Thursday, July 2, 2015

I Hate Politics: Pluto in Capricorn

I dabble in astrology. It's a fun way to think about life and look at the connections between mankind and the universe. An interesting planetary transit that's happening now is Pluto (the planet of ultimate destruction that leads to new beginnings) moving through Capricorn (the astrological sign of work, business, structure, organization, and achievement).

Ever since this astrological phase began, we've seen fundamental upheaval in what we assumed were rock-solid institutions. Anywhere you look you find orthodoxies being altered, challenged, abandoned, or openly questioned. It's not just protesters marching in the streets. Civic and cultural institutions (governments, newspapers, universities, banks, corporations, the military, The Catholic church, the Boy Scouts, the National Football League, FIFA) are being transformed left and right, facing fundamental questions about their existence and, in some cases, disappearing entirely.

The wave of actions by businesses and governments against the tradition of displaying the Confederate battle flag in the wake of the Charleston AME church tragedy and this week's Supreme Court decisions regarding health care and gay marriage are further examples of how the ground is shifting underneath our feet in real time. For some, this change will provoke backlash, some of which will be violent. For the rest of us, this is America achieving its purpose, which is progress.

Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008 (the historic year Barrack Obama was elected President of the United States) and will be in Capricorn until 2024. We're far from done with massive change. Despite what your local Conservative thinks, that's a good thing.

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