Pluto’s Annual Retrograde

For the next five months, this little planet (I may always call it a planet) will appear from the earth’s perspective to be moving backwards. This happens each year for about five months, and gives us a chance to course correct on any and all of our Plutonian desires and processes.

Pluto is about power. Along each and every human journey we are to learn about the true nature of power. It shows up as being about dynamics between people yet is power always begins within.

When you go about learning about power you always find people more powerful than you. What you think it means when it happens and how you react is wildly, unbelievably important! If you decide you have to get stronger so that it never happens again, you buy into dualistic conceptions of power. You work to steel yourself so that no one can step on you again…or at least in the same way as the last time that hurt so much.

I’m happy to report that with the shifts taking place on the planet now, it is easier than ever to tap into the true definition, meaning, and use of power.

True power comes from within. When you truly know and accept all parts of yourself, and work to integrate them in all being fully expressed, you create real power. When you are in this state no one can knock you off course. You are standing within yourself as a powerful, divine creative being. No one wants to knock you off course, actually, because they won’t be able to figure what the expletive you’re doing.

Each of us is a being waiting to be (trans)formed. Each of us has deep passions that when allowed to breathe and inform our lives out in the open move us into grounded, powerful states that open us to loving ourselves and everything and -one else, a major aspect of our creative power as divine beings. In other words, real power comes from having open eyes on your true nature and all the corners of all the rooms in your psychic house – and loving it without reservation.

Pluto’s retrograde period is for checking in on how our conceptions of power are serving us. What isn’t working? What about your perceptions of and reactions to powerful others and circumstances get you off track? Which of them take you further away from total self knowledge and self acceptance because you are focused on the interaction with another? Which lead you into anger at others and away from love of self?

It’s all about you. Other people are imaginary. Other people help you see what you need to see, learn what you need to learn. For the next five months open to learning in what ways your ideas of strength and power are ready to be seen and felt into in order to be transformed or released, and become willing to let go of those that you use to drag yourself down into dualistic power games that, frankly, stink for everyone involved.

Who gets to have power when? You do. But only when you are willing to give up the idea that power has anything to do with anyone else. Only when you release the idea that other people have anything to do with any feelings of powerlessness you might have.

Tom Jacobs is an astrologer, medium, and channel in Tucson, AZ. He is the author of Living Myth: Exploring Archetypal Journeys and Seeing Through Spiritual Eyes: A Memoir of Intuitive Awakening. See his site for more information on his work and to book a session,