For Cancer: Pluto’s Metamorphosis and the Meaning Behind Its Retrograde Motion (May 1 – Oct 10, 2023)
On March 23, 2023, Pluto moved into Aquarius. This zodiac shift, happening for the first time in around 16 years, can be considered a turning point for the world and the times.
Pluto will spend approximately 21 years in Aquarius, until January 2044. In other words, it signifies that Pluto will have a long and profound influence on people, and on Cancer, over the course of these 21 years.
However, from May 1, 2023, for about 8 to 9 months, Pluto will exhibit slightly irregular movement. That’s right, it will enter retrograde. Having just moved into Aquarius, Pluto will start retrograding on this day. Continuing its retrograde, it will temporarily return to Capricorn, where it spent the last 16 years, on June 11, 2023. On October 10, it will end its retrograde, resume direct motion, and move back into Aquarius on January 20, 2024.
To summarize Pluto’s movements:
March 23, 2023: Enters Aquarius, a zodiac shift after 16 years.
May 1, 2023: Starts retrograding in Aquarius.
June 11, 2023: Retrogrades back to the previous sign, Capricorn.
October 10, 2023: Ends retrograde, resumes direct motion.
January 20, 2024: Moves back into Aquarius.
Pluto will go back and forth between two zodiac signs due to its retrograde. This period can be seen as an adjustment phase for the changes in destiny caused by the zodiac shift after 16 years. To ensure a smooth transition of fate, the planet moves backward to loosen the tension in destiny and make adjustments for smoother changes.
What does the retrograde starting May 1 mean for Cancer? And what profound influence will Pluto have on you over the course of the long 21-year period?
Here, we will explain in three chapters:
① The role of Pluto
② The “metamorphosis” Pluto brings to Cancer until 2044
③ The meaning of Pluto’s retrograde starting on May 1, 2023
Let’s start by discussing them in order.
① The role of Pluto
Pluto brings “destruction and creation” to people. Like a caterpillar shedding its skin to become a beautiful butterfly or a phoenix that dies by diving into fire only to be reborn, Pluto’s role is to end something to create something new. The word “destruction” should be understood symbolically, and it’s okay to perceive it as “ending” or “loss.” Pluto also governs the teaching that “to start something, something else must end.”
Through such “destruction and creation,” Pluto leads us to deep “metamorphosis.” This is slightly different from “reform” or “growth” in nuance. “Metamorphosis” is about
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