Pluto and its effects historically – A vedic insight by Dawn Woodhouse….
In ancient Indian Vedic Astrology we see an added dimension to the zodiac system. The Sun signs depict 12 months, and the monthly movement of the Sun.
The Nakshatra’s, stella constellations or Moon mansions depict the daily motion of the Moon. The Moon moves through one Nakshatra each day, 27 during the course of the month.
Each Nakshatra is 13.20 in length. This goes back to a system prior to the use of sun signs about 3,000 years ago. The constellations are deeply spiritual in meaning, and relate to the Gods, the three gunas or qualities, and our level of spiritual development. When major aspects of planets occur the exact constellational as well as sign position and the placement of its ruler will give the clues as to the real meaning of the event. In Vedic astrology there are 27 asterisms or stars as well as the 12 signs we are familiar with, Aries though to Pisces. They are each 13.20 degrees in length. Like the 12 signs the constellations all have different characteristics, qualities and functions.
In the sign Scorpio, which is the sign ruled by Pluto we find the 4th section (Pada) of the Nakshatra Vishaska, and the whole of Anuradha and Jyeshtu. With the Constellations within Scorpio we see the connection between the transformational nature of Scorpio and the spiritual qualities embodied by that principle. What is apparent is that the deeply transformational nature of Pluto, is very much linked with the nature of the Constellations there, Vishakha, Anuradha and Jyestha, especially Jyesthu which rules Kundalini Shakti, or the power within us that gives realisation, Moksha or second birth. This is the last section of Scorpio, from 16.40 Scorpio until 30.00 where Pluto’s transit gives the most intense effects. The triple opposition of Saturn and Pluto occurs at around 21.00 Scorpio and the August 2002 conjunctions of Ketu and Pluto occurs also at 21.00 Scorpio. The last conjunction of Ketu and Pluto in December 1500, just after the discovery of the USA by Columbus in 1492 occurred at 9.43 Scorpio which is in Anuradha Nakshatra. The effects would be far less intense in terms of spiritual development. Anuradha gives bhakti, Jyesthu gives the transformation. When the constellations within Scorpio are closely related to the transformational nature of Scorpio. True transformation occurs through only self-realisation or kundalini awakening. Pluto’s close association with Scorpio pertains to Pluto’s alchemical or transmutational function. It transmutes lower energy to higher, or transforms a normal human being into a spiritual personality. It gives that quantum leap in consciousness we have all being expecting. But only through cleansing all that is obstructing that process. 8TH HOUSE and SCORPIO Scorpio is the natural 8th house of the Zodiac. Here we see how the 12 houses progress from House 1, Aries, to House 8 Scorpio.
Starting with birth, then at house 8 we meet the house of death. House 1 is the head, House 8 the Pelvis, where the Sacrum bone is that contains the kundalini. This is birth death and resurrection as a spiritual entity. Scorpio is an intense sign, it is feminine, watery and fixed; where in traditional Vedic astrology the serpent Naga is intimately connected with Scorpio. Naga hides in a cavity and surrounds a precious gem. This symbolises the connection with the secret energy of Kundalini. He protects this knowledge and will only permit those who have the spiritual authority to gain this power. Scorpio is also associated with danger and destruction. Here we can see Pluto’s nature in order to understand how this works: Pluto as Destroyer and Redeemer TRANSFORMS and TRANSMUTES. Signifies longevity, death. It signifies all things hidden. It is associated with the Mangala Sutra, which symbolises the chastity of the married lady. Mars is the protector of the married lady. On a deeper level it signifies the chakras and the Kundalini Shakti. We have seen great changes in the spiritual awareness in our society since this time. Pluto brings to light that which is hidden, the association with the underworld is perhaps the depths that Pluto’s powers reach. More than any other planetary force it signifies that depth According to Jatakabharana, the 8th house refers to ‘going across the rivers and things across the rivers and across the seas and oceans, severe difficulties or path through rough mountainous regions or thorough dense forests, weapons and calamities’. Its association with money relates to its rulership of insurance, debts, inheritances, and unearned income. The 8th house also signifies going astray down the wrong, path. Quite easily while people are thinking they on the spiritual path this can be the case, they fail to discern what path they are really on. Moral and dharmic guidance may be lacking in that respect. Therefore the 8th house is a difficult house for some. Yet there is a hidden deeper side to it. This can either alludes to the kundalini, and the spiritual potential of the 8th house, or manifest in external circumstances. Scorpio and the 8th house are associated with death, and Pluto the hidden depth, signifies rebirth.
The death that takes place spiritually through its auspices is the death of all that is negative and impure, all that clouds the pure spirit within. Pluto forces that which is hidden into the light, working as eliminator and as renewer. Pluto would be all five elements, as Pluto is integration. Its works as integrator on the both individual level, where we are integrated with the spirit within, and on the level of society it integrates all religions, races, creeds, politics and societies. To do this it must first remove all that creates obstacles to this end. Therefore Pluto acts as destroyer to all negative forces, all forces of evil, whether within us or without. VISHAKHA 20 Libra to 3.20 Scorpio ruled by Jupiter The star of purpose, also known as Radha. Dieties are Indra and Agni. (fire) It denotes concentrated power, a sense of righteousness and great courage. The aim is to worship, adore and be complete or mature. It reaches all qualities in the universe.
The last quarter in Scorpio, which is ruled by Agni and is posited in Scorpio concerns the intense trials necessary for spiritual transformation. Until that spiritual transformation is reached it creates an intense desire in the form of restlessness and dissatisfaction with existing conditions in life. ANURADHA From 3.20 Scorpio to 16.40 Scorpio, ruled by Saturn and the deity Mitra.
Dharma is the motivational force, and the symbol is the lotus flower. Dharma signifies morals, righteousness and religion. This means that only thought righteousness can the regeneration spiritual forces of nature become available to us. The start of manifestation of Yogi powers, but not complete transmutation from material to spiritual is signified. But here one can start to discover ones true spiritual nature. Saturn signifies the collective humanity. One has to go beyond individuality to start this journey,
Saturn ruling a constellation within the Martian sign of Scorpio suggests severe trials. The power of worship given by this star, the qualities of Mitra, suggesting love, compassion, Bhakti, are the qualities, including dharma needed to come closer to God to start to realise ones spiritual development. The lotus flower is a powerful symbol of spiritual development and unity. This unity can be realised by co-operation and balance in relationships and society without selfishness. Whilst seeking for God is strong, and purification takes place, it does not grant spiritual union just yet. The trials and spiritualization of ones life are a work in progress. This was the star in 1500 that Pluto last joined Ketu in. Jyeshta 16.40 Scorpio to 0.00 Sagittarius. The ruling planet is Mercury and the deity is Indra, the king of Gods. The primal power flowing through this asterism is kundalini. The symbolism is of an earring, which is a round object of protection, and an umbrella showing both worldly and spiritual attainments. This activates the highest qualities within a person. It unveils hidden spiritual knowledge and wisdom. This signifies significant transformation. Indra has the power to rise and conquer and gain courage in battle* (*footnote: quote Dennis Harness the nakshatras) arohana shakti. Worldly success and wealth in this constellation is through supernatural means, poverty is often experienced here otherwise. For those who are searching for spirtuality this has the potential to put the individual on a new path, for those still engrossed in materialism, their rejection of spirituality will lead them towards greater arrogance, pride. But the awakening of kundalini is the spiritual rebirth. Here we see the potential of man to rise up like the phoenix, [Pluto] from the ashes of his former self into a new spiritual being.
Those who do not wish to meet this transformation meet with Pluto’s other power. That of destroyer. Therefore the transit of Pluto in this constellation is the most intense of all, and the aspects it makes here denote far reaching changes for humanity. Ketu is exalted here. Rahu and Ketu and respectively the head and the tail of the same entity and are always directly opposite each other. Their intimate connection with our karma is connected to Rahu’s signification of Kundalini. The kundalini is the one with the power to give self-realisation, and is carried within us in a latent form until activated from birth to birth. Within it all our karmas are there. Therefore in the chart it is often said that Rahu is future karma and the direction one is going in and Ketu shows the past. Rahu can give materialism and Ketu Moksha: being the two ends of the karmic matters. Many astrologers will say its very difficult to predict what exactly will happen in the time periods ruled by the Nodes, (known as Dasa) because they have a very unpredictable nature. Ketu can give things very suddenly and sharply, and acts unexpectedly and is of the nature of fire, and is equated to Mars. Jyeshta itself is ruled by Mercury, this will give intellectual understanding. Mercury has a dual nature, and that’s perhaps related to the nature of Pluto which whilst extremely powerful to transmute ones base nature through the spiritual fire (alchemy associations) can also be extremely destruction to those who cannot be changed. War, the nuclear and biochemical and other threats are therefore quite real possibilities for a humanity not transformed spiritually at this stage. Jyeshta indicates protection from the eldest, this includes temporal and celestial forms of protection is available at this time to humanity. The temporal may be police or benevolent governments who wish to protect the citizens, and the celestial is the protection of the Gods on humanity. Here this year Saturn makes three passes opposite Pluto in Jyeshta, the last aspect occurring in May 2002 and Ketu joins Pluto in Jyestha on 2nd August 2002. Jupiter opposes Neptune in Capricorn on September 11th 2002. This marks an extremely intense period in world affairs.
After Pluto has left Jyestha in 2005 the world is likely to be a much better place. The potential for upliftment and development of humanity has never been so great as at this time. Uranus and Neptune have travelled through Capricorn, the sign of government and the structures in society for some time, and are part of the process of the changes taking place in this respect. SAMADHI or Self-Realisation at the Sahastrara or crown chakra the bliss of thoughtless awareness is experienced, the planet Pluto in astrological terms transmutes all the lower impulses into their spiritual manifestation or destroys the negativity that cannot be transformed. This represents Kalki who incarnates to destroy all that is not pure. This is the function of Pluto. Pluto takes 248 years to orbit the earth and has a highly irregular orbit. Whilst it is normally further away from the Sun than Neptune, for the last 20 years its orbit has gone inside that of Neptune’s, which makes a period of radical spiritual transformation, and shift in consciousness of the masses.
Traditionally Mars has rulership of both Aries and Scorpio. Aries signifies the new birth of the soul, its the first house of the natural zodiac and signifies beginnings. Mars and Aries are both fire element, this element is capable of changing the form of the other elements, earth, air and water. In the Havana ( sacred fire ceremony ), one first gives obeisance to Agni, then to Swaha his spouse] the God of fire, to cleanse and remove, to burn off all that is negative. Mars is seen to destroy old forms so that more highly evolved aspects of the selfhood can take place. This paves the way for Pluto. Whilst Mars changes the form, Pluto’s power of transformation is at a higher octave power: Mars breaks into pieces, whilst Pluto changes the atomic structure. Pluto’s transformation takes the work of Mars one step further, working in a deeper more hidden manner. Pluto is at once the Redeemer, and Destroyer. It works in a subtle way to transmute matter, whether on a physical, psychological or spiritual level. Often equated with alchemy, the changing of base metal to gold, Pluto changes or destroys all that is base and makes gold of us all. It is a rather difficult task of course, and Pluto is necessarily slow moving as a result. Its processes take years, and the more destructive activities are reading apparent. But matter can be resistant to change. Pluto wants to remove all that is negative to let that which is pure shine forth. Sometimes this takes drastic measures, sometimes infinite patience. Pluto forces that which is hidden into the light, working as eliminator and as renewer. Pluto would be all five elements, as Pluto is integration. MEANING OF SOME ASPECTS AND CONFIGURATIONS: PLUTO IN SCORPIO Here Pluto, symbolizing the Redeemer, a planet that has been working in a hidden or underground manner since 1930, now is two-thirds the way through the transformational sign of Scorpio.
Like Scorpio, and the asterisms in Scorpio, Pluto does not give away its secrets easily. In Anuradha, we see that moral behaviour [righteousness] is necessary to take the first steps, and that in Jyeshtu all materialism and gross attachments of the physical, mental and emotions are left behind when one meets with the Kundalini. Here we see the transmutation of Pluto, as She completes the work of Mars started in Aries with the birth of the human being. We have seen great changes in the spiritual awareness in our society since this time. What of the next 4 signs after Scorpio. After Scorpio we meet the 4 signs ruled traditionally by Saturn and Jupiter. Jupiter is known as Guru in Sanskrit. Now Uranus also rules Aquarius, and Saturn Capricorn. Neptune rules Pisces.
Ketu which is the South node of the Moon is assigned rulership of Scorpio. Superficially this is because its qualities are equated with Mars which rules Scorpio, but more subtly Ketu signifies Moksha and detachment from worldly concerns. Ketu is powerful in Scorpio, its exaltation sign. Pluto’s transit through Scorpio signals a point where worldwide conflict and destruction reaches a peak. This is a time when the regenerative powers of Pluto are at its peak, in the sign ruling death, and resurrection. Pluto is cleansing in nature, and all that is evil Pluto has been working to expose and eradicate, and the means to do this will come into being through the agencies of Pluto at this time.
As Pluto progresses into later degrees in Scorpio this will become more intense, as time runs out. Neptune and Uranus look as if they are assisting Pluto in this task, as Neptune is 14 Capricorn, the sign of world governments, its position there, exactly opposite President George W Bush’s Ascendant, suggests he may be the agent of a force to bring new concepts of government into being, due to necessities arising, as economic and political structures fall into chaos. The spirituality of Neptune has to be expressed through practical dealings.
By the time Pluto has left Scorpio finally in 2005-2006 tremendous changes in the world will have taken place. Much evil will be cleansed from the world. We are not as yet seeing the full impact of the events that are now in progress, but the many evils of all our world will be purged in this time. Pluto gives this opportunity. That it remains in Scorpio for 4-5 more years indicates that there will be intense struggles in this period to cleanse the world. Later Pluto will meet Ketu in Scorpio. That being a very deep and spiritual combination, in terms of consciousness, occurring in Scorpio, whatever event takes place externally, which may be sudden which is the nature of Ketu, it will be of an effect to change the consciousness of the world. We are a materialistic world, that has forgotten moral and social responsibilities, most of us are quite happy in our own wealth not to consider the many others suffering, even if we have benefited at their expense in some way. Whilst we may think of starving or tortured people elsewhere we have not been prepared to take the drastic steps necessary to bring the world into balance and remove these problems. We have been happy in our own triviality. We are happy to say our religion is correct and our colour, caste, or class or whatever or our ability is better, and that its therefore not our fault that others suffer. Pluto’s transit is a sign that this lack of awareness is changing. The masses (Saturn) will have to change (Pluto) their awareness (Scorpio) by spiritual means only. (Jyestha). As a result of Pluto’s drastic nature in a very drastic sign Scorpio, some dire situations to necessitate these changes have been created. An evil regime, has used the name of God to justify killing innocent people, and have traded vast amounts Heroin, poisoning people and possibly diamonds to fund this killing. The banks have been quite happy to handle their money, no questions asked. So a lot of things are being destroyed by the Pluto energy in one way or another now.
All over the world there has been injustice and evil people have thrived for some long time now. This is the beginning of the end for them all. Pluto is very powerful in that respect. A struggle is apparent, and until Pluto leaves Scorpio after 2005 the energy will be quite intense in terms of purification of the earths energy, and whatever it takes to do that work. Much will happen on unseen levels as well as seen, spiritual as well as mundane. Pluto is hidden in nature and works secretly and in an unseen manner, Scorpio also has that nature, so that will be how it works. But it will be intense, thorough and effective. PLUTO IN SAGITTARIUS 2005-2020 After the tumultuous last years of travelling through Scorpio Pluto finally reaches Sagittarius on Feb 8th 2005. It retrogrades back into Scorpio and finally leaves in early 2006. Here we see Mars escorting Pluto into Sagittarius, and Saturn retrograde in late Gemini. Again we see the significance of the two agents of transformation working together in the sign which signifies the Guru or teacher.
We can only expect to see some significant transformations relating to spiritual values at this time. This will completely transform religion as we know it. Quoting from the Astrologers Handbook by Sakoian and Acker ‘there will be one world religion based on man’s direct intuitive communion with the One Creator. New spiritual leaders will arise to teach the fundamental laws governing all life in the universe. The new world religion will combine all the highest expressions of the great religions of the past.’ Inescapably Pluto’s final years in Scorpio whilst undoubtable promise to be traumatic, are necessary to clear the world of evil for that which is to come. This heralds a long period of peace and calm where there will be no more war, and the establishment of spirituality on earth.
A new awakening of mans consciousness will take place, and come into being in full force at this time. Events will unfold along this path. PLUTO OPPOSITE SATURN This is occurring across the Scorpio Taurus axis. Pluto 20 Scorpio Saturn 20 Taurus currently in October 2001. The dates the aspect is occurring are on 5th august 2001- 2nd November 2001 -26 May 2002. The is due to the retrograde movement of Saturn, which passed over Pluto in forward motion, then backward, and in May makes the final pass. At the time of the aspect Pluto is in the Star Jyesthu ruling kundalini, and Saturn is in Rohini, the birth star of Sri Krishna. Saturn signifies Sri Krishna (Lord Vishnu), and here is Saturn in the star of Sri Krishna, (both Sri Krishna’s Moon and Ascendant ere in Rohini) staying there for all three passes of the opposition. On the day of the US counterstrike, exalted Moon (signifying the female energy of Mother or Goddess) joined Saturn in Rohini, 12th house from terrorist attack. Meaning it will be the negation of the attack, and will be effective. But the aspects are not easy ones.
Pluto is the unstoppable force or transformation, Saturn is structure and form which offers a resistance to that inevitability. Transformation of the environment. A subtle breakdown of old forms, subtle because it will take place over time. In terms of the current world situation, we can expect that old forms will break down subtly. Behind the dramatic events of war many old conditions will pass away. Saturn in the money side of Taurus suggest that financial structures will undergo a breakdown and transformation at this time. This will may break down materialistic tendencies, and create a transformation. Certainly there will be upheaval and change at this time. The opposition between Saturn in Taurus and Pluto in Scorpio encourages economic change and rebirth. Both these signs are money and economic signs. Taurus relates to economic capacity of nations, banks, material possessions, currency, national trade and food production. Scorpio to debts, tyranny, insurance, taxation, secrets, mining, underground tunnels, death, secret negotiations. So a major aspect between these two signs, will activate the energies of the involved planets to act in these matters, possibility creating economic crises signally a need for major structural changes in these matters. Mass destiny matters of oppression cruelty violence. Pluto will transform at all costs. Saturn is rigid and resists change, and is also the ruler of tapasya or sacrifice. Saturn’s rulership of agriculture, preserved food items, oil and products produced or taken from the earth, grains and factories, suggest these matters may cause problems. It will affect national expenditure, as Saturn is the ruler of national calamities and emergencies. Its likely that crises concerning these natural resources may occur as a result of the three successive oppositions of Pluto and Saturn in Scorpio. The constellation of Rohini also rules oil, petrol and agriculture. Pluto rules the end of things, and the Kali Yuga, age of darkness which came into being after the life of Sri Krishna, and this signal the end of that time. Jyesthu gives divine help. Pluto will give rebirth spiritually.
PLUTO OPPOSITE URANUS This configuration occurs currently, from transiting Pluto to the Natal horoscope of the USA, July 4 1776 chart. 5.30pm. As we shall see from the effect of this aspect, this relates very closely to actual happenings in the USA at this time. This aspects effect coincides with political and social upheaval, a massive and compulsive period of change. Repressive people, or situations can create situations that call for maximum cooperation and unity with others. Clarity towards entrenched attitudes, in order to fix priorities, values and direction is demanded by circumstances. Mass destiny is beset with massive changes, war, violence. Its also an aspect showing extremism and fanaticism. Extreme political. It can also bring economic collapse, and social and economic dislocation as brought about by the changes taking place at this time. If this occurs in an angular position the effects will be very strong. According to the chart about the aspect occurs right on the Ascendant of the USA chart currently. A new path will open up for the future as awareness and insight is gained. Changes in power structures, rooted in the past but emerging suddenly will take place now. The changes can be far reaching in impact. Saturn opposite will bring a careful and well thought out change, using the experience of the past to make the necessary changes. It will give form to original ideas, unusual and sudden responsibilities. It will give some restraint to the force of the changes taking place.
KETU CONJUNCT PLUTO Sept 2 2002
Due to Plutos slow movement around the zodiac this can occur only ever 250 years or so. Pluto take 284 to circumvent the zodiac circle, Ketu in reverse motion takes 18 years. (the nodes do not actually have a physical body as they are calculated mathematically in relationship to the alignment of the Sun, Moon and Earth, they signify our karmic path and cannot be overlooked). The last time that Pluto and Ketu met in Scorpio was in 1500. At the time of the conjunction Moon has only just moved into Taurus. In Krittika the firey star of Kartikeya, and moving in its exaltation position, Moon Lords it over the chart. As ruler of the sign where Mars Jupiter Sun and Mercury are seated, and aspecting Pluto and Ketu, its in a unique position of strength. At the very beginning of a feminine sign, it is also in its old age. As is Mercury interestingly enough. The fact that Mars is the ruler of the Sign Scorpio where Pluto and Ketu (also rulers of Scorpio) are placed and Mercury is the ruler of the Star Jyesthu which runs from 16.40 Scorpio to 30.00 degrees Scorpio, also uniquely gives strength to Moon as the ruler of the sign these planets are placed in. Its old age may give a clue to the fact that the matter is drawing to a close in some manner. Certainly if a planet is in a sign, and the ruler of that sign is exalted that gives strength to the planets concerned. So we have four planets in the Moons sign and its exalted. Using the conjunction as Ascendant, which is after all what we are looking at, from there, the dharma houses or houses of religion, five and nine are Cancer and Pisces. So we find that group of planets in the ninth house of religion and dharma (morals), and its ruler exalted. Jupiter the ruler of fifth exalted in ninth can is an extremely spiritual combination.
Fifth and ninth houses are past and future karmas. The first house ruler Mars is present. Mars is debilitated, but this is cancelled. So this chart has unique repercussions on matters to do with past present and future karmas. This is a big moment in the karmic development of mankind as a result. The exalted ninth and fifth rulers, Moon and Jupiter show the efforts of mother (Moon) and guru (Jupiter) working positively for the development of mankind, the main power of good comes from these two planets, helped by tenth lord Sun. The Sun signifies ruler or King in the planetary cabinet. Tenth house also signifies ruler. Jupiter is teacher, Mars is military commander, Mercury is communications.
The weakness of combust debilitated ascendant lord Mars positioned inbetween friend Sun and worst enemy Mercury shows severe struggle. Mercury being in highest longitude is atmakaraka, and next is Mars, formly a powerful rajayoga again in the house of guru’s, or 9th house (using the conjunction as ascendant). This suggests the cleansing will be quite a trial at this time, extremely powerful spiritual forces are in motion. The Guru is with the King in the house of religion, morals and righteous behaviour. Both are strong, but the struggle is still very much in progress. The problems basically come from the significations of Mars and Mercury locked in battle here.
Mars also rules the 6th house and Mercury the 8th house, both potentially houses of negative energy, so their weakness is not undesirable from that point of view. But Mars as ascendant lord and both as rulers of the sign and star the conjunction occurs points to severe trauma. A very extreme and dire conflict will be in progress at this time. The external manifestation will be a reflection of the inner development. The presence of God in an extremely powerful manner is quite obvious in the chart, but the outcome of the struggle taking place between the forces of good and evil is a little harder. What is of concern is the ruler of Scorpio’s weakness and the weakness of Mercury.
Mercury in the final degree of Cancer is in what is called a Gadanta, or edge of both a sign and constellation. Its can lead to great spiritual development and perhaps signifies that which is negative within us can be transmuted (Pluto) by the positive force of God into a higher manifestation at this time. Neptune also closely opposes the Sun. Sun 16 Cancer, Mars 18 Cancer, Neptune 15 Capricorn. Neptune Sun aspects are associated with a state of consciousness beyond the ego and increased idealism. Sun as tenth ruler of the chart, Mars as first, and Neptune in the sign of government suggests that increased idealism and attempts to put spiritual principles into practice in Government may be an important positive development now. Yet the conflict and opposition to this is also shown. A major spiritual transformation on a worldwide level for humanity through a great teacher is clearly shown. On September 11 Jupiter at 14 Cancer opposed Neptune at 14 Capricorn. Venus and Mercury were in Libra. This very much looks like an aspect of universal love working through world government (Neptune in Capricorn). This follows quickly on the tail of the Ketu Pluto aspect, suggesting an intense spiritualising force in progress. Interestingly this falls exactly on the ascendant of President Bush, 14 Cancer, suggesting he will be involved in this in some pivotal way.
PLUTO CONJUNCT KETU 11.03 Saggitarius
Pluto conjunct Ketu at 11.03 Sagittarius. January 4, the year 30 AD time of Cruxification and Resurrection of Christ. Sun 16.06 Capricorn Moon/Saturn Moon 25.56 Taurus Mars/Rahu Mars 11.06 Scorpio Saturn/Moon Mercury 26.37 Sagg Venus/Ketu Venus 23.57 Capricorn Mars/Mars Jupiter 5.33 Pisces Saturn/Saturn Saturn 8.13 Gemini Rahu/Rahu Rahu 11.03 Gemini Rahu/Saturn Ketu 11.03 Sagg Ketu/Saturn Uranus 9.42 Leo Ketu/Saturn Neptune 24.12 Capricorn Mars/Rahu Pluto 11.03 Sagg Ketu/Saturn At the moment of a major conjunction, the whole chart has to be seen in order to ascertain the impact and significance of the event.
Pluto’s irregular orbit or 284 years, sometimes taking 12 years in a sign, sometimes 30, means there is limited opportunity for certain aspects. Rahu and Ketu in all probability will each meet Pluto once in each sign as they make a round of the zodiac, ie 18 years. Saturn takes 28, Jupiter 12, Uranus 84 and Neptune ”’160ish 160, Mars 2. Sun, Mercury and Venus take a year, Moon 27 days. So probabilities of particular patterns occurring become more and more remote. There are 27 constellations, and these are sub-divided into 256 sub-sections (sub-rulers). Therefore there may be one opportunity every 284 years for Pluto to meet Ketu in a particular sign, 284 (Pluto’s ) divide by 18 (Ketu’s orbit) = 15.7. So they will meet 16 times in that 284 year period, 1.3 times in each sign.
Sometimes missing a sign, and twice in another. Once in each constellation is mathematically possible every 570 years, and so on. Saturn and Pluto will meet ten times. Uranus and Pluto can only meet every 286 years for example. So to meet in any particular sign mathematically can only happen every 3432 years. Hopefully you are beginning to get a sense of probabilities here. So for certain significant combinations, they occur rarely in a particular place. Next we see the chart, the sign and constellation rulers of the particular combination we are looking at. Then we see all the other planets, particularly the Sun and Moon on the day in question. This chart has the Ketu-Pluto combination in the constellation of Mula, ruled by Ketu in the sign of Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter, sub-lord Saturn.
That combination alone will make you suck in your breath. The signs ruled by Jupiter are both (Sagittarius and Pisces) extremely significant in terms of religion; Sagittarius is more about codes of behaviour and morality and Pisces transcendence (Neptune association). So here is Pluto the transmuter of consciousness with the Moksha significator, in the constellation of Mula. This asterism’s significance is relevant here, because that is where the conjuction is posited, and its means is therefore part and parcel of the meaning of what energy is released here.
Mula means root, the foundation or lowest part of anything. Everything else grows from that. Mula signifies the end of materialism and the start on the path to spirituality. It has the power to inflict pain, and sets the path towards God. Its ruled by Nirriti, the Goddess of destruction, who has the power to ruin and destroy. It gives onerous responsibilities, losses and some hardship that must be borne to carry out a mission. Past Karma is all eradicated here. The elephants tail or trunk is the symbol, signifying the end of one phase and the beginning of another.
Christ said he was the Alpha and the Omega. The beginning and the end, the beginning is the root, so this constellation signifies the beginning or root. The act of compassion to sacrifice himself to remove the sins (karmas) of others is seen very much by this conjunction at this time. The amount of compassion is seen by the Sun with Neptune Venus, the act of sacrifice is seen by the Ketu Pluto conjunction in Mula. This act was to open the gateway to show us the way to overcome the continuing wheel of karma. Saturn, the sub-ruler of the conjunction, signifies tapasya, detachment and sacrifice. Its an extremely powerfully significant combination. Sun-Venus-Neptune are joined in earthy Capricorn, in a trinal relationship to Moon exalted in Taurus. The Sun is fire element, the rest at watery in nature, but with the exception of the Sun, which is in the constellation of the watery Moon, they are all posited in fiery constellations: Moon Krittika belonging to Mars, and Venus Neptune Dhanista, also Mars ruled. This signifies the burning off or removal of earth element by fire element. Furthermore to confirm that the eventual outcome of results are seen in Navamsa chart; watery Venus Jupiter Neptune Moon are together in the fiery sign of Leo in the Navamsa. Sun-Venus- Neptune and Venus-Jupiter-Neptune-Moon combinations are strongly associated with universal love, compassion, transcending the boundaries of self in a loving desire to embrace humanity and supreme sacrifice. Mars is in the twelfth house signifying apart from Moksha and sacrifice it rules one next life after departing this life. Whether one will go to heaven or hell. So all these planets are ruled by fiery Mars ruling 5 and 12 in Scorpio in the 12th house. The twelfth house is where the soul becomes purified and the ego is transcended. Sun Jupiter and Ketu are spiritual planets, whereby Moon Venus and Rahu represent materialism. Here Mars, signifying fire, is the star ruler of all these watery planets with material associations, in the house from the conjunction signifying overcoming ego, karma, materialism on the journey towards God.. The symbology can further be seen by seeing the houses four, eight, and twelve from the point of view that four shows the previous life, eight shows the time of death, twelve shows the next life or afterlife. The fourth house from the conjunction (Pluto/Ketu) is extremely powerful with the Jupiter there symbolizing universal teacher in Pisces. The eight ruler Moon is exalted. And Mars in the 12th ruling it. All powerful. From Moon the fourth ruler is Sun strongly placed in ninth, powerful previous birth.
The time of death is show by the conjunction the chart is drawn up for between Ketu and Pluto, showing spiritual transcendence and transformation in the eighth from the Moon. A more potent symbol signifying rising from the dead would be difficult to find. The removal of earth element by an act of compassion is clearly seen. The truth of the event is difficult to deny in the chart. CONCLUSION Pluto as we have seen shows remarkable and far reaching changes are now in progress. Taking 248 to circumvent the Zodiac, or constellations, as it orbits the Sun, in its eccentric orbit, Pluto’s passage marks great changes in humanity as a whole. The cleansing process will be intense, require sacrifice, bringing to the surface extremes of good and evil.
Drastic upheavals will occur as we are transmuted into the next level of consciousness. All hate, lust, greed, insincerity, pride has to be transmuted to pure love and compassion. The only way humanity can go on is with love and compassion for one another, as this is the only way we can understand each other. Otherwise there will always be war and hate and conflict. Pluto at this time clearly signals this is about to change. If it cannot be accomplished we will destroy ourselves, Pluto is uncompromising. Pluto also clearly signifies God is at work perhaps as yet unseen by most people.
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