Eclipses and Pluto
Monday, June 1. I know I haven’t been posting much in the way of mundane, everyday astrology but because there is so much evolutionary change in the world I felt compelled to gear the astrology towards larger themes and movements. I will get back to posting more practical, daily information but the times seem to require something different right now.
We are fully into eclipse season with the first of three eclipses occurring this Friday, June 5 at 15° Sagittarius. It’s a lunar eclipse and they have a way of flaming and intensifying already existing conditions. This week will continue to build up more and more heated types of energy so stay grounded, focused and prepared to the best of your ability during the protests. Watch your words! Eclipses always over sensitize and exacerbate current emotions. Even after the full moon this Friday the month of June will continue to feel off kilter and out of control. The Gemini/Sagittarius polarity that the eclipses are moving toward (with one last kick in the butt of the Cancer/Capricorn energy) brings to mind how we think and form our opinions. It’s about opening the mind and broaden the interpretation, meaning and understanding of things. Read the facts and let that inform you. The Cancer/Capricorn energy has forced us to look at the history, structures and foundations of the country. This astrological shifting of the eclipse signs is about a mental shift and adapting our mind to new, better ways of thinking based on reason and logic rather than emotion and conditioned responses. It’s about a re-education of society. George Floyd died speaking the works “I CAN’T BREATHE!!” - Gemini is the air we breathe into our bodies that keeps the divine spark of life flowing to our brain. When that is choked off by ignorance and hate then something must evolve and erupt to force a change in thinking. Sagittarius opinions can only be formed when Gemini facts and information are gathered, collected and sifted through. When a dialogue is opened with others then great knowledge and wisdom can be shared. We can then formulate better philosophies and laws that can be carried out in society through building strong structures on solid foundations based upon sound principles. This is going to be a difficult eclipse month although you don’t really need an astrologer to tell you that. But we can frame it. Eclipses have a 19 year cycle and often what occurred 19 years ago is reflected back to us now in a different form but possessing similar event characteristics. 2001 was the year of 9/11 and the country was irrevocably changed from that moment forward due to an outside invader and terrorist. This year we have another invader and enemy in the form of a Pandemic and also an internal invader as we face the sad underbelly of our society and its imbedded inherent inner terrorism. 2020 is dealing with more hidden forms of terrorism and invaders and henceforth much more deeply psychological as a Cancer within rather than from without. Really think about the phrase being bandied about right now, "The Hidden Enemy."
We are at a crossroads in America as we face a pandemic and social upheaval erupting with the murder of George Floyd that has yet again, brought out in the open the racial inequality that has been at the root of this country since its founding. It’s time for all the pestilence to be unleashed. America is going through her Pluto return and that means the next few years are about staring the ugly part of our history squarely in the face and emotionally process the collective mess. It never starts easily with Pluto. The beginning of the Plutonian process is like an infection that has festered for a very long time, in this case for centuries, that finally intensifies and erupts in volcanic ways and not just once but many times until a complete transformation has evolved. It spits out the putrid, rancid and rotten. Pluto is the vile, base, seedy, murderous type of behavior that gets swept under the carpet and is only dealt with in backrooms, bar rooms, dark rooms and board rooms. These are the secret nasty power dealings and negotiations that go on behind closed doors. Pluto is the mafia and all underground, covert types of behaviors. Pluto is the “original sin” if you want to put things in those terms, and America is being forced to confront that in all its ugliness. The Corona Virus Pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement is part of this. Both these monumental events are showing the gross inequality of society and the disproportionate and unequal way a valuable part of our society has been treated. Pluto is like a toilet bowl being clogged and shit just backs up and overflows. Our plumbing is the problem and we need to unclog the pipes from centuries’ old buildup of muck and mire. There are layers and layers of coagulated dirt and grime. Pluto is a watery and subterranean planet so feelings must be felt and processed. That is not an easy thing to do on a personal level so can you imagine the struggle this is on a collective one?
Pluto is demanding an overhaul of the entire system. That necessitates pain, so the suffering right now is unavoidable on an impersonal level. The USA’s Pluto is 27° 32’ of Capricorn. When transiting Pluto approached a conjunction within 6° back in January 2019 is when things really started to percolate. The Pluto return will be at its most intense in early 2022. After Plutonian death, destruction and purging comes the rebirth as the Phoenix rises from the ashes but that rising won’t occur for a while until Pluto leaves Capricorn in 2024. We all must learn to adapt, change and evolve. Nothing stays the same, ever.
When Pandora opened the box unleashing pestilence and vice into the world infecting all of Mankind, HOPE alone, which had somehow got locked in the chest with all the sickness, did not fly away. Hope remains in the midst of atrocities and difficulties. That’s where we must remain.
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Joseph Addeo is a New York City based consulting astrologer.
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