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Capricorn Prior — excerpts from prior annual editions

Next World Stories — excerpts from annual horoscope for Capricorn 2009

Conventional wisdom would hold that you’re supposed to want authority, power and worldly involvement. In my reading of your chart, Libra in your career house says you need to do something that is beautiful and just. You would be the best judge of this. Humans are complex creatures with many levels of motives.

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We are told things about ourselves that are not true, before our egos are fully formed. In particular the issue of what we are to do with our lives is frequently co-opted by many different forces. Just about all of them say you have to do something allegedly practical rather than something that you love; rather than something that you feel is actually worth the devotion of your soul and your precious mind.

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In late October, Saturn makes its way into your 10th house, and this will point to some obvious facts about who you are and what you want out of life. You will be able to orient your true direction. What’s interesting is that, as you’ve no doubt heard, Pluto has begun its long trip across your sign, which is the ultimate symbol of coming to terms with who you are. And when Saturn makes it to your 10th house, the two will form a square: one of the most palpable aspects, the one that says, “Something happens.”

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That something may be in the form of a crisis, which could feel like this: you are figuring out who you are and what you want, and then Saturn shows up and says: now, do it.

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You can get ahead of this transit. Here is how: Saturn’s current trip across your 9th solar house is about clearing out the petty psychology of one of your parents, probably your mother. Now would be a good time to reckon the plans that she had for you, and the plans that you had for you. Which, in truth, came to fruition? If this transit is working, you’re likely to see all the ways in which her limited worldview in essence forced you to give up your much more egalitarian, justice-oriented one. You need, I would propose, to challenge these ideas one at a time, which is another way of saying be directly honest with yourself about what happened.

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Pluto entering your birth sign makes it distinctly real to you; in a way you are becoming the embodiment of this energy. There are several ways to describe this. Compelling. Intense. Charismatic. Brutally honest, uncompromisingly real, determined, potent, raging with single-minded intent: you may experience one or more on any given day.

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To most people raised in Western society, the notion of soul is no more discernable than someone who is not a musician being able to tell the difference between C and C-sharp by ear. They sound about the same, unless you’ve either got perfect pitch or training and experience. Tuning into Pluto at least helped astrology get this particular distinction.

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Soul exists, and Pluto is in your sign to teach you that your soul exists. When we learn to identify with this quality of consciousness, and to distinguish it from that other thing commonly called ego, many facts can come into focus, such as your life’s purpose.

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Yet in our puritanical culture, we think of passion and celebration as anti-spiritual; revelry is for Saturday night and spiritual is for Sunday morning. But we don’t see how much damage this split does to us. Think of the revelry aspect of Pluto as an extension of the soul aspect, or vice versa; the two are not just related, but inseparable.

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Where all three of these aspects meet is conscious sexuality. Pluto has a lot of information about that in your life, as you may be discovering. One thing Pluto will allow you to do is to identify as a sexual person without apology. Very few people actually do this: it’s scary, taboo and most of all, a testament to our creative power.

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Your reserved nature conceals a depth of faith in the unseen world that few would suspect you possess. You, of course, more than suspect its existence; you have grown into an intimate relationship with your faith during an extended phase of your life, and you are finally beginning to see the tangible rewards of practicing this faith as a kind of mental yoga.

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To do this, you’ve had to exceed something within yourself on a nearly daily basis. You’ve had to do something that is difficult, even verging on impossible, for most humans: stretch what you believe.

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For all of us, Pluto in Capricorn carries significant meaning, and it’s shaping the world we see around us. For you, it’s distinctly personal, now moving straight ahead through your 1st solar house. Put the simplest way I can, Pluto in Capricorn is about adjusting your exterior reality of ’self’ — your style of movement, your language, your habits and your ideas about what is useful — based on one thing, the deeper truth that is very much alive and emanating from what may still be an unfamiliar place in you.

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This capacity to respond to your inner awareness and adjust your thought process and how you express yourself, in one gesture, is a true expression of your capacity for growth.

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Faith is something that most people take on faith. You are basing your faith on being an eyewitness to your own life, and using faith as fuel for a journey. In the rebirth you’re going through, it is a vital force, as compelling as a blowtorch or a chisel, only subtler and guided by the most dependable level of the mind: clear intuition.

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It would be reasonable to say you are becoming a ‘different person’ under the influence of Pluto in your birth sign. What is really happening is that you are now integrating the deeper levels of your being into the outer ones, and in the process, many outer layers of your personality are ready to fall away like a dry scab that has served its purpose. I suggest you let this happen, and not be afraid to be different than you were yesterday every single day of your life. The true metamorphosis has already occurred; what you are experiencing are the effects of a process with substantial momentum, guided by actual intelligence.

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We all know how much information we have that we don’t acknowledge, much less put to use, and many know that self-deception is involved. To be honest is, first, to be honest with yourself about who you are, and this has become all but inevitable.

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A depth of self-honesty is often threatening to others, who refuse to look at or see themselves as anything more than an image. But it’s not just your image that others are perceiving; they are feeling who you actually are, and your impact on others is something that you need to study as a conscious process; that impact is profound, and it’s reaching those around you in a way that you would never have anticipated.

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Spiritual growth often comes at a price, and the price of this was a long journey through the deepest unknown part of you.

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This depth of self-experience is the source of your confidence and determination right now. You are at the beginning of something and that can come with a burst of energy: if your astrology means anything, clearly it has.

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As you have embraced possibilities beyond what you were willing to admit when you were younger, the field of potential around you has become more difficult to cultivate.

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There have been some profoundly isolating moments along the way, which have taught you a lot about yourself. There have perhaps been isolated years or a lurking sense that you would never make contact with the world in a way that, for so long, had been so natural to you.

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What you are experiencing is not about believing anythingВ per se, but about the results of what you have learned.

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The thing to remember is that when you change, you have more impact on the world than anything else you might do: to change, to shift your perspective, to become yourself, is the ultimate form of action, and there will be many results.

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Pluto in Capricorn is allowing you to push through the aspects of your nature that would have, in the past, prevented you from expressing how radical and imaginative you are…. Your charts speak of some significant financial potentials this year, but you won’t get there if you are not willing to take at least a modest chance, assuming it’s in accord with your values. Taking a chance means taking a chance that you will lose, or that you will gain. You need to be directly willing to do both.

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Small World Stories — excerpts from annual horoscope for Capricorn 2008

AS WILL SOON be famous news in the world of astrology, Pluto begins its transition into your sign this year. This will be used by astrologers to predict everything from the collapse of Western civilization to the final ascent of Big Brother. The few, the less proud and the more optimistic will predict things like the wholesale restructuring of society and a shift in our relationship to the corporate universe.

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To find out when this is, you will need to have an astrologer cast your chart. However, and I am going to put this into bold type,В you need to take what astrologers say about Pluto with a case of saltshakers. Most of them do not understand Pluto and have negative fixations, which can easily be transmitted to you.

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The equation is simple: the more you want to change the world, the more you must be open to changing yourself. The more you develop, shape and cultivate your character, the greater and more positive impact you will have on the world around you.

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Bono once wrote, “I can’t change the world, but I can change the world in me.” It is fair to say he changed the world.

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What is already decided is that you will have an extraordinary impact on the people around you and the world you live in; and events will shape you profoundly. Therefore, now is the time to use the power you have — the power to choose — and choose the ways you want and intend that to happen.

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Pluto starts off in the shadows and then emerges to full consciousness. That is half the game with Pluto. The other half is the willingness to change.

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Fortune is a god, and he is with you.

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If you embrace the energy and reach deep into your willingness to become who you are, you benefit. If you refuse to do so, if you flaunt your attitude and/or act recklessly or unconsciously, Pluto will kick your ass. And from that, you learn some good lessons.

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Chiron has a way of revealing the weakness in any system. While this may seem inconvenient, it’s actually extremely helpful if we take the clue and repair the weakness before we have a real problem.

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SO MUCH OF how and whether people believe in their relationships is dictated by religion. The rest is dictated by our self-concept, and that, too is directly connected to religion. In essence, our concept of God and our concept of self are so closely interrelated that they are inseparable. If religion takes over the issue of God, it defines us and in effect defines our relationships.

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The shape of society and all of its values are essentially reincarnations of church dogma.

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Paraphrasing Adrienne Rich, there is no private life that is not dictated by some larger public life.

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This being said, deep beneath the bullshit is the earthy truth. And you as a Capricorn have an unusual gift for seeing tradition and obligation for what they are, and for creating your own relationship to them.

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The situation may be defined entirely by that one fact,В your sense of your own strength, though this may be eluding your perception at the moment. It doesn’t have to, but you would merely need a slight shift in point of view to raise the basic facts to the light.

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We could say that for your purposes now, there is no such thing as right or wrong, only a contrast between obvious choices.

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Let each idea be like another: Thou shalt not kill; action is the fruit of knowledge; father knows best; things go better with Coke: it’s all the same thing, for your purposes right now. One idea is equal to the next….As long as you have a hierarchy of ideas that were set by someone else, it will be difficult to see your personal truth.

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When you start to experience a psychological drama of any kind, look to the past for its roots. Look to the drama to tell you what those roots are about. You need to clean those roots, and clean your tree.

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You are exceptionally good at playing the game of the world, and of gaining worldly respect — but that does not necessarily translate to self-respect. Any issues of self-worth and self-esteem are originating from your 2nd solar house — Aquarius — which is currently taking transits from three bodies: Chiron, Nessus and Neptune.

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Consider that anything that occurs in a relationship is directly rooted in how one feels about oneself. That is the universal mediator of reality. If you doubt yourself, that will carry over into your partnerships. If you appreciate yourself, that will extend into them as well. If you think you are worthless, or worth less, you will take this into all of your relationships. If you find your value and your worth you will feel more worthy of the love of others, and have deeper resources to love them with.

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The key to Chiron is seeing patterns and noticing what those patterns add up to. An important key phrase for Chiron isВ pattern recognition.

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So what you need to do is create a system to organize your ideas. It can be on a computer, on paper, on a blackboard, or something that will at least be there when you look back — but you need to keep these ideas ready at hand.

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So, in case you’re not one of those people who carries around a notebook and writes down every little cool think you think of, go out and invest 99 cents and become one of them.

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You’re going to be taken on a ride of personal discovery. Pluto in your sign is about a complete renovation of your identity and your relationship to yourself. You are reaching the end of a long, difficult phase of your growth, and you need your freedom, mainly the freedom to discover who you are as a conscious choice.

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If you are going through a self-esteem crisis or have been experiencing difficulty with money, the solution to both is one and the same, which is recognizing your worth.

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Yet to the extent your worth was dictated to you as a child by the dictates of religion and the psychological baggage of your parents, you have many opportunities to shed those ideas and allow yourself to explore a wider, more positive concept of who you are — in practical reality, not just theory.

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Pluto in your sign will increase your impact on the world, and to have that impact be safe to you and the people around you, it’s essential that you keep very close tabs on what is motivating you. You might parlay your doubts into the drive for amassing worldly power; you might convey them into a deep and sincere search for the truth of who you are and why you came to this planet. The options may seem equal, but as you know, they are not.

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The Spiral Door — excerpts from annual horoscope for Capricorn 2007

Pluto’s crossing of the Galactic Core is not merely a “transit,” but rather a transformation of how we experience, think of and feel Pluto — which is another way of saying how we consider our own lives on the bottom-line level: call it what you will, life or death, the story of our soul’s journey, or reckoning with the unstoppable force of evolution. It is a threshold event, not a passing phase. Any transit that happens just once in a lifetime is a threshold. Some that happen more than once (Saturn return, for example) are also thresholds. But every Pluto transit counts; we are never the same after a Pluto transit, and while we may complain while it is happening, we will surely miss it when it’s over.

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As Pluto pushes the endnotes of the 12th, the theme is indeed completion, but in order to grasp that, we need to understand what you’ve begun.

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If you’re studying astrology, a good exercise is to randomly stop and ask yourself, “What house am I in?” Where are you physically in that moment, and on what stage of life are you acting out the primary drama of your life?

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One of the most accessible places we contact the 12th is orgasm — the real thing, the blotto kind, wherein everything ceases to exist, and you cease to exist in any recognizable form, and that’s all just fine: the moment of totality, one of its most notable characteristics being that you cannot understand it. Something just happened, you were there, but you don’t quite know what it was. You went somewhere, but you don’t know where you went.

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It is difficult to imagine two more contrasting images than Capricorn and the 12th house. Cap is the sign of everything you can ultimately make sense of, know the history of, and draw a diagram to explain.

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A 12th house Pluto transit is about making deep roots into your own relationship to the cosmos.

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Pluto in the 12th is also about facing one’s worst fears, be they of isolation, death, surrender, or the idea that we’re really all just prisoners of the world, trapped in vulnerable bodies subject to many cruel fates. While people tend to heap religion onto their backs and drag it around like the burden it usually is, your method of addressing all these things has transcended words and concepts and has happened in actual fact, following no special rules, and without the guidance of a holy man.

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So now imagine Pluto going through your 12th house for the past 12 or so years, churning up and distilling down all this subject matter. We rarely go into the 12th, but Pluto, the most compelling force, has drawn you there like a homing beacon. Imagine that it’s taken on all those fears, all your old beliefs, and all your unanswered questions. Now imagine that in the process of crossing the Galactic Core, it is going to have all that old material, old karma, if you will, vaporized. Imagine the concentration of billions of stars, clustered around a supermassive black hole, turning Pluto white hot and cleansing it of everything that is not true, that may have seemed true, that was too horrid to be true — all of it — and the Galactic Core vaporizing it like it was nothing.

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One thing that would help is if you expect yourself to suddenly become the person you have gradually been becoming all these years.

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What was a scent is suddenly becoming something you can taste and feel, and then see.

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Beliefs that no longer served you and in truth never did serve you so well, may cease to exist, and yet it’s now up to you to recognize what has replaced them — and what the natural consequence of that is.

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A few metaphors or images that come to mind are being able to absolutely stand in the eyes, ears and feelings of someone you are intimately involved with; being compelled to determine what is absolutely fair, and stick to it even if others may not agree; or feeling your presence in the lives of other people as a vibrant, meaningful dynamic (in short, anything but what astrology textbooks say about Capricorns). Allowing yourself to be different, that is, to step distinctly out of the past and the agreements of the past, and to be yourself.

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Let’s switch houses, to the 2nd. In your chart, this is Aquarius, which is astrology’s funny little way of saying what a radical you are, if indeed an impeccably dressed one.

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And what the presence of Chiron and Nessus in this house tell me is that you are becoming comfortable with just how original your viewpoint is, just how different you are, and indeed, fully aware of the fact that there is actually nobody like you.

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I would suggest that all this reaching for the roots in your spiritual life, and the life of your values, has a necessary expression in your relationships; they represent causes that have effects and consequences. And though someone close to you may have very different astrology than you do, they have enough in common with you to share many of the same points of growth.

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What is vital is that you keep your perspective; that you remember nobody holds anything over you, and that your emotional independence is right within reach. At best, the scenario will help you notice and identify with your emotional independence, and remind you that your safety in this world comes from you, and your relationship to something much larger than yourself. It is then expressed in relationships; you could say that when you feel safe, your safety finds a home among the people that you love.

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Yes, you have done other things at other times — but haven’t we all?

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