Pluto Retrograde 2017


In the natal chart, Pluto tends to operate even more Plutonian when it is retrograde. It is far more intense, it possesses a higher degree of concentration and it, therefore, gives greater insights into the subconscious. Because of this intensity, the individual can see much more than normally possible and it is easy to become suspicious of the motives of others.

The powers of regeneration are far greater when retrograde. People with a natal retrograde Pluto have a tremendous ability to overcome major illnesses that might otherwise cause permanent disability. Remember, retrograde motion is always directed toward inner activity such as the psyche or psychological patterns that affect the physical body. Direct motion, on the other hand, is directed towards external circumstances.

Under any Pluto transit, we feel pressured to eliminate and release the old, outworn, outdated and obsolete in our lives. When Pluto is transiting retrograde, we are urged to let go of attitudes, thinking or communication patterns, security drives, rigid emotions; a time to undergo an internal form of house cleaning.

It is a good time to research into our own Souls in order to determine exactly what we do or do not need. Because Pluto retrograde imparts an intense power for investigation, we should use this time to assess what reoccurring patterns in our lives make us feel out of control, where and why do we continually give our power away, and under what circumstances do we react so defensively that we elicit attacks from others. Pluto retrograde marks a time wherein we should seek to gain greater control over our personal life; Pluto direct is better for gaining control over professional and financial areas.

My most frequent observation of Pluto retrograde is that many people do seek some form of regenerative activity. I have seen people undertake a series of internal cleansings, detoxifying diets, Eastern disciplines that put them in touch with the inner self and even intense psychological reforms.

  1. sara Says:

    Hi Lynn,

    I have retrograde pluto transiting my sun (conjunction) for the 2nd time (29.59 sag) in my 9th house, with natal pluto in the 6th and leo in the 5th (venus in scorpio, 7th if it’s of any use). I feel this transit affects mostly my close relationships, resulting usually in painful separations (and lots of arguments before them) or in thoughts of separating. I was wondering if the 3rd time would be any easier…?

    thanks for the article!

  2. Lynn Koiner Says:

    This is actually a very good question —
    First, I hope that my booklet on Beginning and Ending (by degree) planets will be ready this summer. Your Sun is an Ending Planet at 29 degrees. As Pluto corsses it, you are in the process of shutting the door to some aspect of your past, your identity, so that you can move forward in a new direction. Indeed, the last crossing can be uneventful if you have already made these changes. If not, if there is something else that you have outgrown, this too will end in November. When the Sun is an Ending Planet, you stay with something until there is nothing left to learn from the situation…then you shut the door.

  3. Lynn Koiner Says:

    First, Rebecca has Saturn at 29 degrees. This degree of Saturn has an innate distrust of authority and “the system,” not believing that either can be trusted or will take care of her through life. It is better fulfilled through being self-employed at some point in the life or, at least, having some type of autonomy in the work.

    The stellium in Scorpio has a lot of control issues, further encouraging a movement towards self-employment.

    Transpluto in Leo squares the Scorpio stellium (read article on Transpluto on this website) so that there is a strong reaction to criticism, feeling that others can never be pleased.

    Mars at 0 degrees does not always know how to regulate energies in relationships with others — getting started or taking action like a Bull in a China Shop. If Rebecca was born around November 9 1988, she has a Cardinal T-square with Neptune as the Apex. Bil Tierney wrote an excellent book that discusses this pattern, DYNAMICS OF ASPECT ANALYSIS. I would recommend that any astrologer read this book.

    Pluto in Capricorn will actually transit this T-Square for several years. This will be a time when Rebecca learns to empower herself in relationship with others.

    Pluto transits are very difficult indeed as one can feel overwhelmed and out of control. BUT, the good news is that much of the influence now involves Mars at O degrees so there is much adaption to a new situation involved here.

    Then, both Saturn in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn will favorably aspect her chart…growing personal empowerment.

    Any planet in early degrees, such at Mars, has a very difficult time initially adjusting to new situations. Patience is required. Learn not to over-react to feeling criticized. Transpluto over-reacts when this is sensed and this can make life very difficult.

    I am going through a Pluto transit to a planet in 0 degrees. It is not easy. Personally, I have been helped by taking a Pluto Essence created by an astrologer near Annapolis MD.
    Adam Gainsburg at I find that this essence makes me feel empowred, that I can tackle anything, so the transit is easier. There is no “magic bullet” but I do find it helpful. Of course, being a lot older, Pluto transits become easier with age as I naturally have more control and personal power in my life. It was not easy when I was younger.

  4. Lynn Koiner Says:

    I missed your post, Buffy, but you have asked a good question. Do not be concerned with Pluto being retrograde. I would simply look at the transit itself, Pluto trine Jupiter. You do not give the degree – Beginning Planet or Ending Planet – and this is important.

    A Beginning Planet (0 degrees) describes are very new situation. An Ending Planet (29 degrees) would bring some matter to a conclusion. Ending Jupiter is excellent for “comparatives.” They see the common thread of truth in all belief systems and philosophies. They have an interest in synchronicities.

    Generally, Pluto trine Jupiter in the Water Houses can heal some family situation by psychologically understanding it.

    Pluto-Jupiter very generally often describes a situation wherein you feel that you are doing something to improve the quality of life for others…it can be humanitarian in some way. Young people often teach reading to others who cannot read, as an example.

  5. Lynn Koiner Says:
    I have written a Manual on Beginning and Ending Planets and it is available on this website as a PDF File.
  6. Lynn Koiner Says:

    I do not use separating transits. It just gets too confusing — what is a client feeling? Last year’s transits, this year’s transits and next year’s transits all at the same time?!

    BUT, because Pluto is at the end of a sign, this is called the “End of One’s Rope” degrees — people in general feel the intensity of Pluto REGARDLESS of where their natal planets are located. This may be the answer to your question.

    On my website, I have a little information on the galactic center in an article on Septiles. A brief section is….

    RESEARCH: In the “Journal for Scientific Exploration,” the Spottiswoode research conducted with former government “remote viewers” revealed that there was a 2-hour window of dramatically increased psychic ability when the earth blocked the noise coming from the Galactic Center. To determine this on one’s own, use a Star Finder Dial or visually observe when Orion’s Belt is directly overhead. Since the transiting Septiles facilitate psychic ability, blocking the Galactic Center will give you an extra edge of receptivity.

    Frequently, there will be septiles between the Sun-Mercury-Venus and Neptune-Pluto. These will not be so strong due to the frequency in which they occur. As Septiles, they are always useful for multi-dimensional connections and psychic support. Septiles involving the outer planets occur less frequently and, therefore, are more significant as they last for longer periods.

    There are not many strong Septile Clusters through December 2006. The last strong cluster occurred on November 30 2005. When an outer planet is involved, it has a stronger influence but it needs Septile Clusters from the inner planets to be truly powerful. The last such important clustering occurred on March 21-22 2002.

    I am not going to analyze each aspect as I have done in the past but rather give the series of Septile Clusters.
    In 2007, there are many dates in which Septiles occur. I have only listed the strongest clusters for this e-mail post. I am personally trying to work with Septile dates for manifesting ghosts. Since Blaschke feels that this is a “Suspension” aspect, it can lift the veil between the seen and the unseen.

    Your personal observations would be appreciated. With psychic work, look for the time when Orion is overhead. Noise from the Galactic Center will be blocked and reception will be improved.

  7. Lynn Koiner Says:

    RAF – With so much Scorpio/Pluto, you lack the objectivity and awareness of how other people feel about your feelings.
    You can attract the (objective) AIR sign element into your chart but talking with other people about your feelings and truly listening to what they say. Keeping everything inside is terrible for Scorpio/Pluto…it only becomes more intense and less controllable, like a beach ball being pushed below the surface of the water. You can only contain it for so long. You need to talk with friends about these feelings and gain some objectivity.

  8. Lynn Koiner Says:
    FEARS & THE 12th HOUSE:

    Planets transiting or progressing through the 12th House can do this, especially Saturn. The 12th House is a time for letting go of the old self and this can create fears of the unknown. The minor afflictions from a transiting Pluto might do this as well.
    Death thoughts often occur when a part of ourselves is dying but this is usually a good thing…we just do not know it yet because the new has not happened.

  9. Lynn Koiner Says:
    THE 12th HOUSE: I know this from experience about the 12th House. When Saturn and the progressed Moon entered this House, I was fearful and anxious without knowing why. The Progressed Mercury square natal Mercury caused anxiety over an error in judgment. Uranus aspecting the 12th can cause sleeplessness.

    Adi – Progressed Venus, ruling the 12th cusp, crossing Neptune in the 8th (a psychically sensitive House) and Pluto crossing Mercury while 150 Mars in the 12th. In early degrees, there can be anxiety over an impending change, about which you may not be aware of at this time.

  10. Marianne Says:

    Pluto was recently conjunct my Ascendant. Now, due to it’s retrograde motion, it will be crossing my ascendant again, and eventually again.
    This is a very dynamic time in my life. In many ways I feel I am not the same person I was just a year ago- for instance my style of dress and the way I carry myself has changed incredibly (I am much more feminine than I have ever been before). A lot of what I have read about Pluto conjunct asc. is not necessarily positive yet if the changes in my life recently are any indication of what’s to come I am pretty excited.
    What do you think?

  11. Lynn Koiner Says:

    It does not matter when Pluto is R or not, crossing the ASC can be very empowering for most people. After years of being in the 12th House, a time to observe people in power, abuses in power and simply observing, Pluto on the ASC empowers you.

    Of course, there may be a few people who are afraid to be empowered and then they could have problems but, by and large, this is a very good aspect and it lasts for a very long time. See where Pluto is natally to find from where many of the changes are coming.

  12. Lynn Koiner Says:

    Pluto itself is the most important consideration when it crosses the ASC – empowering and transformative. The House position is a subsidiary influence, then the sign.

    Pluto will be in your 1st House for a long time and it should bring 9th House type changes – education, travel, learning and consciousness expanding experiences, meeting and communication with people from distant places, a spiritual transformation and a transformation in how you view the world, political views as well.
    Pluto in Libra does have an influence, as you say, changing socially and seeking answers from within, not through others. So, this colors Pluto issues as well.

  13. Lynn Koiner Says:

    I am writing a series of manuals that will eventually be sold on this website. This is part of the 12th House Pluto article….

    12th HOUSE PLUTO:

    With Pluto in the 12th House, a parent did not want you to be more powerful than they were – and often that parent had an internal sense of powerlessness. The individual learned to suppress their power and to give in to the power of that parent.

    Being powerful was deemed intolerable by a parent so that the individual learned not to come on strong. If the person did not have the potential to be very powerful, it would not need to be repressed.

    The parental message was: Do not be more powerful than I am. This made the parent controlling and overwhelming. The 12th House Pluto has issues or fears about being powerless or out of control.

    NOTE: I have Pluto in the 12th. I believe that my mother was my daughter in the last lifetime. She did not want me to assume my former power in our current relationship…because I do not think she wanted me to abandon her again.

    There is a fear of being vulnerable, especially to the power of others or more powerful people.

    There are difficulties dealing with powerful or controlling people.

    They are sensitive to manipulative people. This gives them great internal insight into the motives of others. Since “survival” within the family and dealing with the power parent was dependent upon picking up subtle cues from that parent, the individual cultivates great psychological insights.
    Profiling becomes natural, especially for those issues from the childhood.

    NOTE: I only have specific insights, not complete insight. People who “lie like a Gemini” I just never get it. My mother never told the truth and you would think that I would be more perceptive…but I believe what others say….most of the time. It seems that when it comes to astrology and New Age activities I always know when someone is phoney. As a child, I knew how adults would react. I knew how to behave so that I would not get in trouble. Situation at the pool example. As an adult, possibly because my life is good, I have lost the need to be so aware of the motives of others. See the next statements.

    The individual learned to be manipulative very early because they were dealing with manipulative people. They are very aware of the strengths and weaknesses of others.

    ? I personally only find that this works when someone could hurt me or the people whom I care about. I can see through people who are fakes, who use people through a spirituality “con,” and spirituality cons. This only works when people I care about are threatened in some way.

    • My parents would force or trick her into doing things, never straightforward. This is part of being raised by manipulative people
    • My own mother would tell me that we were going to get ice cream and then take me to the doctor for a shot (although we did get ice cream afterwards). I later healed the relationship with the doctor whom I came to fear.
    • As a child, I could not make choices for myself. With Mercury-Pluto, my mother would put words into my mouth and make decisions for me (and my father). This affected my ability to make decisions and choices for myself.
    • I fear situations in which I am powerless, controlled and manipulated. I fear being sued in court – for me, the ultimate powerlessness.
    • Transits from Pluto can be difficult – am I powerless or do I have control. When Pluto squared my Sun-Juno, a Juno individual made my life hell. Since I had never scored a victory, I could not score a victory with this person who had been like a mother to me.
    • Since I was not taught how to be in control of my life, I felt empowered by astrology. This was my substitute parent!

    This is an excellent position for a therapist, healer, counselor or profiler. They possess insightful skills into the psychological behavior of other people. Being able to assess the strengths and weaknesses of others can be helpful in matters of business.
    They are excellent researchers, in all areas. Because they know how to keep some things hidden, they can succeed in undercover work or covert activities.

    Their insights are so keen and perceptive that they can range from insightful to paranoid!

  14. Lynn Koiner Says:
    INCONJUNCTS: Anxiety can be triggered by inconjuncts – Pluto is crossing your Mercury 150 to Mars in the 12th. I discussed the 12th House earlier. The specific planets that you have in your 8th House are very sensitive to anything beyond your control and all unseen realities. Your progressed Venus is crossing your progressed Neptune at this time.

  15. Lynn Koiner Says:

    First, before initiating a lawsuit, I would ask a horary question – calculating a chart for the time and place one asks a question. The 1st House is the Asker – the 7th House is the other person. Whichever is elevated higher usually wins but the Moon’s last aspect while in the sign will indicate the outcome.
    I can recommend horary astrologers to anyone who asks.

    Spending your life getting even with others is no life at all. When you try to destroy others, you end up destroying yourself.
    There must be something within yourself that attracts these people. This is what you need to change.
    Pluto squaring your 12th House Libra planets offers an opportunity to transform your attitudes and your life.

  16. Lynn Koiner Says:
    PLUTO TRANSITS & PLUTO CROSSING 4th CUSP: Pluto afflicting transits can be difficult for the “personal” planets. Pluto applies pressure onto the Solar Plexus, forcing emotions to surface, not always pleasant but these emotions need to be evicted so they do not affect our health down the road.

    To give “hope” for others, aspects (even difficult ones) to planets in early degrees can portend a new situation and this is very stressful. With such an affliction, I began teaching online with IAA and having to learn the new technology was uber-stressful —- the best thing that ever happened to me.

    MANOJ: I cannot say exactly what will happen in your chart but, as I said to JT, many new circumstances coming into your life in 2009-10 can be very stressful until you adapt and learn the new. Pluto needs a mentor.

    In 1997, Pluto crossed my IC and it was a transformational time in my life. My aunt’s husband died and she decided to take me under her wing and develop a closer relationship with a neice she little knew. I became her favorite neice and she was very good to me until she passed a couple of years ago.

    Pluto going through the 4th transformed my entire life — there were passings in my life, my neighborhood totally changed because of re-development and my life totally changed. Nothing occurred overnight but as a long-term transformation that occurred from 1997 until recently as Pluto takes many years to transit a House and, during that time, your life life and immediate environment are overhauled completely.
    A friend and I both noticed that a HEALING occurred in our family relationships with Pluto transiting there. I have definitely seen Pluto heal relationships.

  17. Lynn Koiner Says:
    PLUTO CROSSING IC: Pluto crossing the IC is not always difficult but it marks a long cycle (could e as much as 17 years) within major changes occur in your home, workplace and neighborhood.

    Under favorable aspects, it can bring a healing of family relationships. Read this natal aspect on Natal Retrogrades on this website.

    When Pluto entered my 4th, an uncle died (not close) and it set the stage to become much closer to my aunt, his wife. She became a mother figure to me, we did so many things together, she gave me money for my trips to Europe and, later with Pluto still in the 4th, she left me an inheritance.

    During this long transit, which recently ended, my mother died. This shifted my relationship with my dad and we became closer than ever.

    My work environment changed from giving readings in my home, only in-person, to telephone consultations and Skype and online teaching, rarely at home.

    My neighborhood has changed dramatically due to tearing down the old and building the new. My taxes went from $4800 to $17,000 per year. But, I have a Whole Foods and Borders 3 blocks from my house.

    There have been many other transformations with my neighborhood that are wonderful but too many to enumerate.

    Jupiter changing directions is a powerful event. I like Jupiter R and you will always be this (read article). But, when Jupiter turns direct, your popularity can increase because you know how to play the acceptable role.
    This can bring some prosperity with property, healing of a relationship and the passing of others.

  18. Lynn Koiner Says:
    MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: I have researched MS for many years. Psychologically, there is an internal rebellion against control issues. The individual must let go of control or feeling the need to take control of the lives of others, specifically the family.

    Those who have caught the disease in time tend to do well with weight lifting and adhering to the Cayce Diet (just google this) and avoiding food combinations.

    Pluto transiting the 7th House brings transformations through the interaction with others. Others profoundly alter your life in some way.

  19. Lady Diane Randall Says:

    CAT: It sounds like MS to me, I have it and the weakness and fatigue are debilitating. Your post is probably a few years old and not sure you’re reading now (7/1/2012), but MS for some of us – only about 5-10% of MS patients have Primary Progressive MS – is like this: strange debilitating events as in seizures, eye issues, etc., exhaustion, that come and go, AND for me – when the MS took over about 7 yrs ago – abnormal heartbeat from any physical exertion and/or extreme anxiety. I’ve found anxiety gets completely out of control in situations of extreme vertigo (also MS symptom), strobe lights or even tv/movie flashing, loud noises (ie commotion). There was a fire alarm at my bldg and I could not control my severe reaction, although it subsided after a Valium (a muscle relaxer/tranquilizer that helps me even in small doses). CAT, have you had an MRI of your neck or a spinal tap done? Another MRI of your head may be in order, it can take time to show up. Blessings to you!

    LYNN, Regarding your comments on MS, I have been a “passive agressive” control person. I grew up in super-controlling atmosphere, repressed myself so much that the internal combustion blew out some of my wiring. Having a Grand Trine of Fire with Pluto in Leo in 7th, guess where that stuff shows up – long term relationships. Sun in 0.6 Aries in 1st, conj. Venus in end Pisces & Mercury in Aries, all in 1st. Thank god/dess for the Venus in Pisces, I’m a poet and writer – the trine is with Saturn in Sag mid-heaven. Also have Mars in Gemini end 3rd. My father’s a Leo and after many many relationships, I am finally with someone (my 3rd Gemini!) who is like him in many ways and my dad is a true Leo gem! But not great at communication, you have to find the key and then it goes smoothly. PS this new man – my whole life has changed and he entered and we are going through a lot of stuff, transforming together, and my perspective has changed dramatically regarding men – I recognize my own issues (especially fear of being controlled!) and don’t just argue, jump and run, which is hard to do now with the MS anyway!

    PS LYNN: I have an interesting theory also on the MS – I began my psychic studies right at the age the MS 1st appeared, albeit with stretches of feeling ok until 40+ years later. I think the extra neural activity creates an empathic ability (I saw this on NGeo channel) and the more the myelin breakages, the more psychic I became, but that leads to less ability to be detached. My main tool is tarot or other psychometry, especially touch… Now I live as peacefully as possible and do short readings for a few people here and there. Have written and plan to do more once I finish helping my Scorpio daughter get to Japan to teach! She leaves 27 days from now and is 34! Anyway, thank you… I love reading this and used to know a lot more about astrology, so thanks!

  20. Lynn Koiner Says:

    12th HOUSE (8-2012): When Pluto transits the 12th House, it represents a long cycle of observing power in others. It is a time of observation for some future change. When Pluto crosses the Ascendant, you will take steps to empowerment yourself in some way.

    A friend tolerated a marriage to a Loser (slept with other women, called himself an entrepreneur but he only made $2000 a year) while Pluto transited her 12th. When Pluto crossed her Ascendant, you put her foot down and told him to stay with his girlfriend because she was no longer supporting him.
    NOTE: You should have posted this under Pluto Transits. Your post is not about Pluto R. I only answer questions as they pertain to the article. It’s OK though.

  21. Lynn Koiner Says:

    JERRY (9-2012): STATIONARY POSITIONS – this is not always easy to answer, since different astrologers use different orbs. I only notice this in the chart when Solar Fire puts an S after the degree-minute-sign for the planet.

    Personally, I use the time when the planet is in the same degree and minute of the Station point. For example, looking at my Michelson ephemeris, Jupiter is Station from October 2 until the 5th.

    Saturn and Uranus move more slowly so their Station period is sometimes longer. Uranus will be station for a short period – December 12 thru 15.

    Saturn is station from February 15-22 — a short period because it occurs in late seconds.

    A natal Station planet will be the most powerful in the chart. This can affect the career and even the health (if the planet is not used properly). This is also true of Singletons in the natal chart.

    Good question…Lynn

  22. Lynn Koiner Says:

    PLUTO in 12th (5-2013: When Pluto is in the 12th — and it will be there for many, many years — the transformations are mostly psychological. One often makes observations of people in power abusing power. You need to learn this lesson because, when Pluto crosses the ASC, it may put you in a power position. Do not make the same mistakes as others.

    With the 12th House, there can be research, covert activities and empowerment can also come from distant places where people do not know you — therefore, you an transform without the preconception of who you have been.

  23. Lynn Koiner Says:

    ALI (6-2014): First, you need to read my article on HOW TO SURVIVE PLUTO TRANSITS on this website.

    Pluto forces us to FEEL OUR FEELINGS and there is often no remedy until we have faced these emotions head on.

    The transiting Pluto presses on our solar plexus/astral body forcing these feelings to the surface so that we can see how we feel more clearly. Yes, these emotions can make you FEEL angry, resentful and distrustful. I cannot tell you what to do with these feelings – you need to seek a good psychological astrologer or talk with some good friends about how you are feeling in order to get some feedback and perspective — Pluto is so intense that it can distort reality.

    If these angry feelings stay inside, they will eventually make you ill. So, it is important to make peace with your emotions.
    Physical activity is helpful and socializing (isolation can make you more resentful.

    Pluto transiting the 4th House can bring healing to the family relationships. This happened for me and for a friend who is now contacting relatives from whom she has been estranged for many years.

    The 4th House is not just your biological family but your extended family in the place in which you work. Many astrologers overlook this connection. So, maybe a change is in order but I do not know what else in happening in your chart – it has to be more than the Pluto transit. Yes, Pluto can be very difficult all on its own.

    Since Cardinal signs are being activated, the adrenal-thyroid glands can be stressed. Read my article on the Cardinal Cross and health from my homepage.

  24. Lynn Koiner Says:

    BRIAN (9-2014): Probably not because only you can change your pessimistic outlook and your lifestyle that supports this.

    I do not mean to sound scarcastic but I had to make a major lifestyle change myself to change the negative patterns in my life.

    Transits do not change you — YOU CHANGE YOU.

  25. merryblaze Says:

    I have a very strong retrograde Pluto in my natal chart, conjunct my Moon and Ascendant in Scorpio. Neptune and Uranus are conjunct in Capricorn, providing it a sextile. Saturn challenges it with a square, in Aquarius. Mars is trine, in Pisces.
    I also have my sun in the anaretic degree of Aries; my birthday is the 18th of April, so my solar return should be around then.
    Should be an exciting spring and summer, then, eh? I feel like I’ve been through a lot already, with Saturn running rampant in my 12th and 1st houses over the last few years; I have learned a lot, I’m kind of eager to see what else is going to happen. Life is quite an experience.

  26. Penny Says:

    This is so poignant and true. I also think that Pluto’s station is a powerful time. For some reason starting on the 13th through to now I have had some major epiphanies and really felt I was finally piecing things together — and I realize Pluto turns retro on the 16th-17th. It has been indeed as you say a regenerative process – at least for me – of seeing all the cycles of my life and how things have turned out as a result. Now I’m feeling the drive to change those cycles, break the habits and see what comes of it instead. Thanks for your interesting post.

  27. Casie Says:

    I’m in the process of starting an internet business and I’m considering it launched as of yesterday, except it’s really not. I don’t want to give power to the retrograde because I have to keep moving with this, but I do question whether or not I would have been more successful if it was off the ground before pluto went retrograde. I would appreciate any feedback on this! thank you :)

  28. Lynn Koiner Says:

    CASIE (4-2015): April 15 2015 was a good time between 7am and 5pm EDT. Do not be concerned about Pluto R since it is retrograde 5 months out of every year but it does change direction while the Moon is in Pisces. So, there will be some change in direction but I cannot tell you what or how. At least, the Moon is well aspected to Pluto.

  29. wendy Says:

    Hello, I’m new to this astrology information I’m amazed by I I wish I could understand more how does a pluto retrograde effect virgo, I have been very very sensitive lately and I hate it, I struggle with making big decision in my life, I’m afraid of hurting other people and the unknown

  30. Lynn Koiner Says:

    WENDY (4-2015): Do not be concerned with Pluto going Retrograde — it is R 5 months out of every year so it is not a big deal unless it directly aspects a natal planet.

  31. B Says:

    IM an Aquarius with Capricorn rising 15 degrees and 36 minutes – Pluto just went retrograde at 15 32 minutes. I just realized these next few months might be intense since it will cross my rising sign eventually before retrograding in the last degrees of my 12 house.

  32. Lynn Koiner Says:

    B (4-2015): You need to be sure that 15 is really the rising degree – that is, I always rectify charts when the Ascendant degree is important. Usually, the time is about 1 degree earlier but, just in case it is correct, this transit is half way over — March through May 2015 but it will cross again in 2016 — if the time is exact. Just because it is on the birth certificate does not mean that it is exact.

    The House position of your natal Pluto will be important as to WHAT occurs. On the ASC, it marks a time of going to observing to empowering…but you must be willing to empower yourself in some way.

    One friend finally got rid of her deadbeat womanizing husband after many years to tucking her head in the same.

  33. D Says:

    My natal Sun is at 15 degrees 19 minutes. How would the transitting retrograde Pluto conjunction affect me?

  34. Lynn Koiner Says:

    “D” – I have no clue how to answer this. One’s entire chart needs to be taken into consideration. You could look at my Pluto Transit article. To be honest, when giving a reading, I never take into consideration if Pluto is R or D. How Pluto R works is in the article.
    All transits want you to change something about yourself – connected with House position of natal Pluto and aspected planet.

  35. May Says:

    Since January I have Pluto conjunction moon, and direct square sun. I must say this is most difficult time in my life. I should mention that my natal moon is in 7th house, and natal sun in 11th. Very often I fall in deep depression with no rational reason. Sometimes I have scary suicidal thoughts.
    My natal Pluto is retro, in 5th house in conjunction with retro saturn, also in 5th house. (I have many retro planets in natal chart)
    As manifested, in February I fell in love with someone and for the first time in my life I can’t recognize myself. I can’t even tell him what I feel. He’s 24/7 with me, and it gets worse and worse. And interesting, his ruling planet is Pluto :)
    Please teach me, what is exactly I have to cut and transform in my life?
    What scares me the most is Pluto’s getting into my 8th house when it passes my moon again, while going direct.

  36. Lynn Koiner Says:

    MAY (7-2015): I am not a psychic so I cannot intuit your horoscope. However, first, read my article on Pluto transits and on Psychological Vampires. This will answer your questions.

    It seems that you have attracted either a vampire or a very insecure controlling person. Pluto is about empowering yourself to get out of such situations.

    The lesson is to empower yourself, to express your will, to not be so needy (that you would put up with this abusive behavior) and to define boundaries for yourself with others.

  37. Adrienne Says:

    Hi Lynn,
    I just wanted to tell you that I love this article.
    I am a double Capricorn with my sun conjunct my ascendant… with all of this happening between 14.27 and 17.44 degrees of Capricorn in my chart, I have felt Pluto’s influence extremely strong. This combined with transiting Saturn sitting on my Venus at 28 Scorpio and now my progressed Venus is making a sextile to my natal Venus…

    Anyway the point is… I truly feel like the literal phoenix rising from the ashes. I literally “slept” for seven years. I was in a wheelchair. I was 500 pounds. I had given up on life. But now these crazy Pluto and Saturn influences have awakened me up from my deep slumber… and I have been working like a wild woman dancing everyday! I literally BURNED OFF over 250 calories from June 2013 until now…

    I do not think I am finished my transformation either… I am just in the eye of the storm… I have been sitting around the same weight since April. I was discouraged until I saw your article… I even experienced the fear of weight gain in July just as you stated… I mean your article was so on point… that I just had to write to you.

    I had given up doing astrology until this year… now I feel pulled to dive back in again! Keep up the great work… your article is fantastic!

  38. Lynn Koiner Says:

    ADRIENNE (8-2015): Thank you for posting but your article would have been more appropriate under Pluto transits or my Weight Loss article. Pluto R has nothing to do with this BUT I am glad you posted.
    Pluto can help you to take control and transform your life. When people are ready to change, it just happens…but read the Weight Loss article for more insights.

  39. Ginger Virgo Says:

    Hi Lynn,

    As a July 15th Cancer/Virgo ascendant (@ 7.5 degrees) with Pluto transit in 5th house of Capricorn, and also realizing the retrograde through Sept. 24th, 2015…can you give a prespective as to where Pluto is in its journey to date, for those Virgo risings with 7.5 degrees?

    I think its called the first decante…my question…its its “path” going to get stronger or sustain toward 2023…has it passed a certain “mid point” or milestone of tearing down… with this astro info provided …would be QUITE helpful…still a torturous time with career, finances..since ’2009…THANK you!

  40. Lynn Koiner Says:

    GINGER VIRGO (9-2015): First, Pluto going R means very little. It provides an opportunity to use Pluto a little differently. I never concern myself about whether or not Pluto is R or D.

    Pluto is doing absolutely nothing to your Ascendant. It is not even opposing your Sun.

    There was an astrologer in my area so observed that we really get a sense of what an outer planet is going to do when it reaches its midpoint or around 15 degrees— but this only works in world events, not our personal charts. Then, it is active when it aspects natal planets.

    I have T Pluto in my 5th House and it will be there past 2024 because I have 4 Aquarius on the 6th House cusp. It has triggered an explosion of new ideas and mental creativity.
    When it entered my 5th at 2 Capricorn, I organized my ideas for teaching medical astrology. I have done a lot of research and investigative creativity. I have made connections with former CIA and FBI for some of my lectures on Radicalized Terrorists.

    You should read the Pluto transit article and not this one and you should look to see that Pluto is doing in your natal chart at But it will only help if you are experiencing a difficult Pluto transit.

  41. jen Says:

    Hi Lynn, :)

    How does the current stationary retrograde Pluto transit effect us? I have an applying square to my Ascendant. How does this effect me personally? Are the effects external, internal, or both?

    The applying square transit between Pluto and my Ascendant is a little over 2 degrees away from becoming exact. Will it still effect me now or only when it is within .5 degrees?

    Thank you!


  42. jen Says:

    Forgot to add: My natal Pluto is stationary retrograde. Does this make my experience more intense with Pluto stationary transits even though I do not have a transiting aspect to my natal P currently by transiting P?

  43. Rebecca Says:


    I have been experiencing Pluto square my sun in Aries. I am at the end of maternity leave and am considering quitting my job to pursue my passion in holistic children’s education. Am I crazy for wanting to quit my lucrative career that I spent 10 years building? I may have a false optimism due to Neptune opposing Saturn and yet at the same time sweeping changes are called for due to Uranus opposing my pluto…help, I am not sure what is the right thing to do! I am also experiencing the following:

    The beauty in everything * Neptune conjunction Venus: * Beginning of April 2014 until end of January 2016:
    A new perception * Neptune opposition Saturn: * End of April 2014 until mid-February 2016:
    Sweeping changes * Uranus opposition Pluto: * Mid-April 2015 until mid-March 2016:
    Lavish tastes * Jupiter opposition Venus: * From 10 September 2015 until 19 September 2015:
    A new freedom * Jupiter conjunction Saturn: * From 13 September 2015 until 23 September 2015:
    False optimism * Jupiter square Neptune: * Mid-November 2015 until end of July 2016:

    “Flights of fancy” (Neptune sextile Chiron) (L)
    “A new perception” (Neptune opposition Saturn) (L)
    “The beauty in everything” (Neptune conjunction Venus) (L)
    “Power struggles” (Pluto square Sun) (L)
    “A new freedom” (Jupiter conjunction Saturn) (L)
    “Something transcendental” (Venus sextile Pluto) (L)
    “Transformation” (Mars in 8th house) (L)
    “Turbulence and difficulty” (Mercury opposition Sun) (L)
    “In the background” (Sun in 8th house) (L)
    “New horizons” (Sun in 9th house) (L)
    “Something new” (Mercury in 9th house) (L)
    “Attracting money” (Venus in 8th house) (L)

  44. Richard Says:

    Pluto has just finished transiting my 8th house. Now exactly in the cup of the 9th it has gone retrograde.

    I’ve quit my job today.
    An intense love of my life relationship has also ended in last couple of weeks.

    Can I expect more of the same whole Pluto is dancing around d my 8th house?

    Natally, Pluto is perfectly conjunct Mercury at 3°50 Libra, 5th house.

  45. maya Says:

    He’s now retrograding for one final time, in my first house, getting closer to my Asc by transit.
    I was born with pluto rx in my 10th house. For the longest I can remember, I was a bullied kid but mostly verbally (pluto opp mercury, pluto square saturn, afflicted mars in 3rd). It didn;t stop, now it;s worse since can’t run away or avoid and of course I’d get pick on because of my limp. Now what, a bullied adult

    I really don’t understand why it’s so easy for people to claim: oh, yes, you’re just not using your pluto power well so people take it and use it against you. What power man? ‘‘My bullies’‘ are 2 feet tall and live right in front of my door. What sort of Pluto power are we talking about? Darker aura. Do you think don’t mess with me- vibe are a stopper for such people? I beg to differ.
    This is real world. And it sucks.

  46. Richard Says:

    Thanks for the reply Lynn.

    Natally I have Pluto conjunct Mercury exact and Pluto square Saturn exact and Saturn conjunct South node exact.

    Now Pluto is retrograde it’s moving towards my North node in Capricorn and is also square my natal chiron on Aries

  47. Julie Says:

    Hi Lynn,
    I have Pluto retrograde in the 8th hours 25 degress of my natal chart. The latest Pluto retrograde transit ending this September 26th has been marked by very deep and intense soul searching and with Saturn and Mars transiting my 12th house until December 2017, this also brought dark areas of my life to the surface for me to deal with.

    I would like to know what I can expect from Pluto going direct?

  48. Beth Says:

    I have Pluto Rx on my descendant squaring natal Mars in the 10th @ 19 degrees which opposes natal Uranus in the 4th at 20 degrees which squares my Ascendent in Cancer at 20 degrees which squares natal Mars in the 10th.

    Can you offer any insight?

  49. samantha Says:

    Hi Lynn,

    Much love,

  50. Lynn Koiner Says:

    SAMANTHA (4-2017): My webmaster is away and I see that you text did not appear but I did receive it. I can see that some of my answers did not appear.

    Transiting Pluto R, with the positions that you have given me, is not doing anything in your chart. Other planets are closing in on late degrees which is an ENDING cycle for everyone. If you have planets from 25-29, this will make the endings more strong and inevitable.

    Planets from 0-5 degrees will make new beginnings, activities and relationships that are totally new.


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