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Pluto in Scapegoating: A Collective Daimon?

There is an accumulative cruelty in a number of men, though none in particular are ill-natured. – Lord Halifax (Scorpio, Sun opposite Pluto)

Scapegoating – projecting one’s own problems onto an innocent person or group – may be seen as an already existing archetypal image in the collective unconscious trying to manifest itself on the physical level. Both the scapegoater (an individual or a group) and the scapegoat (an individual or a minority group) may become possessed by this collective daimon. Influenced by the collective group mind the scapegoat may experience others’ feelings as his own, this way he may feel obligated to bear the burden and pay penance from something he had nothing to do with.

Pluto in ScapegoatingThere is often desire for power behind scapegoating. The scapegoater is often a Plutonian with a typical desire to remake and control others. Plutonians often want power even in personal relationships, and they also know what makes others tick, thus they are often able to manipulate even bystanders to support them in their scapegoating attempts. This empowers them even more – and any unsuspecting and trusting Neptunian is an easy target in the in the hands of an intensive Plutonian.

Yet not all Plutonians are scapegoaters, every planet can sometimes do some scapegoating. And some Plutonians are even scapegoats. A strong Pluto or a strong Neptune is just one indication that you may have something to do with scapegoating, either as a scapegoater or a scapegoat depending on your chart as a whole. And also on those factors that cannot be seen in your chart. Some Plutonians also use their abilities to fight actively against scapegoating and victimization, as did for instance Emile Zola (Sun-Moon-Mercury-Mars-Pluto conjunction in Aries) in the famous Dreyfus case.


All human control comes to an end when the individual is caught in a mass movement. Then the archetypes begin to function, as happens also in the lives of individuals when they are confronted with situations that cannot be dealt with in any of the familiar ways. – C.G. Jung

The collective daimon creating the scapegoating process may infiltrate into both the scapegoater’s and the scapegoat’s consciousness without their will and without considering the victim’s best. The scapegoat – often totally unable to resist the collective pressure – may be blamed and treated inhumanly by the whole crowd. In worst scapegoating cases Pluto is usually involved with strong Saturn-Neptune afflictions (often oppositions), either in the radix or in dwads. According to C.G.M. Adam Saturn opposition Neptune can be typified “as a contrast between the higher and lower natures”, sometimes manifesting as “the final struggle between the light and dark forces”.

Scapegoats do not necessarily have a strong Pluto, but Pluto may still be having a strong effect on their lives: they may be surrounded by many Plutonians or by people having their own Pluto on the scapegoat’s Sun, Moon or Ascendant. In such cases the scapegoat – a Neptunian usually – may be controlled or even possessed by the Plutonian forces of all those around, sometimes to such a degree that the scapegoat can hardly express her or his own horoscope at all. There may not even be any transits to the scapegoat’s chart, although the Plutonians around the scapegoat are having appropriate transits.

Plutonian scapegoating is such a collective process that almost every member in the group gets somehow involved. Any member refusing to attack the accredited scapegoat may be seen as disloyal, such a member may even be punished. Often the scapegoater may actually quite consciously incite behavior that leads even otherwise uninvolved persons to participate in scapegoating. The scapegoater may then voyeuristically satisfy his own emotional needs through the victim, who may be otherwise quite isolated as other group members sense their own vulnerability in the scapegoat’s presence and avoid him even if are not actively partaking in scapegoating.

Sometimes the pressure of the group may be so strong that the victim actually begins to behave in ways quite unnatural to her or him, even self-destructively. The victim may adopt behavior patterns that resemble accusations the group is making, although otherwise he or she would never have behaved that way. Accusations have become self-fulfilling prophecies. But the scapegoater is to blame, not the victim, as the scapegoater started the process that made the victim unable to protect herself or himself and thus to avoid acting out group’s energies.

The individual in a crowd easily becomes the victim of his own suggestibility. It is only necessary for something to happen, for instance a proposal backed by the whole crowd, and we too are all for it, even if the proposal is immoral. In the crowd one feels no responsibility… – Carl G. Jung

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