Since Pluto went into Capricorn to stay in November 2008 there has been a lot of speculation regarding what the effects would be.  There are no better examples than those in the news the past few months, i.e. the BP oil platform explosion and oil spill and the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano.  In both instances, some of Mother Earth’s entrails are spilling forth from Pluto’s Underworld domain to trouble those living on the surface.  So how does astrology work with all this?  Let's take a look...

In looking at the transit chart for the initial eruption of Eyjafjallajokull on March 20 there are numerous aspects that define the happenings of that day.  First of all, at 11:52 GMT when it was first noticed, the Moon was in Earth Sign, Taurus in an applying partile sextile to both Mars and the Sun which were both in Fire Signs, Leo and Aries, respectively.  Also tied into this system but a degree away was Saturn in Air Sign, Libra.  So we had Saturn, which represents structure, but since he was retrograde at the time, this could be switched to restructuring, which the Earth’s crust was undoubtedly doing, with the results spewing into the air.  Saturn was also in a triple opposition with Mercury, the planet that rules movement, the Sun, and Uranus, planet of the unexpected, explosions, and disruptions.  The Moon was also throwing a square, indicative of a crisis, to the asteroid, Chiron, the Wounded Healer, and Neptune, ruler of fog and delusions.

So I suppose you’re wondering by now what Pluto, ruler of the Underworld and of course volcanoes, was doing.  He was in a T-square with Saturn and Mercury, and this part you’ll love, that Pluto was in Earth Sign, Capricorn; Saturn was exalted in Air Sign, Libra, and Mercury was in Fire Sign, Aries.  Is that cool, or what?

Around Midnight between April 13 – 14, with the New Moon in fiery Aries a mere twelve hours away, the volcanic eruption went into its second phase with a tremendous explosion.  Neptune, snuggled up with Chiron, was only one minute of arc away from being in exact semi-sextile, an aspect that brings friction or an irritation, with Uranus, which was already opposing Saturn, an aspect that by definition would bring unexpected disturbances to effect restructuring by potentially explosive means.  Better yet, the little-known asteroid, Vulcano, was less than a half degree from being exactly conjunct Uranus, which would indicate a major eruption in and of itself!  The quincunx between Neptune and Saturn implies a change of course or adjustment, perhaps from any delusions that the volcano was stable.  Pluto, ruler of the Underworld, was quincunx Mars, ruler or fire, two malefic planets doing their thing in Earth and Fire signs respectively. 

For the second, more damaging eruption, the asteroid, Sedna, the Inuit Goddess who has dominion over the environment, was sextile Jupiter, who tends to inflate and expand situations, a subtle indicator of the mess to follow as these two worked together to define the effects of the explosion.  This was further implied by an annoying semi-sextile between Mercury, ruler of transportation and the asteroid Chaos, whose name says it all. 

In case you haven't already seen them, here’s a link to some spectacular photos of the volcano:  http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/04/more_from_eyjafjallajokull.html

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