Last year, for my post on America’s solar return (falling every year on Independence Day/4th of July) I talked a little about how, as a country, America is experiencing birthing pains and death gasps simultaneously. Both grow stronger in this new growth cycle of the 2016/2017 solar return.
This year, the 4th of July coincides with a powerful New Moon in Cancer. This New Moon will feature, of course, in the solar return of the United States:
The Cancer New Moon on Monday, July 4th falls at 12 degrees Cancer, forming a stellium in Cancer along with Mercury and Venus in the sign of the Crab. The stellium will oppose Pluto retrograde at 16 degrees Capricorn. The New Moon in the United States’ solar return is a wider conjunction, with the Sun at 13 degrees Cancer and the Moon at 19 degrees Cancer; separating, but still a Sun-Moon conjunction nonetheless. The separation of the Sun-Moon conjunction does show things can and probably will improve over the course of the solar return year, but expect some excitement at the start and for a while.
New Moons in a solar return (read here if you do not know what a solar return is) show a year where, obviously, there is consistent focus on starting anew. With the Cancer New Moon and stellium falling in the SR 8th house, this sense of constantly needing to push forward will play out most strongly in the areas most associated with the 8th house; particularly taxes, insurance, investments, payouts, loans, credits, borrowing, power struggles, sex and death. No light stuff in the 8th house. A solar return with the Sun in the 8th is the most typical solar return signaling a major turning point, usually through disruption at best and crisis at worst. Waves of both at various times. This is an election year and a hotly contentious one at that so far (we’re still only in June at the time of this post…), so yes there is some stating of the obvious going on by saying the country is in for a major transition. I think it prudent to brace for a rough takeoff, though.
Pluto is retrograde at 16 degrees Capricorn in the SR 2nd, opposing the 8th house Cancer stellium. The 2nd house is accessible cash and tangibles, personal income; a strong emphasis on the 2nd/8th house axis shows money issues all around will have to be dealt with or else. Now, with the 8th house being a money house and a house often associated with crisis, one could easily assume financial crisis is in store. That may very well be true, but we are talking about a very complex economic beast here; nothing is that simple. With the benefit of hindsight, we know that financial crises and collapses can be engineered in such a way that they appear extremely beneficial on the surface; often we can see that a group of people really did benefit quite well from a “crisis”. Just that, unfortunately, others had to foot the bill somewhere along the way. As I’ve written before, this will be more noticeable with Jupiter in Libra, especially once it starts forming an ongoing cardinal T-square with Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn by years end. (Yep, the Uranus-Pluto square will make another appearance.)
Even though there is intense, highly stressed focus in the solar return on the country’s financial health, I’m not saying this is a doom-and-gloom, apocalyptic year or anything. But, most definitely a year of not being able to escape any of our changing financial realities.
While the 8th house -ruled by Pluto and Pluto’s sign, Scorpio- is seen as the house of money, sex and death, its strongest function is actually seeing the psychology and pathology that underpin money, sex and death. All are exchanges of energy, after all, a Plutonic specialty. A focus on the 8th house in a solar return shows a time of psychological and psychic transformation (usually through a degree of pain) as much as anything else.
Someone emailed me about the June 12th shooting in Orlando and if it was related to the upcoming 4th of July. Yes and no. The shooting at the Pulse nightclub occured under a Virgo Moon, which was setting off the summer mutable T-square. The mutable Grand Cross of late May started to form as Saturn retrograde was finishing up its transit of the 14th degree of Sagittarius. This degree is important, as it was in exact opposition to 14 degrees Gemini, where Saturn was on September 11th, 2001. May 2016 was the half-Saturn Return of the chart of 9/11, as well as the beginning of the mutable Grand Cross. I don’t believe there isn’t a connection between 9/11 and the shootings in Orlando, even if that connection is only the need to look with fresh eyes at the who’s, why’s, how’s.
So, no, the Orlando shooting isn’t directly connected to the upcoming solar return on July 4th (though I really urge caution and vigilance of 4th of July celebrations this year!!!). However, sometimes the themes of the upcoming SR start to show themselves just before the onset of the “birthday”, so yes Orlando (and, less obviously, 9/11) will play a role in the conversation in the year ahead.
The Cancer New Moon in the 8th house of America’s solar return will be giving a great feeling of urgency in everything ahead this year. Heightened emotional responses, deep psychological excavation. I urge everyone to keep in mind that we –all of us, everywhere around the globe- are still in the time of the North Node in Virgo and the South Node in Pisces. Pisces is one of the most sensitive, emotive signs there is, but lingering too long on the South Node is always to our detriment. In other words, your/our compassion, empathy, caring, swirling pool of deep feeling and connectedness is/will be used against us.
It behooves all of us greatly to utilize Virgoan skills of logical discernment to separate wheat from chaff when faced with difficult issues and decisions. It’s not that we are wrong for feeling such strong emotional responses to any of the various challenges facing our country; it’s that we may be letting better judgement be clouded by feeling and perceptions rather than sensible thought. Solutions will be nuanced, detailed and thoroughly thought out and hashed out. They will not come from drawing swift conclusions.
On that note, the more we can openly bounce our individual personal, cultural, spiritual and philosophical perspectives off each other, the better off we will be. America is nothing if not diverse, as shown by our country’s Sagittarius ascendant and Aquarius Moon (ideas that travel and eclecticism, respectively) in America’s “birth” chart, or Sibley chart. The 2016/2017 U.S. solar return has a Sagittarius rising as well. The Sadge ascendant in the solar return reflects the birth chart (as does Pluto in Capricorn in the 2nd house), which not only indicates a “big” year (further underscoring everything else in the solar return), but means Jupiter is the chart ruler. Jupiter is found in the SR 9th house, conjunct the Midheaven or MC. Jupiter rules the 9th house, so obviously it’s at home here and very strong near the Midheaven. What will truly make America great again are the things that made us great in the first place: eager adoption of new and better ways of doing things rather than clinging stubbornly to outdated and outworn ideals, optimism, holding to our values while allowing others to hold onto theirs, “united we stand, divided we fall”, “a patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government”, and all the other American clichés.
Also, a great sense of humor. We lose everything if we lose that.