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  Pluto is a powerful planet.
Pluto and Charon- David A. Hardy

Pluto and Charon by David A. Hardy

(Yes, I said planet.) When one thinks that everything within the realm of creation is part of life; it's birth, growth, flowering preservation of the species and even aging- then one can catch a glimpse of just how powerful death is. It can bring all of the above to an abrupt halt.

  This is the core of Pluto's essential power.

  Wherever Pluto is found in a natal chart, there is concentration, focus, control and a deep-seated emotional intensity. This is true whether this be a person's natal map or the birth of a nation. Under hard aspects to Pluto, this energy is leveraged to a greater degree, making whatever they are contending with a 'life or death' situation, born of crisis, and laced with an underlying fear that the situation may spiral out of control and be lost.

  In the chart of the United States of America, born on the 4th of July 1776, this nation has a natal Mercury Pluto opposition. Mercury deals with communications, what is on our mind and how we express it. With Mercury opposing Pluto, mental and emotional anxiety prevails. We maintain our focus on problems and work to obtain the necessary resources. On the flip side, it may be time to give the obsession a rest. In extreme cases, people are willing to fight to the death, or commit others to their deaths in order to accomplish their aims. 'Do or die' compulsions are evoked as though nothing could be more important.

  To them, nothing else is.

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  The US was born with Mercury opposing Pluto. When Mercury moved by progression from the opposition (180 degrees) to the square (90 degrees) we vaulted into the bloodiest conflict this nation has ever known, the Civil War. Inflamed by these alignments, economic lifestyles were backed against a wall. The South, connected to the land through its agricultural tradition, were this country's aristocracy, reinforced by the Jeffersonian spirit framed in the Declaration of Independence. In the North, population and vote rich, money from the mills were blazing new frontiers of technological breakthroughs, harnessing the raw resources of this great and still growing land. The North wanted protective tariffs, the South open markets.

  The arena for these differences was Congress. When the South saw their economic futures threatened, they reacted on celestial cue. Our progressed Mercury squared the progressed Pluto on July 14, 1860, and the natal Pluto on August 30, 1861. Under the former, the South swore if Abraham Lincoln gained the presidency, the South would secede. On the latter, Lincoln's general declared the South's slaves free.

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Abraham Lincoln

  While these were some of the core issues that moved the conflict closer to the fore, Pluto is also the Lord of loans, credit, borrowing and the use of other people's resources (money). Borrowing money is always possible, but at what cost? Fighting a war is a huge financial hurdle, and as progressed Mercury squared Pluto, this nation was compelled by a dire need to pay for the war effort, or die (as a Union).

  This fiscal struggle of figuring out how to pay for the conflict pressed upon Lincoln in the early years of the war. In 1862, with the Confederacy at the height of its power, Lincoln said of these financial forces,

  "The money powers prey upon the nation in times of peace and conspire against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than a monarch, more insolent than autocracy and more selfish than a bureaucracy. It denounces, as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes. I have two great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me and the bankers in my rear. Of the two, the one at the rear is my greatest foe."

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