The Significance of Pluto Retrograde

The planet Pluto over a reddish-purple galaxy.

The Astrology of Pluto

Pluto is sometimes called a “dwarf planet” by astrologers because its physical mass is somewhere between that of a small planet and an asteroid. However, its size can be deceptive. Though it’s certainly on the smaller side, Pluto packs a massive punch, astrologically speaking.

Pluto is the sign of slow but total transformation, expressed as an energy that transitions from life to “death.” It orchestrates vast change on a personal level — change from which there is generally no going back. Under Pluto’s influence, powerful and unexpected occurrences can challenge or develop how you see the world.

What Is Pluto Retrograde?

All planetary retrogrades signal a time to re-envision, reboot, and rework specific areas of your life, which are divided into astrological houses or sectors. Pluto Retrograde allows you to revise the parts of your world that have become stuck and stale.

The human soul often reaches for its greater expression. Here, the transformative effects of Pluto tend to be felt more internally, emotionally, and introspectively when the planet is retrograde than when it is direct.

Pluto is associated with the zodiac sign of Scorpio and the eighth house of death and rebirth. Though that may sound ominous, Pluto does not necessarily indicate or refer to physical death, which is, in fact, not a common type of change for it to bring.

Pluto Retrograde in Aquarius this 2024 is a spiritually significant event. It will focus on powerful adjustments in personal and collective consciousness, creating circumstances that can radically differ from the previous status quo.

What Are the Spiritual Effects of Pluto Retrograde?

In Roman mythology, Pluto is the god of the Underworld, a counterpart to the Greek Hades. This planet shines a powerful light on the shadows of old emotional wounds and self-destructive patterns — not to dredge them up but to make breaking free from them easier. These changes seem sudden and could occur in an unexpected fashion, but they’ve likely been building up slowly for a while, like a volcano that will inevitably erupt.

In addition to personal development, irresistible change often occurs in the outside world during Pluto Retrograde. These adjustments typically make room for a newer, brighter future. However, much like the internal changes you’ll experience, you may not realize these shifts are occurring until they’re already upon you.

The planet Pluto has an elliptical orbit and moves very slowly. In fact, it takes Pluto about 248 years to move through the entire zodiac. It can stay in an individual sign for anywhere between 11.5 to 30.5 years.

As a result, Plutonic spiritual changes happen in very slow and long-lasting ways, even when they appear sudden or shocking.

How Often Does Pluto Go Retrograde?

Pluto goes into apparent retrograde motion during most years. In fact, Pluto is retrograde for about half of each year on average. This 2024, it will be retrograde from May 7 to October 11.

This is a good time to “go back” and reflect. Seek out new experiences and discard the limitations caused by doubt, fear, and any other toxic shadows in your life.

How Long Does Pluto Retrograde Last?

Pluto retrogrades last for approximately five to six months of any given year. For example, Pluto moved into the sign of Aquarius on March 23, 2023, then retrograded briefly back into Capricorn on June 11, 2023, before entering Aquarius again on January 22, 2024.

Now, Pluto will be in Aquarius for most of the next 19.5 years, and it will actually be retrograde for about half of its total time in Aquarius.

What the 2024 Pluto Retrograde Means for You

Check whether your sun, moon, or ascendant placements. If one or more of those placements is in Aquarius, you will feel Pluto’s retrograde especially strongly, and you can expect to have the most intense transformative experiences of all!

That said, everyone will be affected by Pluto Retrograde. However, each sign will experience this event differently based on which of their astrological houses is being transited.

Here is a brief breakdown of what Pluto Retrograde means for the various signs of the zodiac. Consider speaking with an Astrology Psychic and receiving personalized insight for more detail.


Pluto Retrograde will occur in your solar eleventh house of friends and groups. You’ll undergo an overhaul of your social contacts and activities, getting rid of the old and bringing in the new. Be open and be willing to let go of associations that no longer serve your higher goals and purpose.


Pluto’s retrograde in Aquarius will greatly change your work and career sector. Your tenth house of public image and career could break down and be rebuilt into something stronger and better. Follow ideas and experiences that excite you!


Pluto retrograding in your solar ninth house of exploration might send you on a life-transforming journey, though the exact nature of this journey is yet to be determined. It could be a journey of your mind, body, or spirit, but you’ll surely discover a new version of yourself along the way!


Your solar eighth house of death, secrets, and legacies could come alive during Pluto’s retrograde. You may connect with those who have passed into Spirit and develop the ability to dive into deep and transformative concepts. Your already stellar psychic abilities will get even stronger. Know that whatever you uncover is there to be healed.


Your intimate relationships will be tested and renegotiated during Pluto’s retrograde in your seventh house of partners. An old relationship could change, transforming into a new and better dynamic.


Your fitness, health, and well-being will be overhauled under Pluto’s motivating and relentless gaze. You will have loads of willpower and the inner discipline to stick with your plan and achieve your goals.


Creative projects, whether they are art pieces or practical tasks, will flourish under Pluto’s retrograde in your solar fifth house. Mixing old and new elements alike can create an opportunity for something life-changing to emerge.


You might decide to renovate your home, as Pluto’s presence in your solar fourth house pushes you into a complete remodel. Alternatively, you may just drastically redecorate! Whatever you do, the change will be total.


Sagittarians might see a complete revision of their experiences with siblings and neighbors. You could change neighborhoods, or some new and exciting people could move in nearby. Regardless, expect something to change in your local environment that feels fresh and expansive!


Pluto’s retrograde could get you thinking. This transit will emphasize your material belongings, so this is a good time to explore new passions and reconfigure some of your possessions if things are getting stale.  


Pluto’s action takes place in your first house of self. Your “look” could morph, and you could find a new aesthetic you love. Your new sense of identity will be radiant as you go out to meet the world.


Your twelfth house of dreams, visions, and seclusion will get a boost of energy. This will translate into deep and revealing psychic insights. Use caution when sharing personal details, and ensure your trusted confidants are fully vetted.

How the 2024 Pluto Retrograde Affects Your Chart

The best way to determine how this transit will affect you in 2024 is to consult an expert psychic. Bringing a natal chart to your reading can empower you with information on how Pluto’s retrograde will impact your life and how you can use it to your greatest advantage.

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