Three Centuries of Crisis - 5
As we shall see presently, in 1891-92 Neptune and Pluto met in the sky at the beginning of the zodiacal sign, Gemini — sign of the intellect and of the communion of minds. Gradually this Plutonian factor began to press forward from the collective unconscious of mankind into public recognition (1930). World War I with its static confrontations in the wet and muddy battle fields of France and with its poison gas was still a Neptunian kind of war, allowing even for the glamour of being "the war to end all wars" — for Neptune is essentially related to glamour. Glamour in all its manifestations, is the lure which impels men to venture into the unknown with glowing faith, and to take steps ahead which they would never take if they knew rationally and objectively what is ahead. Love too is a glamour thrown by life over the meeting of boys and girls to make them forget, at least temporarily, their separated egocentric thinking and planning. And there is also the glamour which veils and glorifies the hard and tedious facts and duties of mother — and the glamour of religious devotion to a transcendent God dwelling far above the clouds of human frailty which may drive men to asceticism or martyrdom.
As Pluto became sighted and it entered the field of consciousness of mankind, Fascism and Nazism began to rise to world-importance, and the Electronic (or Technological) Revolution, announced by the discovery of X-rays, radium and the Quantum Theory after Neptune had met Pluto, began to affect an ever-increasing area of our modern society. Uranus shatters the Saturnian past by the lightning power of a new vision; and it releases "seed ideas" which sooner or later germinate in the minds of a few pioneers, then condition the intellectual processes of the vanguard of humanity. Neptune loosens and if possible dissolves what Uranus has shattered, and this includes man's sense of security and his allegiance to obsolescent institutions. Pluto then pulverizes whatever is left standing, reducing everything of the past to a kind of undifferentiated state.
However, what finds itself in this nearly undifferentiated condition at first desperately craves some semblance of the cohesion it used to know. As a result it tends to aggregate into various kinds of whirlpools formed by the power of some hurricane-like energy. The "Fuehrer"-Leader appears in answer to the subconscious yearning of the mass mind for solidity; but the solidity it gains — that of the totalitarian Party or of the gang in modern slums — is deceiving and always ends in violence (physical or psychological) and often in catastrophe. Pluto may be a symbol of death, but at first of a death that does not want to die, and haunts the weak, empty minds of individuals or collectivities, driving them to seek the bitter satisfaction of dis-humanized greed and lust, and to crime or collective psychic and economic vampirism.
Yet Pluto is also, in its positive aspect, the principle of re-ordering and rebirth inherent in all seeds. It is the gates to immortality; which means the ability for an individual, or a special group (the Biblical "remnant"), to retain its identity — at least on the level of the mind — while all else decays under the relentless pressure of the closing cycle. Pluto symbolizes the Universal Brotherhood of Man in seed; but for those millions of human beings who refuse to or actually cannot become consciously integrated in this "seed" the alternative is perhaps an experience of all-human unity through the mixing of bloods on gory battlefields, or the mixing of ashes in the vast whirlpools which a widespread nuclear holocaust would generate, blotting out the sun and destroying or perverting much of life on earth.
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