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Glacier (source: National Geographic)

Pluto moved into my fourth house this morning. While it won’t remain there for long because of its upcoming retrograde cycle, it’s going to be spending most of the next twenty-three years in that sector of my horoscope once it makes its permanent move past my IC around the same time the sun enters Capricorn at the end of the year.

What can I expect from this monumental shift of planetary energy in my chart? Well, probably not a lot at first. Pluto moves at a glacial pace, so I’m not looking forward to a sudden change in my circumstances. Nevertheless, change is afoot, especially because the planet is currently conjunct one of the angles on my chart. That is probably far more significant astrologically than the actual shift of the planet from one house to the next.

Still, I can’t help myself from looking into the interpretations of Pluto’s transits through the fourth house just to see what other astrologers have to say about the event. “Cafe Astrology” offers the following prediction:

“This extremely long-term transit brings gradual but deep changes in your home or family life and your psyche. Your needs for nurture transform and evolve. This influence gradually brings changes to the basic domestic structure. Your connections to family members can evolve on a fundamental level, especially in terms of responsibilities, support, or roles.

There can be a retreat into yourself during this cycle as you explore, on a very deep level, your roots, childhood conditioning, and feelings of personal security. If you have been feeling somewhat of a victim in your family relationships, for example, then this will be a time when you feel it more acutely and feel the need to do something about it. Buried resentments come to the fore and demand to be handled. Avoid focusing on regrets or dead-end situations, as the tendency to obsess over things that can’t or shouldn’t be changed runs very high. By the time this transit ends, however, you are more equipped than ever to go after exactly what it is that you want in life. Superficial areas of your life will be removed or transformed, and you are freer to express your authentic self.

Watch for holding onto something with tight fists, such as the way you want to run your household. Whatever it is, Pluto is telling you that it’s time to let go of some of your power. Jealousy or possessiveness stems from your own feeling of vulnerability and an overpowering need to make your life as stable and secure as you can. Unfortunately, the stronger you hold on, the weaker it becomes. If others find you a little too self-absorbed, they’re probably right, but if they are patient with you, they’ll one day see you emerge a brand new, largely more confident person.”

Great! I was already planning to enter my eighties as a “largely more confident person.”

Anyway, I have been declaring that I need to be a little more “insular” with the current and upcoming planetary action in my fourth house. I tend to take on a great deal of stress watching other people ruin their lives — especially Americans. It’s a habit I need to break! Perhaps the upcoming gardening season will prove to be therapeutic for me, or maybe I’ll be able to look at these fourth-house transits as an opportunity to resurrect my cottage-industry writing career.

At any rate, I don’t feel as if I need to hurry. With both Saturn and Pluto in my fourth house at the moment, I not only have years to shift my focus, but decades to make that transformation. By the time 2043 rolls around, I’m going to be unrecognizable!

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