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  • Writer's pictureCleopatra Jade

Pluto Retrograde Meaning in the Birth Chart

Everyone has something in their Astrology Chart they aren’t exactly thrilled about, and Natal Retrogrades are usually the thing that causes the most confusion. Hence, having an Outer Planet like Pluto with an “R” next to it could feel like a hard one to understand.

Pluto Retrograde in the birth chart is one of those things that happens often, so you are not alone. This planet takes 248 years to go through the entire Zodiac, which is two and a half centuries; therefore, oodles of people are likely to have the same Pluto Sign. As a result, this celestial body has a slow orbit and goes backward for pretty much half the year, meaning your chances of having Natal Pluto Retrograde is pretty high.

Astrologically, this planet is how we go through a metamorphosis, where we dig deep and work through our repressed emotions. So having this celestial body in Retro could cause these themes to be more internalized or, in some ways, repressed. As a result, people born with Pluto Retrograde may have challenges accessing their ability to transform and a more difficult time stepping into their personal power.

Understandably, having a Retrograde Pluto in your Birth Chart could feel heavy at times, but it does serve as a way for you to learn how to utilize your phoenix energy. Of course, that is in no way diminishing some of the circumstances you’ve gone through. Luckily, this is the kind of placement that once you work at it for a while, you will be able to tap into your power.

Natal Pluto Retrograde Experiences

Retrogrades have a unique way of playing out in our charts, but it isn’t a one-size-fits-all condition. Everyone experiences their Natal Retrogrades differently, so you could have 5 of these themes while someone else has 9. It all depends on how Pluto is situated in your chart.

One of the reasons Retrogrades in the Natal charts or in Transit are so strong is because they are on the other side of the Sun, and for this reason, we experience the full energetic field of whatever planet is going inverse. When they are behind the Sun, they are mitigated by solar energy, so the power this celestial body is emanating is toned down. Therefore, with nothing to filter the strength of the planet, we experience it at full velocity.

There are some things to consider when looking at your Retrograde because not all are created equal. Depending on what Sign Pluto and Aspects are in, the conditions could be a breeze or complex.

Here are some things to consider:

  • Is your Pluto in a Conjunction with the Sun? In other words, it could gain strength by being in something called a Cazimi, which is when these two planets are in exact conjunction by degree.

  • Alternatively, if your natal Pluto is within 17 degrees, it could feel burnt out or overpowered by solar energy in a situation called “under the Beams.

  • Do you have any Conjunctions to other Planets because this could amplify your condition?

  • What kind of aspects are forming to Pluto from other planets; are there many Trines and Sextiles or Square plus Oppositions?

  • With regards to placement, which house is the planet in? The houses are crucial because it could be in one it enjoys or another place it would rather not hang out.

  • The same goes for Sign, element, and mode; you want to look at what they are in as well; for example, you could have Pluto in Libra “Cardinal Air” or Pluto in Scorpio “Fixed Water.”

Pluto Retrograde In The Birth Chart Themes

Here are some of the themes that could have been experienced with Natal Pluto RX:

  • At times the native has a more challenging time facing things and holds in past trauma without dealing with it until it comes to the surface

  • Often, these people struggle to break old patterns, preoccupations, and desires as well

  • Power issues come up a lot because they need to balance it on both sides. In other words, they need to learn how to step into their personal power but not in a way that would cause them to be tyrannical

  • Control issues come up in terms of a lack of autonomy in their own life or just needing to dominate everything and everyone

  • Detoxing the things that accumulate in their lives is crucial

  • Feeling singled out and like someone who attracts plutonic types

  • Manipulation could be an unconscious thing where they find themselves doing it to people, or others easily sway them

  • Having a more challenging time connecting with your conscious and subconscious

  • A harder time dealing with people who try to dictate your life

  • There could be times where they are blocking their own transformation process

  • These individuals have a talent for going down to the depths and connecting with hidden knowledge.

  • The need for more sleep; it’s time to regenerate and recover so you can build yourself back up

  • Their level of focus can go through extremes in terms of getting fixed on a particular subject, person, or hobby

  • Once they balance out their energies, they can become skilled at the powers of observation

  • There are latent psychic abilities that could come in waves before you can access it

  • Hidden abilities can sometimes emerge from experiencing transformative times

  • Once connected with their phoenix energy, these natives make excellent detectives, psychologists, hypnotherapists, researchers, doctors, occultists, astrologers, scientists, psychics, plus analysts.

In Astrology Pluto, is about evolution. This is a Natal Retrograde that puts you in a position to develop your skills and detox the things that don’t belong in your life in a focused way. So try not to look at having Pluto RX as a punishment because its not; it this in your birth chart to help you accelerate your growth.

Will My Natal Pluto Retro Ever Go Direct?

Even though you are born with this Retrograde, it doesn’t mean it won’t go direct at some point in your life. This happens because our Natal planets go through their own growth period, which causes them to transition out of Retrogrades. We can look at this using a technique called Progressions.

In Progressions, it goes by a day equals a year. So say you were born 4 days before Pluto goes direct; this would mean that your Natal RX went out of Retrograde when you were four years old. If Pluto went out of Retrograde 17 days after your birthday, then that means at seventeen, your Natal Inverse Cycle ended.

If your Pluto goes Direct by Progression, you could notice that things in this area of life open up for you. So, if you felt blocked or stagnant in that area, you could see that over the next few years, things are slowly falling into place.

What Did Pluto Retrograde Mean in a Previous Life?

Retrogrades in your Natal chart could feel stifling, but they serve to help your growth on a spiritual, psychological, emotional level and help you evolve as a soul. Think about what lessons your soul needs to learn for progressive purposes, what you might not have understood in a past life, or even what you need to master in this current life.

On an evolutionary level, Pluto is one of the main planets where we can truly see the soul. Having this planet in Retrograde could mean that you were unable to tell your truth. Alternatively, you could have unlocked a fact that caused you deep trauma.

There could have been relationships in your life where either you abused your power and used it to control others around you. Or someone else dominated you to the point of toxicity which didn’t allow you to be in power of your own life. Another control issue is you could have resisted transformation in a former life, and now this is your time to experience a metamorphosis.

The Potential To Evolve Is Found in Your Natal RX

Even with Pluto being a planet that forces us to make changes, this placement shows you how to evolve. Apply the things you have learned from your Natal Retrograde to transform circumstances in your favor and use your power in a balanced way.

Here are some celebrity examples with Retrograde

Woody Allen, Micheal Moore (Documentaries,) Fairuza Balk, Napoleon Hill, Pablo Picasso, Sylvia Plath, Eddie Vedder, Isaac Newton, Helena Rubinstein


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