by Robert Wilkinson
Pluto is the ultimate transformer which purifies all forms down to their "seed quality." In any seed is the inherent pattern of its future form. If Pluto rules seeds and the power of self-replication inherent in all seeds, then we can learn a lot about archetypal patterns by studying how Pluto works.
First, a few words on how Astrology works. The natal chart shows our basic tone that evolves within our larger Dharma as shown by progressions. The transits show the gestalt of the moment, the individual forces and collective patterns within which we live, breathe, and have our Being. They are inner and outer events that are precipitating triggers where we learn to realize and apply our various understandings and skills we're developing this lifetime.
Different transiting planets symbolize different areas in our larger growth process. The inner planets, namely the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars, impact us on more personal, day to day levels. The outer planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto show more the slower, more seemingly "permanent," social, cultural, and spiritual levels we're living in our particular ways.
While transits impact our chart in countless individual inner and outer ways, the transit to transit aspects show a larger field of energies within which we must learn to be proactive so that we are not the "victims of circumstance." So while transits to our natal and progressed Pluto show us our particular and personal purification challenges, transiting Pluto taken on its own shows us all what we're learning in the way of seed forms to cultivate in their highest, best possibility. While it's occurring individually in our own charts, it's also happening on a much larger level simultaneously.
Pluto has now left Sagittarius, which looking back was an era of religious and philosophical turmoil, conflict, and the exposing of the seeds of these things. All religions and forms of higher "Truth" or ideology are ruled by Sag, and it is easy to see how the past 14 years have featured great conflicts of ideologies in the economic, political, social, and religious realms that took us to the core patterns of what these are truly about.
Transiting Pluto in Sag challenged us individually to purify and transform any planetary inner or outer function symbolized by planets we may have in Gemini, Virgo, Pisces, or Sagittarius. Even as it precipitated these radical breakdowns, breakthroughs, and breakouts in our lives, it also was precipitating these in our world as a whole.
To mention just a few examples, the three religions that dominate our world were all exposed down to their most destructive seed patterns for all of us to behold. The philosophical polarization that allowed a few reactionaries to block scientific consensus on global warming being a concrete planetary threat was exposed for the bought-and-sold political theater is was.
In the US, the seed patterns of both the Democratic and Republican party philosophies were exposed as shams of the wealthy to hold power among the few, and mainstream media was exposed as the poseur it is. There was philosophical extremism, as well as the over-reaching and consequent bankruptcies of many hate groups. And don't forget the widespread reporting of crop circles and other seeds of contact with space beings (Sag) that were reported globally.
The philosophies of business went to their extreme forms, self-inflated by "vain imaginings," another Sag trait. How businesses are structured and managed, in terms of financing and market assumptions, held up until Pluto left this sign. Signs of deflation appeared, with an acceleration in the breakdown process happening now that Pluto has entered Capricorn.
Capricorn is a pragmatic Earth sign, so we can expect to see the beginnings of the breakdown of old authorities and structures exposing seeds of practical realities. For instance, to mention one global phenomenon, the philosophy (or religion!) of free market economies and infallibility of the banking system is now exposed as needing major restructuring of assumptions and forms. We're no longer able to binge (Sagittarius) but now must "plan responsibly how to manage" (Capricorn) the seeds (Pluto) of what we're awakening to.
This period, lasting through 2024, will purify everything about the basic structure of authorities across all human realms. Forms of governance and power will be purified. How we structure society will transform, with new seed-forms sprouting. Capricorn is how the Sagittarian ideals will be substantiated, and is the predecessor for the Pluto in Aquarius era to come.
The last time Pluto was in Capricorn was 1762-1778, which was a time of major ferment globally. Empires were established and challenged. Divine Right of Kings gave way to "All men are created equal." (Yes, I know it took awhile to amend that to include the other 53% of the population, but it did start there in the modern era.) While I don't want to turn this into an extensive and boring history lesson, I'll just note that some of the very economic philosophies and structural assumptions and forms put into play then are the ones crumbling and transforming now.
When I say that Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are "nothing personal," I mean it in the sense that these affect everyone on radical levels. At any point in time, Pluto affects different people differently based in individual circumstances, but it also affects us all in specific ways. This is best understood at present by seeing that while some are in better, some worse individual financial circumstances, we're ALL caught in the global financial meltdown.
We will continue to explore Pluto in Capricorn in future articles, and how it's affecting each of us, and all of us. Different generations will be challenged at different times, as will people born throughout the year. Right now, anyone with any planet in the first 5 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn will be going through radical changes and purifications in those departments of life in 2009-2010.
I'll leave you with the thought that as we embrace Pluto's energies proactively we learn to dance with the energies of "radical breakdowns, breakthroughs, and breakouts." While these can seem awesome in their intensity and daunting in terms of what we face in potential annihilations of entire areas of our life, we can become a living process of purification that can lead us into transformations where we're living our true core integrity.
Pluto is how we confront the seeds of what is and could be, and learn the willingness to do what it takes to get to the core patterns so that a better seed can sprout in our lives. If we consciously embrace a determined focus utilizing Pluto's power of "Economy of Energy" we can find our greatest realizations of who we are, who we could be, and how we could become a "sprouter of Divine Seeds" in the lives of all we touch.
Pluto in Capricorn can lead us into purified structures of becoming, seed forms of transformational power that can change how we organize and author the forms in our lives forever. If you are glimpsing seeds of taking responsibility and moved to embrace new disciplines, of claiming Divine power based in Truths you've been living forever, then you're on to the secret Pluto holds for all of us.
A few things to ponder as Pluto in Capricorn coincides with "the Winter of the 21st Century."
© Copyright 2008 Robert Wilkinson