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Last week I saw a client (let’s call her Sylvia) whose birthchart demonstrates the power of Pluto. Sylvia’s Sun is in the hard-working sign of Capricorn: Capricorns typically have a difficult life when they’re young but because they’re such hard workers (ruled by the Celestial Taskmaster himself, Saturn) they can be quite powerful as they age and incorporate life’s lessons. She also has a Grand Trine including Mars, Jupiter and her Moon, bestowing a sense of inner trust (Jupiter/Moon) that life has meaning as well as a dynamic will (Mars/Jupiter) for self-preservation (Mars/Moon). These are the tools that have helped her to navigate a difficult life that has been Pluto’s gift to her. Note to astrologers: to protect her privacy I will not be posting her chart.
Pluto in the astrological chart shows where we come face to face with the underworld of our emotions: fear, compulsion, obsession. Pluto often shows where we face the cold reality of death in order to come to a greater understanding of life. Astrologer Liz Greene says that Pluto represents the essential life force in nature that often must destroy in order to survive. The power of Pluto is that basic, and that intense. When we’re in the middle of a Plutonic disaster (our spouse leaves us, we lose our job, our house burns down, our cat dies) we are lost in the underworld of our fear and the pain of loss that is Pluto’s realm. But once the storm has passed we find ourselves rebuilding the wreckage of our lives with a new sense of empowerment that comes from having faced our fears and survived.
Pluto is conjunct Sylvia’s ascendant (persona and identity) within one degree, exactly […]
The square between Mars and Pluto won’t be exact until tomorrow night, but the past few days have seen increased violence around the world. From the news today:
- Bombs were set off in two Turkish resort towns.
- Baluch separatists rioted for a third day in Pakistan.
- Killings surge in Iraq with over 100 dead just today as Shiite militia battled Iraqi security forces.
- A suicide bombing yesterday in Afghanistan killed 17 people and injured many more in the worst day of violence since 2001.
When Mars (personal will and aggression) and Pluto (death, rebirth and transformation) square off it’s never pretty and it doesn’t matter what the astronomers think. With Saturn and Neptune in conflict as well the ride is going to be bumpy for the next few weeks. Fortunately Jupiter is just about exactly trine to Uranus which will bring opportunities (Jupiter) for new ways of doing things and original thinking (Uranus). This could enable the conflicts that are going on to end up with some meaningful change if the parties involved can resist getting stuck in the old patterns of behavior. Neptune’s job is to dissolve those patterns that Saturn builds, which in today’s world could be a good thing after all.
Mars is approaching an exact square to Pluto on August 29, a stressful conflict between the personal will (Mars) and the will of the higher self (Pluto). Power conflicts are highlighted now. If you find yourself involved in conflicts at this time, utilize the outlet of physical activity to help to release some of the energy that builds up during the faceoff of Mars to Pluto. On the positive side though, there is a tremendous amount of power that can be activated now. Try to focus your intention now on internalizing these energies and deepening your own sense of inner power.
We are really in the deepest intensity of the opposition of Saturn (building) to Neptune (dissolving) even though the dynamic won’t be exact for another few days. Faster-moving transits of Mars often spark events that signify the slower moving cycles like Saturn/Neptune, so the next few days will set the stage for what we can expect over the next year as the Saturn/Neptune dance continues.
The Saturn/Neptune cycle is associated with economics (particularly money and oil), as well as flu epidemics and diseases which are mysterious (Neptune) and affect the social structures (Saturn).
The current Saturn/Neptune cycle began with a conjunction in Capricorn (social structures and forms) back in February 1989. The conjunction continued in tight formation until the end of 1989, ushering in the following events as there was a dissolution of the prevailing forms of government and social mores:
- The Soviets leave Kabul after nine years of military occupation.
- A military coup in Paraguay ousted the President who had held power since 1954.
- A fatwa to kill author Salman Rushdie was issued by the Ayatollah Khomenei and a $3 million bounty is placed on his head.
- The Exxon […]
This is one of the questions astrologers are most frequently asked. We would all like to imagine that life is like a bus tour, with a preordained set of stops along the way. When do we arrive in Paris? When do we land in Cairo? We feel that if we only knew WHEN we would find our soulmate/ our true calling/ success in our business/ conceive a child then we could relax and stop worrying. Unfortunately, the journey of life does not unfold this way.
I was single for nearly ten years, and as an astrologer I looked for signs that I would soon find the “right” one. Jupiter, planet of abundance and possibilities, passing through my seventh house of partnership? No. Venus, goddess of love, making a trine to my Moon and bringing relationship to ease my lonely heart? No again. Neptune, bringing us face to face with our soul, passing over Venus in my chart to bring my true soulmate partnership? Nope, not this time. Though I wasn’t aware at the time, each of these planetary cycles brought with them a greater understanding and greater connection within me that was planting the seeds to enable me to find and recognize the partner that I met and married years later.
I believe and know at a cellular level that the Universe, or God, or Spirit listens to us when we say that we want to find the RIGHT partner — the partner that we will connect with at the soul level. Once we make that intention, we are being prepared to be able to receive and give love at the deepest level and not settle for a quick fix. Often we feel that we want […]