Pluto will be leaving the sign of Sagittarius in late January next year, thus ending an era that started in 1995. Bush’s War on Terror and Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations characterize this period in our history. At the end of this era, Pluto conjuncts with the Galactic Center. The effects of this era will be clearly seen in the next epoch which would most probably change the world as we know it now.
Below is an article I wrote for Mr. & Ms. Magazine, the Supermonthly of the Mind, Body & Spirit February 2007
Astrologers say all earthlings are affected by the Sun, the Moon, the planets, the asteroids and the stars. Lately however, astrologers have included in their charts another Force that appears to be exerting influence on humans as well. This force is neither a planet nor an asteroid. It is way out in space – some 27,000 light years away, right at the center of Milky Way, our own galaxy.
While Earth and the other planets revolve around the Sun, the Sun and 100 billion other stars in our galaxy revolve around this Galactic Center (GC). In a way, this GC is the “Sun of our sun”. Scientists are still investigating the composition of the Galactic Center. So far, they infer from observations of the gamma ray, hard X-ray, infrared, sub-millimeter and radio wavelengths emitted by the GC that at the center of our galaxy is a super massive Black Hole the size of our sun but with a mass of almost 4 million suns!
Long before the discovery of the GC, some astrologers had already noticed some unexplained forces on the planetary bodies when these bodies pass certain positions in the latter part of Sagittarius. It appears that when the major planets are at particular angles with the GC, something significant happens. The Galactic Center is currently located in 26 degrees 55 minutes of Sagittarius.
Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, because of their distance from the Sun, appear to move slowly through the zodiac signs. While the Moon stays in a Zodiac sign for about 2 and a half days, some of the more distant planets stay in one sign for as long as 30 years. Thus, they affect a generation of people. These planetary effects on the world are usually taken as the Zeitgeist or Spirit of the Times.
Astrologers are curious about the effects of these far-flung planets when they “aspect” or have angular relationships with the GC. Aspects are the angular relationships between the positions of the planetary objects in an astrological chart. These are measured in degrees. In 2007, the planet (or dwarf planet) Pluto makes an exact conjunction (0 degrees) with the GC.
SAGITTARIUS and PLUTO
For the last two millennia, the GC has been “residing” in the sign of Sagittarius. It will stay in this sign for 250 years more. Sagittarius is the sign of Wisdom, Truth, Religion, Spirituality, the “Other”, Foreignness, Travel, the Courts, and Magistrates.
From 1995 to 2008, Pluto sojourns in Sagittarius. Pluto represents Death, Destruction, Rebirth, Transformation, Sexuality, Nuclear Energy and Transcendental Healing. The meeting of Pluto and the Galactic Center in Sagittarius can only portend significant changes.
When Pluto was in Sagittarius in the years 26 to 42 A.D., the world witnessed some of history’s worst tyrant-destroyers and greatest spiritual reformers.
Tiberius succeeded Augustus as Roman Emperor in 14 AD.When Tiberius’s son died, Tiberius became despondent. In 27 AD, he left Rome to live in the island of Capri where he indulged his madness in sex and cruelty. He was succeeded ten years later by another sex-crazed emperor, Caligula.
Meanwhile, in the Middle East, the cousins John and Jesus exhorted the people to have Faith in God and not in Roman / pagan materialism. In 27 AD, John baptized Jesus and three years later, both were executed – one beheaded and the other crucified.
Around the time of the conjunction of Pluto and the GC, Saul, a Roman citizen from Tarsus (in what is now Turkey) converted to Christianity. He changed his name to Paul and became the greatest proselytizer of Christianity. Today, Paulinian Christianity is embraced by about a billion people.
The next time Pluto visited the Galactic Center, it was in 284/285 AD. Emperor Diocletian downgraded the power of the Roman Senate and divided the Roman Empire into East and West. He ruled the West and gave the East to his friend Maximianus.
Pluto came back to Sagittarius in 764-778. “By the Sword and by the Cross,” Charlemagne, King of the Franks, became master of Western Europe. Charlemagne eventually was crowned Emperor by Pope Leo III, which marked the union of the Roman Church and the Western European kingdoms. This made permanent the break between the Catholic Church in Constantinople and the Catholic Church in Rome.
PLUTO THE DESTROYER, RE-BUILDER AND HEALER
Every time Pluto visits Sagittarius, something is destroyed and something rebuilt. In 1010-24, foreigners again took over a country. This time, the Danes became the rulers of England.
But usually, Knowledge takes ascendancy. This was the time of the great Muslim thinker Ibn Sina (Avicenna), whose magnum opus The Book of Healing is considered the largest work of its kind ever written by one man. It covered Mathematics, Logic, Psychology, Natural Sciences, Astronomy and Music. His Canon of Medicine re-introduced the scientific works of ancient Greek and Roman philosophers-physicians to Medieval Europe, which eventually paved the way for Europe’s Renaissance.
In the next appearance of Pluto in Sagittarius (1256-70), Thomas Aquinas laid down his philosophy. Aquinas mentioned Avicenna in practically every other page of his works. The genius Roger Bacon also lived and wrote during this period.
Pluto returned to Sagittarius during the height of the European Renaissance. This was the time of Michelangelo, arguably the world’s greatest artist; and, Mr. Renaissance himself, the genius Leonardo da Vinci.
In 1502, Balboa “discovered” the Pacific Ocean which paved the way for the European conquest of Asia. In the same year, the Persians regained control of their land from foreigners (Mongols). The Safavid dynasty flourished and Shi’ite Islam became the state religion of Persia.
This period also coincided with the Golden Age of the Ottoman Empire. With Pluto’s entry into Sagittarius, Beyazid II became a mystic. He was deposed by his son Selim I in 1512, after ruling for 31 years.
Henry VIII became King of England in 1509. He later broke away from the Roman Catholic Church by establishing the Church of England.
In 1505, Martin Luther renounced the world and became a monk. In 1512, he earned his doctorate and began teaching biblical literature in Wittenberg University. By 1517, Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of the Wittenberg church – an act that eventually led to the division of Western Christianity into Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.
Copernicus propounded his theory that the Earth and other planets revolved around the Sun but he refused to have his book published until his death. He was afraid of the backlash from the Church fathers who believed that the Earth was the center of the universe.
About the time of the conjunction of the GC and Pluto, Sharif Kabungsuwan, the first ruler of the Sultanate of Maguindanao, arrived in Mindanao.
Pluto returned to Sagittarius in 1749-1762. This saw the birth of the Industrial Revolution (1750). In 1751, the French Encyclopédie was published. It was the work of the Western world’s great thinkers which included Voltaire, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Denis Diderot and Jean D’Alembert. Voltaire’s and Rousseau’s writings caused the downfall of the French clergy and monarchy.
In the Ottoman Empire, Islamic revivalism was on the rise. About the time of the GC – Pluto conjunction (1760/61), a palace coup d’état relegated the Sultan to a figurehead.
In 1760, George III became King of England. Later, he would lose the American colonies and later become mentally unbalanced.
In 1761 and 1762, Sultan Mu’izz ud din of Sulu signed two treaties with England’s Alexander Dalrymple.
Europeans fought the Seven Years’ War which was an extension of the French and Indian wars in America. France lost its possessions in America and the West Indies.
In 1762, as part of the Seven Years War, the British conquered Manila. The British freed the old Sulu Sultan Azim ud Din I who had been held hostage in Intramuros by the Spaniards for more than a dozen years.
From the historical precedents, we can see that when Pluto visits the sign of Sagittarius, we can be sure of certain things: Death, Destruction, Rebirth, Reformation, Knowledge, Fear of “the Other”, Lies, Truth, Foreign Invasion or Liberation from Foreigners, Power Play and Religion.
I. T. REVOLUTION
Now, with Pluto again in Sagittarius (1995-2008), the Information Technology Revolution is in full throttle. Advances in computer technology and the internet / World Wide Web come at a dizzying speed.
But Pluto the destroyer is also back. The world witnessed the 9/11 attack, Bush’s “War on Terror”, the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the Israel-Lebanon war. Religion is again in the forefront.
In the Philippines, we had Erap’s “All-Out War” against the MILF, Arroyo’s fight against the Leftists and the Rightists, the Abu Sayyaf kidnappings, etc. At present, the Government-MILF peace talks have stalled and MNLF leader Nur Misuari is held captive by the Philippine government.
PLUTO AND THE GC
For the first time in history, astrologers can actually experience the effect of the exact conjunction of Pluto and the Galactic Center. This will occur on 29/30 Dec 2006. In 2007, Pluto will exactly conjunct GC in July 18 and Oct. 26.
In Feb/ Mar 2006, the GC and Pluto were in close conjunction. In the Philippines, President Arroyo proclaimed a state of emergency or PP 1017, which was vigorously opposed by many Filipinos, especially those in the media.
Some astrologers see the Super Black Hole in the Galactic Center as a Purging mechanism. Every time Pluto enters Sagittarius, madness and destruction comes in its wake. It is the periodic purging of the world.
Pluto in Sagittarius is the perfect time for Samuel Huntington’s Clash of (Religious) Civilizations. Hopefully, enlightened reformers will come to the fore to bring about a happier scenario. Like the Phoenix, which is also a symbol of Pluto, the world can rise from its ashes and transform itself into a harmonious global environment where bigotry and intolerance are minimized if not eliminated.
Sagittarius is Knowledge and Pluto is Power. When Pluto is in Sagittarius, Knowledge becomes Power. Truth overcomes Lies. The last days of 2006 and the year 2007 can only prove interesting. (END)
At the exact conjunction of Pluto and GC on Midnight of 29/30 Dec 2006, US Marine Lance Cpl. Daniel Smith was smuggled out of a Makati jail and brought to the custody of the US Embassy despite his conviction on charges of raping a Filipino woman. This exemplifies the arrogance of foreign / imperialistic power symbolized by Pluto. see Nicole: ‘A Stab In the Back by Arroyo’
On January 9, 2007, Apple’s Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone, a cellular phone with an ipod, a camera, internet capabilities, etc. In effect, a computer the size of a phone, which revolutionized the way we now live.
On July 17 evening, TAM Airlines Flight 3054, an Airbus A320-33, crashed in Sao Paulo killing 187 passengers and crew and 12 people on the ground. It is the deadliest aviation accident in Brazil and i South American history.
For the July 18 exact conjunction of Pluto and the GC, the Philippines’ attention was on the Armed Forces attack on MILF which resulted in the beheading of some 10 Marines on July 10, 2007. The AFP wanted another “all-out war” against the MILF – Moros but nobody took the bait. The Galactic Center and Sagittarius want Truth not Lies and Media spin. See Philippine military warns of ‘all-out war’ against militants
On Oct 17, the Dalai Lama received the United States Congressional Gold Medal. The world’s superpower acknowledged a Spiritual Leader.
Oct 18, after 8 years in exile, Benazir Bhutto, the first woman to lead a Muslim state, returned to Pakistan after 8 years in exile. Fanatics attempted to kill her, but she escaped. More than 100 people, including 20 police officers were killed in the process.
For the Oct 26, 2007 exact conjunction, Joey de Venecia delivered a political bombshell – Pres. Arroyo’s husband was promised US$ 70 million payoff for the Broadband Deal. See First Gentleman to get $70M from NBN deal–De Venecia III This scandal made Arroyo very unpopular such that she lost any clout in the 2010 elections. Though she won as congresswoman, she was later charged with plunder, arrested and detained in a government hospital until 2016.
On Dec. 27, 2007 Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan was assassinated.