Deb McBride
Astrologer

May, 2008

PLUTO IN CAPRICORN

May 30, 2008

It doesn’t happen very often at all, but when the planet Pluto, god of the underworld, changes astrological signs, many people feel an increasing itch to change their lives. It seems that the collective influence of Pluto seeps in when we’re sleeping and one day we awaken to the realization that some part of our lives is ready to go. This is where Pluto is right now, bidding farewell to the sign of Sagittarius and hello to the sign of Capricorn.

Pluto is always about deep and profound transformation of one’s life and one’s cultural climate. Pluto brings what is hiding in the shadows out into the light. It affects us both personally and collectively. Since 1995 Pluto has been in the sign of Sagittarius, where the themes are about the justice system, religious beliefs, multicultural coexistence and tolerance of other’s ideologies that are different from our own. Pluto in this sign makes everyone aware of these matters and how the global current affects one’s everyday experience. As Pluto makes this cosmic shift forward, whatever you’ve been doing since 1995 is coming to an end. It’s winding down as we live through 2008 as Pluto, now in Capricorn, dances between signs finally to leave Sadge in November of 2008, forever in this lifetime. This week, On April 2, 2008 Pluto will retrograde and thusly begin heading towards its last foray into Sagittarius.

Pluto’s back and forth dance can make your head spin, like the cha-cha after too much champagne. Swooning, swishing undercurrents of indecision, bringing certain circumstances to closure, themes of death and rebirth – all are common during this time. Your life feels as if it is coming and going at the same time. Should you, shouldn’t you? Will you, won’t you? Inevitably, you’ll scratch that itch I mentioned earlier and be on your way to a new experience.

Once Pluto enters Capricorn for good in November for the next 15 years, matters will be handled very differently. Capricorn is a far more practical and realistic sign, far from the idealism and wanderlust of Sadge. Our global and personal concerns will be of a more pragmatic nature. Capricorn represents the authority figures in our lives, whether the parent in our home or in the nation we live. It also shows how much power the reigning authority has over the populace. It represents corporations, power structures, nation creation, societal development, banks, real estate markets and currency. Capricorn is also about laws and limitations, whether healthy or not.

In 1776, during the American Revolution, Pluto was in the sign of Capricorn and in fact, that was the last time Pluto visited this area of the Zodiac. This means that the United States came into being under this influence. As we know from U.S. History, the Americans fought the British for freedom from the authoritarian state that the British were imposing upon them, the autocratic rule where the people had very little say in their own lives. Keeping in line with that theme, as the U.S. approaches what would be called their “Pluto return” – Americans particularly may begin to notice areas in life where their individual freedoms are being limited. But this is not exclusive to the U.S.A., certainly we’ll see evidence of power struggles between the people and their governments elsewhere on planet Earth.

So, for your enjoyment, I have included here some recent headlines which reveal how Pluto is already rearing its head in the sign of Capricorn:

Fidel Castro Resigns as President of Cuba

Asian Markets Follow Dow’s Decline

Wikileaks Exposes Corporate and Government Secrecy, so it has Been Shut Down in the U.S.

Mortgage Brokers Taking Lumps as Subprime Market Cracks

In the coming months, there will be more to come about Pluto in Capricorn. So don’t touch that dial!

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