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Timothy Glenn ~ The Plutonian Phoenix Does Capricorn, 2008-2040: A Timeline Overview

Today we’re lucky to have a long awaited post from my dear friend, astrologer, numerologist, Tarot reader and author Timothy Glenn. A heads up to avoid confusion: in this article, Timothy explores both the Tropical and Sidereal Zodiacs, also known as Western and Eastern Astrology. We’re in an overlap period where both systems place Pluto in Capricorn, exponentially increasing the intensity. For clarity, any articles I’ve written on astrology deal with the Tropical system. This post goes further by synthesizing the effects of two different perspectives.

Timothy says this post will spawn other posts in response to questions and comments, so feel free to comment and ask away.

The Plutonian Phoenix Does Capricorn
2008 – 2040

A Timeline Overview
by Timothy Glenn

As Pluto transits through our skies, it influences us individually and collectively to transform the areas of Earth life indicated by the nature of the Zodiac sign through which it is transiting. In 2008 Pluto initiated a challenging phase of worldwide metamorphosis by entering Capricorn, which is ruled by Saturn. In our individual natal charts, the effects are colored by which houses Capricorn occupies, as well as the aspects (or angles) transiting Pluto forms to various features of our charts.

Pluto brings transmutational energy into everything it touches. Unlike Saturn, Pluto does not do remodeling jobs. We can picture Saturn as the guy who heads the quality control department. He steps forth into a specific part of our chart wearing a white lab coat and carrying a clipboard. After making check marks and jotting a few notes, he hands us the paper and says: “Here are your specifications. Make these adjustments.”

But not Pluto. He saunters onto the scene wearing steel-toed boots and a hard hat. He frowns and shakes his head while glancing around, and then announces: “It’s all coming down. Bring in the wrecking balls and the bulldozers. We’re going to build something brand new here.” Monty Python fans can picture a sudden appearance of John Cleese in an unlikely setting, uttering the famous words: “And now for something completely different.”

The Phoenix Effect on the Collective

Pluto rules the sign of Scorpio, which has been represented by a scorpion, by a serpent and eagle, or by a phoenix. In the case of the serpent and eagle, the intent has been to convey that Scorpio can display a noteworthy dark side (the serpent) but an equally higher expression (the eagle). The phoenix conveys both. The Pluto/Scorpio energy involves the cycles of death and rebirth, and the phoenix illustrates the entire process.

Pluto tends to strip everything down to bedrock level in preparation for the renewal phase. Pluto’s journey through Capricorn from 2008 to 2040 lays a firm foundation – not merely for a rebuild, reboot or reset of human society – but in this case for a radically transformed biosphere for the Earth.

Prophecies of a New Heaven and a New Earth could play out in profoundly unexpected ways. Back in 1968 (during the Uranus/Pluto conjunction) I encountered theologians who predicted the restoration of the Biblical firmament – which they described as the water vapor canopy that occupied the thermosphere prior to being unleashed for the Great Flood. Restoring the water vapor canopy would alter the very nature of our biology. And from the surface of the Earth, not only would the Heavens appear differently, but their energies would affect us in wildly novel ways.

The Phoenix Gets Down to Earth

Capricorn’s realm includes everything manifested in public, such as governments, economic systems, organized religions, academic institutions, the media and so forth. Corruption runs rampant in these structures. The Phoenix Effect will hone in on the consciousness and frequency patterns associated with such corruption, and burn all of it to the ground. After all, Capricorn is an Earth sign.

This astrological journey is preparing us for an even grander Phoenix Event in 2040. Throughout the years, people have asked what we can do to prepare. I always emphasize that our spiritual preparation matters more than all else combined. If there remains any part of us energetically connected to the old world and its consciousness, we can generate our own internal Phoenix Events. We can reduce those illusions and beliefs to ashes.

Here is a useful adage I’ve used for decades: The more official the source, the more suspect the information.

The old system weaponizes fear to establish authoritarianism. The New Earth will be rooted in love, allowing unlimited expansion of consciousness.

A Tale of Two Zodiacs

Western astrologers use what is called the Tropical Zodiac, which is based on the relationship between the Earth and Sun. Every spring equinox in the northern hemisphere, the Tropical Zodiac is adjusted to zero degrees Aries. Eastern astrologers use what is called the Sidereal Zodiac, which follows the constellations. Both are valid systems for exploring effects of celestial phenomena, albeit on different levels. Over the last couple millenia, the two zodiacs have gradually drifted a little more than 24 degrees apart.

Our Pluto in Capricorn timeline began in 2008 when Pluto entered Capricorn in the Tropical Zodiac, and will conclude in 2040 when Pluto exits Capricorn in the Sidereal Zodiac.

Meanwhile, we are being squeezed through the skinny part of the hourglass. Here is a time table:

January 12, 2020: Exact conjunction of Saturn and Pluto in Tropical Capricorn.

February 26, 2020: Pluto entered Sidereal Capricorn.

June 29, 2020: Pluto retrograded back into Sidereal Sagittarius.

December 31, 2020: Pluto reentered Sidereal Capricorn for the long haul.

Pluto will not begin its quintuple transit over the cusp of Aquarius in the Tropical Zodiac until April 23, 2023. This will give us a little over two and a quarter years of uninterrupted Pluto in Capricorn in both zodiacs simultaneously – like Pluto in Capricorn on steroids! Altogether, we will experience these effects for about four and a half years, from February 26, 2020 until November 19, 2024. Here is the time table for Pluto working its way into Aquarius in the Tropical Zodiac:

April 23, 2023: Pluto enters Tropical Aquarius.

June 11, 2023: Pluto retrogrades back into Tropical Capricorn.

January 21, 2024: Pluto reenters Tropical Aquarius.

September 2, 2024: Pluto retrogrades back into Tropical Capricorn.

November 19, 2024: Pluto reenters Tropical Aquarius for the long haul.

Dark to Light

As the ruler of Scorpio, Pluto deals with anything deep, dark and hidden. From our dirty little personal secrets to the colossal coverups of the old world controllers (such as the governmental, religious and economic institutions), this transit will shed light where darkness has dominated.
Pluto transiting through Capricorn epitomizes the prophesied Apocalypse, which literally means unveiling. Revelations of our true history and the corruption behind the scenes would only feel like a catastrophe to the guilty ones with lots to hide – and therefore lots to lose.

A Pluto Return for the Archives

The United States wields tremendous influence over the entire world. Here in 2022, the United States is experiencing its Pluto Return, which “just happens” to occur during the two and a quarter year window of uninterrupted Pluto in Capricorn on steroids.

Pluto has come full circle, returning to its own place in the 1776 chart for the Declaration of Independence. A mass of people, including professional astrologers, were so excited about the numerology of 2/22/2022 that they designated that day as the first exact hit of the Pluto Return, which had already occurred on February 20. But that’s okay. At least we saw widespread awareness and enthusiasm. And since this is Pluto, not Saturn, we don’t need to obsess over technical details.
Plenty of action is happening under the radar of the general public. The corporate propaganda machine has shifted into overdrive, spinning phony narratives to distract and mislead their dwindling mass of believers. But the principle of Dark to Light will eventually prevail.

A Phoenix Return for the Archives

Researcher Jason Breshears ( has delineated a 138 year cycle that has brought about Phoenix Events on a grander scale, affecting various geographical locations or specific societies. Every so often the world gets hit with A Big One, like an immense flood. And it “just so happens” that the next Earth shaking Phoenix Event is due to occur in the year 2040 – the very year that Pluto does its triple transit out of Capricorn in the Sidereal Zodiac.

Our 2008-2040 Pluto in Capricorn adventures will conclude when the Phoenix Return is due to rock the “big boat”. The petty games of humanity that we have been concerned with during Pluto in Capricorn will be overshadowed by the Phoenix Return of 2040, because the “big boat” is Earth Herself.

2040 will not merely initiate another game, but introduce a previously unknown sport – like jumping from soccer to quidditch. Retrospection in the 2040’s will see our current Pluto in Capricorn adventures as no more than beginner level training and warmup exercises.

Exploring Possibilities

Pluto in Tropical Capricorn (2008-2024) would probably focus on undermining the old system for its destruction. Pluto in Sidereal Capricorn (2020-2040) would be more focused on the rebirth phase, when we move out from under oppression. A user-friendly transitional economic system would help us free ourselves to utilize long-suppressed technologies and develop new ones – especially for health and longevity.

2022 may not feel comfy/cushy, but this year puts us right in the heart of the Shift of the Ages.
Pluto in Capricorn is compelling humanity to clean up its act in preparation for The Big One. Portions of humanity will be able to achieve Ascension. We can choose to transcend the old world matrix programming, and align ourselves with the energetics of an emerging New Earth – still the same Earth Mother, only now resplendently clothed in a magnificent life-enhancing biosphere teeming with infinite possibilities.

Meanwhile, we have a lot on our plates, and it’s time to do the dishes.

Timothy Glenn