Original
Western Astrology

Pluto Retrograde: The Unbearable Lightness of Be-ing



by Jessica Shepherd April 06, 2010 08:23 PM EST

 As I sit down to write this, I receive an email that the cemetary we recently buried my grandmother in, needs the cremation certificate. Oops, I forgot. Hello Pluto retrograde. Today, Pluto, planet of taxes, death, rebirth, resurrection and sex turns retrograde (April 3-Sept 13, 2010). In my opinion, personally or collectively we are not good with handling Pluto. It's hard to effectively deal with what no one wants to either do (die or pay taxes), or talk about (death, sexual taboos). Ahem. We'd rather...not. That's just part of the problem. The other is that Pluto transits are plain slow. Frustratingly and agonizingly...slow. Pluto is the furthest non-planet (since it's untimely demotion) from us, and thus by the time Pluto delivers it's final blow we earthlings are plum tuckered out. So, a level of frustration, fatigue & even flat out denial goes hand in hand with Pluto. We are also dealing with a lack of resources. How to cope with the sheer intensity of this non-planet without cultural support beyond therapy, can be staggering. I'm trying to be positive here, but frankly, Pluto doesn't do Pollyanna positive. The stuff of Pluto is just difficult. There's no getting around it.

Share a free sample 2015 Romantic Forecast. Get a free preview of your one-week Romantic Forecast! Make the most out of your love life!

In alchemy, Pluto is associated with the burning stage called calcinatio, that of frustrated desire. Frustrated love, frustrated ambitions, frustrated finances. There's nothing like wanting something or someone you can't have, really bad, to remind you that you're a little tiny human being, just a speck of dust, really, floating around in space. Pluto is the planet over which we have the least control so represents those things in life over which we must allow to transmute, transform, die and be reborn or we our self may risk becoming errr...irrelevant. Best to submit to the slow burn of purification vs. banging head against a wall. 

The goal of calcinatio is to contain the burning, to let everything that is not essential to life, burn off. We logically need a container for this, a place to hold our high levels of frustration. An art form, a practice. It's hard to deal with this stuff directly sometimes so working with dream and subconscious imagery helps. Some images I've been having are of literal burning, or dreams of windstorms so strong the traffic lights bent as people tumbled by like tumble weeds. Pluto isn't comfortable with being revealed, so we may be ashamed or embarrassed to admit our secret desires. Last night I had a dream I was in high school and finally, my elementary school crush kissed me, my name was in lights, and I was riding around on a nuclear missile, showing everyone my 'power'.  Embarrassing stuff to admit!

Come back for astrological tips on how to remain relevant in the face of change, have Plutonian sex, and let it all out. 

 
Find your path to fulfillment with a Free Psychic Reading. Call 1-800-749-5790 right now!
 
Can't get enough astrology? Icon fb Like us on Facebook!
 
you may also be interested in...
The Stars This Week: December 22-28, 2014
The Stars This Week: December 15-21, 2014
The Stars This Week: December 8-14, 2014
The Stars This Week: December 1-7, 2014
Monthly Summary for October 2014
Monthly Summary for September 2014
Monthly Summary for August 2014
Monthly Summary for July 2014

Astrology On the Go

ASTROLOGY NEWSLETTERS

Wake Up to Your Horoscope
in Your Inbox

Start your day with a dose of the cosmos -- get your daily horoscope delivered straight to your email!

related articles
 
True Romance! Roll Out the Red Carpet as Venus in Sagittarius Trines Jupiter in Leo
True Romance! Roll Out the Red Carpet as Venus in Sagittarius Trines Jupiter in Leo

The holiday season is in full swing and that means it’s time to get your flirt on -- after... read more »

 
What Makes Your Man Unique?
What Makes Your Man Unique?

Want to know what inspires your guy ... and why he acts the way he does? Explore how the stars... read more »

 
True Romance! Roll Out the Red Carpet as Venus in Sagittarius Trines Jupiter in Leo
True Romance! Roll Out the Red Carpet as Venus in Sagittarius Trines Jupiter in Leo

The holiday season is in full swing and that means it’s time to get your flirt on -- after... read more »

 
New astro forecast sheep 300x250

featured bloggers


Susan Kelly


Susan Kelly
With the dual sign of Gemini Rising, Susan Kelly is quite comfortable wearing two chapeaus: stylish writer and astrologer! For close to two decades, she has commented on trends in fashion, beauty and home décor. Her past fashion and beauty... read more

Astrology.com videos
3948574305001
3948574344001
3948574808001
3948574815001
3948574815001
3948606862001
3948657105001
3948678830001
3948666199001
3948669429001
3948680559001
3948678485001
3948678491001
ast:div-chinese:vid:asdhlovescope
Today's Cosmic Calendar
 
Today's Planetary Forecast

Sunday's universal hullabaloo may have you perplexed as this new workweek begins. Uranian lightning bolts are still... read more »

 
The Stars This Week!
 
The Stars This Week

Your Next Chapter! Saturn's entrance into Sagittarius on December 23 initiates an important new journey that will... read more »