Pluto in Capricorn

Pluto in Capricorn: The Death of Capitalism?

end of capitalismAstrologer Richard Nolle posted a link to this article on Facebook:

At the very moment of its ultimate triumph, capitalism will experience the most exquisite of deaths.

This is the belief of political adviser and author Jeremy Rifkin, who argues the current economic system has become so successful at lowering the costs of production that it has created the very conditions for the destruction of the traditional vertically integrated corporation.

Rifkin, who has advised the European Commission, the European Parliament and heads of state, including German chancellor Angela Merkel, says:

No one in their wildest imagination, including economists and business people, ever imagined the possibility of a technology revolution so extreme in its productivity that it could actually reduce marginal costs to near zero, making products nearly free, abundant and absolutely no longer subject to market forces.

With many manufacturing companies surviving only on razor thin margins, they will buckle under competition from small operators with virtually no fixed costs.

“We are seeing the final triumph of capitalism followed by its exit off the world stage and the entrance of the collaborative commons,” Rifkin predicts.

The creation of the collaborative commons

From the ashes of the current economic system, he believes, will emerge a radical new model powered by the extraordinary pace of innovation in energy, communication and transport.

“This is the first new economic system since the advent of capitalism and socialism in the early 19th century so it’s a remarkable historical event and it’s going to transform our way of life fundamentally over the coming years,” Rifkin says. “It already is; we just haven’t framed it.”

Some sectors, such as music and media, have already been disrupted as a result of the internet’s ability to let individuals and small groups compete with the major established players. Meanwhile, the mainstreaming of 3D printing and tech advances in logistics – such as the installation of billions of intelligent sensors across supply chains – means this phenomenon is now spreading from the virtual to the physical world, Rifkin says.

read more here…  This really fits in perfectly with the astrological cycle of Pluto (destruction and rebirth) in Capricorn (social structures and monetary systems) in a challenging square to Uranus (disruption and revolution) in Aries (individual rights and liberty) over the past eight or nine years.

Pluto will leave Capricorn for Aquarius in 2023 which is only seven years away from the writing of this article.  I’ll be writing more about this of course, but since Aquarius rules technology and innovation, those areas of human existence are likely to be in the forefront of human consciousness.  Scientists have long said that this period of time (2023-2043) will correspond with the “Singularity” -the point at which technological (artificial) intelligence exceeds human intelligence. (Follow the link to my other articles on this subject.)

Since the financial systems of today’s global powers are not based on actual currency but instead on concepts and trust, these systems can be easily transformed with technological and ideological changes.  The introduction of Bitcoin, a currency which was not controlled by any governmental body and introduced in 2009 just after Pluto entered Capricorn, is a harbinger of what is to come in a future where technology liberates humans (Pluto in Aquarius) from the shackles of corporations and governmental restrictions (Pluto in Capricorn).  As rosy as that sounds, Aquarius does have a dark side – the pursuit of perfection and individual liberties can easily erode the cohesion of communities and bring about a sort of Mad Max-type chaos.

The idea of “collaborative commons” represents Aquarius at its highest form of expression, where everyone works together for a common good.  Let’s all hope that Pluto’s entry into Aquarius can enable this vision of the future as a Utopian solution to some of the miseries that capitalism has brought to the world, rather than the dystopia of an anarchic deterioration of human community.

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By | 2016-07-12T10:14:43+00:00 July 12th, 2016|Future Shock, Money and markets, Pluto in Aquarius|3 Comments

Uranus/Pluto: The Freelance Economy

freelance economyWhen Pluto entered the sign of Capricorn in 2008, there was a huge contraction in the business world as well as a global recession, and many people lost their jobs.  Pluto creates major shifts in the affairs of the sign through which it travels, and Capricorn is the sign of the structures that create the foundation on which we live.  Corporations, governments, economic structures – all of these are under Capricorn’s domain.

In 2009, Entrepreneur magazine ran this article:

When the economic sky fell last year and CEOs and workers alike were stuffing cash under their mattresses, it didn’t seem like the right moment for big plans, much less a wholesale reshaping of the way entire industries operate. But during the last year, as the shock has subsided, Americans looking at the collapse of corporate culture and finance, the loss of job security, and inscrutable government solutions are coming to [this conclusion]: We don’t have to do things the same way. We can take the economy in hand and drive our own destinies. And a movement that has been slowly building in the business world is finally taking hold: We’re seeing the beginnings of the entrepreneurial economy, a system built on nimble, low-overhead, oftentimes small companies with fluid workforces, rather than the massive conglomerates that have upheld the economy for decades.

Where Pluto is the destroyer, tearing apart any structure that is not serving the purpose for which it was created, Uranus tends to finish the job by breaking out of old and outmoded patterns of thought and action.  When Uranus entered Aries in 2010 it began to align in a challenging square formation with Pluto (see the sidebar of this blog for more information).

Many of the millions of people out of work began creating new jobs for themselves through entrepreneurship.  Someone recently wrote to me that a small kitchen business she had created when she lost her job was now a multi-million dollar enterprise.

The Freelance economy is here to stay.

Uranus in Aries demands individual freedom and liberty, and since the old order of employment where you work for 30 years and are given a gold watch and a pension is long gone (Pluto in Capricorn), this radically new (Uranus) way of creating one’s own destiny (Aries) is a welcome change.  Forbes writes;

The number of freelance workers is projected to outpace full-time workers by 2020.  The economy is rapidly shifting to a more contingent workforce, with recent estimates by the Freelancers Union  of 42 million American independent workers, up from 10.3 million workers in 2005.

Not everyone has the mindset to become an entrepreneur.  People with a strong Cancerian or Taurean need for economic security may find it difficult to take the kind of risks required to create a business.  But as the entrepreneurs become the real job creators, the rest of us will be able to find our place in this new economy which is more nimble and flexible and more easily able to adapt to the financial realities of the twenty-first century.

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By | 2014-06-27T08:57:44+00:00 June 27th, 2014|Life, Money and markets|4 Comments

Pluto in Capricorn – can Google conquer death?

Google's anti-death projectBefore Pluto’s discovery bestowed on him the title of the Lord of Death, that role was occupied by the planet Saturn.  Pluto’s role in the concept of death has to do with the surrender of life as we know it and the regeneration of something else in its place.  Saturn forces us to deal with the difficult questions and the hard aspects of life, reminding us that life is short and that death is at the door.

Saturn is the ruler of the sign Capricorn, and since 2008 Pluto has been traveling through Capricorn and will continue to do so until 2023 when it will move into Aquarius.  Pluto in Capricorn initiated the financial contraction that brought about the Great Recession of the past few years (read more about Pluto in Capricorn here).

Pluto tends to create transformation in the areas of life governed by the sign it travels in, so Pluto’s journey through Capricorn has already begun to transform the way we handle the fact of death in our world.  Because it is Capricorn, an earth sign of practicality and governance of the material world, it is the very fact of death itself that is undergoing a transformation.

Under Pluto in Capricorn we have seen the idea of zombies and vampires take hold in the popular imagination – creatures that straddle the line between life and death.

Now Google has launched a company called Calico dedicated to research into the causes of aging and ways in which the human lifespan can be extended in an effort to “solve death.”  As an astrologer this is interesting because Pluto will leave Capricorn for the technology sign Aquarius in 2023, and by then technology and human existence will be inextricably interwoven.  We have long wondered how exactly that would take place, and this is certainly one big step towards that end.

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By | 2014-05-16T06:05:24+00:00 May 16th, 2014|Death, Life|2 Comments

The Fifth Sacred Thing and upcoming Water Wars

10491447_sIn 1993 Starhawk, an early spokesperson for the neo-pagan movement, wrote a book called The Fifth Sacred Thing.  In this post-apocalyptic novel, set in San Francisco, a theocratic dictatorship has seized all of the assets of the earth: air, food and water, and is the sole source of pharmaceutical antidotes for the ecological poisons they themselves create.  The Fifth Sacred Thing is Spirit, after the four elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water.

It is a scenario that is not so far-fetched today, but in 1993 a world such as this seemed far in the distant future.  But in the 20 years since then, and in the 20 years hence (the story is set in 2048), Pluto will have traveled through fire (Sagittarius, 1995-2008), Capricorn (2008-2023), Aquarius (2023-2043) and Pisces (2043-2066).  And the world’s population will have increased by 2.5 billion, most of these in the poorest countries with the fewest resources.

Pluto’s journey through Sagittarius (expansion and foreign cultures) globalized the planet in a way no one could have imagined previously.  Pluto is now in Capricorn (capitalism and society) where it is breaking down the structures upon which humanity has relied for hundreds of years.  When Pluto moves through Aquarius (technology and revolution) we are likely to see the kind of technocracy and rule by machines that have been imagined by science fiction writers for years. And Pluto in Pisces (ocean) is likely to bring the water wars.

Humans can live without food for a while, but we cannot live without water.  When water becomes scarcer than gold, it becomes a precious commodity.  Wars over water are nothing new, especially in the southwestern United States where water was diverted from rivers to fertilize the barren deserts of California and Arizona.  Climate change has brought a shift in weather patterns that will create water shortages in many places (see this map for trouble spots).  In India and China, people are dying as they fight over the precious resource.

It’s not just the hot desert climates that are suffering from water shortage – the Caribbean is now facing shortages of fresh potable water that threaten its population.   Meanwhile rising seas are taking dominion over coastlines and heavy rainfall is causing floods, neither of which actually produce sufficient drinking water to support the planet’s population.

Neptune moved into Pisces in 2011, and since Neptune is the modern ruler of Pisces this is an extremely strong influence of magic and imagination, but also illusion and deception.  Under Neptune’s influence we tend to be more prone to self-deception and prefer not to face the hard realities that stare us in the face.  Denying that the climate is changing will not change the problem.  It doesn’t matter how loud you speak a lie – it is still not true.

It is likely that corporate interests (Pluto in Capricorn) will continue to wage wars for domination utilizing this Sacred Thing, creating unsustainable conditions that will erupt when Pluto moves into Aquarius (revolution and technology).    The Aquarian influence will help to innovate new ways for managing water resources, but human nature being what it is, the precious resource will likely continue to be a source of conflict for generations to come.

However, all is not lost.  Every day, people are making small changes that can add up to big results.  Visit this website for inspirational news that shows how we really can make a difference.

Starhawk was able to raise enough funds through a Kickstarter campaign to create a film based on the book.  You can see an excerpt below.

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By | 2013-09-06T07:30:49+00:00 September 6th, 2013|Ecology, Future Shock|0 Comments

We are the leaders now

Tina Malia’s voice and music is expansive and opens the heart and soul to the yearning for awakening and the hope that transformation is truly possible, for the planet and for all people. This video is of the beautiful song Heal this Land.

In “Leading with Vision and Trust”  Warren Bennis writes:

Why did India’s poor march to the sea with Gandhi against the salt tax? Because they trusted him. Trust is based on predictability: trusted leaders make themselves known and make their positions clear. Four leadership qualities together engender trust:

  • Vision
  • Empathy
  • Consistency
  • Integrity

Creating a vision

Leaders manage the dream: they have the capacity to create a compelling, over-arching vision that takes people to a new place.

A vision is a portrait of the future that grabs. Initially it grabs the leader, and then their magnetic intensity and commitment to it draw others in. Leaders love what they do. The passion that comes from knowing what they want, that is demonstrated by their unswerving commitment to a vision, communicates hope and inspiration.

Visions animate, inspire and transform purpose into action. Visions bring about confidence and a belief in others that they are capable of performing to their full potential.

Communicating the vision

Believing in one’s dreams is not enough. Without communication nothing can be realised.

Leadership is a transaction between leaders and followers. Neither could exist without the other. Leaders must understand their followers, and followers must understand those who lead. This interaction creates a unified focus that flows from the communication of a clear, compelling, vivid and exciting image of a desired state of affairs.

Communication creates meaning. Mismanagement of meaning and lack of clarity only lead to evasion of responsibility and guilt.

Leaders must be able to influence and organise meaning, and to focus more on thinking than “facts” or “knowing”, on the “know-why” before “know-how”. Shared meanings and interpretations of reality facilitate coordinated action. Unequivocal communication of the message is key to aligning any group behind an organisation’s goals.

When I first published this post after the 2008 election I and many others were filled with the hope that a single leader could accomplish all of this and more.  However, Pluto in Capricorn requires that we face the realities of the world around us – a complex world of artifice and subterfuge in which the idealist can barely survive.  A shadowy network of lies and manipulation continue to create pain and suffering for many, and at times we seem to be slipping even further from the healing and abundance that we all crave.

Still, each one of us has the power to create our own light and majesty – to open doorways of opportunity and love and transform not only our lives but the lives of those around us.  In the Piscean age, most of  humanity surrendered (Pisces) their own will to follow blindly in the path of strong leaders of the world’s four major religions.  As we move into the Aquarian Age, we must be our own leaders.  We are the ones who are responsible for the world – not only our personal world, but also the great humanity of which we are a part.

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By | 2013-08-03T07:56:39+00:00 August 3rd, 2013|Inspiration|1 Comment
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