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Sky Terrace: Pluto – Dwarf Planet With An Attitude

13. Juli 2018

Sky Terrace – An astrological-analytical look at the stars, planetary movements, seasonal phenomena, and the world at large, by Uli Mai

Sometimes, astronomers and astrologers are clearly at odds

In astrology, Pluto, named after the God of the Underworld, is one of the most influential players imaginable. Pluto stands for death and rebirth, the possibility to use deep hurts and losses to transform your ego self. This remote planet sets out to destroy anything that is not authentic, and not true. On a personal scale, this may be a relationship, a career; it can be a building or structure that is rotten and in need of repair or replacement; and on the world scale, it’s whole societies, regimes, and ways of life that are singled out for destruction if they have become corrupt and abusive.
Astronomically, Pluto plays a much humbler role. Smaller than Earth’s moon, it’s truly tiny! Pluto’s home is a place where hell literally freezes over: the Kuiper Belt. That’s a ring of smaller celestial bodies beyond Neptune, most of them, like Pluto, covered in ice made from frozen Methane, Ammonia or water. More than 100.000 Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs) are thought to exist. Being the biggest KBO, Pluto is truly Lord of this icy, remote Underworld; but still, in 2006, the International Astronomical Union demoted Pluto from planet to “dwarf planet”.
What a humiliation for the Ruthless Destroyer and Transformer of Souls. Funnily enough, Pluto proved his power just a short time later. In January 2008, Pluto entered Capricorn, sign of finance, big business, and governments. From that moment on through the whole 2008, there were several downward spikes in the stock market, and huge players like Bear Stearns, AIG, and in September, Lehman Brothers, revealed major flaws in the financial markets.
Whatever Pluto touches, changes deeply, often unrecognizably. Pluto takes almost 250 years to travel around the Sun, on a highly erratic orbit. The sign Pluto transverses represents the area of deepest change at a given moment. Pluto’s current stay in Capricorn will leave no stone unturned, unmasking rot and corruption in finance and big economic and governmental structures, until 2024. From 2018 to 2020, its influence is strengthened by the presence of Saturn in Capricorn. 2019 and 2020 will bring drastic transformations in government and economic structures which will affect the “masses”, the population, in the entire world.
July’s first eclipse on Friday 13th highlights Pluto, and shines a dark light on the opposition between the Elites and “the people”, as well as bringing any imbalance in your home, family life vs. Career to the forefront – or damages in your house… Next year’s eclipse season will activate Pluto again; Pluto on the Karmic South Node in 2019 will probably bring crass excesses in abuse of power and privilege.
In the end however, mysterious, remote Pluto aims at purification, and more: On a personal level, the years 2018-2020 ask you to claim your own power. Interestingly, seen from Pluto, the Sun appears only as an extremely bright star; it has no power to bring warmth and life there. Pluto reminds us that power, and influence, are a matter of perspective. Time to make your own destiny!


NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft captured this high-resolution enhanced color view of Pluto on July 14, 2015. The image combines blue, red and infrared images taken by the Ralph/Multispectral Visual Imaging Camera (MVIC). Pluto’s surface sports a remarkable range of subtle colors, enhanced in this view to a rainbow of pale blues, yellows, oranges, and deep reds. Many landforms have their own distinct colors, telling a complex geological and climatological story that scientists have only just begun to decode. The image resolves details and colors on scales as small as 0.8 miles (1.3 kilometers).

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