Jupiter Squares Pluto: Going To Extremes
“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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