Pluto has been in the sign of Capricorn since 2008 and this is the ninth retrograde period since then. The planet will station retrograde at 19°23’ on 20th April and backtrack to 16°51’ where it will station direct on 28th September.
The retrograde period will affect those persons with planets and/or angles in the Cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn between 24°-11° (allow a 5° orb applying and a 3° separating, Pluto transits are long). Look to the house axis where Pluto is transiting in your chart for indications of the matters that will be under scrutiny during the retrograde.
Pluto is concerned with power, regeneration, survival, transformation, sex, obsession and possessiveness. Pluto is the god of the Underworld. Pluto in Capricorn (ruled by Saturn) is concerned with the deep-reaching transformation of social order, laws and hierarchies. He often works subtly (in our psyche) but always relentlessly and he can be an over-achiever, by using his power and persuasion for his own means, in this Saturn-ruled sign.
During the Pluto retrograde period, matters that were previously too painful to face may bubble up from our unconsciousness and we may have to meet these in the physical realm where we will be required to deal with them. Pluto only forces us to confront and transform that which is in dire need of change. This period may also provide us with the opportunity to find some of the latent sources of power inside ourselves allowing us to harness them in an appropriate way. Pluto shows us the reality of our limitations and even more so since it moved into Capricorn. The retrograde period is really a huge invitation to become more fully aware of the resources we hide in our inner depths. Failure to do this could lead to external events that may puzzle and/or distress us as we take on the role of victim.
The Sabian symbol for 20° Capricorn: “A hidden choir is singing during a religious service.” Indicating the fulfilment of the individual’s creative function through his participation in a group performance consecrated to a transcendent realization of unity.
For 17° Capricorn: “A repressed woman finds a psychological release in nudism.” Indicating the escape from bondage to social inhibitions and a reliance upon the wisdom of the body.
“…our souls may be consumed by shadows, but that doesn’t mean we have to behave as monsters.”E. Cole, The Short Life of Sparrows
Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp 41 and 239, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA
Tierney B. (1983) “Dynamics of Aspect Analysis”, Chapter 10, Retrograde Planets, pp 216-217, 249-252, CRCA Publications, Sebastopol, CA, USA