USA Independence Day and the Return of Pluto - 2022

The planet Pluto takes 248 years to orbit the Sun. Last time it traveled through the astrological sign of Capricorn (1762-78) the American War of independence erupted.


On Independence Day this year, Pluto’s position in the sky was the same as it was on Independence Day, July 4th 1776 (in retrograde motion). Coincidentally it arrived at that point (in direct motion) three days prior to the outbreak of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 23rd. Its final pass over this position will be on the 28th of December this year.


Although there is conjecture about the actual time of signing the Declaration, the commonly accepted time is 5.10 pm placing Pluto in the 2nd House of material values which accentuates Pluto’s association with financial and political power.


As well as experiencing a ‘Pluto Return’, the American Independence Day chart currently has Neptune transiting opposite where it was in 1776.  In ‘mundane’ astrology the 9th house pertains to law, religion, philosophy and science – all areas where tensions are mounting.




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(Jun. 30 - July 6th, 2022)

Background: In the 200,000 years of Homo sapiens evolution there have been three major revolutions; the first being a cultural revolution which commenced about 70,000 years ago with the development of languages and history. The second was the Agricultural Revolution of about 12,000 years ago when the habits of hunter/gatherers were replaced by the habits of farming and living in one place.


The third revolution was the Industrial Revolution which commenced at the time of Pluto’s last transit through Capricorn and was instigated by James Watts improvement of the steam engine (1769), James Hargreaves invention of the Spinning Jenny (1764), Richard Arkwright inventing the spinning frame (1768) and Alexander Cummings coming up with the idea of a flushing toilet (1775).


Not only does the American Declaration of Independence correspond to the Industrial Revolution but also to Scottish economist Adam Smith’s writing of ‘The Wealth of Nations’ (1776) - widely regarded as a template for modern economics.




Astrological Correspondences: Capricorn is a practical, materialistic sign relating to consensus reality and social order. Its ambitions are for ascendancy in the world of business, government and political administration. By contrast, Pluto is an agent of change, and as such, is antagonistic to Capricornian structures.





Pluto was leaving freedom-loving, Sagittarius and entering the sign of Capricorn in 2008 when the ‘subprime mortgage crisis’ peaked, throwing the financial world into turmoil and damage control that has been acerbated in recent times by global warming concerns, Covid-19,health and sedentary life styles, the Russian Ukrainian war and inflationary price rises.


Current Global Economics: Global debt is soaring in an attempt to fill the widening cracks in social cohesion with monetary solutions that are becoming harder to administer due to uncertainty in the public’s perception of the innate ‘value’ of various goods and services.


Signs of internal problems can be seen in an increased frequency of civil unrest and the judicial systems controversial Supreme court rulings on gun laws and abortion.



Raymond Merriman is an astrological financial guru and his forecast from June 27th contains this conjecture: ‘It is all leading up to the most powerful aspects of 2022.…It may correspond to the end or beginning of a major financial tsunami…. Currencies pegged to the U.S. Dollar may be unhinged. Watch especially the Dollar against the Japanese Yen and Chinese Yuan. ‘


August through to the 2022 New Year would appear to be ripe for financial disruption that brings with it a different approach to monetary matters and to the artificial borders that define wealth in our accelerated era of electronic liquidity. Pluto finally leaves Capricorn in November 2024.


Seat belts are tightening but the straps are frayed, in a time which has us more connected as a global collective than at any other time in our existence. The ‘planets’ are indicating that this is a time to reevaluate the correspondences surrounding the mutual purpose of exchange mechanisms – they should now align with matters of global integrity.


In 1776 the USA gained its financial independence from England – does the current Independence Day return of Pluto correspond to the ‘greenback’ finding a new independence in a post-industrial fourth Revolution whose name has yet to be decided.




(Observation on Pluto correspondence with mundane events - Sept 5, 2021).






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