Pluto, the slowest-moving body of the zodiac, turns retrograde on April 9. But don't be fooled by Pluto's unhurried pace -- this planet is here to make major changes to your life!
Because it transits so slowly, Pluto's incredible power tends to act behind the scenes, rather than in your face. Its retrograde period, which will last until the middle of September, may not feel obvious, but it will definitely influence important aspects of your life.
As is typical of retrogrades, Pluto's will prompt you to turn your focus inward. After all, it's only when you've made deep internal shifts that you can successfully focus your attention on improving situations around you.
Keep in mind that Pluto won't ever let something come easily, so you've got your work cut out for you. Be persistent and focused.
Pluto will also help you purge yourself of all nonessentials, whether they be extra knick-knacks, unreasonable ambitions or even relationships that no longer work. Letting go of such things can be initially painful, but you'll be happier in the long run.
Adding to these challenges, energetic Mars moves to square Pluto on April 11. Mars's high-speed energy will clash with Pluto's slow and determined ways, and the only way to overcome this is with good, hard work.
While not necessarily fun and exuberant, these challenging aspects can result in great achievements -- if you're willing to put in the time and effort!