September 30-October 7, 2019
Like the other two outer planets, Pluto is retrograde about half the year. This cycle of the ebb and flow of planets appearing to travel backwards, completing their tasks, and then moving ahead as normal is an important part of the astrological flow of life. Though we often complain about Mercury retrograde, for example, these periods give us an opportunity to go back and re-do whatever had not yet been completed before we attempted to put them away, and therefore move more completely into our future.
Pluto, though small, is a powerhouse of astrological energy. It presides over nothing less than death and regeneration, and the kind of creative destruction which enables us to emerge out of the fire of devastating change and rebuild our lives to be stronger and more effective. Pluto has been retrograde since April and has barely moved since then so if like me you’re undergoing a Pluto transit you have been feeling its effects! Pluto turns direct on October 3rd and we will begin to feel the pressure lift.
Meanwhile, though, we have a challenging square from Venus to Pluto on October 1st that will intensify our personal interactions, and then Mercury enters Pluto-ruled Scorpio on the 3rd, beginning the shift from Libra season into Scorpio. Scorpio’s traditional ruler is Mars – it is a fiery water sign that’s full of passion and intensity. But Mars will move into polite Libra on October 4th, which will soften the effect of Pluto. This may be considered a good thing, because we generally think of easy stuff as being preferable to hard stuff. But Mars isn’t very effective in Libra where everyone else’s opinions must be considered, so while Mars is in Libra we may see a buildup of resentments and little angers, especially towards the end of the week when Mars begins to oppose Chiron, irritating our wounded places and stimulating emotional reaction.
As we start to tiptoe into Scorpio season, with the aid of Pluto, it’s time to embrace our inner dark power that may not be pretty, but is authentic and true. I have found that bringing the darkness into the light of consciousness helps us to find integration and healing, and isn’t that what Pluto is all about!
Thanks Lynn for your clear and helpful explanation of planetary aspects. I also appreciate your encouraging interpretations of the tougher aspects. Saturn and Chiron aspects always are my most difficult challenges and I end up feeling I have been thrown into a dark hole. All I can do is ride it out but always look back in relief that I survived it. I swear I am not being melodramatic either! Do you think that being more aware of transits makes us more sensitive to them? Just curious.
It’s always helpful to have a regular astrological check-up, Gina – then you can get a clearer and more complete picture of the energies and how best to use them. I don’t think being aware of the transits particularly makes us more sensitive to them, but it can make us more aware of what is underlying the things that are already happening to us.
Thank you Lynn-I learn so much from the clarity of your writing. I begin to know how little I know!
I’m so glad to hear it, Dinah!
I would love to see a profile done on Marianne Williamson who is running for President.. my candidate of choice, so far..
She’s next, Jo – next week I think.
My favorite saying is I should have checked my horrible scope first! ;)
One can either make better decisions and or avoid or capture the right moment.
As they say… timing is everything!
Thank you always for your in depth analogy of the planetary meanings in certain
You’re so welcome Pat, I’m happy that you find these posts helpful.