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Jose bernardo gomez

Starting from scratch

This week the remotest and smallest of the planets making up our solar system assumes the protagonism. It is Pluto, which was discovered less than a century ago (1930). Because of the eccentricity and dimensions of its orbit, this planet takes the longest time to go around the zodiacal circuit (almost a quarter of a millennium).

Last weekend Pluto shared the same sidereal point with the Full Moon; and the first day of this week it is opposed to the Sun. The angles it forms with our two luminaries increase the demolishing strength that this tiny planet represents, particularly, when it is in Capricorn, associated with structured power.

Pluto settled in Capricorn at the end of November 2008, and will stay there for seven more years. That means it will remain in that sign for something more than three lustrums (from 2008 to 2024), time sufficient to dissolve the domination and control structures of the society it found at the beginning of the millennium.

Since the time of its discovery on February the 18th of 1930, to this day, Pluto has traversed only half its zodiacal route, which is why humanity had never lived, consciously, the passing of this planet by the area that it now shares with the stars that make up the constellation of the Mountain Goat. In these days the dwarf planet transits, for the first time, by the point opposite to the one where it was on the day its existence was discovered.

The sign of Capricorn, where Pluto is now — which gives rise to the winter weather station in the north — is associated with the effort to survive and the need to create conditions of stability and security for life in common. It is thought of as having to do with political power and the obsession for control. Its ruler is Saturn, which represents the severe exercise of command.

Due to its small volume and to the enormous distance separating it from the Earth, Pluto is not visible to the naked eye and its electromagnetic influence is insignificant. But every time this little known planet has occupied a relevant position with respect to us, both individually and collectively, it has coincided with events triggering profound personal or social transformations.

In the mythological sphere, the tiny planet shares its name with the deity ruling over the hells, the underworld or the territory of the dead, which the Greeks called the Hades, the same term with which they designated that lugubrious zone where the souls went after their terrestrial transit.

According to the principle of synchronicity, physical and external events can share at a given moment a common symbol with psychic and internal processes. That would explain the coincidence of certain planetary positions in the sky with certain events on the earthly plane.

This week is impregnated by the symbolic strength represented by the opposition between the Sun and Pluto, which—curiously enough— occurs in the Cancer-Capricorn axis, when Pluto is located for the first time 180° away from the position it had by the time of its discovery, 87 years ago.

Saturn, Capricorn’s ruler, commenced walking through its own sign when Pluto was discovered, and will do so again next December. All these planetary conditions are a clear indication that the probabilities of occurrence of situations charged with lots of plutonian strength are increasing.

The distant planet, identified with the processes of death, radical changes, occult power and regeneration, now opposed to the Sun and to its original position, transmits invisible waves of psychic energy, destined to annihilate everything that has lost validity and meaning. The invisible power of Pluto transforms it into a new stream of life, under novel and unprecedented parameters.

Translated by Jorge Pardo Febres-Cordero, Certified Public Translator (Spanish-English-Spanish) –

Photo Credits: Ben Blash

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