Aquarium Age: June 13 – 19

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Aquarium Age: June 13 – 19

It’s unclear what to write about this week—there’s so much that’s been said and so much more that needs to be said, but the stars aren’t offering any immediate remedies, quick-fixes, spiritual bypasses, or astral ointments to lessen terrestrial tensions. This lack of relief—or better yet what might be called our unrelenting minute-by-minute confrontation with the shadows of our democracy—is best understood as the turmoil that accompanies the United States Pluto Return. The date of the actual return doesn’t occur until February 2022, but we’re close enough to feel the conflict, chaos and confusion that happens when a planet as powerful as Pluto begins to wind down one cycle and begin another. Pluto moves slowly—it takes 248 years to complete an orbit around the Sun and we are only four years away from the end of its cycle. In cosmic time, that’s nothing.

No matter which chart is used to represent the birth of the United States, Pluto’s position is always 27° Capricorn. Before Pluto went retrograde on April 22, 2018, it was within six degrees of separation from that natal position. Again, in cosmic measurements, not a great distance. Consider we’ve been living through and are living through a preview of things to come—Pluto is raising unresolved issues to the surface, and as a result, we’re facing one crisis after another, struggling between our lesser selves and our better selves to find sustainable solutions to these undeniable concerns. And that struggle is not just happening in America, it’s global. The American dilemma is simply more obvious because we are a model—an idea, really—of what government by the people and for the people should be.

Pluto moved into Capricorn in January 2008, retrograding back and forth until December of that year. Capricorn is the Sign of corporations, government, authorities, and all the structures—large and small, good and bad—that hold the realities of daily life in place. Pluto symbolizes all the aspects of life we have no control over, including the process of death and rebirth, as well as unconscious forces—negative and positive—that inform conscious behavior, individual and collective. Every Sign has a shadow—drives, compulsions and appetites that we learn to suppress or repress but nonetheless play a role until they are integrated into consciousness. When Pluto transits a Sign it exhumes the underbelly of that Sign, shining its unrelenting light on the hidden places—the illuminates the secrets.

Since the beginning of Pluto’s transit through Capricorn, we’ve witnessed its inexorable power to destabilize societal structures, but nothing compares to Mr. Trump’s agenda to purposefully undermine and subvert the government. I mean…really…it has to be pretty bad when officials from the FBI and NSA go public and declare the President a dangerous despot. And I know you don’t need me to tell you that. I just had to say it, because I’m reeling from imagining what they aren’t saying because that’s what’s motivating them to say anything at all.

Last week, too many of us experienced a new level of psychic and emotional overwhelm and that’s what got me thinking about the US Pluto return. It is depressing and distressing to see ICE agents embrace heartlessness in the name of the law or witness the police—not all but many—who already have extreme policies of profiling and prejudice further embrace a policy of hatred promulgated by the Trump administration as a justification for even more blatant violence. We have, unfortunately, grown used to hearing and seeing these stories of violence—we’re almost inured to them. But what no one was or is prepared for, is the violence perpetrated on thousands of children, wrenched from their parents and put into cages in the name of making America great again. It’s egregious, awful, Draconian, and just wrong. Do not underestimate the corrosive effect of this particular brand of tyranny—its effect is akin to the half-life of Plutonium.

Forget the G7 meeting, the tariffs, the loss of America’s standing in the world, the new tax laws that will plunge even more citizens into poverty, the lack of health care that is literally crippling far too many, Puerto Rico, and anything else that is likely to occur between writing and publishing this column. The idea that the country which once welcomed the huddled masses yearning to breathe free is now the country that imprisons children is too much for many of us to tolerate. Too. Much. These detention centers, these cages, are institutionalized abuse. Just as war is legalized violence, these detention centers are legalized abuse facilities. We’re witnessing the degradation of our principles. Now, the huddled masses are yearning to be free from us.

The reason I am focusing on this is because so many are affected by this situation—not just these children and not just their families. Anyone who has ever been abused knows the effect these detention centers are having on those children and just how much it will take to heal their suffering. The incarceration of children in cages—the terror and hopelessness that is imprinting their young nervous systems—is designed to harm innocent souls who have no recourse but to endure.

What’s more, this abuse is triggering the thousands, if not millions, of our fellow travelers who have suffered abuse at the hands of parents, siblings, bosses, teachers, friends, or lovers. No matter how hard you may have worked on and continue to work on the deleterious effect of abuse in your life, these cages are almost certain to trigger PTSD. And that could lead to depression, hopelessness and futility, all of which could trigger harmful addictive appetites, or worse, suicidal tendencies. It’s imperative that we take a stand for these children. I don’t know what can be done, but surely there are enough people with enough money, creativity, spiritual awareness and clout to find a solution.

A solar eclipse, in Cancer, exactly opposite Pluto, in Capricorn, occurs on July 12. Solar eclipses always reveal what’s hidden and while it is impossible to conceive of anything else being hidden…. Cancer is the Sign of children, nurturing, belonging, and issues of safety and security. An eclipse effect also extends out six weeks prior to the actual event and six weeks after—we are within that range, which means we can expect to hear much more about these children and the cruelty they are experiencing.

Often the small picture fails to contextualize the currents flowing through our daily lives. That’s why I’m focused on the big picture. Even if that perspective doesn’t deliver the cheeriest news, it’s the best way to make sense of the outrageous daily dissolution that’s occurring right before our eyes. It’s not just Mr. Trump and his Gang of Hungry Ghosts that are the problem, it’s the quality of our combined consciousness, a consciousness that is struggling to shift out of narcissistic self-interest and into altruistic selflessness that focuses on the welfare of all sentient beings and the survival of our shared planet. It’s a Pluto Return and it’s revealing almost every shadow. The only reasonable response is personal and planetary transformation.

Sun Bursts: If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that too.

Aries March 21-April 19
Pluto’s transit through your Solar House of profession and recognition continues to take you on an extensive journey that challenges your ability to stay confident and balanced in your efforts to achieve success. But even though many aspects of this journey have been or may continue to be difficult, there have been and will continue to be many accomplishments. Contemplate what you’re learning and how to apply those lessons in the present moment.

Taurus April 20-May 20
Pluto’s journey through your Solar House of belief systems challenges you to expand your horizons, internal and external, and search for meaningful ways to make sense of your life. It doesn’t matter whether you’re drawn to new philosophies or religions or extensive travel in order to find new information about yourself and others. However this search manifests, it’s not over. Anticipate even more adventures as this process continues.

Gemini May 21-June 21
Pluto’s transit through your Solar House of transformation produces lots and lots of changes—more than anyone could imagine. And while some of those shifts are hard to take, others open doorways to new, exciting ways of looking at things. You’re learning to let go and you’re learning what to hold onto. As this journey continues, do your best to integrate what you’re learning and continue to be flexible in the face of change.

Cancer June 22-July 22
Pluto’s journey through your Solar House of relationship confronts all of your partnerships, personal as well as professional, including your relationship with yourself. It’s likely that confrontations with several tried and true significant others have the power to disrupt your equilibrium, but it’s important to realize that those relationships may have already been out of balance. Stay present for this process and the result will be greater emotional authenticity.

Leo July 23-August 22
Pluto’s transit through your Solar House of health and helping others is likely to present practical issues about how to better care for yourself and others. The effects of this transit manifest as pragmatic action rather than esoteric ideologies. But don’t let that stop you from considering the underlying principles that support changing daily habits—the results may be more profound than you currently realize.

Virgo August 23-September 22
Pluto’s journey through your Solar House of self-expression yields several tangible gains. It put you more deeply in touch with your creativity, no matter how you choose to express it. It also helps you to open your heart to yourself and others, inviting you to delve more deeply into authentic emotional interactions. While this transformation is not yet complete, you’re probably feeling confident about just being you.

Libra September 23-October 22
Pluto’s transit through your Solar House of home stirs deep issues of belonging that may manifest as a search for the perfect home or the perfect tribe or simply a place where you feel safe, secure and free from the stresses of daily life. No matter how this transit manifests, one thing is certain: you are much more in touch with your need to live in a happy and healthy environment that encourages your ability to embrace life.

Scorpio October 23-November 21
Pluto’s journey through your Solar House of communication challenges you to engage in conversation with the hope of finding greater intimacy. Anticipate even more dialogue with family members, especially siblings, friends or just day-to-day encounters. I know that some of these conversations can be tedious, especially if you want to get to deeper levels but others stay focused on superficial details. Don’t despair—chit-chit sometimes develops into intimacy.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21
Pluto’s transit through your Solar House of resources puts the emphasis on money, and despite your seemingly light-hearted attitude toward finance, this phase has helped you to garner some actual tangible financial gains. But here’s the thing: this Plutonian phase is also about knowing yourself as your greatest resource and asset, so if you haven’t already done so, contemplate issues of self-esteem and self-confidence.

Capricorn December 22-January 19
Pluto’s journey through your Sign and your Solar House of identity has not been easy—okay, it’s been really hard and it’s not over. And while you’ve had to confront several failures and more than a fair share of regrets, Pluto has also transformed your sense of self through the lesson that one is ever perfect: we’re all a work in progress. Contemplate that idea, with an eye toward understanding that the process is more important that a finished product.

Aquarius January 20-February 18
Pluto’s transit through your Solar House of the unconscious invites you to raise awareness about the nature of your mind, including consciousness itself. It’s a difficult journey because you have to examine all sorts of mental experiences, from dreams to mediation to psychological states, you may never have even heard of. As Pluto continues to probe, you’ll need to stay present and alert, so keep going—you will eventually be pleased with this process.

Pisces February 19-March 20
Pluto’s journey through your Solar House of community focuses on transforming your role in the world, specifically how you can share your gifts with others. This is a powerful transit with the potential to stimulate greater self-awareness in relating to others, as well as a deeper awareness of what forms the core of community. Even if you’re hesitant to get involved, it’s likely you’ll be drawn in anyway, so rather than resist, open to this process—you might enjoy it.

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