Keep in mind that I am a Geomancer - I study and divine subtle earth energies - not an astrologer. But because our Earth is a heavenly body and it's all connected, I've had to develop a good working knowledge of astrology. I claim no special expertise, only what I've read and had illuminated by my own guidance.
Because Pluto is the outermost of the planets, it has the most global effects on the collective unconsciousness. Astrologers who know more than me have said that this last cycle of Pluto in Sagittarius has energized the world-wide rise we've seen of religious fundamentalism. And there is NO FUN in fundamentalism! Besides, how unflattering to us Sagittarians! How could the most freedom-loving of zodiacal energies lead to the imprisoning of our world with these rigid beliefs?
A little reflection on the nature of Sagittarius leads me to recall that Sag energy has other, less endearing characteristics (besides chronic klutziness and foot-in-mouth disease). We do tend to be idealistic and opinionated - yes, even me. The Sagittarius keyword is "I Perceive," and when we glimpse the truth, by golly, we want to make sure the whole world sees what we see. Self-righteousness is the next step downward.
This cycle, of course, applies to the mass consciousness of humanity. Each individual responds differently, and it's not about what your sun sign is - it's about how our individual choices add up to the whole. Regrettably, the movement now seems to be further away from inner liberation and instead we keep seeing more and more of the insanity of self-righteous zealotry. Witness some of the crazy statements being made on both sides of the national popularity contest we call an election.
This movement is unsustainable, yet it seems to go on, and on. I began this study seeking reassurance, because I want it to be over, to see sanity and compassion return to the public arena. And although my casting says that, indeed, the cycle is complete, the stars will give us another chance to review the lesson when Pluto goes retrograde this spring. Pluto will go back into Sagittarius on June 14, turn direct on September 10, and move into Capricorn on November 27. Notice how these dates encompass the election cycle - which gives us another opportunity to express the positive Sagittarian energies of truth and freedom, clear perception, optimism and highest global awareness. I hope and pray we get it right this time!
And what lies ahead with Pluto in Capricorn? The last time this placement prevailed was during the years 1762-1777 - which included signing the Declaration of Independence! Maybe another revolution is in store; if so, may it encompass the positive Capricorn energies of prudence and conscientiousness, reliability, strong manifesting of light out of darkness, and ability to access Light and Love everywhere.
Back to the personal level, this contemplation on the up and downside of Sagittarius (and all signs have their downside) has brought me to realize the great gift I've received from Pluto's transforming energy: Humility. Heads up, Capricorns, now its your turn.