September 23rd, 2014
Now and then, astrology straight up wins. Pluto stationed direct in Capricorn, coming out of a long retrograde period, on the 22nd, day of the Autumnal Equinox, and boy did we get a bang. Though he’s been stripped of his official title, Pluto is the last of the three transpersonal planets, the most profound source of change, emanating the oft-destructive cycle of life, death, and rebirth.
During new moons, the seeds of intention are planted in the most fertile of soils. It’s not enough to simply sit with thought, sometimes. What are you doing with your thoughts? How are you moving them forward? Are you responding from what you think you think or what you know you think?
Imagine your self as a pond of liquid awareness, with recent memories and emotions closer to the embankment. The deep end, so to speak, remains largely unseen. If you decide to swim in waters wherein you cannot see the bottom, it’s not uncommon to be afraid, for you’re committing yourself to a fate unknown. The unknown, that void of an eternity, is where the magic happens. Pluto works solely in the deep end, transmitting change from the fathoms of your consciousness.
That fear will often create the tension that results in Pluto’s timely destructiveness. Unlike Saturn, who is clearly punishing you, Pluto’s reckoning is more discreet, subtle, transforming your life from the inside out. During Pluto’s transit through Capricorn, we’re seeing a call for the reconstruction of the material world as we know it.
The planets have no sense of morality — they transmit frequencies, as does anything with an electromagnetic field. It’s up to us to take that frequency and bend it to what we might deem as good, whatever that means. Pluto can appear to be disastrously upending, if something inside of you is screaming to get out. Left unheard, and volcanoes erupt. Even so, the land after a volcanic eruption is the most fertile for new life.
In the time span of a few days, the Rockefellers have vowed to divest money from fossil fuels, stating, “There is a moral imperative to preserve a healthy planet,” 300,000 New Yorkers marched for climate change at the UN’s “Climate Summit 2014: Catalyzing Action,” and Occupiers took to Wall Street, turning the march into a hard twelve hour protest. This all started over the weekend, right alongside Pluto’s stationing direct.
Maybe we should’ve been pulling out of fossil fuels at least a decade ago, but it’s a step in the right direction. Nobody seemed to be too concerned about the multitude of Starbucks cups left behind after the march, however.
Climate change might be the next “no shit” policy shift, following the recent likes of cannabis decriminalization and marriage equality. Unfortunately, for as much progressive transformation is happening on the surface of the media, scarier kinds are still taking place behind the scenes.
The weeks leading up to this day haven’t been pretty. ISIS — blasphemously named — is provoking the United States to act, and winning. The President who once refreshingly campaigned to bring soldiers home from an arbitrary battleground is now taking the same extreme measures that Bush used to retaliate in 2001, and apparently for the same reasons, as reported by the New York Times. To make matters sketchier, the Obama administration hadn’t officially decided which justification they’d use to attack Syria, even though they’d already decided to take action. Yesterday night, someone started live-tweeting the air strikes in Syria as they began.
In the spirit of unearthing shadowy political agenda, both PBS and The New Yorker have recently featured Lawrence Wright, the author popular for decrying Scientology in the tell-all, “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief,” highlighting his own investigation into uncovering government kept secrets around the 9/11 attacks. Wright isn’t some conspiratorial hack, either—he won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for an informational book on 9/11 and the Al-Qaeda.
Remarkably, this is taking place right now, all at once, as if Pluto has unleashed an avalanche of happenings. It’s up to you whether or not you want to get on the ride. The fall could be fruitful, exciting, and expressive—Jupiter is still in Leo, after all.
Ultimately, we’re seeking balance—the highest quality of Venusian Libra, which the Sun has entered upon the Equinox. Instead of pointing fingers, and allocating responsibility, ask yourself how you can evenly weigh the power you posses as an individual.
The deep end might be frightening, but only as much as we make it. We can’t see, and so we create what might be there, empowering any monsters that could potentially harm us. By accepting the change these demons are helping us face, we take enormous steps toward maturity, profound healing, and eventually, swimming without floaties.