• Yolanda McAdam

Pluto Retrograde

Pluto, the planet of endings, rebirth, and transformation, stations retrograde today (25 April) at 24 degrees of Capricorn. Pluto will be moving backward until the 5th of October.

As a planet of transformation, Pluto doesn’t so much invite change as demand we de-toxify, exorcize, purge and obliterate the things that hold us back or prevent growth.

Pluto, or Hades (in Greek mythology), the dark lord of the Underworld is best known as Persephone’s abductor. Persephone’s release from the Underworld was eventually achieved when Zeus sent his messenger, Hermes (Mercury) to negotiate terms. Hades agreed to release Persephone if she hadn’t eaten anything while in his realm but because she had eaten the seeds of a pomegranate, she could only spend some months (Spring, Summer) on earth with her mother, Demeter, goddess of agriculture. Every year when Persephone returns to the underworld, the world descends into autumn and winter.

Return of Persephone (to her beloved mother, Demeter) by Frederic Leighton