The astronomical discovery of the three outermost planets, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, expanded the frontiers of our Solar System. Western Astrology, which is more recent than Indian Astrology, went ahead and included these planets in analyzing the natives’ future. The following are descriptions of these Quintile or Bi-Quintile aspects between the planets Sun through Pluto. These aspects can also apply for the semi-quintile, or decile, of 36 degrees, or the vigintile of 18 degrees, and will only apply for Sun-Mercury and Sun-Venus aspects because of the proximity of the Sun to Mercury and Venus.
Pluto: Transformation & Change
- The chart below for Saturn conjunct Pluto 2020 shows a stellium including the Sun, Mercury, Saturn, Pluto and Ceres, all square Eris. In mundane astrology, which governs world events, Saturn conjunct Pluto represents large organizations like multinational corporations, superpower countries, the UN, NATO, WHO and trading blocs.
- Jul 08, 2020 As such, they recognize Pluto’s influence during a retrograde like any of the other planets. Good thing, because Pluto takes the cake, spending half of the year in retrograde and averaging 186.
Pluto was first seen by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930, although astronomer Percival Lowell had previously assumed that the planet existed on the basis of his mathematical calculations. Roughly 3000 miles in diameter, the planet’s orbit is 17 degrees inclined to the ecliptic, and it is some 3600 million miles from the sun.
Pluto completes an orbit of the sun once every 248 years, and is therefore the third and final planet that forms a ‘generation effect’ in the natal chart. It’s orbit is somewhat erratic, however, and brings it very close to a collision with Neptune – although an actual collision is thought highly unlikely.
So far, much about Pluto remains mysterious, as no space probes have yet been able to reach it.
In astrology, Pluto is known as the planet of transformation and change. Pluto was an agricultural God who ruled over the underworld – it was to his land of death beyond the river Styx that every living creature was eventually transported. Pluto often wore a helmet which rendered him invisible, and (probably helped by the helmet!) was known as being a great seducer.
The planet that bears his name rules the sign of Scorpio, and is connected with the sexual organs and human reproduction. It is also concerned with with the unconscious buried emotions, however, and whilst it can encourage us to overcome obstacles, it can also make us sly, critical, secretive, cruel.
Pluto through the Signs
Pluto takes 246 years to travel through all twelve zodiac signs, although it’s orbit is erratic – it will take 13 years to travel through some and up to 32 years for others. It’s generation influence is quite potent, and it is a very strong planet if it is personalised in the natal chart (i.e for anyone with Sun or Ascendant Scorpio, or Pluto as a rising planet, or Pluto in strong aspect to the Sun, Moon or ruling planet).
There is no-one alive with Pluto in Aries or Taurus, and the first children to be born with Pluto in Sagittarius arrived only in 1995 – it is a little too early to assess how Pluto is making itself felt from that sign. We will return to generation influences in a later lesson, but for now let’s take a look at how Pluto through the signs acts if it is personalised.
Pluto in Gemini (until 1912/13): Elderly people with Pluto in this sign are usually very sceptical, but also have an intense inquisitiveness and curiosity, possibly because they have lived through so much themselves. Astrozone susan miller monthly horoscopes. Those with good intellects are very wise, but those less well gifted are rather dogmatic about change.
Pluto in Cancer (1912/13 – 1937/38): This placing has a powerful effect on the subject’s intuition and emotional levels. However, if Pluto is negatively aspected by the Sun, Moon, ruling planet or Ascendant then there can be some psychological blockage. If the chart shows business acumen, then this placing certainly increases it, and Cancerian tenacity is also increased.
Pluto in Leo (1937/38 – 1957): Powers of leadership are heightened with this placing, and indeed if the Sun, Moon or Ascendant are also in Leo there could be a power complex. If Pluto is near the top of the chart, especially in the 10th house, this person is a real empire builder, but often in danger of becoming power mad.
If Pluto is more helpful aspected, however, then here is a person who has great capacity to work for the good of others as well as themselves.
Pluto in Virgo (1958 – 1971): If obsessive tendencies are shown elsewhere in the chart, then this placing will compound the problem. If Pluto is negatively aspected, the ability to talk through personal problems may also be affected.
However, this placing does confer the desire to see problems in a coherent perspective and to think rationally about them. If Pluto is aspected by the Sun there may be a tendency towards constipation, since Virgo rules the bowels.
Pluto in Libra (1971 – 1983/84): In many ways this placing spices up Libra, but it does also increase the Libran tendency to cause arguments in order to ask a loved one to prove themselves. If there is a Libran Sun or Moon then there will be a very active sex life, and the pure romanticism of Libra will not be so strong. Jealousy and possessiveness can be a problem with this placing.
Pluto in Scorpio (1983/84 – 1995): This placing adds intensity and a sense of purpose, but if Pluto receives negative aspects from the Sun, Moon or ruling planet then there may be minor psychological problems.
If Scorpio is also the Sun, Moon or Ascendant Sign then this child will have boundless energy – but energy that must be channelled, not frittered away. Competitive sport or some kind of challenge is essential to keep this youngster from becoming depressed.
With all of the above descriptions, it is important to remember that we are not referring to everyone born within the stated years, but only those who have Pluto personalised in their charts.
The following descriptions of Pluto through the houses are, however, relevant to us all.The following two tabs change content below.
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This article discusses the role of Pluto in Astrology, the last of the Generational Planets, as well as its role in the development of the soul. It is said to be a higher octave of Mercury’s ray of wisdom, and they share a similar style glyph.
Time to Transit Zodiac = 248 years
Time in Each Sign = Pluto spends about 21 years in each sign (varying from 12 to 31 years) due to its orbit characteristics.
It’s orbit lies at an angle of about 17.5° to the ecliptic and is so eccentric that at times it comes nearer to us that Neptune:
Pluto could be a comet as it is made up of rock and ice, very unlike the Gas Giants before it (Neptune, Uranus). Comets, like asteroids, add something new to, or transform established patterns.
Pluto’s position in the natal horoscope represents beginnings and endings, especially when aspected with the luminaries (Sun, Moon) or the angles. In the progressed chart it is often associated with major change such as marriage, the childbirth/pregnancy, a new career and emigrating to a different country.
Glyphs of Pluto
The glyph used to represent Pluto are shown below:
The left glyph shows a circle within a crescent which are above a cross. The crescent (soul) is upward pointing and receptive to the influence of divine wisdom or spirit (circle). This evolution of the soul is grounded in our daily karmic experiences (cross of matter), but this evolution of the soul comes at a price as the transformation experiences in our life to achieve this can often be traumatic as we have to let go of things we are attached to.
The right glyph is a combination of the letters of Percival Lowell, who formed the beginning of the effort that led to the discovery of Pluto 14 years after his death in 1961.
Mythology of Pluto
In Greek mythology Pluto (Roman: Hades) was known as god of the underworld, capturing the beautiful maiden Persephone, making her live with him in his kingdom for 6 months of the year, before he released her again bringing spring and summer to the earth. I have discussed further detail in the mythology of Pluto in the article on the Three of Cups of the Thoth Tarot.
In the horoscope, the meaning of Pluto is very similar in that it can represent beginnings and endings.
Pluto and Mercury Association
There are some similarities between the glyphs of Mercury and Pluto, and this is reflected in their close association:
Mercury (Hermes) was supposed to conduct the souls of the departed to Pluto (Hades):
Mercury is concerned with the gaining of knowledge, communications, spoken and written word and Pluto is viewed as a ‘Higher Octave’ of Mercury. Since Pluto’s discovery there have been tremendous advances in communications, and these might have already have evolved intointer planetary or inter-galactic communications. There are also novelists and dramatists that have Pluto predominantly placed in their chart ( building on the word association of Mercury).
However, most modern astrologers view Pluto as a higher octave ruler of Scorpio, a sign of birth, death and secrets.
Pluto in Astrology Keywords
The Ray of Pluto in Astrology
Balanced Pluto Ray
(i) Survival Instincts
- The need to protect our homes, family, county, and fundamentally transform the world into a better place are all positive Pluto traits.
- People pulling together during a disaster to save whoever they can. It is us, risking our lives in the face of violence and oppression, to save the ones who mean the most to us.
(ii) Positive Transformations
- Environmental movement of 2019,
- Civil Rights Movements of 50’s in US.
- Revolutionaries that take money and power from an oppressive regime and liberate themselves with the choice to choose their own leadership.
- Pluto will take everything that you think you need away from you, just to show you that you’ll be fine without it.
(iii) Death and Rebirth
Pluto severs the silver cord which binds the soul to the physical body, and at the appropriate time allows the soul to reincarnate for another life experience.
(iv) Mysitcal Experiences
Interest in the afterlife, spirituality and reincarnation has increased since the discovery of Pluto. Its influence is often seen in the chart of those that are destined to influence a wide group of people, and those on the spiritual path to Initiation.
Its is also associated with secret societies of occult matters and other paths with secret teachings which are not for the masses.
(v) Application of Sexual Instincts
Being associated with the sexual or creative forces, Pluto like Mars, gives a strong urge for self-expression. This gives qualities such as courage, independence and drive when positively expressed, and cruelty, vengence, greed and the need for power when negatively expressed.
Imbalanced Pluto Ray
Pluto does not tend to operate at speed but is there in the background over a period of time until it’s effects become obvious, and then it often causes traumatic change.
Pluto also governs power itself, including struggles between people and countries for domination, and of course, personal power. Examples include:
- Racial prejudice in the US and the Civil Rights Movement,
- Nationalism of Germany during Hitler’s reign.
- North Korea Despots
Pluto was discovered in 1930, a period of economic depression and rising fascism. These reflect both the depths and intense power with which this planet is associated.
2. Within Individuals
Within ourselves, we keep certain aspects of our character a secret. We know that if anybody knew about our sexual depravity, our violent urges, how we plan on working the system to gain an advantage.With Pluto, you play your hand close to your chest, trust no one, and keep your plans to yourself.
Rulership and Test of Pluto in Astrology
Both Pluto and the 8th house are only interested in the deepest and most intense emotions and experiences; those that will transform us.
Pluto is seen as the ruler of Scorpio, the sign of transformation and secrets. The prominence of Pluto in the chart represents the urge to search for that which is hidden, unravel mysteries, and even enter ‘forbidden territory’ so to speak. This can relate to secret societies, spirituality, the occult and sexual taboos.
Pluto knows that life is impermanent and that change is the only thing that is guaranteed. So Pluto in astrology uses its influence by encouraging us to embrace change and be able to go with the flow and allow old structures in our life to fall away.
Scorpio is associated with death and rebirth. There’s a Sufi saying, “Die many times before you die,” and Pluto’s lessons hold out the promise of emerging from the process a new person. We might not think we exist without the ground beneath us, our sense of who we are may be shaken, but if we’re brave we come to discover there is life after this kind of transformation of the lower self.
Pluto in the Horoscope
In the chart, the position of Pluto by sign will be shared with other people in the same generation due to the comparatively slow movement of Pluto, the outermost planet of the solar system.
Where we find Pluto in the chart is where we either seek change and transformation, or have it thrust upon us if we refuse to accept our deepest needs.
The House position of Pluto is key to understanding which area of life will enact the most dramatic transformation. It’s often the area that you grasp for with the most longing. The birth chart often points to a lifelong meditation on some issue. We often have to undergo a difficult letting go process and build faith in life itself, for miracles to occur.
Pluto Characteristics Astrology
Pluto in aspect to other planets in the chart colors those energies with obsessive qualities, power struggles, the need to find deeper meanings, and willingness to explore and examine.