Claiming Our Power ~ How to Work with Pluto Retrograde

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very year for at least half the year and sometimes more, the planet Pluto goes retrograde. Astrologers in the classical world interpreted a planet’s retrograde motion as a descent into the Underworld, but of course, this was long before the planet Pluto was discovered and we have an interesting quandary unique to Pluto’s retrograde which is this: what does it mean for the King of the Underworld to descend into the Underworld…or is something different happening when Pluto goes retrograde?

As a Pluto-sensitive person, I have paid close attention to how this planet’s retrograde periods show up in my life and in the lives of my clients and students. Contrary to the ways that many of the other retrogrades work, I do not find that Pluto retrograde makes us more introspective or interested in navigating our shadow sides (that’s what Pluto direct does). Rather, I find that Pluto retrograde places great emphasis on the areas of our life that need to be attended to in order for us to stand fully in our sovereignty and power…not only in the obvious and visible ways but also in the less visible and hidden realms as well.

Do’s

– Consider your lineage and what aspects of it currently support you and what aspects need to be re-evaluated or worked through
– Pay attention to any “mission critical areas” that get especially intense as the retrograde begins
– Identify the areas you need extra help or support in and then find that support/ask for help
– Work with your ancestors
– Learn about the place that you live and what underground resources are native to your area
– Avoid giving power to those who would try to manipulate you
– Make solid investments
– Get clear on when you feel most sovereign and what is happening that allows you to feel that way
– Make sure you have the proper support for financial health
– Determine what support you need for physical health and get that
– Release/banish anything that needs to be released or banished
– Amp up your banishing magic

Dont’s

– Engage in power plays or attempts and dominating those weaker than you
– Be passive aggressive or emotionally manipulative
– Ignore your needs
– Neglect taking care of the areas of your life that are crying out for attention
– Forget about your ancestors
– Refuse to look at your lineage and address any areas that need to be taken care of
– Lie
– Spill secrets
– Try to hold onto something that is on its way out
– Be afraid of death
– Overlook the places you are already empowered and sovereign

Pluto is the planet of creation and destruction, the God Pluto is the ruler of the Underworld, the sovereign of the realm of the Dead. All of this points to Pluto’s fundamental relationship to Necessity, and when Pluto goes retrograde we are also encouraged to see what is needed and necessary right now.

If you are Pluto-sensitive and concerned about the effects of the retrograde you may engage in the following acts of honoring and propitiating this intense powerhouse of a planet:

– Add the color black, bowls of honey, black earth, minerals or jewels, and water to your altar
– Burn black storax on Saturdays
– Donate to an organization protecting lands from unethical mining practices
– Clean a gravesite and dedicate the merits of your work to Pluto
– Donate money for people who do not have the means for proper burial
– Create an ancestor altar and begin working with your Ancestors
– Ensure your will and last testament are up to date
– Ask your elders for stories about your family history

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Star Stories: March 2020

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strology for March 2020

Note for March: Happy March! This month starts with a pretty watery feel as Mercury continues its retrograde through Pisces and then Aquarius. Any last sleepiness from the past few months will be felt the first week and change of March. Once that period has passed the fiery, renewing, the energy of Aries takes center stage and we all feel energized and ready to dive headfirst into Spring madness!

3/1: Rabbit, Rabbit!!! Happy March!

3/2: Waxing Quarter at 12 degrees Gemini, 1:57 PM. This is the perfect time to brush up on your divination practice! https://brianasaussy.com/teaching/20-question-tarot/
Ask: What message is growing within me?

3/3: Venus moves into a square with Saturn and this could strengthen tensions we already feel with the Mercury RX madness.
Ask: Where can I exercise just a little more kindness right now? Pro tip: If your romantic relationships are feeling particularly roughened up by the astro, try a honey jar!

3/4: Mercury Retrogrades out of Pisces and into Aquarius where it spends the remainder of the RX period. Mercury RX in Aquarius is more measured than the Pisces trip was, and you may find your thinking starts to clarify somewhat.
Ask: Where do I need to review ideas about the future?

3/4: Venus moves into Taurus. Venus loooves to be in Taurus. The next month is a strengthening time for relationships and love generally speaking. Prioritize beauty!
Ask: Where do I need more beauty in my life?

3/8: Venus conjunct Uranus. Expect surprises especially when it comes to love and money on this day.
Ask: What relationship needs to be stirred up?

3/8: Daylight Savings Time begins at 1:00am cdt. Spring Forward!

3/8: Sun conjunct Neptune. Expect dreamy, sweet, loving connections today and possibly a brilliant new creative idea arriving at your door. This is also a day where magical dream tending is always advised and one where it pays to watch your wallet and spending.
Ask: Where do my depths need illumination?

3/9: Full Moon at 19 degrees Virgo, 12:48 PM. Some ideas for how to work with the Full Moon can be found here: https://brianasaussy.com/how-to-honor-the-full-moon/ and here: https://brianasaussy.com/six-months-of-magic-every-full-moon/
Ask: What is my relationship to sovereignty?

3/9: Mercury Retrograde ENDS!!!

3/16: Waning Quarter at 26 degrees Sagittarius, 4:34 AM. Reminder that this is a great time to banish: https://brianasaussy.com/what-are-you-really-banishing/
Ask: Where does my aim need to be improved?

3/16: Mercury moves back into Pisces – but direct this time. Mercury in Pisces brings great discoveries when it comes to art, music, and creativity but can encourage fuzzy thinking around love and money.
Ask: What creative work wants to be heard now?

3/19: Sun enters Aries (Spring Equinox) 10:50 PM — Spring Equinox
Ask: What is ready to be balanced?

3/20: Mars conjunct Jupiter. This is the astrological equivalent of rocket fuel for your dreams! It has the ability to live and elevate you in the most amazing ways and to give you the energy to carry your big vision to its conclusion.
Ask: What audacious endeavor am I ready to tackle?

3/21: Saturn moves into Aquarius, giving us relief from all the Capricorn drama and turning our attention to the future.
Ask: What kind of future do I want to build?

3/22: Mars conjunct Pluto. This is a tricky conjunction that brings power – our quest for it and our experience of it – into contact with aggression and even violence. At its best this conjunction leads to a deepening of personal power paired with martial discipline. At its worst, it can bring out violent tendencies.
Ask: Where would my relationship to power be improved through greater discipline?

3/24: New Moon at 4 degrees Aries, 4:28 AM. Here are Four Ways to Honor the New Moon just in case you missed them: https://brianasaussy.com/4-ways-honor-new-moon/
Ask: What new adventure is calling me?

3/27: Venus and Jupiter trine – this is a wonderful astrology to make your dreams and visions come true. Venus and Jupiter are two of the most powerful positive celestial influences. When they come together all manner of good things are positive.
Ask: What blessings am I ready to accept?

3/30: Mars moves into Aquarius. Mars in Aquarius gets things moving and typically leads to more protests and activism on a global level. This is powerful astrology for optimizing our future.
Ask: What vision of the future am I willing to fight for?

3/31: Saturn conjunct Mars. All efforts to optimize, overpower or charge through obstacles meet with a wall on this day. A better bet is to coolly strategize your next move and resist enacting it until after this conjunction is over.
Ask: Where do I need more strategy and less tactics?

magic, miracles: receive my lunar letters

ARRIVING on full moons each month.