When Is Pluto Retrograde? + What It Means When This Planet Moves Through The Zodiac Signs In Astrology

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When Is Pluto Retrograde? + What It Means When This Planet Moves Through The Zodiac Signs In Astrology

In astrology, Pluto is known as the lord of the underworld, the ruler of all that is unseen below the surface, both in our physical and emotional lives. But more than just the exposer of secrets, Pluto is the bearer of truth.

He brings up from the darkness what was hidden, and brings it to light for us to see and face. Sometimes a planet that causes more difficulties than joys, this is a necessary part of not just life, but of astrology.

While Pluto himself is always operating as this alchemistic energy in which he transforms our greatest fears into our greatest triumphs, when Pluto is in retrograde, it’s especially potent.

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During Pluto retrograde, this planet shows us all in no uncertain terms what we need to change, and likely without much fanfare or glory. In fact, during Pluto retrograde, we’re often hit with the reality we’ve tried to deny, or the truth we’ve tried to bury.

During Pluto’s regular cycle, we go through phases depending on the zodiac sign he's in and how that affects us. Pluto’s home sign is Scorpio, also the sign of the alchemist and truth, so while transiting this sign, we usually tend to feel those themes more strongly.

Scorpio is a water sign, which translates to emotions. And while perhaps more intense than other signs of the same element, when Pluto is transiting through similar signs, like Pisces or Cancer, we can expect that our emotions will be challenged the most.

On average, Pluto goes retrograde once a year for approximately six to seven months. We experience Pluto retrograde in Capricorn on April 25th, which lasts until October 25th.

Generally, this planet’s retrograde is from the April-to-October timeframe, and we can generally see that with this planet only in direct motion half the year, the purpose of this transit is always to have us pause and see the truth of what we’re doing, what we’re thinking, and what we’re feeling before it’s too late.

This is the shadow side that Pluto is referring to, because anything that is hidden will eventually be brought to light. It just depends whether it's on our terms or the universe’s.

Each element has a different representation in our life, so while the specifics vary a bit — for instance, Scorpio will likely bring out more change, while Cancer could mean change on the home front because it’s the sign of the mother — in any water sign, Pluto retrograde acts as a magnifying glass for any emotion or feeling we’ve tried to suppress.

But Pluto in a fire sign — Aries, Leo or Sagittarius — is completely different because we’re more likely to get outbursts, spontaneous changes, and the unexpected. Pluto in Aries would be a period of accelerated growth, likely through very chaotic times, while in Leo it would be about tuning into the truth of our heart; in Sagittarius, it would feel very much like a deeper universal and spiritual truth.

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In an air sign — Gemini, Aquarius or Libra — there would be the idea that we’d be freeing ourselves from the cages of thoughts we had believed were truth. The most difficult thing for any human to accept is the truth that would change their life story.

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For all of us, we have a script and idea of how life will go, depending upon what we’ve already been through and what we are comfortable with imagining for our lives. When Pluto moves through an air sign like Gemini, it means that not only are we asked to be more expansive in our thoughts, but we also likely have to contend with decisions or choices, as this sign is represented by the twins.

In Aquarius, we're encouraged to find our own inner truth about what we want and imagine for this life, embracing that rebel energy and not caring what others think. In Libra, we’re asked to consider what will bring a greater balance to our lives, such as the work versus home life dynamic that so many struggle with.

It’s almost as if Pluto is this being of truth, while each sign is a lens or filter. So, depending on where this planet is, we notice or are aware of different aspect,s not just in our own life but with ourselves.

Because this is a far-reaching planet, he doesn’t change signs as often as a closer planet like Mars or Venus, meaning that he stays in a sign for approximately 15 years, give or take, sometimes transiting back into other signs as he retrogrades occasionally.

Currently, Pluto is in Capricorn, an earth sign, and will stay there until 2023 consistently, until he nears the last few degrees and begins preparing to change signs.

Capricorn is an earth sign, as is Taurus and Virgo, but just like the other elements, the effect on Pluto will be different.

Pluto in Virgo would challenge the details we’ve built our life on, and whether or not they coincide with our truth, especially any significant plans that we’ve made. In Taurus, as one of the ruling signs of Venus, not only would it challenge our love lives and any truth we were ignoring, but it would also ask us to consider the truth about our material securities versus our emotional ones.

Earth signs are all about stability, just as water is about emotions, fire is about action, and air is about our internal thoughts.

In Capricorn, we’ve seen Pluto take aim at the foundations of our life. Capricorn is a sign that is represented by the mountain goat, and is all about hard work and dedication. Pluto retrograde exposes how sometimes Capricorn will keep working on something, even if it’s no longer viable, simply because of a sense of obligation.

But in retrograde, Pluto serves to bring that to the light so we have to face what isn’t working or growing for the greater stability of our lives. Capricorn is all about foundations and structures, so when in retrograde, we have to trust what Pluto calls our attention to.

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Kate Rose is an artist, writer, passionate yogi, spiritual astrologist, relationship and life coach, and motivational speaker. As a spiritual intuitive, she practices the religion of astrology and love. For more of her work, visit her website.

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