Star Stuff: pluto retrograde is now

Today, Pluto comes to a halt in 17 degrees of Capricorn; starting its 5-month retrograde phase (April 18th – Sept. 26th). Pluto’s energy will continue to move more slowly until May 10th.
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When mystical, metaphysical Pluto dips into its annual retrograde, we are invited deeper into the chamber of secrets. From 2008-2024, Pluto is trekking along the Capricorn trail, transforming big business, government and the economy. We’ve seen huge worldwide shifts in these arenas. Pluto’s “tear it down, destroy, then rebuild” fingerprints are all over these markets and arenas—just look at the stock and real estate markets, banks, and US Presidential candidates of the past eight years!

Pluto retrograde can be a welcome time out from the intensity of change, and a chance to integrate and get introspective about our choices. On a personal level, we can re-evaluate what “keeping up with the Joneses” really means while Pluto backspins through Capricorn. It’s not about buying more stuff or leaving a huge carbon footprint, but rather, making meaningful choices that create a legacy instead. But do watch out for power struggles and shady characters slipping past the good judgment radar. Pluto retrograde can rouse dormant rivalries and throw off our intuition. Take nothing at face value and run those background checks!

During the Pluto retrograde phase, it is most powerful to surrender internally to any process we experience around empowerment or disempowerment. As best as you can, take it all in, and see where you would like to make adjustments. You will get a chance to do just that for the next 5 months.

Tap into a place of authenticity from within — embrace all of you: the good, the bad, and the ugly. You can ask yourself: what habits, behaviors or fears are holding me back from feeling fully empowered from within? How can I love all of me — the light and the dark?

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 13-18 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn? If so, this retrograde phase will affect you more strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Scorpio (Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio) 

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