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Pluto Retrograde 2020: It’s Time to Transform

written by KTZ astrologer Gala Fractal; graphics by Emily Wills

With three major planets Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter meeting multiple times in the sign of Capricorn, astrologers have long foreseen 2020 as a year of change in social structures. But no one could have predicted this turn of events.

From April 25th to May 15th we’ll be seeing these three planets go retrograde, meaning that the movements they’ve brought about will in some way manifest on more of an internal level. The first planet to retrograde is Pluto, from April 25th to October 4th. This is bound to slow things down so we can dig a little deeper and look below the surface.

Pluto is about regeneration, and it tends to manifest in the form of destruction. This doesn’t mean that Pluto’s bad, on the contrary, it actually seeks to destroy anything and everything that doesn’t have to do with love. But to do so, it needs to uproot the ingrained patterns that have the ability to sway us away from love; away from recognition of self -our true nature- and that of others and the value of the Earth we dwell in; away from the ability to own and honor our power, and to recognize and honor the power of each and every single living being we share our mothership with.

When the energy doesn’t flow through the whole of the system, Pluto sees this as a threat. Too much energy accumulated in one sector and not enough flowing into other sectors is a sign of illness, and therefore a need for purging to occur.

The farther we’ve swayed away from love and flow, the harder the hit. But we’re all in this together. For the first time in all of our lives, every single human being is in this together. This is huge and humbling. When we tap into the humbling side of Pluto, we’ve embarked on the process of regeneration.

The darker side of Pluto has to do with power in the form of control and wealth. We’re seeing the dark and the light battle it out. Things are changing whether we want it or not. But how can we help to make a change in favor of the whole? We can start by deciding how we express Pluto in our lives, with ourselves and with others. We can become more conscious about what we want for the world and how much effort we put into it. Ideas and beliefs only become tangible through our actions.

We’re headed into an inward journey. Retrogrades call for reflection. What would you like to see rebirthed in your life and in the world now?

Aries: March 21 – April 19

What has made your existence into what it is today? Resist the urge to blame others or attribute everything to the past. Recognize the responsibility involved in your actions. Accept what has manifested from your own doing. This is the first step into bringing about real change. Get in touch with the new desires that have the power to launch new evolutionary scenarios.

Pluto Retrograde Mantra for Aries:

I let go of what no longer serves me. I begin to build from deep within a life that’s truly worth living. This is how I tap into my power.


Taurus: April 20 – May 20

Intuition is essential for you to make way for evolution. Design your strategies with the help of your instincts. Throughout this process you’ll most likely be confronted by your philosophical principles and convictions. It’s important that you see into their limitations. Trust your visions and insights, even if they somehow threaten your current perspectives on reality. What we know as reality is rapidly changing. You can change too.

Pluto Retrograde Mantra for Taurus:

I access my intuition. I remain in line with my innate knowledge without letting external voices take over. This is how I tap into my power.

Gemini: May 21 – June 20

Get ready to face inner aspects and dynamics that are stagnant or not oriented towards growth. What things have lost the meaning they used to hold for you? Have any confrontations emerged due to this loss? Limitations are shining a light on where you’re being called to find new ways of relating and defining things. Dare to resign to your comfort zones in order to tap into richer ways of being. 

Pluto Retrograde Mantra for Gemini:

I follow my deepest desires. I don’t deny the fears that emerge. Instead I’m courageous in the face of it. This is how I tap into my power.

Cancer: June 21 – July 22

Your soul’s in dire need of ways of relating that promote evolution. This is a great time to reassess your own essential needs. No one can give you what you want unless you know what that is. You can’t fulfill other’s needs until you learn to fulfill your own. This is a process that can also be done in relationship, it isn’t easier but it could turn out to be more powerful. 

I listen to my needs and values, and to the needs and values of others. I acknowledge their importance. This kind of recognition is what makes life worthwhile. This is how I tap into my power.

Leo: July 22 – August 21

It’s time for purification! Make a practice out of it. Practices that connect body and soul / mind and heart can help you remember that you’re perfect in all your imperfections. Don’t let self-criticism get the best of you. If inner doubts emerge, make the intention to purify those mental and emotional attitudes. Reorient your focus towards making way for new ideas and feelings manifested from the depths of your self-loving nature.

Pluto Retrograde Mantra for Leo:

I let go of limiting mental and emotional structures. The more I purify the more I connect with a state of intense personal vitality. This is how I tap into my power.

Virgo: Aug 22 – Sep 21

Do you know how powerful you become when you take full responsibility for your own reality? This is how you manifest the new creative impulses that want to emerge from the depths of the soul. This moment is all about creation, about your life art, about turning your existence into your greatest masterpiece. How do you bring the depths of your being out to meet the world? How can you express your depths more truthfully?

Pluto Retrograde Mantra for Virgo:

I tap into the new dimensions that are emerging from deep within me. I take responsibility for my own destiny and recreate myself through it. This is how I tap into my power.

Libra: Sep 23 – Oct 22

You’re going through a deep and intense process of having to depend less on external factors and more on yourself. Your foundations are being threatened because you’re being invited to come out of your usual safe places. Trust this process. This is how you tap into a kind of self-empowerment that’s only possible when you’re stripped of the familiar and stable. Copious amounts of self-nurturing are required. So please, go all out!

Pluto Retrograde Mantra for Libra:

I embrace change. I open up to living on a moment to moment basis. I come alive within the unknown. This is how I tap into my power.

Scorpio: Oct 23 – Nov 21

You’re a deep natural analyst, but how much time have you spent analyzing your own intellectual structure? This is a good time to tap into the basis of your opinions. Why do you think what you think? Why do you focus on certain things more than others? Have you ever asked yourself this? This self inquiry can be so healing for you right now. It can open you to newer and more destiny driven ways of thinking.

Pluto Retrograde Mantra for Scorpio:

I reform and deepen my ideas about the nature of reality, so I can experience life in unprecedented ways that usher in transformation. This is how I tap into my power.

Sagittarius: Nov 22 – Dec 21

Intense self-examination is called for. How did your fundamental values come to be? How do you relate with possessions and finances? How do you relate with yourself -your inner nature- and consequently with others? New resources are wanting to emerge from deep within. Reflecting on the answers to these questions can open you up to newer more aligned ways of living in your body and in the world.

Pluto Retrograde Mantra for Sagittarius:

Internal and external limitations push me towards greater self-development. I trust myself. I am whole and I connect with this sense of wholeness whenever need be. This is how I tap into my power.

Capricorn: Dec 21 – Jan 20

Use this time to examine what things are preventing your growth in all aspects of life. Even if you don’t feel strong enough to do so, I urge you to begin to take the necessary steps to overcome limitations. Don’t resist necessary changes. Being surrounded by the unknown can make you anxious about moving forward. But the only way to discover what lies ahead is by blindly trusting and following your instinctive impulses. 

Pluto Retrograde Mantra for Capricorn:

I take one step towards my growth and empowerment, no matter how giant or minute, and keep going on from there without ever looking back. This is how I tap into my power.

Aquarius: Jan 20 – Feb 18

You’re likely to experience increased dream activity during this period. This release of unconscious contents produces the kind of psychic cleansing that can give way to a new evolutionary cycle and a direct connection to source. Bring your dreams into your waking-life by writing them down, painting them, dancing the feelings they evoke, turning their messages into mantras. By recording them day-by-day, you can begin to make sense of them as a whole.

Pluto Retrograde Mantra for Aquarius:

I surrender and come into relationship with the source of creation. If confusion takes over, I seek alignment by breathing deeply into the emotions that emerge. This is how I tap into my power.

Pisces: Feb 19 – March 20

Your relationships are so important right now. They have the power to thrust your forward or hold you back. Your soul wants to connect with those that can enhance your evolution and accelerate your growth. Take a look at the relationships where you feel your innovative spirit held hostage. Seek or create spaces where you can express your authenticity and explore potentially radical new ideas and impulses.

Pluto Retrograde Mantra for Pisces:

I liberate myself from past conditionings. I explore new and extreme ways of being. I don’t hold my creativity back one bit. This is how I tap into my power.

We hope this article can help you tap into your gifts of transformation during this retrograde. Spread the love and share with your fellow skymates who may need some motivation. One of the best ways to better know yourself and the depths of wisdom that exist within you is to get a personalized, in-depth Birth Chart Reading. We’re offering 20% off yours when you use the code “awaken” at check-out. You’ll receive your reading within 10 business days as a PDF sent to your inbox. A sustainable, life-long investment in your awakening, knowledge of self, and healing. Enjoy!

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