The Pluto Neptune Cycle: Change the Mind, Change Everything
The Pluto-Neptune conjunction of 1892 at 7 degrees of Gemini coincided with the beginning of the modern era. The 19th century could arguably be termed the century when everything changed, and the modern era began. The political and social structure fractured, as monarchies collapsed. Philosophical and scientific breakthroughs reflected the dynamic new thinking as a revolution in communication and transportation occurred. The vision (Neptune) of power (Pluto) shifted, transformed and changed radically.
It was during this time that radical new ways of spiritual thinking began to take root. Theosophy emerged as a blending of eastern philosophy with western mysteries designed to uplift the world’s consciousness. In reaction to the harshness of the growing industrialized economy, a group of scholars including Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, and Ralph Emerson convened, calling themselves the transcendentalists.
As a group, the transcendentalists led the celebration of the American experiment as one of individualism and self-reliance. They criticized government, organized religion, laws, social institutions, and creeping industrialization. They created an American “state of mind” in which imagination was better than reason, creativity was better than theory, and action was better than contemplation. The `New Thought’ doctrine is the cornerstone of many spiritual movements that emerged in the 19th century, including the Unity Church, Christian Science, and Spiritualism. New Thought believes our thoughts create reality, and that God is an expression of infinite and universal intelligence. Even the title, `New Thought’ reflects the underpinning of the Neptune Pluto new cycle in the sign of Gemini.
Gemini represents ‘the how’ of cognition. Neptune’s vision blended with Pluto’s potency reflects a radical transformation in the prevailing worldview. Within a decade of the conjunction Einstein’s theory of relativity began chipping away at the prevailing logos of Newtonian physics. The new scientific discoveries ushered in quantum theory, representing a new mystical and holistic worldview. At the same time, the blending of the Eastern religious perspective began to seep into Western rationalism.
The process of thinking is a binary activity. As you read this, your ability to perceive information is based upon whatever knowledge you possess as you contrast and compare what you haven’t yet considered. Like the glyph (II) for Gemini the dualistic compare/contrast dichotomy compares what’s not known to what is known. One could argue that the process of perception began to radically change back in 1892, and we are still processing that change. Science has discovered since the conjunction that the human brain, Gemini’s functional body part, is indeed dualistic. It’s as if we learned how to think differently when we understood that we actually have human `hardware’ which is reflected in the wiring of two hemispheres; the left logical and the right …intuitive.
Wouldn’t it make `sense’ that professional psychics are highly gifted at integrating both sides of their brain to arrive at `non-local and non-temporal data?’ And doesn’t it make sense that the harbinger of `new thought’ reflects the 1892 conjunction of Pluto and Neptune in Gemini, which has been unfolding since then? During the last seventy years of Neptune Pluto sextiles we have collectively seen a working through of the spiritually radically new ideas of the conjunction.
During the first phase of the waxing sextile, the 1950’s, traditional religion began to confront conflicting worldviews. Christian scholar, Robert Ellwood speaks of the discomfort of the time in his book the `Spiritual Marketplace’. He describes Catholic-Protestant tensions, the interest in the `beat’ poets, Zen Buddhism, UFO’s and the mythology of Joseph Campbell. The second phase of the sextile, during the 1970’s, saw the emergence of the `New Age’ movement embracing the litany of the `New Thought’ philosophies of the original conjunction. The `New Age’ embraced old age religions; wicca and Indigenous practices, focusing on the individualistic interpretation of the divine. All the while, eastern beliefs were being integrated with western thought, further reflecting the binary quality of the Gemini Neptune=Pluto conjunction, plus the Sagittarius theme of world inclusivity. The third sextile phase, of the 1980’s and 1990’s, integrated the practicality of the Capricorn Neptune signature. No longer were different spiritual ideas considered renegade. Practical ways of bringing spiritual practices into the world prevailed. The number of credentialed programs, institutes, regional `new age shops’ and schools started to skyrocket. Psychics and mediums began to be thought of as `professional.’ The last sextile phase, from 2026 until 2032, may be the most interesting. Since no one aspect stands alone, let’s consider other astrological factors before speculating.
1-See for example the Theosophical Society in America Home Page at <https://www.theosophical.org/>
2- ushistory.org, ‘Transcendentalism, An American Philosophy’, U.S. HistoryOnline Textbook. p1. Viewed 20 October 2019, <http://www.ushistory.org/us/26f.asp>