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Taking A New Look At 2019-2020 Transformational Pressures
Pluto represents the Divine Power of ultimate regeneration, and is the Lord of the Underworld we all must pass through at least once in our life if we are to be a purified vessel and become authentic to our core. Right now it’s stationary retrograde at 25 Capricorn. What does this hold for us?
Pluto’s exact retrograde station occurs at 11:54 am PDT, 7:54 pm BST on April 25. As is the case with all the outer planets when they turn stationary direct or retrograde, it marks a major “sea change” in those invisible Spiritual transpersonal energies. We are all about to have a different but familiar Plutonic experience where we are shown anew the part of Capricorn Pluto first traversed between February and mid-July 2019, and then again from December 2019 to now.
Since December, Pluto moved from 22 Capricorn to 25 Capricorn. It now is going back over that span between now and early October, when it goes stationary direct at 23 Capricorn. After that it will be in its “shadow zone” through January 2020, when it will again enter an unknown zone humanity has not experienced since 1774-1775. It would seem that revolutionary times are upon us over the next 7 years!
Pluto in the Power Zones
Before 2019, Pluto transited the 5 degree “face” between 16-20 Capricorn where personal power gets translated into group energy through activities. The “face” between 21-25 Capricorn is where that power gets applied on the emotional or social level. The face between 26-30 Capricorn is where that emotional or social power gets expressed in individual ways on the mental and spiritual levels of life. Pluto is done planting seeds in the first zone, and has been planting seeds in the second zone since 2018.
These zones are incredibly important in 2019-2020. Saturn occupied 21-25 Capricorn in Apr-May 2019 and Dec 2019-Jan 2020, after which it occupied 26-30 Capricorn in Feb-Mar 2020 and will again from July through December 2020. During these times, Saturn gives structure and solidity to the Plutonic seeds in those zones. Many long term seeds were “made real” when Saturn conjuncted Pluto at 23 Capricorn in January. That set a 33 year cycle into motion.
Those “structured seeds” or “disciplined transformational pressures” have now been sprouted by Jupiter’s transit of 21-25 Capricorn in March-April and 26-28 Capricorn between April and June 2020. We will get another pass at the social-cultural Capricorn seeds when Jupiter retrogrades through 21-25 Cap in June and July, and it will expand the transformational action seed when it occupies 16-20 Cap between August and October 2020. After that it races through 21-25 in Oct-Nov, and its final pass through 26-30 Cap in November-December 2020.
Pluto is now in the second half of Capricorn for the long haul, and in February 2018 began to leave the Taurus decan of that sign, which has given both stability and stubbornness to the Pluto in Capricorn expression. Now that it’s solidly in the third decan there is more of a Virgo emphasis, favoring efficiency, adaptability, and discernment as to how and where things fit into a sequence of tasks or a larger picture.
The Sabian Symbol for Pluto’s Station
This degree represents a “threshold state,” showing us the limit of our future as we now review the past. Pluto is stationary retrograde at 25 Capricorn.
The symbol for the 25th degree of Capricorn is "An oriental rug dealer.” In The Astrology of Personality, where Rudhyar uses the original Dr. Jones' class notes on the symbols, he states this degree is about “first realization of cultural values through sensuous enjoyment,” “refinement of sensations,” and “psychological enrichment.”
In The Astrological Mandala he states this degree is about “the use of cultural and artistic processes as a means to enhance personal comfort and appreciation.” He goes on to say this is about “the material, yet esthetic, aspect of the benefits a society can bring its members,” where the rug symbolizes “something on which a persona stands or sits,” and a “foundation for cultural understanding, and as such it can have a magical or sacred meaning.” He says this implies “society offers the relative comfort of beautiful rugs so (we) may meet the universe…. Protected by and securely established on the mental-spiritual, as well as manual achievements of those who keep the cultural symbols alive.”
He offers that this symbol “shows the beautiful products of dedicated and inspired group performance at the level of tradition” emphasizing “the value of reliance on tradition.” He states this degree falls in the Span of Dependence, and is the final degree in the Scene of Group Performance on the emotional, social, and cultural level of the Act of Group Integration.
Dr. Marc E Jones, creator of the Sabian Symbols, says this is a degree of “the irrevocability of (our) obligation” to our reality, with a focus on “accumulated knowledge or acquired skills as an indication of (our) enduring competency” in practical and immediate ways. He continues that “self-expression here is the use of various advantages and resources as actually a commerce in human potentialities, and this becomes an individual’s real service” to others.
He offers that “eternal values are meaningless until they are woven into the fabric of humanity’s familiar transactions.” He offers us the keyword CONSIGNMENT, and states that when operating in a positive manner, this degree is “an effective employment of the facilities and goods of a modern society.”
So this is a degree of finding transcendence in comfort, and becoming psychologically enriched by refining our sensations. We can all find a greater enduring competency in practical ways, and as we use “advantages and resources” we’ll be of real service to our world.
With Pluto making this a hot spot, we must find the spiritual will and inner integrity which helps us be courageous in discharging our duties with nobility, perhaps under unusual conditions. For the next few months, one of three things is happening; a) we’re looking back at the distant past when we did what we had to do to fulfill our duty which would lead us to a greater spiritual security; b) we’re looking with new eyes at recent events requiring us to find an easier way to enjoy a higher law or quality of life; or c) we can see how the comfort we’ve achieved can lead us to rewards for our courage to do what we have to do to achieve a greater spiritual security.
Of note is this degree is the Lunar position in the July 2019 Lunar Eclipse. That means the blessing which gave us power in the second half of 2019 through creating a vacuum of some sort is now going to be occupied by Pluto and Jupiter for long periods of this year and next. It would seem those voids are about to be filled!
Pluto, the Cosmic Purifier, will be in Capricorn for many years. It continues to teach us deep lessons about practical, organized economy of energy and efficiency in sprouting seed forms of new "laws of our lives" we can relax into. Pluto has planted many seeds during the time it’s been in each segment of Capricorn, and these have been sprouting and taking shape in 2018-2020 as first Saturn and then Jupiter transited those Plutonic spans. Much more began to activate during Mars’ recent transit of Capricorn, since it energized the expansion process begun when Jupiter conjuncted Pluto in March.
During 2019 and early 2020 we’ve had Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto in late Capricorn, and by now have become familiar with the major Capricorn energies pervading the atmosphere for many months to come. Jupiter will make three conjunctions with Pluto this year, with the first two at 25 Capricorn and the third at 23 Capricorn. These two degree points are activated for many years to come, so there’s a lot to be learned about refining our senses, and becoming “psychologically enriched” by enjoying our play as we find a “transcendent security.
Wherever you have late Capricorn, you have seeds of power and authorship. You have been training since 2018 for what you’re experiencing in 2020. When Saturn returns to Capricorn in July, we’ll again have Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto all in the last half of Capricorn, so this year is entirely focused on our group work.
This will be an extraordinarily dynamic Pluto retrograde period, given the aspects in play as this RX period begins. Just a few hours before Pluto goes stationary retrograde, Mercury in Aries makes a powerful square, bring signs and signals of the volatile struggle to come between August and December when Mars in Aries squares Pluto three times (with Jupiter and Saturn thrown into the mix during the first two squares!)
Also, we now enter the time when Neptune is again nearing a sextile to Pluto, indicating that with each year, we’re getting further away from the 26 year period when the Grand Irrationality V.1 pervaded the atmosphere. Still, the seeds of our global “fork in the road of destiny” has been set and re-set many times in the past quarter century, and we’ll be dealing with the results of these seeds for a long time to come.
Another source of extreme changes and edginess in the air is shown by Uranus again biseptiling Pluto, setting the Grand Irrationality V.2 in play. We again are in a period of radical shifts and irrational behaviors through the June Solstice, so expect some strange events, reasoning, speeches, and thinking for the next 9 weeks! You can find more in the articles every New and Full Moon.
After the Solstice, Uranus and Pluto are in a serendipitous tredecile through its SD in early October all the way to mid-November, when they again make their final “fateful” biseptile through February 2021. The first biseptile was from June-Oct 2018; the second was between May-July 2019, the third was Oct-Dec 2019, this one is through the Solstice, and the last one is late this year and early next year. As these will involve emergent transpersonal global energies, if you have a sensitive planet or point near 23-27 Capricorn, 14-18 Pisces, 5-9 Taurus, 27 Gemini- 1 Cancer, 19-23 Leo, 10-14 Libra, or 2-6 Sagittarius, prepare for your life to come to an intersection of Fate Street and Freewill Street on Eternity Boulevard!
Because of what’s been going on the past 4 years, it seems that the time when Pluto goes stationary retrograde and begins its review each year, humanity stands at critical forks in the road of its collective destiny. From here, we review the seeds we’ve already sensed related to finding a transcendent security, seeing the “kindness of life,” as well as how we have given or received assistance (24 Capricorn) and received rewards for courage, past and present (23 Capricorn). These will be front and center via the RX through October, and again in direct motion from October through late January 2020 before Pluto again moves into unknown zones.
The coming Pluto RX period can help us find a new effectiveness in group performance situations, giving us a “timely rescue” or allowing to be of “timely rescue” to another. Many Saturn and Pluto related themes will begin to break the surface as Mars draws closer to its opposition to these two heavyweight planets in June. At that point, make sure you aren’t getting deflected into needless conflict, and use your powers of precise focus to eliminate all which is frustrating your mature “economy of energy.”
You’ve now entered a new long term chapter of using power wisely in group situation, and have launched multiple cycles of a new era now that Jupiter and Saturn have both conjuncted Pluto, activated by Mars in March-April 2020. We have now gone through the second of the Great Compressions of 2019-2022, finishing our launching of multiple Capricorn cycles wherever we have the last decan of Capricorn and beginning our launching of multiple Aquarian cycles which will blossom in 2021. Be precise in how you use energy in your emotional and social realms, since it will serve you in power-oriented situations this year.
While Pluto does occasionally take us into the underworld of existence, it’s there where we look at our core, and purify all that is not Eternal. Pluto may accompany us through terrifying experiences, but it also is Lord of the Underworld, and so it is through Pluto that we become masters of fear, and it ceases to trouble us ever again. Welcome the depth experiences Pluto brings, since it is the Way to demonstrating your Spiritual Will which overcomes all lesser things.
© Copyright 2020 Robert Wilkinson - https://www.aquariuspapers.com
Reprinted on crystalwind.ca with persmission from Robert Wilkinson.
© Copyright 2020 Robert Wilkinson - https://www.aquariuspapers.com
About the author:
Robert wilkinson An internationally-known astrologer, author, public speaker, metaphysician, and futurist, with over 25 years experience as a counselor and educator. He has presented hundreds of public talks on all aspects of Astrology, the Eastern Wisdom tradition, the Western Wisdom tradition and promoted many mass gatherings and cultural events. Some of his specific areas of interest and expertise include personality profiles, degree patterns, integrative astrology, various aspect harmonics, among others.
Reprinted on crystalwind.ca. with persmission from Robert Wilkinson.
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