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A Look Back at Pluto in Capricorn
 and a Look Ahead   

2017 Predictions


            By Joyce Levine


(This article appeared in NCGR E-News in January, 2017)



The dark side of the sign that Pluto transits always surfaces.  Although Pluto entered Capricorn in January of 2008, the strongest effect in a sign starts to show about halfway through, where it is now. 


Pluto in mythology is the god of the underworld.  It represents not only our personal underworld – that which is hidden from our individual consciousness – but the underworld of the society at large. 


During its trek through each sign, the dark sides of that sign surface so that they can be transformed.  Pluto's transformative power generally takes the form of heightening the power of, then breaking down, what the sign it posits stands for. 


Capricorn stands, among other things, for big business, money, government, authority, and the status quo.   Pluto entered Capricorn shortly after the start of the bear market in stocks (October 9, 2007 to March 9, 2009). 


The peak in the real estate market was in 2006, and housing prices began their decline in 2006 and 2007 (transiting Saturn opposite Neptune).  So situations were already declining, but Pluto always brings a breakdown with it.  With many jobs in the housing and financial sectors, historically high unemployment followed the housing and stock market crashes.  


Further increasing the challenges of this timeframe, transiting Saturn in Virgo made exact oppositions to transiting Uranus in Pisces from November of 2008 until July of 2010, with the influence starting before and ending after that time.  Saturn represents, among other things, structure or the status quo; Uranus, chaos and change.  This combination representing a breakdown of the status quo.


Saturn moved into Libra and formed squares to Pluto in Capricorn in late 2009 to the summer of 2010, increasing power struggles.


Uranus then moved into Aries and formed seven exact squares to Pluto from June of 2012 to March of 2015, with the influence starting before and ending after that time.  Uranus and Pluto were conjoined in the 1960s, a time of protest and social unrest.  Their last square took place in the 1930s, coinciding with world-wide depression and the rise of Hitler.


Then came Saturn in Sagittarius forming three squares to Neptune in Pisces exactly from November of 2015 to September of 2016, pitting reality versus illusion, or the status quo against the ideal.


So, all of these planetary configurations contributed to the current situation.  But back to Pluto. 


After the stock market and real estate crashes, people were told that the economic issues were temporary and would soon be fixed.  As years went by economic data showed unemployment declining in deflationary environment; i.e. more jobs, cheaper goods.  What was left out of the statistics is that unemployment numbers only count people currently eligible to collect unemployment – not the long-term unemployed. 


The labor participation rate reflects a truer calculation of employment.  This became the lowest since the 1970s when women entered the work force.  Unemployment figures also disregard the types of jobs being created, which were primarily in the low paying service sector. 

In addition, distortion exists in the calculation of these numbers.  New job figures include what’s called the “birth-death index,” a computerized model that estimates the number of new jobs created. 


Inflation – deflation numbers include hedonics.  Simply put, here’s how hedonics works.  If the price of steak increases, you don’t need to eat steak, you can eat hamburger.  So instead of calculating a price increase in steak, the price of hamburger gets calculated into the index.   Even worse, the price of computers and electrical equipment has come down over the years.  This in itself is truly deflationary.  Yet to pump up the deflationary factors even further, the increased power of the computers is factored as if the price had further decreased.


Uprisings in the Mideast began in Tunisia in 2010, followed by Egypt and Libya in 2011.  These countries were all ruled by despotic leaders.  Wealth was in the hands of the few while the multitudes lived in poverty.  Few jobs existed even for the educated middle class. 


I kept wondering when uprisings would hit the United States.  After all, Pluto had opposed the US Venus-Jupiter conjunction in Cancer, Uranus had formed squares to it.  In 2011 Occupy Wall Street emerged with protests in Zuccotti Park in New York City’s financial district.  A cry of “we’re the 99%” emerged as a protest against income inequality.  There was the recognition that while the stock market was going up, the economy hadn’t improved for the ordinary person on Main Street. 


Yet the movement seemed to fizzle out – until the presidential primaries of 2016.  The popularity of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump rose during the timeframe of the transiting Saturn – Neptune square and transiting Pluto square the US Saturn. These candidacies served as a repudiation of both the Democrat and Republican Parties.


Saturn can be seen as representing reality, conservatism, structure, the status quo.  Neptune can represent the ideal or illusion.  Saturn – Neptune timeframes can be when illusions are swept away, when illusions overtake reality, or both.  The square from transiting Pluto to the US Saturn can be seen as a breakdown of structure.


While Bernie Sanders didn’t ultimately win the Democratic nomination, he inspired young people and a movement that’s likely to continue far past this presidential election.

By the same token, Donald Trump’s candidacy (at the time of this writing, he is still the president elect), tore apart the Republican Party, normally the party of big business and free trade.


It remains to be seen what will happen next.  The Saturn – Neptune square has passed.  Pluto is still in Capricorn, so the breakdown of big business and structure is far from over.  And Trump, who had very positive planetary cycles during the primaries, is now being hit with Saturn transits – where reality strikes for him and the piper must be paid. 


The August 21, 2017 solar eclipse at 28 Leo conjoins his Ascendant and Mars.  The path of this eclipse cuts through the United States. This is likely to add further divisions.   This eclipse belongs to Saros Cycle 145. The eclipse of July 20, 1963 at 27 Cancer belongs to this same eclipse cycle.  President John F. Kennedy’s Midheaven was 24 Cancer and his Saturn 27.


Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto all meet in Capricorn in 2020 and Pluto returns to its natal position in the US chart in 2022.  Jupiter – Saturn conjunctions occur every 20 years and are the beginning of new socio-economic cycles. 


Saturn – Pluto conjunctions in the 1900s (1914-1915, 1947, and 1982) coincided with World War I and the Cold War with the Soviet Union in the aftermath of World War II and during the Reagan Administration. 


My research has only found one other loose conjunction of Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto.  They met in Taurus in 1145, the time of the Second Crusade (1145-1149).  The Second Crusade was called for by the Pope to defeat Muslims who were threatening to take over the Holy Land.  This Crusade resulted in failure and was the first sign of the decay of Crusader States in the Middle East.1 The Crusader States included Jerusalem (Israel), Tripoli (western Lebanon), Antioch (western border between Turkey and Spain) and Edessa (eastern Turkey).2


It’s very likely that this triple conjunction in 2020 will bring about a new world order.  Pluto’s last trek through Capricorn coincided with the revolt of the American colonies.  Britain’s loss of the Revolutionary War occurred with Pluto at 23 Capricorn.  This ended Britain’s control over the American colonies.  It’s very possible that Pluto’s return to this place will end the US world hegemony.






Joyce Levine, C.A.NCGR is a professional astrological consultant with 30+ years experience working with individuals, couples, families, and businesses. She characterizes her work as helping her clients “overcome astro/psychological obstacles so that they can achieve their full potential.”


Frequently interviewed by the media, Joyce has appeared on national radio and television and has had her picture on the front page of the Boston Globe and its Living Arts Section.  She is the author of Breakthrough Astrology, Transform Yourself and Your World and A Beginner’s Guide to Astrological Interpretation; and two series of transformational audio CDs: (1) Self-help Series which includes: Meditation, Creative Visualization, Healing Anger and Resentment, and Contacting Your Guardian Angel; and (2) Integrating Astrological Cycles Series which includes Pluto, Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, and Jupiter.


            Joyce is the Chair of NCGR, President of its Boston Chapter, and Board member of UAC2018.  In 2012 Joyce won the prestigious UAC award for community service.  Joyce has served as the Advisory Board Chair and SIG Coordinator for NCGR and as Secretary on the UAC 2002 Board. She holds professional certification from NCGR and AFA. 

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