Pluto in Capricorn
Pluto the transformer is focused on large organisations, power bases and governmental structures as it moves through the sign of Capricorn….. In recent times we have seen dictators destroyed, governments fall, economies falter and we have until November 2024 before Pluto finally settles into Aquarius. (Won’t that be revolutionary times for technology?)
For the last couple of years Pluto aligned with Uranus ( the unpredictable bringer of sudden change) in what has proved to be difficult times for the world economy and for many individuals. (see Uranus update)
However for the full impact of Pluto moving through the sign of Capricorn please read on….
Merriman Market Analysis
Pluto, the God of the underworld who rules such mundane experiences as death, power, debt, and taxes, is now firmly ensconced in the domain of Capricorn, which is the realm of government, authority, boundaries of nations, and is signified by the psychological concepts of ambition, caution, resistance, responsibility, and an urge to make a clear distinction between right and wrong or good and evil. When these two principles interact with one another, it promises to be a very serious time. Pluto is a force that gathers like dark clouds prior to a severe storm. You can feel the electrical force building up in the atmosphere. You know the storm is coming. Inside of Capricorn, a cardinal sign, the storm finally strikes with all of its fury and force.
Depending on the degree of preparedness, there could be great damage and destruction, or just a very close call, which in the end results in very little damage and very great thankfulness. And even if there has been great damage, the rebuilding effort that follows may actually result in conditions or situations that are better than they were before the storm. The storm leads to healing and a stronger structure from which to go forward again.
Pluto’s orbit around the Sun is a very long 248-year cycle. Pluto represents the principle of reform, and Capricorn the principle of structure and boundaries. Structures and boundaries will likely be transformed in a radical way, and this will have extremely important relevance to investment decisions, and well as political and economic ramifications.
History of Pluto in Capricorn
If we look at a list of all the periods when Pluto transited through Capricorn in the past 2500 years we will see many other themes besides stock market turmoil and military status transformations.
1. March 7, 449 BC – December 3, 428 BC
2. March 29, 204 BC – December 27, 184 BC
3. January 1, 42 AD – December 7, 61 AD
4. January 16, 287 – November 24, 306
5. February 21, 532 – November 22, 551
6. January 2, 778 – December 1, 796
7. January 8, 1024 – December 20, 1041
8. December 31, 1269 – November 1, 1287
9. January 2, 1516 – December 21, 1532
10. January 7, 1762 – December 1, 1778
11. January 26, 2008 – November 19, 2024.
There are common themes that characterize many of these eras dating back to 449 BC.
Athens and Persia came to a peace settlement (known as The Peace of Callias). The years of Persian threat had ended. In economics, the themes are higher taxes resulting in class warfare, violent protests, and even revolutions against the government or those in power. But there are also many instances in which those taxes were used to advance human rights and construct important infrastructure needs for communities.
Claudius succeeded Caligula as Roman emperor. In AD 42 the first revolt against his rule took place. The attempt of rebellion was easily put down before it ever really got started. However it revealed that the instigators of the uprising had possessed connections with very influential nobility in Rome.
Immediately after the failed rebellion of AD 42, Claudius decided to distract any attention from such challenges to his authority by organizing a campaign to invade and conquer Britain. He also instituted judicial reforms, creating in particular legal safeguards for the weak and defenceless.
1516 – 1532
The Protestant Reformation was a reform movement in Europe that began in 1517, though its roots lie further back in time. The Reformation can be said to have begun in earnest on October 31, 1517, in Wittenberg, Saxony (in present-day Germany). There, Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the All Saints’ Church, which served as a notice board for university-related announcements. These were points for debate that criticized the Church and the Pope. The most controversial points centered on the practice of selling indulgences and the Church’s policy on purgatory. Other reformers, such as Ulrich Zwingli, soon followed Luther’s lead.
The Social Contract (Du Contrat Social) by Jean Jacques Rousseau expresses antimonarchist views that aroused such passions that Rousseau took refuge in Switzerland to escape prosecution. “Man is born free yet everywhere is in chains”; “The body politic, like the human body, begins to die from its birth and bears in itself the causes of its destruction.”
In 1763 -
The British pay taxes at higher rates than any other Europeans and have received little tax support from their colonists. They begin to take a harder line with the colonists. The revolutionary era began in 1763, when the French military threat to British North American colonies ended. Adopting the policy that the colonies should pay an increased proportion of the costs associated with keeping them in the Empire, Britain imposed a series of taxes followed by other laws intended to demonstrate British authority that proved extremely unpopular. Because the colonies lacked elected representation in the governing British Parliament many colonists considered the laws to be illegitimate and a violation of their rights as Englishmen. The American Revolution followed the sugar tax imposed by Britain.
Historian Theodore Draper wrote:
“If there was a year of decision, it was 1764. The way had been prepared the year before with the official end of the Seven Year’s War and the promulgation of the first measures which the colonies considered hostile to their interests. But it was in 1764 that the colonies began to find their ideology of resistance and to rally their forces”.
The Rothschild banking empire had its beginnings in a coin and antique dealership opened at Frankfurt-am-Main by local entrepreneur Meyer (or Mayer) Amschel Rothschild, 21, whose father, Moses Amschel Bauer, was an itinerant money lender.
The Boston Massacre was the spark that ignited the American War of Independence. Meanwhile Captain James Cook was busily ‘discovering’ and claiming Australia, The Great Southern Land, for the British Crown, while ignoring the presence of the indigenous inhabitants. Both events triggered great transformation.
So please do not be deceived by a bunch of arrogant astronomers downgrading the status of Pluto to a dwarf planet a few years ago. This planet, though small in size, still exerts a very powerful force in our lives. Astrology relates to archetypes and I for one, would not wish to get on the wrong side of the god of the underworld!