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by Hazel Dixon-Cooper, author of Harness Astrology's Bad Boy

No one, not even your twin, is exactly like you. Your personal natal chart is a snapshot of where the planets were at the moment you were born. It’s a picture of the inner you, just as a photo of your physical body shows the outer you. And just as you have free will to take care of your physical self, you have a choice to grow or stagnate as a spiritual being.

Physically, you’re aware of your choices. Drive your car off a cliff and you’ll probably die. Stuff your face and you’ll eventually get fat. Pluto’s warnings are as predictable, but we humans are champions of denial and often ignore them.

We’ve all used the cliché, what goes around, comes around. Pluto, the planet of transformation is the king of repeatedly tossing every self-destructive habit in your face until you either wise up or freak out. He provides the signs that can help you understand your personal connection to the causes and consequences of your behavior, but you must learn to read them. Until you clear the emotional garbage from your life, this bad boy will force you to keep falling in it. You can’t find a decent job. You’re a loser-magnet. Your family makes the Kardashians look like the Waltons. Pluto can make you feel like a hamster in a cage, but his mission is to help you learn that the only person standing in the way of your happiness is you.

In our book, Harness Astrology's Bad Boy, we teach you how to jump off the rodent-on-a-wheel trap and recognize your self-defeating habits. Through real-life examples and step-by-step guidance, you’ll learn how to stop judging yourself by your flaws. You’ll also learn how to identify the misinformation about yourself that you’ve been fed since childhood.

Until 2024, Pluto is in the astrological sign of Capricorn. The last time he elbowed his way into this tradition-loving space was during the American Revolution. People fought to be independent. They struggled against control, greed, and unchecked power. Today, these themes appear globally and, wherever Pluto-in-Capricorn is in your natal chart, to you personally.

You’ve probably already felt the tug of Pluto’s move into this tradition-versus-change sign. His energy appears as anything from a reoccurring inner nagging about an ongoing issue to an emotional fist-in-the face wakeup call. If you begin now, you can emerge your Pluto transit stronger, wiser, and more in control of your life than you’ve ever been.

Choosing to be true to you is tough, and it can be risky. You must be willing to break from unhealthy relationships and lose some bad habits. You will learn some disagreeable things about yourself. However, there’s nothing you’ve suffered that you can’t overcome. There’s nothing you’ve done that’s so bad you can’t find self-forgiveness. When you do, you’ll find redemption.

Pluto’s most powerful symbol is the phoenix, the mythical bird that was reborn again and again from its own ashes. No matter what occurred, the phoenix couldn’t be destroyed. It triumphed. So can you. You’ve always had the power to overcome any obstacle. Pluto is your portal to that power.


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