by Robert Wilkinson
It is being said that as Pluto moves through its multiple conjunctions with the Galactic Center this year and next, many wonderful things will happen, preparing us for a global awakening in mass consciousness as we get closer to the magical year of 2012. That got me to thinking that if this is supposed to make for a huge change in the world and humanity, what happened the other times Pluto conjuncted the Galactic Center?
I originally posted some information about the current Pluto conjunction with the Galactic Center and what it could mean in the article Pluto is conjunct the Galactic Center in 2006-2007, and followed it focusing on previous and future conjunctions in the article Galactic Center Conjunctions by Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto - the Newest Influences What's Coming in 2012.
In doing my calculations, I assumed that the Galactic Center has been moving forward at a steady rate of about 4 degrees 12 minutes every 300 years. This assumption may not be correct, in that we really don't know where it was a thousand years ago for sure, but can only make an educated guess, as with most other variables on this ever-variable Earth. Working backward from the positions offered in the second linked article in the paragraph above this one, we assume the Galactic Center was at the following approximate positions: (1700) 22 Sag 40; (1400) 18 Sag 28; (1100) 14 Sag 16; (800) 10 Sag 04; (500) 5 Sag 52; (200 AD) 1 Sag 40; (100 BC) 27 Scorpio 28; (400 BC) 23 Scorpio 16.
That means that previous Pluto conjunctions with the Galactic Center occurred 10 times in this span. Starting with the most distant point in this time line, Pluto conjuncted the GC between 470-468 BC at about 23 Scorpio, between 223-220 BC at about 26 Scorpio, and between 25-28 AD at about 30 Scorpio. Pluto's next conjunction with the Galactic Center occurred about 2 Sagittarius between 271-273 AD, the next one happened about 6 Sagittarius between 519-522 AD, followed by one about 11 Sagittarius between 767-770 AD. The next one hit about 15 Sagittarius 1015-1017, followed by one about 19 Sagittarius between 1262-1264, one about 23 Sagittarius from 1510-1512, and the last one occurred about 24 Sagittarius between 1758-1760.
While I have no doubt that humanity was opened to some "core knowledge" that boosted some forms of awareness when these happened, very little of a theme of mass enlightenment jumps to mind. In the first span we're considering, those years did correspond with the birth of Socrates, and were followed by the Peloponnesian War and the birth of Hippocrates in 460 BC. The next period from 223-220 BC had no significant events except the death of Hannibal's father and the beginning of the Second Punic War. The third period on our timeline is of course the time of Jesus' ministry and crucifixion. Other than this, there are no signs of global awakening, and it's important to remember that early Christianity was not a global awakening at the time.
The next period 271-273, is marked by the birth of Constantine and a lot of war. In fact, all the periods discussed so far had much more war than peace. It was a time of the reuniting of the Roman Empire, but also the loss by that empire of current Germany and France. 519-522, the next conjunction of Pluto with the GC, featured Bodhidharma arriving in China, while the next period of 767-770 showed anarchy in Bulgaria, the deaths of Pope Paul 1 and Constantine II, Patriarch of Constantinople, and Charlemagne inheriting the Kingdom of the Franks.
1015-1017 found Norman knights arriving in Sicily, earthquakes destroying the Dome of the Rock, the founding of the Druze religion, and the division of England into earldoms. 1262-1264 gave us the Icelandic and an early English civil war, widespread persecution of jews, the reign of Kublai Khan, "Summa contra Gentiles" from Thomas Aquinas, and the deaths of Aegidius of Assisi, companion of St. Francis, and Shinran Shonin, Japanese founder of the Jodo Shinshu branch of Pure Land Buddhism.
Finally, 1510-1512 featured the first pocket watch, the Spanish conquest of Cuba and the Yucatan, the birth of a couple of the de Medici clan and the death of Amerigo Vespucci, Martin Luther becoming a Doctor of Theology, and the first exhibition of the Sistine Chapel, Of some note is that Copernicus wrote "Commentariulus" which put the Sun at the center of the Solar system, which of course was a major event but got him in major hot water and his work became anathema for a long time.
So after a brief trip through previous Pluto conjunctions with the Galactic Center, I somehow wonder if the current buzz about the global awakening isn't more wishful thinking than cast in stone. I suppose humanity may get the seeds of "source material" during those years, since Pluto rules seeds that germinate over time, but even looking at events subsequent to the conjunctions in previous centuries, it sure doesn't look like anything dramatic occurs during these times.
Perhaps since this one approaches 1 Capricorn it will be different, and of course there are other factors, such as the Mayan Calendar and Great Pyramid timeline, that seem to indicate something is about to end, while other things begin. Of course, we have had many endings of eras over time, always followed by the beginnings of new ones.
Another scan of the periods yields some insights. First of all, the relatively primitive way of recording information centuries ago probably doesn't give us an accurate view of what they were experiencing, but only historical events. No doubt the 5th century BC was a time when the teachings of the great Ones who came in the 150 years before then gained widespread acceptance and probably influenced their cultures for a long time. Buddha, Pythagoras, Lao Tsu, Quan Yin, and many other great ones had come just before the conjunction with the GC, so perhaps that event spread the seed.
Another insight is that these points roughly correspond to the seasons of a millennium, and therefore conform to the power shifts that naturally occur approximately every 500 years, with half way being a point of shift. Though we don't know how people were experiencing 272, 769, 1263, and 1759, we do know that the times of 27 AD, 520, 1016, and 1511 marked general times in the past two thousand years when a global power shift was occurring, and old systems of control were being circumvented. So perhaps seeds of what is to come in these 500 year "seasons" of a millennium are revealed when Pluto conjuncts the Galactic Center.
Personally, I'll stand on what I see going on relative to the century cycles and their 25-year "seasons," as these make sense to me. That said, 2012 is the mid-point of this "winter of the 21st century," and so after then we should see the gradual movement out of "winter" into a coming "spring" that will show up around 2025. Things should not be so bleak after 2012, and we should see major growth and development of whatever the coming century is about by 2020. You can read more about these cycles in the article The Age of Aquarius - Laying the Patterns in the Present.
Though I believe the short term future of humanity is difficult (due to ignoring certain realities about the environmental problems we've set loose on the planet and ourselves) I also know a whole new evolved group of Souls has already incarnated, and will continue to do so. These will be the seed carriers, bridge builders, and renovators of the future, bringing forth a new era and new forms of civilization long after we're all gone.
Historically, those of us on Earth right now are more the parents and grandparents of those progressive Souls that will inherit the planet and through their specialized skills building on the technology of the past, will re-create the Garden on Earth. And of course I do expect some fairly spectacular developments over the next decade or so, due to other evolutionary factors not discussed in this article, such as the increasing strength of humanity quickly moving out of the Kali Yuga into the Dwapara Yuga, a very hopeful thing for the next few thousand years.