There are currently three planets in Capricorn: Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto (also known as a stellium, if you’re nasty). Three outer planets together in one sign is rare and brings an intensity, which is obvious as hell r.n. So let’s get into it, shall we?
Capricorn is a Cardinal sign, it is dynamic and initiating- it wants action. Capricorn is also the last of the Earth signs. We have moved through the comforts of the foundation of home built by Taurus; out into the community through the hard work & dedication of service, organization and mastery of Virgo; to Capricorn. Capricorn represents the highest point of all things Earth- structures, authority, leadership, rules & law, power & ambition. I think of Capricorn as the CEO sitting in the corner office at the top of a high rise building. It is the top of the chain. Capricorn’s opposite sign is water sign Cancer- which is the archetype of the mother. Cancer is about emotional support and nurturing. It is maternal & responsive. Capricorn is the archetype of the father. It is paternal & instinctual. Capricorn also represents the bones, knees and teeth. It’s not the heart or head or guts. It’s what we stand on, what we need to move, and it’s what remains when everything else has decomposed. Capricorn’s ruling planet is Saturn, which it is at home in right now.
Saturn as a planet can be heavy. Saturn is the archetype of the god Cronus or Father Time. Saturn is about lessons- lessons that we need to learn and master, over time, in our lives. Lessons that can be a thorn in our side because they will keep showing up until we master them. Like a father or a boss, Saturn needs to be respected. You can slack off while Saturn is not looking, but ultimately he is going to check your work. Saturn in Capricorn is the devil in the details. Wherever you have been cutting corners or taking shortcuts, Saturn will call you out. Like a CEO, Saturn in Capricorn wants to make sure that the company is running smoothly and efficiently. Like a father, it wants to make sure that you are eating your vegetables, washing behind your ears and doing your homework. But Saturn will not coddle you. It will rip the band aid off. And when you try to avoid or ignore Saturn’s lessons, it will bring consequences. As tough as Saturn can be, it is not just a taskmaster. Saturn also brings rewards, promotions and recognition for a job well done. Ultimately Saturn wants harmony, it wants balance, it wants every employee and child to be living up to its potential. And father knows best.
Saturn moved into Capricorn in 2018, coinciding with Uranus’ move into Taurus for the first time since the 1930s, forcing us to reimagine how we deal with our physical experience- health, home, lifestyle and all things relating to security. Saturn’s current cycle through Capricorn has seen consequences in the form of indictments under the Mueller Investigation, articles of impeachment, as well as extreme weather & wildfires. We’ve also seen mass shootings and racial injustice that has inspired worldwide activism and protest, along with a pandemic that we were grossly unprepared for and has been grossly mismanaged. Saturn is now wrapping up its time in Capricorn. It’s checking in on what we have accomplished. It is shining its light on the structures that we have built, on the uses and abuses of power. Wherever the structures are flawed, wherever the balance of power is off, Saturn wants corrections. It wants clarity. It wants honesty. It wants us to do the work.
Jupiter is also in Capricorn until December 20. Jupiter is the planet of expansion. It is about opportunities. Jupiter also represents energy that is the law for us. It wants us to be in alignment, to accept ourselves and to have the courage to follow our passions, and to stay true to our values. When we do that, Jupiter can create opportunities and draw good fortune to us. Jupiter in Capricorn is the energy of the life coach, investment banker or Human Resources manager. It wants to make sure that the work that we are doing represents us- who we are and what we stand for. If we’ve done that, Jupiter is ready to give us a bonus, a raise, a new job or career path. Jupiter in Capricorn wants us to find material stability and to expand our ambitions. Jupiter has been in Capricorn since December of 2019. It’s certainly been a year for examining our lifestyle, how and where we work, and our financial security.
Lastly Pluto is in Capricorn, where it has been in since 2008. Pluto is the planet of truth. It represents our personal truth, and what we need to understand about ourselves. It is also about the shadow. The basic theory of the shadow (compliments of Carl Jung) is that every personality trait, behavior, feeling or physical attribute that we display in childhood that we are shamed for, punished for or taught is wrong/bad is put into our shadow. If we do or display things that we believe are good and we are humiliated, discouraged or told we are not good at them, we also put those into our shadow. The things we are taught to believe are negative, we try to suppress, deny and ignore within ourselves. We project the positive things that we have put into our shadow onto others. The things we admire most in others is a denied aspect of ourselves. The things that we put into our shadow will keep showing up in the people we attract into our lives as a mirror for what we have in our shadow & can’t accept about ourselves. Pluto is like the puppet master or magnetic pole of the shadow. It will draw people into your life that hold a mirror up to your shadow. It will bring you people who push your buttons, and people who have things that you desire but don’t feel worthy or capable of achieving yourself. Pluto is about transformation. It wants us to face, acknowledge, accept and integrate that shadowy stuff. Collectively Pluto in Capricorn wants us to look at the shadow of our structures, and our government.
The last time that Pluto was in Capricorn was 1778- which was the year that France entered the American Revolution, turning a civil war into an international conflict that resulted in America winning its independence from the British. During Pluto’s time in Capricorn in the 1700’s we began the process of tearing down the old structures and rebuilding a new America, but we built it on the backs of Native Americans and African American slaves. Pluto’s current cycle through Capricorn has brought us Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, two opposite figures representing the very different poles of our shadow as a country. Not to mention multiple major recessions worldwide and Brexit. This is revolutionary energy.
Jupiter & Saturn will leave Capricorn in December, and Pluto will be in Capricorn until 2024. These planets together in Capricorn have demanded accountability and transformation of our structures. They are demanding that there is a balance of power, that everybody is working for the greater good, at their highest potential. As we wrap up Jupiter & Saturn’s time in Capricorn we’ve got to take those lessons and apply what we’ve learned. We’re still in the thick of Pluto’s shadow work. We’ve got four years to transform, to integrate, to take our faulty structures down to the bones and make room to build new ones.