Updated: May 1, 2019
Pluto, the minor planet made up almost entirely of nitrogen ice, stations retrograde today in the constellation of Capricorn. It will continue its seemingly backwards motion through the earth sign until October 3rd, 2019, when it will station direct again.
Despite its small size and recent demotion to dwarf status, Pluto packs a powerful punch. In Roman mythology, Pluto (Hades in Greek mythology) was god of the underworld. He governs death, decay, rebirth and transformation, and is the natural ruler of Scorpio. Whatever Pluto touches turns to ash. His lessons may be excruciating at times, but fear not---like the proverbial phoenix, you will rise again from the dust, reborn again and stronger than you were before. Pluto is working for your highest good and greatest evolution.
In the sign of Capricorn, Pluto is challenging us all to reevaluate our relationship to our resources, to our finances, and to how we govern. While stationed retrograde, Pluto will be pumping the brakes a bit, allowing us all time to adjust to the massive changes he has no doubt already initiated in our personal lives and in the collective since first entering Capricorn in 2008. To understand how Pluto is impacting your life, look back at how your life has changed since then, and what areas of your life have been put under intense pressure. You can also look to see which house Capricorn rules in your birth chart.
The themes for Pluto's retrograde period over the next several months are:
1. Appreciating our resources and prioritizing how we use them,
2. Sharing openly with others the lessons we have learned through our greatest struggles, and how we overcame them,
3. Revolutionizing old, stagnant systems and beliefs about money, banking, and government,
4. And finally, showing respect and compassion for our planet. We cannot continue exploiting her resources while remaining ignorant of the consequences.
Working with the medicine of Pluto can be intense, so don't forget to nurture yourselves during this process of reevaluation and recovery. Seek the help and counsel of others when needed.
Lastly, remember that there is nothing within you or outside of you that is powerful enough to destroy you unless you let it. Your eternal and resilient soul laughs, even in the face of death.
I'll conclude with the words of poet William Ernest Henley:
Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years Finds, and shall find, me unafraid. It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
The warrior in me bows to the warrior in you,