“Only after disaster can we be resurrected.”― Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
Pluto is far, far away from us. Being so distant and in the shadow, Pluto in astrology represents the darkest aspects of human existence and its world is definitely not for the faint-hearted. No matter how much we want to believe the opposite, life is not only fun and sunshine. There are many painful experiences each of us have to go through.
Pluto is one of the most feared planets, as its destructive power is one of its kind. Even though it’s considered a dwarf planet, Pluto is the most intense planet in astrology. It is a challenge to work with it constructively, but it is possible, however.
Some Facts About the Planet Pluto
Astronomically speaking, Pluto is a dwarf planet, made of rock and ice. But don’t let its small size fool you, Pluto is a very powerful object in astrology. However, it was discovered only in 1930. This period aligns with the rise of dictatorships and experiments with nuclear power.
Pluto is named after the Roman god of the underworld. The story of this name, is quite unusual, an eleven-years old girl suggested to name the planet Pluto. Pluto in astrology governs all things hidden under the surface.
Pluto rules the zodiac sign Scorpio. Before its discovery, astrologers considered Mars to be the planetary ruler of Scorpio. Nowadays, Mars is its co-ruler, and Pluto in astrology represents its higher octave. Pluto is in detriment in Taurus, the sign of exaltation and fall hasn’t been determined yet. Pluto is the natural ruler of the eighth house in astrology. Traditional astrology doesn’t use Pluto.
As the furthest planet from the Sun, Pluto has an orbit of 248 years. This is a very long time, approximately 3 human lifetimes! It spends a lot of years in each zodiac sign, from 10-12 up to 27 years. Because of this, its position by sign affects whole generations rather than individuals.
Keywords of Pluto in Astrology
These are the main life areas associated with Pluto in astrology:
- everything under the surface
- the money of other people
The most important thing associated with Pluto is transformation. If you remember one thing from reading about Pluto in astrology, it should be this.
The Lessons of Pluto in Astrology: What Doesn’t Kill You, Makes You Stronger
Meeting Pluto is a very painful experience. If often happens quickly, an intense and powerful event that suddenly changes who you are. Plutonian experiences can be even violent and traumatic. Because of its intensity, Pluto has the power to do great destruction.
Pluto’s role is to transform what doesn’t function anymore.
Pluto in astrology governs transformation on all levels. First of all, it’s the ruler of life and death—named after the god of the underworld this is not surprising, right? All processes where you go from one realm of existence to the other belong to Pluto. Think about how strange our world is to a baby who has just arrived. It’s similar when it comes to death, we have to go back where we came from, but it seems scary and uncertain.
Pluto, however, governs transformation on a more complex level. As the planet of digging under the surface, it wants you to get rid of all destructive mechanisms you acquired throughout your life. Pluto rules psychotherapy in astrology. Going to therapy is one of the best ways to find out what isn’t working and replace it with a healthier behavioral pattern.
The alchemy of the human psyche is what Pluto in astrology is all about. Plutonian experiences lead to you to reconsider everything you knew about life to be true. When your world turns upside down, it’s hard to keep your faith. The events of Pluto are most of the time very painful, and Pluto adds intensity to everything it touches. Plutonian events can be straightforward brutal, including violence rape or death. The energies of Pluto are destructive, making space for a new and more capable entity to be born.
The Art of Letting Go
Humans like what they got used to and we strive for permanency. We hold on to what we love (or at least find comfortable). However, in this world, nothing stays the same. Change is inevitably here, no matter if you are talking about a relationship, work environment or the physical body. The circle of birth-growth-stagnation-declination-death goes on and repeats itself in every aspect of life.
We feel deep down there when is something over. You know when the time has come to end a relationship or shred your old self. Pluto knows this, too, and wants to help you when you need a little push.
Very often, when you experience a recurring pattern in your life which you don’t like, such as meeting the same type of guys again and again, while no one normal appears in your life, chances are there is a hidden issue, for example, you don’t love or respect yourself enough.
It’s Pluto’s role in astrology to help you overcome the destructive mechanisms and build a new approach. It asks you to let go of what doesn’t serve you anymore. Pluto reveals and cuts off the dead parts. This process is often painful, however. Your best bet is to let go voluntarily. The more you are willing to cooperate, the less push you’ll need.
Rebirth and Moving on to the Next Level
The position of Pluto in the natal chart shows where your soul craves change. Its house suggests which life areas can help your personality to level up.
Pluto in astrology is the ruler of life and death. It govern all major transitions, from the cradle to the grave. It is also the planet of near-death experiences. The majority of people who nearly lost their life tell that after this experience, they changed their life completely, and it made them realize what their values are, which led them to living their own life instead of living up to the expectations of others.
Pluto is the planet of rebirth on a spiritual level, too.
The Dark Side of Pluto in Astrology
There are planets that are considered ‘good’ and there are planets considered ‘bad’. Their true quality lies on how you use them. Even a beneficial planet like Venus can hurt you if you don’t use it constructively.
The dark side of Pluto in astrology is more direct. If you don’t learn how to use its energies properly, you can harm both yourself and people around you.
The negative expression of Pluto includes hunger for power, cruelty, control issues and in general a destructive attitude. Pluto governs obsession and mania, the ultimate source of revenge and hate. Its position in the natal chart shows in which life areas can you expect Pluto’s energies to kick in.
Pluto, Your Very Own Powerhouse
There are things that are not easy to curb—Pluto in astrology is definitely one of them. Nuclear energy is an excellent way to understand Pluto (and it is ruled by this planet, so you see how connected they are). Nuclear energy is very powerful, but very dangerous at the same time. If it falls into the wrong hands, it means ultimate destruction. The same is true for Pluto. It is a small planet, but extremely intense.
Pluto shows the power that needs to be unlocked. You don’t know it’s there until you have to utilize all your resources to cope with a situation. All of us have to face hardships at some point in our lives. Each of us have our own challenges, for one person, finances are the problem, for another one health, for the third relationships, we all have our demons.
But you can’t give in. We continue even you don’t know how, but you find the strength to keep on keeping on. In the end, you reach the next level and come out much so stronger, you didn’t even know you are that you are able to withstand such test of strength until you had to.
Pluto is the energy you didn’t know was there, when you are forced to realize how strong you are.
Meaning of Pluto in the Natal Chart
The position of Pluto by signs is shared by large groups of people. Since it stays in the same sign for 10-20 years, its effect is more visible in the world and society than in your personal life.
The position of Pluto by houses, however, is a different thing. The location of Pluto in the natal chart shows where and how you find the deepest transformation. It also suggests the life areas where you seek power.
If Pluto touches personal points in your birth chart, this planet is even more important for you, and you would benefit from learning more about how it works. Pluto represents the highest you can ascend and the lowest you can descend.