Pluto retrograde 2018 starts on April 22 at 21° Capricorn and ends on September 30 at 18° Capricorn. The aspects and fixed star involved in Pluto retrograde 2018 will unleash your inner warrior. This is ideal for taking a direct, even aggressive approach to dealing with your Pluto retrograde power and control issues.
Before I talk about Pluto retrograde 2018 in more detail, you will find a description of Pluto retrograde in the natal chart followed by the general meaning of Pluto retrograde in transit.
Natal Pluto Retrograde Meaning
Pluto retrograde in the natal chart is more common than inner planet retrogrades such as Mercury and venus. About 40% of people have Pluto retrograde in their birth chart so it’s less feared and less harmful than having an inner planet retrograde. That being said, natal Pluto retrograde still has karmic repercussions and a noticeable influence.
With natal Pluto retrograde you may have difficulty transforming your life due to fear of letting go. The internalization process of retrogrades can slow you bringing your intense drives and needs to the surface. You will probably have difficulty expressing your personal power and influence.
A fear of being controlled or of taking control can stem from past life experiences involving abuse of power or being overly controlled. Which side of the ledger, whether victim or abuser, is shown through aspects to your Pluto and any fixed star conjunctions.
Depending on the particular past life conditions, you may have a fear of death, poverty, manipulation, torture, imprisonment, being committed to a mental institution, exile or betrayal. Power and control issues may also involve the psychic realms, sex and inheritance.
For such reasons you can be very intense on the inside, secretive or a control freak. Past life conditioning can repeat, especially while young, in the form of compulsions, phobias, isolation or mistrust of family. You may develop strong psychic power as a result of internalizing your powerful drives and wish for power and success. Hiding your true desire for power and influence can lead to suspicion.
Pluto retrograde in your natal chart subjects you to many fated events which are aimed at bringing your deepest and darkest fears to the surface. A repeating theme of particular experiences will continue until you learn to safely express your inner power and intensity.
Transiting Pluto Retrograde Meaning
Pluto retrograde in transit is a regular cycle lasting five months every year, during the opposition to the Sun. As with all outer planets, it causes less concern than the rarer inner planet retrogrades. Transiting Pluto retrograde is a time of reflection about power and control in your life. If people have controlled or manipulating you then now is the time to let them go. If you have been too controlling of others or situations then it is time to let go. This is not a time for power tripping but a time for elimination. Fated events and repeating themes will reinforce which of your controlling habits, compulsions, addictions or prejudices must be eliminated.
If you have been too smothering and controlling in a relationship, holding on too tight, then you may be forced to let go. If obsessive or compulsive behavior involving food or drugs has taken hold of your life, then events may force a turn around. The more intense your destructive behavior, the more extreme the detoxification or withdrawal stage will be, such as going cold turkey.
Perhaps suspicion, secrecy, racism, gambling or porn are taking control and holding you back from spiritual evolution. Trust in your spirit guides and think of the extremes your ancestors endured to have their genes expressed in you. Destroying things which have control over you will increase your spiritual power and lead to personal mastery.
Pluto Retrograde 2018
Pluto stations retrograde on Sunday April 22, 2018 at 21°17′ Capricorn. The aspects shown in the chart below and the fixed star involved reinforce the power and intensity of Pluto.
Fixed star Dheneb at 20°02′ Capricorn acts like Mars and Jupiter. This green star in the Tail of the Eagle gives the ability to command, liberality, generosity, and success in war and martial arts.
Aquila Constellation gives great imagination, strong passions, indomitable will, a dominating character, influence over others, clairvoyance, a keen penetrating mind and ability for chemical research. In mundane astrology, Aquila rules changes in the weather, the U.S.A., space exploration, bombs and missiles.
Mars conjunct Pluto brings an incredible increase in ambition, sex drive and personal power. This is a retrograde phase to work independently on something you are passionate about. You will have the endurance and strength to succeed at difficult tasks. A burst of creativity can be used to make major transformations in your life. If you must compete or are threatened then draw on your warrior energy to fight and win. So act on instinct and use any adrenalin rush for peak action.
Mars sextile Jupiter makes you feel strong and courageous. This is the ideal time to tackle any difficult task because there is an excellent chance of success. Good luck is due to increased optimism, strong instincts, initiative and a willingness to take risks. A strong competitive streak and heightened attractiveness make this a good time for sports, sex and war.
Jupiter sextile Pluto brings success through positive change. You do not have to force change or have to react to unexpected change. So this is a natural development in your life associated with increased power and influence, spiritual and personal growth, wealth creation and professional advancement. Powerful forces are working behind the scenes to promote you to a higher level. A strong urge to reform something in your life will coincide with an opportunity to do just that.
Pluto Retrograde 2018 Summary
Pluto retrograde 2018 is ideal for taking a direct, even aggressive approach to dealing with your Pluto retrograde power and control issues. Unleash your inner warrior and confidently stand up for your rights if you have been dominated or abused. Intense determination, willpower and fighting spirit will help you overcome adversity, addiction or illness. Using the power of your mind you can transform a personal crisis into a success story. Miracles are possible.
Pluto Retrograde Dates
- 2017, April 20 to September 28 – 19° to 16° Capricorn
- 2018, April 22 to September 30 – 21° to 18° Capricorn
- 2019, April 24 to October 3 – 23° to 20° Capricorn