Energy: Death, destruction, wealth, sex, terrorism, river, tunnels, occultism, danger, regeneration
Colors: Dark Red, Metallic Black
Although Pluto is no longer officially considered a planet, we will interpret it in our astrological readings just the same. Careful analysis and a lot of work was put into determining its place, and this shouldn’t all go to waste because of terminology surrounding it at the moment. It is a part of Pluto’s nature to be dismissed as the one humankind doesn’t want to face and accept in its entirety. As Astrologers, we have a task to embrace and give freedom to all, and our approach to Pluto shouldn’t be any different. The fact is this planet was discovered just several years before the Third Reich was formed, and throughout time relates with clarity to Scorpio’s rule and everything it entails.
Pluto is the ruler of all destructive choices and taboos in the world, speaking primarily of the human need for sexual repression that leads to deep unconscious frustration that tends to set itself free. It rules the sign of Scorpio which is, after all, the sign of sex and war, and Pluto is all of this comprised into one point where things explode, burst into flames, standing for the point of nuclear energy that cannot be contained. It can hold a lot, everything we shoved under the rug and under our mattresses in search for unrealistic instinctive fulfillment. Still, there comes a point in which Pluto can’t contain any more repression, and it simply spins out of control, leading to all sorts of destructive circumstances and choices. Apart from our beliefs and social norms, Pluto will take us into an entirely new whole, where justice is simply what it is, found in primal needs we don’t want to face.
Dwarf Planet PlutoPluto has been downgraded to a dwarf planet role due to its small size. Named after the Greek god of the Underworld, it wasn’t discovered until the 20th century because of its size and distance from the Earth. The location of Pluto was predicted before it was actually discovered, since the orbits of Uranus and Neptune clearly pointed to the existence of the ninth planet behind the sphere that was visible at the time. Pluto is smaller than a number of moons that circle planets in our Solar system but has its own orbit around the Sun which still makes it act in a “planetary way.” It has an eccentric and inclined orbit, which at times brings it closer to the Sun than Neptune. Ever since it was downgraded to a dwarf status, Pluto found new friends in other dwarf planets – Ceres, Makemake, and Eris primarily. This fact seems to hide its mission to help us dig up the importance of one or all of these little outcasts in our astrological approach too.
Pluto in Astrology
No matter its planetary status, Pluto is still considered the ruler of Scorpio, alongside with this sign’s traditional ruler – Mars. The sign of Aries represents that direct, masculine energy, shown through the initiative and clarity Mars tends to give, and Pluto is its feminine counterpart, something presenting an end to Mars’ beginning and a Jin to its Jang. The actual strength of Mars is seen through its capability to accept the feminine within, and Pluto is here to show just how much it has been accepted. The division of the world into masculine and feminine wouldn’t be a problem as such if there weren’t so many misconceptions and wrongly set convictions nurtured through entire bloodlines, where one isn’t as good or as capable as the other.
The sign of Scorpio exalts Uranus, and with it our human nature, individuality, and asexual character that overcomes specific parts of our physical body. If our Soul can move from one incarnation to the other, and our unconscious has the ability to move through all of the roles imaginable, how is it possible we still stick to superficial misconceptions that take away the importance of the role each gender, race, and religion have in the overall image of society?
If you are searching for a maleficent planet in a chart, you will have to stop and look at Pluto for more than a second. Traditional Astrology won’t take it into consideration, and for the most part of our lives, we won’t feel its effects as much as we would expect to. Although there are people darkened by its rule or position close to the ascendant, reaching it and feeling its effects every day would be more than finding the point of enlightenment. It would be presented through our ability to ground any dream we have in an instant, ruling both time and space, and overcoming death itself.
Pluto doesn’t exactly manifest in the prettiest of ways. This isn’t the case because it is evil, but because we believe evil exists. If there was a devil in your chart, it would be presented by Pluto for sure, and from the house it resides in, you will see where you can search to find it. Depending on our greatest fear, Pluto will manifest as possessive behavior, jealousy, destruction, and our deepest and darkest inner anomalies and impulses. It is us beyond instinctive, triggered by dismissal, judgment, and deep repression that rules our entire existence.
On a mundane level, Pluto will manifest through wars or natural disasters, as an energetic discharge bound to come at some point in time if the entire society and the universal consciousness doesn’t let things flow. Its rule and manifestations are typically connected to areas on Earth where people have trouble with “rivers” of ancestors, being tied to them or unable to accept the destruction and death preceding their incarnation.
If the setting of Pluto is strong and its aspects good, we will see it representing regeneration, transformation and the atomic energy we carry within. It will show us all our own way towards deep change, one we might think we are afraid of, or put true healers and liberty-chasers in our path. It is the energy compressed into one point, and represents the core of planet Earth. If we get in touch with it, we will realize that our lives are fully our own responsibility, and that nothing is impossible in our realities, not even overcoming death.