Pluto is the astrological planet which rules power, control, transformation and elimination, often associated in astrology with dramatic upheaval and major changes.
The turmoil Pluto brings into our lives is more gradual than it appears, however, with these ‘sudden’ transformations actually tracing their roots back through the years.
Pluto turns retrograde for approximately five months every year, on a regular cycle. This means that, as seen from earth, the planet appears to be traveling backwards through the sky. It isn’t – no planet ever goes backwards in its orbit – this is just an optical illusion.
Pluto turned retrograde in Capricorn at 27 degrees on April 27th and will direct at 24 degrees Capricorn on October 6th, 2021.
Nevertheless, the symbolism of the apparent backwards motion is very important in astrology, and it changes the way the planet shows up in our lives.
In astrology, when Pluto is retrograde, we’re given a regular breathing space during which we can take stock of how the transformation is progressing.
During a Pluto retrograde period, we also get the chance to make some voluntary changes, typically involving letting go or something or someone, before we’re forced into it.
Now that Pluto’s retrograde motion has ended and the planet has turned direct once more, this breathing space comes to an end. For many, the effect of this is that it may feel as though events are spiraling out of control.
Certainly, we’ll feel less in control of our own personal circumstances, and it may feel as though change is being forced upon us.
Because Pluto is currently transiting Capricorn, the major changes it is making concern the very structures around which our society is based – law and order, justice, government, rules and regulations.
On a more personal level, Pluto’s cosmic influence, now that it turns direct today, is about re-shaping the structure of our individual lives, perhaps by shifting methods of working or changing the way we schedule our activities.
All of this can seem very unsettling or even unfair; it’s only with hindsight that we can appreciate Pluto’s work – this planet never tears down anything which it doesn’t then replace with something better.
Now that Pluto has turned direct, it’s time to practice acceptance of what is going on around us. The more we fight the inevitable changes which are coming, the more painful the journey will be.
Horoscope: Pluto Direct in Capricorn for Each of the Sun Signs
The energy of Pluto direct in Capricorn is felt differently by each zodiac sign in astrology, depending on their birth chart. But all Sun signs will have the chance to review their current life situation over the next few months, and to get ahead of the curve in accepting inevitable change.
Pluto Direct in Capricorn for an Aries (Aries dates: March 20 – April 19)
Change is coming in your professional life and career, Aries. Whether or not you are seeking this change, you’re going to need to adapt to it.
Even if you’re actively seeking change, it may not come in the way you anticipate, so be flexible and be prepared to think on your feet.
Pluto Direct in Capricorn for a Taurus (Taurus dates: April 20 – May 20)
Your beliefs and prejudices are being shaken up to put it mildly, Taurus. This leaves you feeling uncertain and perhaps questioning your upbringing, your education or your place in the world.
Times are moving quickly in this era, so you’re not alone in feeling like this – just go with the flow and learn as it goes.
Pluto Direct in Capricorn for a Gemini (Gemini dates: May 21 – June 20)
Unless you deal with guilt, anger or intimacy issues, something or someone may force your hand in a close relationship, Gemini.
These are simmering undertones which need to be faced head on, otherwise you will no longer have the luxury of choosing to ignore them. Accept where you need help or therapy now and seek it.
Pluto Direct in Capricorn for a Cancer (Cancer dates: June 21 – July 21)
Your closest relationship is changing, whether you like it or not, Capricorn. Try to stay calm and to ride out the changes. They will be for the better, but it’s important not to panic or to try to blame your partner for what’s going on.
You are both evolving as people, and that’s a good thing; it’s only natural that your relationship should evolve too.
Pluto Direct in Capricorn for a Leo (Leo dates: July 22 – August 21)
Your need for attention is changing the way people feel about you, Leo, and you may find that your charm starts to fade if you maintain your diva ways. It’s time to accept that it may be someone else’s turn in the limelight for a change.
Get over your ego and work on being a strong, sincere supporting act. Your time will come again, but accept a backseat at the moment.
Pluto Direct in Capricorn for a Virgo (Virgo dates: August 22 – September 21)
Something or someone you’ve been obsessed with may prove to be a disappointment during this period, which could leave you feeling bereft or betrayed. The key here is to dust yourself off and to quickly move on to another area of interest, Virgo.
You have so much talent; just because one door may have closed, it doesn’t mean that others aren’t opening.
Pluto Direct in Capricorn for a Libra (Libra dates: September 22 – October 22)
Family changes are on the way, whether you’ve been wanting them or not, Libra. New circumstances which may be imposed upon you feel uncomfortable, but if you give the situation a chance you may well find that it works out better than you could ever have imagined.
Be flexible and prepared to adapt to changing vibrations. Your dream home life isn’t over, it’s just changing shape.
Pluto Direct in Capricorn for a Scorpio (Scorpio dates: October 23 – November 21)
People have stopped listening to you, Scorpio, because you’re always singing the same song. If you want to get your message across now, you’re going to have to change the way you present it.
Be creative, be innovative, step beyond your comfort zone. What you have to say is important, but you must be prepared to move with the times.
Pluto Direct in Capricorn for a Sagittarius (Sagittarius dates: November 22 – December 20)
Your financial situation is changing, Sagittarius, for better or for worse. If for worse, then obviously you will feel stressed and worried – but try to stay calm. Something better is coming, you just need some karmic patience.
If your situation changes for the better you may be on top of the world – but remember that ultimately, this too will bring its own changes and challenges.
Pluto Direct in Capricorn for a Capricorn (Capricorn dates: December 21 – January 18)
When Pluto transit your own sign, the thing which is changing fundamentally is you, Capricorn. You’re growing and evolving and perhaps developing into someone you didn’t even realize you could be. This is a very positive influence, but it can be frightening and scary at times.
Keep surprising yourself and don’t be complacent. You’re still the same person, but a better, stronger version.
Pluto Direct in Capricorn for an Aquarius (Aquarius dates: January 19 – February 17)
Your connection with the wider world is changing, Aquarius, and you are seeking either much more or much less privacy and solitude. The way you interact with the wider world is shifting since the retrograde, probably not of your own volition.
Learning to deal with less or greater contact will take some time; remember that deep within your soul, you’re still you.
Pluto Direct in Capricorn for a Pisces (Pisces dates: February 18 – March 19)
Your social world is changing since the retrograde, Pisces, and in particular you may need now to break away from one group of people. Try to do so of your own accord, before it’s forced up on you.
You will know who this refers to, and why. As unwelcome as this change may be, you sense that it is for your greater good, and indeed it is.