Pluto Retrograde In Capricorn 2023 – Get Real – Consolidate Losses & Gains

Capricorn sea goat darkPluto will retrograde back into Capricorn on June 11th, 2023.  It will be the sign for four months, before turning direct @ 27 degrees in October. Pluto won’t make it back into Aquarius until January 20th, 2024. This is a total of about seven months.

As for what to expect from this – more of the same!  Businesses crushed, shadow governments, issues around power and control.  Bone deep pain, if you have one of those charts and it’s hit by this.

Pluto’s short stay in Aquarius has shown everyone the power of A.I. We see, or put more succinctly, we feel the shift in the paradigm as the future is upon us.  With Pluto back in Capricorn, businesses will attempt to restructure.

The idea things are resolved at the end of the transit is wishful thinking as I explained here:

The Aftermath Of A Pluto Transit

This doesn’t mean an individual can’t heal or become empowered but you’ve got to take responsibility for this type operation.

The combination of Saturn (Capricorn) and Pluto suggests consolidation to me.  Consolidation of losses as well as gains.  I also think this would be a good time to stop the bleeding. I’m talking about constant leaking of energy of whatever type.  It could be via a person you’re involved with, or it could be a “thing”. It could be a “rabbit hole” you’re been hanging ’round that’s become a giant time sink.   It’s a good time to get real!

I’m sorry but I expect more lay-offs. Business has been constricted since day one of Pluto in Capricorn.

I have planets affected by this. Rather than invest time in the dirt and the grime, rustling around in the trash, I’m working to place lines between me and all that. I want to maintain my posture and integrity, even when the lights go out. I think this entirely possible to do for most, but it’s got to be a personal decision.  The power is there to be tapped.

Here are your dates:

May 1, 2023: Pluto retrograde @ 0 degrees Aquarius
June 11, 2023: Pluto retrograde back into Capricorn
October 11, 2023: Pluto direct @ 27 degrees Capricorn
January 20, 2024: Pluto enters Aquarius
May 2, 2024: Pluto retrograde @ 2 degrees Aquarius
October 12, 2024: Pluto direct @ 29 degrees Capricorn

Pluto enters Aquarius November 20, 2024. See tag.

What’s your plan for Pluto’s return to Capricorn?


Pluto Retrograde In Capricorn 2023 – Get Real – Consolidate Losses & Gains — 52 Comments

  1. Steel myself for repeat hospitalizations in the family, possibly. Get my professional life in order which has been on hold, even though it’s scary out there in a changing world. Take refuge in a wonderful partner as and when I feel sad and overwhelmed. Don’t dare to hope, in fear of hopes being dashed. What else can a person do? This is Pluto.

  2. I think I’m just going to get my head down and get on with what needs doing. I’m also trying to see the best in everything, instead of being dragged into the depths. Pluto is hovering around my Mercury and the mental strain is very real.

  3. Maybe we need to look back at what happened when Pluto retrograded back into Sagittarius (around 2008?). Did it resurrect Sagittarius themes, did Sagittarius themes eventually crumble, or did the ingress into Capricorn overshadow that retrograde?

    We could get an idea as to how Pluto re-entering Capricorn will play out. I feel that when a planet retrogrades into a previous sign, it signifies unfinished business, issues that require tying up loose ends, wrapping things up.

  4. Hi Elsa. Could you go through the dates for the exact degrees of cappy for those of us with late degree cappy placements?

  5. Pluto will move back into exact opposition with my Sun. Just want to focus on getting stronger. Using whatever comes at me (other people, etc.) as the sharpening stone.

    • OF COURSE . “it’s not over..” It’s just beginning! The USA Pluto return has been a fascination of mine for years..and here we are. I think the regression back into Capricorn is as Elsa says, more of the same in the biz. world..more layoffs, more closing and consolidation of businesses,less choices in retail and food service, possible recession (or currently IN ONE) and more angst,leading up to the shifts that Pluto in Aquarius will bring. Enlightenment? World Peace ?? I think not. But an uprising of the middle and lower classes, yes. Organized workers and more attempts to overthrow our democracy, yes. Death and retirement of many of the old white men? Yes. All part of a very long process.. Pluto doesn’t act quickly,it is a deep rumbling that churns up the underbelly.. over years..and change comes slowly, but also with dramatic events, as aspects are made.. ON personal level,look to your strengths in your chart to navigate .Look at how the larger picture affects your life and decisions..your work,family,hobbies,plans,goals. If you’re college age: WHAT careers look good going forward (not liberal arts!) If you’re newly married: how MANY kids do you want to bring into this world? If you are old (like me!) how can you pare down, secure your foundations, and thrive? Lots of food for thought: and that is what astrology is all about.Knowledge is power.

    • In my case, Pluto will cross my ascendant.
      I suppose it means I will relinquish my personal trappings – reputation, standing in society, physical appearance, voice.

  6. “if you have one of those charts and it’s hit by this”

    What’s one of those charts? Does a triple Cap in 5H apply?

  7. Loosely hold on tightly? Pluto coming back to slam into my Ascendant. Again. Lessons I need to learn? Guess I should run through them again!

  8. Pluto will be back in my 10th. Restarting my career was a mess. N. Pluto is in my 6th.

    All I can do is navigate the shadow side of this field and overcome it. The helping professions have very slimy underbellies.

    • Not wrong LisL, Pluto hit my 10th house, 2008, lost a good job via lies to a very gullible manager. Working as an RN in casual roles since then, and it’s brutal. If some one doesn’t like your face – you are gone. Have totally lost confidence now and can’t face another lay off. I know The universe is telling me to do something else, but can’t think of any thing at my age.

      • I can’t work in corporate animal care any longer was my lesson. It took moving to a nonprofit (and a pay cut) to stay in the field. I was almost out – I was burnt by working in three corporate clinics in a row.

        Corporate and neurodivergent do not mesh well.

  9. What to do?

    It’s in my 11th–hardly anyone left, but l don’t miss who has gone–that says a lot. ‘Time to stop leaking energy’ Yes.

    A friend from the past returned…a Virgo. A fine mind. An artist. She got an ADHD diagnosis recently.l have my doubts about that.She is a perfectionist.

    I am not sure ‘about the hopes and dreams’ side of the 11th. I have one perhaps but l dont want to spook it.

    I do worry for the young people, they are getting hit big time–what about their hopes and dreams?

    I think at this last stage of the transit, if we repeat the same, what have we learnt?

    What have l learnt? I am not prepared to go along with something l dont believe in order to be in a group, or maintain a friendship. I mean big stuff, not little stuff…like protecting a rapist.

    Good luck to everyone here esp. those under bigger pressures than me atm.(touchwood)

    • That’s exactly how I experienced Pluto transiting my 11th house a decade and a half ago: “What have l learnt? I am not prepared to go along with something l don’t believe in order to be in a group, or maintain a friendship. I mean big stuff, not little stuff…like protecting a rapist.”. Wow, it’s uncanny how you expressed my sentiments and experience so perfectly, Dianne M! Hardly anyone was left and I still don’t miss any of them, either. Amazing similarities with Pluto in the 11th house.

      • Thankyou for telling me that, Niki. If it was that long ago Pluto must still be in your 12th. Yes? I can feel it coming… I know people (here) have had a rotten time with it.l hope you are travelling ok. I already work with dreams and the creative, but l know the 12th is bigger than me and l can wait.

        • Pluto is on my ascendant today (within 25 minutes), so it will start to retro back into my 12th house and finish whatever I failed to learn. Or that mysterious raised and ever-growing lesion on top of my head will be the death of me! (The biopsy says it’s not cancer, doctors have no idea what it is, so we’ll see what the next doctor says in September.) Yep, as Elsa forewarned, I developed a weird skin problem with Pluto on my ascendant, but otherwise relatively healthy, touch wood.

          Overall, I’ve enjoyed Pluto in the 12th. I’m 53 and lead a pretty simple life in my mid-years, as I chose on purpose, following the signs leading me this way. With so many planets in the 1st quadrant, I feel in control of my life, for the most part, as I’ve read about the quadrants. No kids, no parents, no extended family (except a sister who seems estranged now), no partner, no motor vehicle, just a mortgage to pay and a community garden to run. I have a good life of my design and relative autonomy.

          My life is so different than it was in the 11th house — much less socializing with different groups of people, less going out to events, and now, a bit less fretful anxiety and doomsday thinking about the ever-increasing perilous state of the world and climate (although that fluctuates, especially when the wildfires blow smoke into my city).

          Rising interest rates (and inflation) has affected me financially, so I need to stick to a bare bones budget, but I have a Taurus stellium and have always been frugal, so I don’t mind. I enjoy nesting, staying close to home, tending to my garden, reading books, watching free movies from the library. I don’t have the spare cash to go out to events and dinners with friends like I used to, but that’s ok, those were getting annoying for various reasons (ack, the food waste by ex-friends, I couldn’t handle witnessing it). I had my fun, but it’s nice to retreat from all of that busy commotion now. I feel privileged to be able to retreat, and my wish is for everyone to have a space of their own to retreat, in whatever form. The busy-ness for me now is my paid work, and the busy buzzing pollinators I love to watch in my garden.

          Dianne M, the nighttime dreams are so vivid with Pluto in the 12th, so I hope you enjoy that after your ‘wait’ in the 11th, if you’re not already experiencing them, it sounds. I don’t mind being so home-bound now because I travel so far, learn a lot, and have such fun and meaningful adventures in my dream world — without spending a dollar or incurring any real risk, yay! If Pluto in the 1st is similar, as Elsa says, I’ll be fine for the rest of my life (I’m 53 now). Enjoy your time in the 11th, but try not to worry about Pluto in your 12th. I’m glad I survived so far to learn from it.

  10. It’s in my 12th. I’ve been to 2 wakes in the last 2 months; the 2 friends were both in ICU. Also, I am having 2 root canals. Death and reconstruction theme?

  11. Pluto will retrograde back over my 28 Capricorn IC, not looking forward to this as my Dad is at end of life stage😢

  12. Oh, my, goodness, that’s a lot of back and forth over my descendant 29 Capricorn, squaring my Saturn/Pluto conjunction in Libra 😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫 I’m going to get dizzy 🥴

  13. Wow and wow, Niki!! So much of yours is mine too. No kids, partner, parents, extented family (not really). Sisters estranged–but l have a niece and nephew and we get on.
    I was a member of a community garden(s) until recently…l have a knee that bothers me sometimes and l manage an chronic illness (ME/cfs)…and there were some people there, who had attitudes towards others, l didnt like…so l left but remain a garden ‘friend’.

    Taurus Sun/Merc and a fixed square with Chiron in Aqu 12th. And I have just woken up after a zombie apocalypse dream…there were lots of doors and it was an abandoned university. ‘All doors need checking’.l have had Big dreams since childhood and other exps….from that realm.
    Reading. Drawing. Writing. On line movies and being frugal; l still grow my own vege and I dont like waste either. I like treating people now, not often, but l never could before …
    Funny, around about 6 mths ago l had a ‘growth’ in the middle of my forehead.(l have a pic). I thought cancer too…that, or l was becoming a unicorn– but no. I doctored myself. The same as they would treat a yak in Tibet. It worked.
    I am also older than you. Pluto over Asc. or near to it will be my great transition, l reckon.
    Yes, less dinner parties, but libraries and art galleries are 12th hse. and this group here is too. Thankyou Niki for sharing. It has done me the world of good. If you werent on the other side of the world l’d take you out for coffee and cake.
    Consider it done in our dreams.

    • I’m so glad my sharing helped you, Dianne M. I guess you’re not on the west coast of Canada? Too bad. We could have coffee and cake in my community garden.

      I hope I make my garden a more welcoming place for everyone than the garden(s) you took part in. I’m the chattiest person, and if there are no people around, the flying creatures and plants hear from me. There’s always a bit of drama in these little microcosms of the world. I’ve witnessed the craziest things over the past 22 years since founding the garden, yikes. I do bitch when people neglect their plot, take off out of town for the whole summer, and don’t let the next person on our 150+ wait list get their chance to garden, argh! Other than that pet peeve, I love all my fellow community gardeners and consider them family.

      I’m so glad to hear you still grow your own veggies, Dianne M. It’s so important especially for ‘us’ Taurus types. I’m just a Taurus wannabe, though. Aries sun, with moon, mercury, venus, saturn, and mars in Taurus (Aquarius rising). I’m sure we’d get along well. I always get a long so well with Taurus people.

      And I think DIY health care is important to us Tauruses, too. I’ve been doing it all my life. The medical establishment is rarely able to help me with my weird health problems. Unfortunately tea tree oil didn’t work and this current issue I have is in an awkward place that I can’t see, just feel. It’s probably a spiritual blockage manifesting physically. Maybe I just need to figure out how to talk with my sister so as not to offend her while speaking my truth. She’s so Scorpio and secretive (with Libra moon, always needing to keep the peace, hiding pain and avoiding difficult topics). I do much better with forthrightness.

      Your zombie apocalypse dream with lots of doors at an abandoned university sounds intriguing (but no pressure to share here). My experience in 2007 sounds very similar. I had a MeToo moment a decade before MeToo was conceived, in a large community of so-called enlightened people that were harboring a rapist (who chose me as one of his many victims).

      I’m happy to say that my wish came true, however — that more rape victims would speak out, despite the incredibly high personal cost, and that there would be more support for those who have the courage to speak out. It was so different in 2007! I used older forms of social media to spread the word, but wow, it was the most challenging thing I’ve ever done and it had severe consequences in my life. So thank you, Dianne M, for what you did, in whatever shape it took. I don’t regret anything. It had to be done, and I had to shed those relationships and that person I was. My speaking out so publicly also helped cure a mysterious 10+ year health problem I had (serious digestive-related problem). Big silver lining there.

      Anyway, that was my Pluto in the 11th house experience, and now it feels much more peaceful in my 12th house. Death was always at the forefront of my mind and experience with Pluto in the 12th, but after mulling it over and reading so much about death in its various forms, I’m at peace with my own, and look forward to whatever happens in that other realm, if anything. I just pray I don’t suffer too much before it happens. I just finished a book by a Canadian doctor about Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID), and discovered that it’s just too bureaucratic for my DIY nature. We shall see… but in the meantime, I’m going to enjoy my final years / decades, witnessing the crazy antics of humans on this beautiful planet.

      • We have ideas and experiences in common– most definitly, Niki. I am in Victoria Australia. A bit chilly but not like your winters and we have bushfires…
        All l can remember about last nights dream is a piece of string with a knot in it…l am being asked to remember.. but it is too much all at once…
        I was at the community garden for more than 10 yrs. People came and went; we had magic afternoon teas ‘everyone’ was there… then came the Olde Brownies who only liked one sort of person…

        Take all care in land of moose and sqirrel.

  14. I’m not sure how many of your readers know the esoteric meaning of a “tower moment” but I’m sure many do. I’ve struggled with inner demons all my life (a stacked 12th house) squared to Pluto, my chart ruler. So the energy presented by Pluto’s activity is very familiar to me and I’ve learnt during my lifetime to use the continual transmutation in a positive manner by seeking counsel with my higher self. Don’t get me wrong, I still suffer the turmoil but I’ve learnt to trust my intuition and can usually find the reason behind the angst that makes sense for my spiritual evolution. This is what we are all facing with the current Pluto energy and you have to look really deep inside to find answers.
    Pluto in Aquarius, dragging everything that hinders the intuition to the surface where it can be examined and discarded or reorganized.
    Pluto’s return back into Capricorn is just tightening the screws to make sure we don’t leave any stone unturned.
    My prayers are with everyone while they undergo the transformation but trust me, the enlightenment will be worth every ounce of the pain ultimately. They are Cosmic evolutionary rules, we can’t escape them.

    • “… the enlightenment will be worth every ounce of the pain ultimately.”

      I agree, wholeheartedly. At least in my case, there is no other way to break through.

      • This might sound a bit “wacky” but I’m being sincere when I tell you that trusting intuitive flashes (and they can happen so fast that you can barely grasp them before the mind starts helicoptering again) is a learned skill and the heart has to train the mind to respond rather than react. Stepping outside and observing the process is key and time can stand still in the present moment and actions taken to take a more appropriate path (wisdom). Anguish and pain can vanish in an instant! Your little community in here is such a valuable tool to learn those skills for everyone and then we can all find that peace of mind and serenity that we are all searching for.
        We are evolving so fast and we really need our own little community (or communities) to support one another. Strength in numbers, no man is an island. This from another part of my own little community.
        “What this means on a practical (esoteric) level is that the emotional hook (guilt, lust, martyrdom, duty) has been removed. Don’t be surprised if the ego glue holding your relationships together dissolves rapidly. This doesn’t necessarily mean the relationship will end, it may just shift to the next octave. Imagine being surrounded by people all supporting each other to evolve into their best self… magic!”,best%20self%E2%80%A6%20magic!

    • same/ish. getting there, i’ve just realised, fully how i’ve created my own rather shitty life, i can create better, no more victim, infinite love.

  15. right back over my mars to sq my mc, for the last time.
    the first hit of my mc was a big one, once mars joined in that is. huge life changing explosion.

    meanwhile i’m looking forward to midsummer when p conjuncts mars for the second time and venus moves into 1, and jupiter trines my moon, and more. i’m hoping for some , well, idk, something. as i’ve just been hit by the ole devil again.
    chiron trine uranus, fresh air but upheavel too.

  16. Hi Bob,
    I am in Australia too and l know what you mean about The Tower. I read and l am born on the 16th. Without transmutation there is no growth.

  17. Pluto has been squaring my Midheaven and 27 degrees of the signs Cardinal on the 1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th is my family’s shared chart signature. Major changes and adjustments on the home front, family front, career front, and marital front have already taken place in the last year. Mostly good. With it trining my Mars in the 10th, it’s been a lot of professional conflict (Mars) and death (Pluto) of said professional relationships. When it goes back into Aqua, it will immediately quincunx my Sun. To boot, Saturn is squaring my Moon.

    Tbh, it feels like adjustment depression.

  18. feel like this is going to brush my sun one more time 😛 that transit was awful. it also provided some absolutely necessary changes (the weak parts of my life were broken)

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