Pluto is currently in retrograde, in Capricorn located at 26 Cap 44' 59"

Planetary Aspects

(out 5 Days)

Pluto is Trine The Sun

   Starts on Friday, 14 May, 2021
   Peaks on Monday, 17 May, 2021, orb 1° 4' 43"

Current and Upcoming Retrogrades

PlanetStationary (retrograde)Stationary (direct)In Sign
pluto2021-04-27 20:02:00 UTC2021-10-06 18:30:00 UTCCapricorn
Friday, 08 March 2019 17:00

Pluto Retrograde

Pluto Retrograde

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When people write about Pluto, they almost always point out that in Roman mythology, this was the god of the underworld. I think that might be underplaying things just a bit. If you take it back to the earlier version, the Greek, you might get a better idea of what this represents: Hades. Of course in this respect, we’re talking about a God but, the place about sums it up, too. In essence, though, your own personal Hades. Of course, knowledge of Pluto gets just a bit murky on the planetary front when you look at astrology- and I have always found it just a little odd how so many paint the astrology of this planet as ancient when in fact, we didn’t even discover it until 1930. A little kid named it, incidentally, it’s a great story.

That said, if you go into any given astrology group on social media, you will find that in a very real sense, Pluto gets blamed for some weirder crap than even Mercury Retrograde. Those who refer to themselves as “Plutonian” do not mean that they think they’re from Pluto: they’re typically trying to write off why they’re so edgy, dark, and weird. That said, people with a heavier Pluto presence in their chart are usually a bit like that whether they know about it or not. It usually brings a sort of intensity, explosiveness, and obsessiveness. It rules Scorpio, so, you know, take it for what it's worth there.

Pluto is an odd one on all fronts. First off, is it a planet, is it not? Why couldn’t Eris and Pluto be a planet? (And yes, Eris is actually used in astrology as well.) Everyone gets to be a pope, shed the Aneristic Illusion.

Pluto has an odd, chaotic orbit. This is because the way that it doesn’t move along the same plane as the others- oh no, it’s bopping along kind of leaning to an angle of about 17 degrees and is elliptical. It’s also different because where as you can more or less have this general template with the other planets: Pluto may be in a sign 20 years, it may be in it for 12 years. Because of this, we refer to it as being generational in influence: that is, its placement more or less defines an entire generation. From about 2008 until 2024, it’s in Capricorn. Prior to that, 1995-2008 it was in Sagittarius, in 1984-1995, Scorpio and so forth. If you go back through like that to look at the generations and the changes of those times, it kind of makes more sense. For example, I mean, what do you think of when you think of Leo? Proud, rather self indulgent, a bit vain and short sighted well, Pluto was in Leo from 1937-1958 and well, if we’re going to do the whole generational finger pointing bit- that’s pretty much the Boomers. (In fairness, a handful of years there with the Silent Generation also.)

Now, talking about people with this influence strong in their charts isn’t a bad way to understand how it works. Pluto is this sort of jealous, power seeking, stubborn influence. More or less, the truth at any cost- whether it’s seeking it out or trying to hide it. This planet is all about transformation- in fact, it’s often referred to as the planet of creative destruction. Death, rebirth, let go- or be dragged.

The Retrograde

Now, you’d think a bit of a slow down on that front would not suck. Except, here’s the other thing, just like it doesn’t follow the same path as the other planets, it also doesn’t retrograde the same way. You know, everything going sideways with communication under Mercury retrograde because it’s going backwards in a sense- that’s what you’re used to, or at least, vaguely annoyed with hearing about. No, Pluto just gets even more intense. So, don’t expect that transformative events just kind of slow down and things mellow during this retrograde cycle: because it does not work that way. Consider a second what happens if you go backwards in your own development- getting a little Jungie with it. You slide back into yourself from your persona, dip down through the ego and what have you got? Pluto’s going backwards alright- right down into your shadow. Might be a good time to take a look at that, given, well, it’s still you. It’s a good time to unpack some baggage lest you start projection vomiting it everywhere.

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Planetary Positions

13.05.2021 at 12:26:31 UTC

chart wheel
Sun22 Tau 57' 55"
Moon11 Gem 39' 52"
Mercury14 Gem 21' 32"
Venus05 Gem 27' 03"
Mars12 Can 11' 07"
Jupiter29 Aqu 57' 09"
Saturn13 Aqu 26' 15"
Uranus11 Tau 24' 32"
Neptune22 Pis 42' 09"
Pluto26 Cap 44' 59" R

Solar Status

BZ Status:4
Proton Density:4.51
Proton Speed:428.6 k/sec
KP Status:2
TypeMay 13May 14May 15
Kp Index Prediction
Solar Activity
Solar activity was low. Region 2822 (N18E05, Dao/beta-delta) displayed minor decay in its leader and produced the largest event of the period, a C1/Sf flare at 12/0935 UTC. Region 2823(S22E11, Cso/beta) showed umbral separation but was absent of significant flaring. No Earth-directed CMEs were observed in available imagery.
Solar Wind
An interplanetary shock was observed at the DSCOVR spacecraft at 12/0547 UTC, announcing the arrival of the forecasted 09 May CME. This observation was followed by a 51 nT sudden impulse at the Fredericksburg Geomagnetic Observatory (FRD) at 12/0643 UTC. Upon arrival the solar wind signature increased from ~320 km/s to a period high of 534 km/s. Noticeable increases in temperature, density and magnetic field were also observed. Total field strength increased to 23 nT while Bz dropped as low as -20 nT. The Bz component was negative between 12/1030-12/1430 UTC. The phi angle was variable toggling between negative (towards) and positive (away) solar sector orientations throughout the reporting period.
Energetic Particle
The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit reached moderate levels. The greater than 10 MeV proton flux remained at background values.