“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”
― Edmund Burke
Let’s start with astrology basics. The heavenly bodies are named after gods and goddesses from ancient times. Because of this, they symbolize universal pieces of the human psyche. When we pay attention to what happens in the sky, we receive information as to what occurs here on Earth.
Pluto was the god of the Underworld, Death, irrevocable transformation and ultimate power; it represents the Shadow, which we instinctually fear. Yet only by becoming conscious of our Shadow side can we step beyond the Fear. Pluto symbolizes the power within each of us to come to terms with our dark side. As long as we shove the Shadow away from consciousness, it continues to erupt in cataclysmic ways.
This happens both in our personal lives and on the world stage. And everything that happens throughout the world is part of the individual in the same way that an individual’s self-awareness affects the entire world. That is why each person on the planet has a responsibility to become more conscious, as difficult as that may be. You do it not just for yourself, but for the Whole.
As Pluto moves through a sign, we experience profound revelations and upheavals in the area of life symbolized by that sign. Since 2008 when Pluto entered the sign of Capricorn, we have witnessed turmoil in many institutions: financial, government, religious and corporate.
The status quo rejects the need to let go of the outmoded systems, but Pluto reminds us that all things come to an end. In the sign of Capricorn, which represents tradition, institutions and the very earth on which we stand, many find this inevitable transformation a threat to their very survival.
Yet this process enables new growth and the ability for something as yet inconceivable. The deeper the attachment, the harder it becomes to find our way to new ground.
From Earth’s perspective, the planet Uranus, named after the great awakener sky god who symbolizes change, chaos, revolution and freedom, created a 90° configuration with Pluto from 2012 to 2015. Uranus is in the sign of Aries, representative of the warrior and the desire to forge something new. This geometric picture between Uranus and Pluto, suggests that intentions are at cross-purposes.
The last time these two planets had this relationship to one another was in the 1930s, another time in history when immigrants swarmed for sanctuary due to persecution and governments decided to close doors or create camps. The cry “never again” which addresses the Holocaust, reminds us that when we demonize people because of religion or race we succumb to our Shadow selves.
Does the phrase “never say never” trump “never again? (No pun was intended with the verb “trump”— irony, yes)
Astrology shows cycles that invite evolutionary shifts, unless we are more comfortable repeating patterns.
The reverberations mirrored by this celestial confrontation will continue for years, since it has painfully forced us out of complacency.
The outer planets move slowly, so this is the first major geometric configuration of Uranus and Pluto since the mid-1960s. Huge changes happened at that time: civil rights, disability rights, feminism, fledgling environmental awareness and anti-war protests. The young people at the time galvanized these concepts, yet they did not benefit from the support of many elders, so the implemented changes need tending today.
Babies born in the mid-1960s came in with seed energy to set up the changes we stretch towards today. We finally have multiple generations to tip the scales in the direction of profound transformation: Baby Boomers now the elders, Generation X who support idealism within the collective, and today’s young people. The Occupy Love movement encapsulates this concept.
Not every person of every generation is on board with the shift; otherwise we would not experience the huge backlash reaction as our world continually spirals towards change.
The status quo may resist and the radical underbelly erupt, but the antidote to Fear of Change is communication between generations to share wisdom, vision, imagination and youthful exuberance.
When voices suggest that monitoring the internet and closing down communications will keep us safe— question and claim your inner authority.