Tuesday morning, at about half-past 9am PDT, Pluto stands still, and then turns Retrograde. If things were normal, we’d just feel like we were swimming in Jello for the next few days. Pluto rules (is, kinda) Scorpio, and Scorpio never relaxes until it gets to the bottom of things, so if there’s anything “bothering you” – occupying your thoughts or triggering your Emotions – things’ll feel intense. Pluto’s been within one degree of it’s Station since February 6, so the Sensitives among us may have been feeling “heavy” since then.
There are a couple of handy guidelines for living with a strong Pluto, that work as well for a heavy Pluto event as for a Pluto-dominant lifetime. The first one is what investors refer to as “don’t fight the tape” – when progress gets too difficult, turn around and go the other way. Pluto, recall, is like a Big River, and paddling upstream can be a horrendous waste of Energy. “You may have to lose a battle or two to win the war” is another trite metaphor that fits. Of course, if you’re a sailor, you know about tacking – that’s a very handy skill around Pluto. Don’t waste your energy on resistance – Pluto is relentless.
Another useful Pluto helper is Let Go of the Past. Pluto transforms. You don’t want to be clinging to old patterns or old places or old paradigms or old expectations or even maybe old friends – you will be a different person when Pluto gets done with you, and your old connections may seem like dim recollections from an old movie – familiar, but distant. No need to burn any bridges unnecessarily, but Pluto is about Rebirth. You may as well be a walk-in. Sure, there will be survivors, friends or jobs or addictions or desires that survive from “lifetime” to “lifetime” (a single strong-Pluto life feels like many lifetimes), but you don’t usually know which ones will be survivors (unless you know which ones are also Pluto People), so to avoid losing fingernails it’s best to hang loose during the Trance(re)formations. Live each day anew.
Okay, that’s what we’d say about Pluto if things were normal. But, y’know, it’s 2012. Many folks say that the distinguishing character of 2012 is that Pluto will align with the Galactic Center at the Winter Solstice – that Pluto won’t just be the lens that channels the usual stream of beyond-our-Solar-System Energy into our space, but like a short wave radio that finds a thunderstorm on the other side of the World, Pluto will now be channeling direct orders from the Center of the Galaxy. Given the nature of the Unconscious, it’s not unreasonable to think of yourself as a remote controlled airplane – and Daddy just took the controls away from Junior. So Pluto could seem several orders or magnitude heavier than usual.
And on Friday, Mars turns Direct. Mars has been within one degree of its Station since April 1, so it’s completely reasonable to consider Mars to be lit up as well as Pluto. Mars-Pluto is traditionally a harbinger of violence – though over the last few decades it’s been conspicuously absent in that regard, fortunately. Yes, Mars has been Trining Pluto, which will have been Actively adding Grace to our Transformations, Hooray! The Trine is stretched to about 6 degrees of Orb at these Stations, though, and we’d ordinarily consider that to be quite “weak.”
However, they’re both turning in directions that will bring them back into Trine (in mid-May), so this Energy will begin waxing again. The downside of a Trine is Arrogance. So rather than the apparently-random violence that a “normal” Mars-Pluto might produce, over the next several days we may see violence in service of a cause. Violence mixed with Arrogance produces self-righteousness. Don’t provoke any zealots this week. And curb yer own internal zealot – polarization just creates standoff, as well we’ve learned (or not!) over the last dozen years.
Then of course, this is the Year of Uranus-Pluto. Uranus is now 4 degrees from Pluto. That’s way too far to say this Energy is prominent, but when you consider that Uranus is still moving forward, and Pluto will now begin moving backward to meet it, we could easily say that Uranus-Pluto (“the 60s”) starts now. They’ll be getting closer every day from now on. Their Square comes down to one degree of Orb on June 2, and completes on June 23, a coupla days after the Summer Solstice.
So rather than things being normal, Pluto will be tempered by Uranus – or aggravated by Uranus. Uranus is of course I gotta be Me. So there will be irresistible forces (Pluto) meeting inexorable desires (Uranus), with potentially explosive results. If your need to get up the River is Karmic or otherwise part of your Soul Mission, you’ll be renting a jet-boat. River be damned. Kent State comes to mind. Remember when yer Mum ruined that great Orange Jello by putting grated Carrots in it? Some of those Carrots may explode on impact.
Whatever happens, since these Dramas are waaay beyond our own span of control, take a deep Breath and try to relax. Even if you wake up and find yourself driving the jet-boat, take a deep Breath and try to relax. It may not always be that Pluto-driven Transformations are for the best, but it is true that they’re what’s happening, and denial won’t get you nowhere. What you can trust, though, is that you aren’t seeing the Whole Picture. You’re seeing mostly your own projections. Pluto is the Elephant, and you’re one of the seven blind folks. Tap out your reactivity. The more clearly you see what’s really happening, the easier it will be to adapt and thrive.
Don’t forget we’re in the very earliest stages of the new Chiron-Neptune paradigm. Whatever Pluto dislodges, we can guarantee it was an impediment to opening space for that shift. And don’t forget that the Lizards own the media. Whatever the mass media says, turn it around. Reality’s probably pretty close to the opposite of what they want you to believe. Other than all that, try the backstroke – you won’t get so many Carrots up yer nose.
Opal is “just” Quartz with Water molecules embedded in the Crystal structure. If Opal drys out, it can lose it’s “fire” – the play of colored lights that it has when viewed at different angles, though sometimes you can rehydrate yer Opal by soaking it in Water. This is a “Jelly” Opal, or Oregon Opal, as most Opal of this ilk comes from one mountain in Oregon, which is now closed to mining. I know, Pluto/Scorpio is symbolized by Water, but as the Buddhists say, into the Water, out through the Fire, into the Fire, out through the Water. It’s Spirit Fire that does the Trance(re)formation work. Here’s the Watery side, a “Boulder” Opal from Oz…