Pluto in Capricorn: Reading the Signs

In the late 1980s, I went to an interesting conference at Hunter College in Manhattan sponsored by the New York chapter of the National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR). I still remember a great presentation about how we should pay attention to hit songs and movies as an outer planet hits 0 degrees of a new sign. Unfortunately, I can’t remember the astrologer who gave the presentation. You’re a genius, whoever you are!

The example that has stayed with me all these years is that when Neptune first entered Capricorn, the Live Aid fund-raiser (July 13, 1985) was going on. Neptune was actually at 1 degree of Cancer during the concert.

Former Boomtown Rat Bob Geldof, who helped organize Live Aid, also put together a superstar band called Band-Aid that released a hit song Do They Know It’s Christmas?/Feed the World.

Proceeds of the song went to help victims of a famine in Ethiopia. Neptune rules music and charitable endeavors while Capricorn is associated with Christmas, the modern-day version of the pagan festival Saturnalia, which celebrated Cap’s ruling planet Saturn.

This weekend as Pluto went into Capricorn, the top film at the box office was Four Christmases, which follows the adventure of a couple played by Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn, who try to visit their four parents on a single Christmas.

So what is the message? Pluto is intensity and the desire to get to the bottom of things. Capricorn rules parents and authority figures. I haven’t seen Four Christmases, which is a comedy, but my take is that we’re going to delve (Pluto) into the meaning of authority figures during Pluto in Cap. For most people, their first authority figures are their parents.

The flip side of this is: What does it mean to be a parent? Today’s New York Times Magazine has a cover story called “Her Body, My Baby,” about reporter Alex Kuczynski’s “adventures with a surrogate mom.”

Have you noticed a bit of pop culture that you think is a sign of things to come during this 15-year transit of Pluto in Capricorn? Astrology Mundo wants to hear about it.


5 comments on “Pluto in Capricorn: Reading the Signs

  1. Just read an interesting take on the same article about the overprivileged Manhattanite playing “Baby Mama” for real. It was written by a young, gay Manhattan composer named Nico Muhly, and starts: “There is something sinister to me about these long articles about couples who desperately want children who spend shits-ton of money to do in-witro fertilization and then end up using surrogates. Alex Kuczynski wrote a nineteen million word essay about her own baby journey in this week’s New York Times Magazine, in which she explores her infertility and eventual decision to use (?) a surrogate to bear her child.” It gets meaner from there, and justifiably so.

    Here’s a link to the whole thing:

  2. today a new bono humanitarian event was launched, famous musicians donate songs and videos to help fight aids. aids is very pluto, in my opinion. deadly, and spread by sex, it requires intimacy to catch, and will require a deep connection to others to cure. very plutonian. capricorn is the tenth house sign, out in the world making connections. how’s that for pluto in cap?

  3. How about the new recordings of the Nixon Tapes just released including conversations about his ordering of bombings of N.Vietnam.?

  4. and how about this article from the AP:

    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (Dec. 6) – Amsterdam unveiled plans Saturday to close brothels, sex shops and marijuana cafes in its ancient city center as part of a major effort to drive organized crime out of the tourist haven.
    The city is targeting businesses that “generate criminality,” including gambling parlors, and the so-called “coffee shops” where marijuana is sold openly. Also targeted are peep shows, massage parlors and souvenir shops used by drug dealers for money-laundering.

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