This morning, while only thinking about having eggs for breakfast, I saw that there’s a half-billion egg recall because of a salmonella breakout in 17 U.S. states. I was flummoxed because I couldn’t recall when I’ve seen a 1/2 billion recall of anything. And let’s be clear about something here: we’re not really talking about a recall as much as throwing all that food in the trash! Of course, someone might test some of the eggs, but the truth is that these companies have fouled up and fouled up big!
The short answer for why this happened is greed. Astrologically, there may be a slightly more complicated answer: Pluto in Capricorn. I’m not blaming Pluto in Capricorn as much as suggesting that Pluto in Capricorn can help explain why this is happening. (I think it’s silly to blame planets for what humans do. Planets relay choices to be made in the cosmos, but we’re the sages or idiots who make them.) First, a few words about Pluto, Capricorn and what it means when I say Pluto is in Capricorn.
Pluto is still a planet for astrologers. Why? Because what a planet means for astronomers is not the same as what it means for astrologers. A planet has layers of meanings related to many kinds of activities, people and places on earth. For astronomers, what is or is not a planet is defined far more technically and scientifically. Pluto relates to the idea of the underworld, intensity, metamorphoses that bring irrevocable change, the riches of the Earth (where we get Plutocracy), and dark aspects of our psyches we resist acknowledging.
Capricorn is best thought of as a zodiac symbol that directs us to seek out our destinies or to evolve. A lot of people only focus on Capricorn as a goat, but it is a sea-goat. This means that it is an animal of the sea AND land. It is concerned with taking primal force and energy as suggested by its connection with the sea and transforming it into a creature that climbs mountains, reaching the highest heights. Saturn is the spokesperson and chief of staff for the sign of Capricorn. Saturn is a planet that relates to how we experience structure, discipline and the meaningful roles we are to play in life, like parent, son, executive, doctor, etc. So some measure of Capricorn is going to be colored by its serious and sobering spokesperson Saturn, whether he’s in that sign at any particular time or not.
Right now, Pluto is traveling through the sign of Capricorn and will be until 2024. (This is like when the Sun travels through a sign for 30 days, as it is in Virgo, but we’re talking about a slower moving planet over a longer period of time.) Now when we combine all of what we understand about Pluto and Capricorn, we gain insight into several kinds of possibilities of manifestation or meaning: metamorphoses in how we deal with primal force/power, whether it’s our own, the Earth’s or other creatures; we start thinking about and re-thinking how we experience structure and “regulation” of the “riches of the Earth”; and we have to be willing to evolve from those dark places where we’ve resisted even to look.
This massive egg recall is just one manifestation of what Pluto in Capricorn means. You can’t get more primal than how we relate to animals and the riches of the Earth. Stacking hens on top of each other and breeding them for plumpness or for eggs with no consideration for the chicken is asking for a cosmic ass-kicking (and recall), all in the name of greed. Greed stems from fearing there won’t be and can’t be enough.And we can pat ourselves on the back thinking that greed is only something for the rich and big corporations. But that’s not true. Big monster farms are not the only people who may have to break a few eggs now. We all do.