Study Notes on Pluto
The 2006 decision by the world’s astronomers to downgrade Pluto’s status to ‘dwarf planet’ notwithstanding, astrologers recognise it to be one of the most powerful planetary forces. Indeed, power is an important theme of Pluto, which is often implicated in power issues and in its essence represents Divine Power, just as Uranus represents Divine Will.
The power of the Creator is, of course, not to be gainsaid, so that Pluto has become recognised as the planet of destiny, of fate, of all those events and changes in our lives that we can seemingly do nothing about. In terms of destiny, then, Pluto, if strong in a horoscope, tends to chop the life up into distinct chapters. It closes one door and opens another, and there is never any going back: the soul is moved on inexorably, whether it likes it or not.
According to aspects and house-position, the planet can signify major outward change such as a move, a new job, retirement, a death or other kind of loss, and/or an inner change such as one of attitude and thought. Whatever happens, adaption to new circumstances is called for.
In terms of character, people with Pluto strong are generally very sensitive and perceptive, but their sensitivity differs from that of Neptune in that where the latter is receptive, the former is of a more active, penetrating nature. The Neptunian can be led astray by fantasy and wishful thinking, whereas it is very hard to ‘pull the wool’ over the Plutonian’s eyes.
They tend to see all and to say little, unless the rest of the horoscope dictates otherwise. While this may have its advantages, it is not generally a comfortable condition – they are apt to know more than they want to about many things, or it may lead them to work in which such perception is important as in detection, investigative journalism, medicine, and psychic and spiritual work.
Pluto also often draws people to ‘big business’ and other areas of life where there are opportunities and temptations regarding power, both over the conditions of life and over other people. Pluto can often ‘tune in’ to the thoughts and feelings of others, particularly en masse, and is thus useful to the politician and advertiser and anyone else whose work depends on being in touch with the times.
Pluto’s role as symbol of Divine power sometimes on the one hand tempts people to an arrogation of power which can lead to a tendency to ‘get one’s own way’ by force, by Mafia-style domination or simply extreme assertiveness. On the other hand, it can also bring the soul to an understanding of the way in which everyone can participate in co-operation with Divine power in order to achieve results beneficial to humanity (or any other kingdom of life, indeed) in a way which would not be possible working alone, as in many charitable and religious and spiritual groups.
Having said that, however, one noticeable characteristic of Pluto people is their need for solitude. They often do need to work apparently alone, their companions in work being geographically far removed, maybe, or at other levels of life. They do not suffer fools gladly and have little time for trivial matters, sometimes having to learn to be more sociable and friendly. They seek remote and quiet places, not because of a love of seclusion (c.f. Pisces/Neptune) but because they need space and clarity of ‘atmosphere’, as well as sometimes because what they work on is not to be revealed until complete, as with many types of research, for example.
Pluto can perhaps be best understood by study of life’s natural cycles, of birth, death and rebirth, the seasons and the myriad ways in which life expresses itself and gradually evolves. All this shows Pluto, symbolic of Divine power, in action in everyday life. We tend to take such things for granted, but they are fundamental and essential to our very being.
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