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Jean Francois Champollion (Pluto in Aquarius in the IV House)

Jean-François Champollion (1790-1832), who deciphered Egyptian hieroglyphs with the Rosetta stone, can give us a clue as to what it is like to have Pluto in Aquarius in the 4th House. His phrase brings us closer to the nature of this transit that begins on March 23, 2023, and that after a few retrogradations, on November 20, 2024, begins its passage without interruptions through the most surprising sign of the zodiac, until 2044.

What are the effects of Pluto in Aquarius for those with the 4th House in Capricorn and/or Aquarius?


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Pluto in the natal chart shows us the trail that leads to the release of past conditioning, at both ancestral and soul levels. Its position in the birth chart shows where we are stuck, reliving ideas, feelings, actions, and experiences that belong to an old self. At first, when we are very young, we do not realize what is happening… Without knowing it, our reactions arise from archetypal behaviors strongly linked to the astrological house where Pluto is located. Like a chrysalis that still surrounds us… the memory of “past lives” makes us follow parameters that are not really part of our present. And Pluto somehow acts as a bridge between the two worlds.

For me, the example of the caterpillar and the butterfly perfectly exemplify Pluto. The caterpillar does not disappear, it simply transforms inside the chrysalis. Although the forms change, the butterfly is still the caterpillar… although now it has wings and a new potential. With its transformed body, the butterfly is able to see the world of the caterpillar from a new perspective… a perimeter that, although it has been full of challenges and adventures, is smaller than the world that opens before her. In the birth chart, Pluto shows that although we are already a butterfly, we still somehow believe we are the caterpillar. Thus, we have not yet realized our present potential.

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Of course, spreading our wings is not easy, since we do not know that we have them! Pluto pushes us to jump and fly… and that activates an alarm within us that awakens the survival instinct, which leads us to cling to what we know with all our might.

We can also see Pluto as the collector of the etheric garbage (or the chrysalis) that does not allow us to recognize our current state and that, for some reason, still surrounds us. Pluto is collecting what is no longer useful and taking it away. It is our attachment to what was and our desire not to lose it that creates the Plutonian crises.

Pluto’s transits are also activating these memories of the past and in my opinion, they assist the natal position of Pluto. However, transits activate other aspects of our reality, side by side with the Plutonian signature of birth. Although Pluto’s transits can be intense, they are also parallel to our initiation path, and for this reason, the elimination process is experienced in a more conscious way. It is easy to believe that Pluto’s natal position shows a personal trait and not a process of regeneration. Transits help us distinguish Plutonian energy, and by paying attention to our reactions during these transits, we can begin to recognize our natal Pluto.


Pluto’s retrograde movement between Capricorn and Aquarius is undoubtedly a preparation for the next 20 years. We could say that this retrogradation is creating two very clear energy currents: those who seek to maintain the status quo and those who don’t. The retrogradation brings with it the potential for peaceful integration, where old social structures are renewed to give way to a new vision. But there is also the possibility of establishing rules that seek to maintain what is known and the consequent clash with those who seek progress.

On a personal level, Pluto’s retrograde motion will show to what extent we seek to “do our duty” or “do what we really want”. With “duty” I mean the submission to external authority rather than our own… keeping ourselves in an infant mode, without trusting our own sense of agency. We may feel that being different and independent turns us into outcasts and this terrifies us. As a consequence, we could unite with those who are like-minded, forming a collective that makes us feel “safer”. This may become an intransigent bloc…something that is, in a way, a replica of what we seek to eliminate, even though we are now living on our own terms. The Plutonian potential is to discover and embody our inner authority and begin to think for ourselves…and give space to others to do the same.


Pluto enters AquariusMarch 23, 2023
Pluto leaves Aquarius and re-enters CapricornJune 11, 2023
Pluto returns to AquariusJanuary 21, 2024
Pluto leaves Aquarius and re-enters CapricornSeptember 1, 2024
Pluto returns to AquariusNovember 20, 2024
Pluto moves from Aquarius to Pisces for the first timeSeptember 1, 2043

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Pluto in Aquarius transiting the 4th House (Cusp in Capricorn and/or Aquarius)

For those who have the 4th House in Capricorn, Pluto has been passing through the House of the roots of our being for a while. Pluto in Capricorn – which will continue to return to this sign two more times after its entry into Aquarius on March 23, 2023 – has been transforming our inner world. Pluto has brought to light the emotional attachments to certain customs and traditions that do not reflect our own internal authority. Perhaps it has caused a crisis in our family life. Have we managed to see our own shadow? Have we allowed our desire to control our environment to diminish? Or have we freed ourselves from the control that our ancestral lineage exercises over us?

Pluto by transit seeks the regeneration of aspects related to the house through which it passes, and which needs to be transformed to continue with our evolutionary path indicated by its natal position. Despite this, it is natural that all the focus of our attention is directed to the house through where the transit occurs. With Pluto transiting the 4th House, our emotional security, our sense of belonging, and our roots are highlighted. The 4th House is where we integrate the sense of who we are. When Pluto passes through it, the chrysalis of who we think we are begins to unravel and our true selves appear. This can create great anxiety! For this very reason, many times we seek to control this metamorphosis, trying to maintain something that no longer makes us feel protected.

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In Capricorn, Pluto can show us that the structures we have leaned on are not as strong as we thought. Or perhaps we have taken as our own an inherited morality. We can go through an involuntary transformation that forces us to discover our inner authority and create a new reality according to our emotional needs.

In Aquarius, Pluto in the 4th House brings to the surface the fears of not being able to be oneself within our domestic life. The feeling of being different from our family may appear, not being understood, not being accepted for who we are. If Aquarius follows Capricorn in the 4th House, Pluto by transit can arouse our desire to free ourselves from the rules that do not allow us to express our individuality at home. We will seek to progress and innovate in our family relationships.

In both positions, Pluto seeks that we can free ourselves from the conditioning that does not allow us to feel nurtured, loved, and accepted just as we are. These conditionings come from ancestral memories, and even from the soul, where one had to submit to certain rules and customs (Capricorn) or hide our individual truth (Aquarius) in order to be accepted, nurtured, and protected within family dynamics.

Here the chrysalis that emerges has to do with the need for protection and emotional warmth within what we call “home” – according to our own perspective. The transit can bring certain crises in this area, but it can also give us the personal power that allows us to delve into our own shadow and eliminate emotional habits that do not nourish us.

If we experience problems in our home (bad foundation, electrical problems, etc.), these may be a reflection of our own emotional reality.

In any case, Pluto transiting through the 4th House takes us to the roots of self-awareness. It is a very strong position (the 4th House is an angular house), where we are regenerating the base of our being. This period requires introspection and attention to our internal world. The crises that may arise give us the possibility of eliminating the chrysalis that does not allow us to spread our wings. As a result, by regenerating our foundations, our entire life begins to vibrate in a more real and satisfying way.

The important thing is not to close in on ourselves and feel alone. These fears come from ancestral memories that we can now leave behind. Pluto in the 4th House, both natal and transit, asks us for emotional honesty. Once we begin to develop it, we will achieve true intimacy with those who are part of our closest world, as well as gain a deep understanding of family dynamics in its entire spectrum.

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