Remember, remember! The fifth of November,
the Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason why the Gunpowder treason
should ever be forgot!
– English Folk Verse (c.1870)
The world entered a new epoch in 2008, one that is changing socio-political reality as we know it. Pluto, that tiny planetoid in distant space, has the power to affect Earthlings in world-shattering ways. Pluto, in Greco-Roman mythology, is the powerful god of the Underworld. In astrology, Pluto represents Destruction, Rebirth, Mob, Dictators, Sex, Money, Earthquakes, Mass Movements and the Nuclear Bomb.
PLUTO IN CAPRICORN
Pluto entered Capricorn in late January 2008, returned to Sagittarius in June, came back to Capricorn in November and will stay there until January 2024. And the world can expect disasters in the worst form as all hell could break lose.
First, Big Business and Strong Governments will take over. Instead of overt wars against other people, there will be covert war against one’s own people – the citizens, the workforce, the ordinary people. But instead of bombs, the weapons will be Rules and Laws like the Patriot Act or the Human Security Law (Anti-Terrorism Law) or Cyber Crime Laws or State of Emergency or Martial Law. The name of the game is Security and Surveillance.
And so this epoch will be characterized by the Plutonian Shadowy Power of Capricornian Big Business / Strong Government through Tight Controls. It will be George Orwell’s Big Brother come to life.
THE GLOBAL CRISIS OF 2008
January 2008 started with the downturn of US stock market and ended with the highest price drop in home sales in 25 years. By Sept. 7, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which controlled half of the $12 Trillion mortgage market collapsed and were taken over by the US government – in effect, nationalizing the housing market.
And then huge investment banking firms like Lehman Brothers and Merryl Lynch collapsed. While Lehman Brothers was forced to close shop, the others were bailed out by the Federal Reserve – in effect, the government and its private banking partners took over the investment banking industry.
It must be noted that the US Federal Reserve System “is considered an independent central bank because its monetary policy decisions do not have to be approved by the President or anyone else in the executive or legislative branches of government, it does not receive funding appropriated by the Congress, and the terms of the members of the Board of Governors span multiple presidential and congressional terms”. (source: Wikipedia) The Fed is actually owned by some 15 or so private banks which include JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America.
When Pluto entered into Capricorn, Big Business and Big Government created their coup and took over the banking, insurance and mortgage industries in the US and Europe.
FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE
The theory or rationale for State Control was put in place while Pluto was in Sagittarius. The laws were enacted. The media spin was delivered. This time, with Pluto in Capricorn, theory is put in practice.
The Pakistani president, who had proclaimed a State of Emergency in early November 2007, jumped the gun in the race to Strong Governments.
President Arroyo tested the waters in February / March 2006 when she proclaimed a state of emergency. Unfortunately for her, not only was it premature, but Pluto was also in close conjunction to the Galactic Center, a super black hole in the center of our galaxy, which some astrologers regard as a purging and transforming mechanism.
But President Benigno Aquino had perfect timing. As Senator Joker Arroyo said, with the impeachment of Supreme Court Chief Justice Corona, President Aquino obtained autocratic powers without even declaring Martial Law. He is now in full control of the branches of government – controlling the House, the Senate and Judiciary. And with his connections with the elite families who own major media organizations, he even controls the Media.
Pluto in Capricorn seems to have historical impact on the Philippines. Pluto entered Capricorn in 1515 and stayed there until 1532. Pluto in Capricorn creates states and humbles or even destroys empires.
In 1515, Sharif Kabungsuwan arrived in Maguindanao and established the Maguindanao Sultanate.
In 1521, official Philippine history began when Magellan was said to “discover” the Philippines.
But such “discovery” led to the humbling of the great Spanish Empire, which historians up to now try to keep secret. The chronicler of Magellan’s voyages, Antonio Pigafetta, recorded that in the Battle of Mactan, Magellan was killed by the men of the local chieftain Cali Pulaco who is popularly known today as Lapu-Lapu. Afterwards, Cebu’s Rajah Humabon invited Magellan’s successor Duarte Barbossa and 25 of his men to a farewell luncheon where the Europeans were massacred. Pigafetta was fortunate to be wounded in the battle so he did not join his companions in the festivities.
Upon news of the massacre, the remaining men were not enough to take three ships. Hence, they abandoned the Concepcion and sped away aboard the Victoria and the Trinidad. The Spaniards did not return to the Islands until 50 years later. And for 330 years, they made sure that the natives never heard of this massacre. In fact, until now, very few know of the massacre of Magellan’s men as historians, local and foreign, refuse to include them in their manuscripts.
At about the same time (1519 -1521), the Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortes arrived in the Valley of Mexico and started the systematic annihilation of the Aztec Empire.
Pluto returned to Capricorn on Nov. 8, 1762 up to Dec 1, 1778. This period saw the end of Europe’s Seven Years War. The French lost Canada and the West Indies territories to Britain and Louisiana to Spain. The fall of the French Empire paved the way for the French Revolution.
England, which had captured the Philippines and Cuba, returned these territories to Spain in exchange for Florida. England, however, managed to get territories — Balambangan (Cagayan de Sulu), southern Palawan and North Borneo – in the name of its business arm, the East India Company – from the Sulu Sultanate in exchange for its rescue of Sulu Sultan Azim ud Din I, who had been held hostage in Intramuros, Manila by the Spaniards for some 15 years.
However, in the later stage of this epoch, it was the British Empire’s turn to be humbled. In March 1775, Datu Teteng of Sulu attacked the British fort in Balambangan and forced the British out of Sulu. Sulu also got back its territories in North Borneo and Palawan.
On July 4, 1776, the United States of America declared their independence from Britain.
Interestingly, 120 or so years later, when Pluto was in two-faced Gemini, the new power, the United States of America, decided to take both the Philippines and Sulu for itself through the 1898 Treaty of Paris and the Bates Treaty of 1899 respectively.
CAPRICORNIAN STRONG GOVERNMENT
Capricorn represents the Earth, Governments, Big Business, Money, the Elites, Responsibility, Authoritarianism, Rules and Tight Control.
The Americans now have a very Strong Presidency courtesy of the Patriot Act as well as other laws that impinge on individual privacy such as the one, approved by US Supreme Court in 2006, requiring US companies to keep track of their employees’ email, instant messages and other electronic documents.
And through the economic crisis in 2008, the Federal Reserve has taken over the banking, insurance and mortgage industries while making millions of Americans homeless in the process.
The American government may have forgotten that the last time Pluto was in Capricorn, restrictive laws – the 1764 Sugar Act, Quartering Act and Stamp Act of 1765, Tea Act of 1773, and the five so-called Intolerable Acts of 1774 — led to the American War of Independence.
The Americans are now up in arms against Gun Control laws and laws restricting use of cyberspace.
CYBER BIG BROTHER
In this era of the Internet, governments will exert all efforts to control cyberspace. The US pushed for Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) to have firm government control over the Internet. Fortunately, the American people stood up and fought against it.
In the Philippines, the netizens stopped the government from implementing the Anti-Cyber Crime Law or RA 10175.
Uranus, the ruler of revolutions, also rules the Internet and computers. And Uranus is now in Aries, which is ruled by Mars, the god of War.
URANUS IN ARIES
After 84 years, Uranus entered Aries in May to Aug 2010, returned in March 2011 and will stay there until 2018/19. And it is in a “bad” aspect (square) with Pluto.
The end of 2010 saw the start of the so-called Arab Spring where revolutions in the Arab world caused the downfall of long-time strongmen in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya; long drawn out civil wars in Yemen and Syria; and, revolutionary stirrings in Bahrain.
In all these Arab revolutions, the US has been firmly behind the revolutionaries (except in Bahrain). Most of the world applauded the US and Europe for helping the Arab people.
But the world started realizing that not everything is as black-and-white as represented by the world’s media. Egypt’s first democratically elected President was overthrown by the military, allegedly taking its cue from the people. And the US supports this coup d’etat.
The US and Europe’s support for the Syrian opposition is questioned by many since the Syrian opposition includes the al-Qaeda, allegedly, America’s number one enemy.
Although US President Barack Obama was elected on a No-More-War campaign, he is now vehemently campaigning for an invasion of Syria even though America is still embroiled in Afghanistan and has not thoroughly withdrawn from Iraq.
But Obama had to stop in his tracks as he found himself without reliable allies England and Germany. Both refused to support Obama’s attack on Syria.
And Putin’s Russia has taken the role of “champion for Peace” and will not take an American attack on Syria sitting down. China is Russia’s ally in the United Nations Security Council, which refused to allow an attack on Syria.
While Uranus encourages (Arab) revolutions, a deadly war involving nuclear powers – USA and Russia, with England, France and China – is threatening the world at large. Pluto rules over nuclear bombs.
When Uranus (Revolution) is in Aries (War), and it squares (antagonistic to) Pluto (Death and Destruction) in Capricorn (Overly Ambitious Big Business / Big Governments), we can expect only the worse.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
Pluto rules earthquakes and nuclear power. Nuclear power plants are owned by Big Business. When Uranus re-entered Aries in March 2011, the earthquake-generated tsunami devastated parts of Japan and destroyed the Fukushima power plant. The nuclear fallout of the Fukushima disaster continues as contaminated groundwater flows into the Pacific Ocean. According to the latest reports, contaminated water has already reached Hawaii.
With Pluto in Capricorn, the governments will continue to amass as much power as they can at the expense of their citizens. These governments will push for strict gun control laws, stricter laws in the name of Security and control of cyberspace. The elites of the lands will amass more money and power and the gap between the rich and the poor will further widen.
In this epoch, surveillance cameras, ID cards, wire-tapping, DNA monitoring and racial profiling will be the order of the day for the world’s inhabitants. The rich and powerful will try to have a tight rein on the world’s poor.
But the people will wake up, as many have already waken up. Uranus in Aries makes sure of that. Uranus in Aries is the “Awakener”.
The Pluto in Capricorn (Big Business/Big Government) will meet its match in Uranus in Aries (revolutionary change, an awakened militant populace).
The last two times Pluto was in Capricorn, the Philippines was invaded – by Spain in 1521 and by England in 1762. But the foreigners did not / could not stay long. Perhaps this time, it would be China’s turn because of the dispute over the Spratleys.
During the last two visits of Pluto in Capricorn, great events happened in Moroland. The first time, the Maguindanao Sultanate was founded and in the next, the Sulu Sultan was returned to Sulu from his cell in Intramuros, Manila where he was held hostage for some 15 years. In exchange for the release of the Sultan, Sulu lost some territories to the British but got some of them back shortly after.
Perhaps for the Bangsa Moro, Uranus will rekindle the revolutionary fires of the 1970s. It looks like this time, a Bangsa Moro state is in the offing.
Pluto in Capricorn destroys and establishes dynasties or empires. It destroyed the Aztec empire. And with the Age of Colonization, it gave rise to the European empires, especially the British Empire.
It replaced the Abbasid dynasty with the Ottoman dynasty / empire ca. 1517 and when it came back, the Ottoman lost a lot of territories during the Russo-Turk War in 1768 to 1774.
And in 1776, with Pluto in Capricorn, the American Empire was born — a big blow to its colonizer, the British Empire.
And yes, America is facing its Pluto Return. And America, which is essentially a plutocracy, is in danger. The plutocrats could very well face their downfall courtesy of the American people. The USA’s natal moon, which represents the people, is in Aquarius. And with the ruler of Aquarius in Aries, the Aquarian people may just wake up and move collectively, just like they did in 1776.
Could it be that this time around, with Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries, we will witness the American Empire’s fall?
Ultimately, it is up to the collective consciousness of the humans living today to decide what the Pluto in Capricorn / Uranus in Aries epoch will usher in. It could lead to a nuclear world war that will bring in Death and Destruction or it could herald a New Age of universal change for the better. One thing for sure: Pluto in Capricorn can only indicate very interesting and dynamic times.
This is an update of my article Pluto in Capricorn published in Mr. & Ms. magazine in June 2008
UPDATE: MAY 5, 2020
Pluto is in Capricorn from 2008 to 2024. The original essay was published in 2008. I updated it in 2013. As I wrote then, “Big Business and Strong Governments will take over. Instead of overt wars against other people, there will be covert war against one’s own people – the citizens, the workforce, the ordinary people. But instead of bombs, the weapons will be Rules and Laws like the Patriot Act or the Human Security Law (Anti-Terrorism Law) or Cyber Crime Laws or State of Emergency or Martial Law. The name of the game is Security and Surveillance.” This still holds until hopefully, the Big Business and Strong Governments will have their comeuppance near the end of this era, which is about this time.
The Anonymous hackers groups went very big in the 2010s but dissipated when its leaders were arrested. But spin-offs like the Ghost Squad Hackers are becoming active.
This Pluto in Capricorn (2008 – 2024) epoch, which includes Uranus in Aries (2010-2019) period, continues to create socio-cultural phenomena like the creation of ISIS, the wars in Syria and Iraq, and the almost miraculous ascendance of Donald Trump in the US and Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines.
As mentioned above, Pluto in Capricorn always had powerful effects on the Bangsa Moro throughout history. This time, it was the destruction of Marawi City and the creation of BARMM. Although BARMM is technically a sub-state, it has not yet done anything to show that it has true self-determination powers.
And now, there is Covid19 pandemic, an epidemic with world-wide proportion.
But as I wrote in the blog, America will experience its Pluto return, i.e., Pluto will return to the exact spot it occupied when the USA was born.And this now happening, with Pluto returning to the exact place in early February 2022 and all through October 2023, but its effects are already everywhere with Covid19 and the eventual fall of the US economy.
Stricter Laws are everywhere. They are called lockdown or community quarantine where people are in virtual house arrests.
But Big Business and its ally, Strong Government are bound to fall. What started in 2008 with the US and global financial crash most probably will have a much worse financial catastrophe for the US and the world by the end of this era in 2023/24.
With BRICS countries stopping to use US dollar for trade, with bitcoin becoming almost mainstream, with China creating its own crypto currency, and with the fall of US and most European economies, the world will have a new economic system by the time Pluto leaves Capricorn for Aquarius