Pluto retrograde 2019 starts on April 24 at 25° Capricorn and ends on October 3 at 20° Capricorn. The major influence on Pluto retrograde this year is Saturn conjunct Pluto which means hard work and serious business.
Before I talk about Pluto retrograde 2019 in more detail, you will find a description of Pluto retrograde in the natal chart followed by the general meaning of Pluto retrograde in transit.
Natal Pluto Retrograde Meaning
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 being 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 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, is 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 wish for power and success. Hiding your 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.
Transiting Pluto Retrograde Meaning
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 controlled 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 detoxification 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 2019
Pluto stations retrograde on Wednesday April 24, 2019 at 23°09′ Capricorn. The list below shows a some minor fixed stars within orb of Pluto retrograde. Their constellations will have some influence on Pluto but the most important influence on Pluto retrograde 2019 is Saturn conjunct Pluto.
- 19 ♑ 57 – ν Octanis
- 19 ♑ 59 – υ Sagittarii
- 20 ♑ 03 – ζ Aquilae, Dheneb
- 20 ♑ 29 – Saturn
- 20 ♑ 38 – Pluto Direct
- 22 ♑ 11 – γ Lyrae, Sulaphat
- 22 ♑ 49 – ι Sagittarii
- 23 ♑ 09 – Pluto Retrograde
- 23 ♑ 54 – δ Aquilae, Deneb Okab
- 24 ♑ 05 – α Pavonis, Peacock
- 25 ♑ 08 – θ1 Sagittarii
Saturn Conjunct Pluto
Saturn conjunct Pluto means hard work and serious business. You will need patience and determination as you face extra responsibilities with less time and resources to get the job done.
You may experience loss, hardship or disappointment as you learn what it is that you must let go of or change. Is something is broken you must fix it or throw it out.
Immoral or unethical behavior such as lying, manipulation or breaking the law would have serious consequences that would further restrict your options and freedom.
This is a time for deliberate, well-considered change. This is a slow, evolutionary process that builds new foundations on which to prosper in coming years.
Constellation Aquila the Eagle is said to give great imagination, strong passions, indomitable will, a dominating character, influence over others, clairvoyance, a keen penetrating mind and ability for chemical research.
Constellation Lyra the Harp is said to give an harmonious, poetical and developed nature, fond of music and apt in science and art, but inclined to theft.
Constellation Pavo the Peacock is said to give vanity and love of display, together with a long life and sometimes fame. 
Pluto stations direct on Thursday October 3, 2019 at 20°38′ Capricorn.
Pluto Retrograde Dates
- 2018, April 22 to September 30 – 21° to 18° Capricorn
- 2019, April 24 to October 3 – 23° to 20° Capricorn
- 2020, April 25 to October 4 – 25° to 22° Capricorn
- Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.55