pluto“Plutonian darkness can mutate, through awareness, from blind and destructive to wise and regenerative…. [I]t is not the chart itself, but the native’s awareness, that determines how Pluto’s power will play out.” – Jessica Murray, Soul-Sick Nation

Pluto, god/goddess of the Underworld, will turn from Retrograde to Direct (forward) on Friday (11:24am PDT). The energy is building as what’s been hidden, repressed, denied or otherwise banished to the subconscious rises to the surface, demanding to be acknowledged, felt, healed and transformed.

Pluto has been Retrograde — appearing to travel backwards — since April 9th (see Entering the Underworld). For the past five months, the Pluto part of each of us has been on a vision quest, called to investigate underlying patterns and motivations. Pluto Retrograde asks: What has become stagnant and what are you ready to release? How have you given away your power? Where in your life are you motivated by fear, controlled by subconscious habits and patterns?

Pluto in Capricorn (2008-2024) specifically stirs up themes around commitment, integrity, responsibility, time, career, ambition, success and worldly power. What are you really committed to, and what are you responsible for? Are you devoting time and energy to what you say you’re committed to? Is your work in the world aligned with your soul’s mission? What does success mean to you, and what are you willing to do to achieve it?

As Pluto stations — appears to stand still in the sky before changing directions — these themes come into focus. And as Pluto starts moving forward again, it’s time to take action on the truths that you’ve uncovered during this Retrograde. Yes, feel those icky feelings that arise, grieve the past, forgive yourself and others — and then move on. Capricorn is an uber-pragmatic Earth sign, and Pluto in Capricorn wants you to simply take the next step toward your goals.

If you have a copy of your birth chart and want to get deeper insight into where these Plutonian themes are being stirred up for you, find the house that contains 4 degrees Capricorn. The areas of life represented by that house are where you are being called to get ruthlessly honest with yourself, grieve the past, transform and release old patterns and behaviors, and dig deep within yourself to find forgiveness. What’s one step you can take to move through the fear and start creating what you want?

– Emily Trinkaus