Pluto stands for regrowth, renewal, and resurgence. Although it doesn’t feel this way, situations are dealt quickly and efficiently with Pluto. A fresh outlook and a different attitude, this is what Pluto is meant to be. It allows a person to see outside the box, shift or grow perspectives, and to gain fresh prospects in his day-to-day life.
Between April 29 and October 8, Pluto will be retrograde in Capricorn. When it comes to retrograde, most of us think about the havoc caused by Mercury. With Pluto, however, we are in store for a different kind of energy as it moves backward.
When Pluto enters retrograde, you have the opportunity to analyze your emotions and accept yourself as you are.
During Pluto retrograde 2022, you might expect the influence of the dwarf planet to weaken, wane or behave in a contrary fashion. After all, we’re so used to Mercury retrograde and its opposite effect.
Yet, ironically the Plutonian influence becomes more intense while in retrograde. Expect even deeper encounters with things that lie beneath the surface.
Most planets in retrograde are somewhat reversed—that is, their influences can be fairly opposite of what they are normally. In Pluto’s case, when in retrograde, its influences are not reversed or opposite; rather, it seems to go into overdrive.
It can be very intense and even more fearsome. As Pluto direct forces us to face challenges outside of ourselves, Pluto retrograde forces you to look inside of yourself and face challenges. This can sometimes be unnerving because the transformations we undergo under the influence of Pluto retrograde tend to require a complete breakdown of the old ways and ideas before we can move forward again.
Pluto brings us face to face with our shadow self. We often consider the shadow self the “dark side”. It’s our negative emotions and desires that we oppress, often don’t even like to admit to, and deal with those parts of ourselves that we do not like. When Pluto goes retrograde, it’s a good time to take on any endeavors seeking regeneration.
What Happens When Pluto is in Retrograde
Pluto retrograde 2022 (from April 29 to October 28) is a great time for delving into any personal transformations you’ve been hoping to accomplish. However, you may have to go through what seems like a trip to Hell and back for it. Be prepared to struggle with your darker impulses and your base emotions.
Hidden motives, such as hunger for power or desires for revenge, may rear their ugly heads and you may have to struggle with them. Reassess whether the actions these motives are driving ultimately serve you or not, and let go of those that don’t.
If you’ve been plagued by pain and suffering from troubled times in the past, now is a good time to revisit these experiences and their effect on you. Pluto can help illuminate the issues to help you break through them, inevitably helping you move forward.
During this period, it’s a good time to try to restore health and peace of mind. Cleansing diets, meditations, psychological counseling, medical treatments, and all such endeavors seem to be much more effective while Pluto is in retrograde.
Pluto and Capricorn
Pluto may be a dwarf planet, but astrologically speaking it still packs a lot of punch. Pluto is known as the Lord of the Underworld, governing all those deep mysterious secrets and treasures that go unseen. His job is to expose the depths and take us down into them. Not afraid to upset apple carts and destroy things, this planet seeks transformation. The symbol of the phoenix rising from the ashes is often associated with his realm.
Meanwhile, Capricorn, the sign of the Goat, is intent on building things. As an earth sign, it emphasizes stability, planning, growth, structure, and order. Climbing his way to the top, the Goat loves to dig in and ascend to higher planes. The energy of this sign likes to shape society and uphold tradition along with power structures and hierarchies.
Together these two are likely to but heads. Pluto demands change and reorganization and Capricorn likes to maintain order and authority. If you haven’t experienced any kind of clashes between reformers and the status quo, don’t worry – you will.