Pluto Retrograde 2016 Soul Evolution

Pluto Retrograde 2015Pluto retrograde 2016 starts on April 18 at 17° Capricorn and ends on September 26 at 15° Capricorn. Before I talk about Pluto retrograde 2016 in detail, you will find a description of Pluto retrograde in the natal chart followed by the general meaning of Pluto retrograde in transit.

Pluto retrograde 2016 should be a positive experience overall. A powerful grand trine configuration gives the communication skills and acute perception to expose any buried and unresolved issues holding you back. Many of these repressed feelings will relate to your love life or finances.

When Mercury retrograde begins on April 28 until Jupiter direct on May 9, there will be five retrograde planets for the first time in ten years. Resolving karmic issues can result in a massive transformation and evolution of your soul this year.

Pluto Retrograde Meaning

Pluto retrograde in the natal chart is more common than inner planet retrogrades such as Mercury and Venus. About 40% of people have Pluto retrograde in their birth chart so it is less feared and less detrimental than having an inner planet retrograde. That being said, Pluto retrograde natal still has karmic repercussions and a definite influence.

With natal Pluto retrograde you may have difficulty transforming your life due to fear of letting go. The internalization process of retrogrades can slow you bringing your intense drives and needs to the surface. You will probably have difficulty expressing your personal power and influence.

A fear of being controlled or of taking control can stem from past life experiences involving abuse of power or being overly controlled. Which side of the ledger, whether victim or abuser, will be shown through aspects to your Pluto and any fixed star conjunctions.

Depending on the particular past life conditions, you may have a fear of death, poverty, manipulation, torture, imprisonment, being committed to a mental institution, exile or betrayal. Power and control issues may also involve the psychic realms, sex and inheritance.

For such reasons you can be very intense on the inside, secretive or a control freak. Past life conditioning can repeat, especially while young, in the form of compulsions, phobias, isolation or mistrust of family. You may develop strong psychic power as a result of internalizing your powerful drives and desire for power and success. Hiding you true desire for power and influence can lead to suspicion.

Pluto retrograde in your natal chart subjects you to many fated events which are aimed at bringing your deepest and darkest fears to the surface. A repeating theme of particular experiences will continue until you learn to safely express your inner power and intensity.

Pluto retrograde in transit is a regular cycle lasting five months every year, during the opposition to the Sun. As with all outer planets, it causes less concern than the rarer inner planet retrogrades.

Transiting Pluto retrograde is a time of reflection about power and control in your life. If people have been controlling or manipulating you then now is the time to let them go. If you have been too controlling of others or situations then it is time to let go. This is not a time for power tripping but a time for elimination. Fated events and repeating themes will reinforce which of your controlling habits, compulsions, addictions or prejudices must be eliminated.

If you have been too smothering and controlling in a relationship, holding on too tight, then you may be forced to let go. If obsessive or compulsive behavior involving food or drugs has taken hold of your life, then events may force a turn around. The more intense your destructive behavior, the more extreme the detoxing or withdrawal stage will be, such as going cold turkey.

Perhaps suspicion, secrecy, racism, gambling or porn are taking control and holding you back from spiritual evolution. Trust in your spirit guides and think of the extremes your ancestors endured to have their genes expressed in you. Destroying things which have control over you will increase your spiritual power and lead to personal mastery.

Pluto Retrograde 2016

Pluto retrograde lasts from April 18 to September 26, 2016, spanning 3 degrees of the zodiac from 14°55′ to 17°29′ Capricorn. The chart below shows a challenging aspect to Venus suggesting power and control issues involving love and money. Saturn retrograde 2016 also has a major focus on addressing some previous or current disappointments involving your love life or financial situation.

Venus square Pluto can have a profound effect on your love life. Power and control issues may arise in existing relationships. Simmering tension may come to the surface as some manipulative behavior like jealousy or possessiveness. At the root of such behaviors would be a deeply buried fear or insecurity about not feeling loved or valued. Of course, it may be you who is subject to such behaviors from a partner.

New love is possible now and it could seem like instant attraction. However, you must also realize that such an infatuation may lead to an abusive or even violent attachment. Obsessions involving sugary foods may be masking a deeper problem.

Pluto Retrograde 2016

Pluto Retrograde 2016

The blue lines in the chart above form a grand trine aspect pattern. A grand trine is a fortunate configuration showing natural talent and creative potential. However, without some motivation from challenging aspects, the potentials may never be realized.

Venus square Pluto provides the disruptive energy needed to activate the grand trine. For harmony to be achieved, the imbalance of Moon quincunx Venus must be addressed.

Moon quincunx Venus is another indicator of health issues caused by too much sugar in the diet, like obesity and diabetes. This may be related to the other main imbalance which involves love. The amount of love you receive is out of balance with the amount of love you give. It could also be that finances or values are causing relationship friction.

Of course, you don’t have to be in a love relationship to feel the effects of these challenging Venus aspects. In this case, Pluto retrograde 2016 may involve improving self-love in preparation for dating. The aspects below of the grand trine will give clues on how to correct these imbalances.

Moon trine Mercury lets you see things clearly. Your feeling, intuitive side is balanced with your rational thought processes to give acute perceptive skills. You can read others easily and quickly assess any situation. Your are in touch with your own feelings to give sound judgement and decision-making skills.

Moon trine Pluto increases your emotional sensitivity and psychic perception. You will feel things more powerfully and are likely to be transformed by your intense emotional reactions. Someone is likely to move you deeply and have a strong influence on your life. Intense emotional connections may result in new relationships.

Mercury trine Pluto is ideal for asking for favors and talking people into things. Your brain is very powerful under this influence and it gives the power of penetration at the mental level. Just as you can have a profound influence on others, you may meet someone who deeply affects you through some idea, plan, or it could be the beginning of a karmic friendship or successful partnership.

The grand trine can be used to deeply probe your inner psychology to find buried treasure. You can identify and expose your outdated and unhealthy fears, obsession and prejudices.

Clearing out the garbage of your mind will uncover some subconscious issues associates with your love life. You may find some repressed anger or resentment, even rage, that was never processed from a previous relationship. Mars retrograde will be linked to this as it starts only one day before Pluto retrograde 2016.

With Jupiter retrograde too, and Mercury retrograde from April 28, there will be 5 retrograde planets for the first time in 10 years. A whole lot of karma can be sorted out through many fated events. Although the influences of these retrograde planets are interwoven, the ultimate transformation comes through Pluto retrograde which is the evolution of your soul.

Pluto Retrograde Dates

16 April to 25 September 2015
18 April to 26 September 2016
20 April to 28 September 2017
13° to 15° Capricorn
15° to 17° Capricorn
17° to 19° Capricorn

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31 thoughts on “Pluto Retrograde 2016 Soul Evolution

  1. HI Jamie,

    You have been very helpful with previous questions. As I was making a list of all the current retrograde planets from your website, I read about what a retrograde planet means in your natal chart. I have Saturn (and born under Saturn as a Capricorn), Uranus and Pluto retrograde in my natal chart and read what Saturn and Pluto retrograde mean from you. In particular you said with Pluto retrograde (and about 40% of us have Pluto retrograde) that the aspects to Pluto in the natal chart also figure in it. I have Pluto in the 3rd house opposing both Venus and Mars in the 9th house. I have read about Pluto opposing both Mars and Venus but with Pluto retrograde how does this affect the aspect? Thank you!

    • Good question Nancy. I would expect there to be past life issues with controlling or holding back a lover. Your relationships this life may cause you problems but they are so you can learn not to control or manipulate. You have to give partners more trust and freedom?

      • Thank you, Jamie for your reply. Yes, it is true I always seem to have problems with relationships and have always wondered why.

  2. Hello Jamie
    I have Pluto Rx in my natal chart with other five planets in Rx. I went through the article by Gregory rozek which u sent me.
    I wanted to have your advice on an issue..
    I am wanting to quit my job as am not willing to do it due to workplace problems. Its a well paid one but with authoritative problems. Am planning to resign in may 2016.
    Is it safer this time of the year to do it with so many planets going retrograde?
    Plz give ur comments. I am April 02, 1982 born at 12.50PM IST.

  3. I get a lot of nearly exact transits, such as this Pluto Retrograde turns Direct September 26 Conjunct my embattled hard aspect Natal Moon 14 degrees Capricorn.

  4. Oh noes – Pluto will be into the orb of a square with my natal moon again!
    Gaawd, will it never end?!!!
    My Moon is already in a natal battle (square) with Mars, and Pluto does not make this easier. However, I’ve pulled some punches in this regard since 2013, so at least I will be prepared. I guess now will be the time for truly healing the themes that Pluto in 12th house has been touching during his transit in this dark gloomy place. My moon however, will have to recover. But hey – with a placement in the 8th house, isn’t the Phoenix theme all about death and rebirth?! 😉

    • I usually stick to one degree orb for transits and progressions. Thanks for your feedback on the retrogrades.

  5. Hi Jamie! My natal Uranus is at 16 degrees cap conjunct Neptune at 17 degrees. The Pluto-Uranus squares hit me hard and it feels like the soul destroying realizations and transformations are never going to end. What types of things should I be looking out for this Pluto retrograde season? Thank you<3

    • I forgot to mention my sun is cap at 10 degrees and moon in Aries at 11, so the Pluto Uranus squares were right on top of my luminaries. Lol

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