Pluto’s flyby, clocked at 7:49 AM EDT, this morning — happened to coincide with the 50th anniversary of our first flyby of Mars; moreover, this uncanny coincidence that links these two most warlike of planets (one external, impulsive and aggressive, the other internal, via revenge and subterfuge) via two events far apart in time, happens to also have occurred only one day prior to tomorrow’s New Moon in Cancer which will feature the exact opposition of Pluto and Mars!
Yes, and there’s more: this momentous event occurred simultaneously with the astonishing announcement of the Nuclear Agreement with Iran, ten years in the making. If the agreement holds, we might remember this day as the one when humanity turned around, backed off our march towards World War III’s nuclear armaggedon, and transformed the image of nuclear explosion long associated with destructive Plutonian energy into a symbol of intensely expressive human creativity. Plus, that this momentous day occurred only one day after the old-style plutonian teutonic and economic power-over rout of Greece is also intensely telling. Just as our planet’s fixation on war seemed inevitable, so did the greedy sucking sound of oligarchic hegemony.
Here’s the chart, set for Washington, D.C.
Note especially the following:
• the near-exact Mars/Pluto opposition (extreme power, how to use?)
• the near-exact square of Uranus to the Sun (volatile, explosive energies)
• the near-exact square of Saturn to Venus (depresses or denies love)
• the beautiful, loving, generous Venus/Jupiter conjunction, still within 4° of exactness
However, also note that the Pluto image NASA sent out today features the outline of a heart!
Plus, as if to underscore and communicate that symbol of love, in the chart for the flyby, spiritual Neptune in Pisces is nearly exactly trine Mercury in Cancer.
Our vision of space and our place in the cosmos expands as we encounter the furthermost of our nine classical planets, Pluto, up close and personal, for the first time. Though the flyby photos haven’t been released yet, here’s one astrologer’s astute assessment of how this encounter will change our world, written yesterday:
Tom Jacobs, via Julia.
Tomorrow morning, we see the first pictures of the planet Pluto from the New Horizons spacecraft. This is historic, and for me and many astrologers, pretty expletiving exciting.
To see images for the first time of what the bogeyman looks like up close. The monster under the bed we’ve been afraid to look at in the eye. The shadow side of ourselves that seems so ugly that, surely, we wouldn’t survive owning it and feeling what it feels.
We wonder about the cost of looking what we think of as dark in the eye, and we mostly can’t conceive of making friends with it without getting lost in greed, rage, revenge, and domination.
Tomorrow morning, we get a visual on the physical body orbiting our sun. We get introduced to the sight of the physical object that represents all these things we wish we didn’t, couldn’t, and wouldn’t have to live with.
When a solar system body is named, the collective is ready to allow the archetype associated with into the shared awareness. At that time, we get in touch with routes to express the energy, some of them unchecked and, even, unhinged (atomic power and the rise of fascism shortly after Pluto was discovered in 1930 as one example). Creativity related to that archetype might come out in full force as we sketch possibilities, move, writhe, dance, and sometimes struggle as we get to know the feelings of running that energy in our bodies, minds, and hearts.
But what about when we see it (even using tech such as New Horizons)? We begin the process of overcoming our ideas about it, much as when you were a kid and for the first time you met a person with a skin color different than yours. “Oh, you’re not like I thought; what I heard. You’re different.” And a dialogue begins.
With Pluto, we’re looking at growing into a development of heart-felt courage to look into what we perceive to be darkness within us, and make friends with that inner other. Being able to view the surface (even with the tech in play) marks the start of an evolutionary process that will culminate in, eventually, masses of people finally processing their fears about having and using power, and letting pain twist into maladaptive, destructive expressions such as power-over/power-under dynamics. All anger, abuse, and domination are sourced in pain – every single bit of it. To get to the pain behind Plutonian violence, we have to be willing to look very real parts of the human psyche that we want to think of as evil and demonic in the eye and find out that they’re not like we expected.
So, tomorrow, with the first images, a new level of dialogue about the truth of what a human is and is not begins. A new approach to the “why did that person shoot up that place and kill those people?” is seeded. We will get it. We can’t avoid learning through becoming aware of and loving the darkest of human feeling. And, as it happens, we can’t evolve as individuals or a species without doing it.
Conscious evolution for humans now is not developed by going into our upper chakras and wishing for the best, hoping we can ignore the truth of what we consider base emotions and ways of living. It is to be found in going into the lower chakras and loving our inner demons and rageaholics, our inner back-stabbers, our inner manipulators, cheats, and yes, our inner Hitlers – and learning to give them something intentional to do with their verve, passion, and will to change the world.
Tomorrow morning, this process begins.
A.K. again: BTW: Julia sent me the above post EXACTLY as I was discovering and about to post it myself. Synchronicity extremely strong right now. Which reminds me, speaking of Pluto! I’ve posted two A.K. Reader pieces in the last few days that feature my own painful and productive process with Pluto in the early ’90s (one of them also with Saturn), and I had planned to retype and post another today (There are six altogether). Guess which one? It’s called, yep! “Personally Processing Pluto: The Monster in the Basement.” Stay tuned. I may not get it up until tomorrow.
Oh, and P.S. When I began to look again at this powerful Pluto series from my own past, I was not aware of the coming fly-by.
Whoopee! We await the actual fly-by photos.