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Pluto’s in the news these days, as recent NASA photos provide us with the clearest images of the planet (or whatever you want to call it) in our history.
This is especially intriguing to me since Pluto plays a prominent role in my own natal chart, yet I must admit that I know relatively little about it compared to most of the other planets, which are closer to Earth and more commonly referenced in astrology.
On January 24, 1980 at 8:09 AM Pacific Time, Pluto was exactly stationary. My birth certificate reads: January 24, 1980 at 8:27 AM Pacific Time. Retrograde Pluto’s relative speed at the time of my birth was 0.15% (i.e. 15% of 1%).
Stationary or near-stationary planets are often tremendously important and tend to point to the area of one’s life direction and/or greatest potential. For example, Donald Trump has an almost exactly stationary Jupiter (with a relative speed of 0.52% i.e. 52% of 1%) placed in his 2nd house, which represents finances. The late musician Amy Winehouse’s chart features a near-stationary retrograde Venus (moving at a relative speed of 3.32%), which certainly hints at both her immense artistic talent and inability to act with moderation regarding the Venusian elements of life.
I remember asking my dad about astrology when I was probably 13 or 14. Spirituality was a big part of our family life and both my parents practiced Transcendental Meditation, so astrology didn’t seem particularly far out. However, astrology as I knew it – which was basically western sun signs – also didn’t seem to have much in common with TM or the books my dad owned by J. Krishnamurti or Osho (who was still mostly referred to as Rajneesh back then). My dad’s response was that he imagined there was something to it, but it also seemed like nobody he’d come across really had a handle on it. He figured that maybe people would narrow it down more precisely in the future… or maybe somebody already had somewhere, but, if so, damned if he knew who or where. I think he also simply had far more interest in meditation and what he thought of as other more “direct” methods of self-realization.
Later on, my spiritual interests deepened and I began to read books by Osho, Krishnamurti, and also more deterministic teachers such as Nisargadatta Maharaj and his direct lineage of Ramesh Balsekar and Wayne Liquorman. I noticed that both Osho and Balsekar mentioned, essentially in passing, something about astrology as an accurate predictive method. Balsekar was referring to nadi leaves, which is a bit different, but Osho was talking about Vedic astrology in a more general sense. Later, I would learn that Osho had actually visited famous Vedic astrologer Chakrapani Ullal. Continue reading