©2008, 2010 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
You’re entering a phase of financial restructuring if you have Capricorn in the 2nd or 8th houses, because at some points in Pluto’s 14-year trek through that sign, you’ll have Pluto transits. Words we can associate with Pluto in Capricorn are accountability; facing reality; responsibility; taking stock; cutbacks; restructuring; and living within our means.
The 2nd house describes money—how you earn and spend it; financial management; profitable sidelines; attitudes and beliefs about prosperity; what you value more than wealth. The 8th describes your partner’s resources, how joint finances are managed, investor and backers, money coming in other than paychecks (inheritances, grants, prizes, government benefits, etc), taxes, credit cards and other debts, as well as birth, death, transformation, and healing.
You’ll be meeting some Plutonian players during this transit. In their charts and in the chart comparison you’re likely to find Pluto and Scorpio strongly featured. Their numbers could include the wealthy and powerful, financiers, control freaks, avengers, sugar daddies, investors or backers, and debt collectors. On the more positive side, you might connect with powerful healers, therapists, and social reformers.
If you have Capricorn associated with the 2nd or 8th natally, you’re likely to possess positive qualities necessary to contend with an economic downturn like this one—and the strength to develop them even more fully in times of adversity.
Among your assets, you may count patience, perseverance, dependability, self-discipline, realism, practicality, organization, diligence, industriousness, common sense, high standards, foresight, and the ability to learn from experience. Like the mountain goat, you’re inherently equipped to scale this particular mountain
Is Pluto strong in your birth chart? For another indication of how major this Pluto transit is, analyze how important Pluto is natally.
Briefly, you’re a Plutonian type if Pluto makes many aspects in the chart, especially to the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, or Midheaven, or if it’s part of a major configuration like a grand trine or t-square. If you have the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, or several planets in Scorpio or the related 8th house, this also contributes a Plutonian cast to your life.
The stronger Pluto is in a birth chart, the longer Plutonians have already been working to integrate its transformative qualities and to free themselves of the negative ones. You’ll find a link below to a test to help you gauge how strong it is.
With difficult aspects, Pluto’s natal house placement may signify an area of life where you experienced betrayals of trust, misuse of power, alienation, and losses or a feeling of abandonment.
Ask yourself whether you’re still repeating these negative patterns as an adult or whether you’ve been in a long process of relinquishing and healing them. If you’re still automatically going into negative Pluto patterns of relating, you may find y0urself playing them out where finances are concerned during this transit. The list of links below contain leads to some strong healing resources that particularly resonate to Plutonian patterns.
What can the current transits mean if you’re born with a strong Pluto? Let’s say Pluto is strong natally and represents a history of murky family dynamics, but is now transiting the 2nd or 8th. People who are locked into the past could relive the same dynamics and negative outcomes in their finances as were seen in the house arena of natal Pluto.
If you’re still festering with mistrust, resentments, grievances, and hatred of those in power, you can transfer these patterns to your relationships, specifically to how you and people you are enmeshed with handle the issue of finances.
Unhealed Plutonians can be bitter, negative, cynical, and easily offended. A new round of healing tools, on the other hand, can turn the pattern around and bring a new freedom.
This transit is especially significant if there are Pluto or Scorpio planets in the vocational picture natally—the 2nd, 6th, 10th, or aspecting the Midheaven.
People with these features in their charts are prone to dramatic career turns, for better or for worse, especially under transits to the Midheaven, natal vocational planets, or natal Pluto. Those who engage in self-destructive rounds of hardball may crash and burn under transits to the vocational sectors.
If they’re evolving past those negative behaviors, they’re capable of amazing turnarounds—the Phoenix rising from its own ashes.
Not a Plutonian type? You may not have been born a Plutonian type. However, during Pluto’s slow progress through the 2nd or 8th, you may very well—in self-defense if nothing else—become Plutonian in your approach to money. It’s common for patterns to develop that are similar to people with natal Pluto or Scorpio planets in the 2nd or 8th. (In the links below, you’ll find an article about that placement.)
Among the less desirable expressions are abuse of power, battles for control, inability to trust others, secrecy, clinging to resentments and grievances, failing for spite, and being a target of other people’s projections. Constructive expressions include transforming, healing, and empowering yourself and others through the lifework.
How long will this transit last? Pluto is even slower-moving than Neptune or Uranus. Due to eccentricities in its orbit, it spends longer in some signs than others—it spent 12 years in Scorpio, but will spend 14 years in Capricorn and 25 in Pisces. Track how long Pluto has already been transiting the 2nd or 8th houses. Note whether the sign on the house cusp is Sagittarius or Capricorn and whether it includes planets in Sag as well
If Pluto isn’t making any major aspects to planets in that house, what I’ve described may be background music to your financial life, but it’s well to start working on any of the financial issues listed here and in related articles, because at the point when it does make aspects, it can affect you very powerfully.
What’s Lead up to this situation? If the 2nd or 8th cusp is Sagittarius, Pluto has been in that house for several years. For people with Sagittarian placements in the career houses, Pluto’s 13 years in that sign gradually ushered in irrevocable changes in their livelihood and in the amount of recognition and satisfaction they could expect to gain. Analyze what was going on in the person’s finances during Pluto’s latter days in Sagittarius.
A house transit is a process rather than a series of isolated events; a change of signs ushers in a new stage of that process. A Sagittarian era of expansion is naturally followed by a Capricornian phase of contraction. The era of easy credit and speculation may have fueled unwise over-expansion based on debt financing and greed. We’ve already seen what happened in the real estate market, and the same sudden contraction has been true in many industries in the short time since Pluto changed signs.
Sag rules our connections to a global economy, and with Pluto transiting the 2nd house, easy credit might have lured the individual into overspending on luxuries like foreign travel, speculative investments in real estate, or day trading. The coming years, as Pluto moves solidly into Capricorn, would require stringent budgeting to get back on solid ground.
Capricorn—Sign of the Comeback Kings
If you have Capricorn planets in your 2nd or 8th, what would you do if the absolute worst case scenario happened—a total financial meltdown? You’re the mountain goat—wouldn’t you start at the bottom and climb right back up to the summit?
Rod Chase, a mentor in my early years in astrology, used to claim that Capricorn –the sign of Richard Nixon and Muhammed Ali–was the sign of comebacks. He also pointed out that Pluto is the planet of endings and beginnings, of death and rebirth, and of the phoenix rising from it own ashes.
The sign of the mountain goat meets the planet of the phoenix—that’s one unbeatable combination! So I don’t doubt for a minute that, given all the strengths Capricorn is uniquely equipped with, you have what it takes to overcome any present difficulties and come back even stronger but on a rock solid footing.
Note: This is adapted from a much longer article on Pluto transits to the career houses that appeared in The Mountain Astrologer in 2008. See their back issues for the complete version.
Readers, if Pluto is part of your financial picture, tell us about it in the comment section.
If you have natal or transiting Pluto in the 2nd or 8th, here are some articles that can help:
- Money and Pluto in the 2nd House—The Haves vs. the Have Nots
- The Unsuspected Role of the 8th House in Fiscal Fitness
- Living Off the Books—an 8th House Quicksand
- Pluto in the Career Houses–The Power to Manifest or Fail for Spite
- What to Tell Astrology Clients about Pluto in Capricorn
- How Strong is your Pluto? Here’s the Score!
- Pluto and Bullying: How to Recognize and Deal with It
- What Makes a Person Controlling? How Can It Stop?
- People who Misuse Pluto and Saturn—Don’t be Fooled by Scare Tactics!
- Purge Yourself of Pluto’s Negativity—Get Free of Bitterness
- Stuck For What Seems Like Forever? Maybe Areas of Unforgiveness are the Cause
- Reclaiming Our Resilient Spirit
- Healing Tools For Plutonians: Transforming The Self And Others
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