“I’ll never give up, for I may have a streak of luck before I die.” Thomas Edison, American Inventor
Living with a first-time experience of a Pluto in Capricorn transit is definitely not a picnic. We Americans are
finding out how sobering it can be. When America was born in 1776 the planet Pluto was in Capricorn. It takes about 240-250 years for it to return to its starting point. So, here we are back again taking a look at how we have done since we began in 1776 and forcing us to deconstruct and create anew. It is painful, it is exhausting and it is relentless. It started in 2008 (remember the financial crash and its aftermath) and it won’t let go until 2024. Although it affects the entire world, it is particularly zeroed in on the United States due to the planetary alignment at the moment of our beginning. We are now in the royal cross hairs of the sniper.
It’s been awhile since I updated anything on this transit but we have reached the half-way point so let’s take a look at some of the issues that won’t let go. Immigration, the upgraded war on immigration and the scapegoating of immigrants as the cause of our problems. Infrastructure, the upgraded war on the infrastructure and the lack of serious thought as to how to direct resources to solve the problems. Renewable energy. We are in a death struggle to not turn back from the progress we have made. Women’s bodies and people’s sex lives as we listen to righteous old men debate, holler and condemn people’s sex lives and woman’s concerns. Good health care as we watch the same righteous men pass legislation that condemns people to less health care. Political corruption with a new president who uses his office as a fabulous bump to profit all his businesses and keep the family members involved and engaged in ongoing marketing and promotions. Political corruption continuing throughout all systems, local, state and federal. It goes on and on but that is what a Pluto transit does. It reveals and exposes and then it does it some more. It is almost as if the bowels of the earth have been uncovered. More is coming.
You can expect more government secrets and scandals to come out. Corporate “person-hood” will be increased as Capricorn deals with authority, government and the corporation. They stay in bed together throughout this period so you will see what they are doing and what we have created. The more you try to be free during this period, the more gripping is the hold. You can expect to see many government secrets. It will become increasingly clear that change will have to be made but it won’t be made for awhile. We have to get closer to the actual eye of the storm which occurs in about 2022. In the meantime we can expect great and incredible tension. We are being tested in the integrity of our leadership. Who are we? Do we want to keep doing what we are doing? Can we do this in a better way?
You can expect that the years leading up to the important election of 2020 will be intense. The next presidential election will be particularly nasty. It will somehow be the struggle for the identity of our leadership in the world. Starting in December of 2017, the planet Saturn, the sign of contraction, limits, practicality and karma also enters the sign of Capricorn. Once this begins, and it stays there for three years, the focus is not on growth but on taking care of what you have and knowing your limits. All of us will become more practical and dealing with essentials. It is a down-to-earth time. It is a very good time to invest in the essentials of life (and I have mentioned this before), food production, clean water, the electricity grid and thinking local businesses. You will see even more exposure of waste and corruption by those in power.
If you think that America is more enlightened than the rest of the world or at least certain parts of the world, think again. As recently as today’s Wall St. Journal, we have ongoing protests over the idea that we have evolved as a species versus creationism–or that God created it all in 6 days. Currently, the Tennessee Pastors Network and another protest group are planning to hold a rally on July 1st protesting the unveiling of a bronze statue of Clarence Darrow in Dayton, Tennessee. The statue will be placed outside the Rhea County Courthouse where the original Scope’s trial took place back in 1925. In this famous case Darrow defended high-school teacher John T. Scopes against the state of Tennessee over whether evolution could be taught in public schools. The trial drew thousands and pitted two of the nation’s best orators in an “epic contest between evolution and biblical creationism.” The statue will join one of Darrow’s opposing counsel, William Jennings Bryan, on the lawn in front of the courthouse. Zenos Frudakis, the sculptor, thought that Darrow should also be out on the front lawn where the William Jennings Bryan statue stood alone for many years. Mr. Frudakis hopes that he is not tarred and feathered when he attends the unveiling.
How about the latest in New Orleans where they are trying to remove a few statues that represent slavery and place them in a museum rather than out on a public street. Those who removed the first statue had to do it late at night, wear masks and bullet-proof vests as well as have police protection.
The pushback against teaching only evolution in school has gained traction. Here are some gems from the Wall St. Journal, May 9, 2017: “Texas in February ended requirements that high-school biology teachers have their students consider ‘all sides’ of scientific theory. Oklahoma lawmakers want to allow teachers to help students critique ‘the scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories.’ Critics say it is an effort by creationists to undermine evolution.
Here is the biggy “A national Gallup poll from 2014 found 42% of 1,028 adults surveyed thought God created humans in their present form and evolution was wrong; 31% accepted evolution but thought it was directed by God; and just 19% accepted evolution and thought God wasn’t involved.” Cameron McWhirter, Wall St Journal, May 9, 2017.
The beat goes on throughout this Pluto return. The good part of it all is the necessity of it all. We need to get back to the purpose and guidance of this country and Pluto is forcing us to go there. Sometimes it just has to get so ridiculous that going in the true direction is the only course to take. America is on the move again. Almost 600,000 Americans moved to the South and West from the East Coast and the Midwest in 2016. That is the most since 2005. Kenneth Johnson, a public policy professor at the University of New Hampshire says that the recent great recession froze people in place. It is now thawing out. Aging baby boomers delayed retirement when house and stock prices plunged. Now that home values have improved along with stock prices, they are moving and they are moving to the South and West. You can expect more opening up of certain parts of the country as they are invaded by outsiders.
Fortunately, the sky can’t fall but we can have rising waters and we are. One way Mother Earth gets rid of her drones (people who keep reincarnating here and wasting their opportunity to grow) is by salt water. Nothing like a plunge in a salt bath and a good soak for several thousands of years to clear up any infections.
That’s a discussion for another day. Of course, each of us has individual blueprints and charts that help us get through challenging periods of astrological times. We need to start paying attention to how this big transit will effect us personally over the next few years. Lectures and workshops on practical living will rise in popularity. Here at home, we cut out the cable and all those services and now just use streaming. We definitely stopped buying many things because they really weren’t necessary. We have substituted and we are not suffering. America will have to start thinking about “saving” regularly. In the meantime, get active and help protect America from the lunatic fringe groups that want to turn the clock back and isolate her.