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Birthing a revolution – Pluto in Capricorn

Hello, everyone.

This is the second part of a series examining the current position of Pluto in Capricorn and comparing it to the time of the American Revolution, the last time Pluto was in Capricorn.

We’re not to the point of revolution yet.  If we compare the actual position of Pluto now to that historical period it is related to the years 1762 to 1765.  During those years Pluto was transiting back and forth from about 0 degrees Capricorn to 5 degrees Capricorn, just like it is now.  When the actual Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, Pluto was at 27 degrees of Capricorn, which it will reach again in 2022.

 

Political cartoon by Benjamin Franklin

Political cartoon by Benjamin Franklin

Birthing a revolution

 

 

 

The years between 1762 and 1765 were called by John Adams, an American statesman, when “American independence was then and there born.”  Great Britain had just concluded what American historians refer to as The French and Indian War.  While Great Britain did not expect the American colonists to pay for all of the costs of the war, it did begin to require them to pay for ongoing colonial defense.  It also began to enforce certain mercantile laws that were in place already but had not been enforced strictly until this time.

These laws with their additional taxes were met with great resistance in Americans who believed that monarchs could tax people only with their consent.  The resistance to this tax created a loose coalition among the various colonies in the region, colonies with fundamental differences and mistrust of each other, but a common goal to resist what they deemed as unfair practices by the British government. 

Civic and religious duty

During the years leading up to the Revolution there was a fervor developing for “Republicanism.”  In those days, Republicanism meant that men were required to put civic duty ahead of personal desires – that people should develop “a positive passion for the public good”, in the words of John Adams.  And as Thomas Payne expounded in “Common Sense”, a very popular pamphlet that circulated just before the Revolution, it was also a part of every man’s religious duty to fight tyranny.  He based this on the Bible’s exposition that men are equal to each other at creation; therefore there is no distinction between kings and subjects.

Revolution today

What are the correspondences to the Pluto in Capricorn of today?

I’ll name three that I see and I hope you’ll add to the list:

  1. We are at the very beginning of this Pluto in Capricorn cycle.  The American Revolution occurred at the end of the prior one.  Already we are witnessing the stirrings of a global overthrow of governmental and business structures.  The Tea Party movement is an example of a similar sentiment to the colonists prior to the Revolution.
  2. Coalitions of people are forming who are historically distrustful of each other, yet united in their fervor to fundamentally restructure some aspect of society.  This can be seen in some of the unlikely alliances in the Republican Party today.
  3. The religious duty to overthrow tyranny forms the basis of some of the most important global movements in our time.

Will this be BIG?

Are you wondering whether there will be an enormous societal change with this passage of Pluto in Capricorn like there was in the last?  Yes, I think so.  Capricorn as a cardinal sign wants to initiate something big and concrete, and Pluto is always birthing the evolution we need to progress as a whole. 

What will it be?  I’m not sure yet.  John Adams didn’t recognize the birth point of the revolution until many years later.  And this is a feature of Pluto, whether it is operating in a birth chart, a business chart, or the times as a whole.  Pluto’s transformations are so massive it takes many years before we can look at what happened and say, yes, I understand it.  Right now we’re deeply immersed in the throes of its activity – like the American colonists about twelve years before declaring independence.

If you see other correspondences between those times and now, let us know in the Comments section.

For more posts on Pluto in Capricorn, see the category at the right.

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Happy Anniversary, Pluto

Hello, everyone.

Happy 80th Anniversary, Pluto, a few days late.  Pluto was discovered on February 18, 1930.   I don’t say Happy Birthday, because of course he existed long before.  But astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh first sighted him in 1930.

Pluto’s been on my mind a lot lately, as it has been for many astrologers, because of its prominence this year.  For much of the year there will be a square between Pluto and Saturn, and when Uranus moves into Aries in June, a pattern begins to develop called a Cardinal T-Square.  This pattern has Saturn opposing Uranus, and Pluto forms a square aspect to both of them. 

Reorientation

Computer-generated map of Pluto from Hubble images

Computer-generated map of Pluto from Hubble images

But for today I want to just talk about Pluto.  Pluto is not a personal planet like Venus or Mars; it doesn’t concern individual business success or your leadership style.  It is not about your relationship with your employees or coworkers.  Because Pluto is so far from the Sun and its orbit is very long, many, many people are born under the same placement of Pluto and its sign defines a whole generation.  

In the same way, Pluto reflects the broad impersonal movements in society and the reorienting of our global compass.  In its current sign Capricorn, it is reorganizing the fundamental power structures of our lives:  government, business, religion, and the global resources it takes to keep these structures in place.  Pluto overthrows whatever is old, stagnant and decaying in these realms to make room for something more vital to take its place.

In the Course of human events

The American Revolution was born when Pluto was in Capricorn.  The U. S. Declaration of Independence, written under Pluto in Capricorn and addressing its challenges, is still one of the most influential documents ever written.  Even in the opening line in the Declaration of Independence, “When in the Course of human events”, you can sense the author’s intuitive grasp that this was not about one country versus another but something larger that transcended the current time. 

The writer, Thomas Jefferson, goes on to state that the new country would “assume among the powers of the earth” its separate and equal station and that “Governments are instituted among men, and that they derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.”  This is the radical viewpoint of Pluto in Capricorn, that men have power that they grant to their creations, such as governments, churches, and corporations.  If the particular system men have created is not working for their safety and happiness, then they can abolish it.  And in conservative Capricornian fashion, he says that men should structure a new government with a new foundation based on the principles and powers they believe in.

Current events

Do you see any correspondences between the Revolutionary time and now?  Remember, in those times, corporations had not yet emerged as a competitor to government and church as a form of manmade power. 

If you see correspondences to today, please add them to the comments section.  The Tea Party Movement comes to my mind.  Tomorrow I’ll cite several others I’ve been thinking about.

For more posts on Pluto in Capricorn, see the category at the right.

For an excellent analysis of the impact of Pluto in Capricorn on our economy today see this post from Wall Street Weather.

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Are you “irrationally pessimistic”?

Hello, everyone.

Remember “irrational exuberance”?  This afternoon I was listening to “Talk of the Nation” on NPR and I heard the term “irrational pessimism”.

Irrational exuberance – Fire signs

(Source:Wikimedia Commons)

(Source:Wikimedia Commons)

When Alan Greenspan, then Chairman of the Federal Reserve, coined the term “irrational exuberance”, the planet Pluto had just entered the Fire sign Sagittarius where it was to stay for the next twelve years.  Pluto reflects the grand movements in society and the evolution of life on earth.  Sagittarius is nothing if not exuberant.  Pluto entering Sagittarius heralded an era of unregulated prosperity fueled by a frenzy of optimism.

At the time of Greenspan’s speech in 1996, Saturn was in Fire sign Aries in trine aspect to Pluto.  Unlike our current Saturn in Libra transit, where Saturn is particularly strong, Saturn is weakened when in Aries.  The passion and entrepreneurial attitude of Aries is at odds with conservative Saturn and Saturn becomes fairly ineffective. A weak Saturn in Aries combined with Pluto in Sagittarius was perfectly reflected in the phrase “irrational exuberance.”

Irrational pessimism – Saturn and Capricorn

Now we hear “irrational pessimism” – Pluto in Capricorn squaring a much stronger Saturn in Libra.  Capricorn, and its ruler Saturn, are known for pessimism – they see the glass half empty.  Saturn’s role is to contract, conserve, and limit. Capricorn is the part of the cycle that makes things real, brings ideas into the material plane, and builds structures to secure our belongings – serious business! 

With Pluto in Capricorn until the mid-2020s this pessimistic, nose-to-the-grindstone attitude could be here to stay.  There was an article in Newsweek this week that spoke about how “even one really tough year experienced in early adulthood is enough to fundamentally change people’s core values and behaviors”.  Even though the economy is improving, Americans are still not spending, which potentially increases the downward spiral.  Americans have quadrupled their savings rate and hope to save 15% of their income going forward.  This seems rational, but those dollars tied up in banks allow the banks to make money, not small business owners who are the engine of the economy and provide the most jobs.

We all understand where “irrational exuberance” led us.  Do we understand what will happen if we succumb to “irrational pessimism”?

Habituating to pessimism?

What do you think?  As for myself, as an exuberant Sagittarius, I can’t live with pessimism and depression too long.  I don’t care much about what’s “real”, I care about my spirit and greeting each day with enthusiasm.  I learned many years ago that we create our reality from the habitual thoughts in our minds.  Are we all habituating to “irrational pessimism”? 

Please weigh in:  do you think this pessimism is rational or irrational?  And what do you think we should do about it?

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Saturn/Pluto Strategy #3 – Act!

AUDIO VERSION: Saturn Pluto Strategy 3

Hello, everyone.

We’re outlining the strategies to use the current Saturn/Pluto square effectively in business.  So far we have:

Strategy #1 – Alignment , and

Strategy #2 – Identify the challenge

Now we’re ready for

Strategy #3 – Act!

To review where we are so far:  when we have a planet in air (Saturn in Libra) squaring a planet in earth (Pluto in Capricorn) one party, one part of ourselves, one part of our world is focusing on physical structures and material security and another is focusing on the ideas and relationships that provide meaning in our lives.  They are each vying for attention and with these two planets there’s no subtlety involved. 

Trumbull's Declaration of Independence (Source:Wikipedia)

Trumbull's Declaration of Independence (Source:Wikipedia)

If you really think about it you will recognize this conflict in the atmosphere of your business – a new idea or relationship that is competing with the need for material security and structures.  But the good news is that planets in square aspect to each other carry the energy to solve the problem.  So much tension is generated that we are forced to take action.  Cardinal squares are resolved through action.

What actions should we take?

With Pluto in Capricorn, the proper action is to align ourselves with the energy of endings and renewal.  Let something go, let something die, and rebirth will follow.  With Saturn in Libra the proper action is to open ourselves to other people, especially the older and wiser, to listen to advice and implement. 

The cardinal square is not the time to stand by and see how things unfold.  It’s also not the time to take small steps, doggedly pursuing some course of action.  Often a square presents us with a choice and too much energy gets dissipated if we stand at the crossroads too long.  It’s time to take action:  powwow with the best people around you, seize the best idea, and put in into practice.  Try new tactics, it’s time to be bold. 

The Silver Lining

And there’s a silver lining to all this.  Pluto is in Capricorn, the sign ruled by Saturn.  Saturn is in Libra, the sign of its exaltation.  While a square aspect is always stressful, these planets recognize and understand each other.  Saturn likes to build structures, and in Libra likes to build structures of communication and relationship.  Pluto in Capricorn is forcing us to come to terms with the past structures we’ve created, especially in business and government.  Finding and working with the common ground between them is the key to effective action. 

How do they work together?  Pluto is exposing everything that is rotting the structures we have placed our trust in.  As Pluto digs up everything impure, decaying, and non-functional Saturn brings in integrity, honesty, and the willingness to do the hard work of establishing a new system.  The new system can be infused with Libra values such as equity, parity, diplomacy, collaboration and cooperation if we are willing to do the work to achieve it.

Remember, Libra is an air sign so a purely mental action satisfies.  Choose any one of the Libran values and bring it into your business.  Discussion, debate, even argument will bring the idea to life and Pluto in Capricorn will bring it to material form.

Let me give you a great example.  Pluto was in Capricorn and Saturn in Libra in 1776, when the United States Declaration of Independence was signed.

Not to say that time in American history was easy and neither will this be.  As astrologer Lynn Hayes says in her blog post, “Saturn square Pluto:  Reshaping the world we live in”,

Any time we encounter Pluto in its guise as the Lord of Death we can become fearful in the face of the certainty of endings and change.  But Saturn requires that we face our obligations and work diligently to overcome them, regardless of the obstacles that are placed in our path.  In doing so we become stronger and more powerful; better able to navigate any rough waters that we encounter.

This is a powerful square and a powerful time.  If we use it wisely and consciously it can unleash a major transformation in our business lives.  Go for it!

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Saturn/Pluto Strategy #2

AUDIO VERSION: Saturn Pluto Strategy 2

Hello, everyone.

We’re outlining the strategies to use the current Saturn/Pluto square effectively in business.  So far we have:

Strategy #1 – Alignment

Now let’s look at the nature of the square between Libra and Capricorn, which will lead us to…

Strategy #2 – Identify the challenge

 

Earth and atmosphere. (Source:Wikipedia)

Earth and atmosphere. (Source:Wikipedia)

The Libra Capricorn Challenge

 

Libra and Capricorn are known as cardinal signs.  When a planet is in Libra and another in Capricorn, as long as they are close to the same degree, they are in square aspect to each other.  Anytime you have planets in two cardinal signs, there is going to be stress between them.  They both want to implement new activities, but in completely different areas of life.

Steady Earth

Capricorn is an earth sign; Libra is an air sign.  Earth and air – think about it.  The earth is solid and structural; it provides a base for the material world, for everything that has physical being on this globe.  It is also subject to natural cycles which repeat themselves again and again such as the seasons, and night and day.  It is dependable and steady.

As the cardinal earth sign, Capricorn is focused on structures.  It invests in the physical and is the guardian of the material realm.

Air Currents

Libra is an air sign.  Libra invests in and is the guardian of ideas.  Air signs are about our rational thinking processes and the creativity of our motives and intentions.  Air signs represent the ideas and philosophies that circulate among us like currents of air. 

Like the air, these currents have no visible appearance but are critical to our lives.  Air signs are about communications and relationships between people, what passes back and forth between and among us mentally.  Libra is particularly attached to initiating new ideas.

Earth and Air

The realm of ideas versus the physical world.  These two modalities are interdependent:  what would we do with air if we had no earth to stand upon?  And would life exist on this planet without air?  But often we experience them as incompatible and resonate more with one or the other. 

We are all driven to some extent to become proficient in earth and air, material achievement and interaction.  And when there are two planets in square to each other, as with the current Saturn/Pluto square, these goals are in conflict with each other.

Can you identify the conflict in your business?  If so, you’re ready for Strategy #3 – Act!

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Saturn/Pluto Strategy #1

AUDIO VERSION: Saturn Pluto Strategy 1

Hello, everyone.

Astrology has two great strengths that it brings to our business lives:

  1. Identification of the major current and future trends that affect our businesses; and
  2. Suggestions as to how to best align with the current energies, how to catch the wave at the right moment for success.

We’ve been reviewing the current Saturn/Pluto square, which made its first contact on Sunday, November 15, 2009 and will be a dominant influence until October 2010.  I want to give you some strategies to help you work with this energy and make the most of this powerful time.  Over the next few posts we’ll examine them one by one.

Strategy #1:  Alignment 

Pluto is the farthest planet from the sun with an orbit of 248 years.  With an average of twenty years in each sign, it describes a deep and irrevocable shift within the psyche of man.  Billions of people are born under the influence of the sign and the entire populace is affected by its qualities.

New York Stock Exchange (Source:Wikipedia)

New York Stock Exchange (Source:Wikipedia)


Pluto’s energy is essential for growth and development.  It is not a personal energy, but rather collective, informing and influencing all of us at once.  Personal plans and desires are not the province of Pluto, although if our plans and desires are in alignment with the general evolution of the time, we can take advantage of the energy.  If we try to resist the societal need for growth and change, then Pluto can be experienced as extremely destructive.

How to align with Pluto

So how do we work with this energy, how do we keep ourselves in alignment with it?  Pluto’s transit through the earth sign Capricorn will expose and cleanse whatever is no longer viable in the major public structures of our lives to make room for a renewed and fresh approach.  To work with Pluto we must examine these structures, especially in business, career, and government, and remove whatever is old, decaying, rotten, or redundant. 

In business this can mean simple actions such as cleaning out desks, emails, files, cubicles, and closets.   This can also mean letting go of staff that are no longer contributing or attitudes that are no longer appropriate for your business situation.  If there is negativity in your business environment, or racism, ageism, or any other “ism” sapping energy, your task is to bring it to the surface and remove it.

It is also worthwhile to take a good look at the structures of your business, both the physical integrity of your hard assets such as buildings and vehicles, as well as your systems, budgets, debt, and the value of your assets.  Anything that is unsafe, unsound, or festering in secret will be exposed under a Pluto transit. 

New York City Hall (Source:Wikipedia)

New York City Hall (Source:Wikipedia)


As Pluto rules debt, investment, and wealth, take steps to reveal, especially to yourself, whatever financial condition you’re in and come up with concrete plans about how to transform and regenerate your situation.

Don’t wait

Some people and businesses will need to enlist outside consultants, advisors, or psychologists to help uncover the deepest barriers to change.  But the investment is worth the money because if you don’t address these issues, Pluto will certainly bring them to the surface when they’ve been festering so long they are ready to erupt.  And that may be too late. 

Pluto is in the very early degrees of the sign Capricorn.  If you or your business have planets in these early degrees, especially of Libra, Capricorn, Aries, or Cancer you are already dealing with a major restructuring in your business life.  For the rest of us, let’s work with this transformative energy now so that when Pluto arrives we are ready, willing, and prepared for change, and for the season of renewal which will follow.

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Saturn square Pluto – Impasse?

AUDIO VERSION: Saturn square Pluto – Impasse?

Hello, everyone.

We’ve been examining the impact of the square between Saturn in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn.  The first exact contact of this square occurs on Sunday, November 15th; there will be a retrograde contact at the end of January 2010, and then the last exact contact will occur in October, 2010.  Usually, the first contact of a long transit like this sets the stage for the conflict and is most intense.

Symbol of Saturn

Symbol of Saturn

In a nutshell, Saturn in Libra challenges us to define our attitudes toward others in intimate relationships and business partnerships, as well as “others” in general.  Pluto in Capricorn will bring to light everything that is old and decaying in the structures that influence all of our lives such as government and big business and is calling into question whether we have placed our trust in the proper powers.

Clash of the Titans

So now let’s get down to business.  With Saturn in Libra we feel determined to form new alliances, to seek security through partnerships, and to bring our best ideas down to earth through expanding our fields of endeavors.  We’re ready to engage in new projects and we’re willing to put in the extra hours to garner new clients or make an impact on the world around us. 

Symbol of Pluto

Symbol of Pluto

We’re all set:  we’ve prepared our business plans and equipped our businesses and just as we get started we run into one of the most formidable energies affecting our planet today:  Pluto in Capricorn.  Saturn tries to form new alliances and implement new ideas and immediately meets Pluto in the process of tearing down the edifices in our lives. 

Client Examples

Here are some ways this is playing out in clients’ businesses:

  1. One client is trying to reach new customers (Saturn in Libra) while conservatism has gripped consumers (Pluto in Capricorn).
  2. Another client needs to form new financial alliances (Saturn in Libra) while potential partners are driven to protecting their own dwindling resources (Pluto in Capricorn).
  3. One client has a great new idea for expansion (Saturn in Libra) but can’t secure credit because his personal assets have lost so much value (Pluto in Capricorn).
  4. Another is launching herself as an artist (Saturn in Libra) when her potential clients’ discretionary spending is at an all time low (Pluto in Capricorn).
  5. One client wants to do justice to his employees in terms of wages and benefits (Saturn in Libra) but is experiencing financial shortages and has to implement staff layoffs instead (Pluto in Capricorn).
  6. Another client is trying to negotiate a fair resolution to some tax issues (Saturn in Libra) just when the state government is scrambling for revenue wherever it can find it (Pluto in Capricorn).
  7. One client is creating a new methodology in her field (Saturn in Libra) and running into vehement criticism from established corporate competitors (Pluto in Capricorn).

And a few government examples…

  1. Leading a nation using diplomacy rather than force (Saturn in Libra) when the economic and military foundations are crumbling (Pluto in Capricorn).
  2. Building bridges, literally or metaphorically (Saturn in Libra), when the underlying infrastructure is unsound (Pluto in Capricorn).
  3. Launching a new social program (Saturn in Libra) when people are terrified about their own material security (Pluto in Capricorn). 

Is this an impasse?  What does astrology suggest we do?  We’ll look at that in the next post in this series.

Do you have any personal examples?  Please share them in the comments section.

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Saturn square Pluto – Easy to be Hard?

AUDIO VERSION: Saturn square Pluto – Easy to be Hard

Hello, everyone.

Statue of Saturn at Nymphenburg Palace (Source:Wikipedia Commons)

Statue of Saturn at Nymphenburg Palace (Source:Wikipedia Commons)

Do you remember that song by Three Dog Night, “Easy to be Hard”?  This song came to mind this morning as I was thinking about the upcoming square between Saturn and Pluto next Sunday.

I’ll tell you, astrologers are really concerned about this planetary configuration.  It is a long transit with three exact contacts, the last one in August 2010.  It is in the signs of Libra and Capricorn, which are Cardinal signs.  Cardinal signs initiate new action in response to the ultra-stressful nature of the square aspect.

Saturn in Libra

With Saturn in Libra, ongoing public deliberations are bringing profound questions to light about what is fair and equitable:  what do we owe to the people around us?  And personally we are each being challenged to define our attitudes to those close to us, as the song says, do we only care about strangers; what about a needing friend?

Statue of Pluto at Nymphenburg Palace. (Source:Wikipedia Commons)

Statue of Pluto at Nymphenburg Palace. (Source:Wikipedia Commons)

With Saturn in Libra, everyone is in the midst of restructuring their attitudes, not just liberals and not just conservatives.  There is a major debate going on about what are the proper forms of partnership, interaction, and support of others and as long as any one of us is certain we have no more to learn, Saturn will surely support our growth in wisdom as only Saturn can, through pain, limitation, and hardship.

Pluto in Capricorn

All of this would be challenging enough were it not against the background of Pluto in Capricorn.  This major configuration is coloring our times and demanding our attention.  It is easy to see on a global scale.  Pluto in Capricorn is exposing the decay in the fundamental structures in our lives, such as banks, insurance companies, major business conglomerates, the military, and government.

Clash of the Titans

With these two energies together, we’re trying to figure out whether or not we are our brother’s keeper (Saturn in Libra) in the midst of the worst economic times since the 1930s (Pluto in Capricorn).  It’s like the edifices of our lives are crashing down around us just when a stranger comes up and asks us if we can spare some food, or money, or health care.

This makes it extremely difficult to make rational decisions.  The protection we’ve come to rely upon for safety and security is wobbling; the excavation has begun and we can feel it.  So what will be our response, to circle the wagons and care only for our kin, or to expand our group to become more interdependent with others?

Add to this the venomous polarization played out daily in government and the news.  What will Saturn and Pluto have to do to thrust us into the Libran virtues of justice, equality, diplomacy, and respect?

And what will this mean to our business lives?  We’ll get into the details in the next post.

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Business Planning Step 1 – the big picture

We’ve been talking about Saturn in Virgo, and how this is the perfect energy for business planning.  You may want to review those posts before beginning this Step.  You will find them under the “Saturn in Virgo” category in the column to the right.

OK, here we go.  Are you ready?  Let’s take the first step by looking ahead to 2010.  What will the general trends be?

Starting from the most outer planets, let’s begin with Pluto in Capricorn.  You may want to review the posts on Pluto in Capricorn under that category to the right before you begin. 

Pluto will remain in Capricorn for the next fourteen years, so little by little we will learn to take advantage of this trend.  The following are some of my predictions about how this energy will play out

  • Real estate will become a good investment again, in the way it used to be:  a solid, slow-growing asset that is the largest piece of most people’s financial wealth.  A dependable, if illiquid investment.
  • Conservation of the earth’s resources will be a major focus.
  • More and more people will go into business for themselves.
  • Body-based therapies will replace psychological and spiritual therapies.
  • People will be looking for new traditions and ceremonies to build into their lives.
  • A very strong materialism will be apparent, with a focus on the old-fashioned and traditional, such as antiques and conventional homes.
  • Services for the elderly will be more required as the baby-boomers start to get into retirement age.
  • Elderly people will be working productively well into their later years, by choice or not!
  • Consumers will be risk-adverse and will respond well to money-back guarantees, warranties, and service commitments.

 

Process

Step 1.  Make a list of anything you are doing now in your business that takes advantage of these trends.

Step 2.  Review the list you made in Step 1.  How well are these initiatives working?  Write 3 specific actions you can take to improve, maintain, or stop the ones that are not successful.

Step 3.  Dream.  Think about the Pluto in Capricorn energy.  Hold it in your awareness and ask yourself, what can I do that would really capture this energy in my business?  Write down whatever comes to mind.  You may want to stop here and let this energy sink in.  Other ideas may come in the form of inspirations or dreams.

Step 4.  Pick one or more items from Step 3 and write 3 specific actions you can take to implement these strategies.

Step 5.  From Steps 1 through 4, pick 1 or 2 items to carry into the next phase of the process.  You may have to choose among several good alternatives.  That’s OK.  At each step in the process, you will have to narrow your options in order to create a reasonable, practical, achievable plan.

 

Good job!  When you’re finished, move on to the next step. 

 

By the way, I tried the process myself.  I particularly resonated with “more and more people going into business for themselves”, “real estate as a good investment”, and “services for the elderly”.  I’m as curious as you are about where the process will take me!

Let us all know in the comments below how you did with this first step.

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Astro4Business Week – August 24

Phases of the Moon, as seen from the Northern Hemisphere. The Southern hemisphere will see a mirror image of this phase. (Source:Wikipedia)

Phases of the Moon, as seen from the Northern Hemisphere. The Southern hemisphere will see a mirror image of this phase. (Source:Wikipedia)

Hello, everybody.

This week is dominated by an opposition between Pluto in Capricorn and Mars in Cancer, which is in play all week and exact on Wednesday.   Many astrologers are making dire predictions about these two planets opposing each other in the sky, everything from earthquakes and tidal waves to terrorism to further economic collapse.  But let’s look a little deeper at these energies and how they might affect our business lives this week.

Mars in Cancer

Mars is the energy of the warrior, the part of each of us that protects and defends what we think is ours, and takes what we desire from others.  Mars is self-referential, and procreative, strong, fiery, willful, and aggressive.  If Mars doesn’t like something, he says so; if Mars sees injustice, he defends; if Mars is challenged, he responds with force.

There is a time, though, when every warrior retreats back to the tribe, back to home and hearth for rest and rejuvenation.  This is Mars in Cancer, and this is the phase that Mars will enter this week, just before encountering Pluto in Capricorn.  Mars in Cancer, which lasts until mid-October, is the weakest time for the Mars energy.  The fire is out; our internal fighting forces are exhausted.  At this time Mars gathers the tribe around him and becomes passive and timid, depending on others to defend the home turf. 

It’s not that there can be no accomplishment while Mars is in Cancer; it’s that we all must figure out alternative ways to achieve our goals.  At this time, we cannot rely only on ourselves for courage, enthusiasm, and assertiveness; we must rely on the people around us.  Even though our individual competitive energy is weak at this time, the collective energy of the group around us is strong.  This means relying on others, our employees, our collaborators, and our team to accomplish what we cannot accomplish on our own.

This is not to say you will necessarily be content with this weakened vitality.  Some will welcome with relief a period of escape from the need to defend every challenge.  Others will feel bitter and resentful with their inability to overcome.  The worst feature of Mars in Cancer can be a passive aggressive stance where covert operations take the place of overt strategies.  And remember, this energy is just as likely to surface in yourself as in others.

Pluto in Capricorn

We’ve spoken at length about Pluto in Capricorn.  In a nutshell, this is a long transit which will bring fundamental change to many of the structures we have come to rely upon:  government, banks, industries, transport systems.  It is the energy of revolution and evolution and it can be dramatic and at times overwhelming.  It exposes what is hidden, for better or for worse, and usually now, at the beginning of the cycle, we become more aware of the worse rather than the better.

Mars opposing Pluto

When a personal planet like Mars crosses Pluto it opens a channel for the Plutonian energy to enter our personal and business lives.  Normally, when Mars and Pluto form a difficult aspect in the sky, the warrior in us fighting against forces of irrevocable change, immense conflicts can erupt.  But with Mars in Cancer, the warrior is at home.  He may have gathered the whole tribe to defend his territory, but he’s certainly not out looking for a fight.  When Pluto comes knocking, Mars may hand him a cup of tea and a fresh-baked sweet roll. 

So how can we respond to these energies?  There may be massive disruptions in your business this week.   External, even global, forces may impinge upon you, but don’t expect your normal levels of dynamic response and courage.  Put away your weapons:  reliance on and bonding with others is the key to success.  Anything you can do to bring about heartfelt connection among the folks in your business will be a stronger weapon than a direct fight.  You may even join with a competitor to challenge or resist a common enemy. 

An unexpected guest

And there’s a third character on the field this week, a mediator and a welcome guest.  Mercury, the planet of the rational mind, communications, and negotiations is leaving the sign of Virgo and entering the sign of Libra.  From its position in Libra, it forms an aspect to both Pluto and Mars. In contact with both sides of the battle, Mercury brings a message of reconciliation and a desire for win/win outcomes for all.  So look for the diplomat, someone who steps into the middle of the confrontation and helps to craft a workable solution.  There is a reasonable and tactful ally who can balance the incoming Pluto disruption and the passive Mars response.  It may even be you!

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