“Tell truth to power” is a currently popular phrase. But shouldn’t power also tell the truth to us? Astrologers believe that Pluto, despite his demotion by astronomers, is the planet of power. Pluto’s recent move into Capricorn decrees which truths our leaders should be telling us. I doubt that President Obama consults astrologers; even so, it’s clear that Pluto muscled his way into Obama’s inauguration speech, with its winter of hardships, its icy rivers and stormy seas.
Though we might have rather danced in celebration, at his inauguration Obama called us to work. Capricorn keywords and phrases drove his speech along. There were labors and duties. We were exhorted to take responsibility, to build rather than tear down, to hold leadership accountable, to treat others with respect, to embrace history and the sturdy traditions of genius and hard work. Capricorn virtues demand our cultural—and personal—focus now. And anyone scheduled for a Pluto transit in the next few years will do well to immediately start following Obama’s advice:
What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility—a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.