Pluto, You Fiery Devil!

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in Astrology

Pluto is the reason I began to take Astrology seriously. Rather, Pluto as a symbol represents the reason I began to take Astrology seriously. About three years ago a friend warned me that Pluto was nearing my Ascendant. If our bodies and spirits were like radios, then the Ascendant or rising sign would be one of the radio stations or frequencies on the dial that we tune into very easily because its output is quite strong. Pluto’s frequency is weaker, mainly because we are used to skipping right past the music it is playing. So my friend being a good friend knew that a Pluto-Ascendant conjunction would result in a boost in Pluto’s signal to my radio and wanted me to start learning the music.

Pluto takes about 248 years to make one complete orbit. For astrology, this means that one person will not live to experience every possible event Pluto can make and not everyone will experience the same Plutonic events depending on where it happens to be in their chart. If your birthday is in mid-December 1990 around 1AM EST then you are 21 years old as I write this. Pluto’s just getting started on seven of your planets in Sagittarius, Capricorn and Aquarius. It’s about thirty years of Plutonic activity that began with your Pluto-Sun conjunct followed by Mercury, Venus, Uranus, Neptune, Saturn conjunctions, ┬áthe Ascendant and finally your Moon a few years later. The major hits are Pluto-Sun, Pluto-Saturn, Pluto-Ascendant and Pluto-Moon. To read more about Pluto I suggest Steven Forrest’s The Book of Pluto.

My first reason for getting the ball rolling here has to do with the intensity of Plutonic events and the timing of them in our lives. How does a young person handle “advanced Pluto” before developing the skill to work with emotions, trauma and passion? When I was 17, my transiting Pluto was conjunct my Moon and midheaven. I was nowhere near ready to process all the fire, intensity and heat of Pluto’s influence on my Moon – or my emotions as the precipitation of soul and heart in my life.

My second reason for working on this topic is to move away from the snapshot version of Plutonic events and look at the timeline instead. Let’s say I didn’t successfully integrate much of Pluto’s teachings at age 17. Now Pluto is crossing my Ascendant in my early 40s. Some of what I left behind almost 25 years ago seems to be returning for me to take another look.


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