• ….the soul-searching is over, time to transform!

    On the 4th of October Pluto will station direct at 22°29’ Capricorn (antiscion 7° 31’ Sagittarius) after just over 5 months of being retrograde. This is the exact degree of last January’s Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn thus bringing back themes of that period (it was when the first news of what was to become the Covid-19 pandemic reached public attention and now many countries are having a resurgence of the disease with contagion rates soaring).

    Persons with planets or angles between 18-24° of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) will be most affected by this station.

    Pluto has been in the sign of Capricorn since 2008 and this is the thirteenth retrograde period since then.

    Whilst still stationing before moving forward, Pluto will be on the receiving end of a square aspect from Mars on the 9th of October (22°29’) and Jupiter will conjoin Pluto for the third and last time on 12th of November (22°51’). That is a lot of powerful energy to contend with.

    Pluto is concerned with power, regeneration, survival, transformation, sex, obsession and possessiveness. Pluto is the god of the Underworld. Pluto in Capricorn (ruled by Saturn) is concerned with the deep-reaching transformation of social order, laws and hierarchies. He often works subtly (in our psyche) but always relentlessly and he can be an over-achiever, by using his power and persuasion for his own means, in this Saturn-ruled sign.

    During the Pluto retrograde period, matters that were previously too painful to face may have bubbled up from our unconsciousness and we may have met these in the physical realm where we were forced to deal with them. Pluto only forces us to confront and transform that which is in dire need of change. This period may also have provided us with the opportunity to find some of the latent sources of power inside ourselves allowing us to harness them in an appropriate way. Pluto shows us the reality of our limitations and even more so since it moved into Capricorn. The retrograde period has really been a huge invitation to become more fully aware of the resources we hide in our inner depths. Failure to do this could have led to external events that may have puzzled and/or distressed us as we took on the role of victim.

    On a personal level, as well as the houses where Pluto and Mars are transiting in your chart you should also look to the houses which are ruled by Mars and Pluto (Aries and Scorpio) and the relative planets or angles.

    The Sabian symbol for 23° Capricorn. “A soldier receiving due awards for bravery in combat.” Indicating the reward offered by society for the fulfilment of individual responsibility.

    For the antiscion at 8° Sagittarius: “Within the depths of the earth new elements are being formed.” Indicating the alchemical fire which both purifies and transforms the very substance of mans’ inner life.

    “When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been. But she had wings.” Dean Jackson


    Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp  214-243, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA

    Tierney B. (1983) “Dynamics of Aspect Analysis”, Chapter 10, Retrograde Planets, pp 216-217, 249-252, CRCA Publications, Sebastopol, CA, USA

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