Pluto turns retrograde on Tuesday, April 27 at 1:04pm until October 6, 2021 (6°48' Capricorn). Its shadow period continues through January 26, 2022. The degree traveled in April is represented in the Sabian symbols by “pilgrims climbing the steep steps leading to a mountain shrine.”
There isn’t necessarily more darkness in the world, but it is certainly more visible. As more of humanity wakens to its divine truth, more darkness bubbles to the surface needing to be cleared. The goal is the victory of truth and the enlightenment of humanity. This great awakening comes with growing pains. If fusion with the divine were easy, we would be there already. We become all we can be in our divinity through consistent effort and our willingness to sacrifice immediate comfort for our highest good.