Pluto is known as The Great Revealer
Pluto retrograde dips into unpredictable Aquarius on May 23 until June 11 when it heads back into the stable Earthy sign of Capricorn. This is likely to bring the beginnings of some radical metamorphosis which could affect many areas of life for all. We can expect to really feel these transFORMations when Pluto returns to Aquarius from January 20, 2024, until September 1, 2024 and again from November 19, 2024, to March 8, 2043. Pluto is a very slow moving planet, often only moving 1-2 degrees per year which is why the 3rd hit will last 19 years until 2043.
Pluto Rules Over Profound Transformation
Pluto also known as ‘God of the Underworld’ rules over profound transformation, sex, death, and rebirth and turns retrograde every year. Think of numerology where the number 9 is the end of the cycle, 0 is a place of limbo, and then the number 1 restarts a new cycle. Pluto is like the zero sitting between an old existence and a new one. Even when retrograde, Pluto heralds a time of significant transformation in life. After a time of limbo, being patient and waiting, the phoenix rises from the ashes, and we are born again. Karma and fate are key themes now. Some say that Uranus breaks, Neptune dissolves, and Pluto destroys.
Nuclear bombs and radiation are associated with Pluto, however when it is retrograde it’s likely to be in a somewhat ‘weakened’ position. I feel it’s unlikely that nuclear war or bombings will occur in 2023. However, we’re more likely to internalise our concerns or worries about such things. Perhaps we’ll hear more about it than usual given the situation with Ukraine and Russia.
Pluto spends approximately 5 months per year in retrograde. There is also a ‘shadow period’ commencing a few months before and after this time. Pluto has an affinity with the feminine yin energy. Delusions and illusions may occur more often than usual when retrograde. Logical thinking may be particularly difficult, and judgement doesn’t seem as clear-cut as usual as we are more in touch with the subconscious realms.
Pluto is the last planet in our solar system and the 3rd transpersonal planet, which means it relates to both individuals and large collectives of people, for example, countries.
Pluto is Associated with Sex, Death and Money
As ruler of Scorpio, Pluto is also associated with sex, death, and money. Pluto retrograde may also bring up issues around fear of death or situations where the transition of death becomes more prevalent and real. We may experience different types of death – the death of a relationship, a career, or our children growing up and leaving home. We could feel alone, isolated and may contemplate what our own final moments will be. Death and transFORMation are no longer abstract concepts – they’re real and touch us in some way.
During Pluto Retrograde, core themes of control and abuse could go underground in some way, along with obsessive and compulsive behaviour and addiction. Perhaps we hide some of these things? We suffer, we grieve, we transition to other realms and realities.
Emotions We Can’t Explain
During Pluto Retrograde, we may become aware of spiritual wounds from the past that need to be understood and healed. They may be difficult to understand or talk about. Sometimes, these things are inexplicable and exist beyond words. We may also come face to face with our own mortality. We could receive inklings of past incarnations where strong beliefs and emotions were carried over to this lifetime. We could also experience extreme emotions, including fears we can’t explain or express.
Manipulation and victimisation are also potential themes of Pluto Retrograde. You may be feeling like a victim in some way, but Pluto Retrograde will eventually steer you in the right direction to find wholeness. You may feel the veils falling from your eyes after a long journey into the unknown. Go with your feelings. You may not understand with your mind, but if you trust in the magical process of life, you will be redeemed and reborn anew.
Use Plutonian Energy to Heal
Pluto Retrograde often carries us along on an obscure wave that we cannot identify. However, it’s also an excellent time for spiritual self-development. Check out some self-help books, astrology, yoga, or learn astrology. Your psychic abilities could become stronger during this time, and you may have deep spiritual experiences, including passing over to the other side or dealing with Spirits.
All planetary retrogrades give us the opportunity to review, reflect and reassess different areas of our lives. We can do that now as we learn to accept the reality of Pluto Retrograde – life, death, and rebirth. We can learn a new way of dealing with Plutonian energy when Pluto is retrograde.
Those Most Affected by Pluto Retrograde
- Spiritual people such as psychics, healers, and those interested in self-help and development.
- Those working with ecology and the Earth.
- Those working in espionage or investigations of suicides and homicides.
- People involved with death such as mortuary attendants, funeral directors, and coroners.
- People involved with nuclear power or plutonium.
- Those experiencing death and suffering on a large scale, such as war.
The zodiac signs most impacted are Fixed signs Leo, Scorpio (Pluto is Ruler of Scorpio), Aquarius and Taurus. Also Cardinal signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn are similarly affected.
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