Pluto is a funny little planet. He’s tiny, he’s been downgraded to dwarf-planet status, and he’s the farthest away. You’d think all of that would mean his energy isn’t as strong as the other planets astrologically. You’d be wrong! Pluto transits are usually the biggest transits. They last the longest of all of the transits, so they continue to impact you for a prolonged period of time. Pluto aspects impact you over the course of about 3 years, and he can tour a natal house for 1-2 decades. This makes his energy continuous, and you have to withstand the intensity for a while.
Pluto is power. Pluto is passion. Pluto is dark, deep, and mysterious. Pluto is serious. He can be icy-cold cruel. He can be destructive. But Pluto is also strong. Pluto is willful. Pluto is a force. He demands your attention. He dives into your depths. He exposes demons, darkness, lies. He’s in constant search of a transformation. And he expects you to create it. If you don’t, he’ll unleash his wrath. And his wrath is unmatched.
Pluto is the ruler of the sign of Scorpio, so the house in your natal chart with Scorpio on the cusp is ruled by Pluto. Scorpio is a fixed water sign, which fits Pluto pretty well as it gets jumbled up in intense emotional energy. Pluto rules obsession, getting wrapped up in things and having difficulty unraveling yourself, and this can play out as positive passion when channeled productively, or it can play out as unhealthy stalker-like obsession.
We have a hard time with Pluto because, well, let’s face it, he’s kinda scary! He’s the legit monster under the bed. We have very good reason to be fearful (and oh yes, he rules fear too). What Pluto puts us through, no other planet can or does. But the result of that is profound, strong, beautiful. It’s like the creation of a diamond. Pluto can put us through his Hell, and if we don’t succumb to the dark side, we can emerge as our own shiny diamond.
Transforming is the basic nature of Pluto in prediction. Wherever he is, whatever he’s doing, you know a transformation is cooking. This can be easier with the sextiles and trines, super difficult with the conjunctions, squares, and oppositions, and constant with the houses. So when you see you’re experiencing a Pluto aspect, or you’re trying to gauge transit Pluto in a house, you know you need to start with a transformation. That’s the foundation, and you go from there. It may start easy, it may start difficult and get easy, or it may be difficult through it all, but once the pressure passes, you can look back with a whole new perspective.
Hard Pluto transits tend to be made worse when coupled with hard Uranus or Saturn transits, but especially hard Saturn transits. Saturn is disciplined and super focused, so lump that in with the intensity and obsession from Pluto, and they can really squeeze you. Plus, while Saturn is seen as the one who teaches us lessons, Pluto kind of does too, just in more of a psycho way. We can learn a lot about ourselves thanks to Pluto, but it usually comes after we’ve gone through Hell.
With Pluto, it’s important not to get lost in the dark. When you’re experiencing a Pluto transit, always try to keep a light on. When the lights go out is when you have the most troubles and are most tempted to give in to the bad energy, or to stop altogether with moving forward in your transformation. Keep a light on, and keep going.
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