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Pluto Retrograde: A Season of Deep Reflection & Transformation (2021)

by Kaitlyn De Leonardis
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Pluto Retrograde is here to kick off retrograde season 2021! While this term often evokes fear and anxiety in many, it’s not that kind of retrograde. When the outer planets start their backward spin, it’s less intense than when the inner or more personal planets enter a retrograde stage. Venus and Mercury, I’m talking about you! Over the next two months, Saturn, Jupiter and Neptune will follow Pluto in its retrograde fashion. Uranus, always having to be the odd one out, won’t join them until August of 2021.

Retrograde season is kind of a blessing. We can focus on our inner world with little distractions from circumstances outside of the self. This doesn’t mean that things won’t be happening around us or to us. It just means it will be much easier to find our center. Much like summer in the Northern Hemisphere, which has been the height of the recent retrograde seasons, this time period is all about restoration. There will be this overlying reflective quality where we can clear out blocks, shed the past and plan our next move.

Pluto in Capricorn

Right now, Pluto leads the pack when it comes to being the initiator of retrograde season, trailing behind all the planets in Capricorn. Pluto represents depths, transformation and rebirth. This planet entered Capricorn in 2008, and you may recall a significant economic event that occurred this year. When outer planets transit out of one sign and into the next, it’s a shift that can be felt on personal and collective levels. Pluto’s job is to do away with what no longer works and reconstruct our lives for the betterment of the individual and humanity as a whole. Pluto’s stay in each sign lasts anywhere from 10-20 years. Pluto is the furthest planet from the Sun. It takes Pluto 248 years to travel through the entire zodiac wheel and hit each sign.

Since 2008, Pluto has made it quite far through Capricorn and is now covering the last decan or final sector of the sign. Capricorn is the traditional ruler of the tenth house of public life and achievements. Sea-goats are goal-oriented and particularly determined to meet these goals. Pluto’s trek through this cardinal earth sign has forced everyone to review and transform their aspirations.

This has also led us to change how we approach the work we do. Capricorn is all about service, the lesson of this sign is that in being a contributing member of society. Capricorn wants to provide something valuable to the people and be recognized for doing so. With the help of Pluto, we’ve all been discovering our unique gifts, ridding ourselves of anything that blocks success and is currently in the process of rebuilding. All while learning to adapt to Capricorn’s hard-working mentality.

Pluto still has a little bit longer to go in Capricorn and won’t move into Aquarius until 2024. This move will likely cause a huge shift in society, with the focus on creating a better world for all. People born with this placement will have the ability to change the world. When Pluto starts to journey through this air sign, we’ll be learning how we can truly work together and apply all of the Plutonian lessons we learned from Capricorn. Balancing the push and pull of being an individual and a part of something greater at the same time.

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America is currently experiencing its first Pluto Return. This is a period of great change for our country. This will be exact in February of 2022, when Pluto reaches 28 degrees of Capricorn, the place it was at the birth of our nation.

Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn 2021

Like the other far-out planets, Pluto’s retrograde lasts for five months. This year, Pluto Retrograde begins on April 27 at 26 degrees of Capricorn. This will set the planet back by two degrees, until he starts to move forward again at 24 degrees of Capricorn on October 6, 2021. Compared to the Sun, which moves one degree a day, Pluto is constantly in slow motion and recovering lost ground. When you look at it from another perspective, Pluto just takes its time in doing a thorough check-up, making sure we are aware of the repercussions for every step we take through the process of reflection.

The Sun makes several aspects to Pluto during its annual retrograde, shining light on the deepest parts of ourselves. Connecting with the core of who we are is a lot easier said than done, but Pluto Retrograde is here to say it must be done. Over the next five months, dig deep and ask yourself, does this job/relationship/home/goal align with who I truly am? Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn is a time to review our ultimate tenth house goals. Its days in this zodiac sign are numbered, making now the time to get serious about your goals. We can make use of Pluto’s transformative energy during this time and put it to practical use. Just the way Capricorn likes it!

Pluto Retrograde 2021 Key Dates:

Sun Square Pluto – April 16:  We are presented with a challenge or obstacle we must overcome. This may lead to a realization regarding our identity and what needs to change.

Pluto Retrograde – April 27: Time slows down. We won’t be in such a rush to get to where we are going. The main focus now is to take the time to make sure we see things clearly and for what they are.

Sun Trine Pluto – May 17: Pay attention to important insights. At this time, we are uncovering our personal truths and coming to terms with them. This is a very positive aspect that gives us a wider perception.

Sun Opposite Pluto – July 17: Yet another challenge, but this one will likely be internal. It’s time to differentiate between what the ego wants versus the soul’s needs.

Sun Trine Pluto – September 16: Now that we’ve done some inner work and have a better understanding of our shadow selves, it’s time for some more important insights. With Capricorn, there is always room for improvement.

Pluto Direct – October 6: We’ll finally be able to pick up momentum and be able to transform our lives at a faster pace. This is go time!

Sun Square Pluto – October 17: The final test! It’s time to officially overcome that challenge or obstacle. If you feel it has been conquered, Pluto wants to see if you’ll fall back into old patterns, or graciously choose a new way.

Pay attention to the aspects between the Sun and Pluto. This will help you understand what this year’s metamorphosis is all about. For more on how Pluto Retrograde could affect your sign, check out your April 2021 Horoscope.

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