A Major Cosmic Shift: Pluto Enters Capricorn

Ready or not, it is out with the old and in with the new. On March 17th Pluto ended its long sojourn in the sign of Sagittarius that began December 2004, and moved into Capricorn, where it will reside until the year 2038.

We will all be impacted by the energy of this major transition for years to come as we all have Pluto transiting the sign Capricorn somewhere in our birth chart. Pluto is a prime mover when it comes to worldwide and individual transformation, so have no doubt, this is not a transition any of us can afford to take lightly; it has the potential to turn our world upside-down and inside-out, shake us to the very core of our being and permanently alter our lives. It’s been nearly two-and-a-half centuries since Pluto has been in Capricorn, a period marked by the advent of individual rights and freedoms, global social change and widespread political unrest. So, fasten your seat belts, the years ahead are sure to be exciting and more than a little bit bumpy!

Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

Even though modern astronomers stripped Pluto of full planetary status in 2006 and demoted it to the category of mere “dwarf planet”, this distant celestial body in the outer solar system remains an astrological giant. Pluto is a force we all must reckon with in our lives and in our charts—we ignore it at our peril. Indeed, some Vedic astrologers liken Pluto to the mighty Lord Shiva, the ultra-powerful Hindu god who wields the power of both Creation and Destruction over everything that exists in the Cosmos. In astrology, Pluto and Mars are co-rulers of Scorpio, the sign of transformation. Mars, the God of War, expresses its energy in a warrior-like fashion. Pluto expresses the same energy on an atomic level. When Pluto impacts your astrological chart, you are going to radically revise the way you look at yourself and your lifestyle.

Pluto compels us to take a look at our life. If there are skeletons in our closet or hidden desires locked in our heart, Pluto won’t hesitate to kick down the door, forcing us to acknowledge and deal with them. This includes matters we’ve been hiding both from ourselves and from others, regardless of when they occurred—deeply buried childhood traumas, current issues arising from our recent past or even unresolved issues that have followed us from past lifetimes . . . all will be revealed. If we resist Pluto and choose to avoid the truth it shows us, it will be very difficult for us to move forward in any direction either intellectually, emotionally, professionally or spiritually. However, if we choose to adapt to what Pluto teaches us and ride the waves of change, we will make enormous evolutionary strides in our outlook, lifestyle, relationships and careers that bring us great joy and contentment. Indeed, we can use the energy of Pluto to demolish old structured ways of being that no longer work for us, dump excess emotional baggage and rid ourselves of persistent bad habits and negative thinking. Doing so will free us to grow as individuals, explore new possibilities and expand our horizons . . . in other words, to completely recreate ourselves and our lives.

Perhaps more than any other planet in the zodiac, Pluto ushers us toward self-awareness, a prerequisite for our evolutionary development. This Plutonian process of self-discovery can be painful and even volatile, but it is necessary if we are to embrace a new and better life—the way a cataclysmic forest fire destroys towering, deep-rooted trees that block out sunlight, making it possible for beautiful wildflowers to spring from the ashes and carpet the woodland floor. So, while Pluto may dismantle our lives, it gives us the wisdom, self-knowledge and opportunity to build a happier and more enlightened existence from the ruins.

But don’t think that Pluto is restricted to the affairs of individual human beings—its reach extends to humankind on a multi-generational scale. It takes Pluto 248 years to complete a single orbit around the sun, which is the reason it spends many years residing in each astrological sign and each house in our natal chart. Global upheaval and transformation often accompany a major Pluto transition, such as the fall of the Roman Empire, the dawning of the Renaissance and the onset of the American Revolution. This is why Pluto transiting into Capricorn is such a big deal.

Capricorn is a solid earth sign; it relates to self-discipline, direction and focus. Furthermore, Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, the planet of responsibility and wisdom whose role is to teach us how to build a sturdy foundation upon which to live a successful and meaningful life. The sign of Capricorn also pertains to karma, which implies a desire for freedom to rule one’s own destiny over many lifetimes. So, with Pluto now in Capricorn, the curtain is being pulled back to reveal the cracks and flaws in our foundation. No doubt, those flaws will become so obvious to us (be it in our social structures, political systems or personal lives) that we will be driven to make some huge and immediate changes. And as Capricorn is related to the passage of time, during this transit we will all become more acutely aware of how short (and precious) life is and feel a growing urge to make the most of it.

To determine which areas of our lives will be most affected by this transition, we must ascertain how Pluto is interacting with the other planets in our natal chart, and which of our 12 astrological houses it will occupy. For example, if Pluto transits our First House, over the coming years we will likely undergo significant transformation in First House issues, such as our self-image—both in the way we view ourselves and how we project ourselves to world around us. It is likely we will have to make some big adjustments in our lifestyle and attitudes to facilitate these changes. If Pluto transits our Fifth House, which pertains to love, children, creativity and matters of the heart, we should be prepared for a transformation in our relationship status.

No matter how you cut it—this transit will change our lives. So why not find out where Pluto will be in your chart by booking a consultation with us right now? We are here to help! Don’t let the positive energy of Pluto in Capricorn pass you by—we will show you how to make the most of this incredibly powerful and transformative cosmic event.

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