Pluto retrograde in transit is a regular cycle lasting five months every year. As with all outer planets, it causes less concern than the rarer inner planet retrogrades. When Pluto goes retrograde it is good to reflect on how we are doing with change and transformation.
It is interesting to note the proximity of Pluto to Saturn, at this time its about 3 degrees, meaning its conjunction effects can already be felt. Saturn and Pluto will be in conjunction on January 12th, 2020, When combined with Pluto, Saturn energies become super-dense. The filtering aspect of Saturn becomes even more demanding and discerning. This is the time when anything false is likely to get forcefully deconstructed. Pluto resonates with all things absolute, either absolute light or absolute darkness.
The Saturn-Pluto conjunction presents an active challenge to all structures that have been erected during the period that began at the previous conjunction. This period overlaps with a short but severe recession that hit the US between July 1981 and ended in November 1982.
Transiting Pluto retrograde is a time of reflection about power and control in your life. If people have been controlling 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.
With Saturn turning retrograde shortly after Pluto the influence will be more about breaking down our structures within our lives, anything that is no longer necessary to our evolution and growth. Situations where you may be thinking rigidly or too controlling may become chaotic or hard to deal with if you dont change.
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 detoxing or withdrawal stage will be, such as going cold turkey.