PLUTO IN CAPRICORN
By Laurie Naughtin
I was asked why the world is in such a mess. One planet popped into my mind, Pluto.
We are dealing with Pluto who delivers life altering punches, the planet that purges and brings with him a dark and sinister energy, power struggles and life changing events.
The mythology of Pluto is clever; the Greeks called him Hades and his brother Poseidon (Neptune). It is important to understand this planet to understand why life as we know it is in a very poor state of affairs.
The myth goes that their paranoid father Cronus (Saturn) swallowed them at birth. They were entombed in his dark belly and deprived of emotional bonding that is necessary between mother and child.
Neptune acted out his post natal trauma with his periodic rage alcoholic binges, mindless sex addictions and general destructive behavior, annihilating anything that got in the way of him getting what he desired.
Pluto like his brother Neptune had his own inner deep and dark conflicts as well as personality disturbances.
His brother Zeus took Heaven and Earth to rule and left Hades (Pluto) with the Kingdom of the dead. This was enough to uncover a deep seated jealousy and anger. The underworld became Pluto’s domain where he was able to withdraw from the social scene and became a powerful hidden force.
Pluto was unmoved by emotions, icy, unyielding, unwilling and perhaps totally unable to show mercy of any kind. These were all useful traits for Pluto whose function was the keeper of the dead and ruler of all aspects of afterlife.
The myth continues to describe the nature of Pluto; he had a deep seated rage for his mother who was so weak she allowed his despot father, Cronus (Saturn) to have his evil way. This also fueled a deep rage for weak women and the perhaps the main reason Hades (Pluto) was a rapist.
Pluto is known for his destructive, obsession and conflicting nature; to quote John Frawley “Pluto seems generally and unspecifically malefic” Deconstruction occurs when a transit from Pluto connects with a planet in a birth chart.
Another word for Pluto is ruthless. The intensity of confusion brings about destruction and this confusion activates a plutonic reaction. Our past decisions and actions have come back to haunt us, Pluto is the Planet that has the ability that force change through death and destruction.
Planets will take on the nature of the sign they are in and this sign will dictate their role, so we look to the sign to see how Pluto will bring about his ruthless destructive nature.
Pluto moved into Capricorn in 2007 and this was the beginning of the recession, from December 2007 stats from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) show that according to the Department of labour, roughly 8.7 million jobs were shed from February 2008 to February 2010, and GDP contracted by 5.1%, making the Great Recession the worst since the Great Depression of 1929.
Capricorn is an earth sign, cardinal earth, all cardinal signs demand action, with Capricorn this action is the need for physical security. Al-Biruni describes Capricorn as a dark and anxious sign, when in relationships is inclined to bad conduct and corruption.
William Ramesey notes that Capricorn is an earth, cold, dry, melancholic, nocturnal and movable. A planet or person that has a strong Capricorn nature, is describe as one of mean stature and of a dry constitution, usually long thin and lean.
William Lilly describes that the places of a Capricorn nature are those of barren fields, busy and thorny, in houses low, dark places near the ground or threshold.
It seems as if the southern African countries have big cycles associated with Pluto in the earth signs: when Pluto transited Taurus the slave trade started, giving away to the colonialist period (Pluto went into Gemini and conjunct Neptune). When Pluto transited through Virgo, it was the Year of Africa, and start of dictatorships. And now with Pluto transiting Capricorn, dictators are falling away to a new kind of regime. Not sure what it would be, state captures? See for example rise of conflict in Cameroon, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and hopefully soon South Africa. Heidi Van Deventer, South Africa Astrologer
In modern terms we see Capricorn as a sign that promotes structure, focused structure, black and white with no room for colour or going off plan. This is positive as planets transiting through this sign bring focused structure to whichever area it is found in our charts. It is the backbone of all buildings, the scaffolding for any home or structure and the skeleton in our bodies.
It is the cover that holds a book together and the skin that surrounds our bodies, without which we would die. Capricorn is responsible for building us up and strengthens any weakness. It is also responsible for the structure of countries and businesses.
Now as Pluto travels through Capricorn, Pluto will find the weak spots in our lives as well as in the world, ruthlessly corrupting and destroying what it can.
If the structure in our lives, our countries, our careers, our relationships and virtually any area of our lives is weak or vulnerable, Pluto will force destruction for renewal.
Because Capricorn is so concerned with structure we will find that Pluto will give power to corrupt structure in a very negative way which will end in death and ruthless destruction.
The crash of 2007 was the beginning of starvation, rage, rape and pillage. It was the door that opened up and exposed the hidden vile areas of authority, governments, and people of authority. It alerted us as to how the corrupt destructive decay was eating away at life like a cancer.
Many deaths, murders, genocide attacks, starvation, illnesses and hugely corrupt nations have flared up since 2007. Leaders with their hidden agendas have been exposed, misuse of power is destructive leaving the weak poorer and the wealthy richer.
Orbit of Pluto is 248 years and Pluto will spend about + – 21 years in Capricorn, in March 2023 Pluto will enter the sign Aquarius where his path will bring about a whole new story, but until November 2024 Pluto will revisit Capricorn just as a reminder of how not honouring the natural order of life we can suffer the consequences. By January 2025 Pluto will enter Aquarius and that could be an enlightening time….
EVENTS OF 1759 – 1790
PLUTO IN CAPRICORN
The Diplomatic revolution was a reversal of longstanding alliances in Europe, it was part of the stately quadrille where we saw constantly shifting patterns of alliances and wars throughout the 18th century. It was due to efforts to preserve or upset the European balance of power.
Britain and Austria abandoned their 25-year-long Anglo Austrian alliance making new alliances with former enemies, Prussia and France, respectively. This was known as the Diplomatic Revolution.
During this period we saw the abolishment of slavery. British philanthropist Granville Sharpe publishes an antislavery tract, A Representation of the Injustices and Dangerous Tendencies of Tolerating Slavery.
Reform in universities as well as educational systems, abolishment of torture and an establishment of a penal code etc. occurred during this Pluto period of time.
And Austria issued a prohibition of emigration, sounds familiar to what is happening in the world now. Spain expelled the Jesuits as did France.
Demonstrators were killed when British troops fired on the group, they were protesting the imprisonment of political leader John Wilkes.
In 1776 a severe famine killed over 10 million people in Bengal.
There was positive reform towards the end of the Pluto in Capricorn cycle such as, the Dutch and Xhosa agree to a boundary on the Fish River in South Africa. France became the first European power to recognise the independence of the United States signing a commercial and military treaty with them.
The first iron bridge was built in England and we saw the invention of the fountain pen and screwdriver.
As Pluto moved over into Aquarius, Spain suppressed the rebellion in Peru. Despite the king’s and prime minister’s desire to continue the war in America, the British House of Commons rejects further military attempts against the former colonies.
Parliament dismisses Prime Minister Lord North after a twelve-year administration. The British relieve the besieged fortress at Gibraltar, British and American negotiators accept a preliminary peace agreement.
The French launch the first steam-powered vessel. Mozart writes Mass in C minor, Motzart was discovered at the beginning of Pluto’s transit into Capricorn, he came a long way in the 21 years Pluto was in Capricorn, totally transforming music. Spain ends its siege of Gibraltar. The peace treaty of Versailles goes into effect, recognizing the independence of the United States and Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier make the first manned ascent in a hot-air balloon over Paris.
It is now 2018, Pluto has only been in Capricorn for 11 years, and we have another 10 to go. Hopefully we are over the hump, so to say and things can begin to positively transform.
PLUTO CONNECTS WITH SATURN
Pluto and Saturn will connect by conjunction in January in 2020. So we get Pluto the planet of death and transformation connecting with Saturn the planet of authority and consequences. This is a time when we will see leaders trying to reform or literally falling from grace. Impeachment will be the name of the game and on many a person’s mind.
During this transit, resources will be tightly restricted and as a world we have to focus on what is available and how to bring about objective change to the damage we are doing on the planet.
Pluto is powerful transformation while Saturn has a narrow focus, the effects of this transit will bring about significant change. This will not be immediate but it will have been building up enough to cause a stress point where change has to take place. We will have to face the reality of how mining, fracking and nuclear power are killing the planet.
This Transit brings about an inevitable conclusion, some things will die off, and an old order of life will cease. What is happening here is that factors are being incorporated in life that can later bring about good consequences if we get rid of old structures and harmful ideals.
The biggest danger around this time is that the evolutionary energies of Pluto can be restricted by Saturn. This is a dangerous situation as when a Plutonic force is suppressed it erupts violently.
It is a scary thought as Capricorn and Saturn are authors of depression, it is important for people suffering from depression to manage it or it will get the better of you. it is also possible that an accident or illness can severely restrict your movement and freedom
People around the world will begin to carry heavy burdens owing to Governments or officials and bosses restricting freedom.
But remember that Saturn gives form as well as suppress it, so if this energy can be positively focused it can bring about a necessary evolution, especially in our own private lives.
Out of interest I looked to see when last Pluto and Saturn connected in Capricorn it happened on the 27th December 1284, 738 years ago. The circumstances leading up to and passing on from this transit are –
Alfonso X, “El Sabio” King of Castile/Leon (1252-84), dies at 62
Charles of Salerno is captured by Roger of Lauria during a naval battle in the Gulf of Naples, part of the Sicillian Vespers uprising
Statute of Rhuddlan incorporated the Principality of Wales into England
According to the Lüneburg manuscript, a piper leads 130 children of Hamelin away
The Kingdom of Germany imposes a trade embargo on Norway, due to the latter pillaging a German ship. The embargo cuts off vital supplies of grain, flour, vegetables and beer, causing a general famine.
The German city of Hamburg is destroyed by a fire.
Peterhouse, the oldest collegiate foundation of the University of Cambridge in England, is established by Hugh de Balsham, Bishop of Ely
The Republic of Venice begins coining the ducat, a gold coin that is to become the standard of European coinage, for the following 600 years.
In conclusion one may ask how Pluto in a birth chart can have an effect on the native of the chart. It is a generational Planet spending 21 years in one sign so people of the same generation will share Pluto in the sign it is transiting through.
The action of Pluto in a natal chart will take on the nature of the sign it is in and this nature will affect all born in the 21 years it is in that sign. How it acts individually is where it is placed in the chart, which house and planets Pluto aspect are important.
The position of Pluto shows us where we seek a deeper meaning of life, where life is faced with power strugglers, change, upheaval and issues of control. The aspects Pluto makes to other planets in a birth chart add colour to the obsessive qualities brought about by Pluto. We are pushed to find the deeper meaning of these areas of life, to examine, change and transform. If we avoid Pluto’s energy, the dark and destructive energy will be thrust upon us. To be really dramatic, a kiss form Pluto can thrust you into an adapt or die scenario.