Pluto, the planet of transformative, dramatic and volcanic change (change that we may not want, change that we may actively resist, change where change is needed so we can dust ourselves off and build fresh and anew) is sitting in Capricorn now.
Capricorn is the sign of the Mountain Goat who starts at the bottom of the craggy mountain and through hard work, overcoming obstacles and clever perseverence, attains later-in-life success and status. Ruled by the dour planet of Saturn, which represents challenges and wisdom gained through travails, Capricorns are serious folks who may have more than their fair share of hard knocks but can achieve greatness after hardship. Capricorns are motivated by prestige, status, money and political gain. They want to best and are prepared to pay for it. Many Capricorns attain great success later in life.
So when Pluto is in Capricorn as it has been since around early 2009 and will be through late 2023, it becomes a generational transition that marks the world in an irrevocable way. The Capricorn energy is perseverence, politics, power and status. Pluto is upheaval and transformation. Put the two energies together and what do you have? The overthrow of the old political structure, the comeuppance of power and the changing of the political landscape. In short, Pluto in Capricorn represents an upending (Pluto) of the status quo ... whatever that is at the time. And boy, have we been seeing all of this happening!(Pluto in other signs - Think of the flower power "Me" generation of those born with Pluto is dramatic and theatrical Leo. Or those practical Generation X'ers with their Pluto in non-nonsense Virgo.)
What does the Arab Spring, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, John Edwards, Anthony Weiner and Arnold Schwarzenegger all have in common? Transfomations that occurred during Pluto in Capricorn. The upending of the power elite from those who are at the bottom of that craggy mountain - whether ordinary citizens, a maid or a housekeeper. The removal of status (Capricorn's seek and often achieve status and power) from those who abuse it.
Pluto will remain in Capricorn until early 2024. The world will be in a very different state by the time Pluto enters Aquarius, hearkening in the Age of Aquarius that we have all heard about.