Pluto will soon be changing signs and moving from Capricorn to Aquarius – March 2023 to Jan 2044. These cycles indicate big generational changes in society.
Aquarius is Saturn ruled and the group dynamic is significant. It speaks about the importance of taking personal and collection responsibility for our communities/countries and the world. We are all connected. There is no separation. Covid-19 disruptions have demonstrated the levels of interconnectedness across the world with the lockdowns. This is an excellent time to connect with a group of like-minded individuals who share your passion. Groups have more power and influence than individuals. Together we can change the world. The youth will most likely drive this process as they have nothing to loose as they are not invested in the current system.
The Covid-19 vaccination journey has highlighted the inequality we see in the world. The developed world was quick to secure and hoard vaccines. Those in less developed countries struggled to gain access to vaccinations. We have also seen how nobody is safe until everyone is safe. Leaders close borders with no affect. We are all connected and this virus will find us all eventually. We need to think collectively and ask individuals to take personal responsibility too.
The last time Pluto was in Aquarius was between April 1777 and Dec 1798. The Pluto cycle is a long 248 year cycle. It was at this time that the smallpox vaccination was discovered. The origin of smallpox is unknown. Smallpox rashes were found on Egyptian mummies. This suggests that smallpox had existed for about 3000 years. Smallpox was a terrible disease killing 3 out of every 10 people who contracted the disease. One of the first methods of controlling smallpox was variolation. People were exposed to material from the smallpox sores either by scratching it into their arm or inhaling it through their nose. Fewer people died when they were exposed in this way than if they had acquired it naturally. The basis for vaccination began in 1796 when Edward Jenner noticed that milkmaids who had contracted cowpox were protected from smallpox. To test his theory he took material from a cowpox sore and inoculated the arm of a boy. Months later he exposed this boy to smallpox and the boy never contracted smallpox. It was this work that led him to express his desire that smallpox be eradicated as it was the most dreadful disease afflicting humanity. Vaccination became widely accepted. But it was not until 1959 that the World Health Organisation started a plan to rid the world of smallpox. There was a lack of funds and personnel and a shortage of vaccines and in 1966 smallpox was still widespread with regular outbreaks in South America, Asia and Africa. It was during this time that the program was intensified as smallpox had already been eliminated in North America and Europe in early 1950’s. By 1971 smallpox was eradicated from South America, followed by Asia (1975) and Africa (1977). Almost 2 centuries after Jenner discovered the vaccination, the World Health Assembly declared the world free of smallpox on 8 May 1980. Many people consider smallpox eradication to be the biggest achievement in international public health.
It is interesting that we are now dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic and the vaccinations produced are a combination of traditional and mRNA vaccines. Johnson & Johnson uses the traditional method involving the adenovirus as the spike protein delivery system. Messenger RNA was discovered in the early 1960’s. Research into how mRNA could be delivered into the cells continued in the 1970’s. The early years of mRNA research were characterised with much enthusiasm for the technology. But there were some technical challenges that took a great deal of time and innovation to overcome. The biggest challenge was that the mRNA would be taken up by the body and quickly degraded before it could deliver its message – the RNA transcript – and be read into proteins in the cells. The solution to this problem came from advances in nanotechnology. This was the development of fatty droplets (lipid nanoparticles) that wrapped the mRNA like a bubble, which allowed entry into the cells. Once inside the cell the mRNA message could be translated into proteins, like the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 and the immune system would then be able to recognise the foreign protein. The first mRNA vaccines using these fatty envelopes were developed against the deadly Ebola virus. But since that virus is found in a limited number of African countries, it had no commercial development in the US. Then COVID-19 happened and the rest is history. It spurred manufactures to develop a number of vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 and attracted a great deal of funding from governments and businesses. The moment arrived with COVID-19 and mRNA technology was ready to implement. One of the qualities of these mRNA vaccines is the speed and ease of production. One molecule of DNA can give over 1000 molecules of mRNA within a few hours.
It is interesting comparing the situation of the late 1700’s with where we find ourselves now. Then it was smallpox, now it is COVID-19. Vaccinations were massively significant in eradicating smallpox even if it took close to 200 years. It highlights the importance of securing substantial funding and the energy and determination to solve complex problems globally. This includes securing supply across the world, not just in the developed world. We have an opportunity to ensure that access to vaccinations is widespread and no country gets left behind. This virus doesn’t respect our boundaries and borders. We can close borders as much as we like. The lesson we need to take on board is that everything is connected. We are not safe until everyone is safe. Vaccination and natural infection are both important in building significant immunity in communities across the world.
Pluto in Aquarius
April 1777 to Dec 1798
March 2023 to Jan 2044