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Observations: Pluto and the Grand Trine in Earth

© Diane Lang

I was going to write a lighthearted article about Taurus and gardening but instead I find myself writing about Pluto once more probably due to Mercury squaring Pluto this morning and this week’s Grand Trine with Pluto in Capricorn, Mars in Virgo and the Sun in Taurus.

That is one sweet Grand Trine in earth! It demonstrates all the wonderful possibilities of the three earth signs working together. Taurus is naturally good at being productive; Virgo acts as both quality control and the middle man with Capricorn overseeing the whole operation. Whilst this may not be the speediest team, it can be extremely efficient and dependable.

The trickiest element of the three is Pluto in Capricorn because one thing Pluto forces us to do eventually is face reality whether we want to or not and Pluto in Capricorn is going to continue to reveal those instances of extremely bad management practices. If you have been very lucky, you’ve worked for at least one really good boss who was effective without being offensive and overbearing. Good leadership leads to win-win scenarios with everyone from the top down feeling like they are a valued member of the company . . . thus increasing productivity.

If you are undergoing one of Pluto’s gentle transits to your personal planets or Angles, you know he doesn’t let up until you’ve finally acknowledged the futility of ignoring what he wants you to learn about yourself. Pluto is always about power no matter what sign he is in and he always demands nothing less than total honesty. Misuse of power and authority are what he will be going after in Capricorn. He is in the process of teaching lessons in humility to those individuals who have done exactly that. Remember how high Capricorn Tiger Woods was flying not all that long ago or those Secret Service men whose arrogance and pride contributed to their downfall. Yeah . . . go Pluto!

Whilst most of us have horror stories about the boss from Hell, I would love to hear about the really good ones and what you felt they did/do right. Now more than ever, we need to focus on the positive side of Pluto in Capricorn. After all, the first exact square from Uranus in Aries is right around the corner.

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12 comments to Observations: Pluto and the Grand Trine in Earth

  • Jazz

    Thanks for the clarifying perspective. I’ve had two excellent managers who I stupidly rejected promotions from. They were very supportive and provided guidance. The first is my 1st corporate boss and the second is my last corporate boss. They both taught me the importance of managing my own (lofty!) expectations and others’ expectations of me, as well. Pluto in Capricorn is conjoining my progressed Ascendant and opposing my natal 8th house Sun. Hard life lessons teaching me how to be a better boss of me by showing me the results of (mis)managing my resources!

    • Diane L

      Welcome Jazz!
      They both taught me the importance of managing my own (lofty!) expectations and others’ expectations of me, as well. Pluto in Capricorn is conjoining my progressed Ascendant and opposing my natal 8th house Sun. Hard life lessons teaching me how to be a better boss of me by showing me the results of (mis)managing my resources!

      Managing expectations is a huge part of any Pluto event – either by transit or natally. One thing I’ve noticed is Pluto also teaches us humility, one way or another. :P

      From my own experience of Pluto crossing my natal ASC, what was brought home was the need to let go of any ideas about managing other people’s lives. No power trips allowed even if I was right . . . sucks but that was the message.

      I can see 8th House Sun being opposed by Pluto resulting in lessons on resource management. Usually the 8th House deals with joint resources of some type too.

      Pluto continues to move back & forth over my Progressed Sun & Mars in Capricorn. It’s been doing this for a couple of years & isn’t going to leave me alone for several more. Much more subtle than aspecting a natal planet or Angle, thankfully.

      xoxo diane~

      • Jazz

        Thanks for the warm welcome, Diane. You hit the nail on the head with your comment about Pluto showing us where we need to stop power-tripping (or giving away our power to others!). Till recently, I’ve focused almost all of my energy into empowering others so much that I’ve grown their resources while mine dwindled. I’m learning the wisdom of tending to my own garden before saving the community parks. ;-) In fact, I took it as a compliment when my last manager (from hell) called me a “liability” when I said no to moving in with her (& paying her rent!) instead of using the relocation package that came with the job offer. I didn’t trust combining ALL of my resources with someone I just met – who gave me a bad feeling from jump. It felt good to finally tell a domineering boss NO. I’m usually viewed by managers as an “asset” – to cultivate, exploit, or sabotage if I threaten them (heavily-aspected Pluto in the 10th). The bad bosses just make me appreciate my good ones even more – and make me a better one.

        I’m happy you wrote this post because it’s comforting to see I’m not alone with the horror bosses. Funny stories in the comments section. Self-employment or big business has been most favorable for me.

        With your progressed Capricorn Sun and Mars and experience with Pluto transits, you could write a a series or book of advice on how to manage our lives better. ;-)

        • Diane L

          Hey Jazz!

          Till recently, I’ve focused almost all of my energy into empowering others so much that I’ve grown their resources while mine dwindled. I’m learning the wisdom of tending to my own garden before saving the community parks. ;-)

          Very, very important realization. For some reason we don’t get the message we need to nurture ourselves to enable us to better nurture others.

          In fact, I took it as a compliment when my last manager (from hell) called me a “liability” when I said no to moving in with her (& paying her rent!) instead of using the relocation package that came with the job offer. I didn’t trust combining ALL of my resources with someone I just met – who gave me a bad feeling from jump.

          OMG! Unbelievable nerve! And why did she even think for a minute this was a good deal for you?!?!?! 8-O

          Self-employment or big business has been most favorable for me.

          That seems like a good fit with a heavily aspected 10th House Pluto all right.

          xoxo diane~

  • Debs

    A supervisor at my first job (sales) admired the way I played with store mannaquins. I’d quietly change their clothes and reposition them without permission– helped with sales, I swear!– and because I’m a bit of an antsy and anal type who needs something to do almost all the time. I also played with merchandise (replacement, shifting, “perfecting”).

    I often got overlooked when it came to promotions back then because of what little college education I had (one year, I was an eighteen-year-old drop-out). But that supervisor went and pushed a door wide open for me, telling the assistant manager (who told the general manager) that I’d be a good fit for a visual merchandising position.

    I think I was in sales for maybe a month after that. Then I got the visual merchandising position :). This, after the snooty visual merchandiser before me decided to go for a corporate job.

    That supervisor was the best supervisor ever. I learned a whole new set of skills. He left the company before I did.

    Since then I’ve worked with one other good boss, followed by highly competitive weirdos who have helped shape my character. I take crap from no one. Also, these folks’ “chasing” me away from a former job was a blessing in disguise: I became my own boss, doing something I’ve loved for the past 5 years (which is the longest amount of time I’ve ever held a job) and am darn brilliant at.

    :)

    • Diane L

      Hey Debs!! :D

      That supervisor was the best supervisor ever. I learned a whole new set of skills. He left the company before I did.

      Wow! Excellent fellow! Gotta love people like that, they are few and far between. Being able to learn something new on the job also keeps things interesting.

      Also, these folks’ “chasing” me away from a former job was a blessing in disguise: I became my own boss, doing something I’ve loved for the past 5 years (which is the longest amount of time I’ve ever held a job) and am darn brilliant at. :)

      Some people are just better self-employed . . . my Aries husband being one of them. For active self-starters it’s a good way to go. :D The biggest downside is no benefits like health insurance, paid vacation time, etc. Being self employed bites at tax time too.

      xoxoxo diane~

  • Joe

    Ah. So this is why we’re seeing and hearing so much about corporate greed, abuses of power, governmental overreach, privacy breaches, police-state mentality, and so forth. With Pluto in Cap for many years yet, this is going to be a long, long class session for the general population.

    As for bosses, I’ve been lucky for the most part to have bosses that are available but not overbearing. In my field I have to be disciplined enough to do my work with minimal oversight, but nothing gets my hackles up like micromanaging.

    • Diane L

      Hey Joe!

      Ah. So this is why we’re seeing and hearing so much about corporate greed, abuses of power, governmental overreach, privacy breaches, police-state mentality, and so forth. With Pluto in Cap for many years yet, this is going to be a long, long class session for the general population.

      No kidding! Even knowing Pluto in Cappy was going to start unearthing this sort of trash, the headlines still continue to surprise me on occasion.

      In my field I have to be disciplined enough to do my work with minimal oversight, but nothing gets my hackles up like micromanaging.

      I can see this, Joe. All you need to know is what needs doing and what your general parameters are – good 6th House Sun person that you are! :D

      xoxo diane~

  • Mandy

    My first boss, John – I was 17. He treated us like family and was also firm in his boundaries. I learned the art of discipline from him. Before he would ‘spank’ you, he would compliment you on something first so the blow wasn’t so hard. I ran my own business for 15 years and used his examples. My employees appreciated me to the point that it was almost embarrassing at times. Then I retired the business and all hell broke loose. I got jobs at: a resort – the boss was a control freak, taking overtime off us, the cleaning chemicals were making us pass out, she was absolutely vicious in her discipline. Next came factory work: I discovered my two supervisors drinking on the job – they slashed my tires, told me they ‘knew where I lived’, set me up to look inefficient, cornered me outside at night threatening to spin stories for the manager about me if I squeaked. Next, a job in an art centre – the program director for children smacked our summer youth worker across the face. I told my manager, who’s first words were “We can’t let him realize he has a case!” I spoke up in all these cases and it wasn’t pretty at all. The lunatics are running the asylum for sure. I will never work for another business again – self-employments all the way here. Pluto, Uranus, Mars and a whole bunch of other crap in my 7th spanning Leo and Virgo, I’m not volunteering for this s**t anymore.

    • Diane L

      Hi Mandy!

      The lunatics are running the asylum for sure. I will never work for another business again – self-employments all the way here. Pluto, Uranus, Mars and a whole bunch of other crap in my 7th spanning Leo and Virgo, I’m not volunteering for this s**t anymore.

      Good grief! You certainly ran into some serious s**t working for others! Those sound like graphic examples of those planets in the 7th House & I agree you are far better off being self employed. Sounds like some of the stories my Aries husband had from the few times he worked regular jobs (he has Saturn conj Neptune in the 7th). With his loaded 1st house, he is well suited to managing his own show too.

      xoxo diane~

  • Les

    I was recently talking to some friends I used to work with many years back about the boss we had who was unconventional and a bit of a nutcase who drove some of my colleagues crazy. One thing we all agreed is that she was great at keeping upper management off our backs so we could do our creative work (we were writers and producers of things like corporate video programs). I never felt criticized but only encouraged, and we had so much fun and put out some great programs. My last managers were so controlling, made people feel shamed for any little imperfection in their work, and treated the writers like factory workers to churn out work. Maybe it’s just a change in the times, though. Things were a lot looser back then (late ’80s).

    • Diane L

      Hey Les!

      Maybe it’s just a change in the times, though. Things were a lot looser back then (late ’80s).

      Living in a contracting economy/Recession does do that. We’re all learning how to be creative within tight boundaries (Saturn). *sigh*

      xoxoxoxo diane~