We've been hearing so much about the United States' Pluto Return coming up. While it doesn't have the same amount of pop cultural fanfare as a good old Saturn Return (probably because no individual human being has lived long enough to witness theirs, and the outer planets weren't even part of ancient astrology because they aren't visible) it sure is having its moment now. The fact is, we have mostly learned about them through hindsight, and the sheer quantity of unknown is enough to send everyone into a bit of a tizzy, especially when the nation in question is at peak levels of division, has been in a pandemic for the past two years, and seems on the verge of war with the Lex Luthor to our Superman, Russia Russia Russia. We asked resident astrologer, Virginia Lengyel, to set our minds at ease... or not.
The U.S. is facing its first Pluto Return this year, becoming exact on Feb 20, July 7, and then finally on December 28. There have been many references online and in social media about it being Feb 22, 2022; which is complicating because its not just random TikTok videos but seasoned astrologers making this claim. There's another theory that it won't happen until 2024, because of the way the earth's ecliptic orbit changes. Regardless of its official start-date, it's not a once and done 24-hour event. We should have time to see it unfold, and worldwide we've already begun to feel the effects of this once-in-a-lifetime transit.
I'm going to keep this short and let you the readers do your own research and come to your own understanding. If you have a hot take on this, please add a comment or reach out as we're all still exploring this subject together. I haven't even been able to find much new information on the topic; it seems no one is in any hurry to make precise predictions for the masses.
Pluto represents transformation. For all new beginnings, there must be endings. Sex, death, birth, rebirth, secrets, investigations, debt, taxes, and most importantly- power- are all Pluto's main themes. Pluto takes about 250 years to orbit the sun, so its transits over personal points in a chart take years and are notoriously tough. Pluto will discard what's not working, thereby making room for the new.
When the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, Pluto was in the sign of Capricorn. It's said that the astrology of that timing wasn't necessarily an accident--if the forefathers were into that kind of thing, they could've been consulting the stars for guidance to create a powerful base of energy to start out. Capricorn is the eldest Earth sign, signifying hard work, dedication, rules and structure, government, earned wisdom, and the results of actions taken. So here we are with Pluto at 27 degrees Capricorn again.
The Return is a review, a culmination, a new beginning. With Pluto being so powerful, a Pluto Return could undoubtedly be mind-boggling. Looking at Pluto Returns throughout history, there is potential for major change to come along with the planet of change. I'll remind you this is the first one for America, so we have no precedent aside from our founding.
We can look to the energies present in 1776 to find what may come up with this Pluto Return as we revisit and end the cycle they began. Along with the rebellion birthing a new country, there was war, massacre, slavery, and dark secrets. In recent years we've seen secrets unearthed, our sense of peace and normalcy shattered, building threats of violence, and even war. This is not to say we're all in imminent danger, but to acknowledge that we've all been impacted and transformed by the echoes of our foundational energy. The gem inside this information, brought especially clearer in the past two years, is that we hold more power within ourselves than we'd have thought before.
I will leave the rest of this to the higher-ups. Here we like to use the stars to empower us to choose our paths knowing our strengths and weaknesses, not scare us with specific predictions of ill-fate. I suggest watching a special about the US Pluto Return hosted by AstrologyHub. It has a few preeminent astrologers offering their take on it in a group discussion. The Astrology Podcast is another trusted source if you'd like a very thorough explanation of Pluto or how things have played out before in history.
Be safe out here!