February 4, 20113 Comments

“Astrology for the Astrologically Challenged,” By Deborah Smith Parker

In astrology the planet Pluto works at a global level. His intent isn’t to kill us individually although it can sure feel like it—and at times we wish he would. Instead he reveals what is killing us, specifically through collective thought and action. He specifically exposes the malignant and destructive concentrations of power relative to the sign he is in and then provides opportunities to clean the whole mess up.

Pluto locks everyone in a long slow roll tumbling us over and over so we can’t escape experiencing just how bad things have become. His work starts out real messy and always involves massive body counts—usually more figurative than literal, although there are exceptions which I’ll detail in future posts.

In 2008 Pluto entered Capricorn, the sign ruling corporations, business environments, governments, authority in general and the patriarchy. So what has happened since then? Oh, not much—just the collapse of the housing bubble, the exposure of unprecedented, unregulated greed and scandal by banks and their Wall Street partners, and both the reluctance and impotence of our government to effectively deal with the resulting precipitous economic crash we will be struggling with for many years.

Pluto has 14 more years in Capricorn so he’s just getting started. Pretty big stuff for such a little guy demoted from his planetary status by astronomers. Well, they didn’t consult with us astrologers.

We can clearly see Pluto’s work not just in the U.S. but across the globe. But this country was founded with Pluto in Capricorn so we’re getting a big hit. What’s going to happen in the U.S. during his remaining time in that sign?

In astrology you look forward while also looking backward. Pluto’s orbit is 248 years and this is his first return to that sign since then. A planet’s “return” to its original position in an astrological chart is a powerful time relative to that planet’s energies in that particular sign.

With Pluto what happens is:
• Everything that’s working well for the masses is strengthened and rewarded
• Everything that isn’t is pretty much torn up

By the time Pluto leaves Capricorn for good in 2024, he will leave in his wake in this country a very changed system of authority of governments and corporations. Remember, he starts out real messy. Everyone has a role. It takes a while for the messages of the brilliant prophets, the whack jobs, the defenders of status quo and the casualties of the struggle to sort out the issues to forge new ameliorative policies and power dynamics.

Our nation was founded in a revolution by a rag tag army to throw off the oppressive government of King George III. See any similarities between our issues with that regime and the political and economic climate we’re in today? Our current struggle just got a lot closer to home—closer than hands and feet, as the ancient aphorism goes.

Pluto has lots of time and uses it. However, he doesn’t leave us bleeding in the streets forever. The way out is eventually revealed but it isn’t served up on the proverbial silver platter. We have to become involved to clean up the mess. And Pluto doesn’t just motivate us to do so, he drives us to do it.

In my next few posts I’m going to help you all become astrologers, examining Pluto’s astrological positions from the Great Depression to present times. We’ll see how each placement has contributed positively and negatively to today’s dilemmas and potential solutions.

Stay tuned.

(Deborah Smith Parker is the author of “Humanus Astrologicus” available on this site. To follow her on Twitter and Facebook click to the right of this post)

About author:

Deborah Smith Parker is re-writing the often impenetrable language of astrology into a much friendlier form. She has spent her 30 plus years as an astrological consultant, writer, teacher and lecturer freeing the rich astrological images and their descriptions increasingly buried under modern clinical and technological descriptions. Her additional work in public policy has provided many outlets for demonstrating her ability to break down highly complex systems into information that’s easily understood.

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  1. Arthyr says:

    Nice article, neat, concise and informative. . .
    your journalistic abilities are well placed
    and organized 🙂

  2. entropy says:

    most awesome insight. Thanks for the warning. 2024 is a long way away and I’m not a capricorn fan.

    and there’s not really a 13th “sign”? Thank god – i thought i had been relegated from my beloved gemini random flux to a taurus.

  3. Richard says:

    Pluto in Capricorn is equally transformational on a personal level. I was born with Sagittarius Ascendant, together with Mars in 1st House Capricorn and Venus in 1st House Aquarius (you couldn’t get signs much further apart, polarity-wise!).

    The previous 2 years have been transforming…painful…a time to ‘get real’ and know that the way I’d chosen before was based on satisfying others’ expectations of me. Pluto retrograde in my 1st House Capricorn is continuing to tear down, and rebuild, my persona.

    Sheesh, what a journey, and it ain’t over yet :{D

    Wonder what’s in store when Pluto exits Capricorn in 2024, and begins his journey through Aquarius?

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