Pluto Turns Direct: Transformation and Personal Power

After 5 months in retrograde, Pluto - the planet of power, transformation, intensity, death and rebirth - turns direct on Oct. 8 2022. 

And, there is something big coming - Pluto will be changing signs in 2023, moving into Aquarius.  We're in for some societal shifts. You can read more about it here. 

To be honest with you, I get a little apprehensive when Pluto is about to visit my natal chart. 

Yes, I know I will come out stronger than ever after its energy departs. But, I also know that a challenging Pluto transit will bring some major transformation, closing a door so completely that it’s cemented shut.  And if it challenges your natal Sun or Moon, Pluto will not close it gently, either.  It will tear it to pieces first, like a blazing volcano explosion. Whatever was behind that door is either gone, or transformed beyond recognition.  And me? Hopefully I’m still in one piece.

Pluto moves so slowly that it will only visit us a handful of times in an average lifespan.  And, it always leaves a gift – greater resilience, greater compassion, and a greater understanding of such big issues as life, death and rebirth.  Greater personal power – or greater understanding of power issues in your life.  Think phoenix rising from the ashes.  

Positive transits, such as a trine or a sextile, will connect you with your personal power in a much gentler manner. They are something to look forward to.

If you’re lucky to experience a positive Pluto transit to your Venus, it can bring an amazing, intense relationship where you just can’t be without one another. After all, Pluto is also about intensity bordering on obsession.  

Pluto forming a trine or sextile to your natal Mars will give a huge boost to your drive and stamina. What a fantastic time to accomplish an intensive project in your life.  

Regardless, when the Pluto transit is over, a part of you or your life can be changed forever. Pluto also is about endings…

Woman Betrayed, Woman Rising

Several years ago, a new client ordered a reading. She was going through a very difficult emotional experience…she found out that her husband was having an affair. She was devastated and wanted to know what the future of her relationship was.

I checked her natal chart and cringed. Pluto was powerfully squaring both her natal Sun and Venus. She was meant to go through a loss at this point in her life. One chapter closing, another opening. I could also see powerfully healing energies visiting her life after.

Obviously, she didn’t want to hear that she was going to lose her husband. She didn’t reply to my reading – until 6 months later. Her husband had left her for the other woman -  and was diagnosed with terminal cancer a couple of months after. His new relationship turned out too fragile to survive this experience. My client took him back for his final few months, because she didn’t want him to die alone in a hospital. She took him to chemo. She was there through those final, difficult days.

I don’t mind telling you – I cried when I read her email. And I was in absolute awe of the beauty of her spirit, of her compassion and her light.

That’s what Pluto does. Yes, we can be maimed by its smoldering fire if we let it. Or, we can be transformed into our highest potential: into an incredibly strong being filled with light. When it visits our natal chart, Pluto invites us (and sometimes pushes us) to connect with the deepest reserves of our personal power - that we might not even know we had! 

Pluto Will Enter Aquarius in 2023

And this is going to be the first of several MAJOR shifts we'll experience between 2023-2026.  Read more here

Who is Affected by Pluto Energies In the Next 6 Months?

1 – Revisiting and closing themes already in progress:

When it turns direct, Pluto will first revisit 26 to 28 degrees of Capricorn between Oct. 9 2022 and Feb. 11 2023.

If you have your natal Sun, personal planets or the Angles between 26-28 degrees of Capricorn, this transit will bring an opportunity to resolve and close the themes related to transformation, power, passion and “death and rebirth” that might have come into your life since January 2022.

Remember, when Pluto challenges your natal chart, it brings a massive opportunity for growth and transformation, but at first it can manifest as a challenging time in your life.

I can only tell you the aspects it will make to your natal Sun, without looking at your natal chart.  Pluto will challenge your natal chart if you are: 

  • Capricorn born Jan. 15-18
  • Aries b. April 15-18
  • Cancer b. July 18-21
  • Libra b. Oct.19-21

If it’s been a particularly challenging 12 months for you, please know that that the energy will start lifting for you in a few months.

If Pluto is supporting your natal chart (forming a trine or a sextile to your Sun, Moon or personal planets), then you will have one last burst of this immensely powerful energy to help you connect with your personal power. It can be an immensely productive period in your life, when lots can be accomplished. 

Again, going by your natal Sun, it will be particularly relevant if you are:

  • Taurus born May 16-20
  • Virgo b. September 18-22
  • Pisces b. March 16-20
  • Scorpio b. Oct. 18-22

The same will apply to those with the personal planets between 26-28 degrees of Taurus, Virgo, Pisces and Scorpio.

If you see your birthdate mentioned in this post, you might like this reading to learn about the area of your life Pluto will be visiting, and how to best work with its energy.

2- Bringing new issues into your awareness

Pluto will then move through 29-30 degrees Capricorn and 0 degrees of Aquarius, before it turns retrograde again on May 1 2023.

If you see your birthday mentioned below, pay attention to the themes coming into your life between February and April 2023. This period will introduce you to these themes, and they will fully play out for you by February 2024:

  • Capricorn born Jan. 19-20
  • Aquarius b. Jan. 20-21
  • Aries b. April 19-20
  • Taurus b. April 20-21
  • Cancer b. July 21-22
  • Leo b. July 23-24
  • Libra b. Oct.19-22
  • Scorpio b. Oct. 22-23

Or if your natal Sun is between:

  • 29-30 degrees Taurus, Virgo, Pisces or Scorpio
  • 0 degree Libra, Gemini, Aries or Sagittarius.

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