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Pluto Returns to Aries Point ~ Aug. 6 to Oct. 17, 2009

Exclusion - Pluto with Charon by Alexei Kozachenko at
Two days ago on August 6, Pluto slipped back to zero degree of Capricorn. This early degree of of any cardinal sign is said to be Aries Point, a sensitive spot. One of my favorite astrologers, Celeste Teal, explains it best (click here for her site):

The true Aries Point degree is 0 Aries, however, the 0 degree of the four Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) are all referred to as Aries Point degrees. This beginning degree of the Cardinal signs has similar connotations to the angles of a chart and is an indicator of eventful times when occupied by a planet or found on a house cusp. These points are indicative of a spectacular out rush of energies. There is frequently an involvement with the world at large. Outsiders or those who’re considered an expert in some area becomes involved in one’s personal matters. Ramifications of events often have a domino effect into each personal area of the life as represented by these four Cardinal points: personal, family, relationships and status.

So, what could this mean? Pluto returning to zero degree of Capricorn signify different things to each of us since Pluto's transit in Capricorn influences each of our birth charts differently. Let's explore then, what this period would generally mean. Pluto last entered the zodiac sign of Capricorn on November 26, 2008 (November 27 in other parts of the world) and remained at zero degree until Christmas Eve, December 24, 2008.

Pluto's current retrograde motion has taken us back to his early days in this sign. In doing so, he may highlight issues, events, and situations of those last weeks in 2008. Some issues may have gone without resolution; others may have been resolved for one party, but not the other; some important details may have been hidden or have not yet occurred at that time ... No matter which of these -- between now and mid-October, we may see issues resurface, truths uncovered, or current situations that are somehow "linked" or reminiscent of 2008.

Pluto has been in retrograde motion since April 4, 2009 and will remain so until September 11, 2009. Retrograde periods are a time when the planet's energies are turned inward; its energies are best expended in reflection and re-assessment. Pluto represents empowerment, releasing what no longer works, in order for regeneration/rebirth, thereby bringing "power" back into one's own control. In the sign Capricorn, on a personal level, Pluto's retrograde might be a time to re-examine long term goals, re-evaluate professional pursuits, reestablish one's public persona, make plans on what type of reputation one would like to establish, let go of old belief systems and replace it with something that reflects one's current life, or restructure one's core foundation.

Pluto is a slow moving planet and his work/influence on each of us unfolds slowly but remarkably life-altering. He first entered Capricorn late January 2008, but didn't get too settled into the sign, having only stayed until June 2008. Could it be that the enlightenment about to be discovered, closures about to occur, or beginnings that are about to be embarked upon are related to as far back as January 2008? Hmm ... you let me know...

As a Cancer-Sun, Pluto in Capricorn transits my 7th house of partnerships; and as Virgo-Rising, the sign Capricorn governs my 5th house of true love and creative enterprise, while he currently transits my 4th house which represents family, roots, and the past. There may be obsolete fundamental precepts and/or past memories (natal 4th) that I have been holding on to and that hinders me from fully prospering in my creative endeavors (natal 5th) and enjoying success in love (natal 5th) and long-term relationships (natal 7th).

What influences will Pluto's return at Aries Point have on your life? Look to the house/s governed by Capricorn, as well as planets and/or house angles within 0 to 1 degree of cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) to gain insight on how and where in your life this zero-degree Pluto in Capricorn transit might be influential. Use the list of zodiac signs below to identify the sign Capricorn.

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Unsure which house is ruled by Capricorn or if you have natal planets/house angles at 0-1 degree of cardinal signs? Cast your own birth chart -- birth date, time, and place required. Or request/schedule a personal reading.

Related articles:

Suggested reading on Aries Point, authored by Celeste Teal:

"Exclusion" - Pluto and Charon, courtesy of Alexei Kozachenko. Buy the print here.

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