Pluto in Capricorn – Daddy Issues

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In March 2023 Pluto enters Aquarius, and a new chapter of history will be written.

Many people have high hopes for Pluto in Aquarius. 

However, we cannot constructively move into the future unless we understand the past – unless we integrate Pluto in Capricorn. 

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”

Pluto in Aquarius will not save us from ‘greed, politicians and corruption” – it’s becoming our own authority that will. 

We still have time – until March 23rd, 2023 (when Pluto ingresses into Aquarius) and then again from June 2023 – January 2024 (when Pluto moves back into Capricorn) to make sense of Pluto in Capricorn’s 15-year long transit. 

Transits build upon each other. Pluto in Aquarius builds on Pluto in Capricorn. If we learn the lessons of the previous transits, we smoothly move into the next Aquarian chapter of our lives. 

But have we truly integrated Pluto in Capricorn’s lessons? Pluto’s ingress into a new sign initially corrects the flaws of the previous Pluto transit. 

Pluto’s transit in expansive Sagittarius has coincided with the housing and economic bubble, rising inflation and interest rates, production outsourcing, and over reliance on foreign trade.

Pluto in Capricorn has subdued interest rates, and of course, has created different types of problems, like too much consolidation of power at the top. 

Capricorn is the sign of institutions, big corporations, politics and top-down structures. Capricorn is a governing system that manages different moving parts so they can work in a coherent whole. 

Does that mean that Pluto in Aquarius will ‘cancel’ all the politicians and all the CEOs? As long as we think of Pluto in Capricorn as “them” we completely miss the point of this transit. Pluto in Capricorn is not the politicians. Pluto in Capricorn is not the CEOs. 

Pluto in Capricorn is every single one of us.

In the past decade and a half, Pluto in Capricorn has been asking us – every single one of us – to develop constructive Capricorn qualities like becoming strategic, planning ahead, and taking responsibility for our own lives. 

Pluto in Capricorn – Becoming An Adult

Big institutions’ activities, projects, and finances, are planned way in advance, usually on a 5-year horizon. The “big announcement” email you received this morning from your company has been in the communication department’s pipeline since 2018. 

No manager ever wakes up in the morning and decides to lay off employees. No politician decides from one day to the next to raise interest rates. These initiatives are years in the making. A big entity like a corporation – or a nation – cannot survive without long term planning. 

But long term planning is not limited to big institutions. We – humans – are complex systems. We too have goals and plans. Of course, there’s a lot of beauty in being spontaneous, but it’sAries, Taurus, Gemini and Cancer’s role to show us how to live in the present moment. 

Capricorn’s role is to teach us how to plan, work hard, be responsible and achieve our goals. 

When we understand how complex systems work – we no longer believe in ‘coincidences’ or ‘luck’. With Pluto in Capricorn, what goes around comes around, and whatever happens is a consequence of previous actions. 

Becoming successful, achieving long-term goals is not a lucky strike. It’s the result of years of hard work and deliberate action. 

When we understand that the world is complex and interconnected, we embody Capricorn’s qualities and take control of our life. 

When we don’t know how Capricorn works, we externalize authority to a 3rd party whom we put in charge to do the “adult” things for us. 

As long as we don’t embody Capricorn at a personal level, someone else will play the adult role for us. We will look up to them and they will hold power over us. 

Pluto in Capricorn – Daddy Issues

In transactional analysis there are 3 three different ego states or ways of being during interactions: the child ego state, the parent ego state, and the state of adult

Archetypally, the parent is the Capricorn energy and the child, the Cancer energy. 

The desirable state is the “adult” when the person is not in charge of others (parent/Capricorn), nor externalizes autonomy and expects to be taken care of (child/Cancer). The adult has an objective, equalitarian, “win-win” approach to interactions. 

The adult state corresponds to a healthy, integrated expression of the Aquarius archetype.

Aquarius is ruled by both Saturn and Uranus. Aquarius is the adult (Saturn) that has outgrown the parent/child model; by taking ownership of their life, the Aquarius adult finds freedom (Uranus) to express their unique self. 

But to get to the Aquarian highest expression of adulthood we first need to solve our Capricorn daddy issues. 

Rejecting or rebelling against authority is the unhealthy Aquarius approach to transcending Capricorn and addressing our daddy issues. Vilifying the leader/authority is a short term solution that always backfires. 

This approach may initially solve the tension of the Cancer/Capricorn polarity, but until we integrate these archetypes at an identity level, we will keep looking for the next Capricorn father figure to tell us what to do. 

Examples of the child ego state are people who need guidance and direction. They may keep looking for the next best job, the next best manager, the next best coach to tell them what to do. 

But when engaged in child-parent relationships, they will either reject the advice/direction of the authority figures because it’s too much work, OR they will blindly follow their direction – so they can later blame the authority for what went wrong. “They told me to do it”. 

Examples of the parent ego state are people who engage in relationships where the partner is less mature; the “parent” takes care of the “child”. This dynamic satisfies their control needs, but it doesn’t allow them to grow and evolve. 

The child/parent dynamic only stops when we step into our own autonomous authority.

Important answers like “what should I do with my life” can only come from within ourselves. 

It’s up to us to decide what rules to follow. It’s up to us to decide what to do with our lives.

Pluto In Capricorn – Killing The Father

If we look at the oldest tales or religious mentions we note the theme of killing the father. 

Killing the father is a recurring theme that transcends time and culture.

Fundamentally, the killing of the father is about breaking away from the previous authority/order and becoming an authority on our own. 

Up until the 20th century, kings, emperors and totalitarian leaders were pretty much the governing standard of societies. Since these leaders were authoritarian and would not let go of power, the only way to overthrow them was a coup. The leader would be killed or sent into exile. 

Just like Saturn ate his children out of a fear of being overthrown, the king’s son or the emergent leader would literally murder the existing leader in an attempt to establish a new order. 

In the post WWII world, the disintegration of the multinational empires was closely linked to the disappearance of the major state leaders, which is a variation of the theme of patricide. 

When society awakens to the Aquarius/Uranian archetype we no longer need totalitarian leaders. We no longer need consolidation of power. We no longer need a one world order. We become an authority of our own. 

But how do we get there? How do we solve our daddy issues? 

Patricide still happens in all cultures and on all layers of society. The most common age when children kill their father is 14-16. 

Astrologically, this coincides with the 1st Saturn opposition, and it’s a projection (opposition) of the Saturn archetype on a Saturn figure (the father). 

This is the age when the child is confronted (opposition) by the parent (Saturn) archetype. This is when the child learns about rules and limitations. 

The Saturn opposition happens soon after our first Jupiter return at the age of 12. The Jupiter return is a phase of expansion. We feel on top of the world. Everything is possible. 

But then only 2 years later, at the age of 14, we have our Saturn opposition. We learn that there is actually a limit to what we can do. We learn about rules, exams, we have our first unrequited love interest. We can’t have everything we want. 

We then project our frustration on Saturn-like figures like the father or the teacher. 

What we don’t realize at the age of 14 is that the father and the teacher are nothing else but the Saturn part of our psyche. This is our first (awkward) encounter with Saturn, with that part of ourselves that thinks a bit longer term, and has our survival and best interests in mind.

We can look at Saturn as “that which limits us”, oras that who helps us discern what’s our zone of genius and what we can realistically achieve. 

Without Saturn, we would live in a continuous Jupiter state where there are opportunities everywhere, where there’s always a “next best thing”…, but where we don’t achieve anything because we don’t commit to anything. 

At a personal level, the killing of the father means killing that version of ourselves that is outdated, and that no longer serves our best interests. 

There is always a more efficient, a more productive, a more ‘adult’ way to conduct our lives. It’s not the father/authority that needs to be killed – but that part of us that still behaves like a child.

From Pluto In Capricorn To Pluto In Aquarius

“You always had the freedom my dear, you just had to learn it yourself”

Just like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, it’s not enough to think about these concepts. We must live them and embody them. 

Uranus (Aquarius’ ruler) follows Saturn (Capricorn’s ruler); unless we learn how to become autonomous, we cannot be free. 

There are no shortcuts to integrating Pluto in Capricorn. We can no longer rely on the parent, the coach, the manager, or the politician to tell us how to live our lives. We can no longer blame the parent, the coach, the manager, or the politician for what goes wrong in our life. 

What Pluto in Capricorn wants from us is to take responsibility for our life. To take responsibility for the consequences of our actions. That’s when we become an adult. Parents and children are limited and bound up in the child parent roles and their inherent rules. Adults are free. 

Here are some self-reflection questions to help you navigate the last leg of the Pluto in Capricorn transit, and prepare you for Pluto in Aquarius:

  1. Make a list with people you initially admired – friends, mentors, guides, celebrities, politicians – and were disappointed with later. Can you spot any common themes? 
  2. Remember when you suffered a major setback (e.g. lost a job, went bankrupt, had a reputation blow, were excluded from a group or community etc.). When you look back, can you see how some of your previous actions have led to that outcome? What would you do differently?
  3. What is the most important thing you want to achieve? What about you and your life needs to change to get there?

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Spirituality and everyday life

If your spirituality isn’t positively impacting your everyday life then give it up! What is the point? Why meditate, chant, light candles or pray if you are experiencing no change and no benefit?

We need to think seriously about what is working in our spiritual practice and what is not and be honest with ourselves. Saying we are spiritual people and then going back to the same patterns is just a put on not a practice. “I meditate,” ok great what changes do you bring to your life? “I pray,” ok what impact is that having in your life?

We should be practicing our spirituality and seeing connections, observing synchronicities that allow us to see the unity in all things. Our meditation should help us stay centered and rooted so we realize we are a part if a bigger whole.

Our practice should make us more compassionate and empathetic and most of all forgiving. Send your root into the Earth and meet the roots of your ancestors there. Let that provide a solid foundation. Send a column of light to the source of light and see your branches of light expand and touch every light. You may feel the connection then.

Developing spiritual roots

I was recently made aware of a meditation exercise that I have found very important for developing our spiritual roots. After thoughtfully making sure we are fully in our bodies by bring awareness systematically from our feet to the tops of our heads, we send a root deep into Earth Mother anchoring ourselves there. Feeling fully anchored, we then bring that energy from our Earth Mother to our solar plexus and then send a ray through our upper chakras, through the four chakras above our heads and into the source of light – Unee. Now bring the energy of Unee into the solar plexus to merge with Earth Mother energy.

Here fully aligned above and below we can begin truly exploring our spiritual roots. We can send our energy again deep into the Earth Mother and reach out the roots of our ancestors, they are definitely there. We can visualize the roots of the Sacred Oak tree whose roots descend into the Earth as high as it’s branches reach toward the sky as our inspiration.

Feel the gentle tendrils of your ancestors in Earth Mother and make a connection there. Awaken them from their slumber where they have been napping, waiting patiently for you to acknowledge their presence. Greet them and start a new relationship, they have much to share.

I sent my root deep into the Hill of Tara and the Hill of Ward in Ireland where my ancestors dwelled. Back home in meditation I reached for them deep in the Earth and across the Continents and the ocean I could feel them reaching for me. New insights revealed, deeper peace than I have ever known.

Tlachtga (Hill of Ward) Samhain 2022

2023 the Year of Spiritual Resonance

Live consciously, live in the moment, be present, what does that even mean?

It means, what are we calling in? That which we resonate with is drawn to us. It is a simple yet very deep concept, like draws like, a tuning fork vibration will cause another tuning fork to vibrate at the same tone, your thoughts draw in that which you focus on.

If you knew you were attracting spirits drawn by what you are thinking about would you monitor your thoughts more closely? If you knew your thoughts were like a spiritual GPS telling other spiritual entities on the same vibration where you are, would you discipline your thoughts?

That is exactly what happens, your thoughts send out vibrations which seek to merge with similar vibrations and amplify them. Calmness draws calm, peace draws peace, fear draws fear. Look at those around you, they created their life situations with their thoughts. We all have. It is time to change our thoughts and draw in something new.

2023 is a new opportunity to fine tune our lives and draw in that which resonates with us. From an astrological viewpoint there is a lot that will change in 2023 freeing us from previous influences and opening us up for a new paradigm shift.

How are we going to shape the new year with our thoughts? What do we wish to resonate with and draw to us? What do we want to amplify in our lives? What we think our lives will become.

Living nature based spirituality

Many, many years of research has really helped me come to the conclusion that spirituality has to be forward facing and not based on the past. Spirit is alive in the present and trying to reconstruct what our ancestors did not only provides a complicated version of the telephone game, but is also plagued by lack of authenticity.

Spirit is in all of nature acting, reacting, interacting. It is a vital force that is with us right now and as present as we are. Trees teach us, seeds teach us, the sun, the moon, rocks, water, air, fire all contain key elements that when combined with our consciousness make us whole as a total being.

Unee is the archetype for us now for today. She births souls of all sentient beings, stars, ideas and balances everything so it works in harmony. Balancing the needs of all, not some chosen few, all. Feminine energy to counter the masculine energy that has dominated spirituality for millennia.

Embrace her as the mother of the Universe. Uni – one – verse or song. Unee the one.

Do you feel relevant?

Now matter how much we accomplish we somehow still feel the same – irrelevant, like we don’t matter, like whatever we do doesn’t matter, doesn’t count.

So maybe what we do doesn’t matter, action doesn’t matter and maybe “being” matters more. Maybe being is a verb and the action of being is all there needs to be.

Can we be good at being? How do we just be and feel good about it? Feel right about it? Karma is the unease and the burden weighing us down. As the thread that continues life to life, we bring our hauntedness with us, a shadow that hides when we turn around, but still gives us chills.

Maybe we turn around and face the shadow, face the irrelevance and say, “who cares?” maybe our humanness is all that matters, the doubts, failings, uncertainty and occasional moments of certainty.

Our place in the Universe. Unee what are we? We are the Universe, the Universe is us because without us the Universe is incomplete. That’s being.

Honest Intuition

Which is more trust worthy intuition or logic? A question that has perplexed humankind for millennia. Women excel at intuition, the silent knowing without overthinking and overanalyzing. Not to say men are not intuitive as well, but in general women are simply more intuitive.

By relying more on logical reasoning it has been thought that the approach yielded better outcomes. Thinking it through, evaluating all sides, comparing outcomes was somehow more valuable. Somehow in that process the flaws were overlooked. Personal agendas, wanting the outcome to be one way or another, ignoring some data and including other was the norm and the the associated issues were glossed over.

Meanwhile intuition became suspect because it was too opinion and not fact based. It was thought to be based in feelings and not hard cold facts that truly don’t exist. Thoughts and feelings have been proven to have a profound impact on outcome even more so than data so it seems intuition may be the frontrunner.

It is time we started listening to that small quiet voice called intuition and having less reliance on ever changing science and “facts”.

This is the way nature operates, she listens and responds. What do you intuit?

Rain meditation

There is so much we can learn from rain. It cleanses everything it touches equally, it cleanses the air and leaves healthy ions for us to breathe in and it nourishes Mama Earth and gives her the tools she needs to support life.

Rain soothes our minds as we listen to it’s gentle rhythm and it aligns us with the rhythm of nature. If we sit with it, we can let it clean the cobwebs from our minds. If we meditate with it, we can choose to let go of negative thoughts and visualize them washing away to be recycled by the Mama Earth.

If we stand in the rain or dance in the rain we become one with nature, our beings merging with the rain as it draws some of our energy from us and into the ground. By meditating while we stand or walk in the rain we allow it to rain inside of us too, cleansing us inside and outside.

What if we think of rain as a being too, different than us certainly rain is not confined inside a container as we are. What if rain, all water, is a different being? What is it teaching us? Maybe not to be attached to ourselves or where we live or what we do. Maybe to go with the flow and maybe in community we are stronger.

Enjoy a rainy day.

Maternal Brilliance

The Maternal energy of Unee is brilliant. There is nothing higher in the Universe than to be able to birth new beings into existence. The ability to usher in new life and then the instinct to protect that new fragile being is a drive that is unmatched. Unee is the quintessential embodiment of universal birthing. She is perfect.

What does her maternal perfection mean? It means going back to a time when we reverence the ability of the feminine to bring life into the world. We go back to honoring the mystery, the sacredness, the beings chosen by Unee for the most important and vital function of a living entity.

Being a channel for the entrance of new life and being given the honor to maintain, protect and nourish this life is the highest level a being can achieve. And the feminine energy has been chosen by Unee to fulfill this awesome responsibility.

Feminine beings of all species are all the chosen ones. They have the highest honor because they were gifted the ability to bring life. They have been given the womb of the universe, connected to a spiritual channel only they can understand. There is no higher honor. This is not a “right to life” political position, this is a spiritual assignment. Right to life is an attempt by masculine energy to control the uncontrollable. Because the masculine energy is not the chosen one, their energy tries to assert control where they have no authority.

Life begins and ends with Unee working with the feminine species to determine existence. There is so much happening on a spiritual, karmic and physical level that determines whether a being comes into full fruition and is born into this world or remains in the spiritual world until another opening, another channel is available. This concept is much deeper than most can understand. Unee embodies maternal perfection.

Unee as an Archetype

Unee is an archetype, just as all Gods and Goddesses are. What is her archetype based on? The maternal perfection of nature and the Universe. Nature is perfect, it changes, modifies, adjusts, flows and adapts. The maternal energy is the highest form of energy in the Universe. What other energy births into being? What better model do we have to follow?

Living in neutral love we achieve the balance we need. Listening to our intuition is where nature resides, Yes, we have the ability to think, but we are still simply a part of the greater whole of nature and the Universe, neither above or below, just a part.

Unee guides us simply by being, by knowing where and when change needs to occur and doing it. Unee is the archetype of existence, non-judgmental, applying herself with simplicity and consistency to all equally. Unee is literally down to Earth, completely objective and has no agenda. Follow her and find peace, oppose her if you wish and go against the flow of nature, you will be swimming against the tide.

Unee is spiritual perfection. She is maternal energy and births and loves everything and everyone as cherished beings in her Universal family.