• exploring the dark to find the light……

    Pluto has been in the sign of Capricorn since 2008 and this is the twelfth retrograde period since then. The planet will station retrograde at 24°59’ (antiscion 5°01’ Sagittarius) on 25th April and backtrack to 22°29’ (antiscion 7°31’ Sagittarius) where it will station direct on 4th October.

    Jupiter will be closely conjoined to Pluto by declination (1° orb) from early June to late November thus enforcing the longitudinal conjunction which perfects three times this year: April 5th, June 30th and November 12th.  

    The retrograde period will affect those persons with planets and/or angles in the Cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn between 29°-18° (allow a 5° orb applying and a 3° separating, Pluto transits are long). 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.

    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.

    January 2020 witnessed the much-announced conjunction between Saturn and Pluto at 22° Capricorn and the effects of this can now be clearly seen by all. The introspection provided by the retrograde period will hopefully assist us as we contemplate the extent of the damage and make plans (Saturn in Aquarius) for the reconstruction of our world.

    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 25° Capricorn: “A store filled with precious oriental rugs.” Indicating the use of cultural and artistic processes as a means to enhance personal comfort and appreciation.

    For the antiscion point 6° Sagittarius: “A game of cricket.” Indicating the development of skill in group situations testing collective goals.

    “…our souls may be consumed by shadows, but that doesn’t mean we have to behave as monsters.”

    1. Cole, The Short Life of Sparrows



    Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp. 213 and 344, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA

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

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    Recently, I began to study astrology at https://horo.io/ and I want to say that the retrograde period is the time that the universe gives us, so that we can figure out ourselves and correct what we consider to be violated. It is never easy to look directly into the eyes of the deepest fear; however, when Pluto is retrograde, it is simply a necessity. Moreover, all the poisonous people around you must be excluded from your life for you to succeed.