Art by Sam Brown

As you may have read in these pages and elsewhere, the outer planets travel retrograde for about half the year, every year so that’s not so unusual.  This year Pluto turned retrograde (it appeared to travel backwards from our perspective on Earth) at 23 degrees back in April, and traveled only three degrees since then.  In preparation for its retrograde turn it has come to a virtual standstill and is beaming down its Plutonian pressure for change, transformation and letting go.

While Pluto has been traveling through Capricorn, the sign of corporations and governmental structures as well as other foundational elements of our physical world, there has been a global transformation with respect to power (Pluto) in governments (Capricorn), among other things.  Pluto’s entry into Capricorn marked the economic crash of 2008, and then presided over the longest bull run in the stock market in history.  The concentration of wealth from the hands of many into the hands of a few is another hallmark of Pluto in Capricorn.

While Pluto has been retrograde, it came very close to a conjunction to Saturn and the South Node. Saturn is a personal planet and operates in the personal realm, challenging us to face our responsibilities and work diligently towards our goals and often testing us in various ways to increase our emotional and physical endurance.  Pluto is a transpersonal planet; its influence can be more ruthless in its pressure to create and support personal transformation.  Saturn makes things hard, Pluto can break us or make us.  With both of these planets  pressuring the South Node of the past, it’s no wonder that there have been personal crises and revelations of a very public nature as the Conscious Universe continues to strive for balance and make adjustments where needed.

Under the influence of Pluto retrograde, we may have been required to look closely at areas of our life which required transformation but it may have been difficult to create actual change.  With Pluto direct, the force is now with you to facilitate transformation in all areas of your life.  Expect changes in areas where you may have been disempowered, and with Pluto edging ever close to Saturn (the official date of that conjunction is January 2020) we will not be getting away with much.  This is a time to face the music, and be as realistic as possible about most things.

One thing I’ll be looking at as Pluto and Saturn converge in preparation for their January collision is a challenging square to Eris, a newer planet that is not widely used in the astrological pantheon.  With Eris, the Goddess of Discord, challenging the two Great Planets of Change, it’s sure to get interesting!

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