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Got a skeleton or two in the closet? Let’s face it, we all do. For the next five months, you may have to face a few of these specters head-on. From April 9 through September 18, transformational Pluto goes retrograde (backward), making us all turn inward for some emotional and spiritual housecleaning. While its ultimate effect is for good, there can be a few intense moments at first … so hang on tight.

Because Pluto is a slow-moving outer planet (yes, we still call it a planet, despite what astronomers say), its effect can be felt society-wide. Pluto is in Capricorn for the next decade-plus, slowly reforming the economy, business, government and the structures that our lives are built around.

Pluto first entered Capricorn in November 2008, and indeed our economy and governments have been in upheaval since then. Pluto rules the underworld; its job is to expose all that’s hidden below the surface — especially the dark stuff — so that it can be healed and transformed. During Pluto retrograde, we can expect a few more corporate or political scandals to be revealed.

Pluto has gone retrograde during roughly the same time frame every year for the past few years. Our “spring awakenings” have been a bit rude as a result. However, it’s also an opportunity to deal with that stuff you keep shoving aside, ignoring or glossing over. If your own integrity is questionable, use Pluto retrograde to clean things up. There’s no fudging or excuses now; you don’t want to be at the center of a scandal. Keep your affairs aboveboard.

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