When I started thinking a few years ago about what Pluto in Capricorn would bring, I thought about the fact that Capricorn is considered a symbol of government. Pluto as a planet makes things more powerful and it also destroys them. So I was wondering, would Pluto in Cap make government more powerful or destroy it?
My money, at least as far as the US goes, was on Pluto making government more powerful. I thought things like government bonds would be a good investment and that we’d see the federal government become more powerful. It certainly seems to be the case that the federal government is becoming more powerful.
However, Pluto in Capricorn is also starting out by making a vigorous effort to destroy a lot of local governments at the same time. Cities, states, and counties are all facing horrible budget deficits in this country. I’m staggered by the things these local governments (e.g., state governments) are having to do just to try to survive. Arizona is seemingly considering selling off its state capitol building. California’s problems are now legendary. So are Detroit’s.
Supposedly, Pluto destroys to reform and remake. Local governments would therefore rise from the ashes, phoenix-style, born anew and in a better form. Maybe that will happen. But I’m not entirely sure that all such governments will be reborn without significant scars.
After all, Pluto was busy during the Sagittarian era doing the same thing to journalism and publishing. The rise of self-publishing, especially via the Internet, has been obvious and you could say that there’s an element of rebirth in a new and improved form, or at least a form with more access and blunt Sagittarian freedom.
But newspapers don’t look to be anywhere close to a rebirth at present, and given the public’s distrust of the media, it’s not entirely clear yet that journalism has been improved exactly. Maybe it has and it’s just hard for the public to tell!
Meanwhile, Pluto’s busy working his destructive or constructive magic on big corporations as well. Big corporations are another thing that Capricorn symbolizes. I thought the big blue chips would do well in this era, but big names are keeling over, dropping like flies, or at least their profits are.
Still, I have to think that some big corporations will only get more and more powerful as the era wears on. Consolidation will kick in and we’ll see an economy with fewer but bigger giants. I think.
Governments around the world will also see pressure from the world economic troubles and from the coming Uranus in Aries push for more personal freedoms. Some won’t make it I think.
It’s said that there’s an ancient Chinese curse that goes “May you live in interesting times.” We live in interesting times.