Pluto Means Change
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Pluto Means Change

By Melanie Farmer

As many historians and astrologers have pointed out, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. We are living through an American astronomical Plutonian birthday – meaning that, over the last 248 years, Pluto has transited through all 12 astrological signs. This provides an opportunity to reflect on the last 248 years in a unique and special way. 

Sometimes referred to as “Pluto Returns,” Pluto has completed an orbit around the sun, returning to Capricorn as placed in the sidereal astrological chart of the United States of America. Pluto in Capricorn reveals the odious and corrupt elements within hierarchies. King of the Underworld, he rules underworld riches including oil, precious metals, and gems. He flushes dark secrets, miscreants, and criminals to the surface.

Astrological Pluto is a cleanser and solvent, the transformer and powerhouse of magic. Pluto is a driver of enigmas and passion, an evolutionary spur. He is the darkness and alchemical fire we must pass through to restore our soul. Our current Pluto in Capricorn started in 2008. Previously, Pluto in Capricorn foretold the end of British rule, paving the way for the formation of the US.

In 1775, 248 years ago, political and economic concerns were dividing families and communities in the 13 American colonies. The prospect of a revolutionary war separating the colonies from England did not appeal to everyone. But because the American colonies were becoming more prosperous and self-sufficient, conflict, struggles, and revolution were pretty much inevitable.

To cut a long story short, the British raised taxes to reestablish control, undermining the governing colonial system. Colonists claimed that only their assemblies, not the British parliament, had the authority to levy taxes. Colonists responded with expanded local militias and stockpiled weapons.

London ordered a march on Concord and Lexington to seize arms and crush the militias. The colonists, warned about the approach, skirmished, and boom, an eight-year Revolutionary War began, resulting in the United States of America.

The Battles of Lexington and Concord signaled the beginning of the Revolutionary War (April 19, 1775), which lasted through September 1783. In February 1789, sidereal Pluto entered Aquarius, leaving Capricorn. This corresponded with George Washington’s unanimous election (1778-1779) as first President of the US by the Electoral College (also established in 1789). Also developed at this time was the US Constitution, written in 1787, ratified in 1788, and in effect since 1789. 

Capricorn is hierarchies, governments, and military order, Aquarius is the commoner, organized into equal communities representing democracy versus autocracy. Tropical Pluto transits into Aquarius on March 23, 2023 and will stay in Aquarius through 2044. 

Looking back on the founding of the US should provide cautious optimism for the future. Aquarius is the utopian visionary and humanitarian who puts in the effort to prevent total destruction. Aquarius is the scientist, analytical as well as intuitive. Sincere and accurate. Innovative and inventive, philosophical and foresighted.

Pluto is an accelerant and catalyst for metamorphosis and transformation, but first he acts as purifier. 

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union,

establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense,

promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and

our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of


Melanie Farmer is an artist and goddess horse cult member, archetypal astrologer, and ayurvedic bodyworker. Contact via or

April 4, 2023

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