We are reaching the end of Plutos transit through Capricorn. Pluto moved into Capricorn in January 2008, and After dipping into Aquarius in March 2023. it retrograde back into Capricorn on June 11th. Pluto will turn direct in on October 10th, 2023 and move back into Aquarius on January 20th, 2024. It will retrograde back into Capricorn one more time before finally settling into Aquarius for the next 20 years on November 19, 2024.
The Nodes of the Moon move backwards through the zodiacal wheel and they recently changed signs with the North Node moving from Taurus to Aries and the South Node from Scorpio to Libra. (read more about it here) With slow moving Pluto and the Nodes at the later degrees of their respective signs, they will be in a square aspect into December 2023, with the square being exact July 22-23, 2023. Pluto squaring the Nodes is an uncommon event that has profound implications for personal and collective growth.
Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn:
Pluto, known as the planet of transformation and rebirth, exerts a powerful influence when in retrograde. As it traverses the last degrees of Capricorn, Pluto is putting it’s finishing touches on the power struggles over authority and control, as well as the breakdown and restructuring of established systems (in our own lives and collectively) that we have been navigating since 2008. The call of Pluto in Capricorn call has required confrontations of out-worn traditions, structures and ways of using power that need to be rebuilt or released. On a personal level, this could encompass relationships, career paths, or personal belief systems. As the energy of Capricorn drives us towards worldly success, recognition, or status, the authenticity of goals and relationship with authority is being re-birthed. Pluto's influence is relentless, pushing us to confront deep-seated fears and engage in the process of personal and collective transformation.
North Node in Aries:
The North Node represents our collective karmic path and the direction we need to pursue for growth and evolution. With the North Node in Aries, there is an emphasis on asserting our individuality, taking initiative, and embracing courage. This alignment encourages us to step out of our comfort zones, face our fears, and embark on a journey of self-discovery. The square with Pluto retrograde pushes us to confront our fears, dismantle power dynamics, and redefine our personal identity.
South Node in Libra:
The South Node signifies past karma and the traits or patterns we must release in order to evolve. With the South Node in Libra, there is a tendency to prioritize harmony and compromise in relationships, often at the expense of our own needs. This alignment calls for reevaluating co-dependent patterns, embracing assertiveness, and cultivating a healthy sense of self. The square with Pluto retrograde challenges us to break free from outdated relationship dynamics, redefine boundaries, and embrace our individuality within partnerships.
The Square Aspect with the Lunar Nodes: Balancing Karmic Tension
Pluto is in a square aspect with the North Node in Aries and the South Node in Libra,-which are in opposition to each other. This is also called a T-Square, which in this case requires both of the Nodes to deal with the intense regenerative forces of Pluto. Plutonian power breaks things apart and destroys in order for new life to emerge. In order to find balance between individual needs and desires (Aries) the need for harmony and diplomacy in relationships (Libra), whatever is toxic or being misused needs to go. This T-square mandates that we confront confront the shadows of the past, and redefine personal and relational dynamics.
Navigating this transit:
Like all transits, this will be different for everyone. Where Pluto and the Nodes are transiting in your Natal chart can provide some insights into how this dynamic will influence you personally.
Rebalancing Relationships and Self-Identity:
The South Node in Libra emphasizes the need to release codependency and seek balanced, interdependent relationships. Simultaneously, the North Node in Aries encourages us to prioritize self-discovery, independence and individuality. This alignment can prompt reassessment of relationships and redefining the sense of self, fostering personal growth and self-assertion.
Reevaluate your relationships, seeking balance and equality. Let go of toxic connections, co-dependence, projection and self sacrifice. Cultivate or seek new relationships with those that support your growth, desires and sense of self. Focus on healthy boundaries, fairness and open communication. Be aware that all relationships have the potential to mirror back to you something about yourself. While you can not change what you may see in another person, you can change yourself.
Embrace Your True Self:
Be courageous in asserting your individuality and embracing your unique qualities. Express yourself honestly and authentically, without seeking external validation.
Self-Reflection and Inner Work:
Engage in deep introspection to uncover hidden aspects of yourself and release outdated patterns. Explore shadow work, meditation, or therapy to aid in personal transformation and healing.
Surrender and Trust:
During this intense cosmic alignment, surrender to the process of transformation and trust in the unfolding of your destiny. Embrace the unknown and have faith in your ability to navigate these energies.
Release and Rebuild:
Let go of old patterns and structures that no longer serve your growth, allowing room for new beginnings.
This powerful alignment invites a journey of self-discovery, transformation, and growth, where you can delve into your deepest self, and release old structures or ways of do-be-doing that no longer serve life. While the intensity of this alignment may feel challenging for some of us, it also holds the potential for profound growth, empowerment, and truthful self-expression. By embracing the transformative energies, you will emerge stronger on the personal and collective paths of evolution.