This book, written by Liz Greene and titled Nostradamus: The Millennium and Beyond, provides astrological perspectives on many nations and events that have occurred across the globe via the translations of Nostradamus himself. The chart of America is discussed in considerable detail in the book, and the following is an excerpt of what the author had to say about the aspect of Mercury-Pluto in America’s birth chart.
According to Dane Rudhyar’s chart of America: Perhaps one of the most significant aspects within the birth chart of the USA with which we can make some judgement about the future is the Mercury and Pluto opposition. This configuration within an individual’s natal chart signifies a most interesting potential character. Seen as a characteristic of a nation, it would illustrate well, on the positive side, great subtlety, an interest in the invisible or hidden sides of life – such as concern in America for psychoanalysis, spiritualism, and religious cults. America was the first country to conduct reputable experiments in parapsychology. This along with an ability to penetrate to the truth and recognize the lies of others.
On the negative side, it can reflect obsessive secrecy, deceptiveness, and undercover dealings. It’s one of the astrological placements that can (not necessarily will) produce a superb liar. As a national characteristic, it has its good points, one is a willingness to explore the world of the psyche. Other countries such as the United Kingdom and France, seem reluctant to do this. In the UK, even C.G Jung is not taught within university curriculum, except within the religious departments. In America, it is possible to acquire a degree in mythology and there are even discussions on the “West Coast” of starting astrology courses within universities because interest in these hidden aspects of life is not considered “weird”.
An area of a negative aspect of Mercury-Pluto opposition is corruption in economic dealings in the form of secrecy. The amassing of wealth appears an immoral or unethical activity. Ironically, Americans see themselves as open, honest and frank in all areas of life. They criticize the British for being withdrawn, lacking in expression of their emotions, and non-communicative.
Yet beneath the surface of apparent extroversion, Americans can sometimes be private about their inner lives. This is supported by a Mercury-Pluto opposition from Cancer to Capricorn in the American natal chart, which is a specific configuration that reflects a collective difficulty in expressing thoughts and feelings, and communication which appears to be open but conceals a great deal. The ubiquitous use of jargon, “buzz” and slang words, and “politically correct” expressions all reflect this kind of evasion. This is a general trend rather than a personal failing and suggests things are never quite as they appear to be, especially how America as a whole expresses itself to other countries, and in the way the government presents itself to the people. This enigmatic characteristic is typical in individuals of the Mercury-Pluto aspect.
We saw this aspect most readily within the 1992 presidential election in which everyone seemed on the surface to be so enthusiastic, flag-waving and excited. But at the same time, there were rumours of numerous “dirty tricks” to discredit the candidates. This can be seen as a style of communication within the natal chart, even a congenital condition, of putting things away obliquely. This is part of the American way.