On February 20th, 2022, Pluto returned to the exact position in the sky where it was on July 4th, 1776 — the day the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia. In astrology, this is known as America’s first Pluto return. Over the past 246 years, Pluto made one complete orbit around the sun (more to come on Pluto’s return). This is one of the most important events for this week, and the impact will continue for the next few years. Pluto’s return is a 246/248-year cycle. No human being can experience a single Pluto return. But a country can.
This event is the beginning of a new cycle for America and for the world. Transformation is happening. Evolution is inevitable. The choice before us is whether to embrace it or resist it. With the energy of this week’s portion, Vayikra highlights the importance of transformation through spiritual tests. Tests always come—as with Pluto aspects—first throwing doubts into our consciousness, followed by the “I know it all” attitude.
We are in the beginning of a new era for the United States and for the world. We cannot bring old habits with us. This week's portion helps us understand (with this transit of Pluto’s return) that we have a chance to connect to a bigger picture, a completely new consciousness. We can let go of old challenges on a personal level and on a national level. Let’s grab this opportunity to understand that even though we think we know, we don’t see everything yet. With this perspective, we can tread far more carefully, and we live our lives with a higher consciousness.
The second lesson of this week's portion awakened by Pluto's return is gratitude. Appreciate the good others do for us. Without appreciation, there is no hope, regardless of how we connect and try to reveal Light. And that brings us to the other big aspect of this week: Jupiter conjunct with Neptune. Jupiter is the biggest planet in astrology, and when it is in the sign of its domicile, Pisces, it has a huge positive influence. Neptune is also in its domicile of Pisces. Having the two planets that rule Pisces in a conjunction really is a dream come true. Jupiter conjunct with Neptune in Pisces has the power to connect us to our true spiritual potential. Pluto’s brand of transformation can take two courses of action. If the necessary changes are embraced, then the transformation can occur flawlessly. But if the necessary changes are resisted, then the transformation is met with obstacles and problems. With this tremendous energy revealed in the universe, let's make a conscious choice to choose change, not only for us on a personal level but also for the world.