Saturn Conjunct Pluto In Capricorn: Fear & Loathing

Only this isn’t confined to Las Vegas!  No, no, no; it’s infected our educational systems, our institutions, our governments, our leadership, our corporations.  There’s a gradual systemic rot that has taken a firm hold and degraded the (structural?) integrity of all the above and more.  I’ve been writing about the effects of the upcoming conjunction between Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn – which perfects in January 2020 – for about a good year and a half now, and there’s a reason.  This astrological event evinces grim and ugly realities that tend to inspire a certain degree of fear and loathing; hence the title of this post.

Now perhaps you are reading this and thinking those are pretty strong words for me to use as descriptors, but this cosmic combination is at bare minimum primarily an energy of discomfort and aversion; both collectively and in our individual lives.  How each of us are impacted by this event varies based upon where this combination perfects/what celestial bodies this duo might be touching in our own personal astrological charts, but the bottom line is we’ll need insightful management of this energy and likely to execute some kind of renewal plan as well.  Addressing structural rot – where we’ve built something up upon shoddy framing or let something fall into disrepair due lack of maintenance – is absolutely crucial ahead of this conjunction’s peak if we don’t want the whole thing to collapse in on us.

To put this in larger context, think about things like the undermining of democracy; the entire framework that supports the foundations our government.  Or the way Patriarchy supports and protects sexual predators by rewarding them with positions of authority (Donald Trump and Brett Kavanaugh, I’m looking directly at you) – remember The Good Old Days when even a whiff of this kind of filth would finish your career/reputation forever?  Not so nowadays; apparently it just cements your status as part of The Boys Club. 🙄😒  Remember way back in the Dinosaur Era when corporations – and especially insurance companies – didn’t rule the world and line the pockets of our elected officials? How about recalling the quaint age when the safety of the classroom was sacrosanct?  Times sure have changed, and certainly not for the better in these respects.  There is a major need to scrap and rebuild with this energy, but this is particularly difficult because most of us would rather keep trying to cobble something non-functional together for the sake of maintaining a sense of normalcy than deal with the ugly reality that what we really need to do is put on our Big Kid Pants, swallow hard, and write something off as a loss.  It takes maturity and wisdom to do the latter, but the compulsion to maintain even a defunct status quo is quite powerful when it seems even harder to grapple with a reality that fundamentally threatens to undermine our sense of security/safety/certainty/order.

How’s that really working for us, though?  Unless and until we acknowledge something as broken, how can we possibly work to restore it?  This post is an invitation to hold space for that which may be fractured in our individual and collective lives with a spirit of renewal; in full acknowledgement that we will likely have to labor to strip things back/tear them down before we can build back up.  Here are some ideas for where this fear and loathing might pop up and where the energy of challenge to renew might be best directed based on the area(s) of our chart being impacted by this conjunction.  You will need a basic understanding of astrology for this exercise to see where 23 degrees of Capricorn falls in your chart, but even with no astrological knowledge at all if you just pay very close attention to the things that give you both apprehension and a strong sense of disgust, you’ll likely be able to ID the areas to work on from the list below.  Note these are only some *possible* expressions of this conjunction’s energy; nothing is written in stone but is instead meant to provide flavor text.

1st House: Self-loathing.  Learning about Shadow aspects of our personality.  Misanthropy.  Experiencing a fear of/revulsion to aging/the degradation of our physical bodies or appearance.  The challenge: Psychologically coming to terms with the natural aging process and normal state of gradual physical decline while working to support our bodies as best we can through the Waning Crescent crone/sage phase of life.  Acceptance of the reality that we all have Shadow material to work on and doing our best to manage the facets of our Lower Self that we’re afraid to look at and take responsibility for.  Realizing that our negative experiences in life do not have to be permitted space to infect the rest of our Reality; containing the Darkness so it isn’t allowed to taint our views of life/the world.

2nd House: An aversion to the risk inherent in spending our own money coupled with the compulsion to spend others’ money instead (i.e. taking on debt). An inclination toward hoard/purge cycles with regard to physical possessions. Bad experiences/trauma – possibly of a sexual nature – that may have negated our sense of self-worth on a deep-seated level.  The challenge: Acknowledgement of the reality that “we can’t take it with us when we go”.  Reducing debt with the insight that it equates to voluntary financial enslavement to “owe” someone.  Fiscal empowerment through shrewd and solid longer-term investments that involve managed/minimal risk.  Engagement with a professional who can help us work on the root of any damaged sense of self-worth to renew our sense of value as a human being.

3rd House: An acute revulsion to our neighborhood, neighbors, siblings, and/or cousins; seeing the reality of their Dark Side.  Non-functional communication dynamics. Complex thought processes arising from a problem-solving place that can actually create impediments to effective dialog.  Obsessive thinking that isn’t solution-focused and that may threaten to suck us into the undertow of negativity. The challenge: Being aware of any degradation occurring in our ‘hood and either working to renew or limiting our liability in removing ourselves from a problem environment.  Forming a neighborhood watch.  Accepting only our part in any communication breakdown with siblings, neighbors, or kin and erecting appropriate psychological boundaries for protection, if need be.  Deconstructing what isn’t working for us with regard to our thought processes or communication dynamics and simplifying; overhauling and getting back to basics.

4th House: Strong emotions dredged up regarding our family-of-origin or homeland; especially if this entails disgust or contempt.  Bad memories haunting us.  Uncovering actual rot in our physical residence; possibly that affects the framing or foundation.  Pests like termites or carpenter ants seriously damaging the structure of our home, or an old faulty septic system backing up and giving us problems.  Unearthing old family secrets that may be a source of shame, such as finding slave owners or Nazis in our lineage.  The challenge: Breaking away from the “familiar-yet-f***ed up” and realizing that discomfort serves a purpose in telling us when it’s time to move on/away.  Finding the strength to settle in a locale that’s an energetic safe space rather than stay stuck rotting in place.  Leaving the Past behind and resolving any deep trauma in our history via the therapeutic process.  Undertaking serious home renovations.   Professional pest management/repellent solutions.  Transmuting any negative family karma by making reparations when/where possible while resolving to put a stop to ingrained cycles of dysfunction.

5th House: An aversion to the (pro-?)creative process; possibly due old and unresolved trauma.  Being horrified by children or seeing them as “bad”/“monsters”.  Negative experiences with stalker-y (older?) suitors.  The compulsion to either repress the sexual identity entirely or engage it without heart.  The challenge: To overcome any psychological hurdles that prevent us from recognizing ourselves as creative beings.  Addressing the root of any distaste we experience regarding children and resolving it within ourselves.  Looking at kids as energetic imprints of their parental influence if/when we have issues with their behavior; no child is “bad” and difficult behaviors are either learned or the result of psychological coping mechanisms for difficulties at home.  Becoming a surrogate guardian (in any sense) for a kid in need, or even an actual foster parent. Taking extra precautions when dating to quality-screen potential lovers.  Working on any repression we may be experiencing regarding our sexual identity via engagement with the therapeutic process. Realizing that sex is a poor substitute for real intimacy and addressing any subconscious dislike we may have for going deeper than just our skin.

6th House: Caginess about health matters and/or a revulsion regarding doctors and medical settings.   The potential of steadily deteriorating health; possibly the consequence of vices/bad habits, and frequently something we’re too afraid to address/get real about.  Toxic – literally or figuratively – workplaces.  Co-workers or employees that work to undermine us; possibly resulting from envy over our successes or status.  The challenge:  Utilizing the power of Preventative Medicine.  Dealing with the reality of any physical dis-ease.  Arresting any potentially progressive (hereditary?) condition in its tracks.  Working with heavy-hitter (specialist?) doctors/healers.  De-stigmatizing our attitude toward the state of our health; especially if it’s something that involves our psychological wellbeing.  Reducing or eliminating the things we know are bad for our health.  Managing/mitigating our risk of any inherited genetic conditions though proper diet, exercise, and lifestyle.  Screening our workplaces for literal or figurative “pollutants” – whether that’s noxious substances or people – and limiting exposure.

7th House: The potential for hesitancy and eschewal of committed partnerships; likely resulting from old and unresolved trauma (“It’s safer to just be alone”).  Or, engagement in intense relationship experiences that teach us some serious Life Lessons. Power/control dynamics within partnerships.  Learning from the Shadow material that arises in committed unions.  The challenge: Not closing ourselves off to others by challenging ourselves to safely engage in deeper intimacy.  Having healthy psychological boundaries between ourselves and our partner; boundaries that are rooted in a foundation of deep respect.  Taking responsibility for our own Shadow in a relationship and knowing from experience exactly where to draw the line between our “stuff” and our partner’s “stuff”.  Drawing on the wisdom of age to help us make empowering choices in regards to partnering where we may have previously struggled in the past.  Uncovering hidden programming/conditioning in partnerships and breaking it down via the therapeutic process; hitting Ctrl+Alt+Delete and wiping the slate of any defunct operating scripts that don’t support a healthy union.  Shunning turbulent connections in favor of mature, self-aware partnerships.

8th House:  The potential for serious phobias regarding things like death, taxes, and even intimacy. An aversion to merging with others sexually or in a financial context.  Distaste for dealing with estate matters; from things like living wills, to establishing legal protection in “worst-case” scenarios, to potentially rejecting an inheritance or legacy that comes with serious (messy/complicated) baggage or even responsibility (such as inheriting a parent’s business).  Restricted access to others’ resources, which may include difficulty securing loans.  The possibility of lessons surrounding the burden of (mandatory?) debt. The challenge: Sober and practical acceptance of life’s inevitabilities; unpleasant as they may be.  Having a plan in a crisis; emergency preparedness that helps us to stay level-headed when the proverbial crap hits the fan.  Working on intimacy by stripping back defenses and using this as a trust-building tool that solidifies alliances.  Limiting our liability concerning others’ financial status while also being willing to “put skin in the game” on low-risk investments (literal or metaphorical) that stand to build in value over time; good karma can result from “buying in” low and supporting/sponsoring someone learning to stand on their own – prudent screening advised as a precaution, of course. Having a carefully calculated debt repayment plan laid out if/when attempting to secure funding on our own.  Working our credit like a boss rather than letting a (negative) credit rating work us over. Not taking on more debt than is realistically necessary; clearly delineating a “want” from an actual bare necessity. Caution surrounding any “obligatory” debt we may be tempted to accept on the behalf of others because it’s accepted as “the norm” even though we truly might not be able to afford it (ex: paying for our daughter’s wedding, or financially supporting a parent in their retirement).

9th House: Abhorrence of topics that revolve around religion or politics, or experiencing views that contrast with our own re: these subjects as totally repugnant.  Fear of travel or airplanes; a subconscious sense of impending disaster regarding either that isn’t easily abated. The possibility of an education that puts us in serious debt. Staunch support of rigid, outdated, or even totalitarian philosophies. The challenge:  Working through any resistance toward passionate engagement regarding serious moral, political, religious, or cultural issues.  Breaking down for others what we perceive as a messed up dogma or way of seeing things with enough wisdom and restraint that we’re respected for our insights regardless of differences in opinion. Realizing that an aversion to travel can prevent us from having powerful, transformative, life-changing experiences while striving to take sensible precautions to avert danger abroad (i.e. avoiding a stay at the budget hotel on the wrong side of town). Considering the utility of any higher education we’re compelled to pursue before sinking ourselves into student loan debt; do we have a guaranteed return-on-investment, or are we merely following a conventional but defunct status quo that might not actually work for *us*? Deconstructing the parental model for our beliefs and worldviews; something infectious may have been planted deep within and yielded a malignant bloom – nip it in the bud.

10th House: A potential obsession with building/maintaining *an image*.  Possible antipathy toward “authority figures”, whether this is a parent, teacher, boss, law enforcement representative, or elected government official; likely due to the strongly negative influence of a similar figure in our history.  Controlling and/or sleazy mentors. Experiencing an intense pull toward a career path with power/authority. Ruthless ambition; achievement of high position(s) but the propensity to also fall into disregard.  Destroying and rebuilding one’s career/reputation/business/“brand”.  The challenge: Deconstructing what psychological fears might be compelling a fixation with image and social standing.  Not giving our power away to authority figures though either subservience or being “triggered” by their influence into reacting negatively.  Resolving any trauma surrounding parents, bosses, or teachers who may have made a strongly negative impression upon us.  Building or maintaining solid and empowering boundaries with mentors to prevent potential violations of propriety/ethics; respecting the fact that there is a power differential inherent in any student/teacher relationship which can be dangerous to both parties if/when lines are crossed.  Checking our motivations professionally; asking ourselves whether we seek to use power for selfish ends or are humbly compelled to bear the burdens of authority to protect and serve those under our wing.  Being in authentic energetic alignment with our Mission/Purpose on core level and using a deep-seated sense of integrity as the foundational cornerstone for our career/reputation/business/“brand”.

11th House: The possibility of a strong dislike/distrust of groups, clubs, and/or associations. Potential difficulty regarding dysfunctional social networks/”community”.  An inclination toward bad experiences within the group dynamic and/or a tendency to suffer the consequences from “falling in with the wrong crowd”.  Age or elder figures corrupting/tainting our aspirations and ideals.  The challenge: Regular quality-screening of our social spheres for problem elements and not fearing to purge when/where necessary.  Transforming negative social experiences by working to restore/rebuild our trust in humanity.  Limiting liability regarding our risk of being left holding the bag for our friends’ character flaws.  Steering clear of power/control dynamics where the hive mind is permitted to hold sway. Realizing when/where age or elders have polluted our social ideals, possibly twisting them with cynicism, bitterness, or hate; working to rectify this and transform lead into gold.

12th House:  The inclination to have an aversion to Surrender/“giving it up to god”.  Possibility of holding hoary grudges against Divinity for times we’ve been let down; where we strongly feel god didn’t “come through” for us in moments of severe crisis.  The potential for a serious obsession with “psychic” phenomena. Possible unconscious compulsion toward self-sabotage, or to experience hardship via addiction to vices.  Ancient and secret trauma – perhaps regarding a parent – that’s difficult for us to resolve because it is scary-powerful; it may be locked away in the psyche and forgotten about but manages to drive subconscious behavior nonetheless.  The potential for a rigid fixation with illness; possibly manifesting as intense phobias of being “contaminated” or “infected”. Nightmares that seem all too real.  The challenge: Working to overcome any subconscious need for control. Transmuting resentment into forgiveness when it comes to our spirituality and the challenges we’ve endured in life.  Realizing that crisis and hardship serve complex spiritual purposes that we have limited insight into during this mortal incarnation.  Relegating our submersion into the “psychic” realms to fixed/finite periods and practicing self-regulation so we’re not obsessed with being “read” by intuitives, mediums, etc.  Purging any compulsive cycles of self-undoing via working with a professional trained in the therapeutic arena.  Unlocking our psyche with the power of relaxation, meditation, and dreams that we use as tools to help us access our subconscious.  Realizing that illness isn’t confined to just the physical plane and may actually be rooted in the psychological and/or spiritual realms, where we must also do prevention/extraction work (with proper supervision from one trained in this area, of course). Learning the symbolism of our dreams and working with them to deconstruct what it is our bad dreams stem from.

10/27/2018

Mars In Capricorn Conjunct Pluto

We have a simmering – or perhaps festering, depending on your view – astrological event on our hands as the biennial conjunction of Mars with Pluto in Capricorn occurs this week (exact Thursday, 4/26/18).  While this can be a “Darth Vader meets Office Space” kind of deal that requires careful energy management, more generally I will say at this time that it is particularly prudent to use the absolute minimum amount of (restrained) force required for any situation.  This is not a vibe where we want to wind up in an “overkill” scenario where we’re metaphorically bringing a gun to a fistfight, because this particular energetic combination tends to bring out repressed violence within the psyche.  It is therefore crucial to be nuclear conscious of how we choose to confront/engage situations or people this week to prevent any potentially (self?)destructive actions that would be irrevocable – think about this if tempted to take lethal aim at someone’s jugular, because the (astrological or other) triggers are there and it’s entirely possible to be baited into making a bad move that would be very hard to come back from.

This is, however, excellent energy for conquering any hoary old demons within that seem to be resurgent now – especially via the therapeutic process.  With Mars exalted, there’s the ability to tame the animal nature and transmute it into mature, wise, and potent insight.  It’s difficult to do that, though, if we allow ourselves to be drawn off mission via the rising ire stoked by haters, trolls, leeches, and other generally crap human beings who prey off negativity.  Don’t engage them at their level, but play it out a few chess moves to realize it’s ultimately not productive to lower yourself to go into battle when it’s energy that would be better spent on leveling yourself up instead.  So the takeaway is: Manage all conflicts or irritants at an appropriate degree and realize that not everything is a Boss Battle – expend that energy powering yourself up rather than taking others down to save it for when it’s *really* warranted.  Reactivity ultimately tends to be disempowering at this juncture; control your demons rather than allowing *them* to control *you*!

Addendum: Do also be careful when using sharp objects this week – especially if handling anything rusty.  To me this energy has the feel of not only the potential for grave injury, but the possibility of picking up some kind of serious pathogen (like Tetanus) that could lead to an infection.  Care regarding things like needle sticks and the proper disposal of hypodermics can also prevent bloodborne pathogens from infiltrating.

04/24/2018

Saturn Conjunct Pluto In Capricorn: Beware Of Toxic Teachings

With Saturn now in Capricorn and gradually working its way toward a conjunction with Pluto in 2020, it’s becoming more important than ever to guard ourselves against “toxic teachings”. Though we have some time before this conjunction perfects, it’s definitely something we want to prepare for well in advance and the longer we give ourselves, the stronger the buffer. I’m putting out this caution now because Pluto’s energy tends to corrupt things gradually in Capricorn; it’s never an overnight process and with Saturn playing the role of Cosmic Teacher we do have to be very careful that any educations instilled in us aren’t twisted. This ranges from ancient lessons imparted by parents or mentors that were perhaps rather messed up, to rigid programming drilled into us by our leaders, or any kind of teaching implanted in us by anyone that we consider an “authority” – this includes spiritual and occult “leaders” as well.

It is this last item I want to discuss in particular, because it can be very dangerous when a toxic teaching takes root in our psyche or soul and metaphysicians work on these levels almost exclusively. Spiritual and occult leaders are often granted a form of absolute power due to the intense loyalty of their followers; nobody stops to question their authority, and those that do are often gagged and shunned. But as we’ve seen time and time again with every fall from grace since antiquity, being wise, perceptive, and in a position of prominence does not make one exempt from serious moral failings and character defects – it does not render one immune to criticism, nor let them off the hook from facing the consequences arising from any abuse of power.

When it comes to the psyche and the soul, we have to be more watchful than ever about substituting someone else’s authority for our own internal sense of authority. This is not an area where we should ever allow someone to usurp our power from us because dysfunctional constructs, programming, and conditioning can take root and bear poison fruit if we’re not careful; particularly as we get closer to the conjunction of Saturn with Pluto in Capricorn. We need to be particularly cautious regarding what we’re letting our teachers and leaders sow inside of us now – this especially applies to any toxic teachings regarding how we “create our own reality” , which may then used to mask forms of abuse. We need to watch out for any kind of teaching that could potentially infect us with Surrogate Responsibility Syndrome™; a condition where we psychologically take on responsibility/blame for something that frankly doesn’t belong to us and never did.

This is where certain New Age precepts can actually become dangerous – in reality, IMO it is a covert form of control fetish to buy into the false teaching that everything in life is completely within our influence and we’re 100% responsible for every (negative) circumstance in it, as in “I attracted the lesson”. Sometimes we do through poor choices and lack of good judgement, yes, but other times it has absolutely nothing to do with us at all – if bad things sometimes happen to good people (like pediatric cancer to an innocent child) or good things happen to bad people (Trump becoming president), we’re a bit out of line for thinking that we’re responsible for *everything*. We have no business trucking with this kind of control freakery when it actually has the potential to be very damaging – for example, toxic teachings that imply we’re somehow responsible for being raped or for being abused by our parents. This is an undercover form of Stockholm Syndrome – instead of placing the blame where it belongs (i.e. squarely on the shoulders of the abuser), we internalize this burden and make it about *us*.

On a psychological level, it’s understandable that one might subconsciously do this as a self-protective measure; convince themselves the circumstance was somehow within their control. But at the end of the day this is how we enable abuse to continue; by not holding it accountable – this is how we wind up with problems like teaching our girls how *not* to be raped instead of teaching our boys *not* to rape and it’s how we wind up with things like rape apologists. To put a stop to this corruption, we need to hold abusers accountable and stop manipulating our psyches with the covert power trip that we “create our own reality” and that everything is within our ability to control – it’s not. Get off the exit well before Saturn hits that conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn, because otherwise it’s a dead-end.

02/26/2018

Saturn Conjunct Pluto In Capricorn, Lyrically

“We’re building it up
To break it back down
We’re building it up
To burn it down
We can’t wait
To burn it to the ground”

                                                – “Burn It Down” by Linkin Park

The above lyrics so perfectly encapsulate the upcoming conjunction between Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn!  Though we’re a couple of years away from this significant astrological alignment (which occurs on January 12, 2020), this is something we’re going to want advanced notice of for a number of reasons. For the purposes of this post, for now I’ll just say that it be becomes VERY important to be careful of what we’re building up in our lives and how we’re going about accomplishing this during the time period leading up to this conjunction.  Whatever it is, we have to be nuclear conscious that it’s firmly rooted in integrity or a lesson may come in the form of it being razed to the ground. Prep for this now, because if there is a goal you could see yourself committing significant amounts of time and energy into for the foreseeable future (and many will be with Saturn soon moving into Capricorn on December 19), this conjunction may prove a crucial make-or-break point.  Our basic energetic framework has to be rock solid, because if it isn’t we may well discover a fatal structural flaw at this time; a rot that goes down to the very bones of the thing and acts like a cancer.  I do get the feeling of a potential “Sisyphean Task” with this conjunction – for those not familiar with the mythos, Sisyphus was the ancient king of Corinth; an evil man with a horrid totalitarian streak and also a cunning liar who fancied himself more clever than Zeus.  His wicked ways eventually caught up with him and the Olympian gods sentenced him in death to forever roll a boulder up a steep hill in Hades, and just before the boulder would reach the top it would roll back down again.

The myth is applicable to the potent conjunction of Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn for a number of reasons; the first being that if he hadn’t been such a lying, thieving, rotten scoundrel who had managed to give himself such a bad reputation as to rouse the ire of the gods then perhaps this whole outcome could have been completely avoided.  So the first takeaway is how important integrity is; how there is no substitute for making sure we’re building upon the right energetic underpinnings in word & deed. Ethically funky conduct WILL come back to bite us during this conjunction; particularly if/when it stems from repressing shadow aspects of the Self. Getting real about where we have internal work to do – especially as it pertains to ambition and our drive for success – and checking ourselves BEFORE moving forward with the plan can help us turn those character defects from liabilities into core competencies.  Think of it as an anchor that will help us to avoid the potentially unpleasant side effects of this energy.

Secondly, as illustrated perfectly in the lyrics above Saturn’s conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn has a build/scrap(/re-build?) theme that in and of itself seems rather Sisyphean.  I don’t mean to imply that it’s necessarily futile; rather in the context of there being an up/down cycle of construction/demolition along the vein of Newton’s Law of Universal Gravity that states “What goes up must come down”. This isn’t inherently a bad thing in itself; for example if we depersonalize it a bit we can see how the capacity of this energy to both build and destroy not only old outdated systems (like Patriarchy) but it could also be helpful for constructing more functional and sustainable models of government and business.  Pluto’s motto is “Let go or be dragged”, and if we’re clinging to corrupt non-functional status quos for the sake of “stability” or “normalcy” maybe it does have to reach a breaking point where it gets bad enough to be leveled as a means toward an end: renewal.  We may be very close to this point in the USA – America’s Pluto Return is in 2022, just two years after this conjunction.  What that said, taking it from the macro back down to the micro it’s important to understand that whatever we’re building in the next two years will be subject to this same Universal Law of Gravity cycle; if not directly then by virtue of the fact this conjunction has such deep geopolitical implications for the world at large that it will be difficult to avoid one way or the other.  This doesn’t mean “panic”, but what it does realistically mean is our plan/model should be built for resiliency and mustn’t be so rigid that it couldn’t withstand a restructure of some kind should the need arise in the future. And the important keynote will be having the wisdom to know when to execute that contingency plan, which is a crucial component of risk management.  Holding onto something with an iron grip while riding it off the rails is hardly a desirable outcome – prevent this by pumping the brakes before it gets to this point, even if it means taking a loss. Sometimes the “win” is just in surviving; calculating what is a recoverable loss vs. a total loss and pulling the plug before it all winds up going down the drain.

Third, there is some measure of wisdom in contemplating the nature of Sisyphean Task in the truest sense of the word regarding wastes of time/effort/energy.  Hearkening back to what I said a moment ago about differentiating between a recoverable loss vs. a total loss, there’s wisdom in knowing when to pull out of things that aren’t yielding sufficient and tangible ROI (Return On Investment) as this conjunction draws near.  If we think of the conjunction of Saturn with Pluto in Capricorn as representing the crucial test of a “make-or-break” point mentioned earlier, by the time this astrological alignment perfects in January 2020 if we’ve embarked on a project/mission/goal and have found ourselves sinking slowly into literal or energetic debt without substantial yields it may be time to fold.  It’s about consolidating any losses and taking them as a lesson learned rather than letting them bankrupt us.

11/19/2017

Some Pluto In Capricorn Cautions

“Long-term sustainability” is more than just some trendy catchphrase; it’s a concept we all need to be deeply considering during Pluto in Capricorn.  Why? Pluto represents the principle of destruction and when it inhabits the enduring sign of The Goat we do need to be very careful about things that degrade the long-term sustainability of something in our lives; particularly if it involves our career, professional field as a whole, status, or reputation and DOUBLY so if the cause of this potential ruin stems from any ethically funky conduct.

Capricorn likes to build things up, but Pluto razes them to the ground and there is a “deconstructed” feel to Pluto in Capricorn overall; especially when it comes to uncovering the basic framework or modeling that makes a current (business?) model of something unworkable in the long run.  It becomes increasingly important to consider how viable something is in its present form while being nuclear conscious of the way(s) in which the energy we’re putting into that particular venture is either going to enrich or undermine it.  And with Saturn soon entering Capricorn and approaching a conjunction with Pluto in the not-too-distant future (Jan 2020), ambitions can become intensified in such a way that we may lock onto the goal of ascending to the summit at all costs.  The very last thing we want to do ahead of this kind of astro is to build upon the wrong foundation, because to topple from that kind of height can be devastating at the least and perhaps even lethal in a worst-case scenario.

Obviously, averting this kind of outcome is highly advisable – to do this we must first consider WHAT we’re using our power for and HOW we’re using it (hint: ethically and responsibly are always pretty good places to start).  We must be mindful of the energy we’re directing toward our image/brand and take seriously any threats that stand to detract from our reputation.  Integrity – especially in a professional sense – is absolutely critical; it’s when we try to cheat and take shortcuts to success, compromise our standards for greed or because we’re terrified we “won’t make it” otherwise, and do not respect our limitations that we get into trouble.  This energy hits professionals of all stripes, but I do think it’s likely be harder on business owners, teachers, and law enforcement in general and we really must pause to consider how anything we do might reflect badly upon our profession as a whole.  Holding ourselves to the highest possible standard and considering the mark we’re leaving on the world (which hopefully doesn’t amount to a stain) is critical; under this energy it is better to ditch a career path or fold up a business if the alternative involves disgrace – the refusal to do something that damages self-respect is the most reliable litmus test for integrity, always.

If one is involved in the law enforcement field, this is a mighty important time to be examining any potential power and/or control complexes within that compel us to seek authority over others – get that shit sorted out NOW because the karmic retribution is likely to be terrible if/when our unexamined psychological baggage leads to a misuse/abuse of position.  Those who teach in any capacity must be prepared to make sure they are stringently qualified to specialize in the areas they plan to teach, because illegitimacy may be a real issue under this energy while also respecting the integrity of the fundamental foundations of these subjects – this is not a time to get all loosey-goosey and teach a corrupted version of something we’ve learned because this would amount to tainting the wisdom.  Distill it down into something more potent while staying true to the core teachings by all means, but do not veer toward irreverent disregard for the System (whatever that may be) or tried-and-true keystone(s) that have withstood the test of time.  It’s also a time to consider very careful WHAT tools you are giving to WHOM – for example, this would not be the time to put occult teachings in the wrong hands.  And be prepared to accept responsibility for what you’re passing down to students, for they are your legacy.  Supervise them to ensure the wisdom and tools you instill within are handled respectfully and responsibly so they prove a credit to the teachings, because under this energy it’s easier than normal – if this caution is not heeded – to wind up pumping out a student who not only reflects badly upon YOUR good name, but it also circles back to the earlier point I made about not degrading the long-term sustainability of one’s field as a whole by giving it a bad reputation (ex: a “quack” psychologist or one that is going into the field for the wrong reasons/has not worked through their own psychological baggage).  Business owners, on the other hand, may find themselves having to make some tough calls that affect the integrity and/or survivability of their biz/business model. Remember what I said before: It’s better to take a loss or fold a company than compromise our standards, credibility, or ethics under this vibe – in the long run, we are likely to be screwed far harder for doing so.

07/20/2017

Jupiter Square Pluto: Thundering Bass

We are heading into the second of three rounds involving Jupiter in Libra squaring Pluto in Capricorn. On March 30, 2017 this alignment perfects yet again, however its vibrations already permeate the air like deep, thunderous bass notes pulsing away in the background. When Jupiter and Pluto align there is potential for massive transformation; the problem being that we usually have to make our way through a whole lot of crap on this journey to Illumination. With Jupiter presently in Libra, major issues tend to involve the beliefs and points of view we have about the institution of partnership – under this square, any dysfunctional relationship paradigms tend to be exposed and the ugly Truth laid bare. This process isn’t pretty, but is *is* honest! If we are to totally overhaul our partnering philosophy for the better, even the most uncomfortable parts must be put under a magnifying glass.

On the personal level, one manifestation we may see regarding this energy is that it can tend to blow up any toxic, hoary old issues within relationships; particularly those that center on themes involving resentment, power trips, manipulation, or control “baggage” we might be harboring on a conscious or subconscious level. There can be a sense of a huge implosion regarding this energy; where a relationship hits some kind of “fix it or fuck it” crisis point that isn’t so much external as the result from internal pressure that has been building from within for some time. Relationships where the growth of both parties have become stifled – particularly by the stagnation bred of any orthodoxy that has us entrenched in some kind of defunct status quo – are the most at risk for things coming to a head during this square. By that statement, I mean the adherence to any kind of social convention that may have led us into territory we could broadly label as “stuck and fucked”. For example, people in long-term relationships often experience pressure to get married because culturally and religiously we are programmed to see this as “good”. This is a wonderful thing when we’re partnered with the right partner and for the right reasons – it can certainly be a blessing that increases the intimacy of that connection and vastly enriches both parties in a way that helps them grow together.

But what if we’re not partnered with the “right” person or psychologically didn’t come together for all the “right” reasons? What if there was coercion involved; say perhaps by an arranged marriage? Or what if marriage doesn’t actually serve to level up our relationship? And perhaps the most horrifying (but possibly relatable) thought of all: What if we are just killing time together; wasting time and opportunity because there’s “nothing better going on”? What if we have come to the unpleasant but honest realization that we have somehow “settled”?

Quite simply, people are apt to want more out of their relationships under this energy – especially with a now-retrograde Venus deposing of both Jupiter and Pluto. This can create enormous tension; tension that has huge potential to both create and destroy. As dire as this may sound, there is value in being honest with ourselves and others. And we must have faith in this transformational process…even when it takes us through messy, muddy terrain.

This is not the kind of astro where we see that things have slid into a long, slow, Pluto-in-Capricorn state of deterioration and then allow these relationship issues to blow up in a big way now; not if we value the union and are of the “fix it” camp, anyway – perhaps a relationship guru may be able to render some assistance through the therapeutic process. But if instead we are of the “fuck it” philosophy, then perhaps we trust this collapse will ultimately prove constructive and to be for the good of us both in the end. However, if there is a better way to end it I highly suggest doing so because things can get real ugly and real vindictive under these skies!

At the beginning of this post I brought up the potential trigger points of resentment, power trips, manipulation, and control as being particularly problematic during this square, making these themes important to be aware of within ourselves and specifically with respect to our partnerships now. I think it’s important to understand that many of the aforementioned dynamics have the same lowest common psychological denominator of suspicion and fear; possibly the result of broken trust where our faith in others was damaged or destroyed at some point in our personal history. In situations where we have lacked power in the past it can unfortunately be easy to overcompensate for this by claiming too much power in a partnership, which can result in said behaviors.

The only way to heal this, though, is to be open and honest about it; first to ourselves and then to others. What would it look like if – instead of becoming reactive and manifesting this energy pathologically – we looked at this under the lens of “I’m having trouble trusting right now because it’s triggering ______ issue”? What if we were able to see the Truth that a fear-based approach to claiming our power will poison even the best of unions? Trust is the foundation of all good partnerships – if we can’t trust someone enough to where we constantly try to wield leverage over one another and repeatedly find ourselves enmeshed in all kinds of power plays, it’s a sign that we need to take a giant step back from the relationship. Strip everything away and the root of *real* intimacy is trust, which is based upon the concept of there being vulnerability. If there is no risk, then there is no real reward – it’s that simple. How can we possibly have the whole relationship enchilada when we can’t even metaphorically take our clothes off in front of each other?

Further, with a retrograde Venus as dispositor of both Jupiter in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn this energy seems like it could have a “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” feel to it when growth, faith, and all that is good and holy within a union threatens to be choked off by the black tentacles of restrictive strangulation. This does generally seem to create an “open invitation” environment for some kind of intrusion to occur regardless of whether an affair is consciously or subconsciously sought out. Hush-hush types of opportunities can certainly be a hallmark of any Jupiter-Pluto alignment; especially when it’s something BIG being kept on the down-low. The problem is Jupiter will also tend to “out” these things, as this planet is pretty terrible when it comes to being secretive. But if one is truly hoping for the demise of a situation underneath it all, it certainly is a means to an end…literally. With Venus retrograde in Aries, we might not be brave enough to admit this is what we want. Or perhaps we are uncertain or confused about our true desires. Mind you, this should not be interpreted as justification, but it goes a long way in understanding true underpinning of the dynamics from all angles.

03/10/2017

Jupiter In Libra Square Pluto In Capricorn

Over the next few weeks a square approaches between Jupiter in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn, perfecting its influence on November 24, 2016.  This is only the first round; there is a second on March 30, 2017 & a final bout on August 4, 2017. The effects of this energy are broad, but one manifestation of it will be to slowly breakdown our relationship dogma over this roughly 8-month long period in order to make a lasting transformation to our partnering philosophy. This is a time to upgrade relationship consciousness for the better; particularly if there are any negative/dysfunctional (perhaps even old-school) relationship paradigms inherited from our parents.  Pluto’s influence is psychological and Jupiter concerns belief, so what we really need to be drilling down to and illuminating now are the philosophies and perspectives we may have subconsciously internalized regarding love and marriage. Is it possible that in some respect we might have things just a wee bit….twisted?  Have we normalized things that are actuallyheartpentagram kind of…well…fucked up, to be honest?  Please understand this is not a judgment; it simply means if there is some kind of archaic “demon” sabotaging our happiness in relationships – perhaps even a warped framework/role model à la Al & Peggy Bundy – then it is time to perform a banishing ritual/exorcism!

During this square partnerships where (individual or joint) growth has stagnated are particularly in jeopardy, for Jupiter’s is a restless type of energy and the name of the game is always mutual elevation when it is found in Libra. Unfortunately, Pluto’s influence can bog this down in a big way! This Plutonic vibe revolves around the theme of something degrading over time – for example, constant or long-term pressures created by career, responsibilities and/or carrying all the “weight”, the aging process, our parents, or even parenting may threaten to undermine the sanctity of a union and can have some of us feeling as if we are growing apart rather than together.  Psychologically, there may be a sense of outgrowing a relationship that we perceive as being from a dying era of our lives; perhaps one that has seemingly been frozen in time/stuck in slow-motion and is a big drain in some way.  Instead of throwing more energy in, we may come to the conclusion that we’d rather conserve it for someone who lifts our vibe and generally makes us happy.

On another level, relationship growth can also be undermined by fearful or defensive psyches.  Whenever we endure some kind of trauma or negative experience in life, we tend to build up psychological “scar tissue” and add on these thick protective layers, sometimes making the perimeter wall between ourselves and Others a bit extreme.  This can be magnified by the stressor of relationship, as even good ones can trip off a trigger and thus create an overblown/disproportionate reaction within us….perhaps in response to demands for greater intimacy.  In such cases, despite the unpleasantness of this we must get perspective to realize when the person/partnership is actually quite beneficial for us and then honestly address any baggage that may be sabotaging growth and happiness within the union, because otherwise we risk taking a huge loss.  Not just immediately, but potentially with regard to our happiness in future unions as well.

We still have a few days left of that gorgeous mutual reception between Venus in Sagittarius and Jupiter in Libra, meaning if there has been any negativity with regard to our relationship beliefs we still have time to reset our stance to optimistic. There is no room for cynicism when these two benefics exchange energies; focus on aligning your energy and philosophy to reflect upon the beautiful, beneficial side of relationships, because we really do “receive what we believe” now.  Venus energy works on the principle of attraction, so raise your vibration for best results because others on a similar energetically elevated level will be drawn to it.   Have hope for love.  Believe in the goodness of Others.  Trust.  Open up to intimacy and challenge yourself when you feel the time and person is right. This is an 8-month long Jupiter/Pluto tango we’ll be doing, so start off with your A-vibe in partnerships to hold the energetic high ground.

11/07/2016

Mars Conjunct Pluto In Capricorn

Mars conjunct Pluto in Capricorn: Darth Vader meets Office Space!
Mars conjunct Pluto in Capricorn: Darth Vader meets Office Space.

This post is intended to serve as a Public Service Announcement that we have a conjunction between Mars & Pluto taking place in Capricorn (exact on the 19th), which can create a pretty wicked energetic undertow this week! Generally speaking, this is time to be cautious of simmering resentment with authority figures (i.e. your boss/parents/the police) that can quickly reach a boiling point if not proactively managed. There may be a power struggle involved, and even if not overt this is a time when those higher up the ladder (food chain?) can definitely push our buttons – especially if they feel threatened or as if their authority were being undermined. Mind you, I don’t say this to scare anyone; I just think it’s sensible to be controlling our own level of reactivity at this juncture – particularly at work and around our “elders” – because there is very much a potential for conflict with powerful authority figures. Aries and Scorpio (Suns or Risings): I want you to pay particular attention as it’s your modern/ancient rulers aligned, so you could well find yourselves on the front lines of this energy.

In a nutshell, the gist is it’s a good idea to avoid ticking off anyone who might be considered of higher rank now. This doesn’t mean we have to kowtow, but it does mean that behaving with a certain degree of respect due their influential position is warranted. Because it is not outside the realm of possibility that an abuse or misuse of their “authority” could occur, and while obviously this would be wrong for them to do, it’s generally smart with this kind of vibe not to take any negative bait regardless. Don’t give any incentive to wind up the target of someone’s wrath when you’d be far better served avoiding any kind of “pissing contest” scenario altogether, in other words. All kinds of ugly stuff can go down under this vibe, from oppressive police brutality, to Daddy (or perhaps granddaddy) Warbucks threatening to cut you off the inheritance, to (if self-employed) unreasonably demanding clients holding you hostage by threatening to smear your reputation if you don’t do what they want you to do, to your boss railroading you into taking an action that you find immoral or that leaves you feeling like a slave; the implication being that “You’ll never work in this town again” otherwise.

I'm KIDDING - don't get any ideas!
I’m KIDDING – don’t get any ideas!

So what do you do when you’re ticked off at your boss, a parent, etc. under this vibe? You take all those feelings of rage, hostility, and/or resentment and you use them to fuel an action plan. You patiently redirect all that negative energy and use it to build a résumé, your business, a safety net one brick at a time, because you are playing a long game here and will focus on doing whatever it is that will most likely result in your own long-term empowerment. Because having a blowout with someone and yelling “Fuck off!” isn’t nearly as rewarding as revenge success is.

This is not about conquering a mere battle of egos; it is about realizing you are the CEO of your own life and that others’ attempts at a hostile (energetic) takeover can be deflected once you understand you are in control of your own vibe – you don’t have to let them screw with your mojo and set you on tilt. See it as an opportunity to exert supreme self-control; this is only a test! Because if you can pull it off under these astrological conditions, you will prove to yourself just how powerful you truly are. If you need some energetic support this is a great time to white-light your aura and consider working with the metaphysical properties of stones such as black tourmaline, which are protective in nature and can help to neutralize negativity & fear. Try setting up a crystal grid in your office, or just carry one on your person – if you can’t find this stone, consider onyx and/or obsidian as substitutes. If you feel like you’re dealing with particular enmity from someone, you could also enhance this with jewelry designed to deflect the “evil eye”, such as the Italian cornicello (the horn-shaped amulet), Eye of Fatima, nazar, or any other talisman designed to repel Haters.

Now if it is *you* in a position of authority, be VERY careful how you wield it this week and do not come off like some kind of power-hungry warlord where you stab your way up to the top, because this could very well carry a considerable (negative) energetic blowback. Put energy into controlling yourself rather than others, and do not unleash a particularly rancid vibe upon underlings. “Shit rolls downhill” is not a military or corporate strategy to employ at this point in time; take accountability for your actions and lead by example rather than tyrannically venting venom to the next unfortunate sap down the chain of command. Even if you’re leading a salvage mission, it’s better to focus on doing what you can re: damage control than waste energy/resources on anything that would generally fall under the category of “very demotivational”. Especially when such actions could breed resentment, where you might eventually wind up with a coup/revolt/knife in your back later down the line…

10/16/2016

Pluto In Capricorn Reminder: (Governmental) Corruption Has Corporate Sponsorship

…and it is impacting global leadership. Surely we all know this by now; especially in the wake of the 2008 Big Bank Bailout? Executives surreptitiously making out like bandits as their companies imploded within; the cost of which was financed by government tax dollars. This whole ugly ball of wax kicked off back when Pluto first entered Capricorn, the sign of Big Business. But the most sinister part of all of it is how these corporations play Master of Puppets – it’s positively Machiavellian. Raping and pillaging wherever they go, and then turning around and use these ill-gotten funds to install sponsor our leaders.

Here we are halfway through Pluto’s transit of Capricorn, and most of us acknowledge the existence of this very real corruption. Yet we still don’t have campaign finance reform laws in place to prevent this kind of thing from continuing. How can any candidate claim to be “for the people” when beholden to Big Business to fund their election? In this writer’s humble opinion, it is a pretty jacked up state of affairs here in the USA as we prepare for our Pluto Return…we’re veering dangerously close to a plutocracy, which is something one might expect when a nation has Pluto in Capricorn nation occupying its astrological second house of money and resources. Money is power, and it’s being wielded by companies to get their dirty little hooks into government – when those running for office are heavily indebted to their evil corporate overlords, it effectively means the rest of us are, too.

So what do we do about it? Campaign finance reform laws are a great place to start, but realistically speaking no politician is likely to vote for such a thing because it would mean biting the hand that feeds. My proposal, then, is to figure out a way to defund the current power structure, and I think we can do this over time. It won’t be overnight, but when Pluto is in Capricorn the transformation is never overnight, as it’s a marker that things have been in a long, slow, steady state of deterioration for some time.

The first part of this strategy – since we’re acknowledging the world is, in fact, run by corporate interests – is to look at the energy behind the products we use. If we’re going to defund the current power structure, we have to look at how to eliminate our support of the companies that prop it up. For example, there is a reason Monsanto is colloquially referred to as MonSATAN for its global environmental fuckery – stop financing corrupt businesses and they won’t have the funds to keep installing candidates via campaign “donations”. Do a background check of your “brands” – it doesn’t have to be exhaustive, but put some energy into researching the companies you align yourself with and whenever possible divert resources instead toward supporting the companies whose energy and mission resonate with your own.

Secondly, there is a concept that has really started coming into its own ever since Pluto entered Capricorn, and specifically since 2012 when this planet started squaring revolutionary Uranus: Socially Responsible Investing (sometimes also called Sustainable, Responsible, and Impact Investing, or simply abbreviated SRI). The principle behind this is stands in stark contrast to the typical Wall Street slash-and-burn approach that creates wealth without considering the environmental and social implications of where and how the money is allocated – broadly speaking, SRI aims to align the return on an investment with ethical, social causes that create change; such as promoting investment in eco-friendly companies, for example.

I’m grossly oversimplifying this, of course – by no stretch of the imagination am I a finance guru nor do I wish to delve into a lengthy explanation of this practice on an astrology blog as my readers’ eyes would likely glaze over, LOL. If you’d like to know more, you can start here and here.  But suffice to say that I believe this is another way to start pulling money away from big business we don’t want to support and certainly don’t want anywhere near our government and start redirecting energy and resources toward companies that actually give a crap about something besides making as much money as possible, however possible; consequences be damned. Call me quaint, but I don’t feel good about investing in a company (regardless of however many millions I might stand to make off the deal) that engages in the practice of using things like child labor sweatshops, for example – I’d rather put it in a company dedicated to paying its workers fair, decent, and honest wages and that give the health and safety of their workers priority over corporate greed.

I think these are two very good places to start in this Pluto in Capricorn Era, which lasts until 2024. We really do have to be mindful of the “Faustian Bargain” now; specifically with respect to corporate sponsorship.

Images courtesy of the RWS tarot. "Judgement" is astrologically correlated to Pluto, while "The Devil" is connected to the sign of Capricorn - if this doesn't pictorially represent the neccessity of heeding the call to raise our consciousness surrounding how we have become enslaved by the Capricorn structures in life (of which corporations and government both belong), I'm not sure what does!
Images courtesy of the RWS Tarot. “Judgement” is astrologically correlated to Pluto, while “The Devil” is connected to the sign of Capricorn – if this doesn’t pictorially represent the necessity of heeding the call to raise our consciousness surrounding how we have become enslaved by the Capricorn structures in life (corporations and government both fall under this same umbrella, BTW), I’m not sure what does!

 

10/7/2016

Mercury Direct Trine Pluto: Un-Fuck Your Brain

Apologies for the title and tone of this post, but with Mercury currently trine Pluto the intensity is wholly warranted.

This is a PSA: We have an extremely potent station of Mercury today courtesy of its tight contact to Pluto as both bodies turn from retrograde motion to direct movement – Mercury today, and Pluto on Monday. So rather than frittering away mental and verbal energy discussing mundane crap (Brangelina divorce, I’m lookin’ at you), why not expend it discussing deeper, more insightful subjects instead? Possibly uncomfortable ones that are darker in nature, even. Such as the Pluto-in-Capricorn topic of the murders police are perpetrating against people of color here in the USA. I know it’s not pleasant and may be disturbing, but we have to talk about the reality of all the ugly shit going down in order to transform it because it is a cancer in need of Radiation (Illumination). And with the Sun newly into Libra conjunct Jupiter, racial inequality sure would seem like a good place to start to me.

See also:More Saturn In Sagittarius” and “An Important Saturn In Sagittarius Reminder

More broadly & along a similar vein:Saturn In Sagittarius & Xenophobia

But my point in explaining all of this is that I hope we will collectively challenge ourselves and work toward getting away from pointing fingers at those from different cultures, ethnicities, religions, etc. and using these events as, quite frankly, a bullshit excuse to support or defend bias.


Almost a year ago in that same December 2014 newsletter, I said that Saturn in Sagittarius will bring us tests of faith – boy, is it ever. And I think if there were ever a time for all the religious leaders of the world to unite together as one singular voice and denounce anything, it would be now and it would be to speak out strongly against the paradigm of “justified” killing of any stripe so there will eventually be no more “killing in the name of”.”

This trine between Mercury and Pluto remains very active through early next week, so whatcha gonna do with this energy, huh? Waste energy dishing about the latest pop-culture bullshit, or un-fuck your brain by descending to a more profound depth?

You know what to do.

09/22/2016

Repost – Jupiter Trine Pluto: Auspicious Omens

NB: The following is an updated repost intended to serve as a consciousness-raising reminder for June – it’s not what you look at that matters so much as what you SEE, so it’s time to get your metaphysical POV on!

There’s something in the air this month…or perhaps more precisely, the Earth. Earth Element, that is – Jupiter in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn form another trine in June, and some auspicious omens may appear to us during this time.

LaughingBuddhaAt first they may seem small…trivial, even. Small enough to miss if we were to take each one out of context and look at it on its own. But they will also be bountiful – we’re going to get so many of them that if we back up and take it all in, it will coalesce into something huge we can’t miss. Jupiter in Virgo is like pointillism – if we stand too close, we only see the tiny dots and so don’t think much of it. But if we get some distance (read:perspective), we can see how all the minor details actually come together to make this grand picture. So what is “insignificant” under this energy, really? Nothing, because when we put all the little pieces together and connect the dots, The Sign becomes concrete. It’s regarding a major renovation/upgrade somewhere in our life…perhaps something health/wealth/work-related since we do have the Earth signs involved. Especially if you have a planet or point in your chart situated between 14-18 degrees of Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn, do pay particular attention now.  This aspect becomes exact on June 26th, when The Omens are apt to be strongest, but both these celestial bodies are within proximity to one another throughout June so definitely be on the lookout!

06/13/2016

Pluto In Capricorn Transits, Part 4

Get caught up on this topic with the other installments in this series:
Pluto In Capricorn Transits, Part 1
Pluto In Capricorn Transits, Part 2
Pluto In Capricorn Transits, Part 3

Continuing our contemplation of Pluto in Capricorn transits, there is yet another invaluable angle to consider if this body contacts a planet or point in our personal astrological chart.  In addition to being deeply interior, Plutonic energies also represent a kind of breaking down process so that healthy renewal might take place.  When we pause to reflect upon Capricorn’s association with protection and defenses, we see how this energy can relate to the beneficial destruction of psychological  walls, barriers, etc. that we may have knowingly or unconsciously put up to keep people at a safe distance.  I will explain –

Whenever we endure some kind of trauma or negative experience in life, sometimes it’s possible to harden over and develop this self-protective “crust”.  The psyche develops this shell to function like shield or armor; to guard us from something that on some level may have seemed to threaten our very existence.  While originally intended as a sort fail-safe mechanism to limit the level of devastation we experience, sometimes the perimeter wall becomes a bit extreme, as in a “No trespassing: Intruders will be shot” kind of thing. What once triggered a “normal” survival instinct actually becomes pathological, where we become afraid of real intimacy.

I believe one function of transiting Pluto in Capricorn touching a natal planet or point may be to show us how this kind of exoskeleton is obsolete; that a transit from Pluto in Capricorn can actually illuminate any kind of PTSD-like response so that we can learn to control it and let time and experience serve as a guide in determining when and with whom it’s safe to drop our defenses a bit and expose what we would otherwise be inclined to keep hidden under lock & key.  It’s about learning to parse “normal” survival instincts that serve a legitimate function and that keep us safe from the ones that have – through no particular fault of our own – become twisted.

There is always strong resurrection potential whenever we are dealing with Pluto energy.  But first we have to be willing to burn off all the dross….

05/02/2016

Jupiter Trine Pluto: Auspicious Omens

There’s something in the air during March & June…or perhaps more precisely, the Earth. Earth Element, that is – Jupiter in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn form a trine during these two months, and some auspicious omens may appear to us during these times.

LaughingBuddhaAt first they may seem small…trivial, even. Small enough to miss if we were to take each one out of context and look at it on its own. But they will also be bountiful – we’re going to get so many of them that if we back up and take it all in, it will coalesce into something huge we can’t miss. Jupiter in Virgo is like pointillism – if we stand too close, we only see the tiny dots and so don’t think much of it. But if we get some distance (read:perspective), we can see how all the minor details actually come together to make this grand picture. So what is “insignificant” under this energy, really? Nothing, because when we put all the little pieces together and connect the dots, The Sign becomes concrete. It’s regarding a major renovation/upgrade somewhere in our life…perhaps something health/wealth/work-related since we do have the Earth signs involved. If you have a planet or point in your chart situated between 14-20 degrees of Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn, do pay particular attention…

03/10/2016

Requiem For A Lunar-Flavored Pluto-In-Capricorn Transit

You are having a Lunar-flavored Pluto-in-Capricorn transit if any one of the following applies:

  • Pluto in Capricorn comes into contact w/ your Moon
  • Pluto in Capricorn rolls over your IC/through your 4th House
  • Pluto in Capricorn opposes your Sun, Moon, or other significant planets you may have in the sign of Cancer

And, to a lesser extent:

  • If Pluto in Capricorn comes into contact w/ the planet that rules your 4th House/IC

With Pluto in Capricorn affecting a Lunar area of the chart, psychologically digging around in old, family-of-origin -related “stuff” may be in order for the sake of unearthing anything potentially dysfunctional that may still have a hold on the psyche and burying it for good.  Funny this song came on while contemplating my own Lunar-flavored Pluto-in-Capricorn transit…I found the both the song title – “Roots” – and the lyrics disconcertingly apt:

“I know it’s gotta go like this, I know…
Hell will always come before you grow…
Trouble found me, trouble found me….

I’m going back to my roots
Another day
Another door
Another high
Another low
Rock bottom, rock bottom, rock bottom….”

02/26/2016

Even Sports Teams Are Affected By Astrology

I found this to be a REALLY interesting depiction of the current astrology…American football fans have recently been dealing with the proposed relocation of several teams due the National Football League’s (NFL’s) concern that the stadium facilities for said teams were inadequate/outdated. While plans were submitted for renovation á la Pluto in Capricorn, despite this it ultimately looks as if the St. Louis Rams (hello, Aries!) and the San Diego Chargers – known affectionately as “The Bolts” for their electric, lightning-bolt insignia (hello, Uranus!) are going to relocate to Los Angeles, California.

Why is this astrologically significant? Because when news of this first hit during mid January 2016, Pluto in Capricorn & Uranus in Aries were squaring each other pretty hardcore.  One better? Black Moon Lilith in companionship-oriented Libra was added to this mix as well, traveling opposite Uranus in Aries (that would be the Rams and the Chargers) and squaring those Pluto in Capricorn renovation plans, so it is rather fitting that these two teams would find themselves “together in exile” from their cities over degraded, sub-par stadium standards (Pluto in Capricorn) since BML symbolizes the (voluntary or involuntary) “Outcast”.

It’s funny, weird, and cool to see the astrology in play so plainly regarding such an ordinary thing; as if these sports teams were somehow literal “avatars” for the astrological energies in  play, LOL!

ChargersRams

02/02/2016

 

Pluto In Capricorn Transits, Part 3

**You can get caught up on parts 1 & 2 of this series here: Pluto In Capricorn Transits, Part 1    Pluto In Capricorn Transits, Part 2

I’ve been musing about Pluto’s long transit through Capricorn (until 2023) and its effects upon an individual chart; especially when we have personal planets or points being contacted by this astrological heavy hitter.  One thing that occurred to me is the importance of metaphorical “deco stops” throughout our (individual and collective) Pluto in Capricorn journey.   Deco stops – scuba diving slang for “decompression stops” – are a technique  utilized by divers who descend to great depths. The further down a diver swims, the more intense the pressure exerted upon their bodies. This pressure causes the gasses they breathe through their air tanks to expand as they ascend, and if they try to rise to the surface too quickly and aren’t careful, this abrupt change in pressure can cause the gasses to create tiny bubbles in the bloodstream; a potentially life-threatening condition known as decompression sickness or “The Bends”.

To avert this, divers deliberately slow down their ascent and pause at marked depth intervals for a specified period of time, waiting until their body gradually decompresses at each stop as they return to more normal pressures.  The body needs time to acclimate to this transition, for it is not naturally designed to withstand these kinds of forces and then just bob right back up to the surface; no – it needs time to assimilate the intensity of this experience before it can return to operating as normal.

From my own deep dives with Pluto: A bioluminescent jellyfish! A message about learning to make your own Light – even when surrounded by Darkness – while floating through the currents of life. ©EmpoweredDestiny.com 2016

This is not unlike dealing with Pluto in Capricorn…if we think of a Pluto transit as a symbolic journey to our Center – all the way down to the very core of our souls – we can start to see how this metaphor has resonance.  When we experience Pluto in Capricorn contacting a planet or personal point in our chart, what we are dealing with is some heavy-duty, industrial-strength transformation somewhere in our lives.  The changes and challenges we encounter along the way can be profound – often, an old “life” or old way of being “dies” in some way.   Our physical, emotional, psychological, and energetic bodies therefore require time to process the intense experiences that are part and parcel of this metamorphosis; we need metaphorical “deco stops” as we make our preparations to ascend back into the Light.

It is understandable that when one spends a prolonged period of time in the Underworld, one might then find themselves in a rush to return to the surface and feel sunlight upon their face, for Pluto in Capricorn is the epitome of dense and heavy…at times its energy can feel like concrete cinder blocks that may threaten to drag us toward a cold, dark, bottom.   Proper integration is essential for this reason; especially on a psychological level.  We must therefore begin our ascent slowly and carefully, periodically checking our watches to ensure that we are spending enough time at each and every stop (hmmm…perhaps this entails processing loss to a degree,  à la the Kubler-Ross 5 stages of grieving) on the journey upward.  These pauses should be thought of as a time to take stock, gradually releasing as we go the weight – the ballast – associated with such a serious transformational process.

***See also: Pluto in Capricorn Transits, Part 4

01/30/2016

The Pluto/Uranus Square’s Curtain Call

David Bowie has just passed over to The Other Side, folks – a sad day for all of Rock n Roll indeed! Bowie was a 17 degree Capricorn Sun and thus strongly affected by the current curtain call of the Pluto/Uranus square; very literally manifesting as his shocking (Uranus) death (Pluto). I would wager, though, with Pluto making its excruciating slow march toward his Sun that he had probably seen that freight train coming on the horizon a looooong time ago, even though it seemed sudden to all of us here on the outside. Pluto transits are like that, though…they are very private and interior. But we can even see the Plutonic themes very strongly in the title of his swan song work, “Lazarus”; the Uranian edge coming in as he sings about being “free”.

May he find true liberation in death…his work will always and forever remain immortal, which I think is about the highest honor any Capricorn could ever hope to achieve.  ❤

01/11/2016

Discussing Surveillance (And Privacy) Under Mercury in Scorpio

In the wake of the second round of terror attacks on Paris over the weekend (the first being the Charlie Hebdo massacre earlier in the year), my thoughts have turned to all who have been affected by these senseless acts – may radiant golden rays of regeneration (physical AND psychological!) envelop those who have been traumatized and aid their healing process!

Now I try to limit my dietary intake of news for a litany of reasons I shan’t enumerate here, but suffice to say this story managed to insert itself in my consciousness nonetheless.  I was struck in particular by how – in the days immediately following this tragedy –  the media was quick in raising speculative concerns the Paris attacks could have possibly been orchestrated via the use of encryption apps. This flagged my radar, as encrypted messages are très Mercury in Scorpio, and with the Scorpio Sun joining with Mercury it makes astrological sense we would see a spotlight being put on this issue now. But what I find unsettling is how this conjecture could easily be used by politicians as an excuse to push for more intrusive data gathering processes, à la Patriot Act v2.0.

Therefore, I find myself compelled to point out that encryption apps themselves are neutral entities, and like any other tool it is the user’s intent and not the app itself that defines whether they are used as a force for good or evil. Before I go further, a general disclaimer is due that I am a fairly Plutonic person and the old “Those who have nothing to hide have nothing to fear” adage has NEVER held resonance for me. I value privacy and appreciate having a choice of whether or not to allow a deeper level of knowing/intimacy with people I personally hand-select and trust; therefore I do not care for the idea of somebody else making (or attempting to make) this decision for me by telling me I have to put all my cards on the table up front (regardless of whether it’s in the name of national security or not). That said, I’ve also never felt the need to use an encryption app but fully understand why some people might want to – nobody wants to feel like they’ve somehow regressed back to their teen years when their parents would surreptitiously pick up the other phone line to listen in on their private conversations in secret, right?

I would consequently wager that encryption apps have enjoyed a surge in popularity largely due to people resenting things like the intrusions of the Bush-era Patriot Act and the NSA’s overreaching mass surveillance practices. And to be fair, I am sure there are people from the cult of ISIS (and that’s exactly what it is; a cult – more on that in a future post) who are indeed misusing and abusing these apps for their own ends (much the same way they’re co-opting Youtube, Twitter, et al) but I’m fairly certain there are probably going to be a few political leaders who will point to this speculation about the potential for mis-use of these apps as an excuse to push their own political agendas for tightening governmental surveillance.

Why? When the Scorpio Sun and Mercury answer to Pluto in Capricorn, Big Brother is always watching. Where does it stop, though? Should we allow the threat of terrorism to continue to be used as an excuse for more invasive/restrictive government? Because Pluto in Capricorn can very easily corrupt law; especially via mis-uses and abuses of “authority” or in the name of “protection” – I have said for many years this energy can have a very totalitarian streak to it if we aren’t careful. So instead of the subject of encryption being painted in an entirely suspicious and negative light, I’d like to see a discussion that goes a LOT deeper and that provides more balance from ALL angles; including the reasons why it seems people feel an increasing need to protect their privacy from things like wire tapping, data mining, and covert intelligence gathering. Not just from government, either – some want to keep their information safe from hackers, for example. Or from other prying eyes – do you know that I just found out (to my horror) there is actually a smartphone app that lets parents read their kids’ texts? IMO, normalizing these kinds of spying behavior is a sign that something is indeed systemically screwed up. This degradation didn’t happen overnight, either – it has taken its time in unfolding. But now the issue is: Will we address the root cause(s) and put a stop to it, or will we continue to allow the destruction of boundaries? My concern is that if we don’t check this now, things could get *really* interesting (in a bad way) in a few years when Saturn moves into Capricorn and joins w/Pluto…

11/17/2015

Pluto In Capricorn Transits, Part 2

In part 1 of this series, I spoke of how Pluto in Capricorn represents the concept of something deteriorating over time. When a planet or personal point in our chart is touched by this placement, things don’t just fall apart on us “all of the sudden” –  it’s gradual and slow; ostensibly because of the gravitas attached to this transformational process. When a termination occurs under Pluto in Capricorn, it’s not uncommon for it to be a drawn-out, prolonged sort of demise – the blessing in this is we have ample time during this transitional state to put our ducks in a row and prepare for the new reality or “new normal” that awaits us on The Other Side so it’s less of a shock to the system. A planned ending or extraction may indeed come into play; possibly one that runs on a delay while all the proper elements/steps are calculated, organized, and then systematically executed. For the transformation of Pluto in Capricorn isn’t likely to be quick or easy; it is hard, time-consuming work that is often fraught with obstacles, so we may need to take our time. If we are spiritually inclined, this may be an instance where petitioning Ganesha – the tusked pachyderm deity known as the Remover of Obstacles in the Hindu pantheon – may come in handy.

A statuette of Ganesha courtesy of the Walters Art Museum.
A statuette of Ganesha courtesy of the Walters Art Museum.

I should also speak to another important facet of Pluto-in-Capricorn endings, as they’re apt to be very matter-of-fact. Capricorn’s energy has the effect of minimizing the potential trauma attached to this ordeal so it’s more of an “Alright, let’s get on with it” kind of thing where we handle the situation an adult manner instead of kicking and screaming about it. Anything that dies on Pluto in Capricorn’s watch should be looked at as legitimately non-functional, and while a post-mortem autopsy as to the cause(s) may prove useful, the expiration may have been more or less anticipated for some time thus dialing down the drama-factor considerably. When we’ve seen it coming and/or know that normal life expectancy has more or less been reached in a situation, it can be considerably less upsetting/tragic. The Hi-Fi use of this energy handles endings maturely; seeing no practical good in making them any harder than they need to be and preferring instead to conserve energy for rebuilding.

On that note, picking up where I left off re: this placement’s capacity for “constructive destruction”, I think of it as a “controlled implosion” similar to the demolition of the old hotels and casinos along the Vegas Strip. Capricorn is the Architect and Master Builder, and if the metaphorical footings are rotten or a structure is obsolete in our lives, building code dictates that it’s going to have to come completely down if a new skeleton is to be erected in the footprints of What Once Stood Before. We cannot simply piecemeal things together – we have to scrap it and rebuild, but the RIGHT way! As I alluded to earlier, it is a systematic overhaul, and these kinds of things are never overnight.

When Pluto in Capricorn touches a planet or point in the nativity, sometimes instead we are able to salvage something that is still useful to us or that can be repurposed…this may simply be the “life lessons” we’ve distilled by experiencing this process of disintegration. But in cases where a full razing isn’t required, it is important to take our time reinforcing the weak areas that have been degrading in order to build them up from the inside out – consider this metaphor in a psychological context as well. I would say that in certain cases, the destruction of Pluto in Capricorn may indeed be preventable, but the problem is preventative maintenance is often let go with this placement so that whatever has fallen into disrepair eventually goes off the rails completely. A failure to hit the brakes before this point-of-no-return can absolutely prove fatal, so when we see fissures appearing in the walls the keynote is to stop and address them because they’re not just cosmetic and more than likely indicate a severe underlying issue.

Whether we start over on more solid underpinnings or are able to arrest the process of deterioration in its tracks with the aid of some heavy restructuring, it’s important that any demo work be done carefully and respectfully. Something *has* to come down when Pluto in Capricorn touches our chart, but by handling the teardown process responsibly and with honor, we set the right energetic precedent for the “rebuilding” part of the equation. In some respects the moment we stop resisting the letting go process the reconstruction can already be considered underway, because it’s all about eliminating stale, locked-up energy; especially that which has somehow become ingrained in the status quo. And holding space for this to unfold in due time is important, because a quality restoration matters.

***See also: Pluto In Capricorn Transits, Part 3   Pluto in Capricorn Transits, Part 4

11/12/15

Pluto’s Snakeskin

Image of Pluto’s “snakeskin” surface comes courtesy of the New Horizons Spacecraft @ NASA.

Wow, this Pluto thing just keeps getting better & better, doesn’t it? Now NASA has revealed that Pluto appears to have a surface reminiscent of snakeskin, something that definitely comes as no surprise to both astrologers & Plutonians alike! In astrological lore, Pluto energy has long been analogous to a snake shedding its skin – I’m not kidding; pick up pretty much any beginner’s book on astrology or perform a cursory internet search using these terms and you’re virtually guaranteed to come across this metaphor.

Boy, for or a bunch of pseudoscience kooks, we astrologers sure do seem amazingly clued in sometimes, don’t you think? 😉 As I once remarked elsewhere, someday science will catch up with the things astrology already knows. It’s all part of the joys of this being a Uranian art – people think you’re crazy when actually you’re just way ahead of the times. Like, apparently decades ahead in this case…!

And one better?  The sign of Capricorn is associated with (among many other things) the skin, so how fitting with Pluto currently traversing Capricorn that we’re getting a good look at Pluto’s epidermis!

09/25/2015