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Although Pluto has been demoted to a "dwarf planet" in astronomy, it still plays a big role in astrology as the ruling planet of Scorpio and the planet of transformation. Pluto retrograde begins on April 24 — but don’t freak out. Pluto spends about half the year in retrograde, and this retrograde will continue until October 3. So unlike Mercury retrograde, Pluto retrograde probably won’t send your life into chaos…unless you haven’t dealt with your “shadow”. Unlike Mercury retrograde’s effects (which manifest as external forces), Pluto retrograde affects us on a subconscious level. Each year when Pluto retrogrades, we are given an opportunity to dive beneath the surface to encounter and deal with our darkest psychic material. We are not being asked, but pushed to search and destroy whatever is blocking our personal growth.
As for the effects of Pluto retrogradewill it wreak havoc on our lives? It depends on how much each one of us has dealt with their own shadow material. Basically, if you have done the work, you will probably be okay. If you have not, you might be in for a ride! This means that the best thing you can do is face your dark side. Whether it means getting closure on an old issue, opening up about your darkest secrets, doing healing work, going to therapy…deal with it or it will deal with you.
Pluto is in the sign of Capricorn — which means desires, both sexual and not, will resurface. The sea-goat, while practical by nature, is an undercover freak in the sheets. Desires will be reawakened, as we are exploring past fantasies. Some may decide to manifest power, while others will opt to add kink to their stale routine. Pluto rules the underworld, often allowing us the option to embrace our devilish delights. During a planetary backspin, we can bring growth to areas where we are unsatisfied — relationships, sex, money, and work. Allowing oneself the chance to transform and awaken old yearnings will help soften the Plutonian energy. (continued 👇🏼)