Our Ecosystem and the Symbolism of Pluto: The Summit of September 2019


Pluto was discovered on February 18 th, 1930, by Clyde Tombaugh, born on February 4 th, 1906, in Streator, Illinois, USA.

I have not found the natal chart of this man, but at least we can see the placements of the planets on that day.

I've set the ascendant at 12 a.m. so there isn't a wide difference for the moon position. At first glance, we can see that the moon was conjunct to Pluto at noon, so the moon position could be at  most 7 degrees on either side of  Pluto.

I`ve raised this chart out of curiosity, given that, without the time, it is not going to be accurate.

The most interesting feature of the chart is that this conjunction of the moon and Pluto makes a trine with the conjunction of the Sun with Venus, being a very harmonious aspect.

It would really seem that this man was an idealist because it is said that, upon his death, he wanted his ashes to be scattered around the planet Pluto, and so it was done.

He died in 1997, and, in 2006, his ashes were finally sent into space on the mission called "New Horizons", along with a probe that tracked this planet for the first time in history. His ashes reached Pluto on July 14, 2015.

The following image reflects very well the emotions (the moon) linked to Pluto, and Tombaugh desired his ultimate abode (the moon also represents the home) to be there, with Pluto.

(Photo taken from taringa.net)

As mentioned before, Pluto was discovered on February 18 th, 1930. Here is the chart for that moment:

We see the moon in the sign of Scorpio, as in the discoveries of Uranus and Neptune. However, I like this chart a bit better, given that the Moon receives Pluto in its home of Cancer, and there is a grand sextile between Jupiter, Uranus, and the conjunction of Mercury and Mars. On the other hand, the other social and transpersonal planets, Saturn and Neptune, are in trine, although they form a  square to Jupiter and Uranus respectively, while Saturn is oppose to Pluto. It is noteworthy because very soon Pluto and Saturn will be conjunct, and that is something which pertains to our ecosystem.

I remember that, for most astrologers, the cycle of Pluto/Uranus speaks to us about new ideas concerning our environment, and these planets in good aspect bring us the protection for our land. 

However, what I have seen is that, when this cycle is in combination with a tension between Pluto and Saturn ( square, opposition, conjunction), the countries and governments change things for the better.

In this article, I will speak only about the relationship between Pluto and Saturn and their influences on the enforcement of environmental regulations.

And I say that Pluto represent Ecosystem because, although there are many meanings to Pluto, which everyone already knows and I am not going to repeat, Pluto also has another symbolism that is linked to its identification with every living being, with every organism. What Pluto does is to speak to us about the relationships between all organisms that live on the Earth (plants, seeds, living beings, microorganisms, cells, and the connection between all of them) such that, if we are looking for a distinct definition of Ecosystem, we have:

According to Wikipedia, Ecosystem is "a unity comprised of interdependent organisms which share the same habitat, where all of the living organisms interact with whatever other elements are in the local environment".

According to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Ecosystem is "a dynamic complexity of plant and animal communities and of micro-organisms and their nonliving environment which interact as a functional unity".

Photograph taken from the blog of karoldanielhernandez

The reason for associating Pluto with the Ecosystem arises from the very moment of the discovery of Pluto because, as with the other transpersonal planets, discoveries always comes synchronized with terrestrial events. For this reason it is necessary to mention two people whose contributions coincided exactly with the year 1930, when Pluto was discovered:`

  • Arthur Roy Clapham, born on May 24 th, 1904, who, in response to a request from Arthur Tansley, coined the term Ecosystem in 1930.
  • Arthur George Tansley, born in London, England, on August 15 th, 1871, pioneer of  the science of ecology, who introducing us to the term Ecosystem  in 1935, defining it as:

           "The fundamental ecological unit composed of the interrelationship                     between a  biocenosis and a biotype".

This is very Plutonian because the lives of all organisms are totally connected. The single act of stepping on an ant is a totally Plutonian event, linking in some way ourselves as human beings with another living being and also our ability to use power or not with all that surrounds us.

Pluto also brought us the atomic bomb, the destruction of our habitat and its living creatures, and, on the positive side, the development of an ecological consciousness and the protection of our habitat.

They are the two faces of the same coin because, like the rest of the planets, its symbolism has light and darkness. It remains to be seen towards which side we tilt the scale.

In order to understand the extent of this symbolism of protecting our habitat, it is necessary to go to the most significant dates in this regard. So, we have as crucial dates "The Earth Summit of Rio de Janeiro" celebrated from June 3rd to June 14th 1992. At this summit, there were 172 governments, 2,400 NGOs, and a parallel online consultative forum of 17,000 people.

During those days, specifically on June 5, 1992, a document was signed, called the "Convention on Biological Diversity", its acronym CBD. It is a legally binding international treaty for the promotion of a sustainable future with three main objectives:

  • The conservation of biological diversity.
  • The sustainable use of its components.
  • The fair and equitable participation in the benefits that derive from the use of genetic resources.

This was completely innovative because it was a time when there was not yet much known about Ecology at the level of the citizenry. So it seemed like a precedent, a first step, on this theme.

The convention was signed in that moment by 168 countries, but later it was ratified by only 157. Currently, 193 countries have signed.

Given that I do not have the exact time of the signing of this convention, at least I shall put the chart for June 5, 1992 at 12 a.m., to keep the moon around 7 degrees of its possible real position:

Let's look at the relationship between Pluto and Saturn in these two charts:

  • With regard to the chart of the discovery of Pluto, we note that, when Pluto was discovered, Pluto was in Cancer at 17 degrees, 45 minutes, and Saturn was in its own house of Capricorn at 8 degrees, 57 minutes, that is to say, in opposition.
  • With regard to the date of the CBD, June 5, 1992, we see Pluto in Scorpio at 20 degrees, 55 minutes, and Saturn in Aquarius at 18 degrees, that is to say, they are once more aspected, but now Saturn, classic ruler of Aquarius, approaches to a square angle.

Now let's look at the relationship of the moon with Pluto and Saturn in these two charts:

  • With regard to the chart of the discovery of Pluto, the moon was in Scorpio around 13 degrees forming a sextile and a trine with that opposition of Saturn to Pluto.
  • With regard to the CBD, the moon was in Leo around 15 degrees, forming an opposition to that square between Saturn and Pluto.

Curious, isn't it?! That an interior, personal planet participates with these two grand giants, in a chart which could be a universal configuration, on the one side Saturn and on the other Pluto, makes us wonder.

In this second chart, all of the planets in Gemini (Venus, the Sun, and Mercury) come on stage and give harmonious aspects to the opposition of the moon to Saturn and its square with Pluto. Representing all of the people who participated in the signing, the governments, NGOs, and the trade relationships between them.

Mars in Aries, its home, also participates, sending forth equally harmonic aspects to this opposition.

A fascinating chart, one in which all of the planets are connected, including Jupiter, exiled in Virgo, which is connected to the sun through a square angle. Of all the planets, this is the only one which is poorly aspected, and, logically, since Jupiter is the planet of laws, it is understandable that it costs so much to put these things into practice.

Following this convention, there have been many meetings. For example:

  • The Kioto Summit of December 11, 1997, called "The Kioto Protocol", on how to gradually reduce gases with the greenhouse effect. The United States, the country with the most emissions in the world, did not want to ratify it.

We see Saturn trine Pluto, already separating, with Jupiter sextile to each.

  • The Johannesburg Summit, which occurred at the end of August through the beginning of September 2002, didn't serve any purpose except to waste money. It was a failure.
  • The Copenhagen Summit on climate change, from December 7 through December 18, 2009, where the intention was to prepare future objectives to replace those of the Kioto Protocol, which had an expiration date on 2012. According to Wikipedia, the agreement was made on the night of December 18, 2009, and was a non-binding text, lacking quantitative objectives and deadlines, which did not extend the Kioto protocol and was also considered a failure.

In this chart from Copenhagen, which I have imagined to be around 7 p.m., as they say it was signed at night, we see Saturn in aspect to Pluto again, a trine already separating, but Saturn is in fall in Aries. Hence the failure. It is a chart with little force to achieve anything, with many harmonic aspects except those that receive the moon, too easy for something so grand, the protection of our ecosystem-i.e., there needs to be more tension in the chart.

For that, the most representative chart is from the Rio de Janeiro Summit, which reflects very well the challenges that need to be achieved, and given that Saturn is actually in its own sign of Capricorn, approaching Pluto, we find a very strong aspect. (Remember that this tension worked in the past.) In the next summit, we could go one step further.

The last summit which was held on this theme was in November 2017 in Bonn, where the United States was not even present, and Saturn had not yet entered Capricorn. Hence it was a bad time to accomplish anything.

However, the forthcoming summit could be a milestone on this issue, according to this link from pais.com  

It will be in New York, USA, in September 23 th 2019.

This summit will be key, important, definitive, a giant step, and a continuation of what was signed in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, because Saturn will be 13 degrees of Capricorn and Pluto will be 20 degrees of Capricorn. This will set a precedent for the next summit when the conjunction might even be closer. In addition, it will take place right in New York! This is to say, given that the United States is one of the most reluctant countries to make any type of movement in this direction, it's going to the most uptight place, and this tension is reflected in the chart.

We can see perfectly the conjunction of Saturn and Pluto which occurs as Jupiter, for the first time, is at home in Sagittarius. The moon is in its own sign and oppose to that conjunction. However, those fast-moving planets in Libra-Venus and Mercury-form a square to this conjunction, and the Sun and Mars form a separate trine to the same. 

Above all, Jupiter, who I believe holds the key, given that it represents the laws, is now in its home and forms a square on one side with Mars and on the other with Neptune. Jupiter is in a very strong position to manifest and enforce the laws.

You can see this article in Spanish here.