As I mentioned in an earlier entry, Pluto moved into Capricorn late last year. Pluto, that cold, distant - sort-of planet, makes a huge impact on society. Because it is so far away from the Sun, it takes a long, long time to transit the solar system and stays in each sign for a good, long while. Pluto rules change and transformation and as it grinds through the solar system it makes deep changes in the areas of our lives influenced by that sign.
For example, when we baby boomers were born, Pluto was in Leo. Ruled by the Sun, Leo people want the spot light on them - they want everyone to see them shine. What better sign to birth a generation of self absorbed whiners (remember "30 Something"?) than Leo? In the early '60's Pluto moved into Virgo and we saw the rise of the environmental movement and huge changes in the workplace. Its recent foray into Sagittarius saw the rise of spiritualism - as well as its shadow, fundamentalism.
Capricorn rules the very structures that hold society together - our government, our banking system. The last time Pluto was in Capricorn was 1762 - 1777 - a time of great revolution here in America and abroad. The most obvious sign of Pluto Capricorn this time around was the election of our first African American President. However, for every positive there is a shadow. Right now we see that play out in the tea-baggers and those people who wish to blame our current economic woes and "government take over" of business not on the guy they supported who created this mess, but on said first African American President.
A more frightening development was the death of the 51 year old census worker who was found with "FED" on his chest. That is anger at it's worst, most irrational and tragic. Anger among people short on facts and shorter on judgement - fueled by vested interests who are out to keep their piece of the pie safe - can create situations where vigilantism and domestic terrorism reigns.
Pluto will remain in Capricorn for another 10 years - that is a long time to stir up anger. With a wise leader, we will come out the other side with great reforms to make these "big guys" more amenable to the needs of those they are to serve. With fools in charge all bets are off and uncontrolled anger can lead to many tragic circumstances like the death of the census worker, Bill Sparkman, or worse.
Let's hope that we remain as smart as we were at the polls as we were in November 2008.