Pluto Retrograde in your Natal Chart

pluto RetrogradePluto Retrograde in your Natal Chart
With Pluto in retrograde in your birth chart, issues surrounding control and power come to the forefront. There is often a feeling of lack in the personality, of devaluing one’s own talents with this influence. As a result, you may find yourself in situations where you feel manipulated or taken advantage of.

There could be an overt fear of rejection from others or you could be living a double-life where the public and private spheres don’t match, as you are unable to reconcile the conflicting perceptions you have of yourself. If the abuse of power is not observed, this could possibly lead to self-destructive tendencies, using your own power to destroy others and ultimately yourself.

You receive a wake-up call only when life seems so difficult that you’re forced to re-evaluate your priorities or when something deep inside propels you to just take action.

Pluto Retrograde in Transit
Since Pluto is the slowest moving planet in the solar system, Pluto rests stationary for up to seventeen days, depending on the season, and then goes retrograde for about 5 months every year. Since Pluto is a generational planet, its movements not only indicate changes at the personal level, but also those of a social and political level.

Pluto’s retrograde is also a time of destruction and rebuilding, rejuvenation and regeneration. We may be forced to re-evaluate the things we value most. Pluto, the planet of regeneration and transformation, we may be forced to re-evaluate our priorities and the things we value most in life. Tearing down and destroying the old, it also rejuvenates and builds new structures. This period helps us to bring to light the dark psyches of our selves, the secret skeletons which we’d rather keep hidden in the closet.

New beginnings almost always accompany Pluto retrograde periods as well. The things that we hang onto most tightly can suddenly be taken away without warning, but this is ultimately for the better as it builds inner strength and resilience.

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Micheal Lercher


In a Forecasted Chart
When Pluto is in retrograde, you will feel things change by way of destruction and rebirth. It also teaches us a lesson of letting go. Also forces outside of your control are taking place such as war and weapons.

In a Natal Chart
Because almost 1 out of every 2 people has Pluto in retrograde, this position is hard to determine. However, you probably have issues about abusing power or you find yourself doing things and you don’t know why.

Who’s Affected More
Scorpios are the only sign ruled by Pluto, thus they will feel the effects of their ruling planet more when it is retrograde. It will be easier for them during this time to let go (something they have a VERY hard time doing) and they also might find themselves using power to destruct or rebuild.

Pluto turns retrograde about once a year for a period of 160 days and remains stationary about 16 days.


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  1. debi was born@7:44amcst on april 9, 1961. she didnt add that info to the above comment. thx

  2. i am born under Aries & have UranusR in Leo in the 4th, PLR in
    Virgo in 4th, NeptuneR in Scorpio in 6th & VenusR in Aries in the 11th. Its no wonder why i cant find a healthy & mature love relationship. i am now celibate & happily single. i believe strongly in Jesus Christ & his love for me cuz He has never let me down. He has told me “no” 2 some things that i’ve prayed for but i can accept his answer now because He only wants whats best for me. Can u shed more light on my other retrograde planets? thanks

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