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Monday, January 30, 2006

Mood Change

Mood Change

More on Pluto’s Imminent Conjunction with the Galactic Center

The Tenor of the Times, February 2006

The Big Makeover ~ The planets are about to begin a thorough make over of world civilization as Pluto gets set to begin a series of conjunctions with the Galactic Center.  The conjunction of Pluto and the Galactic Center marks a threshold into a new historical era.  Not a one-time burst of energy, this conjunction marks our entrance into a new epoch of global change.

From now until the end of March, when Pluto retrogrades, we can expect a general increase in the rise of unmanageable world energies of all kinds.  In the fall, as Pluto returns to forward motion, the pressure will again ratchet upward.

Pluto’s energy is relentless, ceaseless and irresistible.  When added to the energy of the Galactic Center, Pluto’s powerfully energizes idealistic and reformist movements of all kinds.

During the first half of this cycle, which lasts for about 125 years, we will see a strongly progressive and proactive manifestation of this energy.

When you get this much planetary energy flowing, it is going to be disruptive, no matter what.  It is going to be rough in places.  

Fortunately, a helpful, facilitating relationship between benevolent and potentially troublesome planets is tilting the scales fairly strongly in favor of a successful outcome. Despite the bumpy ride.

“Tipping Point” ~ While many of the conjunction’s effects are already becoming apparent, I believe, we will probably not get into the full swing of things until August or September of 2006. By that time, Saturn will have completed its first exact opposition to Neptune.  

After that, people will start thinking a little more clearly and the spinmeisters and con artists will be at a distinct disadvantage.  People will want and expect plain, honest talk, backed up by solid facts.  They will also expect debate where before there was mindless consensus.

Until then, we can expect a lot of confusion about trends.  Also, Pluto will resume direct motion in the early days of September.  

So, I don’t think these distinctive new energies will fully take hold until the fall.  For most of this year, we can expect people to remain confused about the meaning and true direction of events.  

In any event, by the end of 2006, we will have experienced a sharp turn in the direction of events and a clear shift in the mood, or the temperament, of the world.

What We Can Expect at the Micro Level ~ At the individual level, we will see a renewed, irresistible desire for a better life.  There will be a willingness to listen to new ideas and, what is probably more important, an inclination to fight for those new ideas.  And people will listen to promises with a more critical ear.

However, Pluto’s energy will also cause a general antsiness, obsessive behavior, compulsions, addictions and other forms of overactivity and uncontrollable behavior.  

People will become generally more intense.  In fact, I think we can expect an intensification of just about every aspect of our individual and collective lives, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.  But Saturn and Jupiter might also help us develop new and more beneficial ways of dealing with the energies of addiction, obsession and compulsion.

What We Can Expect at the Macro Level ~ This conjunction will, in effect, unleash major new political forces in the world. These forces can easily turn violent, or at least militant.  

Protest and reform movements that are re-energized or brought into existence by this force, of which there will doubtless be many, can easily take on a fanatical, disruptive character.  

Pluto’s energy is such that people will forcefully confront any and all opposition to the expectations aroused by Pluto’s conjunction with the Galactic Center.  And their determination to achieve their goals will persist at high levels for decades, longer in many cases.

We should probably view the unexpected and decisive victory of Hamas, a militant, terrorist islamicist group, in the recent Palestinian elections as an early manifestation of this new energy mix and a harbinger of things to come.  

The Palestinians suddenly seem indignant and very impatient for an improvement in their situation.  They also seem resolute.  That is what we would expect.

History ~ The last conjunction took place in the early 1760’s.  The American Revolution took place about 16 years after.  The French Revolution took place about 30 years after, in 1789.

The effects of this Pluto/G.C. conjunction, an intense aspect to begin with, will be more intense by several orders of magnitude than those of other Pluto/G.C. conjunctions because it is occurring:

1) At the beginning of a new century,
2) At the beginning of a new millennium, and
3) At the beginning of a new astrological era, the Aquarian Age.

Transformative astrological events occur at each of these kinds of transition points.  When they all come together, as now, the cumulative effect creates a major historical threshold, an especially deep divide between the previous era and the next.

Dates ~ On March 29th, in about 8 weeks, Pluto will come within 12 minutes of arc, to within than 1/5th of a degree, of exact conjunction with the Galactic Center.  Then it will retrograde.  Over the next year, culminating in October 2007, Pluto will exactly conjoin the Galactic Center several times:

1. March 29, 2006 near approach, stationary/retrograde.

2. December 29, 2006, exact conjunction, Pluto moving forward.

3. July 17, 2007, exact conjunction, Pluto retrograde.

4. October 27, 2007, exact conjunction, Pluto moving forward.

The day of Pluto’s near approach and retrograde, March 29, should bring significant relief from the tensions caused by Pluto’s approach to the G.C.  People and governments will tend to move away from the brink.

Between the moment of Pluto’s retrograde in March and the first exact conjunction at the end of December 2006, people will have a chance to re-think issues.  The pressure will be off.  Also, with Pluto retrograde, the power of world leaders to directly influence events will be abruptly and drastically reduced, allowing everyone a little breathing space.

We should, for example, see an easing of tensions in the Middle East.  

The Fine Print ~ The tensions caused by this conjunction might have been especially dangerous because Mars will be opposing Pluto in Gemini in February and March.  By December, when Pluto hits the Galactic Center dead on, Mars will have joined Pluto in Sagittarius.  

Fortunately, Jupiter is also closely involved.  Jupiter is in mutual reception with Pluto now, and, by December, it will join Pluto and Mars in Sagittarius.  So, much energy that might have expressed itself violently will dissipate like so much hot air.

Until just before the final conjunction in fall 2007, Saturn will also be trining the whole affair from Leo.  This will help ensure that needed resources are available.  Saturn’s help also ensures that all the sound and fury will be channeled into the establishment of lawful and enduring institutions.

Beyond that time, Saturn will move into Virgo, forming a very helpful relationship with Pluto as, Pluto moves into Capricorn early in 2008.  

This relationship bodes well for those governments and political figures who must come to terms with unfolding events.  Saturn and Capricorn and Pluto are all very much about political and governmental power.  Saturn rules Capricorn.  

So, we will have Saturn, the planet of government, trining the sign of government, the sign that Saturn rules.  Pluto, the planet of power is in Capricorn, the sign of government, being trined by Saturn, the planet of government.  

This is all to the good and a very welcome development.  It will help ensure a lasting and beneficial outcome.

Beyond The Politics of Exhaustion ~ Right now, the world is going on the remnants of the energy and inspiration poured out in the early 1760’s when Pluto last conjoined the Galactic Center.  

None of the institutions created or reconceived during that conjunction seem quite up to fulfilling their intended purpose any longer.  The people seem to have lost a sense of what they really want from these institutions.  The world seems both unsettled and adrift.

But a new surge of energy and inspiration like the one that brought our political institutions into existence, or which prompted the radical democratic reform of existing institutions, is now upon us.

The Vision Thing ~ Pluto is about power.  The Galactic Center is about paradigms of global civilization.  Together, they have a remarkable and remarkably concrete effect on civilization, worldwide.

A new vision of global civilization will emerge. New power structures and power relationships appropriate to this new vision of civilization will emerge.  And from somewhere, the needed material resources will be forthcoming.  And, perhaps most important of all, people will highly motivated to achieve this vision.

Uses and Abuses ~
Many will take advantage of the world’s expectations and impatience to try to impose their own, self-serving and destructive ideas on the world.

George Bush, for example, would like to bring back 19th and 20th century militarism and imperialism.  Osama Bin Laden would like to take us all back to the Middle Ages.  

Pluto is also about control and surveillance.  People will be motivated to demand greater personal responsibility from other people and greater security from their governments. This conjunction will bring about new ways of imposing and exercising power and control.  

Hence, we must also expect the emergence and the general acceptance of the new forms of government control and surveillance that will be required to realize a more just and stable world order.  We must also expect a greater tolerance, a potentially dangerous tolerance, for these intrusions on our privacy and limitations on our personal freedom.

We are in fact seeing the emergence of new and powerful tools for monitoring and identification.  We are seeing the proliferation of automated video cameras, the use of DNA testing for identification, and microchip technology for identifying and tracking goods.  We are also seeing related advances in spy-satellite technology.  And we are seeing the widespread indifference to them.

Bush’s warrantless wiretaps are, I think, example of this kind of abuse.  China’s Internet censorship is clearly an abuse.

Invasive advertising and marketing techniques are another example.  Identity thieves and industrial saboteurs, among others, will also be inclined to abuse it.  

This quotation from a recent New York Times article, I think, stands out.  It gives us a taste of what we might be in for.

 “… surveillance companies, using networks of cheap Web-connected cameras and powerful new video-analysis software, are starting to turn the Hollywood model into reality.  Faces and license plates can now be spotted [and accurately identified], in almost real time, at ports, military bases and companies.  Security perimeters can be changed or strengthened with a mouse click.  Feeds from hundreds of cameras can be combined into a single desktop view.  And videotape that used to take hours, even days, to scour is searched in minutes.”

Then there is this recent article on the use of brain scans, MRI’s, to detect lying.  They can look inside our brain to see if the centers associated with lying are active while we are responding to questions.;_ylt=An4B8j_gTFZBKQU0P0Jltx6s0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3b2NibDltBHNlYwM3MTY-

Reason for Hope ~ The abuses of Pluto are the hardest to get a hold on.  And, it has always seemed to me, no other planetary energy is more likely to be abused.  With Mars in problematic relation to the Pluto/G.C. conjunction, all that goes double.

Fortunately, as I pointed out, Jupiter, a tirelessly supportive and protective influence, will be close to Pluto during this whole cycle.  With Jupiter in the mix, the reality will probably not be as bad as the appearance or the expectation.  Much that we hear could simply turn out to be posturing.  

Also, with Saturn in favorable relationship, much of what might otherwise be wasted and excess motion will be channeled into lasting forms.

So, yes, things could get scary.  And they will certainly be nervous-making.  Having so much energy zinging about on the subtle planes is always unsettling and very tiring, especially for sensitive people.  (Take note.)  But our worst fears are likely to be unjustified.

Finer Legal and Ethical Distinctions ~ Pluto is the great definer—and redefiner—of boundaries.  Ruler of the Eighth House, it governs the boundary between health and sickness, life and death, and governments and individuals, between the individual and the group, between one individual and another.  

Pluto’s conjunction with the Galactic Center will, therefore, bring a thoroughgoing redefinition of all the boundaries—all the important (and unimportant) boundaries—or relationships—in our lives.

This will stir things up on the interpersonal level, at home, in the workplace, at school, in the shopping mall, at religious services … everywhere we go.

All of this will also require a re-thinking of all the most important legal and moral distinctions.  For example, the Unite States Constitution, and most especially the Bill of Rights, will require, or is likely to get, a fairly thoroughgoing reinterpretation, or refinement.  The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are all about boundaries—the most important boundaries.

Freedom of religion, the press, speech; freedom from illegal searches and seizures, property rights—virtually all rights, which are, in essence, matters of boundary—will need to be re-examined and more carefully defined.  Indeed, if you read the back pages of the newspaper, you will see that this moral and legal redefinition is ongoing.

Rumors of War ~ The astrocartography maps for Pluto’s approach to the Galactic Center, in both March and December, place the Mars and Pluto lines right over the most sensitive areas of the Middle East.  

Hence, we should expect to see the Middle East respond, or react, potently to this revolutionary/Utopian impulse from the heavens.  (Again, the victory of Hamas, the most militant, radical group on the ballot in the recent Palestinian election, should almost certainly be seen as a harbinger of things to come.)

Fortunately for all concerned, as noted above, Jupiter will be in strong and positive relationship to Pluto throughout.  Jupiter will be in mutual reception with Pluto in March.  And Saturn will be minding the store.

When Pluto returns to the Galactic Center in December, Mars will be in Sagittarius too.  However, calming, uplifting and generally benevolent Jupiter will have joined them.  

I believe that, by December, there will almost certainly by at least a little light at the end of the Middle Eastern tunnel.  Overall, I think the worst predictions will prove false.  Something or someone will step in to prevent our worst fears from coming true and the worst possibilities from being realized.

Iraq ~ The charts for Iraq and the Pluto/G.C., conjunction look encouraging.  It looks like some realistic options will develop for the Iraqi people, though I don’t think it could be said that they will have an easy time of it.

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