Pluto is currently in Capricorn located at 26 Cap 46' 56"

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Pluto Retrograde

Pluto Retrograde

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When people write about Pluto, they almost always point out that in Roman mythology, this was the god of the underworld. I think that might be underplaying things just a bit. If you take it back to the earlier version, the Greek, you might get a better idea of what this represents: Hades. Of course in this respect, we’re talking about a God but, the place about sums it up, too. In essence, though, your own personal Hades. Of course, knowledge of Pluto gets just a bit murky on the planetary front when you look at astrology- and I have always found it just a little odd how so many paint the astrology of this planet as ancient when in fact, we didn’t even discover it until 1930. A little kid named it, incidentally, it’s a great story.

That said, if you go into any given astrology group on social media, you will find that in a very real sense, Pluto gets blamed for some weirder crap than even Mercury Retrograde. Those who refer to themselves as “Plutonian” do not mean that they think they’re from Pluto: they’re typically trying to write off why they’re so edgy, dark, and weird. That said, people with a heavier Pluto presence in their chart are usually a bit like that whether they know about it or not. It usually brings a sort of intensity, explosiveness, and obsessiveness. It rules Scorpio, so, you know, take it for what it's worth there.

Pluto is an odd one on all fronts. First off, is it a planet, is it not? Why couldn’t Eris and Pluto be a planet? (And yes, Eris is actually used in astrology as well.) Everyone gets to be a pope, shed the Aneristic Illusion.

Pluto has an odd, chaotic orbit. This is because the way that it doesn’t move along the same plane as the others- oh no, it’s bopping along kind of leaning to an angle of about 17 degrees and is elliptical. It’s also different because where as you can more or less have this general template with the other planets: Pluto may be in a sign 20 years, it may be in it for 12 years. Because of this, we refer to it as being generational in influence: that is, its placement more or less defines an entire generation. From about 2008 until 2024, it’s in Capricorn. Prior to that, 1995-2008 it was in Sagittarius, in 1984-1995, Scorpio and so forth. If you go back through like that to look at the generations and the changes of those times, it kind of makes more sense. For example, I mean, what do you think of when you think of Leo? Proud, rather self indulgent, a bit vain and short sighted well, Pluto was in Leo from 1937-1958 and well, if we’re going to do the whole generational finger pointing bit- that’s pretty much the Boomers. (In fairness, a handful of years there with the Silent Generation also.)

Now, talking about people with this influence strong in their charts isn’t a bad way to understand how it works. Pluto is this sort of jealous, power seeking, stubborn influence. More or less, the truth at any cost- whether it’s seeking it out or trying to hide it. This planet is all about transformation- in fact, it’s often referred to as the planet of creative destruction. Death, rebirth, let go- or be dragged.

The Retrograde

Now, you’d think a bit of a slow down on that front would not suck. Except, here’s the other thing, just like it doesn’t follow the same path as the other planets, it also doesn’t retrograde the same way. You know, everything going sideways with communication under Mercury retrograde because it’s going backwards in a sense- that’s what you’re used to, or at least, vaguely annoyed with hearing about. No, Pluto just gets even more intense. So, don’t expect that transformative events just kind of slow down and things mellow during this retrograde cycle: because it does not work that way. Consider a second what happens if you go backwards in your own development- getting a little Jungie with it. You slide back into yourself from your persona, dip down through the ego and what have you got? Pluto’s going backwards alright- right down into your shadow. Might be a good time to take a look at that, given, well, it’s still you. It’s a good time to unpack some baggage lest you start projection vomiting it everywhere.

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Planetary Positions

26.01.2022 at 20:21:27 UTC

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PlanetLongitude
Sun06 Aqu 51' 10"
Moon23 Sco 22' 02"
Mercury29 Cap 09' 60" R
Venus11 Cap 12' 25" R
Mars01 Cap 40' 42"
Jupiter06 Pis 02' 05"
Saturn14 Aqu 52' 07"
Uranus10 Tau 50' 52"
Neptune21 Pis 16' 35"
Pluto26 Cap 46' 57"

Solar Status

BZ Status:-1
Proton Density:8.57
Proton Speed:494.8 k/sec
KP Status:2
TypeJan 26Jan 27Jan 28
Active30%20%30%
Minor20%1%1%
Moderate5%1%1%
Strong1%1%1%
Kp Index Prediction
00-03UT432
03-06UT332
06-09UT321
09-12UT231
12-15UT211
15-18UT311
18-21UT322
21-00UT211
Solar Activity
Solar activity reached low levels. A C9 flare, the largest of the period, was observed from an unnumbered region just beyond the northeast limb. This area produced a few other C-flares as well. An area of plage to the immediate north of Region 2936 (N15E47, Dsi/beta) was also active, producing at least one C-flare. Despite showing a lot of recent growth, Region 2936 was fairly inactive. Region 2937 (S20E01, Dao/beta) also underwent some growth but was inactive. Region 2935 (N27W21, Bxo/beta) decayed quite a bit and Region 2934 (S24W12, Hsx/alpha) remained stable. No new Earth-directed CMEs were observed in available coronagraph imagery.
Solar Wind
The solar wind environment sampled by the DSCOVR satellite showed lingering CME influence, then the arrival of a CIR and the onset of a positive polarity CH HSS. Total field peaked at 12 nT and the Bz component reached a maximum southward deviation of -9 nT early in the day. Winds peaked around 500 km/s before leveling off closer to 440 km/s by the end of the period. The first part of the period the phi angle was highly variable, which is typical with a CIR. Once the CH HSS arrived, phi switched into a mostly positive orientation.
Energetic Particle
The greater than 2 MeV electron flux was at moderate levels. The greater than 10 MeV proton flux was at background levels.