©2009 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
There are days lately when it’s really hard to be out in the world. With so much undirected rage out there looking for a target, it’s hard not to soak it up psychically. It’s also much too easy to trigger it inadvertently and become the brunt of it. Pluto’s sign shows the main recipients of our resentments—those we blame when our lives are out of control and bad things happen. With Pluto square Saturn currently, the level of resentments, blaming, and seeking out scapegoats are all particularly intense.
Why We’re Projecting the Blame onto the Big Guys
Capricorn is the sign of authority figures, and now that Pluto is firmly entrenched there, the main target for our rage seems to be authority figures, the bigger the better. People who are in a rage—and a panic—about the economic situation blame it on Congress, on Oil Moguls, or on corporate fat cats.
They increasingly blame it all on President Obama, who suddenly can’t do anything right. Whatever he does, the conservatives condemn him for not being conservative enough and the liberals lambaste him for not being liberal enough. Never mind that America adored him just months ago, amid completely unrealistic expectations that he would be the Messiah of Money, the Savior and Redeemer of our faltering economy.
We fooled ourselves for a time that we weren’t in deep doodoo, not really, and that there was some simplistic quick fix for this economic debacle that’s been 20 or 30 years in the making. Showered with public adoration just a few months back, Obama is being hit by a tidal wave of blame, when the real causes of this fiscal freefall can be traced back a decade or longer, well before he was even elected to the Illinois State Senate.
Are You One of God’s Brats?
But, hey, if you’re looking for someone to blame, why stop at the President? Why not just go straight to the top? Who a lot of people seem to be really pissed off at lately is God.
The very folks who were so quick to praise God for the Blessed Life they were living just a couple of years ago are now convinced God has turned on them. Yeah, verily, The Lord has singled them out for no good reason and is now maltreating them.
Maybe they’re still praising God in public, just in case, but if you catch them in private on an especially bad day, they’ll fume about how crappy the Heavenly Pater is being to them. They say it so petulantly, and with such an underlying sense of total ENTITLEMENT, that I’m calling them God’s brats. God didn’t get us into this fiscal fiasco, we got ourselves there.
Who’s Really to Blame for the Mess We’re In?
How did we get in this boat to begin with? Over the years, as one outer planet after another camped out in Sagittarius, we bought into the idea of unlimited expansion and started living beyond our means in vast numbers. Neptune was there from 1970-84; Uranus pumped us up in 1981-88; and Pluto fueled our obsession with living large from 1995-2008. I relate the development of the Easy Credit mentality and the spiraling of personal debt to the passage of Pluto—the planet of debt, high finance, and power—through over-expansive Sagittarius.
Despite its many sterling qualities, Sag is a sign that wants more and more. They never believe the bills will come due, and they justify the overindulgences by thinking that even if the bill collector does come to call, it will all work out because God will provide. Sag is the sign of gambling and speculation; addictive gambling in casinos and online became an epidemic, while speculation on the stock market and in real estate became a preoccupation for higher income people. Sag is the sign of foreign countries, and many of us indulged a lifelong desire to travel by charging trips on credit cards; at the same time high-end imported labels and exotic foods became considered necessities.
The metaphysical industry made its own contribution to greed. Remember those motivational speakers who taught us we could be, do, and have anything our hearts desired if we just thought right—chanted the right chants, made the right life maps, attended their abundance workshops, and paid them plenty to teach the right manifestation techniques? Oddly enough, as they encouraged us to put their costly events on our credit cards, they never enlightened us to the fact that going into debt is not the same thing as abundance.
The absolute apex of metaphysical greed gurus was James Arthur Ray, whose influence on his followers led him–and them–to disaster when three people died as a result of a ceremony that capped a $10,000 workshop on abundance. So, yes, the predatory lenders and the positive thinkers played their parts in the debt spiral and its ultimate collapse, but we ourselves got greedy and spent ourselves right down the tube. They say you can’t cheat an honest man, and, ultimately, we all lied to ourselves and others about how affluent we were.
Pluto has settled in Capricorn now and will be there for the next 13 years. If I had to narrow down the keywords for Capricorn to just one, it would be ACCOUNTABILITY. The buck stops here—and the buck HAS stopped, folks. The only way we’re going to get out of this mess—individually and collectively—is to accept responsibility for what we’ve done to ourselves and to the planet and to start living within our means.
“Live within my Means??? Are You Joking?”
I’ve gotten there a bit ahead of most people. How did I learn to live within my means? The hard way. I came to the place so many have gotten to recently—the place of utter ruin.
A few years back Saturn sat on my natal Pluto in Leo for 8 months straight, and all the bills that had gotten out of hand due to a medical melt-down came due at once. It was TURRIBLE!! It finally moved off my Pluto and spent two interminable years in the 2nd house, the house of WHAT MONEY???
Saturn snarled its way through Leo and penny pinched its way through Virgo. I kept track of where every penny went, and gingerly encountered the B word… Budget.
I cut and pouted and cut and pouted, but finally learned how to live within my means, and you know what? I actually came to love it. For the first time in my life, I knew exactly how much money I had, and what my expenses were. I made a plan and kept to it. It felt SAFE, an almost unknown emotion in a lifetime spent in the financially iffy field of astrology. I slept better, even in those last few dicey days of the fiscal month.
Now, any time the money worries or I Wants take over, I sit in one of the rooms of my apartment and slowly look at everything there, piece by piece, and thank God for it. And here’s the real Secret—God LIKES it when we say thanks. The more I give thanks for what I’ve got, the more effortlessly I manifest the things I really do want and need. The regular practice of gratitude has taken my manifestation mojo to a whole new level.
Gratitude—A Sure Path to Contentment
I‘ve started telling friends that the next series of workshops I gave would be on how to be poor. My sister—who has always known how to stretch a buck until you could use it for a blanket—was going to co-lead them.
What I really meant was that SOMEBODY needs to be a guru on how to live within your means and be contented. We need to learn how to not just be okay with scraping by, but to love and cherish what we already have.
It helps, when you’re frustrated by all the things you don’t have or can’t afford anymore, to remember that in these United States, no matter how broke we might be, we live better than 80% of the people on this planet. In Africa, Asia, and South America, people are emaciated from famine, living without clothing or sanitary facilities, with ten people or more crowded into a tiny shack. If you need help remembering how good we really have it, a good movie to rent would be Slum Dog Millionaire…that’ll amp up your gratitude.
Here’s a helpful how-to piece: How to Accept Blame when You Deserve It.
More Posts for your Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit:
- The Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit—an Overview of the Series
- The Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit—Part 1 (Houses and Areas of Life Affected)
- The Pluto-Saturn Square—Two Examples of How It Works
- The Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit—Part 2 (Best Case/Worst Case Scenarios)
- Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit #3: How to Use these Energies Well
- Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit #4–Taking Concrete Action to Change your Life
- Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit #5: Key Players in your Drama
- People who Misuse Pluto and Saturn—Don’t be Fooled by Scare Tactics!
- From Clutter to Closure–Using the Pluto-Saturn Square
- Pluto-Saturn Kit #6: The Train is Coming. Are You Stalled on the Tracks?
- How the Pluto-Saturn Square may Affect People born with that Aspect
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