Pluto is a powerhouse planet, and rules power and control. It's a planet of strength, and with Pluto, we can develop strength and come back from defeat.
Pluto in Astrology
Pluto is the natural ruler of Scorpio, an intense water sign, and the 8th house, which governs what we hold deep inside and is kind of a dark house. That fits well since Pluto can be kind of a dark planet sometimes!
Pluto rules transformations, at its core. Pluto wants us to transform so we can find more personal power and take more control in our lives. The sign and house location of your natal Pluto can show where you may undergo a massive transformation in your life, or many smaller transformations throughout your life, in order to find that power and control.
Thanks to this, Pluto helps to strengthen us, and shows us that we can come back from defeat. Pluto is the phoenix rising from the ashes - the ultimate symbol of coming back from defeat! So with Pluto, you may go down, but you won't stay there. Pluto wants you to get back up stronger, wiser, and more formidable. This can come through for you in the areas of life ruled by the house your natal Pluto is located (and rules). These are areas where you may go down at times, but you can find a way to rise again and come back fierce. Don't be afraid of the power you can have with these areas. It's power you're meant to have, and power Pluto believes you can handle.
Transit (moving) Pluto can also bring this out. When transit Pluto is making a hard aspect (conjunct, square, or opposition) to one of your natal planets or angles (especially the personal planets - Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars), this can be a trying time where you're being challenged in an epic way by Pluto. It's a legendary battle between the two of you, and Pluto will get its way, one way or the other. If you resist, it will be the hard way!
But once Pluto tears you down, it wants you to get back up, to build yourself back up, to rise from the ashes. If you stay down, that'll annoy Pluto, and then you'll be in for some more problems. Build yourself up and rise again, and Pluto will give you some serious respect. That's when you can find incredible power within you, and become a force to be reckoned with. Pluto will give you strength you never knew you were capable of having.
It's scary, for sure! But that's Pluto for ya (Pluto does rule fear too). Sometimes you have to endure the worst of it before you can emerge from the other side as a much stronger version of yourself. That can be a gift from Pluto. Even if it doesn't feel like one at the time!
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