In 2006-2007, Pluto was aligned with the Galactic Centre,
the core of our home galaxy, the 'Milky Way'. When activated, this 'Greater Centre', around which our Solar System revolves, represents an opportunity to re-align with our own Deep Centre.
From 2012 - 2018, the Centaurs Pholus, Chariklo and Hylonome
pass this area ... read on ...
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There is a well known Chinese saying - 'May you
live in interesting times' - which is intended as an ironical
blessing. Indeed, what we thought was a blessing may turn out
to be a curse, and vice versa. In other words, our 'convictions'
about what is true and real often turn out to be just that - 'convictions'
which put our mind behind bars.
The Sun-Centred World View
Only a few hundred years ago, believing the Sun
occupied the centre of the Solar System would have marked you
as a heretic. Until the time of Copernicus (1473-1543), the prevailing
cosmology described the Sun and all the planets in orbit around
the Earth, although the Greek philosopher Aristarchus (b.310BC)
had proposed the Sun-centred system many centuries previously.
The 'common sense' Earth-based perception was embraced alongside
the Sun-centred view by the 12th century Islamic philosopher Averroes,
but this inclusiveness seems to have been the minority view during
the centuries that followed. (1)
During the time of Nostradamus (1503-1566), these
Sun-centred ideas were in circulation, but disallowed by the Church.Galileo
(1564-1642) was the astronomer who openly stood by the ideas of
Copernicus, and paid the price for it, dying under house arrest.
The 'prevailing world view' shifts far more slowly than the work
of the avant garde. However, the personal and spiritual implications
of our cosmology change even more slowly. (2)
Pluto in Sagittarius
The planet Pluto, Lord of Transformation, was travelling through the zodiac sign of Sagittarius, the Archer,
from 1995 until 2008, when it entered the sign of Capricorn. During
the first 16 years of Nostradamus' life (1503-1566), Pluto was also located
in Sagittarius. Most interestingly, there was a conjunction of Chiron
and Pluto which occurred on Jan 4th 1514, when he was only 9 years old. One can but wonder how the potent energies of this conjunction attuned him to the 'future', his own and that of 'the world'. (3) The turn of the
Millennium was marked by a similar conjunction, also in Sagittarius,
on December 30th 1999! This combination reveals the 'wounding'
and destructive element of religious beliefs, a theme which is
poignantly and sometimes alarmingly present today. There is something
potentially 'apocalyptic' about the thinking of Sagittarius, informed
as it is by the heat and intensity of the element of fire, which
does not pass things through the filter of 'reason'. This is both
gift and liability, both prophetic and tending towards the literalism
of thinking which defines something as 'fundamentalist'.
Sagittarius is depicted as a Centaur, a hybrid
creature half human and half horse, symbolising the bridging of
different realms and the focussed mobilisation of instinctual
forces. Speed, vision, trajectory, sharpness, target, goal, intention..
these are all words which describe the feeling of this image.
Sagittarius is the last fire sign, the other two being Aries and
Leo. Fire is 'upwardly mobile', consuming what is ignited. This
may mean the greed, expansionism, materialism, globalism, one-sided
extraversion, colonialism and acquisitionism which is all too
obvious on the world stage today. Jupiter is the traditional ruling
planet of Sagittarius, and equates with the Greek Zeus, reigning
king supreme of Mount Olympus, the abode of the gods.
Indeed the deeper meaning of Sagittarius expresses
spiritual aspiration in a wish to somehow rise above our own struggles,
conflicts and human foibles to reach our own highest potential.
In 'esoteric astrology' the Earth is said to rule Sagittarius,
and the arrow points down, not up. (4) By extension of this symbolism,
the one-pointedness of the arrow mobilises our energy to go deeper
into ourselves, rather than up and out and away into the future
or 'elsewhere'. The futility of expanding upwards and outwards
without balancing this with grounding and inner connection is
finally recognised. We 'come home' to ourselves.
Whatever Pluto touches is transformed, often through
a difficult and painful process of destruction and rebirth. In
Sagittarius, it is our very cosmology which is being re-born.
Our notion of the cosmos we inhabit has a profound effect on how
we behave. As actors, if the background scenery changes, our actions
may be rendered totally incongruent unless we pay attention and
change too! This background change is occurring during these times.
The Galactic Worldview
The Sun-centered view is now obsolete. Not wrong,
just not the whole story. We've known for some time that the entire
Solar System actually revolves around the centre of our Galaxy,
the Milky Way, which is a spiral formation. We are located a fair
way out on one of its arms, not in the centre. Moreover, we know
there are many other galaxies of different types! For the last
few hundred years, the 'solarity' of consciousness has dominated
social and political forms. Now a deep shadow is cast as tyrants
abound and the people are encouraged to cultivate unbridled narcissism.
In these early stages of the solar ego being overthrown, we see
its pathology everywhere as the degenerate and corrupt form of
this archetype proliferates. (5)
What if we were to understand this
as the 'old world view' we are to let go of?? How might our life
change? What if we really lived from what we actually know, and
what science is actually demonstrating? What if we lived the truth
of our interdependence with one another in acknowledgement of
our total dependence on Grace for our very existence? Also, what
are the metaphorical 'flat earths' that we still believe, in terms
of our own life process? (6)
In 2006-2007, Pluto passed through late Sagittarius, the
current location of the Galactic Centre. (7)
There are now three Centaurs following up on this area, reminding us of the importance of this attunement. See the table below for current dates. In each case, allow about one week beforehand and a few
days after to attune to the full arc of the experience.
Whenever this area of the zodiac is activated, there is a profound
opportunity to listen within to what is coming from beyond the
confines of the personal ego, the prevailing collective egocentricity,
and the false centre from which we usually operate. We can listen
to the deeper currents. Also, in particular, the last few degrees of a sign reveal the essence of the transformative
process which has been evoked. Rebirth is at hand, in this case,
spiritual rebirth. It is time to stand up for, embody and reveal
the truths for which we stand. If not now, when? If not me, who?
Click here for notes and date list showing:
i) when Pluto is in contact with the Sun. Information,
knowledge and intuitions from deep sources is brought to light
ii) when it is stationary (S) and appearing to
change direction either to go backwards (Rx) or resume forward
motion (D). These are the turning points in the flow of our life.
When Pluto goes forwards, plans may move ahead. (8) When Retrograde,
the inner life is more accentuated; it is time to digest experience,
come to terms with change and also to ruminate and rest.
iii) conjunctions and oppositions of the Sun with any of the three Centaurs in late Sagittarius > Capricorn, as well as their mutual conjunctions.
(1) For an elegant summary of this fascinating
aspect of astronomical history, see 'The New Astrology' by Nick
Campion and Steve Eddy, Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1999, pp.220-230.
For more detail, see 'The Mapping of the Heavens' by Peter Whitfield,
British Library 1995.
(2) To illustrate, note that until recently,
there was a Flat Earth Society with active membership.
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flat_Earth_Society for further
(3) See the article on my website 'Breaking
the Taboo on God'. www.melaniereinhart.com.
(4) See 'Esoteric Astrology' by Alice Bailey,
Lucis Press, New York and London, 1951.
(5) See my article 'The Lion Portal Opens, on this site for an exploration of positive solar qualities.
(6) For an inspiring exposition of these themes, see www.philipsedgwick.com/GalacticCtr/html
(7) The Galactic Centre moves backwards through
the zodiac at the rate of approximately one degree every 72 years.
(8) Individual experience of these energies
will depend on precisely their condition in a given person's horoscope.