Pluto in Astrology: Its Effects and Living With It


Pluto characterises everything that is changing and transforming. It is responsible for all the forces that operate beneath the surface of our understanding, on a more subconscious level.

When one finds themselves under the influence of Pluto, it can be a good opportunity to try new things and refresh, given that it is responsible for new beginnings, rebirth and growth.

Too much influence however, and this can manifest itself as a lust for power, possessiveness and trying to destroy too many things.

Pluto Astrological Associations:

  • Ruler of the Scorpio zodiac sign;
  • Exalted in Capricorn, weakened in Cancer, in detriment in Taurus;
  • Governs the eighth astrological house;
  • Characteristic keyword: Regeneration;
  • Associated with the color Brown;
  • Linked to Tuesdays;
  • Representative gemstone: Garnet;
  • Representative material: Zinc;

Pluto is another planet that will exhibit various characteristics between generations rather than between individuals – primarily due to its pedestrian pace through the skies, given its position as the furthest most exo-planet.

Its position by astrological house highlights where we feel the need to soul search, and discover meanings that are buried so deep, they could be considered alien to anyone else.

This can be down to a fundamental root cause of change and control. Pluto can exert its influence over other planets by colouring them in the need to explore, find meaning or struggle with power.

Pluto’s position within the chart tells us where we look for new beginnings and change, despite any opposition we might have to these changes.

By failing to embrace the energies offered to us by Pluto, we are liable to fall into a destructive trap that can have an adverse impact on not only oneself, but those around a person too.

It is difficult to find the conventional “positive” ways that Pluto can manifest itself in us like other planets. This is because of our belief in the existence of evil and negativity, not down to anything inherently evil about Pluto.

That said, Pluto does bring out our innermost “devil”, not least because of the House in which Pluto resides. It can bring out characteristics such as jealousy, impulsiveness and possessiveness.

All our shortcomings are presented to the forefront of our existence under Pluto’s influence, coming from somewhere beyond our basic instinctual acts.

It is Pluto’s energy that gives us periodic states of despair, not just on an individual level, but also collectively too. We see this when we witness war or any other kind of disaster – it is simply a natural discharge of energy that must be released.

We typically see Pluto’s influence in areas where a person has close ties with their ancestry – this is rooted in an unwillingness to let go of their forefathers’ legacies, and a refusal to accept that there is an end period to all life no matter how close it is to us.

When we do see positive incarnations of Pluto manifesting within ourselves, we can often observe regenerative energy and change – often during times where we might be afraid of change, but the strength and desire for this change comes from Pluto.

Solutions to this could be surrounding ourselves with those who would encourage this sense of exploration for example.

When we channel Pluto correctly, we can come to the realisation that we are the masters of our own universe, being able to change and take responsibility for our own actions and direction, achieving things that would otherwise be considered improbable, or even impossible.

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Joy Carter

Astrology enthusiast from an early age, there is a lot more to Joy Carter than meets the eye. She is an experienced practitioner who aims to make her work available to as many people as possible. Instagram, Twitter or Facebook