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 travelling backwards through the sky. It isn’t – no planet ever goes backwards in its orbit – this is just an optical illusion.
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.
Aries Zodiac Sign (Aries Dates: March 20 – April 19) During Pluto Direct in Capricorn
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.
Taurus Zodiac Sign (Taurus Dates: April 20 – May 20) During Pluto Direct in Capricorn
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.
Gemini Zodiac Sign (Gemini Dates: May 21 – June 20) During Pluto Direct in Capricorn
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.
Cancer Zodiac Sign (Cancer Dates: June 21 – July 21) During Pluto Direct in Capricorn
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.
Leo Zodiac Sign (Leo Dates: July 22 – August 22) During Pluto Direct in Capricorn
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.
Virgo Zodiac Sign (Virgo Dates: August 23 – September 22) During Pluto Direct in Capricorn
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.
Libra Zodiac Sign (Libra Dates: September 23 – October 22) During Pluto Direct in Capricorn
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.
Scorpio Zodiac Sign (Scorpio Dates: October 23 – November 21) During Pluto Direct in Capricorn
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.
Sagittarius Zodiac Sign (Sagittarius Dates: November 22 – December 20) During Pluto Direct in Capricorn
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.
Capricorn Zodiac Sign (Capricorn Dates: December 21 – January 19) During Pluto Direct in Capricorn
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.
Aquarius Zodiac Sign (Aquarius Dates: January 20– February 17) During Pluto Direct in Capricorn
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.
Pisces Zodiac Sign (Pisces Dates: February 18 – March 19) During Pluto Direct in Capricorn
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.
*Note: The exact date and time Pluto turns direct in Capricorn will differ depending on your timezone. This planet update was published the day before Pluto turned direct in Capricorn in Eastern Standard Time (EST) in the year 2020, which is October 4, 2020 @ 13:32.