Repeating planetary cycles of the 1770s are filling the 2020 skies. Are we seeing the (zodiac) signs of another massive revolution?
As the parent of a quarantined fourth grader during the COVID-19 pandemic, I (Ophi) found myself in a unique position: home-schooling my daughter on the American Revolution.
As we forged through a Google Slides report on the Boston Tea Party, memorized which Founding Father said “give me liberty or give me death!” (Gemini Patrick Henry) and watched a throwback Schoolhouse Rock video “No More Kings” (“No More Kings”) about England’s George III (add his June 4, 1738 birthday to the list of polarizing Gemini world leaders), it started to feel eerily like…today.
This new decade has been anything but calm. We’ve had the impending election, a turbulent economy, a global (“black swan event”) of the raging coronavirus outbreak and shutdowns.
Then, May 25, 2020, happened. The cold-blooded police murder of George Floyd brought a nation to its knees—and flooding into the streets, pandemic be damned.
A Revolution of Uncertain Outcome Appears to Be Underway
The planets are telling the same story: many major planets are back in the same positions that they occupied during the 1770s, as American colonists began their historic fight for freedom from British rule.
As we entered June 2020 after months of quarantine, undelivered or cashed-out stimulus checks—and with the first of three eclipses AND harmonizer Venus retrograde in Gemini, the sign of community—America reached its breaking point.
This time, the rest of the world echoed our agony, gathering en masse to demand an end to the killings of black citizens. For the first time ever, small towns, suburbs and countries as far away as Syria stood in solidarity with our collective outrage, amplifying the plea that “Black Lives Matter.”
Taxation without Representation, Police Defunding
The American Revolution was, in part, an outcry against “taxation without representation.” It was the people’s demand for a voice, for freedom from the rule of those who did not regard their contributions, but took money and power at their behest.
Today, U.S. police departments are paid with citizens’ tax dollars to “protect and serve” their communities. Yet the massive inequality and brutality toward Black citizens has Americans calling for police departments to be defunded.
Rather than listen to pundits debate this issue, we should be asking ourselves: What got us to the point where we would even have to suggest such a thing?
It’s stitched into the fabric of America’s history—and its astrological chart—since this nation was “born” on July 4, 1776 with the ratification of the Declaration of Independence, a treatise pronouncing that all men were created equal while slavery was still in existence and women of all races were not granted the right to vote.
Are We Heading toward Civil War?
In the second half of the decade, we’re moving into a similar planetary cycle to the Civil War, which we cited as a possibility in our 2020 Horoscope book.
Pluto in Capricorn: The Sign of Revolutionary Wars?
1762-78 and 2008-25
Pluto, the planet of destruction, transformation and rebirth—the cosmic lord of the underworld who says an “old way” must perish for a transformation to rise from the ashes.
As Pluto entered Capricorn in November 2008 for the first time in more than 250 years, the U.S. elected its first African American president. It was a MAJOR disruption to the system as we knew it.
The first half of Pluto’s cycle, from 2008 to 2016, was focused on rebuilding the economy, which had been devastated by the subprime mortgage collapse in 2008, bringing bailouts and stimulus programs. Hope and progress were in the air, even though the picture was far from perfect.
But as astrologers, we were aware that the story was just beginning.
In late 2016/early 2017 Pluto reached the midway point in its 16-year journey through Capricorn from, which is happening from 2008 to 2024. We knew some form of national upheaval was ahead. Capricorn is the sign of government, business, hierarchy and structures.
Back in 2017, as we inaugurated a new U.S. president, we wrote a post about America’s impending (“Pluto return”). Pluto was at 17 degrees Capricorn—within 10 degrees of the United States’ 27-degree Pluto, which meant we would now feel its impact more strongly with each passing year.
But there was also progress to consider. Not only was the economy seemingly on the upswing from its initial 2008 devastation (Capricorn rules banks and financial systems), but the U.S. currency received a feminist facelift—Harriet Tubman replaced President (and slaveowner) Andrew Jackson as the (new face of the $20 bill).
In 2020, three-quarters of the way through Pluto’s cycle, the Minneapolis police who killed George Floyd were responding to a storeowner’s call about a counterfeit $20 bill.
In late 2016, Pluto came within 10 degrees of its position during the 1770s—the decade that
On March 5, 1770, Crispus Attucks— a longeshoreman of African and Native American descent—was shot to death in Boston Harbor.
That day, Uranus occupied 8 degrees Taurus, a once-every-84-years position that
This powerful post in The Atlantic, (“The Double Standard of the American Riot”)
1518 – The Transatlantic Slave Trade Founded as
Pluto in Capricorn, Nodes in Gemini & Sagittarius,