Pluto is currently in retrograde, in Capricorn located at 28 Cap 25' 50"

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Pluto is currently Trine Mercury

Pluto is currently Square Venus

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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

26.05.2022 at 20:44:08 UTC

chart wheel
PlanetLongitude
Sun05 Gem 34' 55"
Moon24 Ari 59' 49"
Mercury27 Tau 58' 34" R
Venus27 Ari 57' 03"
Mars01 Ari 24' 39"
Jupiter02 Ari 53' 49"
Saturn25 Aqu 11' 08"
Uranus16 Tau 01' 22"
Neptune25 Pis 09' 33"
Pluto28 Cap 25' 50" R

Solar Status

BZ Status:2
Proton Density:19.07
Proton Speed:303.2 k/sec
KP Status:1
TypeMay 26May 27May 28
Active30%35%30%
Minor15%15%10%
Moderate1%1%1%
Strong1%1%1%
Kp Index Prediction
00-03UT233
03-06UT243
06-09UT242
09-12UT133
12-15UT232
15-18UT322
18-21UT423
21-00UT432
Solar Activity
Solar activity reached moderate levels due to an M1.3/1N flare at 25/1824 UTC originating from an area of plage near old region 3016 (S19, L=78). Type II (est. 994 km/s) and IV, as well as a Tenflare at 160 SFU, radio sweeps were associated with this event. An associated DSF centered near S20W43 was reported by USAF observatories as well. A subsequent CME was observed emerging from the southwest limb in NASA C2 coronagraph imagery beginning around 25/1836 UTC. Initial analysis and modeling suggests that the bulk of the material will be ahead and south of Earths orbit with some glancing arrival early on 28 May.
Solar Wind
Solar wind parameters indicated a SSBC. Total field ranged 2-6 nT and the Bz component was mostly at or near neutral with a few negligible southward deflections. Solar wind speed tended to waver between ~340 km/s to 385 km/s. Phi angle was mostly positive until approximately 25/2210 UTC when it became predominantly negative.
Energetic Particle
The greater than 2 MeV electron flux was normal to moderate and the greater than 10 MeV proton flux remained at background.