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Pluto Retrograde ~ April 6 to September 14, 2010

The dwarf planet of research and delving deep goes in introspective mode on April 6. As Pluto in Capricorn turns its focus inward, he questions our structure, the very foundation that we operate from, the beliefs we hold so dear, the disciplines we practice, the principles we abide by, and that which we have always known to be our truth.

In a previous post on Pluto, I briefly explained the importance and meaning of Pluto in Capricorn:

Pluto represents rebirth, regeneration, and transformation. He is our compulsions, obsessions, ability for control, and empowerment. Pluto gives us the power to tackle obstacles in life through deeply understanding our situations, which results in our letting go and being transformed in the process. Pluto's process usually brings endings, purging, destruction, complete annihilation of what no longer works before a renewal can occur.

As he transits signs, he moves through our natal and solar houses affecting our lives slowly, subtly but with glaring, remarkable life-altering results. Pluto currently moves through Capricorn, where he is ambitious, practical, and determined. Capricorn represents social status, public life, reputation, hierarchies, and established government. Globally, Pluto's transit in Capricorn until 2023 may bring changes in government systems, restructuring of proven but antiquated methods, issues with security, and the like. Expect these issues to be extended to our personal lives -- how we feel about security and what makes us secure; a look at what we do, hold on to, practice, believe in that no longer reflects our current life, our present self, our present drives; establishing or reevaluating of our goals/aspirations and taking steps toward achieving them.

While Pluto is retrograde in Capricorn, he will revisit the period from now through to December 2009. Perhaps, issues or events that may have first been introduced as early as the period on or around February to May 2009 may also get another look. How have things progressed since then? What's different? What's the same? Where's the hang up?

Pluto retrogrades from April 6 at 10:34 p.m. EST until September 14 at 12:37 a.m. EST. The retrograde occurs at 5 degrees back to 2 degrees of Capricorn. Early born cardinal Sun signs or Risings and those with natal planets/house angles between 2 and 5 degrees of cardinal signs may feel the effects of this retrograde stronger than others. For those with natal Pluto in the early degrees of Libra (born approximately October 1971 to April 1972; August 1972 to November 1973; March to September 1974), you're going through your Pluto square Pluto years. These are trying years where external forces demand that you face up to your own shadow and become in contact with the buried parts of the self. So, you're not going crazy. Hang in there and work with the changes that needs to happen. Resisting just makes the transition more painful. Be mindful that resistance can come in the form of unconscious drives.

For me, Pluto has been strongly opposed my Sun & square my Uranus since February; putting extra pressure to my natal 10th house Cancer-Sun that is in a tight square my Uranus (in Libra & in natal 1st). As if that's not enough, Saturn has also been square my Sun while conjunct my Uranus. Oh, I feel it, alright. "Luckily" for me, my birth chart is natively strong with Pluto and Saturn energies so, it's a "familiar" energy of delving deep, accepting harsh truths, cutting off unnecessaries and restructuring deeply rooted foundation. What's different from what I'm "familiar" with is that pressures of the square/opposition are significantly more forceful, relentless and the changes required are rooted at the core. No fixing surface cracks here, especially since this Pluto-Saturn alignments to my chart are triggering my natal t-square that has my Sun as the focal point! For the non-astro folks, a square is the most challenging relationship between two planets. Think of the planets involved being at war. Each forcing upon the other the strength of their will. Action is required with a square, although agreeing to disagree is sometimes the best way to handle the forcefulness of a square. An opposition is also challenging but can be solved by balance, compromise and meeting each other half-way. A t-square has at least double the square energy in addition to the challenges of the opposition between at least two planets. Square=conflict/war. Opposition=requires balance. T-square=ouch. Squares, oppositions, t-squares -- it's all about growth/personal development and sometimes growing pains inevitably comes hand in hand with maturity.

How will this retrograde affect you life? Unsure if you have natal planets/house planets on or around 2-5 degrees of Capricorn? Cast your own birth chart for use as reference -- birth date, time, and place required.

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"The Faces of Pluto" taken by the Hubble. Credit and copyright to NASA.

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