When Pluto was drummed out of the solar system at the International Astronomy Union (IAU) General Assembly meeting August 24, 2006, in Prague, Czech Republic, financial astrologer and newsletter writer Arch Crawford was furious.
“We started off by stating that Pluto has three moons and we now know it has five. What other planetary body with even one moon is not considered a planet? The moons alone should qualify Pluto for planetary status,” he argues.
Pluto was discovered in 1930 and astrologers soon began to notice its prominent placement in the birth map (horoscope) of scientist Wilhelm Roentgen, the discoverer of X-rays. The planet also showed up prominently in the horoscopes of other atomic scientists and the event charts for the first sustained nuclear reactor start-up in Chicago, the first atomic bomb tests, the bomb’s subsequent use in World War II and in reactor accidents since then.
For example, when a lunar eclipse occurred very close to Pluto in April 1986, Crawford wrote: “If you don’t feel this one, you’re probably not alive.” That was truly prophetic as the Chernobyl meltdown four days later raised background radiation levels world-wide.
Another infamous lunar eclipse formed at the same time Mars opposed Pluto in the heavens, causing Crawford to predict we could be looking at one of the worst days of the century. “There will be coercion, the use of force, a large explosion, and heartlessness or cruelty August 2-7, 1990. And expect some major catastrophe on August 2-7, as something explodes in a big way… awesome, awful.”
This particular observation was quoted in Barron’s Financial Weekly two to three weeks prior to the event. The event foreshadowed was Saddam Hussein’s unexpected attack on Kuwait on
August 2, 1990.
“The archetypical TV pictures of those times show the Kuwaiti Oil Fields with the burning plumes of Hell, no doubt the greatest ecological disaster since Chernobyl. Pluto, remember, is god of the underworld” Crawford said.
The astrologer points out that John H. Nelson was a radio propagation specialist for the RCA Corp. Before satellites, information flow across the Atlantic was by Short Wave Radio. When solar storms erupted highly charged particles were flung outward and radio transmissions became garbled or blocked.
“RCA put John on top of a building on Wall Street with a six-inch telescope and told him to figure out when these periods might transpire. Frustration followed his initial statistical attempts until someone advised him to look at the alignment of planets relative to the surface of the Sun.
He took the dates of the worst magnetic storms from RCA files and drew charts of planetary positions around the Sun. He was amazed to find large numbers of harmonic relationships among planets looking out from the Sun at times of onset,” Crawford said.
Because of its negligible gravitational impact, Crawford says Nelson did not look at Pluto as being an important part of the equation. “But I mentioned to him that Pluto did show up as meaningful in my stock market statistics, calculated with data back to 1896. He went back over his notes on the solar storms and got back to me saying: ‘you’re right’”
Nelson used the Pluto relationships in his calculations from this point forward, and his service projected Radio Propagation Quality for every 6-hour period 30 days in advance. NASA was in close contact with Nelson when excessive sunspot activity and the solar wind pushed the Space Lab lower in its orbit. Nelson’s input was important to planners at the time, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), whose job it is to project solar radiation today, will have nothing to do with Nelson’s methods now, Crawford said.
In the first decade of the 21st century, in January 2007, transiting Pluto reached the Galactic Center (the location on a horoscope wheel where the center of the Milky Way Galaxy appears to be at 27 degrees of Sagittarius). A year later, in January of 2008, Pluto crossed the World Point at zero degrees of Capricorn.
“As these events approached some astrologers saw mushroom clouds while others believed the world as we know it could be utterly transformed. Both possibilities remain in the conversation,” Crawford says.
Pluto’s first pass through zero Capricorn was on January 25, 2008 and the second pass was on November 24, 2008. If you think these dates are inconsequential consider this. Early in 2008 Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson proposed a plan that would make $500 to $700 billion available to deal with a possible crisis situation developing in the banking system. By March 2009 the Federal Reserve had committed $7.77 trillion to rescuing the financial system, or more than half the value of everything produced in the U.S. that year, Crawford said.
From here Pluto progressed to a series of stressful alignments with Uranus between 2012 and 2015 that still are playing themselves out. Among other things, Crawford says we’ve seen more governmental intrusions into the life of citizens (Pluto in Capricorn) and revolutions around the world (Uranus in Aries).