun-Ascendant directions or progressions are like a “coming out party,” they’re major life transitions yielding energy, vitality, recognition and confidence.

Sun-ascendant progression exact at republican nation convention

Sun-ascendant progression exact at republican nation convention

Moving out of that period and into November is where things really get interesting.  On November 8th his chart as a whole forms a 22.5 degree aspect to itself, similar to a quarter turn of a dial.  And this 22.5 degree aspect, symbolizes action, it’s both motivating and a challenging, but the direction it will go will depend on Trump’s own inner evolution and development.  But he does have a strong direction of Pluto to Jupiter at that time which is excellent for positive growth and development as well as connections to the world axis on election day, chiefly a Moon-Vulkanus/Meridan which is a structure of tremendous public and political influence.  The curious thing here is that this Moon-Vulkanus/Meridian structure is also tied in with his Neptune/Pluto midpoint structure which is exact at convention time and this means that there is both an intense mystical air that surrounds Trump, but that there’s are also possibly deep imperceptible changes going.

So again, similar to Sanders, Neptune transits either inflate or dissolve because they are so rooted in unconscious feelings, both Trump’s and the collective’s.  Will he win the election?  His chart is slightly favorable and he does have a strong world axis and world axis connections.  He could possibly keep inflating up to the election and then “poof” he’s gone, just like your typical Neptunian transit creating a lot of projection until it’s no longer needed.

Hillary Clinton

Hillary clinton ~ presidential candidate ~ astrology

Hillary clinton ~ presidential candidate ~ astrology

Ok, Hillary Clinton’s chart.  Same deal in finding those sensitive structures at major events in her life, so let’s get started.

And we have a Mars-Pluto/Aries structure which is the midpoint for “civil servant,” but it’s also someone who is ambitious, strong-willed and very skilled at developing building and changing things.

The Sun/Meridian-Aries structure can be a very public figure and it also represents how one works and deals in the world as well as their opportunities out in the world.

"Sensitive structures" in Hillary Clinton's birth chart that have gotten "sparked" at major and pivotal events in her life.

So a little background on a chart I know well.  Hillary is someone with an extraordinary deep understanding of the collective unconscious psyche combined with powerful need to implement collective needs, but internal issues around “valuation” and the right use of “will and power” have impeded her for much of her political career.  So the reason why I wanted to review that point is because it appears that Hillary has personally gone through some tremendous internal changes over the past few years with the transit of Neptune to her Meridian around the time of Benghazi and the subsequent resignation as Secretary of State, a time when she was probably feeling tremendous discontent around what she was doing and the parts of herself that have stood in the way from a deeper connect with herself and then by default the collective.

And so what is currently consolidating in her chart that will remain active for another few months is a monster combination....see below.

Major configuration Dec-march 2016 ~ identical to 1968 ~ Hillary Clinton ~ presidential candidate

Major configuration Dec-march 2016 ~ identical to 1968 ~ Hillary Clinton ~ presidential candidate

 Sun directed to Neptune, Uranus directed to her Meridian, and Meridian directed to her Mars.  This is not only deeply intuitive combination, tuning her into collective psyche like a radio tower, but it also signifies tremendous vision, the need to assert and an abundance of energy needed to harness the collective psyche into workable goals and objectives.  So this “tri-structure” is probably operating more internally right now as she is gathers steam by taking stock of the collective needs and the lay of political land.

So I was really curious about this exact structure and what was going on the only other time it was exact like this in her life which was forty-five years ago in 1968. 

amazing parallels ~ exact configuration, 2016 and 1968 ~ hillary clinton

amazing parallels ~ exact configuration, 2016 and 1968 ~ hillary clinton

So I Googled it and came across this NY Times article written in 2007 where she was apparently immersed in a very similar transformative process as she is right now.

hillary CLINTON ~ 1968

hillary CLINTON ~ 1968

From the 2007 New York Times Article;  "in the Turmoil of '68, Clinton Found a New Voice"

Mark Leibovich writes;

“As the nation boiled over Vietnam, civil rights and the slayings of two charismatic leaders, Ms. Rodham was completing a sweeping intellectual, political and stylistic shift.”

Hillary goes on to say;

 “There was a sense of tremendous change, internationally and here at home which impacted greatly how I thought about things.”

And of many of Hillary’s handwritten remarks from that year are still on file at Wellesley, as she wrote;

 “Gaining power is at the core of effective activism.”   It is the very essence of life, the dynamo of life.”

“She was not an antiwar radical trying to create a mass movement, said her friend Ellen DuBois.  She was very much committed to working within the political system. From a student activist perspective, there was a significant difference.”

She arrived at Wellesley in 1964 as a Republican Goldwater girl and left as class President and an anti-war Democrat whose graduation speech won her Time magazines “Voice of a Generation.”

So returning to Hillary’s chart in the here and now, as these three areas subside in energy over the next few months, she’s got a locomotive train getting revved up that will slowly creep and take her up to the election.  The directed Meridian to Mars/Pluto which is a tremendous drive to go beyond limitations and initiate new situations, with possible and much needed “rework” around the expression of the masculine in her chart.  See below.

democratic convention ~ july 25-28 ~ mars/pluto=meridian direction ~hillary clinton

democratic convention ~ july 25-28 ~ mars/pluto=meridian direction ~hillary clinton

Around convention time we move to a Meridian Pluto direction indicating a profound release of personal power into career.  

pluto=meridian direction at democratic national convention 2016 ~hillary clinton

pluto=meridian direction at democratic national convention 2016 ~hillary clinton

And then her Meridian she lands exactly at election time on the Aries point or world axis and that is huge. 

november 8th,2016 ~ election day ~hillary clinton ~major configuration of her meridian with the world axis

november 8th,2016 ~ election day ~hillary clinton ~major configuration of her meridian with the world axis

When something connects to the world axis we will be seen and have impact in the world.  Of all three candidates here, Hillary’s chart has hands down the most powerful placements on election eay.  The only other time that Mars/Pluto=Aries and the Meridian came together like this was the day her husband was elected 42rd President of the United States.

What I don’t think is that all of these planetary directions she’ll be having between now and election time will be easy, they’re a square which in astrology is a very challenging aspect, indicating a lot of stress and resistance, but equally as strong will be the desire to overcome the obstacles and tackle problems.

So with a chart like Hillary’s we’re dealing with a different kind candidate than a Trump or Sanders in that Hillary is not an “idealist,” she has no ideology.  Hillary’s is an “implementer” who will most likely strategize a political run like a locomotive train; grounded, intense, forward moving based on her reading of the collective psyche and need.  If she can harness and tap into what both Sanders and Trump are channeling and convince people that she is the one to move and implement the collective current, then she will very likely win this election.  But more than anything she needs to come from heart, with a positive expression of both her feminine and masculine.

So Sander’s and Trump’s charts are both strong, they are necessary and invaluable pieces to this transformative time.  Hillary, well she’s an implementer but we’ll have to wait and see if she can both harness and swim the transition while moving the collective forward.