Do you remember the first day of Pluto in Capricorn? I do. I was at a fancy restaurant getting my heart fuqed over by a Gemini.
Pluto entered Capricorn on January 26 2008 at 2:43 AM Universal Time. For me that was lunchtime and I was at a plutocratic restaurant with chrome, glass and seaviews so dazzling that some of the waiters wore sunglasses indoors.
Heath Ledger had tragically passed a few days before. Britney Spears was launching her sixth fragrance – Curious Heart – in a series that had already sold a billion bottles and being put into a conservatorship that would last for most of the Pluto in Capricorn era.
Elon Musk, already a Uranian billionaire even back then, was preparing to launch Space X and the Large Hadron Particle Collider – the world’s most costly science experiment – was firing up for the first of several attempts to recreate the “Big Bang” conditions.
There was a guy at the table next to us who was aiming for a rhetorical big bang, bellowing “just pour it” to the waiter hovering with a magnum of chardonnay before continuing with his ancedote:”I said 50 million? Tell him to dream on….okay, fine, say I said he can go fuq himself.”
BigBang guy wasn’t touching it, but every table also had untold bottles of sparkling mineral water which, over the Pluto in Capricorn era, was to become massively more popular.
The Gemini I was at lunch with tried to wow the sommelier with an improvised performance of ‘wine wisdom,’ ordered another bottle of ‘the unpronouncable one‘ and then dumped me with such a labyrinthine, flattering monologue that I thought he was proposing marriage.
When I’d worked out what he meant, I dealt with it by going to the architecturally impressive but scary bathroom where I serendipitously encountered an Aries woman smoking dreamweed and crying about Heath.
We speed-bonded over the irony of the kitchen playing Flo Rida’s Low while the restaurant had an avant-garde ambient soundtrack and the bathroom became our hq for a while, rusty ironic industrial implements and all.
A few months later the head of the IMF warned that the “world financial system was teetering on the brink of systemic meltdown,” Bernie Madoff was arrested for the then biggest Ponzi swindle in history, the Lehmann brothers collapsed, Bitcoin launched and I thought briefly of the ‘50 million is not enough‘ guy at the restaurant.
I hadn’t forgotten the Gemini but not being with him had become an item on my gratitude list and it meant I was ahead of the curve: my personal bubble burst literally on the first day of Pluto in Capricorn.
And weirdly, recalling this day has made me realize how much it resonates with now, the end of Pluto in Capricorn and (soon) the start of Pluto in Aquarius. Get this:
Now free, Britney has released a new scent – Naked Fantasy – a flanker to her 2005 top-selling fragrance. This is smart because it equals money in the door without her having to perform or try and put out an album at this point.
She’s also a hired a top-notch forensic money guy to trawl through every single nano-byte of revenue and expenditure for the entirety of Pluto in Capricorn. Never mind how rickety or not she seems on social media – this is the real story, she is regaining control.
CERN, the operators of the Large Hadron Particle Collider, have ‘voluntarily’ shut it down early for the Xmas holidays to ‘help save power’ in the context of the European energy crisis. It’s future must surely be in doubt at this point.
Each time they turn the thing on it uses 1.8 trillion volts and despite the astronomical expense, it’s apparently failed to ‘fill the gaps’ in the standard particle physics model. Note: the ‘gaps’ are the 95% of matter that they can’t explain.
Maybe all the gigantic magnetic field/particle smashers were a Pluto in Capricorn phenom? We may even pivot to a whole new theory of high energy physics. Pluto in Aquarius has form for this: Copernicus launched his then shocking treatise on heliocentricity – that the Earth revolved around the Sun – during it.
The energy crisis is also threatening sparkling water which, I think, may fall out of vogue anyway. I say this as someone who has been practically addicted to San Pellegrino and similar btw. But my prediction is that information around the health impact of drinking water to which carbon dioxide has been added will emerge.
The actual supply of carbon dioxide gas (which comes from fertilizer manufacturing) is at risk:
“Italian drinks companies are facing a shortage of the carbon dioxide (CO2) they need to put the fizz into their cans and bottles this summer as some gas producers cut output in response to rising energy costs.
CO2 is a byproduct of the ammonia produced by chemicals groups for use in the manufacturing of fertiliser, engineering plastics and diesel exhaust fluid.”
Having always vaguely gone with the ‘it’s sort of natural’ line, I’m a bit skeeved out by this.
Sparkling water does, however, interact with tastebuds in a manner that could become habit-forming and for the carbon dioxide to be successfully ‘infused,’ the water has to be de-aerated first.
Ie: the less oxygen the better. The carbon dioxide or rather, carbonic acid, is not supposed to be a problem for drinkers because we just excrete it. After all, it’s not like there are any other toxins around to excrete.
The first carbonated drinks were launched in 1783 – another Pluto in Aquarius era – by Jacob Schweppe with the founding of the still in business Schweppes. Clearly they’re huge revenue rakers and notice how you see the fancier ones as perpetual props in styled real estate ads.
There is something ironic in bubbly water being under threat at this point, the effervescence too costly to maintain.
And of course at the end of Pluto in Capricorn, we have another Ponzi but this time it’s a crypto-Ponzi and the alleged instigator, a well-connected millennial, is active on the lecture circuit.
So what were you doing on the day Pluto went into Capricorn? And what do you make of the resonance?