There has been some recent debate as to whether Pluto should be classified as a planet by astronomical standards, but there's no question about its importance when it comes to astrological interpretation.

Pluto rules our unconscious selves: our innermost secret lives and desires. As the ruler of Scorpio, Pluto deals with taboos like sex, death, and spiritual transformation. (After all, this planet does represent Hades, the mythical god of the underworld.)

For that reason, Pluto tends to illuminate our "shadow selves," making it impossible to escape any skeletons we've been hiding in our closets. Though Pluto's dark magic can be misunderstood, it simply holds a mirror to the parts of our subconscious that needs to embrace change or progress—similar to the Death card in the Tarot. The main thing to keep in mind is that while embracing the darker parts of ourselves can be difficult, it is necessary to find the light ahead.

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Pluto Retrograde Calendar Dates

2019

Apr 29 - Oct 3

2020

Apr 25 - Oct 4

2021

Apr 27 - Oct 6

2022

Apr 29 - Oct 8

2023

May 1 - Oct 11

2024

May 2 - Oct 12

2025

May 4 - Oct 14

2026

May 6 - Oct 16

2027

May 8 - Oct 18

2028

May 9 - Oct 19

2029

May 11 - Oct 21

2030

May 12 - Oct 23