Considering that the Moon/Pluto conjunction dominated the Above Ground Performance in its trine to Venus, which ruled the Taurus Ascendent, it is time to reassess Pluto in the context of its demotion by astronomers.
Alas for Pluto, he’s no longer a planet but a plutoid. Plutoids are bright and spherical objects which orbit the Sun beyond Neptune. They are not considered planets because they don’t have enough mass to clear the area around them. Actually, a planet has been defined for the first time. Pluto orbits in the Kuiper Belt, a ring of icy debris on the outer edge of the solar system. Pluto, and other small planet-like bodies, are now named for either mythical gods of the underworld, or creation deities, depending where their orbit is relative to the Sun.
Beyond the Kuiper Belt, in a section of our solar system called the Scattered Disk, the newly discovered Plutoid Eris orbits. She is larger, and much further away from the Sun, than Pluto. It was Eris, aptly named for the Greek goddess of discord, who caused Pluto’s demotion, and this has resulted in a whole new category of small planets.
The mythology of Pluto is Hades, brother of Zeus (Sky) and Poseiden (Sea), who lorded over the Underworld. The avant-garde that I write about is concerned with this archetype of the Underground, ruling Warhol and his films, and the happenings of Aldo Tambellini. Pluto is the god of precious metals mined deep from within the Earth. The name has entered our current language as wealth or “plutocracy” intend of keeping the riches of the planet to themselves. Pluto gives rise to many a conspiracy theory!
The marriage of Pluto was through treachery and deceit. He kidnapped her while she was intoxicated by the Narcissus. By way of Persephone, Pluto is therefore connected with the annual cycle of fertility rites, which is how the more ancient Sacred Marriage Rites survived the shift of cosmology to the patriarchy. Loar writes:
If we understand the Hades/Pluto myth, we see that death is part of a cycle, and the expected outcome is a cyclical resurrection. Ancient cultures understood this, but in the West, we often forget the promise of spring and rebirth that is implied in the annual death.
Could this mean that if we regained knowledge of the Great Round of death and rebirth, we wouldn’t have to enter into resurrection unconsciously through abusive relationships, rape and power struggles? Pluto is the archetype responsible for the global abuse of women. For women to take back their power, which is necessary to create a new culture based on gender equality, it would mean nothing less than owning up to this power within, an awakening to the mysteries!
It would seem then that the demotion of Pluto is an essential step to make this force, neither patriarchal or matriarchal, but an equal partner in the Great Round, the cyclic resurrection that refers not only to the season but the birth of the Age of Aquarius.
This process will not be easy. It will take the Saturn square Pluto transit to break down what is left of the old archetypes, and bring forth new structures of collaboration among gender.
Saturn enters Libra on October 29, when I will be in Dublin with my Oral Presentation: The Heisenberg Principle in 21st Century Art.” I see the challenge, to address the forces of the plutocracy that have infiltrated the art world and stripped contemporary art of its soul, and present this condition against the emergence of a new archetypal model for human relationship, “The Sacred Marriage.”
The last time Saturn and Pluto were in difficult aspect was the opposition during September 11. I will be tracking signs in the culture this fall, which is the upheaval leading to the Jupiter/Uranus conjunction in Pisces, next year, which brings ends the mutual reception of Neptune in Aquarius and Uranus in Pisces to a resounding close. I long ago predicted that this interchange between the rulers of my Sun (Aquarius) and Moon (Pisces) would bring in a new art movement. And given this consciousness, it isn’t surprising that I have a role in bringing it to the attention of the global community of art critics. Here is a comment from Richard Tarnas in Cosmos and Psyche (p. 338)”
It sometimes happens that the two very different planetary cycles we have here been comparing, Saturn-Pluto and Jupiter-Uranus, unfold in such as way that they precisely overlap in a particular moment in history. We can then observe the telling ways in which the coinciding phenomena reflect the two distinct archetypal patterns working together.
These two formations will be taking place next year: the breakdown/restructuring of Saturn-Pluto will be accompanied by the Uranus/Jupiter in the sign of Pisces, ruling the mythologies we live by, the very archetypes we model ourselves after. While Jupiter/Neptune delivers the Aquarian mythology of the present Yod, next year will be about the awakening of this mythology to the collective humanity (Uranus).
What role does Pluto have in this process? Here is what Julie Loar says about the demotion of Pluto:
Even though Pluto is no longer officially a planet, his astrological influence has not diminished. Ask any astrologer. It’s arrogant to assume that size, or appearance, are the only valid measures of significance. Pluto may be small relative to the other planets, but he is mighty, releasing tremendous power. In a way, I believe Pluto’s change of status has freed him to operate more potently in his own mythical realm–the Underworld. Like a stealth provocateur, he moves unseen, touching the depths of what’s hidden from view, but needs to be seen, and triggering volcanic eruptions which are felt on the surface.
This is the reason why we need powerful works of art now, more than ever. But it also explains why they remain Unseen from public view. The Greek mythology has been dismissed by contemporary minds and we await the mythology unfolding from the concretization of Pluto in Capricorn square Saturn in Libra to replace it.
Next year, Uranus in Aries enters the picture to create a T-Square among the three planets known as the “malefics” in traditional astrology. We only need look back to the Great Depression, the last time there was such a line-up, to obtain an understanding of what to expect but Tarnas has numerous examples of paradigmic art that changed the course of human history which carries these imprints.
My goal here is to attempt the impossible, to assess history as it is being made through the lens of my understanding of the unseen force of the Kudalini as its winds its way into the collective consciousness. In astrology, this energy enters through the higher mind (Uranus) at the crown chakra, or the body instinct (Pluto) at the root chakra. Neptune in Aquarius brings this energy into the circulatory system to electrify the body into and through the archetype of Self.
Things come out of hiding at this period, like the Plutonic works of Aldo Tambellini that were created in the early sixties and believed to be lost for decades.
See how this discovery informs my understanding of the Pluto square Saturn as it enters into form over the next few weeks.