Simon Bentley writes:
This piece is an editorial I wrote in the February 2008 issue of the White Eagle School of Astrology’s magazine ALTAIR. It is interesting to re-read it under current, different circumstances…
It is human nature to ask ourselves what a new year will bring; humanity in general has been doing that for millennia. I suspect that this year even more questions than usual are being asked. As astrologers, we are naturally expected to have the answers – but, as we also know, it’s not always that simple. However, the heavens do seem to be saying that there is a more than subtle change of emphasis now taking place. The most obvious symbol of this is Pluto’s change of sign. By the time you read this it will just have moved into Capricorn, after thirteen years in Sagittarius; not only that, but it will have been preceded a month earlier by Jupiter, also moving from Sagittarius into Capricorn. This shift of two heavy planets from fire to earth is bound to be noticed and in fact the first signs of the likely effects of Pluto’s passage through Capricorn appeared last year, most notably in the crisis affecting certain financial institutions. Institutions in general, especially those that are large and apparently well-established, as in government and finance, are considered generally to come under Capricorn, whatever their individual charts may be (and these are not always known). We can expect some of the mighty to fall during the seventeeen years that Pluto will spend in this sign, and as it has already begun, 2008, despite a temporary dip back into Sagittarius in the summer and autumn, will almost certainly see some crises of this nature.
What seems to be happening is a general loss of certainty which, of course, makes people anxious and worried. Many are bound to be affected directly or indirectly, but behind all this is something much more positive. We are told to ‘lay up our treasure’ not on earth, but in heaven, so that problems with earthly treasure and indeed earthly authority may well be there to direct our attention inward, to heavenly treasure and the authority of God. Capricorn may be an earth sign but at its highest is the sign of the priest, the one who has a thorough understanding of worldly life and its problems but who brings a spiritual viewpoint to them. Many lament the rampant materialism and selfishness which they perceive in many areas of life. Even though that perception may be somewhat judgmental, it looks as though Pluto in Capricorn will lend us a powerful helping hand in changing things, by force if we don’t go along with it willingly, as is Pluto’s wont.
A quick look back at history is also instructive. Pluto last entered Capricorn in 1762. The ensuing seventeen-year period saw many upheavals, but most of all the one across the Atlantic where America was preparing to rid itself of its colonial masters. The USA national horoscope indeed has Pluto still in Capricorn, although near the end of the sign, and in the second house, so it is likely to be in the forefront of any major changes concerning financial institutions that arise from the coming passage of Pluto through that sign. Our own 1066 national horoscope and the UK 1801 map both have Sun in Capricorn, so we in the UK shall notice it too. Let’s make sure we look forward positively, knowing that much good will come of what is bound to be a period of upheaval and uncertainty.
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