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Pluto Retrograde

April 6, 2009


Pluto, the ruling planet of Scorpio, is a planet representing death and rebirth. Pluto is a planet of obsessions, extremity and disintegrative overhauling. Therefore, Pluto is considered a “transpersonal”, an extramundane, spiritual planet, reflecting a function that is beyond one-self and beyond social structures.  A whopping 248 years must pass here on Earth before Pluto completes a single cycle of rotation around the Sun. Pluto spends, on average, twenty-one years in each Sign and five months out of the year in retrograde. In between its regular cycle and retrograde Pluto rests stationary for up to seventeen days, depending on the season.

So when Pluto is in retrograde (April 4th 2009 – September 11 2009),  it is far more intense, it possesses a higher degree of concentration and it, therefore, gives greater insights into the subconscious. Because of this intensity, the individual can see much more than normally possible and it is easy to become suspicious of the motives of others. The powers of regeneration are far greater when retrograde. People with a natal retrograde Pluto tends to have a tremendous ability to overcome major illnesses that might otherwise cause permanent disability. Be mindful, retrograde motion is always directed toward inner activity such as the psyche or psychological patterns that affect the physical body. Direct motion, on the other hand, is directed towards external circumstances.

Under any Pluto transit, we feel pressured to eliminate and release the old, outworn, outdated and obsolete in our lives.

When Pluto is transiting retrograde, we are urged to let go of attitudes, thinking or communication patterns, security drives, rigid emotions; a time to undergo an internal form of house cleaning. It is a good time to research into our own Souls in order to determine exactly what we do or do not need. Because Pluto retrograde imparts an intense power for investigation, we should use this time to assess what reoccurring patterns in our lives make us feel out of control, where and why do we continually give our power away, and under what circumstances do we react so defensively that we elicit attacks from others.

Pluto retrograde marks a time wherein we should seek to gain greater control over our personal life

Pluto direct is better for gaining control over professional and financial areas. My most frequent observation of Pluto retrograde is that many people do seek some form of regenerative activity. I have seen people undertake a series of internal cleanings, detoxifying diets, Eastern disciplines that put them in touch with the inner self and even intense psychological reforms.


  • PLUTOMARS: APRIL 26-27; AUGUST 25-26 2009 – Pluto- Mars be intense and even obsessive mentally. When afflicted, we are urged to resist external pressure, control or manipulation by others. Do not act under pressure.
  • PLUTOVENUS: APRIL 2-3 2009 – This indicates a need to change attitudes in relating. Money and relating can become complicated.

Take time to be introspective and eliminate what you must. This situation, although intense at times, is also very great for those who are soul searching, seeking truths, and growing as individuals.


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