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