Yesterday, Sunday, April 22, Pluto began its retrograde motion (21° Capricorn 17′). It continues in retrograde motion until September 30. I find that retrograde and direct motions of Pluto offer a very transformative experience for people particularly in the weeks in which they change direction. Sometimes there is an awareness, a crystal-clear insight, that pushes one forward and assists in making difficult choices. There may be only one choice in a series of circumstances requiring action. That action, or, choice transforms a circumstance that has become untenable. Pluto is about power because Pluto is about choice and consciousness. It forces us to become self-aware and take personal responsibility for something we’ve avoided. There is an entire generation of individuals born between the late 1970s and early 1980s as well as an entire generation born between the late 1920s and early 1930s that are facing a transformative cycle, but the transformation is quite different.
For the older generation, it is a separation from an old value system that developed because of the difficult circumstances of the time and a letting go of many aspects of their lives allowing for a greater objectivity. This was the generation with Pluto in Cancer who lived through the Great Depression. The intensity of Pluto in Cancer keeps the family togethers even though the family is transforming because of circumstances out of one’s control. The Pluto in Cancer generation sacrificed everything for those families, working 24-hour days to support those they loved, regardless of how difficult this was. Their value system was built on the need of the time. Their value system was to hold onto one’s security.
The much younger group, those with Pluto in Libra born between 1971 and 1984 are having their once in a lifetime Pluto square Pluto. Whereas the earlier Pluto in Cancer group didn’t look at the issue of what was fair or wasn’t fair, the Pluto in Libra generation is focused on this issue. Pluto in Libra is about the power of establishing connections and relationships but with the codicil that all relationships must be ‘fair’. With Pluto causing stress to this position, the concept of ‘fair’ can be a very rigid and limiting factor when it comes to relationships. It is very interesting that in recent surveys, this generation has opted for a more ‘socialistic’ society. As Pluto continues through Capricorn (where it began its transit in 2008 during the Global Meltdown and continues through 2023), those beliefs are softening bringing forth the healthy balance of give and take and the realization that things are not always fair, but that, in the end, things do balance out.
Since Pluto moves at a very slow pace, it affects only a few years of a sign at a time, taking approximately 18 months to 2 years to completely transform someone (if they are willing to be open, honest and vulnerable).
For those born between 1979 and 1983, the transformation discussed above is happening at this writing. Those born between 1983 and 1987 will experience this same thing next year and that is how the sequence works. Everything has its flaws and that is the realization as Pluto continues its movements through Capricorn. There is no either/or in nature, but there is a ‘big middle’ containing many shades of grey. The transformation reveals that people are not all bad or all good, that people have many layers somewhere in between, and those many layers and textures are what make up a human being. This awareness will hopefully seep into all aspects of our lives.