Pluto cycles, Martin Luther, collective revolution…

Martin Luther has been bugging me for weeks. No, he hasn’t been trending on Twitter. In fact, he has been dead since 1546. So – why my preoccupation now?

Here’s why. Looking round our highly unstable world – at the parlous state of the planet, the rise of China and the East, the malign interference of Russia in other nations’ affairs, the Trump factor, the disastrous incompetence of UK politicians in attempting to carry out our narrow vote to leave the European Union with huge attendant turmoil, the continuing clamour for Scottish Independence – my spinning mind has turned once again to contemplating the big planetary cycles.

I need some detachment, some perspective…

This turmoil feels as though we are undergoing a collective revolution at a number of levels, given how interconnected the world now is –  hence my thoughts turning to Martin Luther, one of history’s great revolutionaries.

As you read this post, Jupiter has recently moved into Sagittarius, with Saturn advancing toward conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn in 2020.… very apt imagery for that defiant, outspoken Scorpio cleric Luther nailing 95 objections to church policy onto a hard church door on All Souls Day 1517 in Wittenburg, Germany.

It is doubtful whether Martin Luther ever physically did this – but there is no doubt that his standing up to the corrupt might of the institutional Catholic Church, the year after Pluto moved into Capricorn in 1516, triggered off the Reformation, a religious revolution that changed the world.

Fast forward to the period 1762-1778, the next time Pluto traversed Capricorn. This saw a great expanse of European colonialism, as well as the American Revolution followed by the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

However, arguably the most far-reaching changes of the period came through Scottish inventor and mechanical engineer James Watt’s improvements to steam engine technology: the primary driver of the Industrial Revolution. This led to the massive expansion in industrial and technological advances which have given us the world we have now.

Two Pluto through Capricorn traverses  – two world revolutions. Going further back in history through Pluto in Capricorn cycles reveals similar patterns of deep upheaval both in terms of our planet and human culture. Astrologer Michele Finey’s recent summary is worth checking out for more detail on this topic.

Pluto moved into Capricorn in 2008, triggering a narrowly-averted meltdown of the world’s precariously balanced financial system. In the last decade he has purged his way relentlessly, exposing the rotten foundations of most worldwide institutional structures, social and political as well as financial: exposing for example the sexual abuse scandals of the Roman Catholic Church. But Pluto in Capricorn is not finished dredging …

According to a recent report by the charity Oxfam,  basing its research on the Forbes rich list and data provided by investment bank Credit Suisse, the world’s eight richest people have same wealth as the poorest 50%…the vast majority of people in the bottom half of the world’s population are facing a daily struggle to survive, with 70% of them living in low-income countries. 

“From Brexit to the success of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, a worrying rise in racism and the widespread disillusionment with mainstream politics, there are increasing signs that more and more people in rich countries are no longer willing to tolerate the status quo,” the report said.

Signs of this unwillingness to tolerate the status quo abound. The recent transit of Jupiter through Scorpio, one of the other significant planetary patterns adding to Pluto in Capricorn’s revolutionary impetus, has seen the worldwide MeToo grassroots anti-abuse movement; young people in the USA in mass protests against school shootings and the gun laws expediting them; and youthful protests worldwide against climate change.

Just recently, the UK’s incomparable David Attenborough’s Blue Planet series, shown world-wide, has graphically presented to all of us the devastating damage being caused to our seas by plastic pollution. We are at last beginning to take collective responsibility for this huge problem.

Humans have had to live through the pain, turmoil and upheaval of revolutionary change since the beginning of time. Why should we 21st Century folk think ourselves exempt? However, as part of the departing baby-boomer generation who will not live to see the shape of the new world order arising, I take great comfort from the increasing bottom-up challenges we are seeing to a world too long managed from the Top Down.

In the midst of our current chaos, the Millennial generation arising, bred on interconnected technologies, is using them to push for a less materially exploitative, more equal world order.

Recently I had the good fortune to meet two dynamic young women friends for coffee: one (about to hit her Saturn Return) returning home to Saudi Arabia. She is intent on using her chemistry PhD to make an impact on the increasing global threat of antibiotic resistance.

The other, a Scottish community activist and parent who has achieved great things locally in bringing children, parents and teachers together outside to enjoy the benefits of spending time in nature. This has involved strenuous bottom-up community efforts, attracting worldwide support as the Children’s Wood campaign grew – thus preventing our local authority from selling off a precious bit of local wild land to developers planning to build expensive housing there.

As a means of containing my own little chip of collective anxiety in the face of this current Pluto in Capricorn revolution, I have taken their Millennial motto to heart:

“ Start where you are, and do what you can…”

How very Capricornian…


This post is a slightly edited version of my bi-monthly column for Dell Horoscope Magazine  ‘The astro-view from Scotland’  from the January/February 2019 Issue, now out.

1000 words copyright Anne Whitaker/Dell Horoscope Magazine 2018

Licensed under Creative Commons – for conditions see Home Page of Writing from the Twelfth House


18 responses to “Pluto cycles, Martin Luther, collective revolution…

  1. Thank You for your thoughtful comments. Gives me something to consider as I have just been on Facebook for longer than usual and each time I visit there I See & Hear much more turmoil. Your post points to I need to consider more regarding the astrology of now. I have been experiencing total chaos for about a week as the back up drive for Time Machine quit. I have no one locally to help but will take it to where it can be fixed. New computer arrived yesterday and next week all should be well. I do genealogy and researc since the 1970s at risk of losing. Also hang a Uranus return for over a year now–started when I was 84-not 35 and I had thought I had a year before that started, so add this to the mix and life does get chaotic at time. I am thankful Integrative Medicines of all kinds are making great strides to help teach better ways of healing so there are good things happening as well. Big chore to blend all of them but if I look to the positive I feel much better and am encouraged by some of the people elected in the last election earlier this year. I hope that will help rings in the USA. Thanks for sharing you thoughts. Nancy Willis

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  2. I had to laugh at your millenial motto. Decades ago, a guy already in his 70s gave me the same advice — before many millenials were born. Remember Varnish John? His advice has stood me in good stead over the years: “Start where you can start, and do what you can do.”

    I believe a re-post might be in order!

    Merry Christmas to you, a serene Solstice, and a very happy New Year!

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  3. thank you anne (once again) for this enlightening article.

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  4. Thanks Ann! I am a baby boomer and I feel that as far as the future of the planet goes,my cup is half full.I have some millenial friends and I feel a spiritual kinship with them.I hope they will complete the revolution of consciousnesss that my generation started but they have their work cut out!

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  5. Intense, yet beautiful! I’m a Capricorn and I’m ready! I write about personal responsibility and believe when each of us do what’s in alignment with our passionate soul, yes, the collective responsibility will come together. We Are All Connected.

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  6. A very interesting piece! I work at keeping myself from the dark places that the news can certainly create! The advice of the young ones is certainly good for all of us…and I know I cannot start from a dark place and do much. Blessings to you, dear Anne.

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  7. Via Facebook:
    Tim Turecek
    Um….yeah. THIS is why you study astrology

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  8. Thanks, Tim – really appreciated. I love the insight astrology gives into the Big Picture stuff…


  9. I like that “start where you are and do what you can” whether it is a global issue or a very personal one”


  10. More wise words dear Anne, helping me at least – and no doubt others – to keep a perspective amidst all this turmoil. An anchor in rough seas must also have been needed as the second world war ended around the time I was born. Sometimes it is helpful to learn from history that turmoil can overshadow several generations, or even more. There doesn’t seem to be anyone with Luther’s stature around in Britain today though…..

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    • Thanks for this thoughtful comment, Jane. And I agree – anyone of any stature whatsoever is terminally lacking in our country at present. I was incandescent with fury this morning to hear that 4.2 billion can be found to prepare for a no deal Brexit whilst our people are sleeping on the streets for want of adequate housing, to name but one shameful current social ill about which little if anything is being done….


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