Another One For The Pluto In Capricorn Reading List

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Peter SchweizerI swear guys – Pluto in Capricorn performs beyond all expectations. If i were to write this transit a reference, i’d say it consistently delivers precisely what it said it would deliver and well above the competency benchmarks set for it.

Another day, another Zeitgeist.  This is just beginning.

Throw Them All Out is a new book, by a Washington insider that basically says the whole political situation is so corrupt we need to sack them all and put some better managers in place. 

“…One of the biggest scandals in American politics is waiting to explode: the full story of the inside game in Washington shows how the permanent political class enriches itself at the expense of the rest of us. Insider trading is illegal on Wall Street, yet it is routine among members of Congress. Normal individuals cannot get in on IPOs at the asking price, but politicians do so routinely. An entire class of investors now makes all of its profits based on influence and access in Washington. Peter Schweizer has doggedly researched through mountains of financial records, tracking complicated deals and stock trades back to the timing of briefings, votes on bills, and every other point of leverage for politicians in Washington. The result is a manifesto for revolution: the Permanent Political Class must go…”

 Actually what would be on YOUR Pluto in Capricorn reading list?

Obviously Rumi or some of the lady-Jungian scholars if you want to check out of the whole thing until the last pass of Uranus square Pluto in 2015 BUT seriously, does anyone have any relevant political-economic tomes they’re perusing to get the edge on this over-achiever of a Pluto in Cap transit?

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aqua lion
aqua lion

A couple more takes on Pluto in Capricorn: I, like others born in 1972, have a square between natal Pluto (mine is at 0 Libra) and transiting Pluto in Capricorn. (not to mention opposite Uranus in Aries). I am wondering if the energy to change comes from us, where the square bites. Certainly I am motivated towards equality and am doing little bits in my own little way towards trying to make the world a better place / share the good stuff around a bit. – Not quite old enough to have cashed in on the earlier stuff but not… Read more »

MsPink
MsPink

Very much looking forward to reading “Debt: The First 5000 Years” by David Graeber, anthropologist/ professor/ activist with Sun in Aquarius, Jupiter, Saturn and Moon most likely conjunct in Capricorn (Feb. 12, 1961, time unknown). The book “traces the origins of owing all the way back to Mesopotamia, and explores how debt and morality became intertwined.” I haven’t picked it up yet, but the interviews I’ve seen and heard with the author are delightful (hard to believe such a word can be applied to a massive tome on monetary obligation and subjugation!). He seems like an excellent researcher who has… Read more »

davidl
davidl

Not sure about these books really. We tried to throw them all out in the 60’s, in Russia they murdered them all in the early 20th. None of it worked. This type of corporate behaviour and shit has been going on for ummm, thousands of years ? You’ve got to move the 90% of people who don’t understand or don’t give a shit. This generation isn’t going to make it happen I’m afraid. Basically they are too integrated into the system to seriously go about destroying it.. ..who are the new masters going to be ? Just do what you… Read more »

aurora lights
aurora lights

The Worldwatch Institute publishes two annual books on the global/political/factual state of the world and trends every year that are incredible in terms of going beyond performance indicator expectations for wanting to know amazing stuff and facts going on in the world – that are presented in easy to grok format – State of the world 2011 and Vital Signs 2011… I first came across this source when i did a mini major in global political economy/int’l rels at uni…Fascinating to read such books, any recently published book on a uni reading list for intro global/political economy or international rels.… Read more »

aurora lights
aurora lights

i want to get around to reading what genius Christopher Hitchens has written one day too…

12th house virgo
12th house virgo

I worked for a few years in a government agency in DC. A “good” one concerned with important international issues and full of Peace Corps types wearing long skirts and sandals. It was totally corrupt. I mean, people had good intentions, but its impossible to work in that system because its an institution that doesn’t welcome any change. Its corruption without any intention or plan. Institutions are dead things. For awhile, the work was exhilirating and demoralizing. After some time, I walked away because the whole system is broken. It can’t be negotiated with. Negotiating change gives legitmacy to the… Read more »

ScorpioRising
ScorpioRising

I want change, but yesterday. So, sick of things moving so slow, so corrupt.

12th house virgo
12th house virgo

I’m with you on that. I used to work in the Regan building and every day I’d imagine it post-apocalyptic: a common plaza, farmers market, laundry lines – prime real estate should be full of life, not bullshit. Ha! If I had my way all the poor and displaced would be free to occupy goverment buildings. “for the people…”

crabby gem
crabby gem

Whoops! (why everybody owes everybody and nobody can pay)

by John Lanchester

Excellent, excellent book for making all the technicalities of the crises understandable for the intelligent yet financially under-educated person.

St. Pisces
St. Pisces

May I suggest a few good gardening books, some how-to-fix-anything books, how-to-clean-anything books (save that dirty upholstered chair, don’t toss it…), how-to-run-a-small biz books…

My fave is the Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery. Great for anyone who wants real independence.

whatevs
whatevs

nice – I’ll add louise riotte’s gardening by the moon – IT WORKS you’ll have bumper food crops in no time.

K-Gem
K-Gem

The Way We Live Now – Anthony Trollope

Also a good BBC series

PlutonicUranian
PlutonicUranian

“The Death of Money” by Joel Kurtzman.

twinfishrising
twinfishrising

Less is More – Wanda Urbanska and Cecile Andrews ( but its a collection of essays ) My take on Pluto transitting Cap to adress the phuqed up Neptune-influenced dellerium is about time/work/leadership. Opposite Capricious in the heavens is Kataka: the community and motherhead . How far has the pursuit of wealth taken us from the simple enrichment of life by adding to the community through work? A corruption of adding to the community through real work is robbing from it through a distortion of effort . And this DOES include things that call themselves social enterprise but are in… Read more »

Mari
Mari

How about Matt Taibbi’s Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America?

Matt has a Pisces Sun, but I suspect that his Moon is in Capricorn.

ScorpioRising
ScorpioRising

That looks good.
So, many great reads to put in my wishlist.
Thanks!

Seabird
Seabird

God. What about these vulture hedge funds that prey on the debts of developing countries: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/nov/16/can-vulture-funds-be-prevented?newsfeed=true

How can money mean so much to some people that they will do down anyone in an attempt to get it. How do they fail to equate their actions with the results? It’s frightening to realise how many of these people exist in the world. They will even do it to their own country-people. They are the real Satanists.

twinfishrising
twinfishrising

I.M.F. has been doing it for decades.

anastasia
anastasia

when we the people who live here have to fight with our leadership about money and how they spend it for us..there will be revolution. Look at Greece, look at Iceland. Why waste resources and peoples lives for war? In 100 years this idea will be ludicrous. As for myself and having just now emerged from Pluto in my 12th for so long I can hardly remember any of it. (not true) I still linger on a few things and will most assuredly change in every way in the next 10 years as Pluto empowers me.. all my fears and… Read more »

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

Still quite intrigued and amused by Mystic’s tweet about her neighbors and the Neptunian bubble machine.

Think I need the police called on me and party/wedding revelry cohorts just one more time.

May I just say as well how much I apprecaite you Aussies (for the most part I believe) let one bleat on about all and sundry whether it be men and heartache or spiritual beliefs and not be judgemental.

I do appreciate it. x

Scorched Earth
Scorched Earth

Where are you Sweetpea?

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

California….Where are you Scorched Earth…we are very scorched here (desert) in summer…Fall and cool now…thank god!

Scorched Earth
Scorched Earth

California.. one day I might even get there! I’m in Oz, in Brisbane which is now starting to experience the heatwave known as our summer. Chock full of humidity but weirdly cool of an eve with a breezeat the mo so I soak that up with gratitude coz I hark from a dryer climate (Melb) and humidity does my head in. Constant wet feeling.. ugh! Think it’s lovely that you said that about us all down here. Don’t you have similar banter or dialogue/download styles at home? I admit I assumed you would have. However in saying that.. I don’t… Read more »

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

I found you peeps via Kim Falconer (she is originally from Santa Cruz Cali I believe…now in Byron Bay…).

You all were so much fun I got addicted…lol. And as I have no close gf’s I vent here.

I would also love to come to Oz…are you kidding me? 🙂 And know what you mean about the humidity as took vacation in Hawaii and of course it’s humid. Thought “what was I thinking?” (or not thinking…lol) x

whatevs
whatevs

I thought of another one – consumed – http://www.amazon.com/Consumed-Markets-Children-Infantilize-Citizens/dp/0393049612 give it to your friend who wears the cartoon character t-shirt (and not in an ironic way) or collects hello kitty like they’ll never stop making it.

prowlncrab
prowlncrab

Griftopia by Matt Taibbi – Piscean.

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

Thought came to mind today to change every pattern I have, every habit, every “same ol same ol”.

That will take extreme mindfullness of such and quite frankly, often think I’ve lost my mind..

😆

whatevs
whatevs

Mystic that venus thing you tweeted is awesome – the sidereal link makes the fixed stars come alive I’ve never seen them like that before -mapping movements through that makes it all seem so much more alive and real.

whatevs
whatevs

My essential reading for Pluto in Cap has so far been : Eclipses – Celeste Teal, Pluto: The Evolutionary Journey of the Soul – Jeff Green, The National Trust book Good Old-Fashioned Jams, Preserves and Chutneys – Sara Paston-Williams and Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe.

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

Have Eclipses by Teal whateves…was just referring to it this week.

So not a “fiction” reading person. I need some truths to ponder…okay so there are truths in fiction but I don’t like just imagination…okay so everything is basically imagination…

*picks up tawdry romance novel*.. (not)

Love your topic Myst…x

whatevs
whatevs

me too – most fiction bores me. I’ve been on that eclipse book for months – it’s the shizzle for these times.

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

Shizzle be jizzle…snoop dog? 😆

Not long ago, someone had on Snoops “drop it like it hot”…Asked if it was “gangsta” as they had been playing some gangsta..

What do I know as used to be a housewife born in Wichita..

Saw this funny thing on another blog today..said…

“I ran into my ex today…”

“Then I backed up and ran over him again”..

😆

whatevs
whatevs

you funny old stick (that’s a colloquialism – it’s nice OK) I love that you know “gangsta” AND angels – I think of you every time I hear “i’m goin to wichita” and smile to myself and I did in fact listen to it about half an hour ago 😀

whatevs
whatevs

do you go the angels? You know what I mean – you’re i touch with the devas and familiar with gangsta. LOVE IT

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

It’s the whole balancing the duality thingy…I guess…I mean we are immersed in it.

But would rather hang with the angels than the gangstas long term..lol

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

Funny, after I said that listened to Seven Army Nation too…hehe. So much red in that video…Wonder if an Aries or Leo influence…

aqua lion
aqua lion

oh just to add to the last

The last book (Adapt) also explains the global financial crisis in a way that I actually understood it (in the space of about one chapter) and not only that, but proposes strategies for tidying up the world’s financial systems so it doesn’t happen again (decoupling financial systems so that risky activities bear their own risk and don’t bring everyone else down). For that alone, I am impressed with it. I didn’t understand any other explanation before that.

whatevs
whatevs

Dr Zimbardo – WOW!

aqua lion
aqua lion

books: Shock Doctrine: The Rise and Rise of Disaster Capitalism, by Naomi Klein An analysis of how the super greedy and super rich have used disasters of all kinds (natural: tsunami, man-made: invasion of Iraq, political; fall of apartheid and fall of communism) to basically take advantage of people and nations on their knees, carve them up and make BIG $$$$ money out of them. When you read how much Money Cheney and Rumsfeld made out of the Iraq War (they held major stock in arms companies and Halliburton while maintaining their extremely senior political positions, conflict of interest was… Read more »

whatevs
whatevs

that below was for you Larks – thank you for letting us in on that little secret

Fi
Fi

I totally second you on Shock Doctrine. Off the top of my head, I’d add The Spirit Level: Why Equality Is Better for Everyone, by Wilkinson and Pickett. It demonstrates, statistically, that the more inequality there is any any society, the higher the rate of social and health problems, affecting both poor AND rich. (by social.health problems I am talking rates of violence, property crimes, rape, early school leaving, teen pregnancy, clinical depression/anxiety, drug abuse, obesity, malnutrition, diabetes, and about a million other things). It’s the sort of book you can use to argue in very reasonable, non-ideological terms with… Read more »

shell
shell

Thought that one would bring you out. Hope you’re okay lovely? Good old end of semester …

whatevs
whatevs

Oh Fi I hope you are taking good care of yourself and eating nourishing food etc? I’m concerned for your wellbeing. Also, I am in love with alain de botton. I forgot about status anxiety. My favourite is architecture of happiness. I even got the itunes download of him reading it so I could hear it in the voice that wrote it.

12th house Virgo
12th house Virgo

Speaking of Iraq – its a boring read, but there’s a book by the Inspector General called “Hard Lessons on the Iraqi Reconstruction.” I read it to the part about pallets of cash being taken from the Fed Reserve in NY and loaded on to planes and taken Iraq to fund projects. I had to put the book down. Its too disheartening to know the details. Who wouldn’t be corrupt when they are basically emptying reserves of the nation to fund “stuff” for “freedom” and whatnot. How do you spend cash in a nation that’s been destroyed? Like, what Iraqi… Read more »

Gneiss Moon
Gneiss Moon

One of my heroes: Noam Chomsky
Sagittarius Sun, Merc, Saturn – all conj ASC
Merc trine Uranus in Aries. Recently spoke at occupy Boston
http://www.chomsky.info/

whatevs
whatevs

I LOVE noam too – he was here a few weeks ago but I was working when he talked so I couldn’t go.

Gneiss Moon
Gneiss Moon

One phrase of his sticks : Follow the money trail

Agree with Sweets above- we are infested with rockstar politicos.
sickening.

shell
shell

I thought follow the money trail was from ‘the wire’?
😉

Indigofish
Indigofish

No more reading. The dreamers have been reading for years and fantasising about a world with less bullshit. The only thing for now is to start bringing it to life through action. Think of a lawn infested with weeds, you can spend all your days learning about why weeds are bad, then spend time learning how to identify them in the wild. Then the time comes to rip them out, by the roots if you can. But if you spend all your time ripping out weeds then you won’t stop new weeds from popping up in their place. There needs… Read more »

ScorpioRising
ScorpioRising

So, true:
“The dreamers have been reading for years and fantasising about a world with less bullshit. The only thing for now is to start bringing it to life through action.”

I like to dream and then DO, daily steps towards a better future, a better world today.

ScorpioRising
ScorpioRising

We’ve Had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy–And the World’s Getting Worse by James Hillman

Suggests doing good acts daily to make the world a better place.
I can’t remember if Mystic Medusa or Rob Brezsny suggested it. Either way makes sense to me.

shell
shell

However, without intending to sound like a smart arse, people have been critiquing the structures of capitalism since capitalism began, which itself rose out of people critiquing the structures of feudalism etc. Same with political structures, like you know, Marx, Adam Smith, Chomsky, David Harvey, Richard Sennett etc etc. Both capitalism and democracy are constantly evolving concepts, and there’s always gonna be some academic out there somewhere having a go at whatever their version of the status quo is. I would argue what has really changed is access to and distribution of these critiques, which is really about technology right?… Read more »

whatevs
whatevs

High five! I’m having a fuq academia moment right now shell – not at your level but at the level where I can see what you’re talking about and I have no desire to dive in and swim to where you are which is what I was going to do. Uranus about to go direct – I KNEW it! thank you david altho I’ll pass on the U2 – and opposing my sun IC uranus triad has me so motivated to overthrow irrelevant things. But uranus has a skewed perspective of what is relevant you know? LOL so i’m having… Read more »

whatevs
whatevs

I thought I could endure the academics until I got what I needed to make my own thing happen shell, but have realised it’s just another system in need of some fresh air – for a while thought i might try and subvert it and breathe into it some air – had some amazing encouraging tutors – but now I see no point it’s like it’s creaky and from another time and I need to be in a new thing that’s about the future. How do you deal with the tedious bureaucracy and rigid boundaries and still have original thoughts?… Read more »

shell
shell

I live in a different city from my uni, I work at home. My research has always been on the boundaries of whatever the faculty I was within was. So essentially I’ve made it through the system by engaging with the system as little as possible. Also I made very sure I paid attention to the lessons of the first time (masters, though I guess that was the 3rd time really) before deciding to do the phd. That is defn not a decision to be taken when one’s more inclined to disrupt. Scholarships help too. I defn went through your… Read more »

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

I’m following you shell…Think I get the gist but not in school…

Oh of course I am… 😉

whatevs
whatevs

I’m following yes – when you say would you really mean wouldn’t? : o)

Yes the reason for study was to escape the other shit bureaucracy – work – which is so strange and petty – territorial weirdness etc. I’ve just had so many revelations at being able to see THROUGH shit over the last few weeks. It’s very difficult to feel like continuing with anything.

shell
shell

Ah yes, I did mean wouldn’t.
It really is quite disappointing what technology does to ones ability to construct proper sentences.

whatevs
whatevs

don’t let them take it from you shell, rise up ; o)

shell
shell

I was climbing the walls a few weeks ago in a oh my fking god if I don’t change something this minute I’m going to explode. Which happened to conj coincide with jupiter in my 9th opposite my Uranus and square my mars. I could just feel him there going ‘do sumfin do sumfin’ (in your best billy Connolly glasgae accent) but I knew that I couldn’t because I just needed to hold on for a few months more and then I could change lots of things. So kinda noted the yes i will make sure I set a whole… Read more »

shell
shell

Of course sometimes the cat responds by vomiting on the rug.

Scorched Earth
Scorched Earth

Yes, they sure pick the best times for a chunder (ok.. throwing in a colloquial Aussie term there). I’m in the middle of crisis and have just woken up to have to deal with .. what!!! Mine was doing that a couple of months ago, absolutely when I didn’t need it!

Keep the focus! I for one admire that as the quintessential study flake. So many times.. so many failures, yet she goes back for another in the new year! This time I intend to complete.

12th house Virgo
12th house Virgo

Good for you. Academia is a gatekeeper. I can take free ivy league courses online. I may not get a paper for it, but what’s the paper worth anyway?

whatevs
whatevs

that’s the thing, it gains you re-entry into the very thing I was already in and trying to get away from by turning to academia. I’ll just be in another part of it that’s all. Still a rat in a wheel. I hate the snobbery and the rigid adherence to language and tone of writing (and punctuation – I am SO OVER punctuation it’s trivial – look to the intended meaning not the fuqing structure/scaffolding) that creates an exclusive realm for people who aren’t interested in sharing their knowledge with anyone other than themselves. I don’t want to spend the… Read more »

12th house virgo
12th house virgo

That’s what makes the Internet so awesome – free info access and sharing. I don’t know what the business model is for that. Then again, I don’t think education should be a business and it currently is. Universities used to require space, limited access, class, etc. But the Internet has blown up that model. Publishing a book is old news just because information moves so fast now. I don’t think we’ve tapped into the power or adjusted to that power yet. I’d like to see more truly independent research/policy unaffiliated with academic gatekeepers.

shell
shell

The problem with research outside academia is it still needs to be funded. And if the money isn’t coming from government then it needs to come from private business/individuals.

Medical research for eg., hugely expensive, and so unless govt funded the money tends to come from pharmaceutical companies, who can place all sorts of restrictions on research findings, like patents, that then limits the ability of medical breakthroughs to be distributed beyond those who can pay.

There are always affiliations and gatekeeping when it comes to money and knowledge.

Aqualeoscorpmn
Aqualeoscorpmn

Its comming pluto in aquarius 25 years or so..

shell
shell

Punctuation however, has to stay.
It’s just a means of mimicking the natural rhythms and pauses within speech, and massively aides comprehension. Which is particularly important when communicating broadly.

Have you come across the work of bell hooks? She’d prob be up your alley.

Scorptropical
Scorptropical

Couldn’t agree with you more Shell! Punctuation “massively aides comprehension”. There’s almost a touch of arrogance when the writer expects the reader to do all the extra work. Who has the time or inclination. It’s like blah blah blah, YOU work it out… I couldn’t give a shit. Anyway, it’s one reason why I never read William Burroughs. Hehe

shell
shell

Academia is also a place that nurtures the creation of much knowledge and learning that I highly doubt would be supported into existence otherwise. No way I’d get away with what I’m doing if I was trying to generate this knowledge from within the private sector. Also, much of the business models that now structure universities are not undertaken by choice, but by decisions made outside the system. Arrogance and rigid adherence to whatever structure is as much about people as systems. Academia is also full of folk who regularly seek to subvert paradigms and critique systems, as per my… Read more »

Libraquarius
Libraquarius

I have just watched the Occupy Wall Street calling for support for an occupation on 17th (we’re ahead here) and it is simply wonderful to hear the voices together, almost in a madrigal as they are reflected from the speak to various groups in the gathering. Awesome, inspirational stuff, gutsy,gutsy, people.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sj66DB_PKz0&w=560&h=315%5D

I’m not sure if the link above is going to work, I’m not crash hot on this embedding lark, but if not, here’s the link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sj66DB_PKz0&feature=share

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

Oh, “crash hot”…have not heard that LL…like it. The reverse of “hot mess”maybe?
lol

nat
nat

Pluto in Capricorn reading list could include:

‘The Return of Scarcity’ by HC ‘Nugget’ Coombs

‘The Corrosion of Character: the personal consequences of work in the new capitalism’ by Richard Sennett

‘The Future Eaters’ by Tim Flannery

‘Pathfinders: How to achieve happiness by conquering life’s crises’ by Gail Sheehy.

‘How to read & understand a balance sheet’ by Philip Stanley.

shell
shell

Richard Sennett is a very clever and interesting man with a great eye for public culture.

nat
nat

Yes he is. And he is a Capricorn! Born 1st January 1943 in the USA.
More thoughtful texts by him here:
http://www.richardsennett.com/site/SENN/Templates/Home.aspx?pageid=1

davidl
davidl

Uranus moving forward to square soon, Achtung baby !
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHa1ThS9avA

davidl
davidl

put it up loud !

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

ha, perfect davey…

Newt Gingrich under fire here and all politicians getting called on stupidity and nonsense. We full of women hating politicians and men raping boys in showers..Cover ups galore.

Some can’t even remember what they are talking about mid sentence and the ones who can, the fabricated stories so shallow one could drown in a teaspoon of water.

Pity the poor fools…for about two seconds. They asked for it. But then I told someone one time “I forgive you because I understand your stupidity”..

😆 x

milleunanotte
milleunanotte

What a ripe riposte, Sweetpea! Love!

anastasia
anastasia

I do not pity them. They believe they are so noble with their suits and ties..and then covering up their friends “porn” problem..seriously? These guys are running the show?

ScorpioRising
ScorpioRising

I tend to distrust someone who hides behind a suit and tie. Snakes in Suits.

Saturnalien
Saturnalien

On a more personal level, my Pluto in Capricorn essential is “The Barefoot Investor” by Scott Pape. It’s aimed at a younger audience but the basic philosophy is highly relevant to everyone, especially now. P.S. MM, I love your take and attitude towards Pluto in Capricorn, I’ve seen so many astrologers (including some of my friends) making out like we’re doomed as a society because this time is all about corrupt executives being in charge – a fuqing insult to both Pluto and Capricorn methinks. (Um hello doomsday fuqers, corrupt executives were around and fuqing up the world well before… Read more »

Ms.
Ms.

completely agree

Gneiss Moon
Gneiss Moon

internet – instantaneous situation breakdown from the front lines
live feeds, social networks, the peoples media on the ground running

12th house virgo
12th house virgo

Love, love, love the Internet!!!!

postmodscorp
postmodscorp

Olympe de Gouge. Still relevant.

dd
dd

Interesting its all about surviving the financial crisis. Me I like the deeper stuff. Who is the doer anyway? Vedic scriptures have it all there.

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