Capricorn rules structure; Cancer security. Pluto’s entrance to Capricorn suggests the destruction of the weakened economic structure (affecting businesses and governments) before the renewal. At the same time, Pluto’s opposition to Cancer powerfully challenges our sense of security.
United States is a deeply Cancerian nation (the USA chart has 4 planets in Cancer) – emotional security is of a supreme value. Pluto is currently forming a transiting opposition to US Venus (money, worth, peace), and will continue on to oppose US Jupiter (sense of wealth, reward).
Along with the troubled financial system, Pluto may be destroying the false sense of security we’ve been holding onto, which was based on unsustainable conditions (i.e. is my sense of security based on the value of my asset, which is inevitably linked to the current struggling economy?)
As Pluto forces us out of happy denials, we’ll probably end up facing our fears before finding a new foundation to stand on. The hoped-for end result will be a stronger, more sustainable sense of security, both on a personal and a national level.
(Note: this post was inspired by Raymond Merriman’s piece on the June/July 2009 issue of Mountain Astrologer – if you want more details I recommend you check out the article – it’s very good.)