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Annual 2008, Part II

You can see this is not the usual fare for the CL Stargazer column. Perhaps you have never read the "For All Signs" paragraph. Today I hope you will at least scan it. Important changes are upon us and it is simply too much to synopsize in just a few lines. (Annual sun sign projections for 2008 are available on the Web at

For All Signs: The headline cosmic news for 2008 is the entrance of Pluto into the sign of Capricorn. We stand on the cusp of a 16 year global reorganization of power (2008-2024). Dramatic political, business and economic changes will occur worldwide, especially so between 2009 and 2015. The seeds for revolution are already in gestation. Rising and falling of governments and their leaders will become common.

Pluto represents transformation at its most profound level. It exaggerates flaws in our social systems and in our personal lives until we are forced beyond our lethargy to find resolution to issues. We of the Western world are acculturated to expect unlimited resources, for example. In particular, the people of the United States have enjoyed bounty well beyond that of many other countries. It is one thing for us to talk about running out of resources, and totally another to come to the real experience of not having enough gasoline to drive to work.

This country has a Cancer birth chart. Pluto's transit through Capricorn ('08-'24) will be opposed to our sun sign. We will be starkly confronted with the results of our collective principles and behaviors. We have become an empire run by consumerism and assumption of unending prosperity. The major flaw is that we, as a collective, secretly believe that somehow, someone else is responsible for the public welfare. We assume that our laws, our government, and even our employers will protect us.

During these first few years Big Business (Capricorn associated) will become the ruler of the globe and governments merely puppets. We have experienced glimpses of this system in the last decade. We are naive enough to believe that if a CEO is not operating lawfully, he/she will soon be caught. Think again. Before very long the business practices that are now covert will become the accepted norm among those with power.

The process is one of erosion, so watch carefully for its signs in your mailbox. If you think I am being melodramatic, read those five page, boring documents in tiny print that come from your credit card, insurance, or other institutions. They count on our laissez-faire attitudes. They know we are often too overwhelmed to give such things attention. You will be shocked at the rights you are losing, inch by inch. Soon it will be a landslide and there won't even be an effort to hide it.

Orwell's 1984 is at our doorstep. We need to do what we can to stem the tide of Big Business tyranny over the next decade. The first and foremost act of self protection is to get out of debt. Don't let anyone own you. Take good care of your health. Eliminate addictions. Become as independent as reasonably possible from major institutions and corporations. Take any steps, however small they seem, to preserve your independence and self-sufficiency. None of us are immune to the zeitgeist of the time in which we live, but we can stay awake and choose behaviors that reinforce our personal freedoms during the storms.

Genuine transformation rarely happens while sipping margaritas on the deck. It only evolves in the wake of major trials and tribulations. One must really experience the consequences of behavior in order to make the necessary effort to change an attitude. Pluto will accept nothing short of authentic, wherever it travels. For the next 16 years it is traversing Capricorn, the sign that rules business and governments.

Pluto in Capricorn will rain hellfire and brimstone for a few years. It will show us the damage that is being caused by living a life of consumerism, irresponsibility and hubris. It demands nothing less than transformation. The greatest temptation we will experience is the desire to hang onto the easy life as we have known it. Today we may not even really believe that our lifestyles must alter. Yet if we recognize, even embrace, the necessary personal changes, we can save the planet and also come to value life as never before.

Are you interested in a personal horoscope? Vivian Carol may be reached at 704-366-3777 for private psychotherapy or astrology appointments. Web site:

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