The Lot of Fortune

Pluto reminds me of the Wheel of Fortune. I do understand that Pluto would relate to the death card in the tarot deck and that Jupiter is connected to the wheel of fortune, but Pluto also leads to changes in destiny. I believe that when Jupiter and Pluto are connected in the birth horoscope or come together during transit, it may reveal a time in life when there are great changes in a person’s fortune, but the wheel can turn either way. The wheel of fortune doesn’t mean things always turn out “beneficially” or “unfortunately” and the astrological wheel itself could be viewed in the same way.

The image of the wheel itself is a profound one, for the moving of the wheel is like the panorama of life which we encounter; but the hub remains still at the centre, a constant and unchanging essence. The hub is like the hidden self which ‘chooses’ (although it is no choice of the conscious ego) to turn itself toward various situations, events, paths and people. Fate does not come to meet us; rather, we turn to meet our fate. Thus the Wheel of Fortune is more than a significator of change. It is the herald of a profound inner journey through which the Fool, the image of ourselves, radically comes to terms with his own destiny. Astrology of Fate

Before the discovery of Pluto, astronomers referred to the unknown body as Planet X, and this might have something to do with uncovering our hidden treasures and inner resources. Astrologer James R Lewis The Astrology Book: The Encyclopedia of Heavenly Influences has some interesting ideas surrounding the planet’s original nickname.

Astrologers have not generally considered, however, how alternative names – or especially, older, abandoned ones – might shed light of the meaning of the celestial body. Pluto for example, is associated with X-rays, sex, (Which in contemporary society, is x-rated), and the unearthing of what is hidden (as in the X marks the spot in treasure maps). These are all meanings of Pluto that could have been derived from reflection on the significance of the “X” in the designation of planet X. “X” is also the symbol for multiplication (the Pluto principle of sex “multiplies”). In Roman numerals, “X” is the number 10. If the asteroid belt is considered to be the remains of a planet, Pluto is the tenth-outermost planet in the solar system. It was also the tenth celestial body to be included in the delineation of astrological charts. Additionally, “X” is the common designation for Christ (as in Xmas), which links Pluto with the redemptive drama central to Christianity: Christ’s death on the cross (another “X”), followed by his resurrection (death and rebirth are both ruled by Pluto).