Through September 28
Pluto has gone into retrograde.
It will back up from 19° Capricorn to 17° Capricorn
between now and September 28.
Transiting Pluto -- both direct and retrograde -- depicts the loooooong-term process of tearing down and improving things that are worn out, exhausted, inappropriate, obsolete, ineffective and falling into ruin.
Pluto stays in a sign anywhere from 12 to 36 years. It will be in Capricorn about 16 years all told. The cultural, social, political and personal life changes that unfold under its tenure move at a slow, relentless pace. Changes are sometimes protracted ... imperceptible ... as tension builds and builds (like that along the geological fault lines in earthquake country), and then a riotous convulsion leaves behind a completely altered landscape.
All planetary energies work on all these levels, of course, but Pluto's craftsmanship in retrospect is always so impressive. Pluto's last transit through Capricorn saw the successful conclusion of the American Revolution in 1776 ... and the subsequent establishment of a new form of government in a country that ultimately figured in huge amounts of world history.
The next 15 years are set to unveil something equally momentous. I keep remembering that old Chinese curse ... "May you live in interesting times." Well, folks ... these next two decades will indeed be "interesting times."
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