This weekend I conducted an experiment. It involved a trip to the outer reaches of our solar system and I travelled there in my car (a VolksWagen) and it makes a wonderful illustration of how astrology in the sky can connect so seamlessly with the small mechanics of our lives. One of the key understandings of applied astrology, at least when you begin to connect with it at an archetypal level, is the principle of ‘as above, so below.’ When you understand this you can begin to formulate a methodology; one which utilises this principle to your own benefit and that in itself is particularly good voodoo for those times when you are feeling the strain of a tough transit.
Allow me to explain.
Currently I am labouring just a little under a Neptune square and a simultaneous Uranus-Pluto opposition. Both these transits went over last week from applying to partile and now they are separating, so the hard work is done, but as you will hopefully know, it is releasing the tension of a transit once the application begins to attenuate that creates so much difficulty. My challenge therefore was to find a way to resonate with both Neptune and Pluto, on a microcosmic scale, so that the intensifying stress of the aspect could ease.
Finding a method with energies as vast and impersonal as Neptune and Pluto is not easy, but only one hour from my house is the perfect facility.
This then is me, standing right in front of Dungeness nuclear power station. Now as you can perhaps see, I am standing on shingle, so in front of me is, yes, the sea. It’s all clicking into place right? I am standing at the microcosmic conjunction point of Neptune and Pluto.
Here is the principle; I am standing at the point marked by the red cross in the aerial photograph. The theory then is very simple; here I am completely connected with Neptunian and Plutonic energies and actually I am between them, within the conjunction. Once I was there and I was open to that, I must explain that the Plutonic feeling was almost overwhelming, quite apart from the vast, implacable and utterly impersonal darkness of the power station itself. I arrived and parked my car and then I walked the half mile to this point passing a series of very menacing-looking men with Rottweilers and Dobermans, most people I saw were incredibly odd in one way or another, strange misshapen women and their intensely closed off husbands, there is a bed and breakfast nearby, just check it out for an impossible naming convention, and of course while I was standing there, looking out to sea and happily minding my own business, I underwent the best Plutonic experience of all.
Almost inevitably I was stopped and searched by police officers carrying machine guns. I was asked to provide my details and I (of course) refused, citing a violation of my civil liberties. I was then asked why I was there and ‘looking at’ the nuclear power station; and I was honest; I explained that I am an astrologer looking to cathartise Neptunian and Plutonic energies and that this was the perfect place to do that, and the burly policeman (on the left in the photograph) became very interested and told me that he had always loved astrology and had even bought one or two books on the subject but had struggled with the complexity of it all. They wrote me a ticket citing the reasons for the stop and search (which only contained a curious ‘x’ character) along with my description. They also issued me with a leaflet which explained that I would be required to remove, if asked, my coat, jacket and gloves but if I was asked to remove shoes, socks, t-shirt or headgear then I would be detained in a private facility for that purpose and searched by an officer of the same sex.
Now, am I wrong, or – if you were tasked with designing the most complete Plutonic experience that you could possibly devise – would it not be almost exactly this? Astonishing. It’s the best applied astrology experience I’ve had in months, years probably.
You should try it sometime…