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:
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.