Today Pluto Goes Direct 16 Degrees of Capricorn.
Pluto is the planet of power and transformation and the retrograde cycle allows us to return to past issues especially those pertaining to our shadow self, the part of ourselves which we would prefer to ignore. This celestial aspect gives us the opportunity to dig deeply and confront the darkest parts of ourselves. By deliberately working with our shadow instead of denying its existence, we are able to heal, create inner balance, tolerance and self-acceptance.
Patanjali’s Yoga sutra III.18 states:
“Samskara saksat karanat purvajati jnanam”- Through sustained focus and meditation on our patterns, habits, and conditioning (samskaras), we gain knowledge and understanding of our past and of how we can change the patterns that aren't serving us to live more freely and fully.
Here Patanjali explains that our shadow can be a point of focus for refining the mind and coming to a place of clearer perception. By practicing self-reflection we become more aware and it is through that awareness that we can then choose to transform our samskaras with clarity and kindness.
Restorative yoga is the ideal practice to bring about the best condition for inner shadow work to take place. In this practice the body is fully supported and comfortable allowing full relaxation of mind and body. With patience, kindness and a soothing breath, the mind eventually finds itself in a place of stillness and clarity. As we become more clearly conscious and aware, we are better able to witness and understand the mind. It’s important to approach this witnessing from a place of love and compassion for ourselves. The witnessing experience is not to seek to change ourselves but rather to fully understand our samskaras and from that understanding having the choice to transform that energy to be in line with our higher purpose.
When Pluto goes Direct in the practical working sign of Capricorn, it encourages us to do the work, meditate and re-examine our deep shadows and to review them, and to bring these insights into action.
Yoga is an ancient practice that views self-knowledge and the cultivation of our innate power as a path that allows us to transform to our fullest potential. In this way our yoga practice is no longer just something we do on our mats but instead becomes a continuous experience for inner renewal.
“The greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation” - Lao Tzu