Pluto Retrograde May 1, 2023 − Ruthless

Pluto Retrograde 2023

Pluto retrograde 2023 begins on May 1 at 0° Aquarius and ends on October 10 at 27° Capricorn.

Generally, Pluto retrograde is a time of reflection about power and control issues in your life. Pluto retrograde 2023 is especially powerful because it squares the April 20 total solar eclipse. Jupiter square Pluto will reveal the consequences of ruthlessness, greed and corruption.

More detail about Pluto retrograde 2023 follows some general information on Pluto retrograde in transit. Information about Pluto retrograde in the natal chart can be found at the end of this article.

Pluto Retrograde Meaning

Pluto retrograde in transit is a regular cycle lasting five months yearly 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 issues in your life.

If people have controlled or manipulated you, then now is the time to let them go. It is time to let go if you have been too controlling of others or situations. 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.

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

Perhaps suspicion, secrecy, racism, gambling, or pornography 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 that have control over you will increase your spiritual power and lead to personal mastery.

Pluto Retrograde 2023

Pluto stations retrograde on Monday, May 1, 2023, at 00°21′ Aquarius. Jupiter square Pluto has a relatively wide orb of 3°16′, but it is applying (approaching exactness). That gives it a more powerful influence.

The April 20 solar eclipse at 29♈50 makes Pluto retrograde 2023 more powerful. It is square Pluto, and Jupiter will be on the eclipse degree when it is exactly square Pluto.

Pluto Retrograde May 2023

Pluto Retrograde 2023 [Solar Fire]

Jupiter Square Pluto

Jupiter square Pluto exact on May 17, 2023, gives intense desires to become rich, successful or famous. But obsessive and compulsive behavior will bring relationship problems and powerful enemies. Excessive pride, overestimating your resources, or greed may lead to losses, scandal or embarrassment. So you must maintain high moral standards to ensure success.

Ruthless behavior will have consequences. Pluto will try to eliminate greed, corruption, immorality and other negative manifestations of Jupiter. The combined influence of Pluto retrograde 2023, the square to Jupiter, and the eclipse mean bankruptcies, foreclosures, recession, falls in share prices, job losses and other repercussions of corporate greed.

There is a heightened risk of crises affecting large portions of the global population. There may be volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, storms and flooding, epidemics, famine, wars, mass killings, genocide and financial or political crises.

The Eagle

Pluto Retrograde May 2023

Pluto Retrograde 2023 [Stellarium]

Pluto station retrograde conjunct fixed star Altair at 02♒06 in the constellation Aquila the Eagle. It gives a bold, confident, courageous, unyielding, ambitious and liberal nature, great and sudden but temporary wealth, and a position of command. It makes its natives guilty of bloodshed and gives danger from reptiles.

Constellation Aquila gives great imagination, strong passions, indomitable will, a dominating character, influence over others, clairvoyance, a keen, penetrating mind and an ability for chemical research. [1] It rules the U.S.A., space exploration, bombs and missiles.

Pluto retrograde 2023 ends on October 10, 2023, at 27°53′ Capricorn [see chart]

Pluto Retrograde Dates

  • 2022, April 29 to October 8 – 28°35′ to 26°06′ Capricorn
  • 2023, May 1 to October 10 – 00°21′ Aquarius to 27°53′ Capricorn
  • 2024, May 2 to October 11 – 02°06′ Aquarius to 29°38′ Capricorn

Natal Pluto Retrograde

Pluto retrograde natal 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’s less feared and less harmful than having an inner planet retrograde. That said, natal Pluto retrograde still has karmic repercussions and a noticeable 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 power and influence.

Fear of being controlled or taking control can stem from past experiences involving power abuse or manipulation. Which side of the ledger, whether victim or abuser, is shown through aspects to your Pluto and any fixed star conjunctions.

Depending on past life conditions, you may fear death, poverty, manipulation, torture, imprisonment, being committed to a mental institution, exile, or betrayal. Power and control issues may involve 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 due to internalizing your powerful drives and wish for power and success. Hiding your genuine desire for power and influence can lead to suspicion.

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


  1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.29, 135.

17 thoughts on “Pluto Retrograde May 1, 2023 − Ruthless

  1. Just noticing that Pluto is within a degree of perfecting a square to Tucker Carlson’s unaspected natal Saturn in his 10th house. Further, Pluto is squaring Carlson’s natal Saturn from his 7th house. Astrology blows my mind in moments like this. The meaning of transitting Pluto squaring natal Saturn is dead on for this moment in Carlson’s life. It’s magnified by Pluto’s entrance into Aquarius – people power, the rights of the little guy, all for one and one for all – squaring his completely oblivious (unaspected) natal Saturn – power to the overlord, the king, the boss, the corporation, the dominant force (white males) in his 10th house – career, status, money, power – from his 7th house – partners, open enemies, the other guy. Notably, this is merely the first scrape for Carlson with this square and already, the damage is astounding. Next year, when Pluto re-enters Aquarius, it makes a station over this square, grinding away at his 10th house Saturn on and off for over a year! Carlson’s “time in the barrel” is just getting started. If he doesn’t learn his lesson, and doubles down on the lying, arrogance, and trouble making, I predict Pluto will have even nastier surprises in store for him next year.

    • Edward Van Halen, RIP, a favorite at astrologyking, Saturn sq P!uto Rx


    • I love this interpretation. Perhaps it was these eclipses as well as the Mercury Rx and upcoming Jupiter Rx that triggered these events.

    • Good input on Pluto square Saturn. I have it my natal chart. Wrong things are just plain old not allowed or else.

  2. Before I even read this I ll tell you today I received a two page questionnaire on everyone’s opinions of housing company operations owning many buildings. It’s really gratifying to see this kind of caring. They renovated this building so it seems very uphill but lately the negative for me is getting the upper hand again so my health practices seemed undermined by overwhelmed peoples behaviour and my appeals not heard about what was making my health and well-being and safety degenerate I thought but no they got it together to ? Everyone. If nothing else it may rein in those in power here.

  3. An alignment of Ceres 23°Vir54’49” Trine Thalia, 23°Tau54’49” rx, top of the day Greenwich, UK, 1:00pm May 1. A peculiar alignment that bodes well for the British theatre season, Austentatious comes to mind, an initiative of Camilla. Synastry is personal natal, to show the Part of Fortune.

    Thalia 00Aqr35, muse of comedy, activated over the weekend, Pluto. Robert Service Yukon tales, flipped inside out. At the CME arrival, a keystone cut out.

    oddly Thalia previous activated December 2016, but by a person with the same name.If astrology study cross polinates gematria, here is good proof. And if you are an influence intrique, there is more to the story, a political earthquake, or tremor to some. The Washington obelisk wiggled a bit, a president inaugerated amongst fabric monoliths, how come?

    • June 11, Austentatious, time set for 2:30 pm London,

      asteroid JaneAusten conjunct Midheaven
      PLUTO triggers Thalia
      Mercury meets Sedna
      Mars triggers Neptune and Ceres opposite 12th.

      Secret policemen trawl
      Coronation funny recall,
      Hear the snowman bawl
      Returning your telephone call.

  4. Yup back up Pluto, take your time. Buys me time in the impending pluto transit opp natal Uranus. Uranus opp pluto blew up my life. Yes I earned that one. Was doing something I was not supposed to be doing. But I was being kind. Truth will out I guess. That was on my 4 10 axis, so maybe this one won’t be so life shattering.

    • Agreed, my friend. I’ve transiting Pluto conjunct natal Chiron (6th) opposed natal Uranus (12th) on May 5th . Full moon eclipse It’s about to get interesting!

      • In addition I should add that eclipse is on MC/IC axis (I’ll be in my closet if anyone asks )

  5. born on 18th April 1995 12:15pm mandi bahaouddin,punjab pakistan my sun is at 27,48 degree Aries, I am 28 year old ,Pluto is very much into my life affairs ,in this time all my scandal’s were public .everyone i trust defame me ,jobless. its like my all bad things and weakness are open to people and my good talent is hide one sees you no one trust you in this time. You can’t trust anyone in this time .its almost 5 years of such experiences and now i am over or near peak. also i also feel i am controlling or want to control things .Pluto is so far but it is the end of all things in our boundaries .more like universe is after you.

    • Yes, that sounds like Pluto, it can feel so scary, just like the universe is after you. Well said!

  6. Hi Jaime,

    Will this Pluto retograde have any influence or impact on the housing crisis some countries are experiencing right now? Seems like a lot of it has been driven by greed, at least in the U.S. it has. Is there a possibility that we will we see housing costs come down as a result of this retrograde?

    • I sure hope so! My rent has gone up 2 years in a row. Despite the stock market continuing to rise, I have no doubt we are headed for a recession. But I don’t know enough about economics to say if housing should get cheaper.

  7. Germany Unification chart, October 3, 1990, NorthNode 03°Aqr54′ conjunct descendant.

    At Pluto Rx, Nodes align into Fixed Cross, a battery pattern. “At The Gates” Asteroid Westphalia transit opposite Westphalia.

    St Thomas battery plant, Ontario, Gematria THOM, 2,8,6,4 a second cross.

    Germany’s latest incarnation, Sun conjunct Nessus, has a correspondence to Canada’s Node Nessus, natal and transit. And other correspondences too, seen in the light of the latest eclipse timeline.

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