At 26 degrees of Sagittarius, the Galactic Center of the Milky Way is hidden behind a veil of dust and gas. With Pluto, the outermost planet in our Solar System (symbolic of the parts of ourselves we can least access) moving into this same degree, we are experiencing seismic shifts deep within our universal unconscious. The last time this happened was in 1745, the birth of the industrial revolution. Daily life changed irrevocably as workers moved from farms to arms production due to the Jacobite rebellion in Britain and textile expansion. The polarity of religious fundamentalism and religious exploration was represented by the birth of Hasidism and the Universalists. Ben Franklin ran with his kite to harness electricity. And of course, the voices of the American and French revolutions were gaining strength.
In the 1500s, when Pluto was at this degree, the first map of America was published and the Protestant Reformation swept through Europe, laying the seeds for the land on which the United States was founded. Every time Pluto faces the Galactic Center, we experience the death of the familiar routine of life as we embrace the “new birth.” It becomes impossible for us to go back to the way things were before, as we face changes that we may not be able to deal with in the most progressive way.
When Pluto traveled through this point in the 1250s, glasses were introduced and Marco Polo headed for China. The enlightening piece about looking at a transit historically is that we can see parallels of what happened in the past with the present. Our medical technology continues to provide options for people, but we must deal with its ramifications. As of today, the wounded American soldiers from Iraq who cannot return to duty number more than 7500. Our technology has altered the potential victims of this war, but the long-term consequences of survivors maimed with limited services available to you will have a big impact. achieve impact in our society.
Historically we see how technology has changed how we “see” life. At this point, a spa owner tells me how his clients don’t relax in the massage or treatment. Everyone has their cell phone on or their Blackberry on; we have become “married” to technology and it seems to have the signatures of a codependent relationship at best, or an abusive relationship at worst.
Another issue has been religious expression and fundamentalism. The US has its roots in this and we continue to struggle with the inherent paradox of giving complete freedom of religion to all. Pluto’s message is always about finding the Shadow in the mirror. Do we embrace it and integrate it or do we try to eradicate it without ever fulfilling its lessons?
As retrograde Pluto returns to the point of the Galactic Center, we are given the opportunity to choose how we will face the era of destruction that the Mayans foresaw. We can re-evaluate the decisions made when earlier explorers tried to capture new worlds to make them their own. We are integrating the cellular changes brought about by the increased electromagnetic field caused by our technology, which will affect the evolution of all life forms on our planet. We can choose whether to revisit the earth’s Sagittarian celebration and the inherent information we can draw from it. When we advanced in the Industrial Revolution, did it have to be at the expense of an agrarian culture and the solidity of the family? Can we balance the freedom that technology should bring us with a sophisticated agricultural and educational cooperative? We have the power to choose what will be destroyed and what will be born. But make no mistake, the more each individual takes responsibility for the fate of our culture, the more spiritually evolved our decision will be. We have the opportunity to align our spiritual evolution with our technical evolution and every time we miss the opportunity, it becomes harder to catch up. The purpose of Pluto’s path is to give us the opportunity to spend light years in a lifetime.
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