Saturn & Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn: Think About Where You’re Going

Posted on April 24, 2019
Updated on September 28, 2020

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Pluto’s retrograde in 2019 is April 24 to October 3, while Saturn’s retrograde in 2019 is April 29 to September 18. Saturn is the taskmaster, while Pluto is the powerhouse, so each are important players in life.

They want us to be serious, to be focused, to be determined, and to make smart choices. These two start their retrograde periods not only close together in date, but also close together in the sign of Capricorn. Their serious, focused, determined, and smart energy gets intensified because of this.

What do these more serious retrogrades mean for our everyday?

What are Saturn & Pluto Retrogrades?

As the traditional Lord of Karma, Saturn is constantly teaching us lessons when we go wrong, and Saturn retrograde is usually a time when we can take stock and figure out what we need to do differently so we can learn the lesson and move on to Saturn rewards.

Pluto is constantly seeking a transformation from us, and Pluto retrograde is usually a time when this slows down so we can absorb what has already changed and think about what more needs to happen.

Both retrogrades want us to pause, think, and plan, and that’s 10,000 times the case with them both in Capricorn. That makes this period perfect for focusing on the direction you’re going in and the path you’re on. This would be the time to ask yourself if where you’re going now is going to lead to where you ultimately want to be.

If the answer is no, you can make the changes required.

Who Gets Hit Hardest by Saturn & Pluto Retrogrades?

With the start of these two retrogrades, anyone who has a planet or point in their natal chart between 20 and 23 degrees of Aries, Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Capricorn, or Pisces will feel it more strongly.

How do you know if you have a planet or point in your natal chart at those positions? Every zodiac sign is made up of something called degrees.

There are 30 degrees in each sign, and when you create your natal chart, it’ll show you the exact degree in a sign a planet or point was located when you were born. The transit planets can impact the planet or point in your natal chart when they are at that same degree.

If your planet or point is in Taurus, Virgo, Scorpio, or Pisces, this puts it at a beneficial angle to the retrogrades, and this can make it much easier for you to be disciplined, to handle responsibilities, to make good decisions, and to get on the right track.

You may even be rewarded for what you’ve already done that you’ve been smart with and are passionate about, and make progress on your path. This is where Saturn and Pluto retrograde can be good for you.

In Aries, Libra, or Cancer, this puts your planet or point at a challenging angle to the retrogrades, and this can bring restrictive energy. You may feel like you don’t have as many options or opportunities as you want, and it can seem like no matter what you do, you’re not able to get out from under the suffocating energy.

First, you need to work on finding space within the limitations and channel any anger, frustrations, and fears into a productive outlet. Secondly, if you’re feeling restrained, frustrated, and bottled up, this is probably Saturn and Pluto trying to get your attention and get you to change.

Your energy needs to be focused on something you’re passionate about (Pluto) and you need to be responsible and do things the right way (Saturn), and while this may not change everything right away, it will in time and get you back on track.

It’s Time to Take Action!

In Capricorn, this puts Saturn and Pluto retrograde right on your planet or point, and this can be the biggest impact. Whatever is being focused on by these two, it’s getting a tremendous amount of energy, and it’s crucial for you to do something with it. The more passive you are, the harder it gets. Take action, be responsible, and make plans.

It’s likely that something in your life related to the planet or point needs to undergo a major transformation, and you have to go about it the right way. It has the potential to be a turning point in your life, but it’s up to you if it’s going to be positive or negative!

With Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn and Saturn being the natural planetary ruler of Capricorn, if you have Capricorn energy, you can feel the retrogrades over the coming months even if those Capricorn points aren’t at 20 to 23 degrees. Capricorn Suns, Moons, and Risings can feel a little bit off, and you may need to give yourself extra time to rest, as well as extra time for decisions and actions.

In the middle of the two retrograde periods, we’ll also experience a Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn on July 16. The same point between 20 and 23 degrees of the signs listed will also be hit by this eclipse, so the focus for the start of these two retrogrades continues on.

The eclipse may point out what absolutely must change, and make it so it’s absolutely intolerable to continue on without change. Embrace it and take control. You may want to check out this article on your eclipse personality style to understand your sign’s approach to eclipse changes.


When it comes to Saturn and Pluto retrograde in Capricorn, while there are plenty of concerning reasons to pay attention, you can make good use of their strong energy with some effort and a smart, conscious plan.

These two don’t have to knock you off of your path if you’re doing what they want you to do, which is essentially to always strive to be a better version of yourself and improve your life. We can always be better, and Saturn and Pluto love it when we really try.

They’ll give us the biggest pushes on our paths to achieve and succeed more than we ever thought possible!

Related Article: A Guide to Astrology Signs & Planetary Retrogrades

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