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September 9, 2008. Although Pluto is a small planet (in fact,
it is now classified as a dwarf planet) it packs a powerful punch.
Pluto represents death and endings and the breakdown of the structures
in our life that are required in order to bring transformation
and fresh beginnings. Pluto brings us face to face with the ultimate
reality of life and, watching over us like a shamanic guardian,
destroys whatever stands in the way of our soul's ultimate destination.
passage through the signs brings with it a compulsive fascination
in the issues denoted by that sign. He ruthlessly exposes the
darkness that lies at the core of the sign's archetypes and, destroying
the old order, demands that we rebuild on the ashes of the old.
Like the Phoenix bird with which it is associated, Pluto dies
and is regenerated to begin anew.
has been traveling through Sagittarius since 1995, bringing with
it wars (Pluto) over religion and ideology (Sagittarius), as well
as "culture wars" and the growing divide between groups
that think differently, all Sagittarius archetypes. Sagittarius
rules the media and entertainment, and the rise of a new compulsivity
in celebrity journalism has grown up since Pluto entered Sagittarius,
with the internet spawning a huge new gossip market. Sagittarius
carries with it a nearly relentless optimism; ruled by Jupiter
with its expansive need for growth, Pluto in Sagittarius has seen
soaring home prices and a burgeoning stock market that seems to
have no end. The "new economy" of the dot com era occurred
under Pluto's Sagittarian influence, as did the explosion of the
vacation home market.
transits typically include a breakdown phase, where structures
that no longer serve us are dismantled to make room for new structures
that are more in line with our spiritual evolution. I like to
think of these periods as course corrections, where our guides
or gods decide that certain changes are required. If we understand
the process and can surrender to it with trust, this can be an
exhilarating time of transformation and empowerment. If we resist
and hold on to the past it can be full of tragedy and pain.
is the sign of the builder, the achiever. Capricorn is rooted
in the material world and understands that life on earth requires
a practical approach to the matters of earning a living. There
is also a drive for success; to climb the highest mountains like
the goat which is it's symbol. For Capricorn, the ends justify
the means and achievement of one's goals is the important thing
and it is able to maintain a powerful focus.
rulership by Saturn gives respect for discipline and authority
and Capricorn has tremendous respect for governmental structures
and the stability of a moral system. However, Saturn also bestows
its tendency towards pessimism and lack of humor as all things
personal are sacrificed for the goal. There is often a tendency
to prize material things above those of the emotional or spiritual
realms, and this lack of balance can create a dry and miserable
Pluto goes through Capricorn we can expect the transformation
of all things ruled by that sign - such as our religious institutions,
halls of government and political structures, the way we inter
our dead and take care of our old people, construction techniques
and buildings, and how we handle ownership of property.
Pluto takes 244 years to orbit the Sun, its elliptical orbit means
that it doesn't spend the same amount of time in each sign. For
example, it only took twelve years to travel through Scorpio,
but it took 26 years to get through Cancer and 19 years through
Leo. Pluto will be in Capricorn until 2024, and this occurs at
a time when our Capricornian structures are ripe for transformation.
Industry (Capricorn) in developed and developing countries as
become a major source of carbon emissions which threaten the survival
of life on earth. The Catholic Church (Capricorn), rocked by sex
scandals, is struggling for survival. The very way we do business
(Capricorn) is being forever changed by the globalization of politics
and the economy.
will be enter Capricorn for the first time January 25, 2008 and
will retrograde back into Sagittarius one final time on June 14.
It will journey back into Capricorn on November 26, 2008 and remain
there until January 21, 2024. For sixteen years, Pluto will engage
in a process of breaking down and then rebuilding the structures
on which we depend for a successful experience in the material
is a natural evolution to the path of the planets through the
zodiacal signs as each sign offers a completely different experience
than the sign before. In Sagittarius, Pluto has been compulsively
expansive and optimistic, intensifying religious fervor - all
qualities of Sagittarius. In Capricorn, Pluto seeks to contract
and solidify and build solid structures for society. In the process,
the structures that already exist are broken down and irrevocably
was last in Capricorn from November 1762 until December 1, 1778.
Pluto deals with transformation of the political and economic
realities of our world, and its entry into Capricorn marked the
end of the Seven Years' War in which France ceded Canada to Britain,
but political unrest was felt throughout Europe as well as in
the Colonies and this period marked a reconfiguration of many
of the nations in the world. Catherine the Great acceded to the
throne after the murder of her husband, perhaps at her own hand,
and presided over wars with the Ottoman Empire that resulted in
Russian acquisition of much of the Turkish lands. The first partition
in Poland occurred during this period which split Poland into
three sections owned by Russia, Prussia and Austria. Britain traded
Cuba to Spain in exchange for Florida; Parliament passed the Stamp
Act to pay for the wars that began the Colonial rebellion that
resulted in the American Revolution.
thirst for revolution in France, England and Russia of the Pluto
in Aquarius period that generated an obsession (Pluto) with liberty
and equality (Aquarius) stemmed from a reaction to the breakup
and reconfiguration of world nations (Capricorn) that followed
the colonial expansion (Sagittarius) that preceded it. Pluto's
previous passage through Capricorn back in 1516-1533 c.e. was
preceded by the original exploration of the New World that gave
rise to the later Colonial ideals. Once the original explorers
had returned to the courts of Europe, under Pluto in Capricorn
those countries set out to conquer the New World and create new
colonies that were subservient to the European rulers. The rise
of anti-Catholic sentiment that brought about the rise of Protestants
under Pluto in Sagittarius gave way to Martin Luther's formalizing
his revolt with his nailing his Thesis to the door of the Church
in 1517 under Pluto in Capricorn, founding a new structure of
worship, the Lutheran Church.
Pluto will enter Capricorn for the first time in January, it will
retrograde back into the late degrees in Sagittarius in June 2008
where it will make one final sweep through the Sagittarian issues
of religion, philosophy, travel, ideology, journalism, optimism,
and general expansion. Throughout 2008 it will be virtually stationary,
traveling less than three degrees during this period, from 1 degree
Capricorn back through 28 degrees Sagittarius. Because it will
be stationary for so long, where its influence is the most powerful,
I would expect a great deal of intensity and forced transformation
during this period. This will be particularly intense for those
of us who have planets in the late degrees of the mutable signs
(Virgo, Pisces, Sagittarius, Gemini) or the early degrees of the
cardinal signs (Capricorn, Cancer, Aries Libra).
causes endings and new beginnings - it forces us to surrender
as it rebuilds us from the inside out. I suspect that throughout
next year the intense optimism of Pluto in Sagittarius will battle
with the necessity for realism of Pluto in Capricorn, and it will
be a while before the economic problems really hit home. Mars
will oppose Pluto in early March, which will create some fireworks
of aggression and confrontation, and Saturn will make its second
trine to Pluto in April which will ease the challenge of the new
requirements of Capricorn Pluto which wants to tear down and rebuild
the structures of our life and planet and intensify the power
bases that govern society.
Pluto is firmly entrenched in Capricorn beginning in December
2008, we will begin to really see it at work. This of course will
follow the US presidential election in November 2008. Pluto seeks
to focus and intensify as well as break down and regenerate. The
structures of our world keep societies in order and functioning:
churches, governments, buildings - all of these are ruled by Capricorn.
But so are bridges and tunnels, and the entire infrastructure
upon which we live, particularly in urban areas, are likely to
experience a severe breakdown while Pluto travels through Capricorn.
Underground transportation, under the domain of the god of the
underworld, could become a battleground as Pluto often brings
warfare or death in the areas of the sign through which it passes
(such as September 11th during Pluto in Sagittarius, where air
travel became a conveyance of death and total world transformation).
the passage of Pluto, we see extremes and compulsions in the area
of life associated with the sign through which Pluto travels,
and with the Capricornian association with governments and government
buildings I would expect a worldwide attempt to solidify a global
government and minimize individual liberties. Pluto deals with
issues of power - on a personal level such as personal empowerment
as well as with the power structures that govern all of humanity
that fall under the rubric of the Capricorn theme. When Uranus
enters Aries in 2010-2011, there will be a fervor as the pendulum
swings back towards individual liberties. By the time Uranus forms
a square to Pluto in Capricorn in 2012-2013 there will be tremendous
cultural, social and political upheaval which will further transform
governments and political structures.
reach will extend beyond governments, however. Capricorn also
rules the elderly and end of life issues, and Pluto's passage
through Capricorn could transform the way we view the entire process
of death and dying, including the disposal of the body after death.
Pluto's passage through one sign is a reaction to Pluto's passage
through the previous sign, and in Capricorn there may be a reaction
of the practical and materialistic Capricorn against the ideological
idealism of Pluto's travel through Sagittarius. An overdose of
pragmatism could lead to the negativity and depression with which
Capricorn is sometimes associated. Capricorn is associated with
achievement and can be ruthless in its efforts to climb to the
top, and we could see an increased obsession (Pluto) with climbing
the ladder of success that leads to a breakdown in certain segments
is always a side to Pluto cycles, and in Capricorn we are likely
to see an increase in stability and a more practical approach
to economics and business than we saw under the Sagittarian influence.
The inflated (Sag) bonuses for CEOs that we saw in recent years
are likely a sign of the past as businesses and corporations become
more concerned with Capricornian fundamentals than with Sagittarian
appearance and image. Capricorn is essentially practical and prizes
achievement above all else, which means achievement of real goals
and objectives. Although Pluto in Capricorn will bring out secrets
(Pluto) of governments and other political entities (Cap), there
will be an increased focus on proficiency, skill, and a successful
outcome rather than spin and propaganda of the Sagittarian era.
December 1, 2008: Since this article was written we have seen
the beginnings of a collapse in the global banking system and
the automobile industry in the United States, both systems that
are ruled by Capricorn which presides over banking, government,
and corporations. It's easy to become frightened as we watch the
domino effect of one company after another shut their doors. If
we look a little harder, though, we can see that this collapse
has spared financial companies with strong fundamentals who did
not engage in the relentless optimism of the Pluto in Sag period
that fueled the mortgage meltdown and may have encouraged business
practices that were not practical or effective. While in Capricorn,
Pluto will demand that the structures that secure our lives have
a strong foundation in practicality, and any structure that has
been weakened through irrational and unrealistic practices will
be forced to transform itself (Pluto) in one way or another.
transformation of Pluto is ruthless, but it is not cruel. Pluto
sees the need to eliminate that which is no longer working so
that new life can survive.