At 26 degrees Sagittarius, the Galactic center of the Milky Way hides behind a veil of dust and gas. With Pluto, the outermost planet in our Solar System (symbolic of the parts of us that we can least access) moving to this same degree, we are experiencing seismic shifts deep within our universal unconscious. The last time this happened was in 1745, the birth of the industrial revolution. Daily life changed irrevocably when workers moved from farms to arms production due to the Jacobite rebellion in Britain and textile expansion. The polarity of religious fundamentalism and religious exploration was represented by the birth of Hasidism and the Universalists. Ben Franklin ran with his kite to harness the electricity. And, of course, the voices of the American and French revolutions were gathering momentum.

In the 1500s, when Pluto was in this degree, the first map of America was published and the Protestant Reformation swept across Europe, laying the seeds of the ground on which the United States was established. Every time Pluto faces the Galactic Center, we experience the death of the familiar routine of life as we embrace the “new birth.” It becomes impossible for us to go back to the way things were before, as we deal with changes that we may not be able to face in the most progressive way.

When Pluto traveled through this point in the 1250s, glasses were introduced and Marco Polo made his way to China. The illuminating piece about looking at a transit historically is that we can see parallels of what happened in the past with the present. Our medical technology continues to provide people with choice, but we must deal with its ramifications. As of today, more than 7,500 wounded US soldiers from Iraq unable to return to service number. Our technology has altered the potential casualties of this war, but the long-term consequences of maimed survivors with limited services at their disposal. they will have a great impact. reaching impact on our society.

Historically, we see how technology has changed the way we “see” life. At this point, a spa owner tells me that her clients do not relax with massage or treatment. Everyone has their cell phone on or Blackberry on; we have “married” technology and it seems to have the hallmarks of a codependent relationship at best, or abused at worst.

Another issue has been religious expression and fundamentalism. America is rooted in this and we continue to struggle with the inherent paradox of giving everyone complete freedom of religion. Pluto’s message always tries to meet the Shadow in the mirror. Do we embrace and integrate it or do we try to eradicate it without ever finding its lessons?

As Pluto retrograde returns to the Galactic Center point, we are given the opportunity to choose how we will face the Age of Destruction that the Mayans envisioned. We can reevaluate the decisions made when previous explorers tried to capture new worlds to make their own. We are integrating cellular changes caused by the growing electromagnetic field caused by our technology, which will affect the evolution of all life forms on our planet. We can choose whether to revisit the Sagittarius celebration of the earth and the inherent information that we can obtain from it. When we took a step forward in the Industrial Revolution, did it have to be at the expense of an agrarian culture and the strength of the family? Can we balance the freedom that technology should give us with a sophisticated agricultural and education cooperative? We have the power to choose what will be destroyed and what will be born. But make no mistake about it, the more each individual takes responsibility for the destiny of our culture, the more spiritually evolved our decision will be. We have the opportunity to align our spiritual evolution with our technical evolution and every time we lose the opportunity, it becomes more difficult to catch up. The thrust of the Pluto path is to allow us the opportunity to go light years into our life.

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