pluto in capricorn is direct! it’s been retro since April. outer planets like pluto, neptune, uranus, & saturn actually spend a lot of time retrograde. retrogrades are not all the same; we’re not thinking in terms of the mayhem that often accompanies mercury retrograde or the relationship adjustments of venus retrograde. pluto retrograde has hopefully pulled us deeper into the process of purging our psyches of the internalized oppressions we suffer from under toxic power structures & socio-political paradigms. internalized patriarchy, capitalism, racism, classism, ableism, etc. pluto direct brings our focus to the external & collective processes of transforming oppression into healing & power. it becomes easier to make structural adjustments in the area of our charts that pluto is visiting. pluto will also be directly square (tension) the new moon in libra next week.
pluto is death work, pluto is rage, pluto is transformation. in capricorn since 2008 until 2024, societal structures (jurisdiction of saturn, ruler of capricorn) have been undergoing what may sometimes feel like more & more rapid change. collective consciousness is slowly shifting, accountability feels more relevant than ever for many, & tolerance for “the way things have been” is low. this is the birthing of rage that rebirth us. because rage can eliminate toxicity & keep us from neglecting our healing in ways that are detrimental to the collective. pluto does not perform, pluto cannot pretend. we are committed to destroying abusive systems & building restorative ones or we are not.
pluto direct is a reminder of choice. do we despair at the overwhelm of our collective needs for healing? do we rage recklessly as the only retribution we feel we may ever get? do we start outside in or inside out? how do we reject what is everywhere? how do we generate what feels impossible? CAN WE DO IT ALL?
there are no binary answers because context is everything. what I do know is: we can no longer stay comfortable in these systems. neither can we stay comfortable in despair because while it is an acknowledgment of the immensity we are holding, it is not a response-able approach. because our individual & collective transformation are matters of life & death. to despair is to diminish our capacity to generate what we want to be possible, what we believe we can grow. despair can look like rage because we’re displaying our anger, even as we retreat deeper into ourselves, forget that some version of what we rage against also lives in us, or neglect to offer our most resonant, necessary contribution.
we cannot rely on urgency to give us a sense of agency. because a pattern of only showing up when it feels urgent gives power to something else- the system, the to do list, the speed of performance- rather than to YOU. we need humans who are able to respond & stay present in the long term. we need humans who are living a personal rejection of the oppression we’re claiming to reject as a collective. we need humans who rage to transform, rage to heal, rage to change. rage generates rebirth & that is where our hope, power, and agency lives.
people often prefer despair to rage because despair is easier & you get to stay comfortable. rage is uncomfortable & unpopular and means you have to be accountable for directing it into generative work. people prefer urgency to agency for the same reasons. urgency is easier & more comfortable than the accountability of agency. the redirection from despair & urgency to rage & agency is the work of living in dying systems. it is long, slow, uncomfortable work. it is the work of pluto in capricorn.
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