The Jupiter-Pluto Square

The Jupiter-Pluto SquareThere 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 for you at any given time. For example, Jupiter is currently transiting my 7th house (on the heels of a Jupiter Return), which is Libra’s natural house, representing committed partnerships. So for me, there’s a double-whammy of focus on idealistic relationships, at the moment. For you, it might be your 5th house, so your relationship with your children or lover would take significance, a creative partner, or idealistic self-expression. If it’s in your 10th house, you’ll be focusing on business partnerships, social contacts that help your profession, or projecting an ideal image to the world.

Pluto is about transformation, and in Capricorn (where it’s been for eight years), it’s examining and breaking down traditional power structures. On an individual level, this could be a slow but permanent change in your professional life, hierarchies like your family or employer, and how you view/interact with your government. Pluto is just entering my 11th house (it’s been teeter-tottering on the cusp for a while now), but while it was in my 10th house, it transformed my career. 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 these two clash in a 90º square? Jupiter is the applying planet because it’s the faster mover, so just remember that it always wants to enlarge whatever it comes into contact with. A square means tension, crisis, and/or a conflict of interest. So in this case, the Libra idealism/hyper-focus on partnerships clashes with Capricorn power structures. Don’t forget that Capricorn’s natural ruler is Saturn, Jupiter’s foil: where Jupiter expands, Saturn contracts. So this square could play out something like this: you have a vision of an idealistic, balanced, harmonious society but the man is getting you down. Or perhaps the cold, harsh rules of someone in power prevent you from enjoying a beautiful partnership.

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 due to the powers that be.

On a personal level, remember to check the natal houses and planets, angles, or nodes it affects for you. These are indicators as to how and where it will play out in your life. I wish I could tell you I was in some ideal relationship that will be challenged by my career during this square (because then I could give you a personal example), but nooo I’m not, lmao. But if you have personal planets/angles/nodes from 14 – 19 degrees of the Cardinal signs, then you will be the most affected by this series of upcoming squares. 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. You’ll be surprised at how much it can help you in the end, and even empower your own success.

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Pluto in Capricorn

Pluto in CapricornToday, 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).

Pluto in Capricorn

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.

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