Planets when they are retrograde don't actually physically stop and start moving backwards. It is our perspective from the Earth viewing planets as they move around the Sun. We just think that planets move backwards and from our vantage point they do.
Human beings need to make sense of our world. Jung wrote that we have a "spiritual instinct" - a hardwired inclination to create meaning, and places ourselves within the cosmos. Astrology and the planets provide a fertile ground to project ourselves and then to come to know ourselves again from a different perspective. An astrological reading can help to make sense of where we are on our individuation journey.
The key in understanding retrograde planets is "re". It comes originally from medival latin and means again and anew. It is a time to re-flect.
Pluto is the planet of transformation and its retrograde periods can be particularly intense and troublesome. Pluto's return from the underworld brings with it hidden aspects of our personality and our garbage. Our lesson is to learn to let go of aspects of our lives that no longer serve our individuation project. If we resist this process, then the lesson will be that much harder to integrate.
With any retrograde planet especially an outer planet, there are key dates on the journey. These dates provide benchmarks or markers along the path for checking in with life and see what is happening around a particular situation.
Check in with your life around these dates and journal what was going on for you at that time.
- December 17, 2009 - the Journey began with Pluto arriving at the same place where it is today.
- April 6 2010 - Pluto turns retrograde and the process of reflection begins
- June 25 2010 - the turning point of the journey
- September 14, 2010 - Pluto turns direct and whatever has been hidden emerges to be integrated into our lives
- September 24, 2010 -Manifestation of whatever the cycle has been about.
Christina Becker is a Jungian Analyst, Alchemical Astrologer and Consultant with a private practice in Toronto, Ontario Canada. She is graduate of the C.G. Institute Zurich. Her practice purpose is to empower individuals, couples, teams and organizations on their path of transformation. Her website is www.cjbecker.com