Pluto in Capricorn

with Astrid Zekul (Berlin), Zdenĕk Bohuslav (Prag), Bill Meridian and Surya Sarubbi (Austria) and Janet Kane (Maryland)

During my recent trip to Europe, I queried the astrologers in Berlin, Prague and Austria about their thoughts on this new upcoming cycle. In 2008, Pluto will be transiting back and forth from Sagittarius into Capricorn. This new Capricorn Cycle will last until 2023 when it transitions into Aquarius.

The sign in which Pluto transits denotes the world crises focus, the terrorism of the moment and what needs to be transformed in the current social order. When Pluto transited Scorpio, the crisis was AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases. When it entered Sagittarius, AIDS did not go away but it was put on the back burner of our concerns as new, effective medications replaced the cocktail of drugs that did not always work. In Sagittarius, the new terrorism was fueled by religious fanaticism- not just by Muslim extremists but Christian fundamentalism as well. In 1984, I predicted that the Sagittarius cycle would "knock the hat off the Pope." I have observed that any outer planet transiting Sagittarius will produce scandals and the Catholic Church was the first to take the hit. The only way to successfully survive a Sagittarius transit is to tell the truth. President Eisenhower did this in 1960 with Jupiter is Sagittarius and the Gary Powers U2 incident. His presidency was in crisis until he just told the truth- "Yes, we are spying on the communists!" Unfortunately, Martha Stewart did not have an astrologer on her staff.

The crisis of Sagittarius did not happen 'all of a sudden.' The Catholic Church had been covering up its scandals for years, Middle Eastern terrorists had been attacking our ships and attempting to blow up the World Trade Center all along, and the religious fanatics had been growing in power since Row v Wade in the 1970s. However, when Pluto entered Sagittarius, these took the center stage of our concerns. No longer on the back burner, these issues were in our face! Considering the current world crises and the recent assassination of Benazir Bhutto, it is hard to believe that, after 2008, the issue of religious extremism and terrorism will return to the back-burner of our concerns.

The new source of terrorism will be observed in government and big business. This is already occurring! Under the Bush administration, the president was given unprecedented power. Congress rolled back our Constitution with Checks and Balances, established by our Founding Fathers so that Fascism could not occur in this country. This Institutional Terrorism has been occurring all along but it will finally be in our face during the Capricorn Cycle. I remember anti-monopoly laws that prevented a single company from taking over its competition. Where are these laws now? Our communication networks are in the hands of a very few people so that our news is filtered through their personal, biased perspective. Stockholders do not challenge the big corporations when they lay-off thousands of employees in order to keep their expenses down and stock prices up. This Institutional Crisis will occur early in the Capricorn Cycle, from 2012-2014 with the Uranus-Pluto square that creates a massive fiscal crisis that throws us back onto another 10-year recession. I personally feel that the Jupiter-Uranus conjunction in 2010 will cause the market and interest rates to spike. If you are a cautious investor like myself, this is a good time to lock into very long term tax-free municipal bonds. If you are a confident investor, I will recommend following Bill Meridian's column in Dell "Horoscope" magazine. A friend tested his predictions for 2007 on an Excel spreadsheet- if you invested as he recommended, you would have made 20.1% profit.

In entering Capricorn, Pluto will be crossing a World Crisis Point (World Points are 0° Cardinal signs). Changes and transformations will occur that have a global impact. Initially, the Jupiter-Uranus conjunction at 0° Aries will portend a great scientific breakthrough that impacts the world. This specific aspect occurs every 42 years in Aries and Libra (see article at ) with the pending changes beginning in 2009 when Jupiter and Uranus reach an applying 30° aspect. The last time this occurred in Aries was when Lindburgh crossed the Atlantic and, in Libra, man landed on the Moon. This portends a spike of optimism that impacts the stock market...temporarily!

During my "kitchen table" discussions with Zdenãk, he interpreted the Capricorn transit in terms of its opposition to Cancer, impacting our sense of security and property issues. Governments will initiate changes that affect the security of the masses. During the last Pluto in Capricorn cycle ( 1762-1778), there was a liberalization that had a great impact upon the land. The liberal perks went to the rich, however, and the aristocrat-surf state existed until WWI. But, in Russia, this existed until the Great Capricorn Alignment of 1989- until that time, the people had to have permission from the government to move from one town to another. Even a friend in Germany seemed surprised when she learned that we do not have to inform the government when we are moving.

Zdenĕk's concern is that, in 2012, more countries will be on the Euro. It is the smaller, poorer countries that will pose serious economic problems for the EU- there will be a great gap between the large, prosperous countries and the small, poorer countries...and each has an equal vote. With these changes, more borders will open so that citizens of the very poor countries can move to the prosperous countries without restriction- this has already become a serious problem now. In Europe (as well as in the United States), 90% of the wealth is held by 3% of the population.

During the last Capricorn Cycle, the reign of Catherine the Great brought Russia into political dominance in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. While she initially wanted to initiate progressive reforms, she lapsed into rigid conservatism and control over the people as a result of her fears regarding the Peasant Uprising and the French Revolution. The rigidity and oppression of Capricorn lead to a revolution. However, because Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus formed a 120° aspect, the true revolutions did not come until Uranus entered Gemini. Historically, Uranus in Gemini portends a great battle for the principles of democracy- the American and French Revolutions, the American Civil War and WWII. Uranus will begin its next 7-year transit of Gemini in 2026. In this current cycle, the change in the order of government and big business will be experienced first with the Uranus-Pluto square from 2012-2014. Bill Meridian feels that, historically, the seeds of free enterprise are planted under Pluto's transit in Capricorn. In his Dell 2008 Forecast, he documents this observation.

At a meeting of the Czech Astrological Society, formed immediately after the Velvet Revolution in 1989, one astrologer offered insights into the practical and personal application of Pluto transits. He stated that Pluto was a tool for connecting with the unconscious- the results of its transit is only realized after the fact, after an action has occurred, usually through another transit of Jupiter or Saturn. Pluto transforms the current order- the nature of which depends upon the House transited, for a country or an individual. Saturn concretizes the transformation. "Pluto touches the personality via Jupiter and Saturn." This astrologer predicted that the result of the Pluto-Jupiter conjunction will be seen when a transit of Jupiter or Saturn act as a trigger. Note that the assassination of Benazir Bhutto occurred with the Mars-Jupiter opposition. This was also the week of a Crisis Full Moon, the Full Moon at perigee. When I talked with other astrologers locally, they agreed that they did not always understand what the Pluto transit was instigating in their lives until Jupiter or Saturn acted as a trigger.

In Berlin, Astrid Zekul, cited the new terrorism being government tyranny and fascism- culminating in a World Government that controls us all. The World Government will make rules against so-called terrorism- rules that may affect the terrorists but will impact the average citizen as well. This consolidation against the threat of a nuclear war will be an excuse to increase their power. Astrid's most interesting insight was about the next cycle, Pluto in Aquarius. It's predecessor, Neptune in Aquarius, occurring now, is dissolving boundaries of communication and a new type of subversive activity is occurring, ignoring the laws, via the internet. When Pluto enters Aquarius, the new terrorism will occur through the internet. She added that Pluto in Aquarius brings a revolution against technology and the controls of technology.

Several years ago, there was an international election for who would run the World Wide Web. Only 3% of Americans knew about this election, much less participated in it. Astrid informed me about Hacker Sites. In order to access these sites, you must solve a hacker problem. To advance to the higher level sites, you must solve more complicated hacker problems. The plot of the hacker is to infiltrate the private e-mails of powerful people- are they going into sex sites?- and expose these communications. This form of terrorism is here now but it is still on the back burner. A friend in the military told me that most of the hacker attacks occur from the Chinese, not the Middle East. One can project how this will unfold in the next 20 years.

In Vienna, Austria, when I spoke with Surya Sarubbi, she felt that Pluto in Capricorn will make us more conscious of the need for certain rare minerals. Many of these rare minerals are found in Africa. A war could occur, not just over water but over these rare yet essential minerals used in our modern technology. Bill Meridian, her husband, ( generously shared his articles on the upcoming cycle.

Bill quoted Charles Jayne who, in the 1940s, stated that the transits of Pluto always represent shifts in power. " He taught that Pluto is the planet of government and that the natal Sun opposed Pluto in many strong national charts. Pluto is the glue that holds governments together. When the outermost planet entered Sagittarius, we witnessed a movement to insert Islam into government. Through my historical research, I think that the sign of Sagittarius is connected to the Iraqi culture. Since Pluto entered this sign, Iraq has attacked two neighboring countries and has been invaded twice. Its departure from this sign will leave Iraq to heal but will work its transformative powers on new cultures."

Bill predicts, under Pluto in Capricorn, attempts to impose a one-world tax. "Al Gore buys carbon credits from himself through his company, Generation Investment Management with offices in NY and London... Carbon offsets are voluntary at the moment. I notice voluntary contribution areas at European airports but I do think these 'contributions' will become mandatory. For example, purchases of homes and automobiles will require payment for carbon offsets. Let us call it by its proper Plutonian name- a tax. This tax will become global- Pluto is at the world point. And, the 'contributions' will be handled by the UN. Remember, Pluto dwells in the underworld, but he makes himself invisible when he travels on the surface of the earth, so this tax movement is disguised as an environmental effort."

He sees Americans having to fight for independence once again. As a result of NAFTA and CAFTA, construction of the Tans Texas Corridor has already begun. The problems associated with security, seized property and the exportation of business to low-cost Mexico is obvious and many States are "adopting legislation to block intrusion into their states." With a linking of the EC, Free Trade Association of the Americas, and a Far Eastern organization into a one-world government, Bill portends a greater intrusion of governmental power and resistance to it. As the USA debt becomes a global problem, "an international 'Big Mac' is appointed to restructure the US. Pluto was conjunct the USA Cancer planets in the 1930s. It will be opposite from 2008-2024."

In 2008, the major transits to the USA horoscope are the square of Pluto to the MC (using the Sibley chart) and Uranus square Mars and opposite Neptune. Uranus was last in this place in 1841-1842. Newly elected President Harrison died in office!

Regarding the EU, Bill states that, "...the EU is also more than simply a trade agreement. We have watched it grow to the point where it now has its own constitution. And, that may be the tip of the iceberg. Former Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky has warned that there is a conspiracy to turn the EU into a socialist dictatorship. He understands it because he was brought up in the Soviet system." He adds that... "the events of 2008 will bring a need for Americans to fight a second revolution to maintain their constitutional freedoms."

Bill Meridian added another insight regarding the upcoming election: The horoscope for the 2009 Inauguration, showing the course of the presidency, will have a rare conjunction of the Sun-Jupiter in Aquarius. This conjunction has only occurred twice before- the Sun in Aquarius was conjunct Jupiter in Capricorn in the 2nd inauguration of Reagan and the 2nd inauguration of Clinton. He feels that this pattern is indicative of a Democratic President who implements great social programs. Mars is in the 9th House but it forms a trine to the Inauguration Ascendant and Saturn in Virgo in the 5th House. While it is indicative of a foreign conflict, it is a low level conflict and one that this country will handle effectively. Bill added a sidebar that the next Solar Eclipse would have a great impact upon the country of Pakistan as it opposed Pakistan's natal Sun in Leo.

In his reaction to my comment that the Uranus-Pluto square of 2012-14 would bring about a major fiscal crisis and a revolutionary reaction similar to the Uranus-Pluto conjunction in the 1960s, he stated that 2013 would see many bankruptcies but, of course, the government would effect a bailout. There may be conflicts during this period regarding the distribution of the earth's resources. He added that, in 2044 to 2067, Pluto in Pisces will impact health issues due to pollution on the planet. During the second half of the 2040s, there will be another Uranus-Pluto configuration, a opposition between Uranus in Virgo and Pluto in Pisces.

Richard Tarnas in COSMOS & PSYCHE says, with his visionary perspective, that this configuration is similar to the "combination of the 1930s and the 1960s but in a 21st Century context: a sustained period of enormous historical change requiring humanity to radically expand the scope of its vision and draw upon new resources and capacities in ways that could ultimately be deeply expanding.". Politically, this combination is "characterized by a volcanic eruption of revolutionary and emancipatory activity... activity that impacts every area of human experience."

I remember the Uranus-Pluto conjunction of the 1960s. Not only were the young people rebelling against the government and the Viet Nam War but there was a major fiscal crisis with many small savings & loan companies setting up business on every street corner. Their come-on was a free transistor radio, a blender or mixer for opening up an account. Of course, they were not insured and soon they closed their doors with depositors lost their savings

Our local astrologer, Janet Kane has observed that, when an outer planet transits the middle degrees of a sign, the impact becomes obvious. Janet said that, when Pluto occupied 15° of Sagittarius, the sex scandals of the Catholic Church hit the headlines. Janet is more of an optimist than Zekul and Meridian. She feels that Pluto, since it breaks up anything that gets too big, will break up many of the large corporations, similar to the break up of "Ma Bell" (AT&T) into seven "Baby Bells." The large corporations may be forced to transform themselves into smaller divisions which would specialize in manufacturing goods from US materials and also using US labor to satisfy the clamor for home-made products. The problems with quality-control in China may encourage demands that products be made in the USA. Globalization has pushed out the small businesses, not just in the USA but dramatically in Europe with the European Union and its rigid rules that exclude the small entrepreneur. Pluto in Capricorn with Saturn in Libra in 2010 may actually trigger the commencement of some of these "break-up" changes that may conclude in 2020, (Pluto-Saturn in Capricorn). The initiative to break up "Ma Bell" started in 1974 with Saturn square Pluto and it formally went into effect in 1982 with the Saturn-Pluto conjunction.

ADDENDUM FROM MICHAEL LUTIN LECTURE: Marva Mason attended Michael Lutin's talk last Thursday night of the impending transit of Pluto through Capricorn. He discussed the fact that we are in a Pluto Return at the moment from the early days of the United States becoming a country. There was revolt at that time against France, and then against England as we struggled for a democratic state, and against heavy taxation. He brought attention to the fact that the French and English governments that our forefathers broke away from resented the restlessness much like a parent has difficulty with a teenager breaking away from the rules of the home.

In response to the presidential elections coming up in 2008, whoever takes that position will inherit the problems existing now and must be able to deal with the rebellion against all the new security issues. It was interesting that he talked about security at the airports on his trip to Texas and how people have begun to accept taking off their shoes at the airport going through security, and all the items which are now forbidden, and how next we will see more invasive security measures. On the following morning, on the internet and newspapers was the announcement of the Phoenix airport introducing full body xrays for people who don't pass the initial security scanning.

Michael discussed that the transit of Pluto through Capricorn is going to bring about a rebirth of our nation, government, monetary systems as we currently know it. He talked a bit about Pluto going through Scorpio, bringing about an awareness of AIDS and a sexual revolution, and Pluto through Sagittarius bring an awareness of religion, philosophy, belief systems.

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