There are currently 4 planets in retrograde

Solar activity is quiet. No changes to retrograde effects. Solar Speed above average. Retrograde effects moderately increased.

 Pluto is in retrograde at 21 Cap 05' 44"

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.

19 August 2019 at 01:36 GMT

chart wheel

PlanetStationary (retrograde)OppositionStationary (direct)Notes
Mercury1 November, 201911 November, 201921 November, 2019In water-sign Scorpio
Mercury18 February, 20209 March, 2020Begins in water-sign Pisces, Concludes in air-sign Aquarius
Mercury17 June, 202012 July, 2020In water-sign Cancer
Mercury13 October, 20203 November, 2020Begins in water-sign Scorpio, Concludes in air-sign Libra
Venus13 May, 202025 June, 2020
Mars9 September, 202014 November, 2020
Jupiter10 April, 201910 June, 201911 August, 2019
Jupiter14 May, 202013 September, 2020
Saturn29 April, 20199 July, 201918 September, 2019
Saturn11 May, 202029 September, 2020
Uranus11 August, 201928 October, 201911 January, 2020
Uranus15 August, 202014 January, 2021
Neptune21 June, 201910 September, 201927 November, 2019
Neptune23 June, 202029 November, 2020
Pluto24 April, 20193 October, 2019
Pluto25 April, 20204 October, 2020

Planetary Positions

19 August 2019 at 01:36 GMT

chart wheel
PlanetLongitude
Sun25 Leo 48' 42"
Moon04 Ari 29' 07"
Mercury10 Leo 27' 50"
Venus27 Leo 08' 18"
Mars00 Vir 32' 14"
Jupiter14 Sag 35' 29"
Saturn14 Cap 37' 46" R
Uranus06 Tau 35' 43" R
Neptune17 Pis 54' 14" R
Pluto21 Cap 05' 44" R

The Moon

moonThe moon is currently 91% Waning Gibbous

Last Quarter2019 Aug 23 at 14:56
New Moon2019 Aug 30 at 10:37
First Quarter2019 Sep 06 at 03:10
Full Moon2019 Sep 14 at 04:33

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