By Dr Dawne Kovan
Every time I pick up an astrological journal or even an ordinary newspaper, I read doom and gloom articles that seem designed to send us even deeper into a slough of despond. The recession, the major shifts in corporate power, modern slavery - all coming as the inevitable result of Pluto entering Capricorn.
I tend to look at life somewhat differently - in that I see it as a process of developing and shifting social and technological mores and values. I also work with the Law of Attraction, which has taught me that nothing simply happens without it being attracted in some way or another. By which I mean that as we focus on our fears of recession, bankruptcy, and loss of individual power that is exactly what we are likely to experience.
If on the other hand, we look at what the process this upcoming energy brought into being around 20 years ago, we can begin to understand how things are likely to work out differently. If we agree that life is a process, and not sliced like cheese, then we can accept also that the planets in their orbits reflect that process. They are weaving around the Zodiac, always inter-relating and inter-acting. An ancient view of the planets understood them to be conscious entities, and therefore conscious of each other. In other words, as conscious beings they know exactly where each planet is in relation to the others. So, in their orbiting and spiraling around the Sun they will all visit and revisit the same areas of the Zodiac ad infinitum and communicate this to each other.
From the moment of the Big Bang, that was the birth of the Universe, these conscious entities "knew" where and more importantly for us, when they would "arrive" at a particular point of the Zodiac at any given point. Therefore, instead of looking at the ingress of Pluto into Capricorn with trepidation, we should look (possibly) at the state of Capricorn as it is at present. In other words, when we enter a room, we can always tell if someone's been there before us by the state that the room is in. Any mother knows that!
At the end of the 80s and the beginning of the 90s we had an extraordinary astronomical event occurring: Saturn, Uranus and Neptune came together in conjunction at the very last degrees of Sagittarius and the first degrees of Capricorn. The last time these 3 planets met up like this was in 1307 and at that time Saturn's involvement was a single event - in other words, Saturn passed over Uranus and Neptune and went on his way beyond them, quite quickly, into Aquarius. This recent meeting was a triple event with the conjunction taking a few years to dissipate, due to the retrogradation of Saturn in Capricorn.
Life always offers solutions
From moment to moment in time no matter what the condition of the planets and signs, babies are born, obviously. Those babies that are born under special skies embody special energies - and they do this for a reason. Life always offers solutions to the ills that our planet and our society, and even our bodies, will suffer. And these children are our solution. The degrees of this last triple conjunction are the same degrees that Pluto crosses over through the next few years - and indeed has been crossing the last couple of years as well. In other words, life's need produces its cures.
On an historical note, the last times that Pluto entered Capricorn for 16-7 years in recent times were: 1516-1532 and 1762-1778. During the years leading up to these Pluto transits, there were no other slow moving planets occupying Capricorn. However, just to give one example of my thinking here, in 1489 Thomas Cranmer was born under a conjunction of Saturn and Uranus in Capricorn opposite his Sun in Cancer. During the subsequent Pluto occupation of Capricorn, which could have ratchetted up the power of the established Church, he was instrumental in the process of Henry VIII's divorce of Catherine of Aragon. In other words, the Reformation was started during this period - which astrologers of the time would not have predicted. As an aside, I suggest that the Saturn Uranus opposition of Cranmer's Sun reflects his relationship with his unpredictable Royal master.
The Indigo Children
This generation of children who were born under the very demanding combined energies of Saturn, Uranus and Neptune (1988-1991 and beyond, because it wasn't until 1996 that Uranus left Neptune alone in Capricorn) are sometimes referred to as "Indigo Children". A name that seems to suggest their vibrations are at the opposite end of the spectrum to the red/warrior types. If we simply take the symbolism of the three planets in turn we get Saturn structure, Uranus breaking through and Neptune spiritualising and refining. So to make a coherent image, I see this as the type of mentality and way of functioning in the world that offers ways to break through old forms and refine and idealise human behaviour.
Many of these children are able to process and organise information very differently, even digitally, and are naturally frustrated by teachers who were trained in the old-fashioned analogue systems. Their behaviour has been labelled as dysfunctional - ADHD, Aspergers syndrome and dyslexia. And it may not be true. An interesting question to ask is: who was getting things wrong for whom and who was punished for it? As they are now reaching their late teens and early twenties, many of them are "suddenly" emerging as normal, ordinary people- those that weren't drugged into submission by over-zealous medics, that is.
Growing up is hard to do
James Hillman suggests in his book "The Soul's Code" that children who have difficult behaviour patterns in their earliest years, do so as a reaction to their "knowing" that their adult lives will be challenging. He says that the weight of their destiny is hard for their small selves to carry. And surely as astrologers, we can understand that - the effort of carrying major outer planet influences to personal planets must be exhausting and frightening, to say the least, for a baby of 18 months or so. I would posit a link between Hillman and the ideas of those who talk about "Indigo children". To find out more - simply Google Indigo Children - there's lots of information.
So, how to break the grip of our present encroaching new ice age of Pluto in Capricorn and circumnavigate the increasing power of large corporations, oligarchs and international mafia? The internet is the medium of the triple conjunction children - it was being developed during their earliest years and they grew along with it. I recently read a newspaper article saying that many of the young rock/pop bands are refusing to sign up with Sony and other multi-national recording companies, and are doing their own promotion and marketing over the internet. Similarly with writers, many are making small fortunes publishing ebooks. This 'do-it-yourself' approach to marketing will certainly offer alternatives to the more traditional ways of doing things, and may leech some of the power away from the big corporations.
We adults can now have no idea what these young people and their children, and those children already stepping into the education systems now will follow as careers - the technology hasn't even been born yet that will offer new ways of travel, education, food provision to name but a few. You can bet, however, that the children who will create them have - they are already here. Exciting, isn't it?
The author, Dr Dawne Kovan is Metaphysical and Personal Development Mentor. She mentors clients around the world. She says of her work "We are living in exciting times now, with the shifts in global consciousness and the development of personal opportunities within that shift. My life task as I see and experience it is to enable clients to engage with joy and enthusiasm in these changes for the betterment of their own lives and those of their friends, families and associates". http://www.dawnekovan.com