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Ready for Your Close-up, Pluto?

I’ve written a number of times over the years about the striking synchronicities that have occurred in tandem with our first close-up views of the planets Uranus and Neptune. In much the same way that the discovery of any astronomical body is widely seen as signaling the emergence of a new state of consciousness into the collective, so our first close-up looks at those planets via hi-tech spacecraft seem to bring their energies into even sharper focus than before.

For example, during the period of the Voyager II fly-by past Uranus in January of 1986, there were news stories underscoring the challenges of high-technology and the legacy of the Industrial Revolution, including the tragic explosion of the space shuttle Challenger the same weekend as the fly-by (the tragedy occurred literally within hours of the photos from the fly-by being processed) and the Chernobyl disaster (occurred not long after the fly-by, on April 26th of that year).

And when the Voyager II spacecraft flew past Neptune, media outlets showcased the mounting sense of dread over the escalating drug crisis taking place in both North and South America, as drug lords openly declared war on the Columbian government the very same day as the fly-by, while President George W. Bush asked American TV networks for air time to address the growing crisis. On a more artistic front, that was also the period when James Cameron’s blockbuster film “The Abyss” had just been released, with a storyline set deep in the ocean. (1)

With that in mind, it’s worth taking a moment to speculate on what we can expect this July, perhaps even all summer, when we’ll get our first close-up look at the distant planet Pluto, by means of NASA’s “New Horizon” spacecraft (scheduled for closest approach on July 14th). Can we expect a similar flurry of synchronistic news events in connection with this planet’s presence? Let’s look briefly at a few possibilities.

On the upside, I’d keep an eye out for breaking news about important discoveries by scientists or historians, due to the “uncovering” aspect of Pluto and its tendency to disclose what had previously been hidden. Archeologically, it could usher in important findings concerning our history as a species or a civilization, or scientific breakthroughs in physics and astronomy. It’s possible we could see the discovery of previously unknown species of animals in remote regions of our planet, or the rediscovery of supposedly extinct “living fossils,” like the coelacanth found by fishermen in 1938. Because Pluto is so remote from the Earth, one wonders whether there is even a chance its close-up could symbolize an important breakthrough by scientists of intelligent life far out in space. (Curiously, a press conference has been announced for May 5th to showcase recently uncovered photographic slides from Roswell, New Mexico, allegedly showing a dead alien body. Whether that turns out to be legitimate or not, the symbolism of the event is certainly fitting, considering Pluto’s association with death.) (2)

On the downside, Pluto also awakens turbulent forces deep in the collective psyche, so the days and weeks surrounding the fly-by could well see a dramatic escalation of the violence and terrorism that has been inflaming the world scene in recent years. Whether that involves ISIS soldiers in the Middle East, home-grown terrorists in our own first world nations, or simply criminal acts of an especially dramatic sort (abductions and hostage situations are particular favorites of Pluto), it’s likely we could see some very unpleasant headlines stoking our collective reptile-brains in a big way. And, of course, since Pluto is in Capricorn, don’t be surprised if we see more sex scandals in the news involving prominent celebrities or politicians!

Whatever the outcome, I’d suggest focusing your attention on the July 10th – 20th period in particular. Stay tuned!

(1) I discuss the synchronicities of the Uranus and Neptune fly-bys in considerably more detail in my book, Signs of the Times, Hampton Roads, 2002; pgs. 62-64, 156-165.
(2) UFO International Project

Bio: Ray Grasse is Associate Editor of The Mountain Astrologer magazine, and author of The Waking Dream (Quest, 1996) and Signs of the Times (Hampton Roads, 2002). His websites are Ray Grasse and Ray Grasse Photography


  1. I have studied Astrology with Rod Suskin and a myriad of fantastic exceptional Astrologers who have come to Cape Town for various Conferences.
    I used to regularly get the Mountain Astrologer and loved the magazine, however our Rand currency is dismal and unfortunately continues to be, so Monica Cromhout stopped getting the magazine sent into the country. What is the cost to subscribe and have it sent to Cape Town South Africa, monthly? Or do you post it on line now? Please let me know.
    With thanks
    Adrienne Verney
    Cape Town

  2. Hello Adrienne,

    You can order a printed subscription ($85 US dollars to SA for one-year) or a digital only subscription for $35 to all countries. Please go here to order:

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  3. Thanks to Mr. Grasse, I have fun things to look forward to – May 5 for Roswell, and July 10 – 20 for Pluto. I went off for a minute to read about the Roswell Alien Slides (looking for the time of the event) and when I read the part where the author wondered how the slide film and processing could be authenticated, I raised my hand. I’ll bet you did, too.
    I’m now enjoying the articles on Mr. Grasse’s website, but am sorry to say I have to get some sleep before I’ll be able to read further. I have a busy week ahead, but am looking forward to submersing myself in those long, meaty articles.

  4. I think we are already seeing hints of what may develop as the Large Hadron Collider is gathering speed and the latest announcement of dark matter reacting unexpectedly due to a collision of galaxies. Exciting news of a possible breakthrough of helping dementia sufferers has been announced.

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