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Observations: Aftereffects of Pluto in Sagittarius

I got into a discussion with astrologer CJ Wright of Auntie Moon on facebook about the latest information emerging regarding the growing group of people who do not identify with an organized religious group of some kind. She had linked this article:  Study finds that the number of protestant Americans is declining. And I had just read the results of a poll on Gallup indicating more people in the USA now say the government should not favor a particular set of values. We were conjecturing whether or not these changes were a result of Pluto’s stay in Sagittarius. I’m inclined to believe they are.

There was a great deal in the news during those years reflecting badly on various religious groups such as Catholic Church and their problems with priests abusing the vulnerable. Now Pluto is in Capricorn and focusing attention on various corporate and government hierarchies, we can begin to assess what Pluto wrought in Sagittarius. Pluto works in subtle, far reaching ways bringing about changes that take time to appear and become part of our daily experience.

When Pluto was in Sagittarius, it did not have Uranus squaring it as Pluto in Capricorn does now. That may be why we may see an acceleration of the changes Pluto in Cappy will bring. Uranus and Pluto in cardinal signs supports this because cardinal demands action rather than the endless discussions of mutable Sagittarius. Sagittarius does love an unending philosophical discussion. *grin*

CJ also felt Neptune in Pisces may be part of the emergence of the evidence of changes in the collective. I agree and wish to add Saturn in Scorpio trine Neptune is adding some weight. The damage done by Jerry Sandusky during the Pluto in Sadge years when sport was almost a religion has been rewarded this week by a sentence of 30 to 60 years in prison. Virtually a death sentence for the 68 year old Sandusky has his Aquarius Sun opposing Pluto in Leo. Lynn Hayes wrote an excellent post on The Astrology of the Penn State Scandal.

It’s always fun to indulge in astrological speculation of this nature . . . anyone else have some observations on the repercussions of Pluto in Sagittarius to add?


Pluto and Self-defeating Behaviors

Let’s face it, as Pluto winds down his journey through Sagittarius and prepares to enter Capricorn at the end of November, like a lot of other astrologers Pluto and what messages he has for us are very much in my thoughts.

As I was waking up this morning it came to me Pluto either natally or by transit challenges us to face our self-defeating behaviors, the “cut off your nose to spite your face” ones. Those of us with a strong Pluto presence natally start out right out of the gate dealing with these while others have these behaviors brought to their attention by Pluto transits to their personal planets and Ascendant.

Each Pluto generation through the signs have their signature failing. For the Pluto in Cancer folks it was taking their sacrifices for home and hearth to an extreme, for the Pluto in Leo group that I belong to it’s pride in being “right”, Pluto in Virgo people have the possibility of elevating criticism to a fine art (for the other person’s own good of course). The Pluto in Libra generation can go one of two ways . . . taking their idea of justice over the top or being unable to make a decision due to indecisiveness. From what I’ve seen of the Pluto in Scorpio people first you have to get their attention because they can get lost in their current obsession and as for the Pluto in Sagittarius group they may fall prey to righteousness.

My own experience in good Pluto in Leo style lead to me frequently taking a stand for some reason or another and ending up losing out on a treat of some kind because of it. As Pluto gradually moved over my Midheaven and personal planets the awareness began to sink in I was the one causing myself unnecessary grief because of idealistic stances and pride. As a result I have gradually become more and more pragmatic in my general approach to life and it’s challenges. Yes, often I AM in the right but to pursue that course to the end would serve no one’s best interests least of all my own.

As a Libra-Scorpio person it seems the challenge is to find the best compromise available and to realize taking a stand based on pride instead of Scorpio pragmatism won’t allow for a solution benefiting all parties. Almost everyday we see examples of how pride in being right eats up resources when a better alternative would be to let it go and compromise. Politicians of all stripes are extremely good at it!

I know there are a lot of good Plutonians out there and I’m wondering if any of you have had similar experiences or observed others dealing with these issues. Or maybe this is the sort of thing you are learning/have learned through a Pluto transit.

The last of the David Austin yellow roses as fall settles in here.

Pluto and the Politics of Reproduction

Pluto in Sagittarius is now direct and I find myself contemplating how much I dislike the combination of politics and reproductive issues because the underlying theme is control, control, control.

I am very much for women having the final say over what is happening with their bodies. When the first state laws were being passed to legalize abortion it was the issue that sent me to register to vote. As a strongly Plutonian person my own life experiences taught me the importance of deciding for oneself about bringing children into this world. Women, in the western world at least, have far more say about becoming pregnant and whether to have the baby than ever.

However when reproductive issues enter the political realm it is all about power and control, period! End of story. Politicians who use what I view as entirely private concerns to sway voters are no more interested in the health and well being of woman than rape is about sex. Speaking from the perspective of a Scorpio person with a deep reverence for the power and beauty of the cycle of life and death, sexuality and the mysteries of the feminine in all beings, I feel all of these things are being deeply disrespected.

When Pluto was in Capricorn for the first time earlier this year I noticed the beginnings of a shift away from the previous Pluto in Sagittarius years when religious beliefs seemed to hold so much sway in politics and governing. And it was very refreshing. It is my hope that when Pluto moves back into Capricorn in late November we will be moving back to a true separation of church and state which is where the US started in 1776.

For the record, I choose not to vote for any candidate, no matter how qualified or lauded, who does not support a woman’s right to choose for herself with access to good information on birth control and human sexuality in it’s full range of expression. And that’s that! This is Neith’s Scorpio side speaking in case you hadn’t notice. ::::grin::::

Over on Real Astrologers, the Full Moon in Pisces post is up and I also wrote on the synastry of the Palins just for the fun of it.

This beautiful image of Scorpio is by digital artist, Kayaga. It captures the subtlety of this complex sign.


Fashion and Pluto in Capricorn

Trina Turk 'Spencer' tweed vest What’s hot in the fashion industry often reflects what’s happening in society at large, and this year we’re seeing a return to menswear in women’s clothing. I came across an article in USA Today magazine this past weekend about this trend and immediately thought of Pluto moving into Capricorn.

To quote Catherine Chow, co-founder of Tobi.com:  “In these serious and uncertain times, we’re looking for some structure . . . to convey power and confidence.” She is referring the general economic climate, with stocks plunging, home foreclosures spiking, and the big rise in the cost of fuel, all signs of change and turmoil.

For the woman wearing masculine-inspired clothing designs, the idea is to project an image of being in control, the one in charge. What is more Capricorn than that? Capricorn is strongly associated with executives and others at the top end of the ladder of success and with a conservative pinstriped image. With many women in the work force looking to move up the ladder, choosing to project the right image is very important – Capricorn all the way.

We may see the atmosphere lighten up some this summer when Pluto moves back into Sagittarius, but this is not likely to last much past Pluto’s return to Capricorn late in the year. I for one would be delighted to see the last of low-cut jeans and high cut T-shirts, the oh-so-causal look that Pluto in Sagittarius blessed us with.

It will be very interesting to see what the fashionistas will have for us when the 2009 designer collections hit the runways later this year. As a group they seem to have a sense of the prevailing atmosphere. More cuffed trousers à la Katherine Hepburn, classy men’s vests with bow ties, and high-heeled oxfords anyone?

Venus rules Libra too posted by Neith . . .