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When you combine the Cosmic Santa Clause with the Lord of the Underworld (© Robert Wilkinson) all kinds of things can happen. You can get a phenomenal (Pluto) understanding of the Universe (Jupiter). You can also get a gigantic (Jupiter) kick in the pants towards your cosmic destiny (Pluto). Here is a collection of wisdom from astrologers around the web:

Bill Street: As the Saturn-Neptune configuration lessens in quality as the year progresses, a potent conjunction takes place that has an almost diametrically opposite manifestation than the Saturn-Neptune opposition. If the Saturn-Neptune opposition is characterized by an anemic, ascetic and world weary urge for transcendence, a spiritual longing for a heaven or hereafter that is more ideal than this world, then the Jupiter-Pluto configuration is nearly antithetical in quality and tone. Jupiter coupled with Pluto represents life force in triumphant, haughty swagger. The Jupiter-Pluto pairing is Nietzsche’s “Will to Power” dressed in royal regalia and regal splendor. With Jupiter and Pluto in pairing, the king of the Gods meets the king of the Underworld, and the results are quite striking.

With this planetary pairing, Jupiter tends to exaggerate, inflate, expand, and liberate the evolutionary life force associated with Pluto. Conversely, Pluto’s immense power tends to “hypercathect” Jupiter’s tendency towards social elevation, success, and aristocratic resplendence. At its best, Jupiter and Pluto together can manifest as truly magnificent displays of grandeur, majesty, and imposing splendor – art that overpowers, authority that commands, individuals and organizations that triumph and succeed. At its worst, the combination can easily degrade into grandiosity and pomposity, or an arrogance that reeks from an overwrought decadence.

In the closing months of 2007, phenomena congruent with the Jupiter-Pluto archetypal matrix will manifest. This is a “bigger is better” combination in all respects. In art and culture, Jupiter-Pluto alignments tend to correlate with “events” – spectaculars, fanfares, and enormously large-scale events that tend to overpower the senses and sensibilities. In politics, the Jupiter-Pluto aspect is arguably the aspect for displays of political might and power.

The danger with Jupiter-Pluto aspects as they relate to politics is that they tend to correlate with either stunning successes, or conversely, extreme downfalls. In business and economics, the Jupiter-Pluto aspect is a titan’s aspect, a captains of industry aspect, and it can correlate with extreme business deals and mega-mergers – anything excessively large and excessively expensive can be an expression of this aspect.

Ralfee Finn: As Jupiter conjuncts Pluto in the last degrees of Sagittarius, these karmic red threads of fear, fundamentalism and existential anxiety dominate daily life. So it’s not quite a merry Christmas. A thoughtful one, perhaps, but certainly not “holiday-lite.” Of course, other astrological configurations color the days of December this way or that-but nothing is more important than the Jupiter/Pluto conjunction and how you respond to its effect. Nothing. How each of us processes through the end of this cycle determines how we go into the next Pluto cycle-Pluto in Capricorn, which will reveal the structure of things, and during that cycle what is built on wishful thinking will fall apart with a whispered breath.

I have focused on Pluto’s shadow because this is not the time for a spiritual bypass or Pollyanna spin. We are being tempered by Divine Fire, and it would be wise to show up committed to a clear view of what needs to heal.

Each of us has the potential to be an agent of change, and as Gandhi said, each of us must be the change we wish to see in the world. If we want peace, we must be peaceful. If we want love, we must love. We must embody our principles. That is the secret meaning of the Sagittarian Archer.

Integration is how we unite heaven and earth. It is one way we weave our personal and collective red threads into a pattern of diversity and acceptance, each of us actively transforming ignorance and fear into wisdom and love through our bodies, minds, hearts and souls. Goodwill toward all sentient beings is not just an idea, but also a reality.

Wendy Guy: These planets, of course, represent parts of yourself. Jupiter is the part of you that seeks to find truth, meaning, significance and understanding about life and your experience of the Universe. Pluto is how you experience and work with power, control and bedrock-level change (transformation).

Jupiter and Pluto together can inspire you to put your heart and soul into something you passionately believe in. But belief and passion are tricky things. When you believe in something, it means you believe it’s right, it’s The Truth, it’s The Answer to your questions, it’s the hope that washes away your doubts. That’s Jupiter.

When you add in Pluto, that belief and faith can become passion that transforms your faith in life and the Universe—or it could become obsession, arrogance and relentless persistence to ensure that everyone else believes and sees things the same as you.

When you’re set on fire by Jupiter-Pluto passion, it can sometimes be hard to tell the difference. There can be a fine line between finding your own passion and power versus inflicting it on others. The key is self-honesty and remembering that The Answer is a bit different for each of us. The Answer is even different for you at different times of your life, as you grow and evolve and become open to the many different facets of life.

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