My first ever pop-up astrology session on Facebook Live. In this session I talk through the themes of February’s lunar eclipse (2017) and do some on the spot readings for those who messaged in.
Here’s a link to a Free E-book that I have written for my friends during this time of great astrological change. Your Free Healing Guide To The Astrology Of NOW! (Part One)
This book looks at how we can utilise the energies of the Solar Eclipse and subsequent Full and New Moons and assimilate the learning from the Grand Square and Grand Water Trine.
I hope that you find this link useful.
Am posting this a little late, however we are still right slap bang in the middle of the April Eclipse / Grand Square energy. As I write, the Moon is slowly gliding towards a conjunction with Capricorn and will ACTIVATE and trigger the Grand Square energy that every astrologer and his dog has been bleating on about! (me included)
Here is my video overview of the April Astrology Survival Guide – How to transcend, surf, and thrive during these challenging times I guess. For more specific links to your actual starsign during this time, please see the following post with links to my audio updates.
Will April be a walk in the park for you?
The beginning (and continuation) of the growth process
This New Moon is in Aries, which makes it a powerful time to have a new start. Whatever you focus your attention on this month, will get an extra dose of determination, action and direction. The Aries New Moon connects in to an ongoing tension and dynamic that is already playing out in the world (and in your life too), therefore, this New Moon has a very karmic quality in helping you to heal the most raw situations currently in your life. There aren’t any guarantees of success, but this New Moon’s energy is perfect for ‘change, growth and sudden (and surprising) advance learning’.
Cleansing flame or ravaging inferno?
The theme is a potent one which sets April ablaze. I will be writing separately about the Lunar Eclipse (Full Moon), The 23rd April, and the April New Moon later on. Suffice to say, the messages here will build up, and by this time next month, some karmic patterns are sure to have played out in your life. The New Moon is connecting powerfully with Uranus and this creates an energy of change, disruption and freedom. This is a great month to LET GO OF LIMITING BELIEFS, BEHAVIOURS AND LIFESTYLES!
Cutting away decisively
Aries energy is very go-getting, me-first and decisively active. If there’s a project underway, Aries energy can ignite motivation, trail blaze and push forward unafraid of the consequences. Aries energy acts first and thinks later. We all need to be gutsy from time to time; to make a brave decision, and move forward.
The heavenly menu for April is spicy, hot and could make your eyes water. With (ongoing and building) tensions between Pluto, Uranus, Jupiter and Mars – it’s like there’s a pungent, compulsive peeling of an onion – where hidden layers of control will be revealed. It’s an ongoing ‘big reveal’. I imagine that where people have been ‘shoe-horning’ themselves into a particular image or lifestyle, that ‘the metaphorical onion’ will just be messages to you from yourself. These hidden truths will rock you to the level of how truthful you’ve been with yourself. If you’re living in line with your truth, then it probably won’t be so shocking (more motivating and energising), but where you’ve been playing hide and seek from yourself it’ll be…….’coming ready or not!’.….so either find a really good hiding place, or just give up and start a new game while you’ve still got some control.
Big reveal? Hey I’m ready to shine……
If you’ve been hiding a talent, skill or passion for a long time, this month could be one the marks you letting go of the limiting beliefs that made you hide your brightness. Whatever you identify as holding you back, you can move away from this month. April energy will be useful to get this moving for you. April can build your confidence.
I’ve outgrown my life! Does that count?
Yes it does. Good for you to recognise where you might be limited. Now’s the time to gracefully and peacefully implement plans to move on – whether it’s to a new job, new home, new country or even to a new marital status. make your plans now, and take steps closer to your greatest freedoms. With Venus in Aquarius, there’s a cooling detachment energy that you can connect into if you need it. You can find unattached, impartial support in so many places right now.
The clue to April is to know which side of the emotional fence you’re on and identify your resources. Where are you well resourced? and where are you floundering? Are you feeling great and motivated? What truth are you hiding from?
Desperate to keep moving forward at a pace?
If on the balance of it all, you’re feeling fighting fit and raring to get to work on something, this month ahead could be a groundbreaking one for you, where you create new pathways for yourself out of the rubble of the old you. There’s a big chance to re-create and free yourself from old restraints and limiting beliefs. There will of course be frustrations when things slow, or when you come up against other people’s limits for you, which is why I’d recommend working independently as much as you can. It will free you up to really be authentically you.
Trying to hold it all together?
If this feels more like you right now, then I’d advise you take some time out in April. The energies throughout this month are primed for response, offense, attack and breaking free. If you’re already at breaking point, this month might be the one to break the metaphorical camel’s back. If you’re confident that any trouble you get in, you can apologise out of later, then it’s not so bad, you might find a big ruckass is what you need to clear the air. But if you’re already living in a tense and uptight way, it’s best to rest up, do something you really enjoy and wait for the dust to settle in May.
With the New Moon applying to Uranus, there’s a surprisingness to the whole month ahead. When you see where the dust settles it might help you to make those all important decisions. It also looks like there’ll be lots of new information and evolution coming at us all throughout April, that could be a game changer.
Mars, which is still just conjunct the North node, is also asking you to remember what purpose / action it was that you came here to do. Have faith in your abilities, that you can find the strength to do just this – DREAM BIG!
Who is most affected this New Moon?
This is most potent for the following people:-
- The Cardinal Signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) born at the end of the month or in the first 5 days of the month)
- The Fire Signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius)
- For people that know their birthchart – Anyone with a planet, point or angle between 8-12 degrees Aries
See you on the other side!
The Controller versus The Transformer
So the first look in the Karmic Astrology Patterns Series is Pluto in Capricorn (Controller Versus Transformer). Here I’ll look at what Pluto in Capricorn represents, and look at how it’s energies are playing out in the world, within families, for individuals and what it is asking us to do spiritually.
Pluto went into Capricorn in 2008, so it may seem like this edition is about six years too late. You could be forgiven for thinking just that. And yet, when I tell you that it will be in Capricorn until March 2023 the realisation dawns – no matter how dramatic Pluto’s effect will be here – his energies are generational. They take time to be understood, to express and for us to hear their call.
So what does Pluto in Capricorn mean? Let’s have an ‘in a nutshell’ look at both Pluto and Capricorn separately to give you an easier submersion into it.
Pluto in a nutshell
The outermost planet of the solar system, you’d be mistaken in thinking it had no influence. Pluto seems quite happy out there in the dark, secretly getting on with what he does. This power planet represents absolute power, will power, the ultimate in ‘don’t let go’ sticking power. Pluto goes where no other planet dares, into deep dark holes where it can challenge soul secrets and find your buried treasure. Pluto rules birth, death, re-birth and any major life transformation in between. He’s very happy to get his hands dirty and finds pain illuminating. Change through a Pluto transit often brings profound pain because it challenges your ‘no go’ areas and all that you’d prefer to keep secret. It is humbling, brings you to your knees and connects you to your core truth.
Pluto at its worst is when people sink to their lowest, blackmailing and lying. It rules the underworld, terrorism, nuclear threats and mafioso type cabals. It is terrifying in it’s demand for absolute power. It is death.
Pluto at its best brings about deep truth, rewarding life changes, rags to riches stories, a true hero’s journey. Pluto uncovers deceit and cleanses the grime and dirt from the underworld (and your personal underworld)
Other words describing Pluto energy – sexual, murder, kidnap, cruelty, transcendence, awakening, birth canal
Capricorn in a nutshell
The 10th sign in the Zodiac, Capricorn is the active, transforming earth sign that is concerned with resource, wealth, achievement and success. Capricorn energy seeks to climb ladders, empire build and have the most power. This ambitious energy is unafraid to have a long-term plan. Capricorn is practical and understands that with discipline, patience and perseverance anything can be achieved. At its worst it stops at nothing to execute its overall plan. This is the BIG DADDY of signs. Capricorn loves to be in charge and self sufficient. At its best, Capricorn can reach true wisdom and guide others to looking after themselves.
Other words describing Capricorn – serious, stoic, old father time, leadership, stern, conventional, competitive
Putting them together
Pluto in Capricorn looks at our relationship to order, organisation, leadership, achievement, wealth and conservatism through the lens of control and transformation. In many respects there’s a natural crossover between both Pluto energy and Capricorn energy. (The need for control). But there is a difference between the two.
Pluto digs deep and the expression of his energy can get very messy indeed. Likening it to the phoenix rising from the ashes is not a sweeping statement. Having had Pluto transition over my personal planets and my Ascendant, I can vouch for the fact that each new Pluto generated epoch in my life began after the crushing of the old life. Pluto energy doesn’t just control and transform – it can rip you apart, limb by limb before you can piece yourself back layer by layer. So the manifestation of Pluto’s energies can be very visible.
Capricorn is a private sign. They value their privacy and will calmly let you know how welcome your intrusions are (they’re not! In case you were wondering). Capricorns take their time to learn to trust you, so when they go through change, you can bet your life that they’ll do it as discreetly and as invisibly as possible. If they ‘re-launch’ themselves, it’ll be planned meticulously.
Pluto in Capricorn refers then to how we take control or are controlled in our lives. It looks at where our controls help and hinder us. Pluto in Capricorn has little respect for flakiness. It’s energy is about ‘being your word’. It is also keen to dominate and direct. So whilst Pluto transits through Capricorn we can expect to see a generational shift where we lose the inflated optimism and need to be looked after. We need to learn to communicate thoroughly, truthfully and respectfully. It’s a time of growing up, where we’ll each be challenged to become our own authority. Where we decline to take ownership of how we run our lives, we’ll be controlled, owned and in some way imprisoned. This is the dilemma; Pluto’s energy can express as totalitarian control, or it can be expressed as transformation in your world, family and life.
Allowing the divine unfolding…
The question I would pose to you all now is, are you ready? If not now, have a think about when you might be. You have got until 2023 for this energy to filter through your life and control, transform and uplift – though I would add these three caveats……
- Generational learning and development affects everyone eventually. Even when you don’t engage in the act of conscious self development, if everyone around you does, you will by association be transformed. When you know change is occurring, it is often more stressful to maintain the original status quo. Consider the meaning of Pluto in Capricorn, how it might affect/influence you and then allow your unconscious to bring new opportunities to you
- Pluto loves a fight, so will relish your resistance to rising up to claim your authority. He doesn’t care how you acknowledge his influence during this time. He just knows it’ll happen. Therefore this time can be as hard or as easy as you make it.
- The planetary line up at the moment is primed to turn the world upside down in what it knows to be true. Change is afoot. Where you are resistant to new information, new ways of living and being, this is likely to manifest in super quick time. We have a hard square aspect between Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries – there’s no softly softly with this. Jupiter, Mars and the Moon will all play their parts over the next couple of months to set this energy on fire. We are in a virtual birth canal. Information that affects how we look after ourselves, information that has been suppressed, information that reveals who we are is just around the corner. This is a time of self realisation.
To give you a clearer idea of what I think is going on, I have looked at this time through the lenses of world society, family dynamics and individual evolution. Click on the links below to learn more about what Pluto in Capricorn is asking of us.
Stay tuned for more Karmic Astrology Patterns, where I’ll also be investigating :-
- Neptune and Chiron in Pisces (The collective dumbing down, the emerging love, and some unlikely world mentors)
- Uranus in Aries (The uprising, the youth and the breaking apart)
- Saturn in Scorpio (The secret police and the whistle-blowers)
- Other Planetary Alignments of 2014 and the move from water to fire!
I’d love to know what you’ve already been challenged by and what you’re learning. To talk further about this, feel free to connect with me on Google+
In deep gratitude,
‘In a chart it (Pluto) shows where changes are happening, a sacrifice is called for, or a descent into darkness’ Ma Gyan
For anyone who has experienced a transit of Pluto over a personal planet or sensitive spot on your chart, you can no doubt already relate to this quote. In my personal experience of Pluto going over my Uranus, Ascendant, Mars, Neptune, North Node, Mercury, Sun and now Venus – it seems I’m now very comfortable with the essence of change, transformation and growth. But it wasn’t always easy. Did I struggle? You bet. Did I have many different episodes in my life, before it began to coalesce into something consistent? Of course.
And no doubt, like yours, my first real encounters with Pluto caused me to dig my heels in deeper. To become resolute, to stick with what I already knew to be true. That was my first, and most forgivable mistake. We’re raised to conform from birth. We’re given all the answers we’re told we’ll ever need, so when Pluto first comes calling, and you first begin to question your authority, be ready for a crisis in confidence.
Pluto forces us to drop fear, guilt and shame. When we choose not to come clean or live our truth, he simply gives us more fear, more guilt and more shame. He keeps dishing it out until the weight of it all becomes too heavy to bear. He shows us our burdens and offers us the chance to redeem them – but it all comes at a price. Naked truth. So what about Pluto in Capricorn and our Individual Evolution?
Individual evolution and revolution
Pluto’s transit through Capricorn is very much to do with how you cope on an individual level. It looks at how you respond to authority, resource and structural stability. Where Pluto transits within your birthchart currently, he’ll be challenging you to be more resourceful, deeply authentic and vulnerable about who you are.
Call from the wild or little nudge back to truth?
For some people right now, Pluto is catalysing some major regeneration and release. The people most affected by Pluto currently are people who are born in the first week of January, April, July and October. (for exact dates see Karmic Astrology Patterns – Pluto in Capricorn). For these people, Pluto would have made himself very present in their lives over the last few years. You’ve felt the build up and it is now your time to release all that no longer serves you. It is made all the more epic right now as not only are you having a Pluto rebirth, but you’ve got Uranus and Jupiter igniting and blowing up your fears, guilts and shames. For these people, there’s an ongoing release of the blame game. Because of the other planetary participants, your transformation is very visible too. It’s hard to deny or hide. There’s no where to go but to release.
For those people born in the first week of March, May, September and November – the energies are much smoother, and you seem to be supported in transforming yourself. You can transmute the challenge and surf the waves with much greater style.
If you have any strong point, planet or aspect around 11-14 degrees of the Cardinal signs (Capricorn, Aries, Cancer or Libra), you have some unfinished business to attend to. You are going through some major transformations and within a couple of years, when you review where you were in 2014, you’ll be surprised at where it has all taken you.
For those of you who don’t fit in any of these categories, Pluto’s transit through Capricorn will create easier and slowly evolving energies in that area represented by Capricorn in your birthchart. Your changes won’t be make it to your top 10 most life changing moments, but by 2023, you’ll definitely have a hero’s journey narrative to do with your slow but steady growth. Don’t worry – you’ll have a Pluto revolution sometime soon in one shape or another!
How does Pluto show up?
I don’t know how you’ll first experience Pluto calling you. I clearly heard a whisper from my higher self. A whisper, or seed of doubt about how I was living my life and who I was sharing it with. I chose to ignore the whisper. If I had have acknowledged it, it would have meant opening myself up to being vulnerable. I would have had to share how I was feeling and ask questions of someone, with whom I may not have enjoyed the answers from. So, like most people I appeared to ignore it. But Pluto’s call is difficult to ignore.
I swallowed it. I drank it. I distracted it. I confused it. I used all the tricks in the book to suppress my whisper from coming out. And during that time I got very sick.
But your Pluto wake up call might not be a whisper. It might be a chance encounter that reminds you have far you have strayed from your purpose. It might be a crippling illness, a broken relationship, the death of loved one – there are many different straws to break your back with. Pluto challenges us in the most profound and shocking way. So my advice to you, would be to listen carefully, and see where in your life you are not looking after yourself. With Pluto in Capricorn you’re being challenged to become more resourceful, more responsible and to parent yourself. Pluto in this position stops at nothing beyond complete transformation of your standing in life.
Which house is Pluto hiding in?
It is interesting to notice which house Pluto is in, and which area of life Capricorn represents for you. In understanding this, it gives you a heads up into the types of transformations, deaths and rebirths you are going through. For some people, this might be:-
In your first house
Who are you? No who are you really? How have you hidden yourself and not followed your truth? Whose expectations have you been living up to? Ditch these!When transformed, YOU FEEL FREE
In your second house
How have you undervalued yourself / your contributions? How have you been hiding from being able to finance your life? Are you ready to be self sufficient yet? Can you stand on your own two feet? Can you sell yourself?When transformed, YOU FEEL ABUNDANT
In your third house
How have you not shared or communicated your truth? How can you live authentically in your neighbourhood / in your family environment? When transformed, YOU CONNECT, SHARE AND RADIATE
In your fourth house
Where has your heredity held you back? Have you unresolved business with your parents? How can you release your childhood and become ‘at home’ wherever you are? When transformed, YOU FEEL NOURISHED
In your fifth house
How has pleasure transformed your life? Are you following your passions? How has following your bliss created space for drastic transformation? How can you make good on your relationships with your offspring? When transformed, YOU FEEL FERTILE, AND BELIEVE IN POSSIBILITY
In the sixth house
How have your obligations held you in place? How has honouring your expectations affected your health? Can you cope with challenge and rebirth in your day to day living? When transformed, YOU FEEL UNSTOPPABLE
In the seventh house
Where have your relationships left you feeling shameful? What guilt do you carry from not honouring your commitment to yourself? How do your relationships need to evolve to stay relevant for you? Are they still necessary for you? When transformed YOU FEEL LOVED AND IN LOVE
In the eighth house
Where does your need for transformation stir you? How free are you to start again? To move? To grow? Have you faced death? How do you feel about your mortality? When transformed, YOU FEEL TRULY ALIVE
In the ninth house
Where have you not listened to your higher calling? How does your life stop you from living consistently with your higher ideals? How will you let go of expectations to enable you to serve your good? When transformed,YOU FEEL CONNECTED TO YOUR HIGHEST GOOD
In the tenth house
Where have you ignored your calling for achievement? Have you let childhood expectations hide you from success? How will you know when you successful? Will you ever be satisfied with your efforts? When transformed,YOU FEEL APPRECIATED
In the eleventh house
Where has your style of connecting created difficulties with projects, people and cooperatives? Why have your attempts to connect left you feeling isolated? How can you contribute without merging too far into the collective? When transformed, YOU FEEL BELONGING
In the twelfth house
How is it that you are in a state of undoing? Why do you feel uncomfortable in your own skin? Where do you not trust your instincts, memories and behaviours? When transformed,YOU FEEL AT PEACE
I now find it freeing to question EVERYTHING. It seems the more I learn, the more I can undo and re-learn. It is more appropriate than ever to intuit, trust and gravitate towards that which makes me happy, and to walk away from that which causes stress. That is how I live my life and work through Pluto. I’ve seen this expression transform others too.
When I unpack the reasons why most people choose to stay in stressful states, It is usually through fear, guilt and shame. Drop these, get honest and face your truth. The freedom you gain from letting go of these expectations is incredible. I highly recommend the following two people in resolving to let go of your hidden shames, but of course, should you want to talk it through, feel free to book a consultation and get Pluto off your chest!
- Brene Brown – Brene is a researcher into Vulnerability and author of ‘The Gifts of Imperfection’. Her TED talks, which look at personal authenticity, are inspiring and have a strong feel good factor.
- Brad Blanton – Brad is the author of Radical Honesty and thinks nothing of hitting rock bottom in the search for being truthful. In being completely honest, we accept and share our shame, guilt, anger and resentments. Once out in the open, Brad has found that they no longer control you and you’re freed up to live more in the way of your choosing.
Viva your evolution!
What does Pluto in Capricorn mean to the family dynamic?
Have you ever tried to get a goat to do something that it didn’t want to already do? (virtually impossible). Goaty Capricorn behaviours are currently reflected in the family dynamics throughout the emerging western world. There are patterns of expectations and reward for specific behaviours deemed either good or bad / right or wrong. With Pluto’s slow transit through Capricorn we see the structure of family dynamics being challenged and questioned. It is creating an ‘all or nothing’ trend within families. The trouble is, no one is really budging. Let’s have a look at how this is happening…
In a similar way that Pluto in Capricorn is making society sit up and take stock of their relationship to world responsibility and resource, so too is Pluto in Capricorn making us consider the true nature of responsibility and resource within the family unit. Our family dynamics are having a long awaited overhaul.
Let’s look primarily at those with the most apparent power within the family. These are the Matriarchs and Patriarchs. The ones with the most resource, power and experience – these family members are now in a position of choosing between controlling or transforming their family structures. This is a new experience for them, because for many, they have worked tirelessly for only a few employers over a working lifetime. They haven’t really considered their family needs beyond the terms of providing a home, clothing and food for their children until they left school. That’s how it was for them. That’s how they were raised.
Family responsibility was much more clearly defined in their day, with social norms and strong expectations on behaviour. They were the ‘children should be seen and not heard’ generation formed of the Pluto in Cancer and Leo generations.
The Pluto in Cancer generation (1913-1938) who were fearful for their home and their family, experienced great suffering and sacrifice. Many losing relatives to war, many seeing (and feeling) the loss of structure within their home towns. These people had their security violated in a major way. Their challenge was to find structure, rebuild and regenerate. They became very skilled and resourceful and were expected to muck in. There wasn’t time to discuss or bicker within the family. Children fell into line, like soldiers to a general.
The Pluto in Leo generation (1938-1958), who are also now largely retired (or about to), had fears of being controlled by a tyrant/dictator. Seeing and feeling the horror of totalitarianism, they learnt to become their own power houses of control. Whilst they too were privy to strong family expectations, some of the hardships were wearing off during their childhood. They were raised knowing that they would recreate society, that they would be entrusted to ‘rule’ businesses and their homes in a new way. They had opportunities and took what they could, when they could.
Building on from the regeneration of the previous generation they oversaw the start of people management. These boomers got very wealthy from this and have profited from grabbing at opportunities and loopholes as they have occurred.
Both group of retired people, who owe lots of their wealth to the business practices of the 80s and 90s, and the housing boom, are now quietly seething that their younger family are struggling so much. They think they are irresponsible and have brought it on themselves. They see disrespect, dishonour and non-commitment from their younger family members.
Divorce isn’t yet common place for this generation, so you’ve also got an inbred culture of ‘making good of bad choices’. This generation are wonderful at shutting off their intuitions, passions and desires for the ability to live a ‘functional and correct’ lifestyle. It’s not really their fault, it’s how they were programmed during difficult times.
They had far less choice than subsequent generations, and did help to rebuild the western world. Now in retirement, they are taking a well-deserved rest, enjoying long foreign holidays and applying their own logic to new dilemmas. They think ‘if it (hard work) was good enough for me, it’s good enough for them’.
It’s my way or the high way!
From their perspective of hard work, gritting their teeth and making sacrifices, they feel within their power to assume that this would be the right strategy for their successive generations. Because they are reasonably comfortable in life, they are quite loathe to question, challenge and get involved in the way society is being shaped. ‘You don’t bite the hand that feeds you’ is a common ingrained thinking pattern here.
If you press them on their loyalty to the system, rather than listen openly to your concerns, you are more likely to be talked over, shut down or called ‘an extremist’! For them to question authority, they might have to change their thinking, and if they changed their thinking, it might change their lives. And they’ve worked all their lives for what they have now. All their trophies of comfort, they’ll be loathe to give up.
Growing dissension in the ranks!
The following two generations who are the bulk of the workforce right now are living the reality of what their parents and grandparents created for them. Not being so worried about security and authority as the previous generations, these people from the 60s, 70s and early 80s have been more concerned with quality rather than quantity. Their loyalties to their elders have been strained as they are raising their children very differently, in a very different world of contrasting needs. Torn between following their family norms and finding their own way, many have moved away from their place of birth. Physical distance and a preoccupation with having to make ends meet has granted them more anonymity from their kin.
The Pluto in Virgo generation (1958-1971), seeing and feeling the shift in globalism became aware and fearful of poisoning, ecological damage to mankind and the world. They grew up into the early environmentalists, starting movements, volunteering and creating ideas on radical healing. They also became the first generation to fear being part of a larger workforce, yet felt fear of not contributing. They were critical of the structures created before them and were looking at becoming more honest. As such they became the first real generation to separate and divorce en masse. (Their divorcing predecessors were more reluctant and less obvious. This generation were more concerned with the emotional poisoning of children and have lived in many different family units)
The Pluto in Libra generation (1971 – 1983), began to fear relationships, as a great shift of family divorces and separations took effect during their childhoods. Here the inequality between man and woman became real and this generation began to buck the trend of marrying young and following set family patterns. During their education, physical punishment (caning) was banned, beginning a new chapter (of personal respect) in education. They were also one of the earliest generations whose mothers routinely worked. The quest for finding ‘The Romantic Other’ began in earnest – maybe this is as a result of family separation so early on.
They were some of the first people to not ‘own’ their work process from start to finish as the employment world embraced micro-management, segregated tasks and dedicated work function teams. Whereas this culture was common practice within factories, it was now the norm in offices, boardrooms and retail. Job dissatisfaction, purpose and meaning has been questionable ever since.
As adults, both generations have faced choices of conscience in a new way. Where they divorced/separated their financial security was much less certain, yet they gave themselves the chance to rebuild and find happiness in the arms of another. Although both generations were quick to leave the family home following education, many have returned to live at home for brief spells whilst they find their feet again in between relationships and job change/loss.
Employment was no longer guaranteed, neither was there as much ownership involved. Therefore this generation became more specialist in their area of work and less well rounded. With less time to look after themselves, there is a general de-skilling occurring within this generation. They are more likely to pay someone else to fix their problems as they feel time deficient to learn themselves.
The rate of depressive illness, mental breakdowns and ‘being signed off’ increased during these two generations. It would seem that those who stuck to the ‘original formula’ of sticking at marriage and a job, have been the most stable (but not the happiest or most authentic). It would appear that there are cracks appearing in the mandated lifestyle that was created and passed down to these generations. The cost of living it has increased exponentially for them in comparison to their predecessors.
Mass cognitive dissonance
During the last 25 years, entertainment, leisure, sexual expression and inebriation has taken on a life of its own. With the electronic age in full swing the subsequent generations have not really known life pre-internet. There has been a mass numbing. With both parents working, many of the youngest three Pluto generations have been raised by the one-eyed babysitter (the television). Therefore the emotional disconnect between families, family culture and feeling loved has grown bigger.
The Pluto in Scorpio generation (1983-1995) are all of working age now. Their biggest fears and areas for transformation have been through the continued sexual revolution and move to ‘experience emotional belonging’. It is during their early childhood that AIDS first came on the scene, not to mention the nuclear threat.
Having had less meaningful contact with their parents, and more ‘leisure and fun’ experience, they have become a generation of thrill seekers, dare devils and sexual chameleons. Their ability to try new things, and throw themselves into the highs and lows of life is impressive. They are even more determined to live their life independently. Education during this generation has been ever more aspirational, in a way that does not match the faster changing needs of society. It would seem that society changes faster than they can study. And that as they have left education, what they have been taught is out of date for the job in hand.
It’s no wonder that this beautiful creative generation of people are falling prey to depression before they even leave education. The hopelessness felt by this group has incapacitated them and as such they are the first generation who have hesitated to leave home following education. And where it is difficult to get motivated and feel naturally high on life, the sexual confidence, relative affordability of drink and drugs, has left them finding their fix elsewhere.
The problem for them really is that they are waking up to the family and collective lies that their predecessors have been preaching and it is deeply uncomfortable. They can see the hypocrisy and they long for answers that they know their parents and grandparents are ill-equipped to give. Their greatest challenge is to find themselves on their own and rise from the proverbial ashes. If they are lucky, there may already be a trailblazer / rebel / ‘drop out’ within their family that has already challenged the status quo of the mandated lifestyle.
The Pluto in Sagittarius generation (1995-2008), has experienced fear of racism and religious and cultural belief. With the energy of 911 etched into their consciousness. It’s no wonder that they have had the most crazy induction into the experiment of freedom. On the one hand they’ve had access to the internet all their lives, and can connect with ANYONE around the world, 24/7. They have also been the generation to have the most fear based parenting, molly coddling and protectiveness. Yet inspite of the protections wrapped around this generation, the ongoing sweep into two income families has meant that much of their childhood was spent in a creche or in childcare. This generation have learnt to be more casual in their emotions, love and needs. They also have the least expectations for love from others. A practical adaptation from necessity. We have yet to see how this generation and the Pluto in Scorpio generation will live and serve humanity. It’s clear though that the pressure to survive is far greater than ever before and that society is broken. The question for them is how do they make it right again?
Transforming family dynamics through Pluto in Capricorn
It would seem that there is a collective family need for healing right now. Pluto in Capricorn is about responsibility and resource, and as I have suggested, the Pluto generations are all at odds as to how the world works. There is resource disparity throughout families, where those with control have all the resource. It would also seem that each successive generation has a harder time in establishing itself and in doing so ‘makes the other family members wrong’ by default.
It has and is creating unrest in family situations as when the younger members of families complain of their lot, the elder relatives are hurt. The world that has made their grandparent’s financially comfortable has in fact hurt the children and grandchildren. The grandparents are insulted by their offspring’s suggestions that their way of living is broken. The elder generations aren’t prepared to accept responsibility for this problem. ‘If only you could apply yourself and work harder none of this would happen’, they say!
This is not just happening within family units, but in communities. A growing conflict of them and us. Of the wealthy and the impoverished. Of the traditionalists versus the freedom fighters. And as the traditionalists pull rank together, people are becoming ever more polarised in their views of history, society, guilt, shame and behaviour.
“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” Jiddu Krishnamurti
Families that stick to their ‘official version of family behaviour codes’, will be put under greater and greater pressure. There’s a need for a collective family release. Where families persist in hidden shame, the pressure will leak out and eat at the most susceptible members. (most likely in the form of illness). With no avenues for authenticity you’ll have families breaking down at a faster than normal rate.
The Pluto in Capricorn effect in families, is most likely to affect the most ‘controversial and colourful’ member of the family. (ie the one who is most likely to consider things from a fresh/different perspective). This creates an instability and the rest of the family by default group ever tighter together to feel safe and peaceful once again.
If you’re one of the controversial / colourful family members, no doubt you’ll be feeling a bit scapegoated right now. You’ll be hard pushed to convince your family members with a clever argument or with facts and figures. The older generations don’t want to listen because it ‘makes their values wrong’ somehow. And whilst this is having an effect on families related by blood, that is not to say that you’re on your own. People are gravitating into new family sets, based on shared value systems, not blind faith and blood.
Families that allow themselves to challenge their identity, will grow stronger and more diverse which is what is needed right now. As they do that they are more likely to support each other (not out of duty, but out of love) and in doing so, will learn about how they can share resources, share skills and create even stronger sustainability for themselves.
It’s a time of being truly responsible and sustainable within families. This can only truly happen when the structures of hierarchy break down, and people find their own ways of contributing to the family collective. Each stage in family life is necessary and each generation needs the other to survive. It’s through learning how to appreciate each others’ contributions and working with each other, that families will transform.
The ultimate transformation through families, will be when each generation comes clean about their part in global society, and makes changes to set this right. For families that do this, it will involve everyone realising that where they have made short cuts in the desire to find security, it has been to the detriment of another. Where one member has profited, another family member has had to bear the cost financially and emotionally. It would seem that the corporate lifestyle and vapid consumerism that has become the way of the world, is in fact killing us all. Far from nourishing us, it is poisoning us. We need our elders, the people in our society with the most connections and experience to stand up, man up and lead by example.
- The older generations share their wealth without condition (and not at point of death!)
- The older generation finally considers where their greed (driven from a level of insecurity), has:- Bought them happiness, impoverished others indirectly, is even sustainable
- They move to be closer to the newer family consciousness. They don’t expect the younger ones to stay to honour their family shrines (err I mean homes)
- They stop pushing their security values onto other family members.
- They use their retirement time to challenge that which weakens the family dynamic
- The middle generations share their learning and experience on finding love and meaning honestly. They report on what it has cost them and how it has occurred.
- They come clean about whether their education has given them:- Greater earning power, opportunities to feel motivated, defined who they are
- They stop pushing their parent’s values (that they know don’t work) onto their children
- They allow their offspring to make their own love choices, free of guilt, shame and anger.
- They accept that in their haste to make life work, they have not been emotionally available for their offspring / younger generations
- The younger generations drop the illusion that their elders (with their current myopia) can guide them in changing their world, without changing their minds
- The younger generations invite their older relatives to meet them on their quest to turn everything around
- The younger generations stop numbing themselves to hide their concerns. They name their demons and begin to deal with them directly with the full love and support of their elders
- Every generation forgive themselves and others in their part of the family dynamic and drama. At best, their carefully rehearsed roles have given each other a dynamic learning opportunity that makes them collectively stronger.
Trading in guilts? It’s a shame!
If each generation can ‘own’ how it has peddled in family guilt and collective shame, they can begin to change how they operate and live without having to prove each other wrong. The transformation is to stop thinking so personally and taking offense. If and when this occurs, you’ll see families starting to re-group, heal and transform.
- With all generations sharing in food preparation, household chores, childcare and enjoying security.
- With families taking greater responsibility with researching safe food options.
- With relatives caring for each other when they are sick.
- With families being there through birth, life and death.
Where this doesn’t occur naturally, then the family dynamic is likely to break down altogether, and people will gravitate towards new value based family and friends to form their own family units. Society by it’s current terms is very difficult to navigate without support. Where there is a vacuum, there is a solution and it may be that the solution is outside of the family unit.