The US Sibly Chart (4th July 1776 17.10 Philadelphia) has MC at 1.03 Libra. Pluto will exactly square this point in 2008 and 2009. In a Mundane Chart I interpret the MC as the government (amongst other things).
Pluto exactly conjoined the Sibly MC in 1971-2, the time of the Watergate break-in. As Pluto finally moved more than 3 degrees away in 1974, Nixon was forced to resign over the issue.
One of the things about Pluto is that he is hidden. So even when we have a personal Pluto transit, we often do not know much of what is going on: our job is to stay connected to the process, rise to whatever challenges it throws our way, and trust in the eventual outcome.
And that same hidden quality can apply to the external events associated with a Pluto transit. Very few people knew about the Watergate break-in at the time (which was itself symptomatic of a whole range of abuses by the Nixon government). Pluto’s actions did not emerge from the Underworld in which they had been born, with Nixon in tow, until some time later.
I have no reason to suppose that the upcoming Square of Pluto to the US MC will be any better. Pluto has been within 3 degrees of squaring the US MC this year, so the transit has started. And it tells us, as if we needed telling, that we should not trust what the current US administration is getting up to. They are in a desperate situation politically, and Pluto is saying that there may be no limits to the dirty deeds they will get up to in order to hang on to power. They are happening already and will probably intensify, but we will not know the full picture for at least a few years.
It is interesting that the exact squares to the MC do not begin until Dec 2008, which will theoretically be the last days of the current administration. Does this mean (as I asked yesterday) some sort of coup by Bush-Cheney, or further repressive measures in a coup that has already happened? Or does it mean the start of some powerful healing process for the US after the awfulness of the Bush years? One way or the other, it’s something pretty powerful going on – a something that may not be fully apparent at the time, for better or for worse.