With Politically Charged, a monthly column by QueerCosmos astrologer and Good + good change agent Colin Bedell, you will see what is happening in the political and astrological spheres – specifically where they converge.
Before the 4th of July, the county’s anniversary, we will see America’s astrology and how its native transits highlight all the work that needs to be done in the midst of the modern civil rights movement, converging on a global health crisis.
As soon as a human’s first breath begins his astrology, the signing of the Declaration of Independence initiated the astrology of America at 5:10 pm on July 4, 1776. The natal chart of the United States locates the constellation of Sagittarius in the ascendant , the sun, Mercury, Jupiter and Venus in transit through Cancer and the illuminated moon in Aquarius.
At the level of the Sagittarius-Cancer-Aquarius view, the idea of a political body elected by the people, from the people and for the people was radical in 1776 – and it is radical now. And yet, that independence was declared on stolen and colonized land. The signatories of the document wrote their names under the clause “All men are created equal”, but some of them were slave owners, making it clear that even in the country’s founding moments, the constant and conflicting duality of American horror and American idealism was present.
This brings me to the importance of America’s first Pluto return, happening now: Pluto returned to Capricorn – the sign it was on July 4, 1776 – for the first time since the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 2008 and will remain there until 2024 for a transit of 16 years. In astrology, Pluto is contextualized as the energy that reveals the underground world. With regard to America’s natal chart, we could examine Pluto as the planet responsible for facing the gap between the values to which the American people are committed and what occurs at the levels of white supremacy, police brutality, military industrial complex, imperialism, undue influence of money on politics, mass incarceration and the prison’s industrial complex, and many other rampant examples of injustice.
Pluto points out what is wrong and aims to transform and heal, and Capricorn is the cardinal sign of Earth that governs government, the structures of civilization, responsibility and integrity. Therefore, for America’s first Pluto return, the planet is highlighting the disparity between what the educational system has indoctrinated citizens to believe about our overly romanticized, red, white and blue history and what crimes against humanity have been committed by the country outside of textbooks.
Pluto’s first return to America highlights the disparity between what the educational system has indoctrinated citizens to believe about our overly romanticized, red, white and blue history and what crimes against humanity have been committed by the country outside of textbooks.
Consider the human body: when it needs to heal, it must first detoxify itself from the virus, pain or the offending problem. Pluto – which reaches its peak in America’s exact natal position in Capricorn between February 2019 and January 2025, as opposed to the Sun, Venus and Mercury – is highlighting the fractures in the integrity of our country. Pluto’s return can be transformative for the better, however, if Americans face the country’s history of prejudice and commitment to supporting systemic ignorance, prejudice and racism.
This may seem overwhelming, but as every American interacts with America’s astrology, we know that we must all take care of this work. We are incarnated at this time to work towards a solution, each one contributing their gifts, abilities and strengths to this complex moment.
Certainly, commemorating America’s birthday seems complicated in the midst of this social calculation of all the work that needs to be done. But this valid reserve can coexist with a sense of pride in how essential workers, first responders, activists, theorists, artists, politicians and spiritual seekers embody the power of Cancer – the sun sign of America – that appears as a stellium, or a bundle of three planets, in your natal chart and denounces any level of white supremacy. The power of Cancer energy in the country is that we see, read and hear warnings and threats to this home. The energy of cancer requires fierce protection for the home and family.
Based on a brief review of our history, we know that America is too slow to get the memo on the correct applications of its intended principles. But when our hearts come alive because we think of something different and we contribute this passion to activism, we reach an exceptional level. Perhaps on America’s solar return on July 4, when the sun returns to its position on the day the Declaration was signed, each of us can close our eyes under the fireworks and imagine what needs to be done for the country finally applies its fundamental principles properly.