Pluto in Capricorn

 Pluto, the planet of transformation is now traveling through Capricorn, the sign of structure. Since it takes Pluto 248 years to orbit the Sun and since there are twelve signs, Pluto spends roughly twenty years in each sign. When Pluto transits through Capricorn, it tends to destroy and resurrect social structures. It breaks down old traditions, smashes the status quo and creates a new tradition. When Pluto moved in to Capricorn, fall of 2008, Wall Street experienced a recession. I have written about the process in a prior  newsletter. Before we examine the history of Pluto in Capricorn, I would like to share with you a conversation I had with my Capricorn nephew, Yuval, right when Capricorn moved into Pluto. A year ago, I called my sister to wish her a happy birthday, but Yuval, thirteen years old, was quicker then her and got to the phone first. I guess, since I am an Aries, the sign of identity, I expect everyone to know who I am when I call. I also expected Yuval to recognize my voice, albeit I am sure he was in the midst of playing on the computer building empires or destroying enemy starships. Here is a transcription of the conversation:

Gahl: Hey Yuval 
Yuval: Who is this? 
Gahl: God 
Yuval: No it’s not. 
Gahl: Yes, it’s God. 
Yuval: I don’t believe in God. 
Gahl: What?! Are you crazy? What if I am God? That is the last thing you should say to God! 
Yuval: Who is this? 
Gahl: See, you don’t even know! What if I am God, you are in trouble! 
Yuval: Come on! Is this Gahl? 
Gahl: Don’t change the subject! You don’t believe in God? Yuval: Not in an old man who is standing in the sky. 
Gahl: He is actually sitting, he is old. 
Yuval: OK, don’t believe in him even if he is sitting. 
Gahl: Good boy Yuval, yes, it’s Gahl.

And now for some history… While most Astrologer trace the work of Jesus of Nazareth to when Pluto was in Sagittarius (the sign of philosophy and religion), Pluto was in Capricorn when Paul of Tarsus made a religion out of Jesus’ teaching converting pagans into Christianity, thus creating the new tradition of the Church. Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletianus (c. 22 December 244 – 3 December 311), known as Diocletian, became emperor or Rome in 284. He transformed the ancient tradition of Rome by creating the  Tetrarchy – the division of the empire to four. Many believe this move helped Rome survive. He was also the last pagan emperor.

Next cycle of Pluto in Capricorn brought the reign of Justinian I who built the Hagia Sofia in Constantinople. He restuctured the Roman law, theCorpus Juris Civilis, which is still the basis of civil law in many modern states.

Next Pluto in Capricorn brought Western Europe Charlemagne, a short lived beacon of light in the very dark ages. Many believe it was his empire that protected Europe from the Islamic empire.

It was in Pluto in Capricorn that Martin Luther created the Protestant Reformation in Germany while in Cortez landed in Mexico destroying the Aztec empire and creating what will later be Latin America. In the next Pluto and Capricorn cycle, the USA was born. So what is next? What structure or tradition are we about to break? What will we replace it with? Some believe that the USA homogony of the world will end and that a new world order, democratic and non-nationalistic will replace it. Some go even further and say that the Age of Reason will be replaced with the Age of Spirit. I try not to guess, I watch and learn. I adhere to Hegel who was quoted saying:

The owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of the dusk.