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RECLASSIFICATION OF PLUTO
International Astronomical Union met in 2006 to discuss reclassifying
our solar system, and as a result Pluto was deemed to be a dwarf
planet, the former asteroid Ceres was promoted to planetary status,
and the newest planet, formerly named UB313, was named Eris after
the goddess of discord. Because the astrological Pluto deals with
the transformation that comes from looking death in the eye and
annhilation of the personal ego, it stands to reason that the
reclassification of Pluto could open a door to how this process
last "planet" to be discovered in our lifetime was the
comet/planetoid Chiron, and it took some time
for its astrological signficance to become known. Through the
magic of synchronicity, the name of the planet itself reveals
the god whose energy manifests through that planet.
can read more about Ceres
discovery in 1930 brought with it the introduction of the atomic
bomb and the fear of ultimate annhilation, the ultimate power.
In these days of terrorism when a single individual with a toiletry
bottle can potentially wipe out thousands of people, our concept
of power is changing. In centuries past, whichever country had
the biggest guns had the most power. When the US was the only
nation with the bomb we were the only superpower. When Russia
developed the bomb, they were the other superpower. At this time
nine nations have nuclear weapons, with several more to attain
that status soon (including Iran). The whole concept of power,
as embodied in the archetype of Pluto, is changing and this will
become very clear in the 2010-2013 square of Uranus in Aries to
Pluto in Capricorn. The power of Pluto hasn't lessened one iota,
but it has become universalized rather than being owned by just
a few countries and individuals. Perhaps this is symbolized by
the reclassification of Pluto as a dwarf planet, a status shared
by many others.
too the introduction of Ceres into the Plutonic archetype offers
hope for resurrection and regeneration from Pluto's threat of
total destruction while calling on us to nurture each other and
the earth on which we live. After her daughter Proserpine (Persephone)
was abducted by Pluto, Ceres searched for her throughout the land
and in her grief caused famine and destruction that caused the
death of her people. Ultimately a negotiation with Pluto brought
the return of the crops, but also meant that Prosperpine would
remain in the underground for half the year. Ceres represents
the harvest and the food that sustains us; a process which has
been endangered by the technological advances of the last 100
is the other new addition to the Pluto complex, and you can read
more about her here.
She is the one who threw the golden apple into a room at a party,
causing the Trojan War which lasted for ten years and decimated
the population on both sides. As the goddess of discord, Eris
throws a monkey wrench in our plans and causes havoc that uncovers
areas that need to be transformed.
reign in Planethood marked the most violent century in human history.
In mythology, Pluto ruthlessly ruled over the underworld, judging
the dead and sending them to their post-life destiny. Pluto's
astrological influence over death and rebirth does not respond
to our pleas for mercy; the cycle of life goes on uninterrupted
by human desire. Perhaps it's the influence of Ceres that instigates
the regeneration that follows Pluto's destruction and keeps the
lifecycle flowing and fresh with hope.
modern mystic Andrew Harvey says it best in this passage from
interview he gave last year:
you know the wisdom of the dark night, then you are looking out
for protection. You're aware that through this terror, protection
will be given. This is the universal testimony. They mystics have
gone through this process. It's the testimony of Rumi. It's the
testimony of the great shamans. You are given tremendous divine
protection, because as the human is being destroyed, the divine
consciousness comes up. So one side of you is being annihilated,
but the other side is stronger than ever in the ashes. So great
dreams will come and light will become more and more vibrant.
The divinity of life will become more and more naked to you. Miracles
will take place to protect you. To anybody who comes to this path,
the divine is both extremely ferocious and extremely tender. Ferocious
to destroy the illusions, but tender to give the human being the
courage to hang in there and do the work.