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Astronomically, Pluto has been disparaged, dropped from the ranks of planet-hood and I suspect this reflects our society’s discomfort with Plutonian material.

What is Plutonian material?  What is Pluto’s influence in the astrology chart?  What is his rulership?

Pluto is the power behind the throne.  Pluto is one of the four power-hungry planets in the pantheon of the solar system – along with Saturn, the Sun and Mars.  For the most part, these planets are associated with the Fixed signs, which are also known as the Serpent Signs – Aquarius (Saturn’s previous rulership), Scorpio (Pluto’s present and Mar’s previous), Leo (the Sun) and Taurus is not exactly represented as Venus, its present ruler does not “seek” power but understands that true power lies in practicing abundant generosity and kindness and that when we love something or someone fully and maintain a low position (humility), then we have all the “power” that we need.  But more on Venus in a bit.  So Pluto seeks typically seeks power because of some mysterious unconscious yearning.  How it goes about that is indicated by the rest of the astrology chart.

What does Pluto do in the astrology chart?  Well we are talking about the ruler of the most complex sign in the zodiac (Scorpio), so this must be a complex answer.  But to over simplify things for the moment, I am going to write about the ways that Pluto amplifies whatever he touches.

Stepping off topic one more time…  Above I mention how our society might be hesitant (at best) to delve into Pluto’s material, well I want to remind people that esoterically, Pluto rules both the best of the light (wisdom, personal integrity, and compassion) and the worst of the darkness (polluted swamps of the unconscious).  I suspect Pluto has gotten a bad reputation – being discovered around the time of the atom bomb’s revelation, I think some people see a poor Pluto aspect and naturally cringe.  But that is not necessary.  Pluto is a binary planet system – Charon, a large moon of Pluto orbits it and from an esoteric perspective, this dual system gives Pluto rulership over the swampy depths of the psyche AND once we purify and come to a deep visceral understanding of who we are and what true power is, then Pluto is transformed like the phoenix (one of Scorpio’s symbols) into Minerva, the goddess of wisdom and healing.

Pluto’s constipating effects come about when we do not acknowledge who we are.  When we suppress our natural urges and healthy desires, due to upbringing, societal pressures, or whatever, we are pushing Pluto deeper into our subconscious.  And if we know our mythology, then we know that Pluto tends to erupt violently onto the scene, and this is certainly possible if we try to bottle up our powerful emotions for too long.  Eventually something is going to snap.  So it is best to get clearer about our needs and feelings now, rather than waiting to see how Pluto might manifest in his shadowy manner.  But we can never blame Pluto – rather he is a reflection of our psyche and our natural predispositions.

So why does Pluto tend to amplify aspects of our chart?  And keep in mind, depending on our karma, like I mention above, this amplification is oftentimes positive.  If we have poor predispositions in our unconscious, then these negative habits could be amplified just as easily.

(By the way, I am going to over-simplify these definitions below.  Therefore, do not read your chart and then say, “Oh my God!  I don’t fit on that hyper-polarized spectrum.”  Right.  There is a lot of gray area that I am not able to describe in such a short blog post.  You might want to call or email me to set up an astrology interpretation if you have questions about your astrological Pluto.  I consider myself quite knowledgeable on the subject.)

Pluto and the Sun: Here is one combination of two of the power-grasping giants that I touched on above.  The Sun is the overt, natural leader in Leo.  At its best, these aspects tend to amplify the Sun’s natural leadership abilities.  It increases ambition, a desire for recognition and our innate authority.  At its worst, it can make someone despotic and power-hungry, stooping to great depths to undermine opponents and competitors.  You must look at the rest of the chart to see how and where this authority and power extend (in Cancer it might be the head of a powerful family, in Capricorn it might be an ambitious CEO and in Scorpio, it would be an altogether different animal).  🙂

Pluto and the Moon: Here we have the lunar domain of the emotions and non-physical energies (psychic abilities, intuition, dreams, etc).  When Pluto and the Moon get together, it can be over-sensitivity (depending on the sign), emotional reactiveness AND/OR it can be emotional understanding and awareness.  It could be extremes in the way we express our feelings AND/OR an innate psychic ability.  If we delve through our neuroses and traumas, we can discover that Pluto’s influence on the Moon can be an emotional anchor in an uncertain world.  We can read people with an uncanny gut feeling and we can express our feelings with such ease and grace that others marvel at this skillful ability.  Of course the signs and houses involved matter a lot and the rest of the chart will indicate how far along we are on a psychological understand (or in our karmic evolution).

Pluto and Mercury:  Here is the god of communication – the link between the head and the heart.  So what you must ask yourself here is – does Pluto clear up that connection or sully those waters.  At its best, this is someone whose mental clarity and cogency is unparalleled – a great investigator, researcher and scientist (possibly).  This person would be a great teacher and a magnificent orator.  On the flip side, Pluto here can indicate mental confusion.  It can amplify the worst of Mercury’s qualities – impulsiveness, impatience and irritability.  There is the possibility that Pluto in a hard aspect to Mercury is indicative of early trauma and this in turn would gear up that native’s nervous system to no end.  Of course, whenever Pluto (who is strongly associated with the reproductive organs and sexual expression) is involved, we might consider skillfully inquiring about early trauma.  [Disclaimer – if you do not have seriously refined skills in dealing with early trauma, then it might be best to avoid the subject and let a professional handle it.]

Pluto and Venus:  As I mentioned above, Pluto can be in its lower manifestations or in his higher karmically-refined emanation as Minerva.  It is important to know which is the dominant force when dealing with any Pluto aspects, but no where is it more apparent than when perceiving Pluto / Venus contacts.  This is the person who could (rarely) be the saint who understands that we can love something without grasping at it (love without attachment is a beautiful thing!  Watch videos of great Tibetan lamas like Garchen Rinpoche if you want an example of this).  We can give love even to those people who spurn and reject it.  We can rest in equanimity and practice kindness toward all we come in contact with – not judging anyone.  But who am I kidding?  That kind of saint is very difficult to find.  Rather, Pluto can indicate that this individual is lustful, possessive and/or jealous.  Pluto and Venus is where some people tie power with sex.  And what is the best way to do this?  By connecting money and sex – have you ever seen the older wealthy oligarch who has a trophy wife at least 30 – 40 years younger than he is?  It happens.

I would personally recommend that one adopts an authentic spiritual practice though where we can start to get an understanding of our inner machinations.  Then, over time (in my experience, nothing comes lightning-quick), we can start to dispel inner delusions and mis-understandings and build in more loving-kindness and appropriate compassion.  But it must start with the self.  If we find ourselves grasping and clinging to someone or something, there is the obvious possibility that Pluto and Venus are working together (maybe manifesting an early, unmet childhood need) in a challenging manner.

Pluto and Mars: Here again we have a meeting of two of the power-hungry planets.  But as we all know, Mars rarely ever wins out in his hunt for power and hegemony.  Why?  Because he seeks to forcefully get people to do his will.  And this requires a lot of time and energy and supervision.  This is why Venus and Neptune are the innately powerful energies in the world – they are humble, understanding, generous, graceful and compassionate.  Be like water my friends (Bruce Lee), be like water.

When Pluto and Mars get together, we must be very careful and very wise about how we handle this powerful combination.  There will most likely be a LOT of energy expressed.  This is the person who is naturally gifted in athletics or as a soldier.  They are very hard workers and they can have great physical endurance.  There will be a strong discontent with the status quo – so again, are we looking at a Kali-like destroyer (lower manifestation), or are we looking at a reformer and passionate, non-violent activist working with Minerva’s guidance?  Most often you will wonder about this native’s forceful ways and powerful animistic energies – this person generally does not enjoy being told “No.”  Mars’ impulsiveness might occasionally emerge and there could be emotional storms, irrational displays of anger and irritability.  At its best however, this is the person who is striving every day, every week to know themselves better – whether through depth psychology, a ton of reading and introspection, working with a spiritual teacher or through process-oriented bodywork.  This would be the person who has come a LONG way in transforming their inner desires and passions.

I am going to pause here as this post is getting quite long!  Thank you for reading and let me know if you have any questions.

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“Do not make enemies by accident.”  I loved this quote from the Dowager Countess on the first season of Downton Abbey, which I recently got into.  I also think it is the perfect quote for people who have Transiting Pluto making a hard aspect to their Natal Mercury.

I do need to start off an article like this by saying that our personal Mercuries are all unique.  Sure there are similar degrees – I have Mercury in 8 degrees of Aries, while someone else might have their Mercury at 9 degrees of Aries, and you would have a serious question if you asked “So what’s the difference?!”

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Well here’s the thing: Mercury is the connection between head and heart and it is the planet of communication.  It is also the most fickle planet in the Zodiac, as it takes on characteristics from whatever environment it finds itself in.  In my opinion, in addition to being the butterfly of the Zodiac (Gemini especially), Mercury has some shapeshifting / chameleon-like traits.  And this is why two people having the “same” Mercury could experience an entirely different result / situation as Transiting Pluto makes a square to their Mercury.

Let me go a little more in depth here.  As Mercury is the planet of connection between head and heart, and it is the Throat Chakra of the Zodiac as it were, the curious communicator, it depends greatly upon what is in said head and said heart as to what comes out of the mouth.  This is another reason this transit will look different for all of us.  We are at differing frequencies – we have made different choices in our lives to get where we presently are.  You could call it karma, or you could say it is Divine Fate or whatever, but we have some choice in our lives, and our choices influence who we are.

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With this said, I will try to nail down some generalities about Tr. Pluto making a hard aspect to Mercury.  But do keep in mind that for someone who is well-balanced, who generally is able to speak their mind and who seems to have a practical head on their shoulders, this transit might not be a big deal.  It might just be a few days or weeks of added intensity with communication or issues with relatives or in-laws, etc.  However, for others, specifically people who are naturally pleaser types or people who placate others with ease or people who are too soft and you might call them push-overs, then Pluto making a hard aspect to Mercury might get a bit messy.

Generally speaking, what can happen when the power-hungry planet of the Underworld meets the busy-body, messenger of the gods?  Righteousness.  That’s right – we can suddenly (or because this aspect will last for at least a year or two off and on – gradually) notice that we are picking fights with people because we feel we are right.  Although, Pluto is a very insidious energy – we will rarely ever notice our own righteousness.  Unless we have a habit of reflecting on our words and comments and actions and unless we are open to the truth of a situation, rather than what we want it to be, Pluto will blind us for a few months.  We might become more picky about someone not doing their job – pointing out the tiny details where they can improve, or we might respond to people in a new, intense and steamy way, because we feel they are somehow wrong and someone has to point it out to them.  Really?  In the long run will it really matter?

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This is because Pluto does seek power and control.  Whether we’d like to admit it or not, pointing out someone else’s flaws can be fun (especially under this ill-fated transit).  But does it help anything?  Are we just picking fights for petty reasons?  Pluto can and will bring whatever is hidden to the surface, so if you find that you are becoming a monster under this transit, saying “crazily awkward” or “intense fighting” words, then you should know that that part of your nature has been there all along.  I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I noticed this in myself.  At first it is hard to swallow.  You might say, “this is not who I am?!!”  Well, we have news for you – that is who you were in your unconscious and now you are more conscious of your lower self honey…  Ooph!!  Yep, this transit can shed a lot of light on our personal fallacies.  Where do we want control in our lives?  Where do we need to stand up for ourselves in our lives (appropriately)?  Where are missing the forest for the trees – being so concerned about every little detail that we miss out on the beauty of life around us?  Any of these things are possible with Pluto making this challenging dance with Mercury.

Generally speaking, Pluto’s transit over any planet forces some type of transformation.  As I mentioned above, for someone who easily speaks their mind and is not afraid to speak their truth to power (this is a rare trait I should add), then Pluto’s passage may not be that transformative.  Like I mentioned, Mercury also rules local travel, relatives (aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings) and communication.  So there are other facets of life that could be “stirred up” as it were.  But for any of us who do have some lingering fear of upsetting people in power – whether we are projecting old stuff onto the present, or whether we need to keep our mouths shut to keep our job, Pluto will begin to press for us to transform and to step into our truth and empowerment.  As you know, this can be a messy or a sticky process, but it is well worth it in the long run.

Pluto’s ability to bring to the surface stuff that has been hidden can also have another effect.  There is a small chance that during this transit, we will realize that we have been deceiving ourselves in a certain area of life.  And of course, if we are deceiving ourselves, then it follows that we are deceiving others.  And this would be a time when our deception gets noticed by others and we have to start cleaning up our act.  You see, Pluto demands or provokes confrontation.  This can take many forms, and Pluto / Scorpio energy people are very good at finding the right angle to approach an issue or to open up a potential sticky conversation.  But the most difficult person with whom we might have a conflict is with ourselves, especially if we are older and / or set in our ways.  Pluto might be asking us to change (for the better, even though most of us fear change in one way or another).

Finally, there may be jealousy and / or resentment which crops up around a situation, and this situation must be confronted.  If not confronted, the body / mind could be affected by mysterious maladies (which would actually be the inflammation of resentment turned inward on the body).  Do not expect this situation to be an easy fix – there may be complications or sticky entanglements to peel apart first.

And as always, Pluto’s and Mercury’s house positions play a large role in determining what will actually come up during this transit.  Also, is Mercury well aspected in the birth chart?  Does it make an aspect to Saturn or Pluto natally?  Is it a Singleton – a lone nomad planet without any aspects?  These will all play a role in determining what this time will look like.  And, right now, Uranus is also in this mix, as it is making a Transiting Square to Pluto in the sky, which means if these two transformative Giants affect one planet in a hard aspect, we will have to deal with both planets making a change-filled aspect as well.  Therefore, I will end this long post by suggesting that if you have some planets in the 6 to 12 degree range of Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn), then you should have your chart interpreted by a competent astrologer, because there will probably be some significant changes ahead for you.

But this too shall pass.  🙂  So take a deep breath and know that we are doing the best we can with the resources at our disposal.  And it never hurts to ask for support.

Have a great day!  And thank you for reading.

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