In her blog of 19 Feb 2006(collaboratingwithfate.blogspot.com), Kathryn Cassidy plots some of the hard transits of Pluto to the Galactic Centre over the last 500 years. She says: “If we look back over history we can see that this cycle always has a great deal to do with emerging nations and deep cultural transformations.” The conjunction of 1760/1, for example, coincided with the French losing all of their possessions in North America. In terms of the meaning of Pluto, what we are seeing are shifts in the balance of power (Pluto).
And it’s as if the Galactic Centre, being the most undifferentiated and powerful source of energy in the galaxy, simply intensifies whatever it touches – in this case, Pluto and all things Plutonic. Including, one could say, Pluto’s status itself, which has been downgraded to ‘dwarf planet’ during the current conjunction between Pluto and the G.C.
The cycle of hard transits from Pluto to the G.C. is reflected in U.S.A history, particularly in terms of its power as a nation.
The 1760 conjunction, for example, saw the beginning of the revolutionary activity that eventually resulted in American independence from Britain.
The square of 1817-19 came between the war with Britain of 1812 to 1815, and the Monroe Doctrine of 1823, which proclaimed the United States' opinion that European powers should no longer colonize or interfere in the Americas. This was a defining moment in the foreign policy of the United States.
The opposition of 1910 to 1912 occurred as America rose to prominence as a world power.
During the square of 1969 to 1970 we saw the beginning of the end of the Vietnam War, as American public opinion turned against the war and America, the world’s most powerful country, gradually withdrew from Vietnam and lost its first war. America came to know the limits of its power.
With the current conjunction, and with the present situation in Iraq, we have to see its meaning as the next stage in the cycle after Vietnam, which is a loss of global power for America. I have blogged about this before in terms of America’s progressed Mars and Saturn going retrograde for the first time ever (see e.g. blog of 1st Dec 2006), but the Pluto-Galactic Centre cycle drives the point home further. We are entering a new time when American power will not be what it was. The Vietnam War showed America the limits of its power. The War in Iraq will probably come to be seen as the beginning of America’s actual decline as a superpower. This will be George Bush’s legacy to the USA and to the world.
So we are also seeing the completion of a cycle for America, that began with the Pluto-Galactic Centre conjunction of 1760 and the very beginnings of America's rise, through to the closing square of 1969-1970 and the first signs of the end of the cycle, and finally through to the conjunction of 2006-7 in which, in my opinion, we are seeing the early beginnings of an actual fall from power.