Pluto Transits of 2018

Pluto. Hades. The Lord of Death & The Underworld. Wherever Pluto goes, change & transformation will occur.

pluto in capricorn
Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008 and will stay there until January 20, 2024.  He’s a slow moving planet, taking time to fully deconstruct whatever sign he visits. The last time Pluto was in Capricorn we had The American Revolution and Thomas Jefferson was writing the early drafts of the American Constitution.  The individual person’s right to a “Pursuit of Happyness” supported by a government was certainly a radical idea born of Pluto transitting Capricorn.   Capricorn is the Cardinal Earth sign of the zodiac – Pragmatic, Diplomatic, Focused.  Capricorn energy moves slowly and patiently, waiting for just the right moment to elevate and shine.  This sign rules over a lot of structures in life, like politics, finances, and economy.  On a personal level Capricorn rules over Career and Public Standing – or how you are seen by the world and the impact you make on the world around you.

Hades isn’t really in a big hurry to do his work, just as the transformation that occurs in a pile of compost takes a long time.  It’s not usually a quick flash of death and rebirth, but a slow process of decomposition and decay.  Pluto not only rules over death, but over all that is mysterious, hidden or secret.  The dark part of our souls – the drive to understand and see beyond what is just right in front of us in the physical realm.  Pluto dredges up the unseen for all to see – all the murky stuff decomposing at the bottom of the pond gets brought to the surface.  It’s no wonder we have the president we now have, and all the hate and racism that was somewhat hidden before is now glaringly visible.  Pluto in Capricorn says, “Hey, how’s that pursuit of happiness going?  Not so good for some of you, eh?  Let’s look at that and see how we can change it.”  He’s forcing us to look at the rotting foundation of whatever structures are holding us up.  Either we’ll have to do some major renovations, or evacuate the building before it falls down around us completley.

Pluto transitting through the signs can have major impact in your personal life depending on your natal chart.  When Pluto crosses over a planet in your natal chart, this is called a Pluto transit. It will also make aspects (squares and trines) to other planets in your natal chart and instigate changes in those areas. If you have any planets in Capricorn, you’ll experience a personal Pluto transit sometime between 2008 and 2024.  This year as Pluto stations and retrogrades, he’s spending a lot of time between 18 and 21 degrees of Capricorn. If you have any planets there, you’ve probably already felt a lot of deep ( and sometimes painful) transformations in your life. Pluto will Trine with planets in Earth Signs (Taurus, Virgo) so transformations may also be happening if you have planets between 18 – 21 degrees in those signs, though Trines are usually more harmonious in nature so those changes might be a bit easier to handle.  December of 2017 through February of 2019 will be particularly hard-hitting for anyone with planets in 18 to 21 degrees Capricorn as you can see in this graph below:

pluto stations retrograde 2018

Read More: https://www.pandoraastrology.com/transits-this-year/planetary-retrogrades-stations/pluto-station-retrograde/

Pluto will square (challenging aspect) any planets in other fixed signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra) so if you have any planets between 18 and 21 degrees of those signs, this may also be a crucial year for you in terms of transformation and change.  Don’t worry, there are profound lessons for you here.  I think of a caterpillar in a cocoon transforming into a butterly.  During that metamorphosis, the DNA of the caterpillar breaks down into a living goo, which then rearranges itself into a new form.  A pluto transit can feel like a stagnant stasis at times, you just KNOW there is something better around the corner but you can’t quite get there.  Hang in there and be willing to really let go of that which no longer serves you.  Clinging to the past is not the way to get through this.  My motto for the year has been, “The only way out is through.”  (I’m having a MAJOR Pluto transit as my Natal Sun is at 21 degrees Capricorn and my Natal Pluto is 21 degrees Libra. Oh, hey Hades, whats up?)  The only constant in life is change, and Pluto is here to remind us of that.  So, let’s go!  VIVA LA REVOLUTION!

((( If you want any help looking at your Natal Chart and interpreting how (or if ) the Pluto Transits are going to hit you this year, I’d be happy to help!  I’m doing astrology readings on a sliding scale rate of $25 to $50.  Email me at hestiasmuse@gmail.com to set up an appointment.  )))

Astrology – Watching the Ongoing Mythology Unfold

I’m constantly in awe of the movements of the planets through the heavens and how I see this cosmic story playing out here on Earth; both personally and through the broader scope of cultures at large.  The way I see it, the Gods are alive and well, still playing out their comic tragedies and transmitting messages to Earth and eachother, and if we wish to know how this story is currently playing out all we have to do is look to the stars and Astrology.

When people get me talking about Astrology (which, admittedly isn’t very hard to do these days) they often hear me refer to the planets as Greek or Roman Gods and excitedly explaining what they are doing.  Example; when Mercury was retrograde a couple weeks ago I am pretty sure the phrase “Hermes is flying backwards in trickster mode” came out of my mouth in a variety of ways as I refererenced the planet’s transit.  Some people have asked me to elaborate on this concept a bit more, so I wanted to put together a simple list of the planets and the Greek or Roman Gods/Goddesses they might be associated with through their Archetypical Roles.  Most of the planets are already named after Roman Gods anyways, so forgive the obvious redundancy in this list.  (Side Note, in Astrology, all the heavenly bodies within our solar system are referred to as “planets”, including the Sun and Moon.  Yes, we know these aren’t Planets in the scientific sense of the definition.)

Please note–   This is in no way a complete list, and I’m eager to hear if you have any personal associations that are not listed here.  I’m also not an expert on Mythology and Deities so while I am sure there are many Gods from a variety of cultures that would fit these Archetypes – I have only included the Deities I am familiar with rather than guessing or making assumptions about the nature of Gods I don’t know.  I hope to someday include Deities from a variety of cultures here in this list, and invite you to share in comments or email your own learned assocations.

Planets:

THE SUN

  • Apollo (Greek, Roman) – God of the Sun, creativity, music, healing, poetry, prophecy, and children.  Son of Zeus & Leto.
  • Helios (Greek)

THE MOON

  • Artemis – Goddess of Hunting, Wilderness, Wild Animals, Protector of Children.  Twin Sister of Apollo.  Daughter of Zeus & Leto.      –AND/OR….
  • Hekate / Hecate – Goddess of the Moon, Magic, Witchcraft, Night, the Crossroads, Ghosts.  Daughter of the Titans Perses & Asteria.        –AND/OR ….
  • Selene (Greek) – Titan Moon Goddess.  Daughter of Titans Hyperion & Theia

MERCURY

  • Hermes (Greek) – God of travel, trade, diplomacy, language, writing, astrology, and cunning.  Son of Zeus and Maya.
  • Mercury (Roman)

VENUS

  • Aphrodite (Greek) – Goddess of Love, Beauty, Pleasure, Procreation.  Born of Sea Foam when Oranous’ castrated genitals were thrown into the sea by Kronos.
  • Venus (Roman)

MARS

  • Aries / Ares (Greek) – God of War, Battle, Courage, Masculinity, and Order.  Son of Zeus & Hera.
  • Mars (Roman)

JUPITER

  • Zeus (Greek) – King of the Gods, God of law and order, destiny, fate, weather.  Son of Kronos & Rhea.  Brother of Hades, Poseidon, Hera, Hestia, Demeter.
  • Jupiter (Roman)

SATURN

  • Cronos / Kronos (Greek) – King of the Titans, God of Time & Lessons.  Titan son of Ouranos & Gaia. Father of the Olympian Gods – Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Hera, Demeter, and Hestia
  • Saturn (Roman)

NEPTUNE

  • Poseidon (Greek) – God of the Sea, Rain (floods, droughts), Earthquakes, and Horses.  Son of Kronos & Rhea.  Brother of Zeus, Hades, Hera, Hestia, Demeter.
  • Neptune (Roman)

URANUS

  • Ouranos (Greek) – Primordial God of the Sky.  Father of the Titans (Including Cronos)
  • Uranus / Aion (Roman)

PLUTO

  • Hades / Aidoneus (Greek) – God of The Underworld and Death.  Son of Kronos & Rhea.  Brother of Zeus, Poseidon, Hera, Hestia, Demeter.
  • Pluto / Dis (Roman)

Asteroids:

VESTA

  • Hestia (Greek) – Goddess of the Hearth Fire & Sacred Flame.  Daughter of Kronos & Rhea.  Sister of Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Hera and Demeter
  • Vesta (Roman)

CERES

  • Demeter (Greek) – Goddess of Agriculture, Grain, Bread, Fertility.  Daughter of Kronos & Rhea.  Sister of Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Hera, Hestia
  • Ceres (Roman)

JUNO

  • HERA (Greek) – Queen of The Gods, Goddess of Marriage, Women, the Stars.  Daughter of Kronos & Rhea.  Sister of Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Demeter, and Hestia.  Wife of Zeus.
  • Juno (Roman)

PALLAS ATHENA

  • Athena (Greek) – Goddess of Wisdom, Defense, Justice, Protection, Good Counsel, Weaving and other crafts.  Born of Zeus’ head.
  • Minerva (Roman)

CHIRON

  • Kheiron (Greek) – Half Titan, Immortal king of the Centaurs.  “The Wounded Healer”, Master Healer, Warrior and Teacher.  Son of Kronos and the nymph Philyra.
  • Chiron (Roman)

It is also important to note that each of the Gods (Planets) rule over the Astrological Signs and Zodiac Wheel Houses.  I see it as the Houses are the Kingdoms that the Gods rule over, and the Signs are the Energy/Lessons that each God/Goddess rules over or activates.

SIGN      HOUSE         RULED BY
Aries      1st                 Aries/Mars
Taurus   2nd               Venus/Aphrodite, Ceres/Demeter
Gemini  3rd                Mercury / Hermes
Cancer   4th                Moon/Artemis/Hecate/Selene
Leo         5th           Sun/Apollo/Helios
Virgo      6th          Mercury/Hermes, Vesta/Hestia
Libra  7th Venus/Aphrodite, Pallas Athena/Minerva, Juno/Hera
Scorpio   8th          Pluto/Hades, Hecate, Aries/Mars
Sagittarius   9th         Jupiter/Zeus, Chiron
Capricorn   10th         Saturn/Cronos, Pan, Pallas Athena /Minerva
Aquarius    11th         Uranus/Ouranos, Saturn/Cronos
Pisces         12th          Neptune/Poseidon, Jupiter/Zeus

When you look at the signs and houses as energies that the Gods are teaching us through or playing within, you get an even deeper picture of the Living Archetypes and how the Mythology stories continue.  For example, let’s say that Mercury is in Aries.  So Hermes (Mercury) is still operating as God of Language, Writing, Commerce and Travel – but he’s doing it through the realm and kingdom of Aries, the God of War.  So how is Hermes’ behavior and teaching style altered by his surroundings? What specific lessons come along?  Hermes is bound to be a bit more pushy in fiery ways as he transmits his lessons of communication through the filter of Aries’ individuality and drive.  How is this different than when Hermes is in one of his own Kingdoms like Gemini or Virgo?  Chiron just showed up in Aries’ realm too, what kind of pain (and medicine) does he want to teach us about here?  Now add in more layers – Artemis and Hecate (the Moon) are shining through in the Sign of Virgo (Hermes and Vesta’s house).  Cronos, Hades, Aries, and Vesta are having some kind of important meeting in Cronos’ Realm (Capricorn).  Meanwhile, Zeus is behaving oddly and having a backwards stroll through the Underworld  (Scorpio).  Apollo seems comfortable and happy visiting Aphrodite’s realm (Taurus – and Aphrodite is home too, though she’s quietly slipping out the back door on her way to Gemini).

Are you still with me?  Good.  Because the story of the Gods is ever unfolding.  I humbly wish to tell you their stories as a faithful Oracle and Astrologer.  I’m still learning and growing, but I’d be honored if you follow along with me in this journey.