19-Mar-2018, 04:08 UT/GMT
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Abundance on all levels and on all planes of
consciousness is the natural order. Obsessive attachment either to
abundance or its lack is unnatural and creates chaos. A developed
personality, one that is usable for the work of healing and service,
requires an acquired attitude of loving detachment. We must therefore
work to “watch our movie” (after all, whether consciously or
unconsciously, we are writing and producing the script!) and not just be
starring in the film. The ability to “witness
ourselves”—which is not to be confused with judging ourselves—is a
very important step in actualizing our Soul’s potential to
externalize in the outer world. I am here speaking about an
actuality. The externalization of the Soul is not a theory.
-- Alan Oken
The title of this article is both rather intense as well as containing a powerful pair of synonyms. The intensity comes from the fact that no matter what kind of contact we have with “The Lord of Hades,” be it a transiting trine or stationary conjunction, the effects of Pluto are just that—intense! Pluto may be billions of miles away and rather tiny as planets go (in fact, he has been “demoted” to a planetoid—an overgrown asteroid—in some astronomical circles), but Pluto is mighty in his effects and should never ever be underestimated by the astrology student. I was also contemplating an alternative title for this piece. This was, “The transits of Pluto: An offer you can’t refuse.” Now if the reader sees any link between my choice of titles and the Mafia, you would be right. Pluto does indeed rule the Mafia as well as any “underground” group of gangsters, mobsters, and terrorists (in the case of the latter, those “religious” terror groups also have a lot to do with the combination of Mars and Neptune).
As for the synonyms in my title: “transmute or die,” these words given out in a metaphysical context mean pretty much the same thing. Death is seen by the soul-centered astrologer as only a change or mutation of form. In this respect, death occurs repeatedly and forever as universes as well as people are born, live a certain lifespan and then die only to reincarnate in yet another form. So death in effect---and this is a very important concept to grasp if we are to understand the transits of Pluto—is but a change of form and form itself is the result of the rate of vibration of matter.
In soul-centered astrology we also consider matter on three levels: the physical, the emotional, and the mental. Some thing may physically die: a chair breaks apart. It is therefore no longer a chair but unless repaired and reassembled and thus reincarnated, the original chair has effectively died. In its place is a chaotic pile of wood, stuffing, and upholstery. An emotion can die: you fall out of love with your soon-to-be-ex-lover and try to reincarnate the relationship as a friendship but the original form of the feeling and the relationship that emerged from it has also effectively died. A thought-form can die. You hold a particular allegiance to a political party and its candidates but an inner change occurs in your way of thinking and you break your party membership. You may seek to reincarnate your political views and join a more appropriate party, but your original way of thinking that had motivated you into a certain form of political action, has for all practical purposes, died. All of the above death and reincarnation processes are plutonic in effect.
Thus in terms of my title containing a pair of synonyms, this then is also true for transmutation is death of a previous form, thus permitting (evolutionary) change to occur. “Die!” on the other hand is of course “death” but has the sense of finality, without any hope of a redemptive reincarnation at work. And yet even in the finality of “Die!” the plutonic process is still ever at work. I think the only real difference here between these terms from a “practical” esoteric perspective, is that when we transmute we opt for conscious choice and cooperation in the process. This requires a certain bit of yielding to Pluto when he transits and knocks at our planetary door. When we let go and give ourselves up into this process, we will experience loss, there is no doubt of that. Loss is part of the Pluto process but I have really learned over these many years on this planet, that the giving up of the lesser will always produces the incarnation of the greater. It may not happen instantaneously (LOL!), but it does happen. The “Grace” if you will is in how we given up what is being taken away from us. It is in the taking away that we have no choice, the choice is in how we let the object, feeling, thought, him or her, go.
1. These transits take a relatively long time. There is an average minimum of 2 years for every Pluto transit. This time can be extended if the transit Pluto is making is a multiple of complex one. Example: natal Moon at 14 Taurus, natal Sun at 16 Capricorn, and natal Mars at 18 Cancer. Pluto will take nearly 4 years to transit these degrees, i.e. 14-18 Capricorn. And if we add a degree approaching and about half a degree separating, we have just added a number of additional months to these plutonic effects on a person’s life.
2. These transits have very profound consequences. In the case of the faster moving planets such as Mercury, Mars, and Venus, they make frequent and multiple transiting aspects to one’s natal chart. But in the case of Pluto you get only a “one-time shot.” It takes Pluto some 240 years to go the 360o distance around your personal wheel. This means it will conjoin, square, oppose, sextile or trine a place in your horoscope once and only once. Yes, it goes back and forth over a planet or point several times in a single transit series (known as “a station”), but you only get ONE of these series in a lifetime. I am thus always appreciative of the fact that whenever I see Pluto aspects approaching to my chart—be they easy or hard aspects—of the need to learn the important lesson of these very intense and “finalizing” aspects. As a Scorpio-rising person, release-death-empty space-renewal for me is very much a part of living.
3. Through its transmutations and deaths, Pluto closes certain doors and then opens others. Here we can see the major difference between the effects of Pluto and its lower octave, Mars with whom it shares rulership over Scorpio. Mars is the gun and the self-defense mechanism, anger, or fear in the heart of the man or woman who uses it. Mars/Ares is a very simple guy, who says in effect: “Bang-bang, you’re dead!” Pluto then picks up from where Mars left off and pronounces: “Yes you are indeed dead but I will take you through a portal that can restore you to immortality. This can be in Hades or in Heaven. How you are reborn into either of these places (for there are levels of being in each of these domiciles) depends on the Path that your life choices and karma have brought you.” I remind my FB Friends that both Hades and Heaven are also found on Earth.
The very nature of our personal identity is profoundly touched and conditioned when Pluto makes a major transiting aspect to our natal Sun. Pluto/Sun transits also have a great deal to do with the quality of our creativity, either raising it up or bringing in some highly destructive dynamics that complicate our life and its creative processes. At the current time, Pluto is in Capricorn, this especially affects people with the Sun in the cardinal signs. A key word of cardinality is “motivation.” Pluto in aspect to cardinal suns will thus challenge the quality of motivation in relationships for Libra; challenge what the motivation for personal security is for Cancer; help strengthen or destroy the motivation for success and achievement in the life of Capricorn; and challenge personal motivation for creative self-expression for Aries. In all cases, the “sense of self” is being transmuted and the test will be: “Is this an upward or downward turn of one’s evolutionary cycle.” For Taurus, Virgo, Cancer, Pisces, and especially Scorpio, the Pluto in Capricorn trines and sextiles to these suns can be quite developmentally positive. In all cases, in all transits of Pluto, there will be loss (which is often a very positive thing).
Pluto’s transiting contacts to the natal Moon bring up the underworld of our subconscious emotional lives. Feelings that have been either suppressed or forgotten come to the surface of memory either through our relationships, our dreams, or our internal meanderings and cogitations. Difficult transiting Pluto to the Moon aspects from mid-2012 to early 2016 have been and continue to be complicated by the presence of Uranus. This will cause “houses to crash down” around us. False “house of cards” will be swept away by winds of truth that we cannot avoid experiencing. The strong and positive transits to the Moon will be to the same signs mentioned above under “Pluto/Sun.” This can have a lot to do with letting go of old and outworn methods of self-protection and stimulate emotional maturation.
As a rather mental person, I very much appreciate the positive contacts between the Lord of the Underworld and the planetary Messenger. These transits allow us to deepen our understanding of the area in life where Mercury sits in the natal map (i.e. its house position). These transits also make what was previously unknown or kept secret from us, come out of the shadows of ignorance. Challenging transits between these two planets, give obsessive thoughts and a suspicious mind—definitely headaches!!! Lesson: objectify thought so you can see and separate the true from the false messages you are giving to yourself.
The underworld of wealth is found in mines. Positive transits of Pluto to natal Venus reveal hidden riches found in the attics, mines, and storehouses of our life. This description can be taken literally insofar as going into our storage closets, garages, and attics are concerned to fish out what is really valuable or what things need to die a decent death and a proper burial. This is a great time to regenerate resources, so it you have not seen it, used it, or missed it, you would do well, to sell it, toss it, or just give it away. Venus is very happy when she is involved in the Law of Circulation. This “selling or tossing” process may also be applied to relationships that sap energy rather than give it. You may be the “sapper” so if that is the case, this is a wonderful time to learn or relearn relationship skills.
This is a very powerful combination. If you have been waiting for the strength to blow up a mountain (or leave your job, or relationship, or your religion), a powerfully positive transit of Mars will allow you to do this. As I mentioned, this is not a swift and quick aspect, so expect the transiting trine from Pluto to your natal Mars to allow you to build the courage to inflect a “righteous death” on the situation that needs a proper burial. Challenging Pluto to Mars aspects will impede or otherwise bring frustration to the “transmute or die” situations in your life. Tensions will rise to the point that you will have no doubt about whom or what you have to leave. Helpful hint: Difficult Pluto/Mars aspects are very stressful. Take up a martial art, go to the gym on a more regular basis, run and do aerobics—you will need to circulate your energy so as not to get stuffed to the bursting point.
This combination of planetary forces has a lot to do with the challenge to and the need to transform one’s belief system. This can occur from someone in the family breaking away from the religion you follow (transiting Pluto in Capricorn opposing natal Jupiter in Cancer), thus challenging your faith. The possibility may also appear that you need to explore a new belief system yourself (transiting Pluto in Capricorn square to your natal Jupiter in Aries). Transiting Pluto trine your natal Jupiter in Taurus or Virgo can bring greater financial worth into your life through the application of your beliefs in a practical way (Jupiter in Taurus) or benefits come to you from job opportunities (Jupiter in Virgo).
One of the most challenging aspects is the square or opposition to natal Saturn from transiting Pluto. Such transits create very intense conflicts with authority figures (especially and including parents if the opposition is from Capricorn to Saturn in Cancer), corporations, bosses, governments, banks, police, etc. Internally there is the need to break with an oppressive power structure. The conjunction of Pluto to Saturn in Capricorn is especially challenging as the power structure against which we are rebelling is the one we created ourselves! The positive dynamics between these two planets when in transit speak about the acquiring of more self-discipline and responsibility plus the positive power to handle these situations. This transit also speaks about either the improvement or replacement of a previous structure of “law and order” in our lives and when positive (sextile or trine) that adaptation to this “New Order of our Personal Universe” is far easier to accomplish then when the hard aspects are involved.
Pluto by transit in easy aspect to Uranus allows us to understand and incorporate the “language of the future” into our lives. It is difficult sometimes to recognize the messages that the youth are trying to give to their elders. The times when Pluto is sextile or trine your natal Uranus is the time when you can appreciate these “trans-generational” voices. Conversely, transiting Pluto square or opposing natal Uranus will bring about social conflicts as Pluto/Uranus seeks for us to transcend generational separations.
When in 1973-74 the transit of Pluto was conjoined my natal Neptune at 3 of Libra, it was also passing over the position of Neptune in the lives of all of my contemporaries (or would soon be doing same in 1975/76). This meant that all of us born in the mid-1940s (a huge mass of “Flower Power Kids”) were coming into the realization of our own destinies within that group. In effect the “piercing of the Neptunian vail” was occurring allowing those of us who could see, a vision into our own (spiritual) direction. For the majority of people, the effects of transiting Pluto to natal Neptune challenges the status quo of personal illusions, opening those with the ability to objectify the process to the deeper meanings that lie behind external events. It is great blessings for spiritual grown if one can take advantage of it. If one is not sensitive to these great subtleties, then I think transiting Pluto to natal Neptune only increases the depth of personal dreaming.
Please note: Pluto is currently animating the “generational call” of all people born between 1990 and 1995 who have Neptune and Uranus in Capricorn. We saw this generational voice come forth in September and October of 2014 when these young people stood their ground in Hong Kong. We have also been witnessing their collective spirit at work when protesting the current world climatic conditions. In 2018 to 2020, the transit of Pluto will be crossing the exact Neptune/Uranus conjunction at 20-22 Capricorn. This is in the charts of all young people born in 1993 and 1994. They are 24-25 years old now in 2017 and in 2018-2020 they will be 26 to 28 years old. It will be at this time that this huge Pluto in Capricorn transiting natal Uranus and Neptune in Capricorn group will emerge with an even louder generational voice. Please keep in mind that these young people all have their natal Pluto in Scorpio sextile their natal Uranus and Neptune so that transiting Pluto will be in sextile to its own place at the same time.
Pluto transiting its own place in the natal chart brings its nature to the forefront of one’s life depending on the aspect and signs. For example, as pointed out in the paragraph above, in 2018-2020 Pluto will be sextile its own place. What is its natal placement? This is in Scorpio sextile the Uranus/Neptune in Capricorn conjunction and in the case of 1993 births, also simultaneously square natal Saturn. The transiting sextile of Pluto in Capricorn will awaken all of these natal potentials bringing the voice of this generation out in fullness. One of the “songs” they will sing is: “Hey authority figures, do not screw up our future!” As they will be in their mid to late 20s, many of them will be creating social movements and organizations to this end while millions more will be joining them in a call to collective action. (Collective action is easy for them as they almost never leave their Smartphones or I-Pads!) It should be pointed out however that a huge number of people in this generation will take comfort and security in another form of collectivization—conforming to the status quo and doing what they are told in return for material security—and to save their necks! This will be especially the case among such young Uranus-Neptune in Capricorn/Saturn-in-Aquarius people living in China and North Korea as well as in the Arab states. Much more obvious social action will therefore arise from this generation in Europe, the USA, the UK, Australia, and Canada.
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First published in: www.infinityastrologicalmagazine.com, Nov/Dec 2017.
Alan Oken is available for private consultations and for mentoring in both esoteric and exoteric astrology. He also welcomes private students interested in the Ancient Wisdom Teachings. You may reach him at email@example.com as well as via his website: www.alanoken.com
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19-Mar-2018, 04:08 UT/GMT
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