The Loss of Corporate Culture

If, dear readers, you want to know Ohio, I recommend that you drive the whole of I-71 from Cleveland to Cincinnati (or Cincinnati to Cleveland), a north-south axis. This is a cross-section of Ohio. I-70 which is the east-west route won’t do it, although it seems to be a ley line of both weather patterns and drug trafficking.

While on I-71 the other day with the cross-section of Columbus, I felt like I was at the amusement park dodgem car ride. That’s what it’s like. Funeral slow, Indianapolis 500 fast, aggressive and reckless – it was all present.

And, once again, I reflected that humans are their truest selves while in a car – we are all Aries (first sign of the zodiac, me first, go faster, get out of my way). But when we get to our jobs – corporate or otherwise – we (hopefully) become civil and polite.

Corporate culture is ruled by Capricorn — our social selves, reputation, our place in society. We’re all politicians: in our cars being our true selves then becoming our public selves when we step into a building or work site. Not all people have a disparity between the two – some people drive politely and courteously then act that way at work. Or the opposite – drive folks off the road and drive people crazy at work.

In the horoscope, the first house represents your car self (on I-71) and the tenth house represents your work self.

Pluto in Capricorn

As the planet of destruction and transformation, Pluto, which has been in Capricorn since 2008, symbolizes the corporate (and government and social) destruction has occurred and has yet to be re-built. Pluto will enter Aquarius in 2023-2024.

While much of my life has been spent in corporate culture, I can’t say I’ve always been a fan. Yet as corporate culture wanes, I’m now recognizing its benefits to society (and myself).

While it would be exceedingly naïve to say corporate cultures all promote cooperation, there is a level of cooperation (so close in spelling to corporation) needed for a large organization to be productive. The balance of cooperation and competition (not as close in spelling to corporation but similar) is needed for success. There are, of course, some corporations that thrive on ruthless competition and are considered elite – the elite don’t need to cooperate.

When corporate wellness programs began, I did not like them – it felt like interference in what should be a relationship between me and my doctor. Yes several years later, I realized there really was no relationship between me and my doctor – she wouldn’t recognize me on the street. Doctors are pressured by insurance to act quickly and spend most their time looking at computers, not patients.

So the corporation, which has the burden supporting the nation’s healthcare coverage, became an active leader in healthcare.

In recent years during this Pluto-in-Capricorn transit, social interaction has degraded to the point that every disagreement with a public official results in death threats, true conversation is impossible and collective problems have no way to be solved.

Pluto-in-Capricorn is also authoritarian and those of an authoritarian nature can derive great benefit from this transit. When there is chaos, there can be support of the perceived “strong man” to counter it. Unfortunately, these “strong men” are often “straw men” who both create and “solve” the problems.

From Family Culture to Corporate Culture to Individualized Culture

Corporate culture began when Pluto entered Cancer in the early 20th century. Corporate culture replaced family, town and community culture. Nations across the world embraced “isms” that separated family and clan that once were connected by blood and proximity.

After family and clan broke down, we had the “Me Generation” (Pluto in Leo) that focused on self-expression and self-actualization. Pluto in Virgo then focused on work/health/environment. Pluto in Libra changed the nature of relationships (even the fact we call them “relationships”). Pluto in Scorpio transformed intimacy and shared finances (rise of debt vehicles). Pluto in Sagittarius brought the enthusiastic excesses that Sagittarius is known for before heading into the more conservative, cautious Capricorn. With Pluto in Capricorn, we are seeing the transformation of social structures.

Several times in 2020 during the height of Capricorn energy (Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto all in this sign), I was able to see the positive side of what corporations can bring: cooperation, volunteerism, awareness of health and awareness of diversity and cultural inclusion. These activities were traditionally in the scope of government which discarded (fully and finally) any concern with the promoting the highest good for society.

If we do rebuild the Capricorn structures, they will be built with Aquarius bricks. If things go well, groups of individuals will join not just to be angry and wreck havoc, but for other idealized goals. Aquarius is an air-sign and detached so generally Aquarian goals are around making a society more rational, equitable and organized.

On the negative side, Aquarius is a perfectionist that cannot accept that systems created by irrational humans can never be perfectly rational. This can lead to elite organizations and “You’re Not Welcome Because You Litter” signs on the front door.

Hopefully we are evolving and not simply devolving. It has taken the loss of corporate culture for me to understand its benefits. Life continually changes and no energy lasts forever. But hopefully Pluto in Aquarius will find a heightened way to bring a culture to a point where it can have conversation and work together to make positive changes.


About ohioastrology

I'm just another soul trying to make sense of the world. As I've grown, so has my understanding of astrology. I'd like to communicate that astrology is not occult and not fortune-telling but that it is a fluid, creative description of the life we choose to live.
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