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Pluto In Capricorn 2008-2024: Major Changes In Government, Banking, and Business

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In September 2008, the planet Pluto ended a retrograde period in the tail end of Sagittarius and started moving toward Capricorn, where it would stay until 2024. At that the time, the biggest news was that, unless the government stepped in and bailed out the banks, the United States was on the verge of financial collapse.

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Pluto is the planet of transformation, renewal, death, and rebirth. It is a purger, destroyer, and creator. It rules hidden matters as well as the withholding or revealing of secrets. It represents power and control, as well as domination and manipulation.

Capricorn is associated with worldly structures such as government, banking, and business, and Pluto in this sign is reflecting the changes that are happening in these areas. It has already travelled through Capricorn for just over half of its 16 year duration and its effects have become increasingly obvious over time and will continue to do so, especially over the next three years.

Pluto and the United States Government

The last time Pluto was in Capricorn was from 1762-1778, which is when the United States of America was founded. At that time, colonies sought to establish themselves independently from an oppressive and troubled British monarchy, which led to the Declaration of Independence.

Over the years following this, the United States eventually would become the dominant country and currency and other countries would ‘adopt’ their style of democracy, or have it forced upon them. The Founding Fathers appeared to have good intentions when creating the United States, but over the years the government would become corrupt and work to serve the interests of the global elite, bankers, etc.

However, in this latest edition of Pluto in Capricorn, it looks like the governing and financial structures of the U.S. will fall victim to Pluto just as Britain did the last time this occurred. It is also possible that the European Union and other government and international structures will be negatively affected as well. This will be the first ‘Pluto in Capricorn’ we are living through and observing since Pluto’s discovery.

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The U.S. will be having its ‘Pluto return’ in 2022, the effects of which will be felt a few years prior and following. This means that Pluto in the sky returns to the same zodiacal position it was in when the United States was formed. It marks endings and beginnings regarding how the energies of that planet are being applied. The country will be likely be dealing with issues around power and how power is used.

So far throughout this Pluto in Capricorn, we’ve seen a lot of interesting developments that truly reflect Pluto’s properties. Pluto can reveal secrets and we’ve seen that with the information coming from Wikileaks and Edward Snowden. The people’s desire for change is reflected in the last three presidential election cycles and the increasing popularity of anti-establishment presidential candidates.

It started with Ron Paul in the 2008 and 2012 elections and was then followed by Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump in this most recent cycle. Trump’s presidency reflects both the positive and negative manifestations of Pluto in Capricorn. As he appears to be making some good changes, (and/or negative depending on your views) he is also power hungry, dominating, and authoritarian leader which is very ‘Pluto in Capricorn’ like. This is sort of how the British were when the U.S. was formed.

We’ve also seen this strong desire for change through massive protest movements that have been occurring such as Occupy Wall Street, Standing Rock, and Black Lives Matter, with the help of Uranus in Aries in a tense angle to Pluto. When the U.S. was formed, slavery was alive and well, and the current oppressive treatment of black people by police and many others can be traced back to this time. As Pluto represents power and abuse, the upcoming ‘Pluto return’ can also potentially help to facilitate bigger steps towards racial equality and questioning abuse of power.

More and more people have been becoming aware of the conspiracies behind political establishments and we’ve seen a tremendous rise in the popularity of people like Alex Jones and other figures in the ‘Truth Movement’. The fact that he was recently interviewed by Megyn Kelly is an astonishing reflection of the change that is occurring. When I first became tuned in to conspiracies, shortly after 9/11, I followed Alex Jones’ work and at that time I never would have imagined him being interviewed on a mainstream prime time show.

For the record, I know that different people/groups in the ‘Truth Movement’ have conflicting views of him. Personally, don’t resonate or agree with everything he says and does. However, the point I am trying to make here is that what has happened with him is a reflection of Pluto in Capricorn. He has helped to bring awareness of factual information that raises questions and exposes the inner workings of power structures in the world, regardless of his colorful character,  his political views, and his other conspiracy theories that are less clear or questionable.

Changing Economic Structures

As mentioned earlier in the article, Pluto’s entry into Capricorn coincided with the threat of a financial collapse that led to the American government bailing out the banks. Following this, the U.S. and other countries experienced a recession.

Over the years there has been a growing awareness of the corruption behind the federal reserve, international bankers, and their power over the population through the control of currency, banks, inflation, and interest rates. Money is no longer backed by precious metals, and is instead created out of debt, or what is known as ‘fiat currency.’ Many more people are now aware of this. The value of money is based on the perception of how well the country is doing economically, the people’s faith in it, supply and demand, and any manipulation done by the central banks and the global elite.

In late 2008, a new type of currency was proposed to help protect people from economic uncertainties. Early 2009 saw the birth of Bitcoin which is a ‘cryptocurrency’ using a new technology called ‘blockchain’. Cryptocurrency is a digital asset that is structured in a way that its value cannot be affected by inflation and the dilution of fiat currency. It’s blockchain technology is a revolutionary type of ledger that can be used in other ways as well.  Over the years since then, there have been many other cryptocurrencies that have been released, but Bitcoin is currently still the primary one.

Bitcoin was first given a value in late 2009 at $1 USD being worth 1309 Bitcoins, which is equivalent to 0.00076 of $1. A year later, its value went up to $0.50 and has been increasing since. Currently, as of early July 2017, one bitcoin is worth over $2,500 US. While it has seen dips in value over the years, its long term trajectory has remained upward.

The growing value of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies can be attributed to many different factors, with one of the main reasons being that people view it as a good investment. However, from an astrological perspective, this is a manifestation of the ‘Pluto in Capricorn’ story. In the event of an economic collapse, Bitcoin and/or other cryptocurrencies could potentially be worth much more than they are now.

In the long term, it is very likely that cryptocurrency and blockchain technology will become a big part of the future of commerce. Perhaps Bitcoin or another type of cryptocurrency will eventually become the standard and primary method of exchange. Alternatively, blockchain technology might inspire something else that could unfold over the coming years. More recently, a newer and more versatile cryptocurrency called ‘Ethereum’ has become popular and jumped in value this year.

Pluto and the World of Business

Prior to being in Capricorn, Pluto was in Sagittarius, from 1995 until 2008. Sagittarius rules media and marketing, and right around the time Pluto entered this sign, the internet started to become publicly available and commercialized. Although the internet and its precursors existed prior to this period, it was mostly unknown to the general public and was used more privately by military and universities.

As Pluto progressed through Sagittarius, we witnessed the birth of social media and eventually smartphones. Pluto’s transformation of media has had a direct effect on its current transformation in the changes in government, commerce, and the business world. Without relying on controlled media, we have become more aware of what is actually going on and it has also opened up marketplaces and new models for different types of businesses to thrive in.

E-commerce as well as the use and sale of digital products has grown enormously during its passage in Capricorn. Many major brick and mortar retail stores have either closed or downsized as a result and this trend will continue on some level, but not completely. This change has also created new opportunities for niche businesses and people wanting to create businesses and careers out of their passions.

Since 2008, we have seen a much greater resistance to the oil industry and fossil fuels, for a few reasons. First and foremost, many people believe in the supposed connection between carbon and climate change, but our increasing awareness of frequent oil spills is also playing a big part. Since Pluto’s entry into Capricorn, the number of incidents involving oil has been substantial. The nuclear incident in Fukushima has also been pushing more people toward demanding sustainable and clean energy. We still have a long way to go, but we have been taking bigger steps than ever, thanks to help of the internet and Pluto.

The invention of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency, as previously addressed in the article, will also contribute to the changes in the business world. The blockchain, which is the digital infrastructure of cryptocurrency, has many other purposes and uses which will likely be adopted in the coming years.

Conclusion

As mentioned above, Pluto ends its journey in Capricorn in 2024. The changes, steps made, and seeds planted will continue to develop even beyond this period. Saturn also enters Capricorn in December 2017 until December 2020. During this time, part of Pluto’s influence in this sign will be amplified. Saturn creates restrictions and challenges, and can be contractive. It puts things to the test and it can create challenging circumstances to facilitate necessary changes.

Both Saturn and Pluto will be making challenging aspects to the astrological blueprints of the United States and the Federal Reserve. Also, there will be a powerful Solar Eclipse coming late August (2017) that will reflect major changes happening in the US through the second half of the year and beyond.

It would be wise to consider and observe the changes that are occurring so that you can make decisions that are aligned with what Pluto is creating rather than what it is purging. There is incredible opportunity for us to contribute and take part in these new beginnings.

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Lunar Eclipse In Capricorn: Clearing Old Blockages

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We are having a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn on July 5th in most of the world, and on the night of July 4th in the Americas. Similarly to the Full Moon that occurred a month prior, it will be a penumbral eclipse which only has a subtle shade on the Moon. It will be visible (weather permitting) wherever it will be nighttime in part or all of its duration. This includes most of North America, most of Africa, Western Europe, parts of Central Europe, New Zealand, and all of South America.

This is the third of three eclipses occurring back to back, with this one following a more powerful annular Solar Eclipse in Cancer during the recent Solstice and a penumbral Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius on June 5th. This one is also the last of a series of Eclipses occurring in the Cancer-Capricorn axis which began in 2018. This specific eclipse season marks the transition into the Gemini-Sagittarius polarity.

Eclipses reflect evolutionary changes in specific areas of our lives which can play out over the following 6 months and can begin up to 6 weeks prior. However, they are also part of a 1.5-2 year process in which the Lunar Nodes and most Eclipses are in the same signs. The changes that occur are connected to the sign they are in, the planets they are configured to, and how this all lines up with our individual astrological blueprint.

Lunar Eclipse In Capricorn

This eclipse is the final one of a process in which we have been experiencing a collective recalibration in how Cancer and Capricorn energies are expressed. This slightly began in summer of 2018  but kicked in more strongly later that year and in 2019.

This eclipse puts an emphasis on Capricorn themes as it is near the South Node which has recently entered Sagittarius. This indicates changes associated with Capricorn that can have a decreasing effect in how its energies are expressed, however, negative expressions of this sign can also come up more so to bring it to our attention.

The shifts that could occur, both challenges and developments, are more about changes or what we need to let go of, in relation to the energies of Capricorn to help facilitate a different balance with Cancer. Capricorn energies and aspects of life can be more constructive when they are expressed towards a Cancerian focal point. The areas of life in which it manifests also depends on how it is interacting with your natal astrology chart/blueprint.

Capricorn is the sign of ambition, career, duty, business, achievement, responsibility, discipline, mastery, and authority. It can be calculated, strategic, practical, orderly, conservative, realistic, authoritative, controlling, cautious, and worldly. It is a social climber and concerned with status.  It is also associated with governing and banking structures with this eclipse opposing the Sun of the United States, similarly to 1982 and 2001 in the months before 9/11.

Negatively, Capricorn energy can be serious, cynical, cold, unrelenting, and seek power over others. It can be overly focused on work and/or materialism while creating an imbalance with emotional, personal and domestic areas of life which is where the focal point has been considering previous North Node eclipses in Cancer.

Lunar Eclipse Near Jupiter-Pluto Conjunction 

Now and in recent weeks, Jupiter and Pluto (also in Capricorn) are in their second exact conjunction of 2020 which is strong until July 10th, but gets triggered by the Sun from July 13th-16th. However, this energy is a part of the backdrop until late in the year with this eclipse highlighting it as well.

As mentioned in previous articles, this energy can be revealing of hidden matters or perhaps issues connected to abuse, control, manipulation, obsessions, shadows, or power dynamics. However, it can also be a time of acquiring deeper perspectives and can have transformational potential as well. Considering that this is a South Node eclipse, it can be a time of releasing or changing negative qualities of this energy.

Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn, is not too far from these planets in the same sign. The combination of the three  (especially Saturn-Pluto) in close proximity reflects the heavy energy of 2020. Saturn brings a level of seriousness and minimizes the expansiveness of Jupiter with restrictions and limitations, especially as Saturn rules the sign that they are both in.

Lunar Eclipse Square Mars-Chiron, Trine Uranus, and Sextile Neptune

Mars in Aries is approaching Chiron which will be exact around July 13th and 14th. This is also in a T-square with the Full Moon Eclipse (and Mercury Retrograde) carrying its themes for an extended period. This reflects similar energy in the lunations of previous months.

Mars’ conjunction with Chiron (configured to the eclipse) can reflect action and assertiveness that is healing, integrating, bridging, whole-istic, unorthodox, and addressing wounds. With it being in Aries, it could be connected to identity, individualism, or  individuality. It can also be about addressing negative expressions of Mars such as anger, aggression, or abuse.

The square to Mars can play out as conflicts, competitiveness, and intensity. We have already been seeing this on a collective level as the eclipse a month prior was also in a square with Mars. In the following 5-6 month window of this current eclipse season, Mars will be going retrograde which reinforces the energy of these Mars flavoured eclipses.

This eclipse is in a trine with Uranus in Taurus which can be innovative, inspiring, original, revolutionary, rebellious, and good for shaking things up. It is also in a sextile with Neptune, although this isn’t too strong, it can be supportive in a compassionate, creative, spiritual, or idealistic way.

Mercury Retrograde, Venus in Post-Retrograde Shadow

Mercury has been retrograde since mid-June and will be going direct a week following this eclipse. It is in Cancer reflecting a time of adjustments and re-orientations around home/domestic life, family, security, land/property, emotional comforts, caregiving, and emotional connections with others. As it begins to move forward in the days after July 12th and over the following weeks, we may see that we are proceeding in an adjusted way around Cancerian matters or developments that have come up since early June.

Venus ended its retrograde on June 25th and we are now in a time in which we are progressing differently around Venus ruled areas that have been playing out since the first half of April.  It can be connected to relationships, love, values, social dynamics, desires, worth, aesthetics, art, or perhaps financial matters.

Things To Consider

What have been some of the major themes for you over the past 1.5 years and what are they leading you towards? What area(s) of life do you need to let go of negative ways of expression? differently? What aspects of your ambitions do you need to release? Where should you be applying yourself in a healing way? Are there fragmented parts of your life that should be integrated to bring more harmony into your life? How can you achieve this?

These are just some examples of what can be playing out for you but not limited to these either. Keep in mind that the themes of this specific eclipse will play out until the Fall. It is best to try to tune into this energy as it happens and pay attention to your feelings to help you in decisions you need to make in the future.

The two weeks following this eclipse can be a good time to initiate any sort of releasing process if you feel necessary. The eclipse begins at 3:07am Universal Time on July 5th with it peaking at 4:30am and finishing at 5:52am. The Moon begins to wane after 4:44am GMT. You can click here to see when the peak will be in your time zone.

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An Animation That Beautifully Explores ‘The War On Consciousness’

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Many feel there is a great effort to suppress human consciousness. Not just our will, but the exploration of who we truly are. This shows up in many ways, originating top-down from corporations to governments etc.

  • Reflect On:

    There is no actual 'war.' This is a state of perception. If we see it as war, we create fighting. Instead, let's simply evolve and expand our consciousness knowing we're more powerful than those who suppress. Spreading knowledge and living it is key.

The animation below is great and Graham Hancock’s message in it is also powerful, but I want to address something important quickly before we start, as what I’m about to say is a crucial part of the message we have been working so hard to convey here at CE since inception.

I get that ‘the war on consciousness’ is a figure of speech in the case of this talk, but with 10 years working in this field of journalism and consciousness, I do see many of us getting caught up in the idea that we have to fight and that there is a war to be won.

I see this as a state of consciousness that will keep us locked in a state of disconnection and loss of power.

Moving Beyond A Key Myth

One of the biggest myths that gets spread around this movement is that we must get angry to change the world. The truth is, some of us might get angry at first, and that’s totally fine! But we have to shift beyond the consciousness of being angry about our world before we can change it in any way that will TRULY cause change.

When we change things out of anger, spite, judgement or anxiety, we don’t create systems from the heart, this we will need to break them down again in a very short time. Not because we have evolved beyond them again, but because they are systems created from a polarized state of being. THIS is what we’re moving beyond in this shift.

Change Starts Within.

This is neutrality in action. This is how we evolve beyond what we see in our world.

What does it mean to evolve beyond it? It’s to be in a state of being and emotion where these events can no longer happen. When you assume you must fight for something, you are saying that there needs to be a fight, thus you are met with a fight. That emotion and idea comes from a disconnected state of consciousness where we can still create that experience.

If we as individuals evolve beyond the need for the fight, it would mean to be in a state of being where we do not need to see the fight. That comes from changing our view and perception of something.

Being present, being here now, and not identifying so strongly with the body, our identity, culture, skin color, struggle etc is powerful. We instead see and live in a state of being where we practice the knowing of our pure potential, living through the heart, collaborative oneness and true heart guidance.

Thus, to evolve beyond it is to change your state of being so that this type of reality no longer exists as it can’t be created from that new state of being. When we achieve this collectively, it no longer exists in our world.

Now that I got that out of the way, one last note is, Graham Hancock will speak of psychedelics in his talk. They have become incredibly trendy today, and while they can help people, research is suggesting this happens when done in specific ways and with specific intentions. Many are starting to put all their power into these plants as if it will do the work for them. They don’t, and won’t.

You can also achieve these exact same insights without the use of these plants. It’s important we maintain a grounded and realistic approach to these plants so they can be used with respect and for their intended purpose. We explore the purpose of psychedelics deeply in an episode of The Collective Evolution Podcast here.

 The ‘War’ On Consciousness

This animation was created by the talented team over at After Skool. You can check out their channel here.

Transcript

What is death? Our materialist science reduces everything to matter, materialist science in the West says that we are just meat, we’re just our bodies. So when the brain is dead, that’s the end of consciousness, there is no life after death, there is no soul; we just rot and are gone. Actually, many honest scientists should admit that consciousness is the greatest mystery of science and that we don’t know exactly how it works.

The brain is involved in it some way but we’re not sure how. It could be that the brain generates consciousness the way a generator makes electricity, if you hold to that paradigm, then, of course, you can’t believe in life after death, when the generator’s broken, consciousness is gone. But it’s equally possible that the relationship — and nothing in neuroscience rules it out – that the relationship is more like the relationship of the TV signal to the TV set, and in that case, when the TV set is broken, of course the TV signal continues. And this is the paradigm of all spiritual traditions, that we are immortal souls temporarily incarnated in these physical forms.

If we want to understand consciousness, the last people we should ask are materialist scientists. Instead, we should look at ancient cultures, like the Egyptians, who highly valued dream states. Many ancient cultures around the world used hallucinogenic plants to understand consciousness and expand their minds.

However, in today’s society, visionary plants are highly illegal because they promote a state of consciousness that does not agree with the agenda of profit. Substances, like coffee, alcohol, sugar and pharmaceuticals, are forced upon the population, but possession of even small quantities of cannabis, Ayahuasca or psilocybin will land you in jail. If we do not recognize the right of adult sovereignty over consciousness, then we can NOT claim to be free.

Look at what our moderns state of consciousness has done. We have destroyed the natural gifts of the earth in pursuit of short-term, selfish gain. We must reconnect with spirit immediately or else we will encounter disaster. Visionary plants could be the remedy for our current sickness.

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Smiling At Cashiers & Other Sparks Of Divinity

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  • The Facts:

    It is possible to have profound experiences in some of the most mundane encounters with others.

  • Reflect On:

    How would your life change if every interaction you had with other people was infused with the conviction that we are all one?

It’s one of the things I like to do, as the receipt is being put in my hand: offer a grateful ‘thank-you,’ and look in the cashier’s eyes for an extra split-second and smile, and see if they are ready to share a spark of divinity that crosses between our souls.

Sometimes they are, as happened to me recently at a ‘No Frills’ express lane. I looked at the girl as she handed me the bill, she looked at me, and then came the recognition in her eyes, in her smile, whether conscious or not, that we are connected, that we see each other, that we are grateful to be alive to have this kind of experience. Magic.

Sometimes the cashier is not ready, and my smile is met with a furtive glance, back to the next matter at hand, the next customer in line. No matter. No effort to connect is wasted. Some of the energy still gets through and gives the person a lift.

Sometimes it is me who is not ready, and the smile from the cashier awakens me into appreciation. Imagine, they are the ones working a long, tiring, repetitive job and they take a moment to wake ME up!

When the cashier is efficient, friendly, light, then my appreciation for what they are doing pours out into that moment. When the cashier is slow, tired, fed-up, it is not so easy for me. But at times, I am prepared to take the opportunity to help reconnect that person to the vitality of life. Have you ever eased a busy, ragged, overwhelmed cashier into a moment of divinity with a warm smile of empathy? Have you ever made a frowning, wrinkled face light up? Try it! This may be the best experience of them all.

Learned Practice

I’m just grateful to have found this practice. It did not come naturally to me. I was always shy, cautious, pensive, ‘in my head’. It was through years of watching a few trusted friends, seeing how they interacted easily and openly with strangers, that I started to try to adopt a new approach.

I had long been a student of philosophy and spirituality. But if the study of esoteric matters remains on the pages, in the words, in the concepts, simply a tool of the intellect to make one feel smart, evolved, superior, then the whole point is missed, not only about spiritual knowledge but about life itself.

At first, the practice for me was about trying to feel connected myself; it served to make me feel more comfortable in the world, especially around other people. As I continued to practice, and expand that practice into other situations, not just with strangers but with friends, loved ones, enemies, it really broadened and deepened my understanding of spiritual principles which I had previously fancied myself an expert in. Perhaps one of the most important realizations I’ve had through all this is that true knowledge is humbling. If one’s knowledge base serves to inflate one’s sense of self-importance in the world in comparison to other people, then it is not true knowledge.

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being

Our lives on this planet are fraught with difficult emotions: fear, sadness, anxiety, and many others. One of the great healing salves is to endeavor to demonstrate to others the knowledge that we are all one. Most likely, you have had this kind of experience in some situations in your life, like smiling at a cashier or hugging a loved one. The key to a great life is to work to expand this experience into all our interactions with people, to overcome the barriers of separation, not only in others but especially the ones within ourselves.

This is the task of the bringers of light. And whether we are conscious of it or not, we are all here to bring our light upon the darkness, and collectively transform our world into our shared vision of harmony.

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