To hell and back

Astrologically, the experience of putting everything into perspective, a Pluto event can be exactly that, going to hell and back.  Once encountered, you can guarantee that you will not escape unscathed or that things will ever be the same again.  In our case the accused has gone to hell and the victim is, sure as hell, not coming back.

Astronomers in their naïve wisdom, downgraded Pluto in 2006 to a dwarf planet, however they can never downgrade the impact of the vocabulary we have, as a result of Pluto.

Plutonium:  the chemical element of atomic number 94, a dense silvery radioactive metal of the actinide series, used as a fuel in nuclear reactors and as an explosive in nuclear fission weapons. Plutonium only occurs in trace amounts in nature but is manufactured in nuclear reactors from uranium-238.

We know that the power of plutonium ended World War II with plutonium as the main ingredient at the heart of the atom bomb; that the race to create the first A-bomb was a power struggle between the economic giants.  We can never forget how the contribution of the A-bomb ended the War in the Pacific. Power brought peace at a high price. It took lives to save lives.

In mythology, Pluto is the Roman equivalent of the Greek God of the Underworld – Hades, as in ‘hell’.

Astrologically Pluto  is represented by power, not the power of control but power as in all-powerful. What else do we have in our lives, which is all-powerful?

The basis of power to most of us is how much money we have, or how much money someone else has, is it not?   Let me share a story about Pluto and the lovely lucre, money.

Pluto is currently orbiting in the heavens as I write, in the zodiac sign of Capricorn.  It has been on the cusp of Capricorn since 2008 and will continue to be in Capricorn until 2024.  This is a money story.

The generational planet, Pluto, has an orbital period of 248 Earth years, spending anywhere from 13 to 30 years in any one sign of the zodiac on its journey around the Sun. Two hundred and forty-eight years is far beyond any of our lifetimes to be the topic of general conversation of when Pluto was last in Capricorn, let alone in modern literature.

Apart from the fact that Pluto was not discovered until 1930, I can probably say with confidence, that the lack of information about Pluto cycles is the main reason why, what I am going to share with you here, has not been generally available.

We can all say a collective ‘if only I knew’ at this point.

We all know that the global economic situation is somehow tied in with the gold price and that the economy is a barometer for fluctuations in the price of gold. Financial reports in the mainstream media inevitably quote the current price of gold every day, don’t they?   The sharp rise in the price of gold since 2008 has been a perfect example of Pluto in Capricorn.

I bring up the subject because, if we look at the history of Pluto in Capricorn, much of this cycle has been in the chase for gold, the ultimate power-symbol of a nation’s wealth. We don’t have to go too far back in history to pick up the gold chase or it’s metaphor, plunder. So what happened the last time Pluto was in Capricorn?

Pluto was last in Capricorn from 1762-1778. This was the era of the American and French revolutions, both of which were as a result of economic exploitation. Commodity and gold are always interlinked.  We had the Boston Tea Party episode in North America and how Marie Antoinette of France supposedly told the people that they could all ‘eat cake’ when there was no bread in the larder.  There were more than tea and cakes on the table in both of these revolutions.

In the same era, Britain marched into Canada plundering her bounty and the British explorer Cook planted the Union Jack flag on the soil of Australia and New Zealand; the British East India Company took control of India and the trade route to China. This era was also the peak of the Atlantic slave trade – Africa was plundered of her people.

Even the Industrial Revolution in Britain led to the Scottish economist, Adam Smith publishing his Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, in 1776. Smith’s body of work laid the foundation for modern day economics.

Come with me as we take one more step back into the history of Pluto in Capricorn and the period 1516-1533.  We have the precious metal as the focus yet again.

Lured by gold, the Spanish invaded Central America. The Aztec, Inca and Mayan empires were decimated as the Spanish plundered vast quantities of gold.  It was this gold shipped back to Europe, which financed the establishment of Spain as one of the most powerful of European empires of the times.

Let’s look at one more era. At the beginning of the Pluto in Capricorn period of 1024-1041, the focus is on economics yet again. The banking industry began in Europe in this era with the storage and safekeeping of gold as a commercial enterprise. This was the beginning of commerce as we know it today. Meanwhile in Asia, in this same period, the Chinese started to use paper money as currency.

And we are told that no-one saw the current global financial crisis coming. Hell’s bells and pickled onions.  Hello?

Anyway back to the task at hand.  In the natal wheel, the birth horoscope of the accused, Gerard Baden-Clay, Pluto was at 26degrees Virgo in the second house, the house of material matters and of course you guessed it, money.

Second house Pluto is about the ‘haves and the have nots’.  People with Pluto in this position equate money with lots of power – a big lesson to learn.  We know that the accused is up to his neck in debt and has been learning about the lack of power over his financial environment.

It has even been suggested that he may have killed his wife to benefit from her insurance policies, which coincidentally are around about the same figure as his debt ~ $1 million.

It doesn’t take too much to see that if we progress his natal Pluto to his I.C. / create the angle to his career, that at about the age of 34 Gerard Baden-Clay decided that power and money, for him, would be in a new career of principal of  a real estate business.

Pluto had reached the cusp of the Fourth house (the home) – selling homes is the business career of a realtor, selling real estate.

According to his bail affidavit as provided by mainstream media “Gerard Baden-Clay started as principal and managing director of Century 21 Westside in 2004 where he remained until his arrest on June 12, 2012.”

Remind me, what was the colour of that jacket he wore?