Pluto moves slowly through the sky, his revolutions encompass grand swathes of history. As is fitting, no human being lives to see Pluto return to the same place. Pluto takes approximately 250 years to make it all the way through the zodiac. It’s been hundreds of years since the last time Pluto was in Capricorn. But it is within the satyr’s labyrinth that he will hold court until 2024.
When Pluto is in Capricorn, an earth sign, the forces of destruction and rebirth are focused on the material plane. Empires rise and fall during its stay in there. Old forms of power reach their limits and new forms evolve. Material resources and their distribution become all important.
In Capricorn, Pluto reveals the nature of hierarchies. It also reveals those who sit at the top. The thrones which twist their residents into something they aren’t, and defines heroes by their ability to resist its coercive pull. The United States was born the last time Pluto was in Capricorn. The unbearable awareness of unnecessary imperial hierarchy led to revolution. Now, as Pluto comes back to Capricorn, America is becoming aware of just how close it has gotten to the empire it once rebelled against. Invisible hierarchies are appearing out of nowhere, and there is a deep rage against those who sit atop the pyramid, growing fat with the sacrifice of those below. Along with the Saturn-Uranus opposition, it will bring the hidden cauldron of class to a boil.
Capricorn is an earth sign, and one particularly concerned with raw resources and their management. With Pluto come to Capricorn, a deep transformation in the way that we relate to our raw resources is on the way. As if you didn’t already know. The twin stands of peak oil and climate change entangle the entire globe, and have push what was once an idealistic agenda to the heart of practical discussions.
In both politics and economics, Pluto in Capricorn is all about finding a way to create clean power. How do we elect someone without them becoming a politician? How do we run our lightbulbs and internetz without spewing billions of pounds of toxic waste into the sky? How do we fuel our cars without fighting wars, meddling in foreign politics and setting up puppet dictatorships? This is the question. How do we create clean power?
Astrologers have been waiting for this one. Several have written brief histories and other articles on the nature of Pluto in Capricorn. For a fine telling of the history of Pluto’s stay in Capricorn, check out “Pluto in Capricorn: Another Kind of Power.”
Pluto in Capricorn Horoscopes
Note on Horoscopes: 12 Fold horoscopes are a way to assess the general condition of the splayed rays of the zodiac. Although not without value, they are a blunt tool, and can only describe the archetypal activity in each power-zone. In order to sharpen the accuracy of the horoscopes, read your Sun Sign if you were born in the day-time, and read your Moon Sign if you were born at night. Reading the Sign in which the Ascendant is placed is also advised. For information on where the Ascendant and Moon are in your natal chart, check out the accurate, free, chart calculation programs at astro.com and khaldea.com
Aries: Daemon-King of Poop Mountain
Pluto poses a question to you, one that may take years to ask in full, and even longer for you to answer in full. Where does your bright, harsh spirit belong within the vast pyramid of the material world? When Pluto squares your Sun, your individuality will be challenged by the demands of a hungry material world. You’re most likely to encounter this set of powerful changes within your professional sphere. Expect to see the emergence of conflicting desires to master this world and leave it wholly behind. March Aries will be well within the gravity well of this influence for the next couple years. April Aries can chill out for a little bit. Although sensitive types will scent the change in the wind, you’ll have a several years before you get pulled into it.
Taurus: Navigating With the Dark Star
Pluto in Capricorn will do most of its work transforming your worldview. You’ll likely feel tugged between making this world a better place and accepting the seemingly ever-present corruption. A desire to take part in the larger transformation of the material/economic/social world may emerge. At the same time, the collapsing institutions of coming years will be hungry for the strength of hard-working Taureans. Mandatory long distance travel is woven into both alternatives. In addition to the above mentioned effects, Pluto in Capricorn will also suck you into a period of forcible cleansing and renewal. Unfortunately, even on the metaphorical level, resurrection is always preceded by darkening. Understanding the nature of the process is key. The cuspy Taurii born in April will be the first to see this influence peak. Those born later may have to wait awhile.
Gemini: Tantric Twins
Pluto in Capricorn will affect most Geminis less overtly than Pluto did during his long stay in Sagittarius. At some point in Pluto’s long gallop through Sagittarius, Pluto came into direct opposition with you, one of the more difficult aspects astrology recognizes. Pluto’s movement into Capricorn takes the focus of transformation away from your relationships. At last.
Pluto in Capricorn opens entrances into new underworlds, these perhaps deeper than the catacombs you’ve found beneath your partnerships. The new netherworlds opening up may serve to see you stumble down corridors full of old books, musty tombs full of forgotten and esoteric knowledge. What is hidden out of sight may have been placed there just for you. Although there is a certain disposition towards learning occult secrets, this influence can just as easily manifest in other forms, like inheritances, joint business ventures, loans and sexual escapades. The key is the transference of energy from one being to another, and back again.
Cancer: It’s Complicated
Pluto’s move into Capricorn announces the entrance of the dark lord into a more obvious area of your life. Pluto is moving into your bedroom to keep you and your lover company. No, he won’t hog the covers, but he’ll be easily accessible via the trapdoor underneath the bed. The shift of Pluto into Capricorn brings with it a transformational intensity to the way your handle relationships. You’ll want it, too. Relationships that don’t have the dark gravity of fate and/or fatal attraction will lose their luster. Be prepared for honesty and intensity on a new level or be prepared to sleep on the couch.
Leo: The Repo Man of Destiny
Pluto’s movement into Capricorn shifts the focus of transformation from your love life to the way that you take care of the physical aspects of your life. This includes all the little rituals that serve to maintain and fortify you against the decay which threatens all material things. Brush your teeth so they don’t rot away, and balance your check book so your car doesn’t get towed away. Pluto’s movement through this area of your life may offer powerful possibilities to regenerate your physical well being and finances, but will do so through exposing you to your root problems and bad habits in that area. You’ll need to make the choice to consciously evolve rather than just getting by.
Virgo: Begging for a Beating
Pluto’s entrance into Capricorn marks a slow movement into a different phase of your personal evolution. At some point over the last 12 years, Pluto had his way with you, pulling on you with his trademark dread gravity to becomes something other than what you are. That’s over now. In Capricorn, Pluto digs into the dark underbelly of your creativity. You’ll likely find glittering radioactive gems somewhere deep within your mines, er, mind. Just be careful about freeing ancient daemons from their earthy tombs. Pluto in Capricorn may also stimulate a desire for what is darker in your love life. Before you know it, instead of being tortured by your employer, you’ll be begging for a beating at your local dungeon.
Libra: Posh 4-Bedroom Cave
Pluto’s entrance into Capricorn digs a mineshaft deep into your foundations. Sifting through the rubble of your childhood, you’ll find secrets about your origins. Under this influence, you’ll likely to serve as catalyst for a transformation in family dynamics. However, families don’t much like to change. Don’t expect everyone else to be as excited about your insights as you are. Pluto’s influence in Capricorn may also serve to involve you in complicated living situations, thick with unspoken arrangements and secrets buried in the basement.
Scorpio: Brain Basement
Pluto’s departure from Sagittarius will see you shift away from refining your values and attitudes about the material world. This intense focus on the meaning and value of the material side of life gives way to Pluto in Capricorn’s emphasis on the elaborate mental architecture within your mind. This multiyear influence will deepen the tunnels you’ve already dug into the bedrock of your intellect, and may well serve as the foundation for a magnificent edifice. Although this may have some grand overtones, during the tunneling process you’ll likely hit a few sewer lines, bathing your psyche in toxic waste periodically. The keynote is the evolution of your thinking process, its unification with the unconscious contents. Bouts of depression are a likely by product of this process. Don’t let it keep you inside for the next decade.
Sagittarius: Grab Your Pants, and GTFO
Pluto’s movement out of Sagittarius is cause for some celebration. Although Pluto’s presence lends an undeniable intensity to the sign which is visits, that intensity gets old after a while. Pluto’s departure will likely see certain psychic burdens lift, slowly, over the coming months. In retrospect, you may mourn the passing of this intensity, but in practice, you’ll feel your spirits lighter than they’ve been for quite some time. Pluto’s movement into Capricorn will shift that intensity to your finances, which will become the repository of more and more psychic energy. You’ll likely oscillate between a growing obsession with possessions and ascetic anti-materialism. Pluto will see plunge into the heart of the labyrinth in hopes of finding what you really value, and why.
Capricorn: Karmic Supercharger
Pluto makes its entrance into your sign this week, where it is to stay for the next 15 or so years. It marks the beginning of an intense era for you. With Pluto’s movement into Capricorn, your hidden desires gain the power to pull what-you-can’t-quite-admit-that-you-want into you life. Your karma will start cycling much more quickly, with action bringing reaction and then response without all the usual delays. There’s abundant opportunity to bury yourself or make significant evolutionary strides. Pluto’s pass will likely bring both, via the classic experience of being entombed and then resurrected. Like Jesus, only not as important.
Aquarius: Dark Traveler
As he trudges into Capricorn, Pluto moves off-angle from you, sliding into the depths of your psyche and wedging himself inside the cracks in your life. Though it sounds a bit ominous, dark calls to dark, and the focus of transformation shifts to the lower layers of your psyche. If your karmic condition’s a bit shaky, old enemies may pop up unexpectedly, but for the most part, Pluto’s stay in Capricorn should keep the deep transformation confined to the nether reaches of the psyche, where it belongs. If you can deal amicably with the envoys from the shadowed side of your psyche, you should be fine. For particularly spiritually inclined Aquariuses, powerful mystical and occult experiences may dot the landscape of Pluto’s time, particularly those aimed at through the result of structured practice.
Pisces: New Friends….FROM HELL!
Pluto’s movement into Capricorn will forcibly evolve your idea of “the good life” and is likely to pull powerful and potentially shady people into your life. Power struggles within groups and organizations are one of the potential outcomes. In the other hand, membership in groups of like minded folks may radically transform your life for the better. As Pluto moves into Capricorn, it finds itself at a soft angle to you. Although Pluto’s ministrations are rarely gentle, you won’t be seeing the worst of it from the solar system’s silent outcast. The opportunity for personal evolution peaks over the next few years for the February Pisces. The March Pisces will have to wait for a while.
(original published in Nov. 2008)