A few days ago on our farmlet, we had an egg that didn't hatch out, but we could hear the tiny chirping from inside. Meanwhile the hen had left the nest, and was moving on with her growing clutch of three. I was holding my breath, wondering if the wee chick would crack through and...soon. There was a happy ending -- the chick hatched overnight, and is catching up with the others.
This time we live in has been likened to a birth, or a cracking apart of an old outgrown shell. And I recently heard sociologist Kingsley Dennis -- talking about feminine consciousness -- make the point that birth is unique to the feminine experience. This might seem a given, but it led to musing again on the regeneration of the feminine and Pluto in Capricorn.
So often, the regeneration of Pluto during this transit is laid out in terms of the economic system and big business. -- as associations of Capricorn. But the system of commerce we have today is fairly new. It's looking now unstable, and perhaps in its cracking apart, something more organic will take its place.
This is a long journey with Pluto in Capricorn (to 2025), and being an earth sign, that makes it a feminine sign. The masculine and feminine in astrology are like Yin and Yang in Chinese (Tao) philosophy -- they are complimentary, natural forces. With cardinal earth Capricorn, the feminine Yin is worldly and ready to bring emotional intelligence to bear, in shaping culture.
Pluto is the only planet in an earth sign now, and is a powerful ally-force for cracking out of ill-fitting and artificial matrices. A big challenge now for many is to break the spell of social conditioning, and this idea that things are set in stone and the way it'll always be. Pluto in its destroyer mode will show us that's not true, even with things that appear solid-for-all-time, like power hierarchies. There is something deeper and more lasting to be dug up, ancient and timeless ways of living in harmony with the planet.
So even if it seems things are falling apart, especially here in the U.S., let's keep alert to what is uncovered -- when the outer shell falls away. It might herald the birth of something more down to earth.Key Wilde/Getty Images