PLUTO (and the Astrolaborers) IN THE SPOTLIGHT at NCGR Conference, March 11, 2007

Reprinted courtesy of Tim Bost, #0711, email

For the past several days I've been in Baltimore, Maryland, where I lectured on Friday on "How to Find the Money in Your Horoscope" for a conference sponsored by the National Council for Geocosmic Research.. The event was held at the newly renovated and restored Tremont Grand facility, a building which housed the historic home of Baltimore freemasonry. The meeting rooms were architecturally uplifting and intellectually stimulating environments for the conference sessions--a real treat. The trip to Baltimore also provided an opportunity for a visit to Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church, founded in 1692 and right next door to the Masonic hall. It too provided lots of opportunity for historical fascination and creative inspiration. While the conference sessions themselves were primarily about non-financial astrological topics like psychological archetypes, traditional methodologies for planetary interpretation, and ideas for enhancing current practice by professional astrologers, there were also some discussions of trends in economics and geopolitics as well. One of the key factors that came under scrutiny was the upcoming conjunction of Pluto with the Galactic Center, which will take place toward the end of the current decade.

One conference participant, Madalyn Hillis-Dineen, suggested that this configuration will bring about "exposure of despicable levels of corruption in governmental leadership" with an accompanying "financial meltdown."

Veronica Willson of the UK suggested that as this phenomenon helps usher in massive changes, we as human beings will be obliged to change our responses to global situations. "In the Aquarian Age," she said, "we can no longer project the shadow onto the collective; we have to take personal responsibility for what happens in the world."

Baris Ilhan, a conference delegate from Turkey, shared the notion that this passage of Pluto will signal the beginning of a big shift in Islam, with a change toward more acceptance of differences in individual beliefs.

Misty Kuceris hinted that there may be upcoming parallels with the economic situation in 1932, when Ceres transited the Galactic Center.