Pluto in Capricorn

Pluto in Capricorn Revisited
by Sue Lawrence and Rackelle Roden
 
     The planet Pluto will be entering Capricorn on January 25 finishing a 12 year transit in Sagittarius. In June it sneaks back into Sagittarius  and will make its final entry into Capricorn two weeks after the presidential election in November where it will stay until 2024. Although the planet was recently demoted by astronomers to a mere dwarf planet it remains astrology’s most powerful indicator of generational influences and collective forces.
     On an individual and collective level, Pluto’s transit through Sagittarius (beginning in January 1995) meant an intense search for the truth.  The fiery Jupiterian sign rules publishing, public relations, religion, foreign countries, foreigners, travel, institutions of higher learning, sports, animal breeders, charity, risk taking and fantasy, optimism, wealth and abundance.  Sagittarius, the centaur, encourages us to find the real self through expansion and exploration. And while Pluto was in Sagittarius explore and expand we did! From 1995 to 2006, the number of people traveling by air from theUS increased by 200 million. (And that doesn’t even count all the vicarious travel we did with travel, nature programs and shows like Amazing Race on TV!!). Revenues from books doubled from $17 billion in 1993 to $35 billion in 2005 (and should we mention the Harry Potter search for self, the stag Patronus, Quiditch, and the professors at Hogwarth School of Wizards!). Since 1995 we’ve added 3,000 magazines to the supermarket racks.  In 1994 cable tv carried 114 services but has now exploded to 275 digital channels (and we can’t but help notice that the queen of tv, and the world perhaps, Oprah Winfrey, has her moon and ascendant in Sagittarius!). Spending on pets (including dog agility with Jupiterian named courses like Jumper, Gamblers, Jackpot, Joker and Snooker!) rocketed from $17 billion 1994 to $38 billion in 2006.
     We could add to the Pluto in Sagittarius legacies a record of $295B donated to charity in the US , the bulk going to education and religion.  And we're probably a bit weary hearing about the Church and wayward priests, Ayatollahs and Imams, risky and overly optimistic home-mortgages, overblown CEO salaries, immigration problems, out of control global warming and the obesity epidemic (since 2000  the number of Americans 100lb. overweight has increased 50%!) But, the biggest success of Pluto in Sagittarius was the World Wide Web. Initiated the year Pluto entered the sign, it made anyone and everyone a publisher, a PR representative, bringing a wealth of knowledge from around the world to everyone’s fingertips and into everyone’s home.
     So what can we expect when Pluto is in Capricorn?  Capricorn, ruled by Saturn, was originally an agricultural deity. Called Cronus by the Greeks, Saturn was believed to be the Protector and Sower of the Seed. In Roman mythology when his son, Jupiter (Zeus), ascended the throne, Saturn fled to Rome and established the Golden Age, a time of perfect peace and harmony, which lasted as long as he reigned. Saturn represents dependability, responsibility, perseverance, thrift, wisdom, discipline, tradition, caution, hard-work, as well as poverty and bankruptcy.   It rules engineers and repairmen, scientists, farmers, builders, landlords, politicians and civil servants, and land – the earth. Saturn often gets blamed for taking the fun out of things (Jupiter’s domain), but Saturn’s motto is “what you sow is what you reap”-- hopefully some wisdom!
     To try and understand what the upcoming transit of the dwarf planet through the sign of the master builder might mean, we can look at its last transit from 1762 to 1778.  Two books, Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s “The Social Contract” (1762), which argues that legitimate government derives from the consent of the governed, and Adam Smith’s “The Wealth of Nations” (1776), which defends free market policies, set the tone for economies and democracies for the next 246 years and influenced the Declaration of Independence, signed on July 4, 1776.   The American Revolution was a rebellion against excess taxation without representation.   Will Pluto’s return make us revisit the same issues?  Is there a change in store—perhaps a rebellion against tax exempt conglomerate corporations that exercise undue influence on government at the expense of the people?   
     The second major achievement of the previous Pluto transit in Capricorn was the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.   Inaugurated by the invention of the spinning frame, which created the textile industry, the invention of the steam-powered automobile in France , and John Watt’s demonstration of the first practical steam engine, the Industrial Revolution was the beginning of our modern world with its air-polluting machines and factories.   Can we look forward to Pluto’s transit through the earth’s sign rectifying the ecological disaster it initiated by inventing new machinery that will preserve global resources?     
     The dwarf planet with its Shiva like powers of destruction and creation has been approaching Capricorn for the last few months and has already started to give us a taste of the changes it has in store for us (think credit crunch and housing market plunge). While Jupiter expanded (and we had fun), Saturn will contract and rectify both on a personal and collective level everything that is out of control, unregulated and unstructured (prepare to tighten your belt!).