1. Caroline Casey. http://coyotenetworknews.com/
on the 4 powers at work in the Cardinal Cross.
Four primal Powers stand at a cosmic crossroads, all at 14* of the cardinal signs. Mars will be exactly opposite Uranus. Pluto will be exactly opposite Jupiter. These two pairs of oppositions test each other for awareness of what we need to bring into our society and what we're willing to do about it. Then there are four squares--which are crossroads and challenges we must face. Uranus is square Jupiter, Jupiter is square Mars, Mars is square Pluto and Pluto is square Uranus. All exact which is unusual and creates tension to the nth degree. It is this tension which will turn the cosmic wheel. If we can make these energies work together, it will create a womb that births a new future for us. As we will, so mote it be!
Pluto is the archetypal process of evolution that entails death, transformation and rebirth. The glyph for Pluto is the circle of spirit being cooked in the alchemical crucible of love and consciousness. We can't change until we let go of the known and allow the unknown to be our guide. Pluto draws out that which is dead in us or in a culture, stripping us of what no longer serves life or exposing corrupt collective structures. Pluto gets rid of whatever is decaying and outdated to create space for new life.
Personally, Pluto can bring us to our knees so that we finally understand we're not in control of our lives. Like the Christ in the Garden of Olives, we are brought to the point where we say, "Not my will, but Thine." As we accept the death of the old, we free ourselves to embrace the fullness of life--just as we did as children. We let go of our personas and our ego-desires, and see the deeper picture. A Pluto transits sets us up for a new and improved life, one that is aligned with our soul's purpose. We just have to go through the pain of letting go and sinking back into the chaos of creation. That's what frightens our ego-consciousness--knowing we're no longer in control. When we give over control, natural law takes over and evolution happens!
Pluto's journey is the decent to the Underworld where we reclaim our lost visions, ideals and soul. It is an initiation where we have to face death, let go of control and open to bigger possibilities. This powerful energy has been de-constructing our patriarchal paradigm since 2008, both within ourselves and in society. With this fifth of seven squares to revolutionary Uranus, Pluto in Capricorn calls us to our final reckoning--will we turn our faces to the future well-being of our world, or will we stand with the forces of sterility and domination that will lead us to the more horrific death-in-life that patriarchy is clinging to.
Pluto's test is about power and how we relate to it. Under patriarchy, the goal was to possess power--to be a powerful person and to control and dominate others. As we step into a new paradigm, we will come to understand that power can be accessed as an energy source; instead of power as domination, we can access power by becoming a vessel or channel of power without trying to own it. We'll find that there's enough power for all of us.
Just think. Pluto gathers in the dead to his realm. Think of all the life that gets replenished down there! The dead materials and energies of life go down into the underworld and become the compost for new life. And if the body's cellular memory carries our experiences with it, then Pluto guards the World Soul--the Anima Mundi--where the collective hopes and wisdom of humanity reside. Imagine that Pluto is the dragon who guards the treasures of the collective unconscious--the gifts, talents, ideas, hopes, visions that can help us shift our society's concerns from immediate self-gratification to our future collective welfare.
All great spiritual teachers tell us that when we tap into our own internal source of power, our Light can shine out into the world. Pluto's evolutionary gift of rebirth is for all of us, but each of us has to go through this initiation individually to rebirth our collective vision for the future. (Cosmic Law 101: Evolution happens!)
Uranus symbolizes the archetypal energy of awakening to freedom! Like a surge of electricity, Uranus zaps us and shatters old patterns of behavior that are ready to be overthrown, liberating our consciousness from old paradigms. Uranus' energies celebrate the unique, the innovative, the intuitive and the ideal as well as the community which sustains these qualities.
Uranus advocates revolution when the old forms refuse to go gracefully. But Uranus also inspires us to think outside-the-box; when violence is no longer the answer, Uranus awakens our genius to help us find ways to create a peaceful revolution on all levels. Our society needs to be revitalized from the bottom up. New laws, new economies, new educational models, new communities, new international relationships, new visions for the future.