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For the week of February 6-12, 2008

Pluto in Capricorn, Part Two:

This week, quakes, major and minor, continue to tilt daily life toward the extreme. You could say, "There's a whole lotta shakin' goin' on." But you could just as easily say, "Welcome to Pluto in Capricorn" where a shift in astro gravity is making the world's wobble highly visible. For some, Pluto's new view is breathtaking and its vista reveals infinite possibilities. For others — maybe even most of us — the change from one planetary perspective to another is downright disconcerting, and the struggle to maintain a good attitude through the midst of this powerful transition is taking its toll. Whether it's training a puppy, managing a mortgage, or soothing a restless teenage spirit, or simply feeling confident about your choices, getting through the day feels like hard work. And it is. But keep in mind, while the intensity of this new pattern is edgy, Pluto in Capricorn isn't negative. What's difficult about this transition is the uncertainty about what lies ahead.

Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, and both symbolize structure — they both get down to the bones of things, and their appreciation of essence often translates into an ability to remove the superfluous in order to reveal the necessary. When that precision is wielded without skill, it can manifest as harsh critique — it's the voice of the judge who only speaks in the dualistic language of right and wrong, a tone that turns Capricorn's ability to see the "flaw" into an air of superiority. When the discernment of Capricorn is tempered by experience, that very same ability to cut to the chase with exacting precision becomes the capacity for compassion, as well as an opportunity for the critic to become the student and/or the teacher.

The capacity for discernment is just one of the areas Pluto will focus on during its sixteen-year transit through Capricorn, and because all of us have Capricorn somewhere in our birth charts, all of us are likely to face this challenge somewhere in our lives. From a collective perspective, Pluto in Capricorn is likely to reveal false foundations and corrupt cores. And because Capricorn governs corporations and organizations, Pluto will probe the skeletal structure of institutions, particularly institutions that no longer serve. But as always, the efficacy of Plutonian transformation is dependent upon our capacity to be agents of change. Fortunately, Capricorn is a Cardinal Earth Sign and has no problem moving into action as necessary.

This week, as high anxiety continues to tax nervous systems, make every effort to find healthy solutions to the stress. Meditate, exercise, be creative — do whatever it is you do to maintain your center. Focus on what's positive, and when possible, help others to do the same. Remember, we create the future one moment at a time through our thoughts, words, and deeds.

Because Pluto's transit through Capricorn is multidimensional, what follows is another layer of possible meaning for individual Signs.

If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that, too.

Aries March 21-April 19

Pluto stimulates an undeniable desire for recognition. One of the best ways to handle this powerful surge of ambition is to ask yourself, as often as needed, "What do you ultimately want to be known for?"

Taurus April 20-May 20

Pluto intensifies your urge to live life to its fullest, and, as part of that experience, to discern what activities and beliefs are meaningful to you. No matter what your other obligations may be, make time to cultivate your awareness.

Gemini May 21-June 21

Pluto demands clarity about what you're willing to change, and while this sounds easy, you could discover certain habits that won't budge. Take your time assessing how to make structural shifts, and you'll emerge victorious.

Cancer June 22-July 22

Pluto could uncover a hidden desire to exert your power and declare yourself ruler of the world. Rather than shying away from this potential, explore it, and then allow what you learn to promote greater personal growth.

Leo July 23-August 22

Pluto offers insight into how a practice of local ecological awareness can translate into global contribution. Notice where you are resistant, and you'll understand why it may be hard for others.

Virgo August 23-September 22

Pluto's focus on creative self-expression is sure to stir deep-seated emotions. Try to avoid either denying what you feel or overindulgent mood swings — moderation is the key to your success.

Libra September 23-October 22

Pluto catalyzes a confrontation with destiny — you're comparing what you have to what you want. Some parts of this process may be painful, but others may actually amplify your joy.

Scorpio October 23-November 21

Pluto stimulates your intellectual capacity and challenges you to think critically and deeply about your day-to-day routines, particularly patterns of communication. Listen to what you always say, and you'll learn a lot.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

Pluto feeds a need to acquire the trappings of wealth, and while there's nothing wrong with luxury, it would be wise to examine your motivation. No amount of external wealth will assuage internal poverty.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

Pluto could have you craving personal power, but it could just as easily provide almost unlimited support for self-actualization. It's up to you: despot or fulfilled human being? Sounds simple, but avoiding the temptation of unbridled ego will require tremendous effort.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

Pluto's pull intensifies a desire for significant periods of quiet contemplation. This is not about brooding; it is about learning to replenish your inner reserves.

Pisces February 19-March 20

Pluto encourages enthusiasm about making a commitment to your community. While your passion may at first seem overwhelming, over time you will learn to refine it and apply it where it will do the most good.

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