Pluto Retrograde and Mercury enters Gemini

On April 29, 2:36 PM ET, Pluto stations retrograde in Capricorn. Shortly later, at 6:23 PM ET, Mercury leaves Taurus and enters Gemini. 

After a few months with all planets in direct motion, Pluto is the first one to come to a standstill, inviting us to renew, rethink, and redefine our relationship with power and authority, while acknowledging where we are at in our empowerment journey. A few hours later, Mercury enters its domicile of Gemini, speeding up our thought processes while stimulating our curiosity and our desire to learn.

Let’s see in more detail what these shifts are about.

 

Pluto in Capricorn: Transformation of Inner & Outer Structures

 

Pluto, named after the mythological God of the Underworld, is the modern ruler of Scorpio. In Astrology, it is connected to our journey of empowerment, evolution, death and rebirth processes. It has to do with all that is unconscious, with shadow work, with the emotional patterns that are at the core of our psychology. Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008 and this long transit is coming to an end. Pluto is entering Aquarius in 2023 and will remain in the sign for 12-15 years.

During the last few months of Pluto’s journey through Capricorn, we have an opportunity to reflect on the metamorphosis that has been taking place for us so far. Capricorn teaches us to master form and structure, boundaries, and responsibility: it is about our maturation process. The transit of Pluto through the sign has been deeply transforming the structure of society as well as the structure of our consciousness, inviting us to become our own authority and exposing the corruption at the core of those systems and institutions we have been relying on until now.

 

Pluto retrograde: Renewing our Relationship to Power & Responsibility

 

When a planet is retrograde, it promotes a process of self-inquiry. It invites us to slow down, turn inwards, and take time to integrate and elaborate on the experiences we had while it was direct. Pluto retrograde represents an opportunity to deepen our shadow work, gain more awareness of the unconscious emotional patterns and attachments that have been leading our lives, confront our fears, and notice where we have been giving our power away and why.

Pluto Retrograde

Pluto stationing retrograde invites reflection, reconsideration, and revision of our relationship to power and responsibility. It invites us to redefine our boundaries and see whether we are leaking energy or giving power away in exchange for a false sense of security. It is an opportunity to see our blind spots and transform patterns of behavior rooted in unconscious fears, traumas, unacknowledged needs and desires. 

This transit, lasting until October 8, is a chance to move towards a deeper embodiment, a deeper trust in our personal authority, a deeper authenticity, and deeper responsibility. Pluto stationing retrograde will be felt the most by those of us who have personal planets or angles in the last degrees of Cardinal signs Capricorn, Cancer, Libra, and Aries. 

 

Mercury in Gemini: Curious Mindset

 

On April 29, the planet of communication, logic, and learning enters its home sign of Gemini, where it is going to remain longer than usual. Mercury stations retrograde in Gemini on May 10, comes back to Taurus, and stations direct there on June 3, to enter Cancer only on July 5.

Mercury in transit reflects our changing orientation relative to logically understanding our reality and ourselves. Gemini is the Air domicile of Mercury: here, the Messenger can express itself comfortably. Gemini is a Mutable Air sign: both Air and Mutability support Mercury’s versatility, love for knowledge, and need for a variety of stimuli. 

Mercury’s transit through Gemini invites us to adopt a curious mindset, improves our capacity to adapt and encourages us to listen to different sides of a story in a non-judgmental way. It inspires us to initiate conversations and debates and to exchange opinions with others as a way to learn more about our environment and ourselves.

 

Mercury enters Gemini: Versatility & Multitasking

 

While Mercury is in the sign of the Twins, our thinking speeds up, our interests broaden, we are more drawn to communicate and interact with a variety of people and have long conversations about many different topics. The amount of data we gather, process, and share is likely to increase, and our capacity to multitask and be versatile is going to be supported by this transit.

Mercury’s journey through Gemini is favorable for learning, speaking, writing, and all pursuits surrounding sharing of information. Mercury in Gemini supports our analytical and intellectual capacities while encouraging us to see our reality in new ways. Some risks of this transit could be getting lost in an endless search for new data, getting distracted more easily than usual, and failing to deepen the knowledge we already possess.

 

Navigating Retrogrades & Eclipses

 

Retrograde season is starting: after Pluto, several other planets will station retrograde. Mercury’s upcoming retrograde in Gemini will encourage us to question our habitual way of thinking, communicating, and learning. When Mercury is retrograde, it is always an invitation to think critically and decondition from outdated ways of perceiving the world: in the sign of Gemini, this may imply questioning where we get our information from, exploring different sources, and embracing unfamiliar ways of making sense of our reality. 

Moreover, in just a few hours, we experience a Solar Eclipse in Taurus conjunct Uranus, which opens the Eclipse portal, a time of fast changes, karmic shifts, and shifts of fate. Pluto is the planetary ruler of the Lunar South Node, currently in Scorpio. The South Node ruler informs us of ways of being, psychological patterns, and emotional attachments that we need to release for our evolution to continue. Pluto’s influence will be strong on tomorrow’s Eclipse also because it will still be stationary, which means that it is closer to Earth and its influence is more powerful than usual. 

Meanwhile, Mercury on the first degree of Gemini is still in an out of sign trine to Pluto that sharpens our perceptions and aids the psychological integration of what we are going through. The Mercury-Pluto trine has the potential to help us understand ourselves and the purpose of what takes place these days on a deeper, more profound level.

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Mars opposite Pluto: Owning our Triggers

On June 5, 3:45 PM ET, Mars in Cancer opposite Pluto in Capricorn heats the atmosphere and the intensity goes off the roof. Astrologically, this is a very powerful and volatile day.

As our need for depth increases, Mars opposite Pluto may unearth deeply buried resentment, anger, and feelings of powerlessness, and the Moon in Aries squaring both of them adds an additional layer of subjectivity to our perception of reality. During these days, it is crucial to be responsible for our emotional reactions, own our triggers, and learn from them. 

 

Powerful Evolutionary Forces

 

Both Mars and Pluto are potent evolutionary forces, and Pluto is considered to be the higher octave of Mars, a higher vibrational expression of the same energy. Mars is how we act, how we defend, how we go after what we want, how we pursue what we desire. While transiting Cancer, Mars tends to act indirectly and it is more defensive than aggressive. However, emotional impulsivity tends to be high, and we fight for something or someone we are attached to without second-guessing.

Pluto corresponds to all our unconscious material, to our deepest wounds, to lifetimes of unprocessed pain, and to our capacity to regenerate after undergoing intense psychological transformations. Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008, deeply transforming the socio-economic structure of our society, as well as the structure of our consciousness, and our relationship with time, space, and limitations.

 

Mars in aspect to Pluto: Learning about the Nature of our Desires

 

When Mars is in aspect to Pluto, and especially so with conjunctions, squares, and oppositions, we have an opportunity to learn more about the nature of our desires. We have a chance to see beyond our obvious, conscious cravings, and discover what unconscious desires lie behind them. 

Mars opposite Pluto

Mars correlates to our conscious desires, inherently egocentric, while Pluto corresponds with our Soul’s unconscious desires and evolutionary intentions. Through discovering and exploring all of our desires, we get to know ourselves better and deeper, and we get a clearer glimpse of the real reason behind our cravings. The Mars-Pluto opposition may offer us clues around the real purpose of what we are going through, what our Soul is trying to learn by creating similar experiences for itself again and again.

 

Understanding the Mars-Pluto cycle

 

When two planets oppose each other, we experience something similar to the energy of a Full Moon. While the conjunction between two celestial bodies is associated with the beginning of a new cycle, such as New Moons, with the opposition we experience its culmination and maturation.

To fully understand what a particular opposition is about, we need to go back to when the planet met in conjunction for the last time. Mars last joined Pluto on March 23, 2020, at 24° of Capricorn, and during the same week, Mars joined Jupiter and Saturn too. Events that first began to emerge around that time will now reach their maturation point, and we are likely to be exploring similar themes and issues, while the intentions and projects we started back then may bring us results.

Oppositions are a time of revelations, and at this time we often witness polarization. We have a chance to see beneath the surface, beyond the veil, gain more clarity and get to understand ourselves and life better, often through the mirror of others. 

 

Moon square Mars and Pluto, retrograde Mercury square Neptune

 

On June 5, as Mars opposes Pluto, retrograde Mercury in Gemini squares Neptune in Pisces. The square between Mercury and Neptune has been ongoing since May 22: it reflects the sense of confusion and the struggle with critical thinking and decision-making many of us are experiencing.

Misunderstandings and miscommunication may cause unnecessary conflict: being mindful of the words we choose and how we express our thoughts is advised. Meanwhile, the Moon, ruler of Mars, will be in Mars’ home sign of Aries and squaring both, adding fuel to the fire.

Mars is in the Moon’s domicile and this configuration, known as mutual reception, strengthens the expression of both celestial bodies involved. Mars in Cancer is traditionally considered debilitated, yet the Aries Moon gives it a boost of strength and willpower while increasing impulsivity and the general emotional reactivity, which is already high, as reflected by the Mars-Pluto opposition.

 

Mars opposite Pluto: Owning our Triggers

 

Mars opposite Pluto indicates the potential for raw passion and intense attractions, as well as the possibility of power struggles and arguments. We are not interested in shallow and superficial interactions during this transit. We seek and demand depth of connection, raw truth, and all-consuming passion: compromising will be harder than usual.

Mars opposite Pluto

General themes that may occupy our attention these days are those related to the Cancer-Capricorn axis, such as family dynamics, issues with authority figures, bosses, laws and regulations imposed upon us, dilemmas around financial independence and emotional security. What emerges will highlight the need to minimize external dependencies, emotionally mature, set and hold healthy boundaries, and trust ourselves enough to become our own authority.

Interpreting everything very subjectively will be the main tendency, and excessively heated responses will be easier than usual. Anger, frustration, and resentment that were long suppressed may suddenly emerge and cause an explosion: under the influence of this transit, reactions tend to be disproportionate to the stimuli.

Libra is the resolution point of the T-square configuration formed by Mars and Pluto squaring the Moon in Aries. There is a need to be diplomatic, seek the middle way rather than alternating between extremes, and strive for healthy compromise and negotiation while taking whatever comes up as an opportunity to reach a deeper maturity and understanding of ourselves.

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