America at the Crossroads - 5
The electoral campaign of 1972 took place under astrological configurations which can only be called ominous, both for Nixon and for the United States. Saturn at Gemini 12°10' was located on the President's Mid Heaven — symbol of his public stance and life achievement — when the Watergate break-in occurred on June 17, 1972. This Mid Heaven is usually given as Gemini 12°, but it could be and probably was more exactly, at 12°10'. As for the U.S. chart, I already mentioned that Pluto was crossing its Mid Heaven on September 30, 1972 — just before the elections — and recrossing it on April 29 and July 23, 1973. On the latter date the Watergate bearings by the Senate committee were in full operation. During the last fortnight of July, as Saturn was crossing the President's natal Pluto — which is in exact opposition to Mars and Mercury in his natal fourth House — he fell ill, perhaps not only of pneumonia. This Saturn transit is repeated during late March and April 1974. It is made more difficult by the conjunction of Mars and Saturn occurring on April 20 at the beginning of Cancer — with Mars squaring Pluto at Libra 5° on April 27 and 28, 1974. This conjunction also squares the Mid Heaven of the U.S. chart. It affects both the United States' Venus, which rules the tenth House (i.e., the Executive), and Jupiter, which rules the Ascendant. On May 28, 1974, Saturn squares Pluto., Uranus also has squared by transit the Mercury of the U.S. chart since late October 1973; this may suggest difficulties with other nations.
As it transited through Gemini, Saturn crossed the Descendant of the U.S. chart just after the Watergate break-in. It was "stationary" on that very degree on February 14, 1973. It crossed the natal U.S. Mars in May 1973, and after entering Cancer it touched the U.S. Venus three times; then from August 1974 to May 1975, it touched both Jupiter and the Sun. The last times these Saturnian transits through the seventh House of the U.S. chart occurred was during 1943 and 1944. The preceding transit had taken place in 1913 and 1914. World War I started just before a Satum-Pluto conjunction at Cancer 2° in square to the U.S. Mid Heaven.
In October 1977 Pluto will cross the U.S. Saturn, which represents the Constitution (the Supreme Law of the nation) as well as a paternalistic Executive. It will be only thirty minutes away from an exact transit when stationary on January 15, 1977. A few days later a new presidential term will begin. It is entirely conceivable that the process of Plutonian "depth analysis" and catharsis which began with Watergate will then come to practical, concrete fruition. This might mean either political purification and a rebirth of the prestige and authority of the White House, or a deeper and more relentless manifestation of technocratic rule.
I should repeat here that while Pluto was transiting the U.S. Mid Heaven, the progressed Sun of the chart of the Declaration of Independence was reaching the natal Pluto at Capricorn 27°22'. This progression lasted in full force from early summer 1972 to March 1973 — that is, throughout the election campaign. It was very strong when President Nixon was inaugurated for the second time in January 1973. Moreover, the progressed Mars of the U.S. chart squares the natal Sun on May 26, 1974, as Saturn squares Pluto in the sky. It is conjunct the already Plutonized natal Saturn on July 22, 1979.
It is also interesting to note that when the transiting Uranus crossed the U.S. Mid Heaven on November 4, 1968, Nixon was elected for the first time; when Pluto moved over the same point, he was elected for the second time; and when the thrice-repeated conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn reaches this same U.S. Mid Heaven in January, March and July 1981, a new administration will begin. This could mean a new type of governmental situation at the White House. In the meantime, at the presidential elections of 1976, while transiting Pluto begins to square the U.S. Sun, Neptune will pass over the U.S. Ascendant at Sagittarius 13°10'. All these most important transits suggest that a deep change is at work in our national consciousness. What form this change will take in the long run is for everyone to guess. The prophet business is a most ungrateful one in these days of upheaval
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