This year, Jupiter meets up with Pluto in a harmonious trine in Earth signs, benefitting those of the Earthy persuasion (Virgo, Capricorn, Taurus) and also prodding those of the Watery persuasion (Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio) to become more organized and collected. This transit lasts over 9 months and spans 13 to 17 degrees of Earth signs. Pluto is the Lord of Death and Rebirth while Jupiter expands and grows everything he touches. What could a harmonious connection between them mean? The vignette at the bottom of this page describes one way it could go, but first, how will you know if this even matters to you?

Does this transit affect you?

If you were born within the following dates, you will feel this transit’s positive effects strongly:
September 5 through 10 of any year
January 3 through 8 of any year
July 5 through 10 of any year
March 3 through 8 of any year

If you were born within the following dates, you will feel this transit weakly, and can choose to cultivate its positive effects:
November 5 through 10 of any year
May 3 through 8 of any year

This post is for you if. . .

  • You are involved in a top-to-bottom metamorphosis of your career and are ready to receive help moving to the next level
  • You are overwhelmed at the sheer volume of details that need to be handled
  • You’re ready to up-level your craftsmanship and integrity

How the Jupiter square to Pluto works
(this part is technical, but brief)

If your birthday falls on October 11, 2015, March 16, 2016 or June 26, 2016, then Jupiter and Pluto bring powerful help expressly for you in this birthday year—but blink and you might miss it because it may be subtle and not dramatic.

Jupiter will trine Pluto 3 times this year. The first pass happens on October 11, 2015, while Jupiter is direct at 13º Virgo and Pluto (also direct) is at 13º Capricorn. If you have anything in 13º of Virgo, Capricorn, Cancer or Pisces—like your Sun, Moon or Ascendant, etc.—you will receive strong help this year (see diagram for pass 1). If you have anything in 13º of Scorpio or Taurus, you will also receive help but it may be so smooth and easy that you’ll have to pay close attention, notice it and cultivate it.

Jupiter trine Pluto, pass 1

The second pass happens on March 16, 2016, while Jupiter is retrograde and Pluto is direct, each placed in 17º of their signs. Those people with anything in 17º of Virgo, Capricorn, Cancer or Pisces will receive strong help, while those with anything in 17º of Scorpio or Taurus will also receive help of the smoother, less dramatic variety. (see diagram for pass 2).

Jupiter trine Pluto, pass 2

The third pass completes this transit, on June 26, 2016, with Jupiter direct in 16º Virgo and Pluto retrograde in 16º Capricorn. If you have anything in 16º of Virgo, Capricorn, Cancer or Pisces, you will experience strong help and serendipity during June. If you have anything in 16º of Scorpio or Taurus, you’ll also receive help, but it won’t necessarily come looking for you. (see diagram for pass 3).

Jupiter trine Pluto, pass 3

What could this stressful planetary aspect mean?
The following story illustrates one way it could go. . .

Pluto in Capricorn woke up in a mess, feeling more than a little hung-over from a business trip the night before.

“Business class is not what it should be.”  He stretched and yawned, then looked around. “This place is a real wreck! Damn that Uranus in Aries aspecting me by square—that’s the longest five years I’ve had in decades. Just when I’d gotten into Capricorn and was getting ready to build a real power base, the planet of chaos shows up. He did nothing but throw lightening bolts through my roof and fill my bedroom with Mickey Mouse balloons.” Wearily, Pluto surveyed his domain, an ancient and venerable castle with good bones but in poor condition.

“I need a stately and dignified home to befit my Capricorn status, but look at this place! The roof is falling apart and water leaks into the dining room. My bedroom is small, cramped, and filled with junk. How am I supposed to seduce anyone in there? The plants in my garden are in complete disarray—overgrown with weeds. Not that I’ve ever been good at gardening anyway. How can any of the other planets in the solar system take me seriously? I have got to upgrade my living situation. I’m going to need a lot of help.”

Disheartened by the sheer volume of work to be done, Pluto opened up a skylight and looked across the heavens for help, wondering who would be coming into aspect with him.
In the distance, Jupiter was arcing across the celestial sphere, passing through the meticulous sign of Virgo. Pluto’s heart skipped a beat. “This may be my lucky day,” Pluto thundered with delight. “Who could be better help with any big project than Jupiter?”

As Jupiter approached Pluto and his dilapidated castle, the benevolent planet was bringing order to the cosmos by organizing, fixing and tidying everything he passed. Bouncy Jupiter seemed more humble than usual in the sign of Virgo, and he soon appeared at the gate, wearing overalls and carrying an enormous and meticulously organized toolbox. “Need a hand?” said Jupiter, “I am happy to be of service to you in any way I can.” Wiping his feet carefully at the threshold, Jupiter stepped inside and followed Pluto on a tour of the castle.

“Yes, thank you. I do need your help transforming this place,” replied Pluto. “I need a home that befits my dignity. While in Capricorn, I have changed my look. See what I mean?” Pluto pointed to his closet, which contained an assortment of high ranking and distinguished outfits, including ceremonial robes for political office, coronation and even a pope’s hat. Out of a drawer peeked jeweled cuff links and a variety of military medals. Today, he was wearing an executive’s business suit, with sleek, though not flashy, Italian shoes.

“Listen Jupiter, this house needs a lot of work to catch up with my dignified and respectable appearance. I have a vision that I want to execute. I’m ready to initiate this project, and work from the ground up. While I usually like to do things on my own, I need a subordinate to contract for this project. Would you be willing to work under me?”

Jupiter in Virgo, with paint stains on his overalls, nodded his head in agreement. “Just tell me what to do, boss!”

“Well,” replied Pluto, “ what is your area of expertise?”

“I’m good at everything and I can do the job modularly, assembling it into a finished whole that takes the big picture into account.”

“Great, then let me direct you on where to begin.” Pluto led Jupiter to his bedroom. “Uranus just left all of these stupid balloons everywhere, and I can’t stand them. They make me look silly.” Jupiter immediately started clearing all of the Mickey Mouse balloons by deflating and throwing them into a big garbage bag, carefully checking in all the corners and popping everything into a giant recycling bin he conjured up in the air, which immediately disappeared afterwards.

Pluto became more and more pleased. He led Jupiter to a courtyard and pointed up.   “Uranus also ruined my roof with lightening bolts. Are you able to fix it?”

“Roger that!” exclaimed Jupiter, who was gratified by the results of his efforts thus far and eager to please. He waved his arms and a massive pile of shingles appeared in the air and began sorting themselves onto the roof, with nails flying into position. Each shingle was nailed down tightly and as Jupiter caused a little rain to fall on the roof as a testing mechanism, the water streamed off neatly with no leakage anywhere.

“Fine craftsmanship!” exclaimed Pluto. “And fast too!” But don’t you want to attend to that detail over there?” He pointed to a gutter that was sagging. Too late— Jupiter was already on it and soon all the gutters were draining water in the tidiest possible way. “Wow, Jupiter, you’re as perfectionist as I am, when you’re in Virgo!”

“True,” boomed Jupiter, “in a Mutable Earth sign I run a really tight ship. It’s nice to work with someone who appreciates that.”

Pluto was really starting to relax. “You know what, Jupiter? Let’s work together to turn this place into something spectacular. I’ve always felt that my true home would be austere, yet grand. Imposing, yet sexy. I’d like it modeled after Eastern European castles, but with all the modern amenities. I think that would suit me very well. It’s time for me to completely transform my life into what it was meant to be—even if it takes lots of work.”

Jupiter bounced up and down on his toes, getting very excited by the prospect, and the two spent several weeks working night and day to create a stately home for Pluto. When the project was complete, Pluto sighed with deep satisfaction. Even the dungeons were perfect and the underground tunnel to his main digs back home in the Land of the Dead was cleared and broad enough to transport a war’s worth of human souls if necessary. He now had a home that reflected his status, and all of the other planets in the zodiac would look to him with respect, which was what he craved more than anything. Jupiter was just as satisfied, knowing that he had provided excellent service resulting in a structure that would last through the centuries. Shaking hands, the two parted the best of friends, full of camaraderie and the pleasure of a job well done.

If you are feeling this transit
and want to understand its meaning in your life,
an astrology reading will clarify this and much, much more.

How to find out more

You can read more about Jupiter’s activity this year here.
You can read more about Pluto’s activity this year here.
You might also try Are You Currently In Transition?
And to get oriented to the many transits going on this year, check out Transits This Year.

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Pluto Has A Heart

“This is what I’ve been trying to tell you all along.

Don’t call me an ice dwarf.

I know I’m short, but really, do you have to make a guy feel so small?

You’ve demoted me from planet-status, isn’t that enough?

I have a heart.

I wear it on my sleeve.

I’m as transparent as I know how to be.

(I know that isn’t all that transparent, but it’s the best I can do,

because I’m as much a mystery to myself as I am to you.)

 

Yes, in my world things are black and white,

But my heart is pure as snow.

Now that you’ve seen it, do you believe me?

I have a heart, dammit!

I belong in this solar system.

I’m far from the sun and it gets cold out here, on the edge of things.

The edge has always been where you’ll find me.

I hold the darkness at bay.

Have a little compassion for me.

I do love you, from way over here.”

 

Yours truly,

PLUTO

It’s March of 2015 and the final pass of this revolutionary transit is happening—Pluto and Uranus are meeting up in a stressful square for the last time. Jupiter stepped in at the end of 2014 to lend a hand and Mars did a little deft diplomacy while retrograde in Libra  (check out part 4 of this thread). Jupiter and Mars have now left the field, but the North and South Nodes have arrived to bring a sense of destiny to this story.

Human Being is still in his own dreamscape. The Great Edifice has fallen. The ground is littered with shiny black rubble with a bright red interior showing in its cracks and broken places. Dead bodies are scattered around. People cower and hold each other, crying and confused. Human Being is consoling them. Meanwhile, Pluto (still dressed like a ninja) cocks his head to one side and listens, then calls to Uranus, who (still in his orange coat) is on the other side of the pile of rubble, scanning the sky for lightning bolts. 

Pluto: Hey, Uranus—are we networked to other Edifices?
Uranus: Why yes, Pluto, in fact we are! And that brings me of the rest of our work here.
Uranus leaps into the center of the rubble and digs a bit. Then he pulls a lightning rod out of his pocket and sticks it in the ground like a flag.
Uranus: There, that should do it!
Then he crooks his finger at the sky in an inviting way. The thunderclouds above spew forth a giant bolt of lightning, which zaps the lightning rod and sends a jolt of electricity into the pile of rubble and the earth below.
Pluto: Wow, that’s impressive!
From that central point, jagged red lightning bolts travel through the earth’s surface in every direction—bursting forth in a web of red light extending to the horizon. Far off in the distance, another edifice appears, a black tower which suddenly fills with red webbing, cracks apart and crumbles. Then another edifice appears—and another and another, too many to count. One by one they crumble, until the dark landscape is filled with a red glow.
Uranus (with some satisfaction): I specialize in the cascade effect.
Pluto: Spectacular. But what is there left for me to do?
Uranus: You’ve already done it, my friend. My lightning network has carried your transformational death-and-rebirth to other, connected edifices nearby. Change has begun and now there’s no stopping it. In the immortal words of a science fiction character named Kosh, “the avalanche has started; it’s too late for the pebbles to vote.”
Human Being has walked up to Pluto and is tugging on his sleeve.
Human: What are we to do now? Many of us are suffering. Did we deserve this?
In answer, Pluto walks to the nearest corpse and touches the top of its head. The spirit belonging to the corpse rises out of the body and floats before Pluto.
Pluto: There is no death.
Spirit: There is no death. But what am I to learn from this? My involvement with this Edifice has killed me. Does that mean I did wrong?
Pluto: When you take on a physical body and enter the world, it’s possible to create many different kinds of experiences. Good people can die, bad people can go untouched, these things can happen. Events are not always a statement about your goodness. Now that you have passed away from the physical world, take some time to think about what your life was for and what it accomplished. Begin planning the next one. Know that all your experiences will be judged by a loving Universe and that they will all contribute to your understanding. Allow those you leave behind to grieve in peace. Move on into the light of universal love.
Pluto waves his hand and a door opens in the sky with golden light pouring through it. The spirit is drawn to the light and passes through the door. Other spirits follow until all the unquiet dead are released.
Human Being (tugging again, more insistently this time): But what about those who are still living? What does all this mean about our purpose? What’s our destiny?
Just then, a giant bubble appears in the sky, with two angelic figures inside it. The bubble bursts as they touch ground.
Human: Who are you?
Angelic Figures: We are the North and South Nodes. We have vital information about your destiny. Please sit down and listen.
Human Being gathers all the other people in a circle around the Nodes.
South Node: I’m in Aries and I want to stress how important it is that you let go of old, combative ways. You have learned how to be battle-ready, but fighting and arguing are not going to solve your problems right now. Draw on what you already know about how to protect yourself in the world and then disarm yourself. Existing in a state of angry war-preparedness is no way to live.
North Node: I’m in Libra and I’m here to tell you how important it is that you be kind to one another. It’s time to embrace peace, respect, diplomacy, fairness, equality, democracy, relatedness, harmony, symmetry and balance. Connecting with others does not mean dominating them.
South Node: Let go of anger. . .
North Node: . . . and create peace.
Behind the Nodes, where the edifice stood, light breaks through, rays piercing the sky.  There is a white shadowy shape, softer and more rounded.  It glows warmly.  Pluto and Uranus laugh exuberantly, then grab hands with the Nodes for a happy dance.
Pluto: There it is! The beautiful, safe and loving world I knew we could create!
Uranus: There it is! The beautiful, egalitarian society I knew we could create!
South Node: There it is! A world without war.
North Node: There it is! A world where everyone is heard.
Pluto: I guess I can take a break then.
Uranus: I think we can both take a break. Nodes, would you stick around to help people transition?
North Node: Sure!
The South Node is already lighting little fires to burn off the karmic rubble. The North Node turns her attention to blowing little bubbles of rational calmness, which, when they burst above someone’s head, result in an open-hearted dialogue.
Pluto and Uranus walk off, arm in arm, and for quite some time you can still hear the thunder and feel the distant earth-shaking rumble of their footsteps.
They will be back.

The Uranus-Pluto square is only one milestone in the grand cycle of Uranus and Pluto, which lasts for centuries. That cycle began when Uranus and Pluto formed a conjunction in the middle of the 1960’s. Those were revolutionary times and the present global changes are the next phase of it. This square between Uranus and Pluto is like an earthquake with reverberations that will go on for decades until the next Uranus/Pluto connection, which will be an opposition in 2046. Expect the next level of really big change to happen then.

In the meanwhile, Uranus and Pluto will meet again much sooner, and in a more harmonious way. That connection will be a trine and it begins in July 2026, just 11 years from now. As to what it means, let’s see when we get there.

To read the first article in this series, start here:
http://pandoraastrology.com/blog/uranus-pluto-square-edifice-part1/

To learn more about Pluto and Uranus transits, look here:
This Year’s Stations of Pluto
This Year’s Stations of Uranus

The world-changing square between Uranus and Pluto in Cardinal signs lasts from June of 2012 to March of 2015, and this month its effects are intensified by the addition of Jupiter and Mars, forming a Cardinal Grand Cross (sometimes called a Grand Square) in the sky.  This post is part of a multi-post thread exploring its meanings.  Missed the beginning of this thread?  Start here.

A true “clash of the titans” is happening in the Dreamscape.  The Great Edifice is crumbling (see parts one, two and three of this thread) and Pluto has grappling hooks and rope attached to it.  Uranus arrives in a burst of Aries fire.  

Pluto:  How dare you interrupt me?  I was busy bringing down the Great Edifice!
Uranus:  I won’t allow you to unveil corruption unless it benefits the people.  We can work together only if what we do results in a more liberated populace.
Uranus throws a line up and grapples on from a different angle.  
Pluto:  Are you telling me that you’re going to try and keep this structure up while I am trying to bring it down?
Uranus:  I am the rebel, after all.
Pluto:  I need to weed out the corruption in the system.
He digs in his heels and begins pulling.  The structure starts to topple.
Uranus:  Corruption does need to end, but I don’t agree with all your methods or your agenda.
He begins pulling too.  The structure rights itself.  Jupiter suddenly appears, in a burst of water like a water balloon exploding.
Jupiter:  Hi, everybody!
Pluto (grumpily):  Why do you always act as if we’ll naturally be glad to see you?
Uranus:  And who invited you to the party anyway?
Jupiter:  I don’t need an invitation.  I’ve stepped in to play the part of the Good Fairy and soften the blow for some people during the big changes you are causing.
Jupiter has brought more rope and a grappling hook of his own.  
Jupiter:  This Edifice may fall, but it doesn’t have to crush people.
Pluto:  Are you saying your transits are always good?  Because that’s not what I heard.
Jupiter:  Well, strictly speaking, not exactly. . .
Uranus:  Always the exaggerator!
Jupiter:  Sometimes what I do is magnify whatever’s already happening.
Uranus:  By magnify, do you mean “blow it up?”  Because I’m in Aries, and I love explosives!
Pluto:  You are such a pyromaniac when you’re in Aries.
Jupiter:  I’ve invited a friend who can help us get into agreement about what we’re doing here.  He’s an amazing negotiator.
Mars appears, with his own grappling hook in tow.  He is dressed in a tuxedo, with immaculate hair and . . . white gloves.
Pluto (sarcastically):  Well aren’t YOU looking dapper!
Mars:  Sometimes proper manners and a well-turned phrase are all the offense you need in order to win the day.
Jupiter:  Are you going to kill us with kindness, just because you’re in Libra?
Mars:  Only if I have to.  It’s my firm belief that we can find common ground and negotiate an agreement that’s good for everybody.  And I won’t stand for less.
While talking, Mars has attached his grappling hook to the Edifice and taken up his position opposite Uranus, while Jupiter stands at the fourth wall, opposite Pluto.
Mars:  Now Pluto and Uranus—you don’t easily agree, do you?
Uranus:  That’s an understatement!
Pluto:  True.  But when we do agree, things change rapidly.
Uranus:  No doubt.
Mars:  But you both want evil rooted out and replaced by good, isn’t that so?
Pluto:  Yes, of course.
Uranus:  Naturally.
Mars:  Pluto, you’d like to air the dirty laundry, yes?
Pluto:  That is my area of expertise.
Mars:  Go ahead and do that, because Uranus can help by facilitating some truth-telling on the internet.
Uranus:  I rule the internet and I’m in Aries, so that’s a no-brainer.  Ok, I can line up with that.
Pluto:  I’ve already found the weaknesses in this structure, the fault-lines where the corruption is leaking out—
Uranus:  —And I’ve placed explosives in the cracks and we’ve detonated some.
Mars:  Then you’re well on your way.  Jupiter, how about if you put out some safety nets to catch the people who are sincerely well-intended?
Jupiter:  —You mean the casualties caught in the crossfire, the innocents?
Mars:  Yes exactly.  They need to be protected.
Jupiter:  And they need to be rewarded for using their intuition and getting out of a failing situation in time to save themselves.
Jupiter waves his hand and an elaborate structure of nets and inflatable landing pads appears around the Edifice.  He then reassumes his station at his side of the Edifice, with his rope in hand.
Mars:  Then I’ll just get in position here at my side, with my rope and grapple.  (He does so.)  I’m going to trigger a lot of angry conversations among people involved in this.  Some people are going to have to wake up.  Others will need to back down.  I’m going to fight for peace and equality.
Pluto:  All right then, everyone’s in position?
They all nod.
Pluto:  Here we go!
As each deity pulls, the Edifice begins to crumble and break apart.  Its bright-red interior glows through cracks in its deep, glossy black exterior.  Inside, the faces of human beings can be seen.  Windows in the surface of the Edifice open and people begin jumping out of them.  Some land safely in Jupiter’s nets or on his inflatable pads.  Others hit the ground with a splat and die instantly.  Each person that lands safely is greeted by Jupiter.
Jupiter:  Congratulations, you used your intuition.  You’re safe now.
A small, dazed group of Human Beings is gathering off to the side of the Great Edifice, which is now not so great.  What will be their fate?  See the final post in this series to find out.
To read this thread from the beginning, start here.
Read about Mars Retrograde in Libra here.

Are you caught in the Uranus/Pluto crossfire?
If a planet in your chart is being transited
by these two change-makers,

contact Jamie for an astrology reading
to find out what it means for you.

Our story began with Pluto and Uranus scaling the Great Edifice—and you might want to begin there too.  Now in November of 2013, our story continues.

Uranus has finished placing small explosives in the tiny cracks Pluto has found on the surface of the Great Edifice.  They are ready for the first explosions that will make way for larger ones to come. Human Being is watching in amazement—they really are going to do this.

Pluto and Uranus stand back.  Uranus pushes the button that ignites the first charge.  In a cascade effect, first one charge, then several near that one, then several more, go off.  A red webbing of fire appears in the Edifice’s shiny black surface.  The cracks widen and send fingers out in every direction.  In the cracks, now glowing red, Human Being can see faces and bodies squirming and writhing in pain.

Human:  Wow, that looks like Rodin’s Gates of Hell.
Pluto:  Thank you!  I am proud of my handiwork.
Human:  I wasn’t exactly praising it.  There are people in there!
Uranus:  It’s true that this Edifice is made up of people, after all.
Pluto:  It’s not just a physical construct.  A lot of people had to agree for this structure to come into being.
Human:  Ah I see, and some benefit from it—
Pluto:   –those will be hit the hardest—
Human:  While others have stood by and allowed it to form, because they didn’t know how to do it any differently.
Uranus:  Those may be ready to have a voice now, and this experience may give them that voice.
Pluto:  But when it comes right down to it, all will have to take responsibility for their interaction with the thing.
Human:  Isn’t it possible that it’s not all bad?  Does it really deserve total destruction?
Uranus:  Of course it isn’t all bad.  There are some true humanitarians in here.
Pluto:  Some mean well, and some even have integrity.
Uranus:  They may not all see the whole picture of the thing.
Pluto:  And when disaster strikes, some will come away untouched, will fall through the cracks, while others are destroyed.
Human:  Is that a matter of luck?  Or fate?
Pluto:  It is a matter of being ready for change, of being able to smell it coming.
Human:  But the other ones, the ones who don’t make it—do they have to die?
Pluto:  No of course not, but they have to change!
Uranus:  Change their minds. . .
Pluto:  Change their hearts. . .
Uranus:  Turn their heads around. . .
Pluto:  Find the darkness in their souls and face it. . .
Uranus:  And now they’re stuck with what they found there.
Pluto:  Are they ready for change?  Who knows?  But they have no choice about it now.

This momentous square between Uranus and Pluto lasts from June of 2012 to March of 2015.  Read part 4 here. Missed the beginning of this thread? Start here.

Are you caught in the Uranus/Pluto crossfire?
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Chiron and Pluto meet on a mountaintop.

Pluto: Say, Chiron, I thought we could compare notes on what we’ve been up to this year.
Chiron:  Yeah, that’s why they call this a “summit.”
Pluto:  What?
Chiron:  Never mind. I forgot you have no sense of humor.  So what have you been up to this year?
Pluto:  For a couple of years now, while moving through Capricorn, I’ve been busy pushing people to pursue their ambitions and where people and businesses are unethical, I’ve revealed the corruption.  It hasn’t always been pretty, but I’ve been taking out the garbage.
Chiron:  That’s your specialty.
Pluto:  Yes. What have you been doing since you entered Pisces?
Chiron:  Look at this bridge I’ve built—
Chiron points to a lovely structure that begins on the mountain’s side and juts out into the clouds.
Pluto:  Stunning.  What’s it for?
Chiron:  It connects the physical world with the metaphysical one.  Not everyone is capable of crossing this bridge and even fewer know how to come back.
Pluto:  I know some humans who would be very interested in this bridge.
Chiron:  If they pass your test, they are of high integrity.
Pluto:  True.  And that would qualify them to gain access to spiritual truths and wisdom that they can’t get in the physical world.  Which you show them how to get to.
Chiron:  Right.  Let’s try it.  Got any candidates?
Pluto:  Here are my finest.
Pluto snaps his fingers and a line of Human Beings begins to form, straggling up the mountain.  The first Human looks up every once in a while, straining her eyes for a view of her destination, the beautiful bridge.  She arrives at the summit.
Human Being:  Something inside told me that I should come here, but I don’t know why.
Pluto:  Do you run a business?
Human Being:  I am a CEO, yes.
Pluto:  Do you take responsibility for the well-being of your employees?
Human Being:  That responsibility is theirs, but I provide a pleasant work environment and decent pay.
Pluto:  Does your business offer something to the world that the world needs?  Is it something that builds more than it breaks?
Human Being:  It contributes to people’s lives while destroying none.  I feel good about it.
Pluto:  And is the way you do business in alignment with your core values?
Human Being:  Yes.  It is an expression of my core values.  The founders and owners feel the same.
Pluto:  Then you may pass.
He waves her on.  She steps out to the entry of the bridge, where Chiron stands.
Chiron:  If you continue your business in those ways, I have a gift for you, and a promise.
Human Being:  Oh my!  I had no idea!
Chiron:  The gift is that you will gain access to universal wisdom and deep peace of mind.  Your work/life balance is assured.
Human Being relaxes visibly.
Chiron:  The promise is that, when you reach the end of life and you look back on it all, you will feel that you have lived this life in the right way and you will be satisfied down to your bones.  When you leave your body at the end, the knowledge you gained will be poured into the Universal Coffers where others may partake of it and understand.  Do you see the value of this gift and this promise?
Human Being:  Absolutely I do.
Chiron:  Then go back to your life.  It’s not time for you to cross over yet.  Come back at the end of it all.
Human Being turns and walks silently back down the mountain.
Chiron (to Pluto):  Good candidate.  Got more?
Pluto (gesturing):  There’s a whole line of them here.
Chiron:  We’ll be busy until spring of 2014.
Pluto:  At least!
And so they will, as this harmonious sextile between transformative Pluto and bridge-building Chiron continues through February of 2014.

Read my other post about this Chiron-Pluto sextile here:  Chiron and Pluto at the Alchemical Pool of Healing
And read about other sky events in 2013 here: Planetary Trends in 2013

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Contact Jamie to find out how.

This year going with the flow brings success and fun:
Astrologers are very good at making dire predictions—but what use is that unless they can also tell you when is the BEST time to pursue new ventures?  I’m just the astrologer to let you know that this year, from June of 2013 to June of 2014 is a great time to start a new business or any project you want to go really smoothly.  And that’s because there is a very auspicious alignment of planets building up in the sky.  I’m telling you about it because it’s approaching its peak and I want you to be able to take full advantage of it before it ends.

The alignment is a set of harmonious aspects among five planets:  Saturn, Neptune, Chiron, Jupiter and Pluto.  Each of these planets has at least two harmonious connections going on right now with others of the batch.  This piles goodness upon goodness so that the summer and fall of 2013 is a very lucky and auspicious time for new enterprises of all kinds, and that goodness flows right into the spring of next year.  Most of this harmonious activity is happening in Water signs, with Pluto in an Earth sign connecting nicely with those Water signs and adding some dynamic tension too.

What these planets are up to. . .
Neptune is in Pisces
, a sign it loves to be in, bringing a tremendous sense of flow to this dynamic.  Because Neptune is involved, we have access to oceanic feelings of communion and connection, and our imaginations are fueled.  Our powers of manifestation and “dreaming things real” is at a peak.

Pluto is in Capricorn and Saturn is in Scorpio.  This combination is called a “mutual reception,” as each planet is in the sign the other rules, making them “mutually receptive” to each other’s agendas.  This alignment is all about power, purging corruption, doing the hard work of vulnerable leadership, and living each moment as if it was your last.  I’ve written more about it here.

Chiron the Wounded Healer is in Pisces, bridging the gap between material and spiritual worlds, carrying information from the physical to the metaphysical planes and back again.  You can take advantage of this through prayer, manifestation and other practices that get you into alignment with your spiritual guidance.

And finally, Jupiter will move into Cancer on June 25, 2013, and will quickly get into trine with Neptune, Saturn, then Chiron, completing the Water circuit.  Jupiter will also oppose Pluto, and bring just enough tension into the dynamic to spur all that lazy Water to action.  Jupiter in Cancer is in its all-time favorite sign to occupy, bringing a warm, nurturing feel and encouraging growth gently, as a summer rain encourages flowers to bud and open.

How does this affect me?
If you have a lot of Water in your chart, this astrological activity should feel really good, as if the rest of the world is aligning with the flow that is natural to you.  You may find yourself experiencing luck and being noticed in ways that don’t make you feel overexposed.  If you have lazy Water habits (such as living in codependent relationships, overpowering others with your emotions or draining yourself dry to serve and nurture others), these habits may be indulged this year and you could end up with no progress.  But if you decide to live your Watery side in the best way possible (by being conscious of your feelings but not dramatic, and being intuitive without being invasive), you could find yourself at the top of the heap with very little effort.

And the really good news is that if you are starting a business this year, or having a baby, you can look forward to your “project” having oodles of good karma.  Some kinds of businesses are better suited to this than others; you can see me for a consultation if you’re ready to know more.

This time period is especially good for:

  • healers
  • artists
  • nurses and caretakers of all kinds
  • midwives, doulas, ob/gyns and those involved with birthing
  • hospice workers and those who to assist peaceful death
  • any job that requires compassion and human kindness
  • spiritual and psychic helpers
  • anyone who works with children
  • financial analysts and investors, anyone who works with debt but especially those who assist people in trouble with management of their debt, including bankruptcy lawyers
  • therapists, counselors and coaches, psychologists, psychiatrists and psychoanalysts
  • hypnotherapists
  • . . . and the list goes on.

If you want to know how this year’s Water lineup affects you,
contact Jamie for a reading.

 

Our story began with Pluto and Uranus scaling the Great Edifice—and you might want to begin there too.  Now it’s May of 2013 and they’re at it again.

Pluto and Uranus are busy at the Great Edifice, a huge monolith in the collective astral dreamscape.  Pluto is rappelling on the Edifice’s surface, searching for fault lines.  Uranus is preparing the explosives he will stuff into the fault lines Pluto finds.  The two are figuring out their strategy for bringing the Edifice down.  Human Being is watching all this, feeling a mixture of excitement and terror.  He tugs at Uranus’ arm.

Human:  Why are you doing this?
Uranus:  Good question.  I mean, look at this edifice.  It’s tall.
Pluto:  It’s shiny.
Uranus:  Damned regular.
Pluto:  Yep, not a scratch on it.  Perfectly cubic.
Uranus:  Perfectly PERFECT, you mean.
Pluto:  Right.
Both together:  Something MUST be wrong!
Human:  What do you mean?
Pluto:  There’s got to be something wrong here.  This thing is TOO shiny.  I smell a rat.
Uranus:  How like you. You’re always smelling a rat.
Pluto:  It’s not just paranoia.  Rats are everywhere.
Uranus:  In this case, for once, I totally agree there’s a rat.  I just disagree on your methods.
Pluto:  Yeah sure, but we’ve decided to work together, so how about we try to get along?
Human:  Speaking of methods, does this have to be accompanied by physical chaos?  I mean, can’t a giant structure like this change without having to crush a lot of people under its weight?
Uranus:  Only if you embrace the change that needs to happen.
Pluto:  Then it can happen gently.
Human:  Yes, but how?
Pluto:  Not my job to figure that out.
Uranus:  Not my job either!
Human:  Oh.  You’re saying human beings have to do it.
Uranus:  Good guess!
Pluto:  We’re here to do the work on the archetypal level.  We’re fomenting change inside the human heart.
Uranus:  But you human beings have to do the right thing with the breakthrough ideas we give you. . .
Pluto:  . . . and with the instincts we arouse in you.  Some of you will naturally know how to change the system without violence.
Uranus:  While others will have to blow things up really big in order to be heard.  Maybe because the authorities aren’t open to change.
Pluto:  Maybe because they are hopelessly corrupt.
Human:  So there’s no help for it—this is going to be a mess?
Pluto:  You might have to break a few eggs to make this omelet.
Uranus:  But we guarantee our results.  And—
Human:  I know where you’re going with this!  And each person has freewill about how they choose to respond to this transit, as with every other transit we experience.
Uranus:  Exactly.  So the real question is:  How gracefully can you accept change?  How gracefully can you accept new ideas?
Pluto:  How gracefully can you accept the passing away of the old and the necessity of moving on to the new?
Human:  Let me ponder that for a few months until your next pass, in November of 2013.

And so should we all.

Read part 3 of this post thread.

We return to the Mutual Reception, where Saturn and Pluto are off in a corner, eating canapés and hammering out their agreement for how they’ll work together while they occupy each other’s signs this year.  

Saturn:  This year we are in a harmonious sextile to each other and can easily come to a mutually beneficial agreement.
Pluto:  True.  It’s wonderful how two such different—and strong—personalities can align during a transit like this.  Let’s talk about how you and I can help each other best and what that means.
Saturn:  I think it comes down to conditions.  What conditions do I need you to adhere to, so I can work with you, and what do you need from me?
Pluto:  As long as things are doable and fair, I’m game.
Saturn:  Pluto, I need you to take responsibility for the results of the changes you create.  Who knows what the repercussions will be?  What matters is your integrity, and your ability to respond to those changes in a mature, adult way.
Pluto:  I can line up with that.  Saturn, I need you to be willing to go deep.  I need you to be willing to really, truly change.  I’m not talking about something superficial here, but a deep restructuring down to the very bones.  I’m talking flatten the building and begin again with a new foundation so it can be truly solid.
Saturn:  I like solid of course!
Pluto:  Yes, of course you do.  But are you willing to submit to big, mysterious changes that you won’t understand while you’re in them, in order that things may become more solid?
Saturn:  Sounds like a paradox:  change creates solidity?
Pluto:  Definitely a paradox.  How are we going to do this without becoming a pair of total control freaks?
Saturn:  I don’t know.
Pluto:  Maybe we shouldn’t try.
Saturn:  Control-freaking is rather a strong suit for both of us.  It’s one of the few things we naturally agree on.
Pluto:  Ok, so it’s going to be ok to be a control freak for the duration.  Good—that’s a relief.
Saturn:  As long as it works.
Pluto:  Yes, exactly.  And we may be fundamentally very different, but if we can’t do this together, nobody can.  During our mutual reception, all of humanity will feel the willingness to change their old, entrenched ways because we make it easy for them.  They’ll be able to make pain-free change to ancient traditions that are deep-rooted.  It’s a pretty good offer we’re making them.
Saturn:  I agree.
Pluto:  Thought you would.
Saturn:  Then I can say with confidence that anyone who is willing to—
Pluto:  —to look beneath the surface—
Saturn:  —yes, and take responsibility, be an adult, be professional, be mature and have integrity. . . will be able to—
Pluto:  —change, transform, metamorphose, destroy and rebirth—
Saturn:  —anything they want to.  No matter how entrenched.
Pluto:  No matter.
They shake hands.
Saturn:  Can I pour you a nice single malt scotch?
Pluto:  I prefer bourbon myself.
Saturn:  On the rocks?
Pluto:  You know me—cold and rocky.  You like it neat, I assume.
Saturn:  Yes, sir.
Off they go to the bar, disappearing in the crowd.

This is part 2 of a 3-part thread that began in December of 2012:
Saturn sextiles Pluto at the (Mutual) Reception

This transit is exact on December 26, 2012

Our scene opens at a wine and cheese reception.  Human Being arrives, along with The Astrologer and a host of deities, heroes, demigods, monsters and other fabulous beings.  Some of these are fabulous in the mythical sense, others are fabulously dressed.  We hear the tinkling of a glass being struck by a spoon and quiet fills the room.  The Astrologer steps up to a microphone on one side of the room. 

The Astrologer:  Thank you for joining us tonight for this very special reception.  It’s what we astrologers call a “mutual reception.”  That’s a situation where two planets are occupying each other’s signs.  This doesn’t happen every day.  Please allow me to introduce them to you:  Saturn in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn!
Up steps Pluto, his dark, grumpy brow furrowed and his usually messy black shock of hair well-groomed.  He is wearing a tailored business suit, gun-metal gray, and looks menacingly handsome and intimidating.  Joining him is Saturn in Scorpio, a white-bearded curmudgeon in flowing magician’s robes, carrying a wand and causing a shimmer of invisible power wherever he walks.  Both acknowledge the roar of the audience.  Then they turn to each other and bow lower and lower, each striving to do more honor to the other than received.  The Astrologer interrupts before they hit their heads on the floor.
The Astrologer:  This mutual reception is very important and you may be wondering why.  Here’s why:  Every planet has a mission.  The sign it is in shows how it needs to pursue its mission in order to succeed at it.  To feed its mission, it needs food of the sign it’s in.  It gets that food from the planet that rules that sign.  In today’s case, Pluto makes Scorpio food, which Saturn needs to eat while he’s in Scorpio.  Meanwhile, Saturn makes Capricorn food, which Pluto needs while in Capricorn.  So they feed each other and both planetary missions are speeded and fulfilled.  How about you two showing the audience what this mutual reception is like?  I see you’ve dished up some fine treats.
Pluto and Saturn step up to tables that have been loaded with trays of delicious looking food.
Pluto:  I’m serving up Pluto food—yummy Pluto food.  Get your Transformational Treats here!  Fabulous yummies for your planets in Scorpio, including Intensity Stew and Pickle of Extremes (for those who like being in a pickle).  Oh and be sure to have a Magical Muffin for dessert—there’s no telling what you’ll turn into!
Saturn:  I’m serving up Saturn food—Satisfying Stability, Cute Career Creams and Delightfully Delicious Discipline.  Eat this stuff and the ambitions of all your planets in Capricorn will be well-fed.
Human Being (pipes up from the audience):  They sound good, but why would anyone want to eat them?
Saturn:  Any planet you have in Capricorn feeds off your self-discipline.  If your Saturn is helping you be more disciplined (i.e. making healthy Saturn/Capricorn food), then all your planets in Capricorn will benefit from it.  For example, let’s say you have Mercury in Capricorn.  You like concrete ideas, ideas that are useful and going somewhere.  But Mercury is inherently unfocused.  So you want to focus your mind.  Since it’s in Capricorn, feed that Mercury of yours Capricorn food—self-discipline, structure, goals, etc.—and it will respond with clearer thinking.
Human Being:  Ah—I see.  And you and Pluto are feeding each other right now, yes?
Pluto:  Exactly.  It means that while I’m in Capricorn I can do my job of transformation better when Saturn gives me Capricorn food.  Meanwhile, Saturn in my sign of Scorpio does his job of creating structure better, because I’m feeding him Scorpio food.  Because we feed each other, once we get started it’s practically a perpetual motion machine.
They are standing in the middle of the ballroom, each holding a tray of food and dishing it out into the other’s bowl.  They hold their bowls up to each other and exclaim, “Blessings! May you never hunger!” Then they chow down.
The Astrologer:  I’d just like to point out that the babies born during this sextile of yours will benefit greatly from it.  Tell the audience at home just a bit about the fine traits these babies may enjoy as adults. . .
Pluto (talking with his mouth full):  Well, they’ll be able to trust authority figures.
Saturn (carefully wiping his chin):  Which means they’ll be able to get good mentors, even while they are young.
Pluto:  Which means in turn that they’ll be able to sniff out corruption and avoid it—
Saturn:  Enabling them to more powerfully climb the ladder of success—
Pluto:  And essentially to be unstoppable without being ruthless—
Saturn:  There will be no hardship they won’t be able to overcome—
Pluto:  They will learn to trust life and themselves—
Saturn:  —without having to harden themselves, but just having good, healthy boundaries.
The Astrologer:  That’s great stuff, but there’s more.  Not only are these two in mutual reception, but they are also in a sextile with each other.  This means they are traveling about 60 degrees apart, one-sixth of the zodiac.  It means they are in agreement with each other and ready to have fun together.
Saturn:  I’d say we are in a harmonious conversation.
Pluto:  Yes, exactly—mutually curious about and pleasantly stimulated by each other.  Our twin agendas of achievement and transformation are working together fairly smoothly.
Saturn:  Even though I mostly enjoy building, while I’m in Scorpio I see how building can only happen as part of a cycle that includes death and destruction.
Pluto:  And while I’m in Capricorn I see that corruption must be purged so that forward movement can happen.
Saturn:  And power must be wielded carefully—
Pluto:  —and wisely!
Saturn:  Oh, we certainly agree on that!
The Astrologer:  Let’s move on to the eating part, where everybody can enjoy themselves.
Saturn and Pluto go back to munching happily on all the food while the audience tucks in.

This harmonious sextile relationship between Saturn and Pluto lasts from December of 2012 to September of 2013. More about it here: 

Saturn Sextiles Pluto: Conditions for Success and Deep Change

Uranus and Pluto are involved in a momentous, years-long square in the sky right now.  This is a really big deal and I want to tell you why.

Every pair of planets in the sky has a cycle they go through together, like the cycle of the Sun and Moon that makes the Moon phases we are familiar with.  When the Sun and Moon are conjunct, the Moon appears dark.  We call this a new Moon and it’s the beginning of a month-long cycle.  As the Moon travels on through the zodiac, the Sun also moves forward a bit, and after about a week, they form a 90-degree angle in the sky.  That’s called a square and the Moon appears half-full because the Sun’s light is illuminating it from that 90-degree angle, so we see the half of it that’s nearest the Sun.  Have you ever wondered why a “first quarter” Moon appears half-full?  This is why.

The Sun and Moon then continue travelling until they are exactly opposite each other in the sky (an ‘opposition’).  This is when the Moon appears full, because it’s on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun and we see the sunlight coming from behind us to illuminate its whole face.  After the Full Moon comes the Third Quarter Moon, which again appears half-full and is another 90-degree angle between Sun and Moon, a square.  Finally, yet another week later (for a total of 4 weeks or about a month), the Moon catches up with the Sun and is again new, ending the old cycle and starting another.

Uranus and Pluto are doing this dance also, except their time-frame is much, much larger.  This square is the first time they’ve met up again in the sky since their conjunction (or ‘new’ phase) in the middle of the 1960’s.  That conjunction of Uranus and Pluto was the 1960’s—it defined the times.  It brought the previous, hundreds-of-years-long cycle to a close and ushered in a new era.  Uranus rules revolution and Pluto rules psychological change—these two principles were blended throughout the sixties.  There was tremendous social change, racial integration, draft evasion, encounter groups were invented, hemlines went up, and young people listened to music that terrified their elders.  And I haven’t even mentioned the sexual revolution.  That’s Sexual (Pluto) Revolution (Uranus).

So right now, Uranus and Pluto are in their First Quarter square.  This stressful square lasts from 2012 to March of 2015.  During these several years it will peak in its intensity several times.  When the peaks happen, I’ll try to write blogposts that may give you a feel for this thing and it’s enormity.  Unless I’m too busy experiencing it in my own life, of course.  The following script shows how it might feel to us here on Earth.

Human Being has wandered from his sleeping body and is roaming the great astral plain.  There he spots a sort of dark block, far away at the horizon.  He turns towards it and, as often happens in dreams, suddenly he is standing next to it.  The edifice is black, shiny, massive, monumental, a tower as huge as an Egyptian pyramid.  Human cranes his neck but cannot see the top, which reaches into the sky and blots out the stars.  On its face climbs a small figure, hanging from a cord.  The figure quickly rappels down the face and greets Human.  It is Pluto, dressed in black and masked, like a ninja.  He is almost impossible to see against the dark, deep black of the structure behind him.    

Pluto:  What are you doing here?
Human (shrugs):  I’m one of those who can see things others can’t. (points at the edifice) What is it?
Pluto:  I don’t know, because I only see the archetypal.  What we’re looking at is the dream-world image of the thing.  The thing behind the thing.  It’s an edifice, a great big one.  I don’t know how it actually manifests in the physical world.  Maybe it’s a government.  Maybe it’s a corporation.  It’s an institution of some kind, that’s for sure.
Human:  Why are you climbing on it?
Pluto:  I’m looking for fault lines.
Human: What will you do when you find them?
Pluto:  I’ll press on them until they break open. Then this structure will have to change.
Human:  That makes me nervous.  And why are you dressed up like a ninja?
Pluto (proudly):  I look like a character from Mission Impossible.  No—I look like James Bond!
Human:  But you’re a god!  Aren’t you beyond that?
Pluto:  Yeah, sure I’m a god.  But I still like looking like James Bond.
Another figure appears at the bottom of the building.
Human:  Who’s that?
Pluto cranes his neck to see.
Pluto:  Oh that’s Uranus.  Who invited him to the party?
Uranus is wearing a fiery orange coat. He’s concealing something inside of it.
Pluto:  Hey, Captain Obvious!  Go away.  Can’t you see that if this tower is to come down, it has to be done by stealth?
Uranus:  Ridiculous.  If true change is to occur, everyone has to see it happen, or else it won’t stick.  Things will just go back to the way they were.
Pluto:  Absurd.  I’m going for nothing less than a full-on, cellular-level metamorphosis.  That can only happen in darkness.  Going to transform this puppy into something really useful.
Human:  Uh, do you know what that useful thing is yet?
Pluto:  Heck no!
Uranus:  I have a plan too.
Pluto:  Of course.  What is it?
Uranus:  I plan to break this thing down into its tiniest pieces, then reform them into something better, something bigger, something more all-inclusive.
Pluto:  Perhaps we should work together then.
Uranus:  Sounds good—how about you find the fault-lines and I’ll plug them with the explosives I brought.  Then we’ll blow the thing open and search the rubble for whatever meaningful endures.
Human:  Um, guys—have you thought about what this structure is?
Pluto:  All I care about is that it’s decrepit, decaying, dying and I must destroy it.
Uranus:  All I care about is that it’s forgotten how to remain flexible and I must replace it with something more progressive.
Human:  Have you thought about what humans will do without this structure while it finds its new shape?
Uranus and Pluto look at each other in delight.
Uranus:  Probably lots of chaos, don’t you figure?
Pluto:  Disorder, change, disruption.
Uranus:  Sounds good to me!
And back to work they go.

If you think this story bears some resemblance to the events of September 11, 2001, you would be right.  But that’s not why I wrote it this way.  It’s just a metaphor, not a prediction.  The edifice represents institutions of all kinds, and the social structures behind the physical buildings.

What changes will occur as Uranus and Pluto do their work?  I don’t know, but chances are good we will look back at this period as interesting times.

The story continues here.

Our old friend Pluto turns direct again on Monday, September 17, and he’s bringing to a close this year’s underworld journey by showing up, right on schedule, to take out the garbage.  Pluto has traveled several degrees backwards and today turns his face forwards again.  He will now retrace forwards the same steps he made backwards during the last few months, bringing a death-and-rebirth experience for everyone who is having a Pluto transit this year.

(read more. . .)

We find Chiron and Pluto in a dark cave, by an underground pool that glows with a magical light.  Chiron appears as a gentle, matronly woman with a kind face, dressed in green, flowing robes.  Pluto is dressed in flowing magenta robes and is wearing a fond, open expression that softens his harsh, hawk-like features.  They are beside the pool, stirring it with long staffs, occasionally tasting its contents with small spoons they carry in their pockets.

Pluto (putting his spoon away in a pocket):  That’s a very good blend, if I do say so myself.
Chiron:  Yes, this should work nicely.  Oh look, here comes the next one.
A Human Being, eyes closed and deeply asleep, shambles into the chamber.  
Pluto:  I’ve got this one.
Pluto takes Human Being by the arm and guides him to stone steps that lead down into the pool.  When he’s fully immersed, Pluto seats him on a stone bench built into the pool that brings the water just to his neck.
Human Being (sighing deeply):  I didn’t know this was possible.
Chiron (whispering to Pluto):  They always say that.
Pluto:  Yeah, they just don’t get that change is possible.  Do you know that’s one of the biggest questions humans go around asking themselves and each other?
Chiron:  Which question?
Pluto:  “Is it possible to change, really change in a deep way.”  They habitually doubt it.  It’s like an epidemic down there on Earth.
Chiron:  They also doubt that it can be done without pain, and they don’t believe trauma and wounding can really heal completely.
Pluto:  It makes me sad.  My business is change—
Chiron:  —Well do I know it!
Pluto:  —and it’s frustrating to do all my good work in the world and have it go unseen and unappreciated.
Chiron:  Humans are mere mortals.  They have such tiny life-spans.  Your 250-year cycles are too long for them to make use of.  They can barely make use of my 50-year cycles.  They don’t have time to come to understand themselves through your long-term alchemical process of change.  At least they try.
Pluto:  They die trying.
Human Being stirs, murmurs, his eyelids flutter.
Chiron (grabbing Pluto’s sleeve):  Hey, I think something unusual is happening!
Human Being wakes up and looks around himself in alarm.
Human:  Where am I?
Chiron (takes his hand calmly):  You’re in the Alchemical Pool of Healing.  It’s going to be all right.  You’re only changing.
Human (fearfully):  I’m changing?!
Pluto:  Yes, for the better.  And it won’t hurt.  You could have slept through it.
Human:  Can I do that while awake?
Chiron:  You are one of the unusual ones.
Pluto:  Yes, but most people don’t want to.  Even if it doesn’t hurt.
Chiron:  Most people don’t want to change at all, anyway, anyhow.
Human:  I do.  I’m ready.  Please tell me what I can do to help it along.
Pluto and Chiron look at each other in surprise, then back at Human Being.
Pluto:  Well, ok.  It begins with a full-being scrubdown.  It happens on all levels—emotional, physical, mental and spiritual.  It goes way deeper than words.  I’m in charge of that part.
Chiron:  You have to trust and be vulnerable for that.
Human:  No kidding!
Pluto:  It’s about purging and letting go of the old.
Chiron:  You have to find the old thing that’s still stuck today.  That’s my department.
Human:  How do I do that?
Chiron:  It’s usually disguised as something painful that’s happening right now, a sort of trigger-point.
Pluto:  You’ll know because it’s a place in your life where you feel like a victim, where you haven’t taken your power back.
Chiron:  Then you have to get clear on which aspects of the experience are current and which are old, crusty grime from your past.
Pluto:  Then you have to remove that old grime.
Chiron:  —but gently!
Pluto:  —and you have to really let it go, along with resentment about it.  You can’t afford to continue holding onto resentment, entitlement or victimhood.  These are the final things that hold you back when you try to grow your power and initiative.
Chiron:  When you let it go, the new thing that’s bothering you in the present—the thing that triggered you and set you off—will go with it.
Pluto:  Then you have to practice not passing it on to someone who reminds you of yourself.
Chiron:  True.
They pause to stir the pool a little, then tuck their staffs into a notch at the side of the pool.  
Pluto:  A human being is a library of experience.  You can take an old book off the shelf anytime.  You call this memory; we call it the eternal Now because we know there is no difference.  The past, present and future are all one thing wrapped up together, written in your heart and in your very cells.  Your body remembers—ask it.
Chiron:  To survive, you’ve had to press down the pain.  Now it’s hardened—is it dross or diamond?  It’s up to you to recover it and find out.
Pluto:  I see we’ve made you think, but don’t think too long—take action.
Chiron:  Yes, take action towards your own healing, because we don’t usually operate as gently as this. If we have to come back and do surgery, you won’t like that very much.
Pluto:  Are you sure you want to be awake for this?
Human Being climbs out of the pool and puts on a robe that’s lying there.
Human:  Yes.  I’m ready to go back to my life and do the work.
Chiron:  Then you have our blessing.
Pluto and Chiron touch Human’s forehead, and show him the way back to his everyday life.

In the first two articles of this series, I looked at what happens when Pluto and Jupiter get together in the sky and form a stressful square:
Jupiter Squares Pluto: Going To Extremes
Jupiter And Pluto Go On A Binge
This month’s square is their final pass, so their influence will be fading quickly after February of 2011 ends.

Today’s story finds them sitting on Mount Olympus, contemplating the landscape.
Jupiter:  I love a view from a lofty height like this.  I can see forever and I can really get the big picture this way.
Pluto:  This is not my favorite view—I prefer to look underneath things.
Jupiter:  You always get so dark when you do that.  You like to find the darkest, grittiest, ugliest thing at the bottom of something and point it out.
Pluto:  And you have a way of overlooking what matters.  I put human beings through their own dark places.  It’s my job and I’m very good at it.
Jupiter:  Yeah, but I’m the king of the gods.  I help people see the heights they’re capable of.  That’s more important.
Pluto:  Not in my world.  In the underworld, I’M king.  You can’t even get in unless I let you.
Jupiter:  Oh, I can get into the underworld anytime.  I just don’t usually want to.  It’s not the best vacation spot.
Pluto:  But important things are going on there!
Jupiter:  Stop pleading, Pluto.  It doesn’t look good on you.  Make your point.
Pluto:  I will.  People need a place to go when they die.  They need a concept of hell to sober them up while they’re alive.  They need a way to work off bad behavior.  They need a well of souls to rejoin after death and to be reborn out of.
Jupiter:  I just don’t get why this stuff matters.
Pluto:  It may not matter to you, but it matters to human beings.  You’re a god.  You live forever.  You don’t die, can never be reborn.  A human being can become a little bit more like a god by going through death and rebirth.  That’s why I’m here.  To make it possible for a human being to burn away his mortality and become his finest, greatest self.
Jupiter:  Who’s making himself sound important now?
Pluto:  Here, I’ll show you what I mean.
Pluto grabs Jupiter’s arm and whisks them both away to the underworld.  It is a dark, dreary place.  They stand in an empty landscape where everything is in shades of gray.  A Human Being trudges along, unaware of the presence of the gods.
Pluto:  This human is experiencing what they call a “long, dark night of the soul.”  Eventually, he will come out the other side of it and find that he has changed in a very fundamental way.  He will be a new person.
Jupiter strikes a light.  It flares up brilliantly.  The Human Being perks up.
Pluto:  (putting the light out) Hey, don’t do that!
Jupiter:  Why not?
Pluto:  This human hasn’t gotten to the end of his journey yet.
Jupiter:  But you just said the journey through the darkness has to end sometime.
Pluto:  He has to suffer some more first.  Then he will get to the light at the end of the tunnel.  It will happen naturally in the time that’s right for him.
Jupiter:  Who are you to say that I didn’t just provide the light at the end of the tunnel?
Pluto:  I’m the Lord of the Underworld, that’s who!
Jupiter strikes another light and illuminates it even more.
Pluto:  Cut that out!
Jupiter:  (moving away from Pluto and turning the light up.  The Human Being reaches for the light with a look of hope on his face.) No, I won’t.
Pluto (roaring) You’re RUINING IT!  This is supposed to be scary!
Jupiter laughs and runs around with the light, totally confusing the Human Being and keeping just ahead of Pluto.
Jupiter:  Thought I’d shed a little light on the subject.
Pluto:  You bring humor into the most inappropriate places.  This is a serious matter.  This Human is experiencing real tragedy and you’re making fun of it.  False hope only adds to the anguish.
Jupiter:  Can’t take a joke, can you?  There’s nothing so serious in life that a little lightening-up won’t help.  Humor is the best way.
Pluto:  You’re going to leave this Human with the idea that the gods are laughing at his troubles.
Jupiter:  Aren’t they?
Pluto:  No!
Jupiter:  Maybe this Human will learn to laugh at his own pain and not take himself so seriously.  Laughter and tears are sometimes very close to each other.  You should take yourself less seriously too.  Oh, and the joke’s on you—told you I could get into the underworld whenever I wanted to.  Nah-nahhhhh!
Pluto:  You’re insufferable!
Jupiter:  I’ve been called that before.
Pluto:  You’re nothing but a giant gas—oops, I mean gas giant.
Jupiter:  Caught you making a joke!
This is getting ugly, so we’ll draw a curtain over the scene here, Gentle Reader.

Suffice it to say that when Jupiter and Pluto get into conflict, sometimes we find ourselves making fun of a bleak situation, just to find some light—any light at all—in the darkness.

This month is the final pass of the Pluto-Jupiter square.  If you have anything at all in 7 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, you’re probably feeling it.  And if you have Jupiter and Pluto together in your birth chart (in any aspect at all—conjunction, sextile, square, trine, quincunx or opposition), most likely you tend toward extremes and a dark (sometimes inappropriately) sense of humor.

Our old friend Pluto has turned direct this week (on Monday, September 13, 2010, to be exact) and he’s bringing to a close this year’s underworld journey.  What follows is a repost from last year, with dates updated for 2010.

Yup, Pluto is showing up, right on schedule, to take out the garbage.  Today Pluto turns direct, ending his yearly backwards journey.  Pluto has traveled several degrees backwards and today turns his face forwards again.  He will now retrace forwards the same steps he made backwards during the last few months, bringing a death-and-rebirth experience for everyone who is having a Pluto transit this year.

This Is A Pivotal Day
If you are one of the millions of people having a Pluto transit this year, today may be pivotal for you.  Around April 7, you came to realize you were facing a big life-change and since then, you’ve been re-evaluating some the area of your life that’s changing.  You’ve been examining it and mulling it over.  Perhaps you’ve been researching it.  Basically, you’ve been asking yourself, “What is this part of me that wants to transform right now?  How have I lived this part of me in the past and what is it turning into for the future?”

This week you’ll experience a pivotal day.  It may be that you realize your internal quest for understanding is over.  You’ve come to clarity.  You’ve recognized the change that needs to occur and you’re ready to implement what you’ve learned.  You can now gear up to act on that recognition, sometime in the next few months (between now and January of 2010).

“What is a Pluto transit like . . .”
A Pluto transit is distinct, because it feels like dying.  You may feel at times as if you are in meltdown and you don’t know what you are doing in the area of life (i.e. planet in your chart) that’s being affected.  Pluto is asking you to let go in this area, to let something die so that it can be reborn.  Pluto is asking you to search underneath the surface for the essence of this part of you.  And Pluto is demanding that you let go of the old ways, so the new ways can emerge, regardless of how uncomfortable (sometimes very uncomfortable!) that might be.

“. . . and how do I know when I’m having one?”
First of all, you know by feel.  If what I’ve described resonates for you, it’s likely you are having a Pluto transit.  (If it resonates, but only a little, you may be having a transit, but by a planet other than Pluto.)  Transits are almost always accompanied by real-world events, which are woven into your experience of the change.  Transits feel distinct when they are happening, and the sensation distinctly fades as they end.  When a transit is over, your preoccupation with its themes quickly fades as your attention becomes grabbed by a different transit.  Occasionally a person will have no major transits at all for a time period (weeks, say, or months), but that’s pretty rare.

If you don’t have your chart, or don’t know how to read your chart, you might want to order your own personal Astrology Chart Decoder.  This is a special tool I’ve invented that puts your chart’s details in English, instead of astrology symbols.  Your Decoder tells you where every planet in your chart is located:  the sign it’s in, the house it’s in and the exact degree it occupies.  When you’ve got your Decoder in front of you, check to see if you have anything at all in 2, 3, 4 or 5 degrees of Capricorn, Cancer, Aries or Libra.  If you do, you are definitely having a Pluto transit this year.  This would account for the feelings of meltdown.

“What do I do now?”
You can ponder on it and get into alignment with the change that’s happening.  This way you can take advantage of it while it’s happening, and not feel like a victim of it.  Transits are not fatalistic events that happen to us—they are our greater Selves reaching out into life and drawing toward us the events and experiences that will help (or force) us to grow beyond our old selves.  These changes are always the next thing you wanted to experience at the time and the more you regard them with appreciation, awe and a willingness to take them on, the better your experience will be.  Even at the 11th hour, you can turn around even the harshest transit into something that leaves you in a better place.

For more insight on a transit, you can schedule a reading of it, which will help you get very clear about what this change is that’s happening in your life, how to handle it and make it turn out well, how long it will last, how various phases of it will feel and (not least!) when it will be over.  You might have several changes going on at once and if you do, this could help distinguish one from another.  The best thing you can get out of a reading is how to align with the deeper meaning behind the surface of your changes and accept the gift Pluto is bringing you.

Pluto’s Gift
Pluto’s gift changes according to the planet it is transiting of course, but one theme always remains the same.  Pluto offers the knowledge of essence—the heart, the center of this piece of you, its essential nature.  Pluto does this by stripping away all that is not essential and shows you that you will be ok without all that stuff.  Pluto says, “you don’t need that garbage!” and takes it away before you are ready because, left to our own devices, we’re never ready.  That’s ok—Pluto will always show up eventually, to take out the garbage.

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This month Saturn and Pluto meet in a clash of wills.  This is the third—and blessedly final—pass of their difficult square, which began last November.  This square is causing people everywhere to feel as if they are caught between the proverbial rock (Saturn) and hard place (Pluto).  This pairing IS the recession, in a nutshell.  Here’s a scene to illustrate it.

Pluto and Saturn have caught a Human Being and put him in a vise.  Saturn is pushing from one side and Pluto the other.  The Human is in torment.
Human Being:  When will this pressure let up?
Saturn:  I won’t let up until you succeed in the way you’re supposed to.  I have high standards for you.
Pluto:  I won’t let up until you face your demons.  There’s a ton of repressed, buried, hidden psychological garbage deep inside you that I demand you look at.
Human Being:  I give up.
Saturn:  You’re not even allowed to do that.  Every day you have to get up out of bed, drag yourself to work and at least show your face.  If you can do more, more will be demanded of you.  You must become excellent under pressure.
Pluto:  Meanwhile, your darkness beckons.  How about a drink?  Are you craving something sugary and fatty?  How about some pot?  Or perhaps you’re ready for something harder and more illegal. . .
Saturn:  Don’t take that stuff.  No matter how it feels.
Human Being:  Why not?
Saturn:  It relieves the stress for only a short time and then you feel worse.
Human Being:  I’d do anything to feel better right now.
Pluto:  I’ve got the stuff for you!  How about sex?  Mmm, yummy hormones?
Saturn:  Believe me, you don’t want it.  You’re barely holding it together.
Human Being:  Hey wait a minute, guys.  I saw an astrologer the other day.  She told me that if I give you what you really want, you’ll let up on me.
Saturn (taken aback):  That’s true.
Pluto:  But you have to figure out what it is.
Human Being:  I’ve been studying up on this.  Saturn, you want me to take responsibility.
Saturn:  Yes.  Then I’ll stop the endless stream of self-judging messages I’ve put in your head.
Human Being:  And Pluto, you want me to go through a metamorphosis, right?  A kind of death-and-rebirth process?
Pluto:  Yes.  It has to involve an emotional purge.  And until you do it, your demons will nip at your heels.
Human Being:  This is a dilemma—how do I surrender to both processes at once?  How do I let go of attachments and face my uncomfortable cravings for Pluto’s sake and also hold to my promises for Saturn’s sake?
A light bulb goes off over Human Being’s head.  It glows brightly.
Human Being:  Hey, I’ve got it!  Saturn, I want you to build me a structure.  Make it extremely strong, strong enough to withstand even the worst Pluto can deal out.
Saturn:  Huh.  Ok.  How’s this?
He waves his hand and a giant cauldron appears.  It’s made of iron and has thick walls.
Human Being:  That’s perfect.  Now, Pluto, put your strongest phoenix-solvent into the cauldron.
Pluto cackles with glee and waves his hand.  A molten, fiery liquid pours itself into the cauldron from thin air.  The Human Being gulps in fear.  He takes off all his clothes and folds them carefully until he is standing, shivering and buck naked, before the cauldron.
Human Being:  Ok, here goes!
He jumps into the cauldron.
Human Being:  Oh God that hurts!
Pluto:  You did this to yourself, you idiot!
Human Being (sweating buckets)Self-sabotage is the flip side of transformation.  I’m changing into a finer form of myself.
Saturn:  Honor your promises!
Human Being (weeping uncontrollably):  I’m doing that, even though it takes everything I’ve got.
Pluto:  Life isn’t fair—you deserve better than this!
Human Being (raging and flailing):  That may be so, but it doesn’t mean I get to act out in my friendships, my family, my marriage or my career.
Saturn:  When are you going to finally be recognized for how hard you work?
Human Being (laughing hysterically):  I don’t know, but I do know that if I respect myself, then others will respect me too.
His body is being cooked down, burnt to a crisp.  But something else is happening too—something miraculous.  He is beginning to glow with a preternatural light.  He is beginning to look angelic.
Human Being:  Now I understand!  Being the best me possible is worth the effort.  Not just for what the things it will get me, but for the power of knowing who I really am.  I finally feel like the real me for the first time in my whole life.  Now I truly have peace.
By now, the weird fiery liquid has subsided.  What remains is an ashy dust.  He steps out of the cauldron, a shining being.
Human Being:  Thank you.  Both of you.  That experience was exactly what I needed.
Saturn (to Pluto):  Do you think we succeeded in scaring him?
Pluto:  No, damn it.  In fact, I think he’s one of us now.  He’s a god.
Human Being (looking at the glow of his own hands):  Woah.

Let your integrity force you to do what is right during these trying times.  They are times of testing for us all.  Allow the pain of it to burn away everything that isn’t truly you.  You don’t have to destroy your whole life to make it through this process.  Your essence will emerge unscathed.

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Saturn and Pluto Square Off: Discipline Meets Death

When last we saw Jupiter and Pluto, they were just dragging themselves shakily away from a crash landing.  Today we find them in Jupiter’s (very messy) living room, occupying a stuffed chair and outdated, falling-apart sofa, looking at some objects on the coffee table.

Jupiter:  Pass me the pipe.
Pluto passes the pipe, after stuffing it with high-grade but indeterminate stuff that could have come from any country or century on Earth.  Jupiter takes a big puff, then emits giant, deity-sized smoke rings.
Jupiter:  Ah, this is the life.
Pluto:  But how about the death?
He’s closely examining some harder drugs that are lying around on the coffee table, along with several baggies of miscellaneous pills and some half-finished bottles of the hardest liquor available.
Pluto:  What do you think would happen if we took all these at once?
Jupiter:  We’d die.
Pluto:  I could swear we’ve already established that we can’t do that.  We’re gods.  So, really—what do you think would happen?
Jupiter:  Dude, you always ask me questions like that.  You know I’m not the guy to stop you.
Pluto (smirking):  Yeah, leave that to Saturn, the old prude.
Jupiter:  But he’s not here!
They give each other the high-five and go back to the drugs and drug-taking paraphernalia.
Pluto:  Hey, how about we take all these, then go find a bunch of nymphs—
Jupiter:  How about a LOT of nymphs?
Pluto: —and then try to jump out a building?
Jupiter:  Been there, done that.
Pluto:  Then what’s left?
Jupiter:  I really don’t know.
Pluto:  It’s a good thing we don’t have mortal bodies.
Jupiter:  Yeah, because we sure know how to abuse them.  What makes us do it?
Pluto:  I’m drawn to intense, edgy experiences and you love adventure for its own sake.
Jupiter:  Yeah, but why do you have to be so extremely dark?
Pluto:  Can’t help it.  I’m the Lord of the Underworld.  Don’t really like the sunlight.
Jupiter:  I think I’ll find my limit before you do, and that’s saying something.
Pluto (with an evil grin):  Race you!
Jupiter:  You know I can’t resist a challenge like that!  On 3!
Pluto:  One. . .
Jupiter:  Two. . .
Pluto:  Three!
They quickly stuff everything edible into their mouths, chasing it with the alcohol, then smoke everything smokable and snort everything snortable.
Pluto (reeling dizzily):Oh wow!
Jupiter:  Wow-de-wow!
Pluto:  And double-wow!
Eyes rolling up in their heads, both collapse on the floor.  Several centuries later, Jupiter begins to stir.
Jupiter (rolling over and smacking Pluto on the face): Hey, Pluto, wake up!
Pluto:  Hunh?
Jupiter:  What just happened?
Pluto:  Unh.  Dunno.
Jupiter:  Wake up, Pluto, I’m bored!  What can we do next?
Pluto:  When my headache goes away, I’ll think of something.

This is part 2 of what will become a 3-part thread about the current Jupiter-square-Pluto.
Part One is here:  Jupiter and Pluto Go To Extremes

These two obviously have a lot of potential for stirring up trouble when they get together.  But while Pluto’s addictive and self-destructive tendencies tend to be accelerated by the presence of Jupiter, it’s well to remember that Pluto rules not only the lowest lows, but also the highest highs—and Jupiter is capable of accelerating those as well.  The final installment of this thread (which will be posted in February of 2011) will look more closely at those highest highs.

“Darling I don’t know why I go to extremes
Too high or too low, there ain’t no in-betweens
And if I stand or I fall
It’s all or nothing at all
Darling I don’t know why I go to extremes” *

That’s Billy Joel talking (see link below).  He may not know why he goes to extremes but I know—it’s because he’s got Pluto square his Sun in his chart.  That combination tends to make a person intense and attracted to edgy experiences.  He’s also got Jupiter in trine to his Moon, making him a large personality, generally benevolent and adventuresome, but also likely to have a bigger emotional reaction than events around him call for.  I mention it because these lyrics are a great illustration of what happens when Jupiter and Pluto hang out together.

This year Pluto and Jupiter will meet in the sky three times, beginning in July and finishing in February.  During this period, their conversation might go something like this:

Jupiter and Pluto have met on the top of Mount Olympus.  Pluto is dressed for scuba diving and carries a large bottle of vodka.  Jupiter is dressed for skydiving and gear is hanging off him in a haphazard way.
Jupiter:  Why are you wearing scuba gear on a mountaintop?
Pluto:  I figure if I start all the way up here, it will be longer before I hit bottom.
Pluto takes a swig of vodka.
Jupiter:  You do realize that you’re not supposed to drop from very high above sea level to very far below sea level, right?  Decompression sickness can kill you.
Pluto:  That rule’s just for people.  I’m an immortal, everlasting deity.  Nothing kills me!
Jupiter:  You’re also not supposed to drink and dive.
Pluto:  I can’t believe you’re telling me this.  I may be bleary, but even I can tell your safety gear is not in place.  Now why would that be?
Jupiter:  Well I’m a god too, obviously.  If I hit the ground it hurts—for a little while.  Then I just get up again, completely good to go.
Pluto:  Exactly.  And you know what I’ve noticed. . .
He leans toward Jupiter conspiratorially.
Pluto:  . . . even the pain part is kind of nice.  Sometimes I get so hardened that it’s hard to shock me.  I like feeling intense things every once in awhile.
Jupiter:  Hey, let me have one of those fins.  Maybe we could share air as we go down.
Pluto:  If you tie me into your parachute.  No doubt we’ll still plummet pretty fast, with two of us on one chute.
Jupiter:  This is hella fun, why didn’t we think of this before?
Pluto:  Not your usual suicide pact, but I’m Lord of the Underworld so death is not new to me.
They proceed to make all the adjustments, then grab each other, run to the edge and jump.
Jupiter & Pluto:  WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!
This is followed by a huge crash.  Somewhere on Earth there is an earthquake, a tsunami and a volcano also erupts.
Jupiter & Pluto:  Ugh.  Umph.  Urgh.
They peel themselves off the ground.
Jupiter (eyes gleaming):  Let’s do that again!
Pluto:  You betcha!

This insane combo may have us feeling like a little risk-taking is in order, because Pluto’s tendency to extremes is only made bigger by the presence of Jupiter.  Watch yourself over the upcoming period, through Feburary of 2011, because nobody’s making these two follow safety rules.

* Here’s Billy Joel singing “I Go To Extremes” on youtube.

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“Wake up!” says Pluto.  “Recently I initiated some part of you into a death-and-rebirth experience.  Now I’m telling you again:  this is a time of profound change.”

Today Is A Pivotal Day
When a planet turns retrograde it makes a pivot in the sky and also creates a metaphorically “pivotal” experience for human beings.  Today, that planet is Pluto.  It’s as if Pluto is telling us, “You can’t go on avoiding this change forever.  Today I’m delivering a wake-up call.”  If Pluto is touching a planet in your chart this year, this message is for you and it will have very specific meaning, depending on what planet that is.  That planet, and the part of you it represents, is being melted down to its essence.  After this period, that part of you will be fundamentally changed.  Today is the peak of Pluto’s wake-up call, but it could happen anytime within 5 days surrounding today.

Initiation Leading To An Inner Journey
Sometime between now and the end of last November Pluto showed us an area of life in which we are due for a change.  What he delivered was an initiation and it was our first chance to catch a clue about the profound metamorphosis to come.  That clue may have been obvious or it may have been subtle, but we’ve been shown a place in our life that would benefit from letting go of control and accepting that the old way of being must go so that a new way may be born from its ashes.

The clue was delivered, but did we notice?  It’s human to go into denial.  During the winter we may have said to ourselves, “Maybe I don’t have to do anything about this.  Maybe it was just a one-time thing.  Maybe I can just move on.  Maybe I can get away without paying attention to this.”

Or maybe not.  Today Pluto turns up the volume and gives us a reminder.  “That metamorphosis you’re going through?” he says, “You’d better get with the program.”  Today, Pluto’s retrograde journey begins and with it begins our journey inward to discover what part of us needs to be allowed to die and how we can accept that death and grieve its loss.  Only after we grieve can new life spring from the old.  The upcoming few months of Pluto retrograde will demand that we trust our own process and allow things to unfold as they must.  Pluto’s retrograde journey lasts until the day it turns direct, which is September 13, 2010.

Where Must We Face Death, Loss And Change?
The sign Pluto is in tells us how it will affect us.  Right now Pluto is in Capricorn, a practical, ambitious Earth sign.  While traveling through Capricorn, Pluto will transform our relationship to structure, discipline, order and career.  Pluto asks, “How do you handle structure?  Are you self-disciplined?  Do you have good, healthy order in your life?  Are you on a meaningful and purposeful career track?  Are you building something real, concrete and useful to leave behind when you die?”

Pluto says, “There are things you need to let go of.  Things that aren’t serving you.  Places where you stop yourself from having the discipline, integrity and ambition you really want to have.  I’m taking those things away from you now.  You don’t need them anymore.  You won’t know that at first–in fact, at first it will feel like you yourself are dying.  But you’re not.  You’re just changing.  Let go of those things you don’t need.  Grieve them.  Then watch new life spring from the old.  This is always my promise to you:  new life comes from the passing of the old.”  Pluto says, “This is me helping you get out of your own way.”

Is This Story Your Story?
If this resonates for you, it may be that you are personally touched by this transit.  Pluto may be triggering a planet in your own chart, thus bringing these themes up for you.  This year Pluto is covering the space between 2 and 5 degrees Capricorn.  If there is anything in your chart in 2, 3, 4 or 5 degrees of Capricorn, Cancer, Libra or Aries, you will feel this.  And knowing it can help a lot if you’ve been feeling like you’re melting down and like you want to hide under the covers and you’re generally more sensitive this year than usual.  Pluto may be trying to tell you something important, and if you listen, your discomfort will ease and the change you’re in can begin to flow instead of paining you.

What Area Of Your Life Is Being Affected?
Good question.  It will have to do with the planet in your chart that’s being triggered by Pluto.  If it’s Mercury, Pluto is metamorphosing your mind and killing off old ways of thinking.  If it’s Venus or Juno, Pluto is metamorphosing your relationships, giving you the possibility of a whole new way of being in relationship in the future.  If it’s your Sun, the very core of you is being melted down and reshaped into a whole new person you will not even recognize.  But whatever it is, you’ll have that feeling of emotional intensity, grief and loss and a powerful need to assert control as everything around you melts down.  That’s Pluto.  He’s a Big Scary Monster to meet in a dark alley, but his gifts are great.  Because he lives in each of us, we all have the ability to leave behind our caterpillar ways and become the butterfly we always meant to be.

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I’m not one of those doom-saying astrologers.  I won’t rant about how the world’s going to end in 2012 (or any other year).  But Saturn square Pluto is starting this month and going through August of 2010 and it’s serious.  It really is heavy. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t let you know how serious it is and how to cope with it.

Saturn is the archetype of the Wise Old Man, the Mentor, the Father Figure, the Authority.  When Saturn comes along, he reminds us of our duties, our obligations and the seriousness of the situation.  Saturn brings a reality check, sometimes a harsh one.

Pluto is the Phoenix.  He transforms everything he touches, putting it through a metamorphosis, a long dark night of the soul.  He brings a symbolic death-and-rebirth experience.  He also represents our instincts, that part of us that ferrets out the underlying truths.

These are both heavy archetypes and they are in a square to each other, which astrologers traditionally view as a stressful relationship.  A square feels frustrating and obstructive to both parties.  They are not coming to the table ready to negotiate, but ready to ‘square off.’  They’re in a fighting mood.

Here’s a snippet of conversation between the two:
Saturn: I’m the ultimate authority figure.  I’m strong and solid and I have respect for the wisdom of the elders.  I represent the continuity of culture and its rules.
Pluto: I doubt you.  I think there’s something fishy behind everything you say and do.  I think you have an interest in maintaining your position and you don’t really care about the people you have charge of.
Saturn: I’ve been in charge for a very long time.  The people put me here.  I do what I do to take care of them.  I hold communities together.  I provide the rules people live by and the punishments that keep them in line.
Pluto: You have ulterior motives.  I won’t be happy until I uncover every last slimy thing you’ve ever done and hold it up to the light of day.
Saturn: Don’t even think about crossing me.
Pluto: You know you can’t win.  You have a trail of slime behind you a mile wide.  I can smell it.
Saturn: No way—I’ve kept my past clean.  I am a person of integrity.
Pluto: I think you’re corrupt.  I’ll be watching you.  One false move and you’re out.

That was a view of Pluto obstructing Saturn.  But one can just as easily see Saturn obstructing Pluto:
Saturn: Pluto, I’ve noticed that you love intense experience.
Pluto: Yes, I do.  I like life on the edge.  I like passion.
Saturn: You can get pretty compulsive sometimes.
Pluto: I like the sensation of falling.  I like life pulling at me and I like pulling at others.
Saturn: You become addicted to things too easily.  You get lost in your compulsions and lose your good judgment.
Pluto: Did I ever have good judgment in the first place?  I have only my instincts to guide me.
Saturn: But you muddy your instincts when you involve yourself in addictions.  How can they guide you when you’re continually pulled back towards a substance or habit that makes the pain go away?
Pluto: I refuse to live in pain.  What do you suggest?
Saturn: Discipline.  Because addiction, while it promises to relieve pain in the short term, only amplifies it in the long term.  Eliminate your addictions.  Then we’ll talk.
Pluto: Not till I’m good and ready.
Saturn: You’ll probably have to hit bottom first, maybe alienate everyone around you and ruin your life.
Pluto: If the people around me don’t love me through this, maybe they were worth losing.
Saturn: I see—people are supposed to love you while you are free to abuse them because your life is so hard?  You’re such a baby.  And a victim.
Pluto: And you’re a hardass.  You only pretended to care about me.  Go away.

You see?  Both archetypes have their weak spots and this transit could well bring those weak spots out.

This transit of Pluto square Saturn lasts from November of 2009 through August of 2010.  Today’s post is just a taste of what Saturn and Pluto have in store for us.  I’ll write more about it as this transit goes on, but for now I’d like to leave you with a few interesting questions to ponder:

  • In what areas of your life have you been using your role as an authority figure to avoid changing?
  • In what ways have you become rigid, adhering to rules instead of flexibly responding to life’s challenges on a case-by-case basis?
  • In what areas of your life does an addiction rule you and cause you to violate your own integrity—whether with yourself or with others?
  • When’s the last time you lied to someone—or to yourself?  What were you protecting?

These are heavy questions.  But if you’re ready for the very foundation of your life to shift in order to change in truly deep ways for the better, this transit is perfect for you.

Astrology blogger since 2007

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