Hello beautiful souls,
I wanted to put together a blog post off the back of my Youtube video on Pluto Transits to break it down into heading, and also provide the transit dates for everyone with placements in Capricorn.
This has come up for me because I've had Pluto transiting my sun and I've recently lived through that experience...just.
And after noticing what other people close to me with Capricorn Sun were going through I started to put the pieces together that this is a Thing. I mean, obviously it is a thing but we don't often get this kind of information. Pluto is a very slow moving planet and not many people will experience a Pluto sun transit.
So, naturally, I decided to do a case study! I spoke with people who had their Sun in Capricorn, or their AC (Capricorn Rising), DC (Cancer Rising), MC (Aries Rising), or IC (Libra Rising) in Capricorn to deal specifically with Pluto conjuncting and directly touching the sun or the angles. Pluto will make other aspects to planets or angles in Capricorn, so this information might also help other signs and give you some context.
If you don't know what I'm talking about, fear not. I have made this video showing you how to pull up your birth chart.
You can see which degree a planet or angle is in the table on the left hand side. Note that the DC is directly opposite the AC so it's the same degree, just as the IC is directly opposite the MC and also the same degree.
What is Pluto about?
In Astrology, all the planets in the sky are archetypal characters. The archetype of Pluto is the Shaman. He initiates us. He gives us the medicine we need, whether or not we want it or ask for it. Plutonian themes are all about death, rebirth, and transformation. It is where we go into the deep deep darkness and emerge to rise the phoenix.
But the phoenix doesn't just have a bad day and then take a shower and feel better. No, the phoenix sets herself on fire, burning everything to the ground to start again from ground zero. Transformation is never a walk in the park, but you do get used to it and you increase your ability to see the bigger picture and to recognize the initiation that you're going through.
Pluto is also connected to Scorpio energy and also the 8th house. These energies go deep. People with alot of Scorpio energy can't deal with superficial trivialities (where are my Scorpio rising at, because you folks HATE small talk, I see you). They will go to all the places that others dare not tread. They love secrets and taboo: whether that's wanting to talk about trauma or engaging with or dealing with life and death. I find these placements have jobs that other people are afraid to go (like deep mining) or might find macabre like being a coroner, or a death doula.
Because of this, and the way that society conditions us that these topics are dark and secret, and that there are a million and one things to feel shame about and keep secret, most of us aren't very good at dealing with this stuff, so Pluto can be intense.
Pluto is a very very slow moving planet: it takes 284 years to transit the earth and the entire zodiac wheel. So this is this is not even a once in a lifetime transit this is a once in a three lifetime transit . The people who experience this in their lifetime have very specifically been chosen to experience this and to experience whatever this transit has to offer them. This is also why it's so important to me to share this information and this experience and why I want to put this out. These transits are intense and dark and heavy. But you aren't alone. Everything that happens astrologically is part of your soul map. Your soul chose to come into your earth body at this particular time with these planetary alignments (this is my belief, take what resonates and leave the rest).
Even though I'm an Astrologer, the way I approach Astrology isn't to look at what the planets are doing every single day. I find that that takes so much power away from how people are living their day-to-day life by getting seriously anxious about retrogrades, putting things on hold, and not just Living Life. I prefer to approach it as a tool for empowerment, to know what to expect as they relate to you, but also to validate your experiences. So we talk about the planets when we talk about them and the rest of the time we live our life. This is what I want for you, and this is what I want for me.
This Pluto transit is most relevant for you if you are:
Capricorn Sun = Pluto transit to Sun
Capricorn Rising = Pluto transit to AC
Cancer Rising = Pluto transit to DC
Libra Rising = Pluto transit to IC (most likely)
Aries rising = Pluto transit to MC (most likely)
I will explain the AC, IC, DC, and MC in a moment.
You can check the dates of your transits at the bottom of this page.
In 2023 Pluto enters into Aquarius and will impact you if you are a:
Aquarius Rising = AC
Leo Rising = Pluto transit to MC (most likely)
Scorpio Rising = Pluto transit to IC (most likely)
I haven't put the transit dates for those because that's a future problem #amirite but, also, unless you are in one of the early degrees of Aquarius you won't experience it for quite some time.
What's the deal with Transits?
Transits refer to what the planets in the sky are doing right now, and what I'm talking about here is when a transit encounters one of the planets or angles in your natal chart, which activates that planet. Think of it like someone coming up to you (your natal planet), and bringing their bs (whatever that is, sometimes it's abundance (Jupiter), other times it's karma (Saturn), transformation (Pluto), unexpected change (Uranus).
So when we have a transit, whether that's Mercury Retrograde, Eclipses, etc, the energy comes in, it peaks, and then it goes out. And this is another reason why I don't pay extreme attention to what the planets are doing on a given day, because you might actually feel the mercury retrograde fuckery in the pre or post shadow period rather than during the actual retrograde. I find this to be especially the case with people who have a lot of Cardinal energy in their chart.
What does a Pluto Transit look like?
Astronomically, Pluto will touch the planet or point three to five times because it retrogrades back and forth over this point. Because Pluto moves so slowly, the dates I have put below are for when it is exact conjunct. However, I would look at the entire period from the first contact until the last contact and even time a little bit outside of that because, as I said, the energy moves in and out.
That first contact (this is the case with all transit and Eclipse cycles) tends to set the theme that will be picked up on subsequent contacts / throughout the transit period.
Is your identity, your ego, who you are at your core, and what drives you.
Is how you move out into the world, your body, your appearance, how you appear to others and how you perceive others and situations.
Is directly opposite the AC and represents "the other", how we actually meet the outside world, how we show up for others, our partnerships and collaborations.
Is the deepest, most hidden part of you, what is "behind closed doors" and can also be related to home and family. It's the private thoughts and what you keep hidden or private.
Is the most seen and public part of you, what is "out in the open" , and can also be related to your public image, how you want to be seen and what you want to be known for.
*The MC and IC are a little tricky because they won't always be in Capricorn for Aries and Libra risings so for some of you this actually won't apply.
So you can imagine what having a death/rebirth/transformation of these areas of your chart/life might bring. But, also, yes, Pluto may be the death, but it also brings the rebirth - just as the Death card in Tarot (which is one of my favourite cards because it paves a way for a new beginning).
DO NOT FORGET THIS CRITICAL FACT!
We experience the death to have the rebirth, to get to a better place, to shed layers of our being, identities, and bs about what people think about us, or who we think we are. And these become so unbearable that we have no choice but to go through this initiation, and then we are able to move forward without carrying the weight of these things.
My intention is certainly not to make anyone panic because everything that happens in astrology and all of these transits that that we face are part of our journey. And if any of this triggers you, please go and work on yourself. It will make these transits and your life much, much easier.
My experience of Pluto transiting my Sun
For context, I left the corporate world because I wanted to help people. In 2016 (during my Saturn return) I made the decision that I was going to do this by teaching people Pilates and Meditation and doing Sound Healing to help people with ailments of body, mind, and soul. By 2018 I was doing those things full time, with a tiny smattering of the things I do now.
First Pluto - Sun Activation
At the time of the first activation, I was working all over London, and travelling around to do teacher trainings and go to conferences. Things were going pretty well and I was in a good flow. I was really living the life I had dreamed of when I conjured up my vision of working for myself. I thought that this was it. I was going to be Pilates Woman and this was going to be the rest of my life. So needless to say I invested ALOT of time, effort, and money into trainings. It was honestly the first time I had really had to apply myself to something because coordinated movement doesn't come naturally to me.
Second Pluto - Sun Activation
The second time old mate visited me was in January 2020. I had come back to Australia over Christmas but decided to stay for a few months until February to take a break, recalibrate, and also network in Australia because I knew that being away from my family 49 weeks of the year wasn't cutting it so the ideal situation would be to be able to work in both locations. That was my plan. As I settled in to being back the exhaustion and overwhelm hit me like a tonne of bricks and I had what can only be described as a breakdown. I was extremely burnt out and it was only then that I realized just how much energy teaching group classes takes from me, and that was how I was making the majority of my income, but I realized that I wanted to move more into my other work - the workshops, events, sound immersions, meditation, and that that would give me the balance that I craved. This was the new plan.
I returned to London in February and things were going well because I had revised my teaching schedule. After about 4 weeks the Pandemic started to kick off, all the studios shut and I no longer had clients or students to teach. As things were moving online, still with the belief / narrative that teaching Pilates was how I make a living, I had a really strong calling that teaching Pilates and giving people nice bums wasn't the best use of my skills. So I created a meditation course and a 30 day challenge that I sold, and did pretty well. However, between selling it to people and delivering it I woke up one morning and knew I needed to leave London immediately and return to Australia.
Third Pluto - Sun Activation
Fast forward to the third transit, I had been back in Australia for 3 months. I had delivered my meditation course and was doing online workshops, but also still teaching Pilates online in between that, while also getting much deeper into applying astrology, healings, manifestation, and tarot: all of these things that I had been interested in before I was told that I had to be a "normal" person with a "normal" job. And I remember so clearly at this transit time having the realisation that I needed to kill off my Pilates identity. The Instagram, the followers, the work I was doing. It was just no longer me. It was really hard for me to admit that after all the money and time and training, and how certain I had felt, that it actually wasn't "it", and that I no longer identified as that person. I made a big post about it, but I never put it up. I just couldn't bring myself to pull the trigger on her. So things continued, but this work that I am doing now started to gain more traction.
Fourth Pluto - Sun Activation
Now for the fourth and final installment. In November 2020 I decided to give Pilates ONE LAST SHOT (still in denial that it was over, clearly). I was well and truly fed up with the industry in Australia (it sucks), so decided to do my own thing and host my own classes. I had *just* enough conviction to give it a go, but the passion wasn't there to give it the attention it needed and it didn't really work out. I say it like that now with the benefit of hindsight, but this was a really difficult time for me. It was Pluto's last bitch slap to wake me up into my purpose. I was having a hard time sort of trying to make the Pilates thing work, stressing about whatever the alternative was (still in denial about the potential of the work I do now), and not getting along with ANYONE. So it was all round a heavy time and I was really quite depressed. I just couldn't seem to see the way through (it was in front of me all along), or what was up or down.
As the transit passed, the fog lifted. But in those deep transit movement, I was in complete despair. Feeling like I had nothing, and wondering how I would make something of myself and turn things around. Mentally and emotionally it was a rock bottom moment. So my advice for anyone experiencing this - to hang in there, because these planetary energies are no joke. They make you question everything, but things that need to be questioned and reevaluated.
Now, the other thing that happened around this time is that my uncle (also a Capricorn Sun) passed away. He became ill very suddenly, but the prognosis wasn't good. At the time of his death was the second Pluto contact to his Sun. Further, my dad - his brother, is ALSO a Capricorn Sun and this happened during his first Pluto contact. And even though we haven't spoken about it (Capricorns don't like to talk about their feelings, and when you have 2 together it's a stalemate!!), I would imagine that this would have also been a catalyst for him to think about his own mortality etc as losing people close to us so often does.
So this is when I became curious to dig deeper into these transits.
I did a case study calling for volunteers who would have experienced this transit to their Sun or the angles of the chart. I was then able to give them their transit dates and speak to them about their experience around that time.
The people that I spoke to could relate to the themes I've been speaking about, however for some it was the complete identity death that I experienced, and for others it actually marked the "rebirth" phase after an intense period of darkness.
Pluto Transits to the Sun Themes
Crisis of identity
Shedding of identities
Coming face to face with your own mortality or those around you
Pluto Transits to the AC Themes
Body, vitality or energy
Coming face to face with your own mortality
Things falling into place that you have wanted for a long time and therefore shaping your identity
Near death experience
Beginning a new way of being or relating to the world
Pluto Transits to the DC Themes
Realisation about your relationships and how you relate to other people
Secrets coming to the surface in partnerships
Revaluation of partnerships
Beginning of a partnership or a new way of being in an existing partnership
Ending of a partnership or an old pattern in a partnership
Pluto Transits to the MC Themes
Public identity crisis or reevaluation
Losing your job
Starting a new job or career or opportunity