Emerging on the Other Side of Pluto Retrograde
In April 2018, Pluto began his retrograde cycle from 22 to 18 degrees in Capricorn which ended today, the last day of September. And from now until February 2019, he’ll be moving forward again to the degree in Capricorn where this cycle started. Even for those of us who may not have specifically felt this transit on our charts, the influence of this planet especially when combined with all the other summer retrogrades may have been profound.
To be entirely honest, this Pluto cycle was not one I paid close attention to. Partially this was due to the absence of a highlighted transit on my chart, but also because I was so preoccupied with the whirlwind of changes brought on by Saturn and Mars’ retrograde cycles to give Pluto much notice, particularly given Saturn’s recent return in my own life last year. Looking back though I am beginning to see so many challenging moments over the last few months where Pluto formed an aspect with other planets.
Pluto in Capricorn
Whether Pluto is transiting our lives in any fashion or not, he can be understood as the influence of birth-death-rebirth myth cycles in our self-growth, as well as transpersonal deep dives into the core whys of our life choices. In these degrees of Capricorn, Pluto moved through the second and third decans of the sign, corresponding to the Two and Three of Pentacles in the Minor Arcana.
Traditionally these cards are associated with striking a balance in the flow of life’s chaos, and with competence, teamwork, and the formation of businesses or associations. The retrograde movement suggests a discord or reversal of the latter Capricorn energy, essentially a reversal of the card’s meaning. This challenge is not inherently bad or a herald of doom, rather it is Pluto’s way of shaking apart what isn’t going to work out in the long-run. For me, even the plainest of interpretations regarding these energies maps perfectly to my business experiences over the past several months.
With the retrograde cycle over though, there is nothing left to do but accept the transformation Pluto has carried us through, and move forward to accept the new place in the cosmos he grants us.
It seems appropriate then that this cycle ends at the beginning of the Autumn when in Pluto’s own myth cycle his loneliness and grief is assuaged by Jupiter granting him Proserpina’s hand in marriage. Although the grief of Ceres forms the more salient goddess narrative of this cycle, Proserpina, who is made Queen of the Underworld through marriage to Pluto and whose absence causes Ceres to change the seasons of the Earth, is arguably the central or even more influential goddess of these myths. Her name is derived from the Latin proserpere, meaning to emerge, and I can think of no better description of Pluto stationing direct.
This retrograde cycle may have killed us or certain dreams in some ways, but we are emerging now as Queens of the Underworld, and as we will learn in good time, our descent into the depths allows a bountiful growth to emerge in the future along with us.
Receive us in favor, mirth, and joy, dear Pluto!
Pat Mosley (NC LMBT #16882) is a licensed massage and bodywork therapist in the Winston-Salem area. His work is rooted in compassionate touch, permaculture, and deep ecology with the resilience of all Earth's children in mind. Connect with him via email to email@example.com