Pluto retrograde is here, and it's forcing these signs to dig deep

The backwards spins are back thanks to Pluto retrograde. 2022's transit is taking place in Capricorn

pluto on a blue starry background for pluto retrograde 2022
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Ah, Pluto retrograde. 2022 blessed us with a brief retrograde hiatus, but now the dwarf planet will kickstart the solar system's backwards motions once more. 

Though moving rather slowly, Pluto concludes April astrology events with an impactful punch, and the pros want you to appreciate its beauty...even if it seems daunting. 

"There's a power to Pluto, it's not just scary and ominous," says astrologer Noush with Girl and Her Moon. "It's about going through these deeper moments of understanding and uncovering them to gain a richer feeling of empowerment."

Here's what you can expect going forward—or should we say backwards? 

Pluto retrograde 2022: the basics

When: April 29 to October 28, 2022

"Pluto retrograde is an interesting one because it does go retrograde for almost half of the year, every year," Noush says. 

In 2022, it'll be moving through three degree points in Capricorn. Noush insists that it is important to revisit significant moments in your life from March to June 2021, as the planet is going back through the degree points of that timeframe. 

"It's bringing something to light from your psyche or intuition that maybe was not felt at that time. Whatever was happening then, now we'll go a little deeper," she says of the cosmic happening. 

Pluto. Illustration incorporating NASA New Horizons terrain imagery.

(Image credit: Getty Images)

The effects of Pluto

If the Pluto return 2022 was any indication, news around this planet—or dwarf planet for the astronomers amongst us—can seem a bit dark. But its arrival is not for naught. 

"Pluto is a force that dives into the hidden caves of your soul. It's a powerful energy that wants you to face your fears and what you've been resisting," Noush says. "There's something really beautiful and helpful about Pluto that makes it one of the planets that can really guide your soul towards the most beautiful evolution and truth."

You'll be ready to tackle what Pluto sends your way, and the good thing is that it will help in the long run, even if you question its intentions momentarily. 

"It's quite a beautiful energy, even though there is darkness to it. But without darkness we wouldn't have light, without some form of challenge, we wouldn't have that feeling of growth or transformation," Noush adds. 

Who will most be affected by Pluto retrograde?

Since Pluto will be making its way through Capricorn, the cardinal signs—Capricorn, Aries, Libra and Cancer—might feel its presence a bit more. 

Additionally, earth signs—Virgo, Capricorn and Taurus—might get a better taste of Pluto's backwards spin.

"The retrograde will be trining those signs, so you might feel this in a positive way," according to Noush. "It's something that you can feel as a challenge, but it's a challenge that you might be more ready for."

Yes, Pluto might make us a tad worried, but in the end, it has its benefits. No need to stress about its potential. You're strong and can take on anything.

If you're ever curious what planet is in retrograde and how it will affect your birth chart, do be sure to follow along with our expert astrologers and their tips for dealing with the universe's maneuvers.

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Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 


The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos and honed in on astrology coverage within the Life vertical. She's partial to writing pieces about the next big TV obsession—anyone else impatiently waiting for "Conversations with Friends"—and keeping you up to date on new trends like the latest must-have from Zara. 


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