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Boots Hart: Pluto in Capricorn Part 5

by Boots Hart

[This is the fifth in a multi-part series by noted astrologer Boots Hart on Pluto's transition in January 2008 into the sign of Capricorn. If this outer-planet powerhouse fascinates you, you can also check the Daykeeper archives, especially Maya's and Jessica Murray's work, for more on Pluto transits.—Ed.]

Pluto-CharonWith Pluto in Capricorn, concerns and conversations around the world and in your home and head are going to come back, time and time again, to two key ideas: what works and what’s real or the reality of the situation. No more will life be filled with ideas, grand plans and imaginative theories without someone asking "exactly how are you going to do that?"

The energy behind this question is not as aggressive or cynical as it sounds—although yes, it is going to sound fairly aggressive, as Capricorn lends a sort of "impervious" quality to most dynamics, and when the energy stirred by Pluto’s passage gets into this quadrant, the result is not always pleasant. Still, this quality is meant to have useful purpose, as its underlying point is to get you to consider how to get things done and to steel yourself for making enough of an effort in order to (a) achieve and, (b) set a good example for others.

In point of fact, those are the two keys to success under Capricorn no matter what venue this energy plays out in. Also associated with business, the dispensing of justice and that most societal of all personal institutions, marriage, government is the key Capricorn social institution and it pretty much encapsulates the good and bad of typified Capricorn energy. A good government leads, but after setting rules and providing an infrastructure, all governments the world over encourage their populations to thrive as unique individuals. Capricorn is thus about tangible basics: providing and utilizing them. Expressed thus through Pluto (i.e., Pluto-Charon) every member of each generation is sent a message as to where to apply their own personal drive to change and enact change.

One of the important things to consider here is that Pluto is now moving into the opposition sign to Cancer, accelerating the sense of a vast "world change" which indeed began when Pluto moved into Cancer—when humanity had come to comprehend enough about mechanization and basic power generation to bring about the true birth of our "modern technological world." This shift into a technological format was the last act in an even bigger cycle—that of the astrological age. Astrological ages are each 2,160 years long.

If you were alive and listening to the radio in the 1960’s, you may remember a song about the Age of Aquarius, which is what we’re moving into. And with Capricorn being the sign preceding Aquarius, Pluto’s transit of Capricorn may be seen as a finalization of the outgoing Age. Beyond that, the Pluto in Cancer generation (those born under the opposition to Pluto in Capricorn) will be the last generation to live entirely under the Age of Pisces, an age of mystics and agnostics, dominance, submission, mercy, altruism, denial and incarceration (also known as self-limitation) …all of which are manifestations of peculiarly Piscean challenges.

As the last generation born wholly encapsulated by the Age of Pisces vibration, Pluto in Cancer folks (1914-1938) are likely to be torn between wanting to do every last thing they can and feeling they’re losing a grip on what the world is about. The best course here is to follow that you know best. Whatever your deepest involvement in life has been, start and build from there.

Pluto in Leo (1938–1958) folks are being challenged in new and particularly daunting ways, calling upon each person to make good on their promises in substantial and tangible ways. This passage is difficult for all Baby Boomers—no less for those who have worked hard as for those who have eschewed responsibility. Best results come now from best efforts, plain and simple, and how far you get (or how much you gain) depending on how much you’ve invested to date.

Yuppies born under Pluto in Virgo (1958-1972) are in for an evolutionary time when that which is already known will either expand of its own accord or be disrupted/dissolved by forces beyond one’s control. Where life expands, their task is going to be to keeping up with changing times while staying effectively organized—and making hard choices where necessary. Where principle avenue(s) of effort becomes untenable, totally non-functional or disrupted by forces beyond one’s control, this may well be a karmic call to make changes. Taking cues from results is the key—don’t try to make the unworkable work as doing so will cost you dearly and merely delay getting back on track.

Pluto in Capricorn tests the viability of long term plans of the Pluto in Libra (Gen X: 1972-1983) generation, starting with whether they’ve made plans yet or not. Many haven’t, as this is a generation which is having a very hard time figuring out what it wants to be when it grows up. Yet as Pluto enters Capricorn, the first thing which will hit Gen X is a sense of time’s passage—and how they react to the idea that youth doesn’t last forever will likely govern much success and failure. Those who accept the full responsibility for self-governance will be challenged to build from the ground up but in time learn that the step-by-step process of bringing dreams into reality is actually the reality which makes dreams come true.

Pluto in Scorpio (1983-1995) people are immersed in the adventures of young adulthood and are being asked to make choices, and make something of those choices. This challenge comes in three parts. First—will they accept the responsibility for making their own choices and earning the consequences which come with those choices? Second—are they ready to commit to a set of values built on internalized self worth? Third—are they willing to change or curb some of the day-to-day urges so common in their generation? The more realistic Pluto in Scorpio people can be, the better off they will come to be in time.
Though young, Pluto in Sagittarius (1995-2008) natives are in a period when conceptualizing the balance between reasonable and worthwhile is particularly important. Being a generation greatly influenced by physical conditions, effort should be taken to teach these natives discernment, without which they may adopt habits which aren’t in their best interests. With a little bit of guidance aiming at teaching these folks to think long-term, Pluto in Sagittarius people will learn why purposeful use of resources is best and how to use this idea profitably no matter where life takes them.

Boots Hart
Boots Hart is an ISAR-certified astrologer with over 25 years experience. She is a featured columnist for New York Spirit Magazine, long-time contributor to Zodiac Arts and author of a humanistic science-fantasy book series being brought to publication and film production. Boots can be reached at for questions or astrological services.