- Pluto Rx in Capricorn trine Ceres in Virgo (19 deg)
The cycle of nurturing, loss and rebirth unfolds gently. Ceres is named after the crop goddess whose daughter (Persephone) was taken by Pluto, King of the Underworld. While Persephone was below ground, Ceres mourned and the crops did not grow. Eventually, she struck a deal with Pluto and Persephone was allowed to spend part of the year above ground with her mother. During this time, the crops grew.
Therefore, Ceres is not only about nurturing, but also the seasonal ebb and flow of bounty and loss. In Virgo, the process of the harvest is emphasized, along with the need to select what you'll continue to nurture and what must be set aside. Certain habits or situations won't make the cut.
In harmonious aspect to Pluto, we see a gentle integration of loss and nurturing. Something must be released in order to make room for future growth and security, and it won't be a surprise. There is no improvement/healing (Virgo) without an ending, and in this case, it could be empowering.
In the Earth signs, this cycle could manifest in a concrete way, perhaps involving diet, health, physical appearance or physical structures. The nurturing of an upgrade/fix (Virgo) is empowered (Pluto) by the process of selective endings or refinement. You won't have to guess what needs to be removed: the trine ensures that it will happen naturally.
For example, if you've ever quit smoking or overhauled your diet/exercise routine you understand the power of letting something go. Any ending is a "death" of sorts.
This aspect is part of the Grand Earth Trine with Juno in Taurus, described in this week's horoscopes.
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