As Published in Vanity Fair December 2006


written july 2006
published in january 2007 issue
in december 2006

All alone and more paranoid by the day,
President George Bush is
getting it from all sides,
and despite his bravado,
which some people call a
defensive, adolescent swagger,
he can’t trust anybody,
not even his mother,
especially his mother.
His detractors blame him
for the state the world is in.
Extremists go one further
and say the world is coming to an end.
Most of us in this country
just want prices to go down,
the dollar to go up,
and America to go back to the good old days.

Astrologers can tell you
that that’s not going to happen.
They also say that no matter what happens,
we’ll never go broke either.
They can also explain George Bush’s state
by saying that he’s a Cancer,
and that in coming years
Cancers are going to be challenged
to expand their whole world view.
Astrologers insist that in order
to understand what is happening politically,
culturally, and socially in America
we all have to gain greater perspective
and learn to think long term,
and to do that we have to
turn t o the zodiac,
especially the signs of
Cancer and Capricorn.
For nations, like people, have horoscopes.

America was born on July 4, 1776,
when the Founding Fathers
decided it was time to separate
from England and become
an independent entity.
That makes America a Cancer nation.
Cancer is the sign of fertility,
and America sees herself
as the world’s nurturing mother.
Because of the hostile presence
of Mars and Uranus in our solar 12th house,
we’re the kind of nurturer
that can bomb the hell out of a country one day
and then send over sandwiches and coffee the next.

That makes rest of the world
love us and hate us.
We’re like the rich relative
everybody is jealous of
but still will go to her house for the holidays
because the there’s always plenty of food
loaded with carbs.

It is the sincere and conscious wish
of every Cancer, however,
including the U.S.A.,
to make sure that all those under its wing
are safe, and if you mess with them,
you must be ready to face the Special Forces.

Security and home
are primal drives of this sign,
sometimes to the point of clannishness
and even xenophobia.
America is and has always been about property,
taxes, and land ownership.
Of course we conveniently forget
that fact that when the early settlers arrived.
took one look around and said to the "Indians",
“What a gorgeous place you’ve got here!
Get out!”
Territory is everything,
and if anyone tells you that
the essence of the American dream
is just about liberty and freedom,
don’t kid yourself.
It’s about mortgage rates.
It’s a fabulous place to live,
though, mainly because you can come here,
think up something you want to do
and be successful at it.

But are we, in the end,
ruthless imperialists
doomed to be brought down
by our degenerate culture?
That is what Pluto’s transit
through the sign of Capricorn
over the next 19 years
will reveal.
It will challenge us
as we have never been challenged before—
until it will seem that the whole world
is against us—
but it will also reveal
the secret of how we need to change.

Though we’re a Cancer nation,
the sign of Capricorn
has always been strong in our horoscope,
and it’s going to get a lot stronger.
We were born with Pluto in Capricorn, and now,
after 250 years,
Pluto is coming back to the same place.

The seeds that were sown back in the 1770s
are sprouting at last.
That’s how Pluto works,
over hundreds of years.

Though Pluto had recently been demoted
by astronomers to a not-quite-planet,
try telling that to any Sadge
who’s been to hell and back
over the last 10 years,
thanks to the passage of Pluto
through Sagittarius.

The power of the little dwarf
is so profound and catastrophic
that it doesn’t matter
if you call it a planet or not—
it’s a killer.
But oddly it’s also a healer.

When Pluto moves into your sign,
it first threatens to wipe you out totally
and devastate you
emotionally and physically,
letting you know along the way
that you must stop whatever
you are doing.
However you were conducting business
or your personal life is over.

When you come out of a Pluto transit, however,
you are transformed forever.
In another state.
But in the process
you don’t realize what’s happening.
Life can get pretty dark.
With Pluto, you can’t look ahead.
You can’t be impatient.
Most of all, you shouldn’t be afraid,
because in the end
there is nothing to fear
but the fear of permanent change.
You just have to surrender
to the mysterious process
of complete and total transformation.

This is about to happen
to the United States
as we all deal with an opposition of
Pluto in the sign of Capricorn to our Cancer Sun.
(until the mid 2020's.
And while Cancers and Capricorns
will be most strongly affected
by this planetary motion,
we will all be touched in business
as well as in personal life,
no matter what sign we were born under.


Because of Pluto’s slow motion
through the heavens—
it takes it nearly 250 years
to go through the twelve signs of the Zodiac—
it rules over mass movements
and great political and social changes.
So it might be useful to look
at what happened the last time
Pluto passed over the position it holds now
and will hold for the next 20 years.

Sometime in the 1760s,
various papers and pamphlets
began to circulate in the colonies,
exploring new ideologies and belief systems
concerning individual liberty
and personal freedom.
Harmless enough.
Just philosophers spouting off
rehashed versions of ancient Greek and Roman notions.
Nothing threatening.
But the Crown over in England
looked upon such doings as seditious.
Mother England, once the great protector,
was beginning to be the great drag.
She wanted payback
for all the protection she’d provided.
That was when the colonists,
starting to exhibit the collective traits
of a Cancer nation,
came to resent
their mother’s hold on them.
She was getting a little too bossy.
And greedy.

Clearly, something was happening
up in the heavens.
Pluto was just about leaving
the sign of Sagittarius
and entering the sign of Capricorn.

A transformation was taking place.
And so the United States of America was born.


Something similar is happening again,
200 odd years later,
as Pluto is coming around to the same spot.
This time, however,
it’s the American government
that is putting the squeeze on the people
. A Pluto-style transformation
doesn’t happen overnight,
and events that seem at first
random and explosive
don’t come out of nowhere.
They have been brewing
and simmering for years.

While many people will probably
be nervous wrecks
during the two turbulent decades ahead,
many old hippies will come joyfully
out of retirement,
thankful that the revolution
they quit their jobs for 40 years ago
may finally be happening.
And their kids, born in the 60s and 70s,
who grew up embarrassed
by their hippie parents,
will be shocked to see
how right their parents may have been.

When Pluto goes direct in September of this year.
(2006-7) ,
the religious zeal, or madness,
that has taken hold
since it entered Sagittarius in 1994
will reach a giant crescendo,
ushering in a 20-year period
dominated by the sign of Capricorn.

Over the next 19 or so years,
America as a Cancer nation
will have to deal with
troubling confrontations
and competition
such as it has never known,
as well as an internal political struggle,
which will shake us to our very core.

Capricorn can be pictured
as the mustache-twirling landlord
in a black cloak
pointing outside toward the blizzard
while a poor pregnant wretch
begs for mercy.

Capricorn forces one to grow up,
face life, recognize it’s a tough world.
It lends you a dime
and asks for a dollar in return.
It can be the sign of an inspired leader
or controlling dominating fascist.
It can support your existence
or threaten it completely.

It is not only the conservative element
in all of us but also a
necessary component of any business.
The presence of Capricorn
always indicates big business.
And what else is America about?

Capricorn represents
the supremacy and power.
And if Capricorn is not
the most humanitarian sign of the Zodiac,
it always means stability.
Capricorn supports organized society,
not rabble-rousing anarchy.

It is often perceived as uptight and reactionary,
mainly because its function is
to uphold existing law.
It is not progressive
or forward-thinking
in its attitudes and measures.

It clearly represents
the streak of deep conservatism
that has always existed
in the United States
but that seems to be taking over at the moment.

This is the backbone
of the American spirit.
If Capricorn protects the status quo,
how did it help sow
the seeds of revolution
for the United States?

There’s the problem.
And the answer?
It was not just the presence of Capricorn
in America’s horoscope;
it was the presence of Pluto in that sign
that sparked the fight for freedom.

If you think that things
are tough and tight now,
and that privacy and personal liberties
are being infringed upon,
just wait.

During the next 19 years,
things are going to get much tighter.
Controls and laws
will become more stringent.
Pluto in Capricorn
will demand conformity,
born out of fear
that different is dangerous.

The words “patriot” andtreason”
will lose their meaning,
and in some cases
they will become interchangeable—
mainly because what is treason
to one person will be patriotism to another—
just as they did back in the 1760s and 70s.

The country’s mood
will become darker
and much more conservative.
It’s not going to be a matter
of Democrat or Republican anymore,
because the new ideologies
will bleed across party lines.

Fortunately, something else is going on
at the same time.
While Pluto is in Capricorn,
Uranus will be leaving
the sign of Pisces,
and sometime between 2009 and 2011,
the dam is going to break.
When Uranus is in the sign of Pisces,
it will reach the end of the Zodiac.

The last time it was there
was at the end of the 1920s.
When Uranus comes
to the last degrees of Pisces,
it will spell the end of an era.
People will figure,
“Aw the hell with it.
The end is coming anyway,
so to hell with my liver.
Give me a double martini.”


As we get closer to that time,
people put all their chips on the table.
Stakes will get higher.
America began the war in Iraq
when the Sun was at the end of Pisces
—a perfectly moronic time to start anything.)

Metaphorically, culturally,
and sometimes even literally,
Uranus at the end of Pisces
can seem like a torrential flood
that comes out of nowhere.
Everything that has been piled up
and swept under the rug
comes spilling out.

To the apocalypticos,
it will seem like the wrath of God,
because lots of people are going
to be headed toward self-indulgence,
turning up the music and dancing,
even hurrying the end,
much as they did in America
during the 1920s.

When Uranus hits the 29th degree of Pisces,
before it pops into Aries 2011 and after,
even the Pope
could have a stroke
over the upheaval the world
will find itself in.
Uranus in Pisces washes everything away
—every hope, every prayer
—and the only thing that saves you
is the ability to surrender
to the inevitable shift and change.

When Uranus hits Ariesafterr 2011,
people aren’t go to lie down
and let the government take over.
When the government
becomes business
and business becomes government,
the people will fight back,
and the ensuing struggle
will lead to the eventual
transformation and rebirth of America.

Pluto in Capricorn
is going to change America
from the inside out,
threaten our very existence,
challenge our economy,
and divide the country politically.
The government is going to be
so paranoid during those years
that it doesn’t really matter
who gets in in 2008.
When Uranus enters Aries
after coming out of Pisces,
it’s going to be like
the 1960s in America all over again.
But right through
the mid teens of this century,
the square of Uranus in Aries
to Pluto in Capricorn
will create the seeds of revolution everywhere.

Forces of repression
are going to try to clamp down
even harder
on those who want to speak their minds.

A most compelling and trying time
will be while this square is at its fullest,
in the middle of the coming decade.

Pluto in Capricorn means
the ascendance into overt power
of the corporations
in relation to the government.

But that situation will change
when Pluto enters Aquarius,
at the end of the 2020s.


Don’t expect the 1950s to return any time soon.
The period of turbulence
that lies before us all in America
is not God’s wrath
or the work of radical Muslims.
It is a necessary and inevitable step
in the evolution of this country,
which will result
in a reworking of the Constitution
in the last half of the 2020s.
The greatest time of upheaval
will be in the mid to late teens, between 2015 and 2019,
and early twenties
when the Uranus Pluto square
is still active.

Pluto in Capricorn,
which produces conformity,
will create the need
on the part of the government
to maintain order
in a time of what they perceive to be
disruptive chaos.

People, however, will resist.
The more resistance to government protection,
the more protection the government
will try to provide.

Uranus in Aries is the symbol of rebellion
against such protection,
and it will make people
ferociously dedicated
to fighting anything and everything
that impedes
unbridled, personal liberty.
This is going to be a period
of civil unrest to the max.

Then, in the years 2023-25,
the final stages of the Pluto return
and the Capricorn effect will reach a climax.

Some astrologers believe that
an empire lasts no longer
than one Pluto cycle, and by 2025,
ours will be played out,
and no matter how you look at it,
the USA is or has been an empire..

Just as England had to face
its decline when the fledgling colonies took over,
our turn may be coming.
The Pluto return of 2024-5
will demand a redefinition
of the United States
and create the ultimate identity crisis.
We will have to put ourselves
on the line as we did 250 years ago.

What is about to happen
amounts to a permanent
political, social, cultural
and economic change,
which will mark
the rebirth of the United States
as a more global nation
and a member of the world,
if not the leader of the world.

This is a very threatening challenge
to all the notions of land ownership,
security, wealth and supremacy
our Cancer nation has enjoyed
for more than two centuries.

The dollar will not likely
go back to its post-WWII strength.
The euro or other international currencies
will reject our exploitation
and demand instead our cooperation.

Luckily for us,
the horoscope of the U.S.A.
contains a strong influence of
Venus and Jupiter,
so we’ll never go totally broke or hungry.

We will, however,
have to play ball
with the rest of the planet Earth
as we have never had to do before.
From now on we will have to cooperate, or else.

No one is really to blame.
We’ve brought ourselves to this crisis,
through a combination
| of individual freedom and economic gain,
as well as a blind, isolating grandiosity.
We’ve gotten fat and we’ve gotten lazy.

So don’t blame George Bush
or Bill Clinton
who came before him
or any of the elected people in Washington.

A country always gets
the leaders it deserves,
and when we’re ready
to rise from the ashes of a fallen empire,
we will find the leaders
to help us do so.
It will happen, but not in 2008.
We have to go through the Pluto transit first.



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