We haven't talked much about Pluto in Capricorn lately. Lest we forget, he will remind us of his presence over the next couple of weeks.
From August 20th to August 21st, Venus in Leo will be inconjuncting Pluto, and Mercury in Virgo will trining Pluto (at 11 degrees). The inconjunct will manifest as tension between the desire to shine (Venus in Leo) versus the reality of how much power you actually have (Pluto Rx in Capricorn). Pluto amplifies Venus' look-at-me drive, while undercutting it with the fear that status will be lost. So we get scenery-chewing and lust for recognition laced with a strange, keep-your-distance vibe. This isn't what Venus wants, of course (she wants to be adored). But this energy can be downright unfriendly if you're not conscious of how forcefully you're pursuing something. Then again, if you're on the receiving end of this unnerving mix, you can always walk away and chalk it up to the inconjunct.
Fortunately, Mercury is hooked into Pluto at the same time, and they're playing much nicer. Pluto empowers Mercury in Virgo's precision and analysis, helping you zero in on the perfect thing, and express your thoughts with maximum impact (without alienating anyone). So if you're feeling weirded out by the Venus/Pluto vibe (or you find yourself throwing some attitude around) pull back and think it through. Logic and words are your friends.
These two aspects are super brief, and you'll only feel them if you have anything from 10 to 12 degrees Capricorn or Leo.
From August 26th to September 5th, Jupiter in Leo will be inconjuncting Pluto. This influence is stronger and more difficult. It's the gung-ho, give-it-to-me now aspect. Again, Pluto amplifies whatever it touches. In this case, it's Jupiter in Leo's expansive assurance. But the tension of the inconjunct throws in the fear of losing (control, power, status). The net result is Jupiter encouraging Pluto's drive for power, while Pluto intensifies yet undercuts Jupiter.
The danger here is feeling absolutely, 100% certain that you are right, and everyone else is wrong. Pushing your case obsessively, while trampling those around you. You must adjust your confidence level to the current rules/authorities. You may not be wrong, but if you hammer your point home, it won't go well for you. If you're on the receiving end of this, know that a direct challenge will only inflame the situation.
Yet again, Virgo is here to save the day. The Sun in Virgo will be trining Pluto from September 1st to 3rd, suggesting that grounded realism, logic and resolute attention to your work (and your own business) will hook you into the source of power (Pluto). This reflects yesterday's post.
Note that I'm not saying "Virgo good/Leo bad." Leo's energy of confident self-expression is necessary, but it's not blending well with Pluto in Capricorn (especially around 11 degrees). On the other hand, anything around 11 degrees Virgo is the sweet spot. To me, this says you can strut your stuff, but be prepared to work (Virgo) to prove you've got that stuff. And don't shove your "glory" in other people's faces. You've got something special. Is there a subtle way you can deliver that message?
Pluto in Capricorn loathes empty, glitter covered things. Pluto in Cap loves anything with substance, that's also focused. Right now, Pluto is calling the shots.
You'll feel the Jupiter/Pluto inconjunct if you have anything from 10-12 degrees Capricorn or Leo. You'll feel the Sun/Pluto trine if you have anything from 10-12 degrees of the Earth signs.