This Week in Astrology With Nick Newmont: April 7-13, Pluto Retrograde


Nick Newmont

by Nick Newmont

As I reported last week, Mars turns retrograde on the 17th and Pluto reverses direction on the 18th. When Mercury turns retrograde on the 23rd, five planets will be in reverse simultaneously! Pluto will be retrograde until September 26.

Pluto represents transition and transformation. The powers of regeneration are far greater when retrograde. People with a natal retrograde Pluto have a tremendous ability to overcome major illnesses that might otherwise cause permanent disability. Remember, retrograde motion is always directed toward inner activity such as the psyche or psychological patterns that affect the physical body. Direct motion, on the other hand, is directed towards external circumstances.

Under any Pluto transit, we feel pressured to eliminate and release the old, outworn, outdated and obsolete in our lives. When Pluto is transiting retrograde, we are urged to let go of attitudes, thinking or communication patterns, security drives, rigid emotions; a time to undergo an internal form of house cleaning.

It is a good time to research into our own souls in order to determine exactly what we do or do not need. Because Pluto retrograde imparts an intense power for investigation, we should use this time to assess what reoccurring patterns in our lives make us feel out of control, where and why do we continually give our power away, and under what circumstances do we react so defensively that we elicit attacks from others. Pluto retrograde marks a time wherein we should seek to gain greater control over our personal life. Pluto direct is better for gaining control over professional and financial areas.

Think of Pluto retrograde as the Phoenix bird rising from the ashes. Of all the problematic circumstances that can arise from retrograde motion, Pluto is an opportunity for a fresh start.

What needs to be refreshed in your life?

Have a great week!


Nick Newmont, a licensed hypnotherapist and astrologer, runs The Newmont Center for Balanced Living in Agoura Hills. For more information, go to 

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