The point of time when it is to be decided whether any affair or course of action must go on, or be modified or terminate; the decisive moment; the turning point.
Pluto is going direct Tuesday and several things are happening at the end of this generational transit. In astrology, Pluto, Scorpio, and the 8th house are associated with crisis as the agent of transformation. Survival itself is often threatened which makes the situation especially significant.
There is no doubt that change is imminent politically since both parties are campaigning on the identical issue, a rather unusual phenomenon. There's the original and the last minute copy. "Change you can xerox" has turned out to be prophetic.
Pluto in Sagittarius brought to the surface religious extremism and here, at the point of crisis, the most extreme candidate yet has appeared onstage for consideration. Pluto at 29 Sagittarius on election day looks very much like a point of decision.
One of the most interesting themes of the Pluto transit has been the worship of icons gone to a zenith with the emergence of the television show, American Idol. This election has been a fascinating re-telling of this tale for a grand finale.
There's a common desire in humans to look upward for guidance and to anthropomorphize their god-figure(s), a characteristic of Sagittarius. All through history the collective has created idols and destroyed them, and now as this transit draws to a close, the excess the country has displayed in elevating these objects is pretty hard to miss. Adlai Stevenson once said that "Anyone can be president in America". I believe he was correct.
What's so interesting to me is the evolution. At first one of the candidates was given the messiah identity and massive crowds came to hear him preach. He was also painted as a rock star and as an omnipotent dictator. But then the opposition compared him to Moses and Hollywood superstar Britney Spears bursting the bubble of illusion. Good thing. A country in trouble doesn't need a pop star as a president. But then something unexpected happened. A new idol suddenly appeared to take his place. A new savior.
The problem hinges on USA Neptune at 22 Virgo in the 9th house and the people's elevation of leaders to mythological status, glamour, glitz, and fake image being sometimes preferred. Uranus in unrealistic Pisces just made a long station opposite when the original icon reached his height. As he came down the new moon in Virgo delivered the replacement. Next up -- the full moon at 22 Pisces just where Uranus was originally. Will America smash her idols for good this go-round? Tune in to the temple on Nov. 4th and find out.
The end result is knowledge concerning religious ritual and the lack of substance that has been elevated to the level it's reached now. Pluto in Capricorn, with the next political phase starting, does not suggest empty glamour, nor does it indicate ideological extremism. What to do with the need to worship is still unknown.
Yes, change it is. Crisis. Here at almost 29, everybody's talking about it.
The purpose of a Pluto transit is to strip away pretense and get to fundamental satisfaction of desire, releasing excess in preparation for spiritual development. After going through layers of purgatory, through rites of initiation, trials and tribulations, the native is ready to see the hidden treasure formerly protected by Pluto in Hades where the Elysian Fields of paradise exist. One can make a choice to retrieve it or not. In all charts, in everyone's lives, there's a treasure to grasp as Pluto leaves Sagittarius for good. Easy to find? It should be.