Pluto is the planet of death and rebirth. Known as the Lord of the Underworld, Pluto’s retrograde hits us on a psychic level, working on the deeper layers of our being.
Beginning on May 1st, 2023, the Lord of the Underworld will enter his own Underworld, emerging on October 10, 2023, with deeper insights and wisdom.
Pluto Retrograde guides us to look over the transformations of the past, what has fallen away, what has risen, and what is still lingering in the shadows.
Pluto Retrograde in Aquarius
Pluto enters its retrograde journey in the sign of Aquarius. This is the first retrograde Pluto has made in Aquarius in our lifetime, making it extra significant.
Pluto will only remain retrograde in Aquarius until June 11, when it will backtrack into Capricorn, so this is a rare window to dig deeper into the Pluto-Aquarius themes.
Pluto’s entrance into Aquarius began a powerful and new cycle. Some even feel it is the beginning of our transition into the Age of Aquarius.
Pluto in Aquarius is said to bring more power to technology, a greater focus on community and humanitarianism, and spiritual advancement.
Every element of what Pluto brings has a light side and a dark side. Every element of what Pluto brings is set to create some deaths, some rebirths, and deep transformations.
Pluto is the process of everything burning and the rise that comes when the ashes are ready to be transformed.
Navigating Pluto Retrograde
During a Pluto Retrograde, we feel guided to reflect on the cycles of death and rebirth in our own lives.
There are two time periods we may find ourselves drawn to look at. The first is from March 23, 2023. What transformations have unfolded since this time? How have we changed and evolved? How have we rebirthed ourselves?
The next period to look back over is since October 8, 2022. This was the last day that Pluto was in Retrograde. Since this date, how has your life transformed? What death and rebirths have taken place? What transformations have you moved through?
Pluto is subtle in its approach, so sometimes it is hard to glean how it has been moving through our lives. Even posing these questions may not give us the clarity we need to understand the journey of this planet.
Pluto works on the deeper layers, and it’s really only when it’s finished its journey in a zodiac sign that we can truly understand the wisdom, lessons, and transformations it was destined to bring.
Pluto is nearing the end of its journey in Capricorn, but as this retrograde shows, we still have some work to do as Pluto will continue to venture back to Capricorn throughout 2023 and most of 2024.
It won’t be until November 2024 that Pluto remains in Aquarius for good, unlocking the fullness of the new cycle and giving us the total picture of the Pluto in Capricorn journey.
Here are a few ways to work with its energy-
How to Use the Energy of Pluto Retrograde
- Assess your life since March 2023 and/or October 2022. What changes have been made, and how do these changes need to be tweaked or adjusted?
- Honor any desires for quiet, reflective contemplation
- Get in touch with your shadow side. What needs to be shown the light?
- Confront what you are afraid of. Know that it no longer has to hold power over you.
- Release what is no longer in your control.
- Release any shadows from your past that are contributing to blockages or pain.
- Step into your power. Assess what beliefs, situations, or relationships may be causing you to feel powerless.
Journal Prompts for Pluto Retrograde
- I can rebirth my life by…
- I am most afraid of…
- I am most powerful when…
- What is no longer working in my life…
- I release control of…
Intuitive Astrology: Pluto in Aquarius 2023-2043