Pluto retrograde

Sunday poetry: Let This Darkness Be A Belltower

art by Lia Van Elffenbrinck

With Pluto, the Lord of Darkness, stationary right now having just turned retrograde, I hope this poem will bring light for anyone experiencing dark times right now.

Quiet friend who has come so far,
feel how your breathing makes more space around you.

Let this darkness be a bell tower
and you the bell.

As you ring, what batters you becomes your strength.
Move back and forth into the change.
What is it like, such intensity of pain?
If the drink is bitter, turn yourself to wine.

In this uncontainable night,
be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses,
the meaning discovered there.

And if the world has ceased to hear you,
say to the silent earth: I flow.
To the rushing water, speak: I am.

– Rainer Maria Rilke

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By |2022-05-01T07:27:05-04:00May 1st, 2022|Inspiration|3 Comments

Astrological news this week: Pluto retrograde and eclipse season begins!

Astrological update for the week of April 25 – May 2, 2022

art by John Craig

Pluto turns retrograde. I’ve been talking for a while about the Pluto station because Pluto hasn’t moved much in months – it’s only traveled one degree since the end of February and won’t travel more than one degree until early July.  That is a long time if you have planets between 25 and 29 Capricorn or the other cardinal signs Cancer, Libra Aries.  And if you have planets between 0 and 2 degrees of Aquarius or the other fixed signs (Leo, Taurus, Scorpio) you’ll feel some effect too. (Some astrologers use 10 degree orbs or more – I tend to use tight orbs as that seems to work in a more practical setting, like real life.)

We have had quite a few months with no planets retrograde, and with Pluto changing direction we have just one retrograde planet. The next retrograde will be Mercury turning retrograde on May 10, but in the meantime the focus is on Pluto and drilling down to the absolute Truth. Self-deception might have been the name of the game over the past few weeks with Jupiter and Neptune slamming together in a dance of bliss and psychic harmony, and we now have Mars and Venus joining them in Pisces (see the information about the eclipse below).

When Pluto is in charge, we are under the guidance of fate. Anyone with tight aspects from Pluto to their natal chart knows this, and eventually we learn that when fate is in charge we are guided towards our highest destiny if we can only let go.

A note about the Pisces stellium.  The blurring of details is a feature […]

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By |2022-04-25T13:33:14-04:00April 25th, 2022|Planetary news this week|0 Comments

Pluto retrograde, April 27 – October 6, 2021

 art by Eva Bidiuk

As we know, astrology is not astronomically correct and planets don’t really move backwards. But occasionally from our perspective the apparent direction of their movement changes, which we call “retrograde.”

Most of us are familiar by now with Mercury retrograde periods, which (because Mercury is the messenger planet and deals with all kinds of communication and communication devices) tend to bring about communication glitches and endless renegotiations of contracts.  Even people who don’t “believe in” astrology know that when Mercury is retrograde, things are just different.

This doesn’t mean, though, that retrograde periods are “bad.”  The sort of “two steps forward, one step back” flow of life that we experience during retrogrades are essential for cleaning up old messes, perfecting projects, re-establishing friendships – anything that involves going back over an event that has already occurred to be sure we are finished with it.

No planet is better at completing old patterns and clearing away the leftover detritus than Pluto, and when Pluto is retrograde, as it is for about half the year, we are forced to look backwards at our successes, our mistakes, our plans, our relationships – anything in our lives that has unfinished business will be re-examined during this time and anything that we are carrying around that is no longer needed will be swept away like the pollen after a rain.

Pluto is the planet of destruction and regeneration, and it also deals with issues of power and its uses. When a planet is stationary it shines a laser-like beam of energy that reflects the energy of the planetary symbolism, and Pluto is all about intensity and getting to the root of the matter. This laser-like beam may feel like a […]

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By |2021-04-27T07:07:56-04:00April 27th, 2021|Planetary news this week|0 Comments

4.20.21. The meaning of this week’s Pluto station

art by Laurie Bain Hamilton

Ever since Mercury turned direct at the end of February, we have had no planets retrograde which means two steps forward MEANS two steps forward, and not several steps sprinkled with backsliding to reverse our efforts. Pluto turns retrograde on April 27th, but its motion has been very slow, traveling less than a degree since the end of February.  It’s virtually stationary in the sky, shining its Plutonic laser beam of volcanic and creative destruction which is really the reflection of Divine intelligence – the wisdom of nature to strive for balance and destroy that which doesn’t fit into the plan.

When Pluto is stationary its influence can be more potent, especially if it is hitting something sensitive in our own charts.  Pluto is finishing up its journey through Capricorn, so any areas where the structures or infrastructure on which we build our lives are weak will be under threat.  This is a time to shore up defenses, and be practical as well build a strong foundation from which to spring into action.

It will be early July before Pluto, traveling retrograde, begins to pick up speed so this is a fairly long-term influence that requires us to learn to surrender when the force of the power of change and transformation becomes too great to resist, and to find the inner strength to empower ourselves to fulfill our highest destiny.  If that sounds like a tightrope ride it certainly can be – a Zen koan of power and surrender in a unified field of divine wisdom. But in the end the gift of Pluto is no less than a deep understanding of the gift of life itself. ❤️

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By |2021-04-19T19:03:26-04:00April 20th, 2021|Planetary news this week|0 Comments

Thoughts on the astrology of the remainder of 2020

I was asked to create a video for the Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship on the astrology for the remainder of 2020, and I thought that was a great idea in light of how the entire world has changed since I wrote my forecast for 2020.  Here it is for you!  If you like these videos please subscribe to the channel.  Sorry, there is no transcription for this video but I hope you enjoy it anyway. ❤️


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By |2021-11-28T12:31:20-05:00June 19th, 2020|Planetary cycles|26 Comments