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July 1, 20115 Comments

“Astrology for the Astrologically Challenged” by Deborah Smith Parker

This post gives the astrological explanation of why we no longer have “real” news! (First published 7/1/2011 and even truer today!)

To recap from Part I [Click here]: Sagittarius represents our need to connect with higher consciousness, to search for wisdom and meaning which is why this sign represents philosophy, education and religious thought. Sagittarius is on a quest, eager to share its bright dreams which are—key point here—free from the factual analysis demanded in the Virgo archetype.

Add Pluto to the mix and it brings a compulsive need to not just influence but to control the thoughts and beliefs of others, as many as possible. Sagittarius needs a broad reach. Pluto in Sagittarius doesn’t just want to convince, it needs to convert (a concept I wish I could take credit for but it belongs, I believe, to astrologer Jeff Green). It takes hostages but it never feels like that at first. That reality doesn’t begin to dawn until Pluto reaches Capricorn.

Pluto in Sagittarius provides fertile ground for people to begin to feel that current cultural, religious or national values have either eroded their foundations or in some ways have become alien to them. Its big tent–at first–makes people feel at last they’ve found a place they can search for socio-political or religious doctrines that make them feel more in control of their lives.

Make no mistake, with Pluto it’s always about being or feeling in control no matter how it may be rationalized as something else. Under these circumstances the search for control is often sought in spiritual or political salve. The fact that it might not be a well thought out doctrine is secondary. That can come later but it isn’t the most immediate need or outcome.

Remember:  Don’t fence me in predominates here–with the aim to set up better controls.

Like a pulpit pounding preacher Pluto in this sign provides an environment in which ideology concretizes into rigid dogma and is promulgated as the overriding belief everyone has to subscribe to. Woe to the person who disagrees. And it isn’t just one group doing it. Everyone gets into the act firing salvos at one another from their walled camps. So how could this happen?

 Sagittarius is also about writing and publishing on a large scale, the backbone of mass communications. Remember when there was actual news? Remember when those multitudes of independently owned and operated newspapers and TV stations reported pretty much the same stories—you know, facts—with lots of local coverage and the opinion pieces were clearly stated as opinion printed or reported as editorials or commentaries which was the fair thing to do?  And particularly these news venues committed significant resources to investigative reporting? Remember how credible “Uncle” Walter Cronkite seemed speaking through our TV screens to us in our homes?

Here’s what happened in the US when Pluto entered Sagittarius in 1996. Prior to that time government policy protected an independent media, but in 1996 policy changed. Media outlets could now be consolidated and—a big “and” here—could be owned by corporations. This is a perfect marriage in the USA chart since Sagittarius rules the 9th house and the USA chart has Pluto in Capricorn in that house: corporate and political behind the scenes control.

Like flood waters silently rising in the night we awoke to find that the independence of news became subject to the filters of corporate agendas which have rarely and especially not now been supportive of what is actually good for the average citizen.

Also in 1996, faux news took center stage. Blogging continued to replace reporting. It started with Fox News broadcasting its bias on a large scale, then other cable and Internet outlets followed suit with their own biases and intolerance of others’ views. News reporting, with few exceptions, was no longer fair or balanced. Reporting was thickly cloaked in ideology, damning all who disagreed. Facts morphed into opinions and it became quite difficult to see what really was going on. Furthermore, the “straight” networks like the Big 3, now corporate owned, were limited in reporting news that put their owners in a bad light.

What has resulted is a lack of common ground on which ideas and possibilities can truly be discussed and debated by different ideological groups. Never did this appear more evident than following the 2008 elections when Pluto left Sagittarius and entered Capricorn which unveiled corporate power plays and their failures for the average citizen, which put them center stage. What was produced with Pluto in Sagittarius was a patchwork of multiple walled citadels of ideology, each trying to convince and convert with no means of exchanging ideas to move us forward.

We will not be able to move together and forward until corporations are dethroned from their extraordinary power and influence over public dialogue. This will be one of the functions of Pluto in Capricorn. Stay tuned.

(Deborah Smith Parker, astrologer and writer, is the author of “Humanus Astrologicus” and “The Horse that Haunts My Heart” available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle. To sign up to receive her blog or follow her on Twitter (@astro_logicus) 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. Jill Estensen says:

    I love that you’ve done your research. Your cyclic reviews need to be a required course in our schools! Imagine real information in the hands of the future! Excellent article Deborah.

  2. Margot E. says:

    Thanks, Deborah. You help to make sense out of what seems senseless. Looking forward to Pluto going into Capricorn.

  3. Wish you could have seen me driving my convertible in the Mendocino 4th of July Parade … with Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam sitting up on the back seat fending off big money attackers from all sides.

    Never had such a good time–I can help PLUTO!!!!!

  4. Sharon Hart says:

    Great analysis! However, it seems to me that America lost ground on ethical journalism when Edward R. Murrow was forced into virtual silence through the mid 1950’s to 1961 when he actually retired. Was Pluto in Sagittarius during that period?

    I’m anxious to learn about Pluto in Capricorn. Does it have influence over the passage of the Patriot Act and official efforts by the U.S. government to limit access to, conversation about, and general spread of the cables leaked by WikiLeaks to leading media organizations, or is that due to another transit?

    • Deborah Smith Parker says:

      Sharon, my most recent (7/7) post on Pluto in Capricorn starts off with the reminder that the power fulcrum in this nation IS government and corporations due to this placement in our nation’s chart. So we would always be vulnerable to power grabs like the Patriot Act–and if “we the people” didn’t fight it (we didn’t and still don’t) then nothing will change. Re: the period in history you talk about re: Murrow and his censorship, that was the time during the shift of Pluto leaving Leo (dethroning of McCarthy in which Murrow participated) and going into Virgo which, if you read my 2 Pluto in Virgo blogs (3/5 and 3/10) in which I describe the beginning of artful manipulative “cherry picking” becoming evident. And, of course, Pluto isn’t the only determinant–I didn’t go into the other planets and their aspects to each other which takes a far more detailed astrological analysis. In these posts I wanted to show the basic trends indicated by the placement of Pluto.

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