Flick off the autopilot switch. Simply going through the motions isn’t going to cut it this week. On Tuesday, transformational Pluto turns retrograde until September 18, pushing us to look deep within our souls and deal with our dissatisfactions with total honesty. Pluto is powerful and mystical; it loves to poke around in the shadows, for it knows that this is where a large reserve of our power lies. If we could just own our weak spots, oh, how in control we’d be! While the word “retrograde” can make us shudder (oh lord, what’s gonna happen THIS time?), Pluto retrogrades can bring the deepest form of healing, the most electrifying “Eureka!” moments, and a regenerative energy that makes us feel like the Phoenix soaring forth from the ashes. Extreme makeovers? Pluto is all about ‘em. We just have to be willing to cooperate and go…there…to examine our hidden dark sides and take away the shame. Pluto knows that something must die in order for the new to be reborn. Letting go of the most gripping vice— this is the challenge Pluto retrograde sets before us. And yes, we CAN live without that thing we’re obsessed with or addicted to.
Since this year’s Pluto retrograde is in Capricorn—Pluto’s stomping grounds from 2008 through 2024—the collective focus will be on the way we deal with money and power. There could be some shakeups in government and corporate structures, and hopefully, some much-needed cleanups. Brace for it: Pluto retrograde could expose some gnarly secrets about economic institutions. After the bailouts and bank brouhahas that corresponded with Pluto’s first entry into Cap in 2008, is anything really shocking anymore? Banks, governments, and the economy have been getting spanked by Pluto since 2008, and while this early phase of uncertainty is scary, hold tight, people. Pluto is here to transform the way we as a people share and use our economic resources. With such a stunning gap between the haves and the have-nots of the world, we can’t keep going on this way. A spiritual connection to our resources and power is what Pluto craves. But as we said earlier, something has to die in order to be reborn, so keep on waving the old economy buh-bye.
While Pluto pulls us inward, red-hot Mars catapults us outwards. On Friday, Mars turns direct in Virgo after being retrograde since January 23. This is the best megadose of spring-cleaning energy we could possibly ask for. Suddenly, we feel motivated to clean up, organize, create efficient systems, and get into the best damn shape of our lives. Mars in Virgo craves vibrant health and practical magic, and we have until July 3 to use the power of Mars in this position. The downside? There’s a pushy, judgmental energy that comes with this transit. Moralizing, insisting that our way is the right way, black-and-white thinking, and aggressively meddling in other people’s biz: these are the pitfalls to avoid. Rather than give out advice like a society of armchair revolutionaries, Mars in Virgo wants us to walk our talk and inspire people by simply being great role models.