The Jupiter-Pluto Square

There is a major square coming up that will hit three times between now and 2017: Jupiter in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn. The first one will be exact on November 24th at 15º (so you can feel it building already), and the other two will happen on March 30th and August 4th of 2017, respectively.

Jupiter is all about expansion, and in Libra, it’s currently magnifying relationship goals and social ideals. The house it’s riding through in your chart represents what life areas are taking larger significance. In my chart, Jupiter is transiting the 7th house – Libra’s natural house of committed partnerships – so I’ve got a double-whammy of focus on idealistic relationships. For you, it might be your 5th house of children and romantic/creative partners, or your 10th house representing business/professional partnerships and connections.

Pluto is about transformation, and in Capricorn (where it’s been riding for eight years) it examines and breaks down traditional power structures. On an individual level, this could mean a slow but permanent change in your professional life, hierarchies such as family or work structure, and how you interact with government. If Pluto is in your 2nd house, your self-worth and personal finances are going through permanent changes. If it’s transiting your 4th house, family and home hierarchy is being transformed.

So what happens when Jupiter and Pluto clash? A square means tension, crisis, and/or conflict of interest. In this case, the Libra idealism/hyper-focus on equality clashes with Capricorn traditional hierarchy. Capricorn’s natural ruler is Saturn, Jupiter’s opposite planet: where Jupiter expands, Saturn contracts.

Globally, Jupiter’s strong ideals and high hopes are being stymied by those in power. I’ve already talked about the U.S. election on this blog, and this square would certainly apply to those who oppose our current president elect. Like Jupiter ramming itself against Pluto’s iron fist, people may attempt to push their ideals even more strongly when told, “no.” It would also apply to his supporters who have high hopes (perhaps too high, and he won’t be able to live up to them).

On a personal level, check the square against your natal chart. If you have personal planets, angles (Ascendant/MC), or Lunar nodes from 14 – 19 degrees of the Cardinal signs then you will be more personally affected by the square. Just try to remember that if you find yourself thwarted, and attempt to fix that by pushing your ideals even further down people’s throats….you’re not handling this well.

Make use of this energy by allowing yourself to compromise and work with any restrictions that come up, not against them, especially if this transit manifests for you via a person in a position of power limiting you in some way. Ultimately squares spur us into growth, once we accept the challenge they present.

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Pluto in Capricorn

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Today, Pluto stations direct, at 12º Capricorn.

It takes Pluto around 248 years to go through one lap of the zodiac. Pluto has been traveling through Capricorn since November 2008, and will be there until 2023. Pluto’s job is basically to destroy everything. Like the mythical Phoenix that rises from its own ashes, so must we rebuild in the wake of Pluto. In Capricorn, it brings transformation to conventional authority and structures, such as government, religion, and economy (it’s no coincidence that the stock market crashed the year Pluto entered Capricorn). We are becoming aware of corruption of power in many institutions, and long term effects on the environment (Capricorn’s resourcefulness will likely lead us to new energy sources before this transit is through).

While Pluto revolutionizes our concepts of authority and economy on a large scale, it also has something to teach each of us, individually. Look to your chart to see the house Pluto is transiting. When Pluto completes a house transit, this area of your life is usually unidentifiable from when Pluto first entered said house, because it has gone through total transformation.

For example, when Pluto crossed over my Midheaven, I had major life transitions. My live-in boyfriend and I split, I moved, and ended up quitting my job of 6 years to go back to school full time. I earned a degree, and got a better job in a completely different industry. Over the next 8 years I went back for two more degrees, and now I’m in a new field again. My H10 Pluto transit will be officially over in 2017, and it’s been a wild professional ride!

Pluto is in retrograde motion (appears to be moving backwards in the sky, from our Earthly standpoint) about 5 months out of the year. When a planet is retrograde, its influence is more internalized and intensified. After it stations direct, what you learned during the reflective Rx period can be applied to your outer world.