Pluto stationed Direct today at 12° Capricorn 58’. It turned retrograde on April 16th this year at 15° 33′ Capricorn and since then, we may have felt buried in our deepest darkest secrets or thoughts from the past, stuck in some kind of mental turmoil or isolation. It meant lack of progress and frustration, especially for those with personal planets and angles between 13° and 15° of the Cardinal signs. Once Pluto goes Direct tomorrow 26th, we should start to see progress in areas where we have felt frustrated, although Pluto will not be past its retrograde point until 16th January 2016. Expect things that have been internalised to start to externalise as Pluto moves forwards and difficult situations to shift. Secrets can come out into the light.
The keyword for Pluto is transformation. In order for transformation to occur, sometimes things need to break down altogether, or be let go of to allow new conditions to manifest. As Pluto is in Capricorn, this rules structures, order and earthly things, those things that we take for granted as solid and so our very support systems can be eroded. This isn’t the dissolving of Neptune, or the hard lessons of failure of Saturn, but decay of old ways, decomposition and death of something to allow for rebirth. Pluto is an outer planet, so its effects are felt generally by generations, unless Pluto is aspecting a personal planet or angle. For myself, Pluto has just stationed 7° from my Ascendant, a major transit.
Astrologers use different orbs for different planets. For Pluto, I always considered 8 degrees away to be within orb, particularly for the major aspects such as conjunctions, squares and oppositions. With Pluto transits, they are front loaded with the most dramatic effects seem to be felt from the beginning, when Pluto first comes into aspect.
I have two friends with Pluto exact on their Ascendant at the moment and it will be interesting to see what effect Pluto Stationed today will have on their situation. Now Pluto is no longer retrograding, distressing situations they have both been enduring may now shift forwards. Especially once Pluto is out of shadow in January.