I woke this morning to wonderful new photos of Pluto.
If you missed the story, NASA’s spacecraft New Horizons has been en route to the Kuiper Belt since January 2006. Last night my time, it took the first of a series of photographs of Pluto. Astronomers are excited, because this is the first actual evidence of what the surface of Pluto looks like. Every picture you and I have ever seen of Pluto until now has been an artists impression. (Ditto for dinosaurs by the way).
And wow, look at that heart shape! I’ve always known Pluto has heart, despite his reputation as an underworld kind of character.
Did you know that Pluto is a dual planet? He has a twin called Charon, and they spin around each other. Here’s another pic of them together, although this one has been colourised, possibly to make the artists at NASA who can no longer draw Pluto they way they see him feel a bit better.
The First Beat of a New Global Heart
Today, just as these photos were being beamed at the speed of light (yes, it’s true, it only takes them 4 hours to get here!) the Nodes shifted into an monumental alignment that activates the Global Soul Heart. You can read more about that here. At the same time, Mars was sitting directly opposite Pluto, right across the other side of the Root Centre – Pluto in 38 and Mars in 39. These are gates about struggling on alone, fighting our way to survival. They are the quintessential survival of the most cunning individual kind of energy. So Pluto is turning up right at this time to say .. hey, have a heart! Life is an adventure and we need to do it together!
Interestingly, this mission is not just about Pluto but what’s beyond him. In the Kuiper Belt. The first planet we found out beyond Pluto was Eris and she’s all about learning to work together as a team. So let’s stop taking sides, finding fault and opposing each other to make ourselves feel better.
Where Do We Grow From Here?
We used to believe Pluto was a line between our home (our solar system) and the vast uncaring and unknown realm of deep space. We had life here, and out there was nothingness. It turns out that there is so much life ‘out there’ we barely have time to keep up with the discovery of exoplanets and dwarf plants and new galaxies.
In the past few hundred years, the discovery of new planets has coincided with expansions of consciousness. Uranus brought electricity. Neptune the spiritualist movement. Pluto came along at the same time as the nuclear era. These are not synchronicities, but co-evolvement of human consciousness and nature.
So, when we believed Pluto, with his orbit of 284 years, was the edge of our solar system, our concept of the edge of consciousnss was all about transformation through life and death and rebirth. No pain no gain, suffering leads to wisdom, etc. We had to make our trip to the underworld in order to grow.
In 2006 we discovered Sedna, with an orbit in excess of 12,000 years. Now that is a sudden expansion! The planets in the Kuipter Belt are all named after creation deities. Their nature is not about the struggle between life and death, but all about the dance of creation. I believe that Pluto’s heart message to us is this:
We do not have to struggle and suffer to survive. Life is a dance of creation when we anchor into our soul hearts. We are a part of a profound natural world, and our spirits can live here without pain when we are ready to do so. There is a truth here that comes from direct experience and has nothing to do with the narrative of man made culture. We are renewing our culture and we are doing so from love for ourselves and each other.
We are stepping into a new world, a new culture and a new experience of being human.