Yes, years before the USA Pluto Return, Orcus, “Pluto’s twin,” makes its return.
There has been much talk in the astrology community in recent years about the Pluto Return that will happen for the United States in 2025. On that date Pluto will return to the same degree it was on the day that the Declaration of Independence was signed. This has never happened before since Pluto requires about 245 years to make a complete orbit. Astrologer Michael Lutin has suggested that this will represent a new beginning or a death for our “empire.”[i] He and other astrologers have cited evidence that other empires have rarely endured a complete Pluto cycle without a significant decline. We can certainly say that it will be a once in a 245-year event.
[i] Lutin, M., “ Special Alert: Horoscope U.S.A.,” Vanity Fair, (online) December, 2006 http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2006/12/lutin200612
The USA 2016 presidential election cycle is producing a never-before-seen enthusiasm for two non-establishment candidates, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. Could this be a reflection of the impending USA Orcus Return?
In the USA Natal chart (the Sibly Chart) Orcus falls in 9°09’ Virgo, in the ninth house. Orcus came to 8° Virgo in November of 2015 and stationed there in early January of 2016, and it will retrograde back to 6° Virgo in July. By August it will resume direct motion and station at exactly 9°09’ in mid-December. Although Orcus will move forward and retrograde over 9° Virgo for almost three years, it is well within a 3° orb of its return point at this time.
To add to the drama, there will be some additional celestial activity at 9° Virgo this fall. A New Moon eclipse occurs at 9° Virgo on September 1, 2016 and the North Node of the Moon comes to 9° Virgo in late November of 2016.
Some astrologers teach that eclipse points become “sensitized” degrees, and the first celestial body that transits the eclipse degree can be a trigger for an event. The event is then colored by the nature of the planet, the aspects it makes, and the house and sign of the eclipse. After the September 1 eclipse, Orcus will be the first significant body of our solar system to make this transit about a month after the North Node.
There are similar ties that connect the Orcus positions of these two unconventional candidates with the USA Orcus. In the birth charts of both Sanders and Trump, the natal Orcus position squares the USA Orcus position. Trump’s natal also shows his Sun in a stellium with Orcus, Uranus and his North Node all of which squares the USA Midheaven, Black Moon and Neptune. It also squares the USA Saturn and is conjunct USA Mars.
Sanders chart boasts a Virgo stellium of the Sun, the North Node, Neptune and Mercury all of which conjunct the USA Midheaven, Black Moon and Orcus. This stellium also squares Orcus in his natal, and his North Node exactly conjuncts the USA Neptune. His Orcus/Jupiter conjunction falls on the USA Mars and trines Saturn. Unfortunately there is uncertainty about Sanders’ birth time, but if we use the birth chart showing a 22 degrees of Scorpio Rising, his Neptune exactly conjuncts the USA Midheaven, and the USA Orcus return at 9° Virgo exactly conjuncts Sanders’ Midheaven.
In mundane astrology, Virgo is associated with health and healthcare, employment, wages and the conditions of our everyday work environment, labor unions, disaster preparedness, and the military. Since it is an Earth sign, it may also have some association to the natural environment. Ninth house affairs include higher education, religion and philosophy, the courts, air travel and shipping, imports and exports, immigration, and weather conditions around the coast. Quite a few of these seem to be big issues in this election cycle. Might we see catalyzing events of a dramatic nature or perhaps a clearly defined turning point?
The Sabian Symbol for 9° degrees of Virgo is “two heads looking out of the shadows.” This is a fitting symbol for these two candidates who are an expression of voters of both parties who seem to be looking for a way out of “politics as usual.”
Perhaps, the influence of these two candidates and this Orcus Return will usher in a new era in USA politics that will culminate at the Pluto Return in 2025.
If you would like to read more about how transits of Orcus have correlated or influenced events in the history of the U.S., Jeremy Neal’s text Orcus devotes an entire chapter to this topic. He has also had a recent article published at the website of The Mountain Astrologer entitled “Orcus opposite Neptune: Then and Now.”