Pluto retrograde in Capricorn is cosmic speak for “Dad’s home.” During this period karmic debts are called into question and a greater sense of responsibility emerges. Pluto is the ancient and eternal examination of our deepest selves; coupled with mature Capricorn, this retrograde period may not feel very warm or cozy, but could ultimately spell crucial, lasting changes for your sign.
1. Aries (March 21 – April 19)
As much as you love your freedom, Aries, this retrograde asks that you redefine what that means. Is it freedom from personal responsibility, from making the hard choices that could result in so many of the life changes you crave? While the combined presence of Pluto and Capricorn may feel like two stern fathers scolding you to no end, seize this as an opportunity to hit the reset button once and for all.
You’ve learned the hard way how precious stability is, as so many of your fellow Taureans do. While others accuse you of being stuck in your ways, you’d counter that it’s better than having no consistency and thus, dependability. Sharing so many traits with Pluto and Capricorn as it is, this retrograde won’t throw any curveballs at your sign, but encourage you to remember that growth is ongoing.
3. Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Tensions could arise during this retrograde, leaving you and your loved ones to express your feelings in various ways. Try to give everyone their space, and don’t take it personally when your way of communicating isn’t another’s. As much as it pains you, Gemini, it may be worth your while to abstain from socializing until the Plutonian dust settles. Forcing others to open up or engage in activities that are outside their comfort zone could alienate you in the long run.
4. Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
As Pluto retrogrades in your opposite sign Capricorn, you may feel as though all your hard work is coming undone before your eyes. On the contrary, Cancer, this is the final stretch of your journey. Now is the time to assert your recent transformation. Keep the channels of communication open and don’t refuse any invites, but don’t initiate either. As Pluto urges everyone to address their issues head-on, you could find yourself caught in the cosmic crosshairs.
5. Leo (July 23 – August 22)
The lines between work and leisure have been blurred for you recently, leaving you feeling burnt out on both ends. Pluto’s retro transit in diligent Capricorn will force you to address this and make the necessary sacrifices to reinstate the balance. Don’t wait until it’s too late, Leo, but take this opportunity to commit to a plan. While retrogrades typically set one back, if only momentarily, this is a rare chance to get ahead.
6. Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
A perfectionist at heart, if not always in execution, this retrograde could either disrupt your tried-and-true order or prove a welcome change of course depending on your mindset. While Pluto may pose as an uncomfortable harbinger, don’t be afraid to shake things up and test your own guidelines. You could very well find that by expanding your mind you can similarly breach any obstacle, real or perceived.
7. Libra (September 23 – October 22)
This Pluto retrograde will find you focused on matters of the home, Libra. You might be in the throes of spring cleaning, redecorating, or even looking for a new place; what matters is that you feel safe and beautifully ensconced in your curated world. While you may feel a sullen gloominess descend upon your surroundings, remember that you can always change up the dynamic. Declutter and start fresh, within and without.
8. Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
When Pluto is in retrograde, the cosmic scorpion only goes deeper into matters of the psyche, the unexplored and unaddressed. While others may find this an unnerving time, you welcome the chance to dwell in the ancient shadows of your modern planetary ruler. Rather than retreating altogether into the darkness of this retrograde, reach out to others and communicate your shared feelings. This will not only help you grow, Scorpio, but ensure a mutual support base in the future.
9. Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
As the zodiac’s adventurous archer, you don’t just love your freedom but fully demand it. Your first instincts are to bolt when you feel the borders start to close in, as many a smothering partner has had to learn. The dutiful figures of Pluto and Capricorn stand in your way this retrograde, forcing you to discern personal responsibility from forced commitments. Be wary of overspending to entertain or appease, and address any lingering debts from the past.
10. Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
With your ruling planet taking up residence in your sign, this retrograde will see you reaping the rewards of months, even years, of unglamorous hard work. Reexamine your objectives while Pluto is in transit, and honestly assess how well you’ve attained them. If it’s time to take the final stride or realign your commitments to reach your goals, do so now, Capricorn, as a new chapter awaits you.
11. Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
The ever-evolving Aquarian is always seeking ways to move humanity forward, with some even going so far as to call you radical in your notions. This Plutonian retrograde could leave you feeling depressed and defeated by the present reality, so be sure to stay active and engaged. As tempting as it may be to withdraw and sink into deep sorrow, the changes you want to see start with your own actions.
12. Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
Pluto’s retrograde in Capricorn could urge you to reevaluate the company you keep, Pisces. Are their friends in your circle who don’t have your best interests at heart, or secretly wish you less than well? While Pluto’s solemn presence could strike a foreboding note, use this transit to find your real soulmates and conversely step back from the rest.