Overview Lecture: Pluto and the Death of the Age of Oil

Since the advent of the Industrial Age the archetype of oil has become darker, more dangerous, more compulsive—in a word, more Plutonian– and the modern model of societal organization would die overnight without oil. In this NCGR lecture Jessica discusses the symbolism and implications of the world’s dependence on ancient dinosaur slime.

In this lecture Jessica proposes assigning a Pluto rulership to the archetype of crude oil, considering the symbolism of each, in accordance with the ancient law As Above So Below. She discusses the profound meaning shifts oil has undergone since the Uranus-Neptune conjunction gave rise to the industrial revolution. Crude oil is a unique status symbol of the contemporary world; no other substance so poignantly sums up what we have become. Jessica looks at what this archetype can tell us about the karma of the USA under the Uranus-Pluto square, the economic and geopolitical flux indicated, and how the world must transform itself as the oil wells run dry.

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This lecture series addresses the world-altering years between 2008 and 2023, a period that has been associated with the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, the achievement of Peak Oil, and the end of the Mayan calendar, among other epochal markers. Though this period has no counterpart in recent memory, as a point of comparison the 1960s were a harbinger. Back then, Uranus and Pluto were conjunct in the sky. Now, they’re ninety-degrees apart: it’s like the other shoe dropping. If the sixties were the New Moon, now we’re in the First Quarter.

But the stakes are higher now. Since the last big Uranus-Pluto aspect, the people of the world have grown into big boys and girls. We have been irrevocably changed by the tech revolution and the plight of the environment. We are less naïve about the financial cartels that control the world economy. We are ready to embrace our responsibilities to a planet in peril, and wake up to a new kind of freedom, against the backdrop of a New World Age. What a time to be alive.

The lectures offered below provide the listener with an outline of the most telling planetary pictures in the period. My hope is that they can deepen understanding about the global and cultural ramifications of the era (Overview Lectures) and inspire recognition of what our personal roles might be, as we respond to its tumultuous changes (Significant Transit Lectures). The first chapter of this volatile period was kicked off by Pluto’s entry into Capricorn in 2008. The second chapter features the Grand Crosses of 2010, a tinderbox of transits that serve as a paradigm for the rest of the era. The third chapter encompasses the seven squares between Uranus and Pluto (2010-2016), the most enduring chapter of the Cosmic Crossroads years.

These lectures provide a primarily transpersonal point of view, addressing the broad, universal themes of the Crossroads Years. They were created to help listeners understand the cultural and global backdrop of the years ahead, so as to be able to respond – fully, creatively and courageously – rather than merely react to the intensity we are all feeling.