Every 248 years, Pluto crosses the point of the Galactic Center, a rare and auspicious event.
The Galactic Center: “The Galactic Core is like a boiling cauldron of raw creation, where all components such as stars, cold and hot gas, magnetic fields and the central black hole show an intimate interplay,…It’s almost as if the Galactic Center were a living organism,”
Dr. Heino Falcke
A complex and mysterious place. the galactic center is at the edge of the extremely bright object labeled Sagittarius (Sgr) A, harboring a million solar mass black hole. Astronomers say the Galactic Center emanates one hundred times the energy of our sun, and surely, as Paul Hewit says, the Galactic Center is the Sun of our Sun. All centers are pivotal in metaphysics representing primal origins or heavens.
Pluto: Jeffrey Wolf Green correlates Pluto to the soul and evolution. This potent energy rules Scorpio and the 8th house, likened to the Phoenix Bird that dives into the flames to be reborn anew. The metamorphosis from old to new can be quite intense, where loss and death (real and metaphoric) are faced and shadows revealed. Pluto’s scorpionic controls and defenses are always rooted in deep hurts and wounds, and ultimately where we learn to lighten up, as things created anew are always good. Working consciously with Pluto’s alchemical affects allows us to really change.
Sagittarius: Jupiter, also known as Zeus in mythology, and the greatest of the Greek Gods, rules this sign. He basically rules the Universe and is the ultimate authority among the immortals. He is also regarded as the guardian of political order and peace among humans. Jupiter is the second largest entity in our solar system next to the Sun, and esoteric writings credit information and wisdom coming to humans from Jupiter. Sagittarian qualities are joy, wisdom, faith, adventure, abundance, expansion, freedom, truth, and the Divine vs. the Mundane (the dual representation of this mutable sign). Sagittarius is philosophical, intuitive, and very importantly, connected with “Natural Law” vs. “Man-Made Law”.
The Center of the Galaxy is at 26:55 (almost 27) degrees Sagittarius, and Pluto is currently in the sign of Sagittarius at 26:03 and moving towards (with some retrograde action) the GC to conjunct it on December 28, 2006. This is a very significant event, occurring only every 248 years, and for those tuned in, the effects are already strong!
The last Pluto/Galactic Center cycle coincides generally with the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, which basically means the application of power-driven machinery to manufacturing. For example, in England, the countryside was transformed from open-field system of cultivation to compact farms and enclosed fields. Systematic stock breeding was also pioneered. Then of course came the steam engine, electricity, railroads, urban life, new social classes, etc. Of course, look how far we’ve come in such a short time. Pluto also symbolizes time speeding up, but that’s another article.
In astrology, what we see and know about is what impacts our consciousness and can be interpreted through astrological symbols. We notice that the discoveries of Uranus, Pluto, Neptune and Chiron (at least in our recorded history) were shadowed by events characteristic of them. For example, Uranus can occasionally be seen by the naked eye, but wasn’t identified as a planet until 1781, coinciding with the American and French revolutions towards “new” societies, and aviation.
The earliest studies towards finding the center of the galaxy began in 1915 – 1919 with a scientist named Shapely, but with computer technology, discoveries such as the radio wave emissions shown in the picture, there is a stampede towards new information and the galactic center is firmly imbedded in the memes of human consciousness.
I think that this new Pluto cycle has the potential for transformation in our ability to understand more intuitively the natural law wisdom and information that may be emanating from the galactic center. Clearly, a new cycle is beginning, and where the old dies, events intensify while birthing the new. Many ideas and behaviors will come up in direct contradiction to what may be coming, simply because people try desperately and passionately to hold on to things that may be dying. Change is rarely graceful.
Pluto may represent the evolution of our consciousness, and because this is coinciding with the end of several major cycles in different traditions, the shift we experience and recognize may be one of tapping into the natural order of the universe instead of staying in our limited conditioning of man-made law, especially of the last 6000 years of patriarchal rule. If the Galactic Center has the gravitational energy of the galaxy in Sagittarius, which embodies, energy, aspiration, motivation, joy, truth and intuitive understanding, and as the center has the energies of the source of consciousness, then if one can tune into how this energy affects them personally, changes in consciousness can be huge during the next almost two years of Pluto’s transit across the Galactic Center.
Although not an actual planet but a point on the chart, like the nodes of the moon, the GC point on your chart is very powerful. It is an area where deep truths about the natural order of things can be realized. Everyone has it somewhere and everyone has an opportunity to change deeply their way of thinking with this event. If you have anything in the mutable signs of Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo and Pisces that aspects 26:55 within about 3 degrees (23 – 29 degrees) then the impact may be undeniable. Which house and what planets, in conjunction with the overall themes of the chart will fill in the specifics.
How do you know what is natural law? Think with your heart, and trust your intuition. This usually translates into common sense. Look at your chart if you are familiar with how to read it, and discover what this might mean for you.