Pluto retrograde began on Friday April 12, 2013 and will end on September 20, 2013. What does this mean? Well, Pluto governs the dark and mysterious aspects of life, including the shadow self. It is also a symbol of regeneration, transformation, and change.

During retrograde, Pluto’s power becomes more potent and intense. It causes us to turn inward and fuels powerful transformation. If you have been struggling with a personal issue, now is the time to overcome and release it. This includes issues on physical and psychological levels, so don’t limit yourself. If you’ve been struggling with an illness, this retrograde can help you get to the root of the issue.

Since Capricorn is a part of this Pluto retrograde, the energies of power, control, structure, and organization are included in this process. Use them to your advantage to orchestrate stunning change. Capricorn is also linked to the Earth and feminine energy, which will help you to remain grounded and connected to your wise, authentic self.

The combined Pluto retrograde and Capricorn influence make this a perfect time to finally let go of false beliefs, stagnant emotions, bad habits, and other life patterns. Cleanse yourself from the inside out with this transformative energy. You may want to detoxify your mind and your body with meditation practices, therapy, a new exercise routine, or dietary cleanses.

Don’t be afraid to let this energy of change kill off aspects of yourself that no longer serve your well-being. Pluto is the god of the Underworld, after all! Let him take what you no longer need and recycle it.

Normally, Pluto governs taking control of your business and finances. Since Pluto is in retrograde, this is a great time to take control of yourself. Don’t forget all about money, though! If you have internal blocks that have been preventing you from asking for a raise, applying for a new job, or simply taking responsibility for your finances, then use this time to completely remove your money blocks.

Now is also a great time for Road Opening, Cleansing, and Uncrossing candle spells that are directed within.