Tag: Pluto

Pluto Retrograde – 4/27 – 6/12

Pluto Retrograde – 4/27 – 6/12

We have had a long stretch (since the end of February) without any major retrogrades, but that is about to change.  It’s time for retrograde season to begin!  What’s that?  You’re not looking forward to retrograde season?  Well, that is hard to believe… this is where the deep digging begins as we redo, reevaluate, review, (pretty much anything that begins with “re”) again.  Who doesn’t look forward to that?

Even dear sweet Pluto is making preparations, as he has already begun to station (slow down). It takes him 248 years to orbit the Earth; maybe that’s why he’s a bit of a creeper?  Pluto can spend 14 – 30 years in a sign; he’s been in Capricorn since 2008 and will remain there until 2024. 

Pluto will go retrograde on April 27 at 26 degrees and 48 minutes of Capricorn. He will retrograde back to 24 degrees and 19 minutes — like I said, he is a creeper.  He has basically worked his way through Capricorn with three steps forward, two steps back.  This is important because Pluto needs time…time to create transformations that only happen once and change your life forever.

Let’s face it — we have had lots of momentous change across the globe since 2008…thanks, Pluto-in-Capricorn!  Saturn rules Capricorn and is the sign of government oversight, big business, and careers.  However, Pluto is in the last decan of the sea goat, and it is time for some mastery; so, everything becomes a challenge (x 10!)

Note on Decans: each sign has three decans which represent 10 degree segments. So, 0 degrees to 29 degrees of each sign are broken down into:

  • 0 – 9 degrees – “Easy-peasy”;
  • 10 – 19 degrees – “Ok I think I got the hang of this”; and
  • 20 – 29 degrees – “Holy Gail Batman, this is way harder than I thought it was going to be!”

Pluto happens to be in the last decan (20 – 29 degrees) of Capricorn.  That’s right — harder than the search for the Holy Grail, but it probably isn’t what you think it is — follow?

Pluto is about the ginormous reality checks.  If you look back on the biggest turning points in your life, Pluto is probably aspecting one of more of your major placements.  As a matter of fact, if you have anything between 24 – 29 degrees of Capricorn, Pluto is going to be working on you for a while.  It is also a reality check for anyone with placements in the last Decan of any of the Cardinal signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra Capricorn.

A Pluto transit isn’t always to be feared, but something in your life will transform, and that only comes from the release (death) of something, and the embrace (birth) of something new. When Pluto is retrograde we have an opportunity to integrate all the transformation that we have experienced since he went direct that last time. 

Pluto has been direct since 10/4/20.  That gives us, just shy of five months of leveling up and transformation to assimilate into our soul.  We will have until 10/6/21 to manage this process. So, remember, most people had to read The DaVinci Code before they realized that the Holy Gail wasn’t a cup… This is an opportunity to see things from and entirely different perspective and potentially turn some water into wine.

Eris square Pluto – 2021

Eris square Pluto – 2021

As I write this, Eris is stationing to go direct on Jan. 10; she has been retrograde since July 20, 2020.  In her retrograde phase she helps us identify our lack of self-love and how we can sabotage ourselves by not knowing what we are truly made of.

“Without change something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.” ~Frank Herbert

Eris and Pluto will square exactly three times in 2021, but essentially this energy will permeate our consciousness all year long.  This powerful energy between the goddess of discord and the great transformer will help us continue our transition into the Age of Aquarius and also through the Pluto Return of the US (2022 – 2024). 

Eris and Pluto met up several times in 2020 at 23-24 degrees of Aries/Capricorn. One such meet-cute was right around the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, which was on June 15 in Sagittarius. They continued their square beyond the New Moon Solar Eclipse on June 21 at zero degrees of Cancer, which activated the Aries Point.  Zero degrees of any of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) will activate this point, which is the beginning of the Zodiac and very powerful.  Also, Cardinal signs create action- often in very sudden bursts. 

If you have anything around 23-24 degrees of the Cardinal signs, you surely felt this “awakening” or “clarion call” to take your power back in this area (the houses where your Capricorn and Aries rule – these will tell you the part of your life in which this is happening). Go to Foxy Astrology and get a free natal chart. Since Eris is a dwarf planet, she won’t be on the chart. However, anyone born from April 1925 on will have Eris in Aries in their natal chart.  Why? Well, Eris is far out, and she moves very slowly… biding her time and plotting her revenge, and then she strikes swiftly. She will remain in Aries until 2044.

Eris is the sister of Aries and plays his female warrior counterpart, but she is a bit darker as her energy isn’t just about violence and fury.  No, this bitch is all about strife and discord.  Unlike her brother who will rest after a good battle, she will be out on the battlefield severing the heads of the dead and putting them up on spikes, like a grim version of an HGTV design show. 

This reputation as a trouble-maker has roots in the mythology of Eris; one legend has her showing up to a wedding uninvited. (Anyone else getting Maleficent vibes here?) She threw out a golden apple (Snow White vibes) labeled “For the Fairest”… which Hera (Juno), Athena, and Aphrodite (Venus) then fought over in a dispute that lasted many years, eventually leading to the Trojan War. 

Eris was discovered in January of 2005, from a picture that was taken in 2003. She is technically the 10th planet in our solar system although she dwarfs Pluto in density (insert eye-roll here). That next year (2006), instead of giving Eris her due, the powers that be decided to instead categorize her as a dwarf planet… and downgrade Pluto as well.  Needless to say, downgrading Pluto wasn’t popular… so now he is back in the fold. Eris, however, still got the shaft (damn the patriarchy).

At first they named the newfound dwarf planet Xena, but in 2006 changed it to Eris.  It’s interesting to note that Lucy Lawless played Xena the Warrior Princess on the TV show, and they ended up naming Eris’ moon Dysnomia (anarchy/lawlessness) after Eris’ daughter. Originally the moon was called Gabriella — another nod to the TV show.  Also, Eris is the daughter of Nyx, the goddess of night, which is the name of a very successful makeup line. It is said that even Zeus (Jupiter) feared Nyx.

I personally love Eris. Technically, a planet enters our consciousness after discovered, but this bad bitch has been giving us the side-eye for a long time.  Eris is the wild feminine in Aries, which means she won’t stop until she gets what she came for, and she won’t conform to gender clichés. I don’t always appreciate her methods, but she gets the job done.