In astrology, Pluto is the planet of transformation. It's a planet that has intense, passionate, unrelenting energy, and when impacting your professional life, that energy can be brought into the work you do.
How Natal Pluto Impacts Your Professional Life
For some, Pluto can have a strong influence on your professional life via your natal chart. This can be the case if you have:
- Pluto in the 2nd house (ruling money), 6th house (ruling work), or 10th house (ruling career)
- Scorpio 2nd house, 6th house, or 10th house/Midheaven (which would make Pluto the ruler) or a Scorpio 2nd, 6th, or 10th house ruler
- Pluto conjunct (aligned with) the 2nd, 6th, or 10th house ruler, Ceres (planetary ruler of money), or Saturn (planetary ruler of career)
- Pluto conjunct the 4th house cusp/Imum Coeli (the 4th house cusp/Imum Coeli is on an axis with the 10th house cusp/Midheaven so Pluto would be directly opposing)
When natal Pluto has a strong influence on your professional life in the natal chart, this brings passionate, intense energy for you professionally. When it's with the 10th house, this rules your overall career, and you're someone who can be highly ambitious, driven, and when you put your mind to a goal, nothing can stop you from achieving it. This can mean you accomplish a lot in your life, however this may come later in life, and it may come with some tragic ambition, so that is something that has to be avoided.
You likely have a career ruled by Pluto (in science, medicine, the occult, dealing with forensics, death, other people's money, or that is mutually beneficial, for some examples).
When it's the 6th house, this rules your work environment and the jobs you have, so you can be someone who doesn't work too well with others (and really hates bosses), and wants to be in control of your work environment and job. You can be passionate about the jobs you have and the work projects you do, and don't want to settle for anything you don't care about. You may gravitate to Pluto-ruled jobs as well.
When it's the 2nd house, this rules your money, so you can be passionate about making as much money as you can and using it wisely. You may be a big saver, always thinking about catastrophe striking and taking you down, so you want to be prepared. You want control over your money, and may have difficulty when you don't. You can make money in ways ruled by Pluto.
How Transit Pluto Impacts Your Professional Life
Transit (moving) Pluto can also bring strong Pluto energy to your professional life, but this is temporary (whereas with natal Pluto, it's your entire life). With transit Pluto, it's only going to be for the period of time the transit is in effect, however since Pluto rules big transformation, the effect may be lasting for some time.
Transit Pluto can influence your professional life when it's:
- in your natal 2nd, 6th, or 10th houses
- aspecting your natal 2nd, 6th, or 10th house rulers, your Midheaven, your natal Ceres, or your natal Saturn
Transit Pluto touring your natal 2nd house is actually a rather notorious transit as it can really tear you down in your life since the 2nd house connects to both money and security and stability. If there's any superficiality there, if it's not ethical or right for you, Pluto can swoop in and tear everything down to force you to start over.
This can obviously impact you financially, and it's fairly common to experience major financial problems with transit Pluto in the 2nd house if you haven't done things right. You need to make sure you're making money in a way that you're passionate about, being smart with it for the long-term, helping others in beneficial ways, and healing yourself to have security based on something solid and strong, not something superficial.
If you do that, Pluto touring the 2nd house can be a great amplifier for you financially, and you can amass a lot of wealth. How you do so may transform in some way, how you plan long-term, or how you use it.
Transit Pluto in your natal 6th house can impact your work life, and you can have little patience for work and jobs you're not passionate about. You may walk away from a job if you're not invested in it, and you may be more willing to fight for what you're worth, though this can lead to more struggles over power and control.
You may decide to take more control over your work environment in some way, perhaps by deciding to work for yourself, or to work from home where you can control what's around you.
Transit Pluto in your natal 10th house can impact your career and goals, and you can throw yourself into goals that you're passionate about. Your intensity can surge, and you can push through anything to achieve and succeed. Others may push back against you at times, but you can keep going no matter what.
When it comes to transit Pluto aspects, these last for about 3 years. Beneficial aspects (sextiles and trines) can help you make progress and experience success, financially with the 2nd house, with your work with the 6th house, and with career goals with the 10th house. This can be an amazing time for achievement.
Challenging aspects (conjunctions, squares, and oppositions) can be the reverse, and you may struggle with making the progress you want, getting control, and constant fighting. A transformation is likely necessary (unless you've already done the hard work, in which case you may actually get more power and control handed to you, which can be a lot to handle, but you can handle it well).
Will Pluto in Aquarius Impact My Professional Life?
Pluto is moving into Aquarius, so a whole new set of people can get affected by this transit when it comes to your professional life. This can include you if you have:
- natal 2nd house, 6th house, or 10th house/Midheaven in Aquarius (Pluto will transit)
- natal 2nd, 6th, or 10th house ruler or natal Ceres or Saturn in Aquarius (Pluto will conjunct)
- natal 2nd, 6th, or 10th house cusp/Midheaven, natal 2nd, 6th, or 10th house ruler or natal Ceres or Saturn in Taurus, Leo, or Scorpio (Pluto will square or oppose)
These are the challenging positions for Pluto in Aquarius, so it's important you evaluate your professional life, see what's going right and what isn't, be honest about whether or not you're doing what you're passionate about and going about it the right way, and quickly pushing to do that if you're not already. Working with the Pluto energy helps you avoid the problems.
If any of these positions are instead in Aries, Gemini, Libra, or Sagittarius, Pluto in Aquarius will make beneficial aspects, and this can be an amazing time for progress, success, achievement, abundance, and taking control and being empowered professionally.
Suggested Reading: Surviving Transit Pluto in the Houses