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

    On the 2nd October Pluto will station direct at 20°38’ Capricorn (antiscium 9°22’ Sagittarius) after just over 5 months of being retrograde.

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

    Since mid-March this year, Pluto and Saturn have been parallel at the same degree of declination (to be considered as a conjunction) and will split up in mid-December before conjoining by longitude in early January 2020. Jupiter has also been parallel to both these planets from mid-July and will remain so until later this month.

    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.

    The Sabian symbol for 21° Capricorn (Pluto station): “A relay race.” Indicating the value of competition in developing group consciousness.

    For the antiscium point at 10° Sagittarius: “A theatrical representation of a golden-haired goddess of opportunity.” Indicating society’s efforts at dramatizing the greatness of what if offers to the ambitious person.

    “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. 215-242, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA

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