After just over a three-month stay in Aquarius, Pluto stations retrograde at 02°06’ Aquarius (antiscion 27°54’ Scorpio) and will backtrack until 11-12 October when the planets stations direct at 29°38’ Capricorn. The planet will remain at 29° Capricorn the “all-or-nothing” degree from beginning September to mid-November this year.

    The retrograde period will affect those persons with planets and/or angles in the Fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius between 0-4° and the Cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn between 30°-27°. Look to the house axis where Pluto is transiting in your chart for indications of the matters that will be under scrutiny during the retrograde and the house with Scorpio on the cusp.

    Pluto is concerned with power, regeneration, survival, transformation, sex, obsession and possessiveness. Pluto is the god of the Underworld. With the planet’s stay in Aquarius I believe the theme will be a revolution of technology as we now know it and this could go either way. Or the destruction of modern technology in favour of something more “user-friendly” and less invasive or a hyped-up technology embracing all facets of our lives.

    Pluto has been transiting Capricorn (ruled by Saturn) since 2008 and has been related with the deep-reaching transformation of social order, laws and hierarchies and this is the final and last time of the planet’s stay here when hopefully many out-dated structures and plutocrats will finally and definitely crumble. Pluto 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, as we have witnessed during the planet’s long stay in this Saturn-ruled sign.

    During the Pluto retrograde period, matters that were previously too painful to face may bubble up from our unconsciousness and we may have to meet these in the physical realm where we will be required to deal with them. Pluto only forces us to confront and transform that which is in dire need of change. This period may also provide 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 is really a huge invitation to become more fully aware of the resources we hide in our inner depths. Failure to do this could lead to external events that may puzzle and/or distress us as we take on the role of victim.

    The Sabian symbol for 03° Aquarius: “Petrified tree trunks lie broken on desert sand.” Indicating the power to preserve records of their achievements which is inherent in fully matured cultures.

    For the antiscion at 28° Scorpio: “The king of the fairies approaching his domain.” Indicating the capacity in man to recognise and to pay homage to an integrating Principle at the core of all existence.

    “One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” Sigmund Freud


     Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp. 208 and 270, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA

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