2008 and 2009 will be pivotal years for the United States. The astrological weather for that time period suggests that our country is about to undergo a series of radical and dramatic shifts, both socially and economically. This pertains to all things that are Saturnian in nature--since Saturn and Uranus are going to be in opposition beginning on election day of this year, and Pluto will be in the sign of Capricorn (a sign that is ruled by Saturn) between 2008-2023.
Pluto in Capricorn (2008-2024)
Since 1994 Pluto has been in Sagittarius. This period was characterized by our desire to live excessively (i.e. through borrowing and spending beyond our means). Under this influence we've been a country that craves instant gratification and this will be changing by 2009. Sagittarius also rules international affairs, religion, and media, and Pluto's journey through that sign transformed the way all of those aspects of life operate in the world: the rise of religious extremism and church scandals, terrorism and "holy wars", and the way certain parts of the media has been transformed from offering neutral coverage to sensationalistic reporting with an obvious political agenda (think Fox News). Incidentally this started with the OJ Simpson trial in 1994 just as Pluto was making its way into Sagittarius.
When Pluto leaves that sign and enters Capricorn in 2008, we're going to see a significant transformation of all things related to that sign: the political structure, financial institutions, real estate, established religions, big business, concepts of career, status and wealth, and issues pertaining to buildings and even fatherhood. Traditional institutions like marriage will continue to undergo massive changes between 2008-2024 because Pluto reinvents everything it touches and demands that it change in a major way. Things that were hidden until now will be brought to the surface for the purpose of cleansing and transformation—Pluto loves to expose the underbelly of life and hold it up for all to see, no matter how distasteful it is or how uncomfortable it makes us. It doesn't care how we feel and it steamrolls over everything whether we like it or not so it is best to accept the changes it brings about rather than to resist them.
The last two times Pluto was in Capricorn:
1515 AD to 1532 - Martin Luther's Protestant revolt and the ensuing crisis for Emperor Charles the V and the Catholic Church.
1762 AD to 1777 – The American Revolution
SATURN OPPOSITE URANUS
Saturn opposing Uranus is the polarity of new vs old, revolution vs tradition, and a challenge to the status quo and the powers that be. It happens every 40 years or so and its effects are usually felt over a two year period.
Dates of the upcoming Saturn/Uranus opposition:
November 4, 2008- Election day, a radical change in government (the first female president perhaps?)
Feb 5 2009
September 15 2009
April 26 2010
July 26 2010
The last time Saturn and Uranus were in opposition was between 1964-1967, a period of great social unrest and upheaval and just after the assassination of John F Kennedy
The fact that this opposition will be taking place on election day of 2008 suggests a radical shift in the way Washington is run—which suggests a major change in leadership and therefore an easy win for whomever the Democratic candidate ends up being (which appears to be Hillary Clinton at the moment).
The temptation by some to cling to the past (Saturn) will be more pronounced in reaction to a demand for change and revolution (Uranus)
The last time we had this opposition was between 1964-1967, a time that marked by civil unrest, cultural changes, protest, and a demand for equal rights, particularly by women and African-Americans.
A TURNING POINT IN AMERICAN HISTORY: 2010-2011
The time period between August 2010-January 2011 should be particularly important for the United States as Saturn goes over the Midheaven of the United States and we also have our Saturn return. This marks a time of culmination and can described as a 'make or break' time where we will be at a crossroads and will have to take a significant new course of action in some way. It will be obvious what this is about once it is happening.