** Sign. ** Planet for Astrology


Pluto represents the unconscious urge to transform repressed ego-desire energies into group-desire energies in order to live out your role in society’s evolution. Pluto represents sexuality (the act itself, as opposed to the energetic desire which is associated with Mars), obsessive desires, transformation, power, and the ingredients of great wealth (investments, banking, loans, debt, mortgages).

This area of life may be associated with change, upheaval, power struggles, and issues of control. Pluto in aspect to other planets in the chart colors those energies with obsessive qualities, power struggles, the need to find deeper meanings, and willingness to explore and examine. Where we find Pluto in the chart is where we either seek change and transformation, or have it thrust upon us if we refuse to accept our deepest needs. If we fear Pluto’s energies, or our “dark” side, destructiveness (both directed at ourselves or others) is a byproduct.

Pluto reveals our vices, addictions and our own undoing. But like the Phoenix rising from the ashes, he can show us how to transform that lead into gold. But Pluto knows that nothing ever really dies; it’s simply transmuted into another form.

Pluto has dominion over drastic changes that bring true upheavals. Since Pluto is the slowest-moving planet, an entire generation will share the same Pluto sign, giving it historical importance. Drastic and permanent changes in civilization as a whole can be linked to Pluto’s movement through the signs. On a personal level, the House that Pluto occupies in your chart will show how Plutonian energy is manifested in your life. Pluto will transform those things in your life that require regeneration, whether you desire it or not. You may experience dramatic crises or have to endure terrible suffering where Pluto is involved in your chart, but for the purpose of healing. Pluto tears down only to transform and regenerate what has been destroyed. Pluto is associated with recklessness, mental obsession and compulsion, emotional resistance, and overall transcendence. It is also associated with unsolved mysteries, secrets, and taboos.

Pluto Planet Summary

Planet: Pluto
House Ruler: 8th House
Ruler of: Scorpio
Detriment: Taurus
Exalted: Aries & Pisces
Fall: Libra & Virgo

Light Traits: Tranformation
Shadow Traits: Inversion
Keyword: I EMPOWER

Planet Symbol / Glyph: Pluto

The glyph of Pluto is a  common, although perhaps somewhat outdated, glyph that merges the letters P and L (which are the initials of the man who discovered Pluto, Percival Lowell), and is pictured here at right.

Pluto’s other glyph, or symbol, combines the circle (spirit) over the crescent (receptivity) and the cross (matter). This glyph suggests spiritual receptivity to “superworlds” or the superconscious, placed above the physical world.

Pluto through The Signs – An Overview

So now that we have discussed Pluto, let’s take a little look at how Pluto manifests itself through the signs of the zodiac in a bit more detail. Every astrological sign has a specific set of qualities – positive and negative.

Below are some of the key traits of each sign of each zodiac sign.

Pluto in Aries Sign

Pluto (to transform) in Aries (energetic and urgent).

They transform in an energetic and urgent way your basic beingness. They probe into the deepest levels of your existence and forcibly assert their independence, for themselves or their group. They may try to get rid of past identities (fire) and how others might see and treat you. You can relinquish past identities and create a new life with new beginnings. Those born with Pluto in Aries want to do whatever it takes to get what they desire. They can assess a situation immediately and see what they can get out of it for themselves. If they can’t turn something to their advantage, they are quick to look for another opportunity elsewhere

Pluto in Taurus Sign

Pluto (to transform) in Taurus (Enduring and Possessive).

You seek to transform in an enduring and possessive way in matters related to personal wealth, You make changes slowly (Pluto in detriment, fixed unchanging sign) in a controlled way in increasing your wealth. You are a materialist (earth) and tend to ignore or be unaware (resistance to change) of forces that are acting below the surface (Pluto) which may make radical transformations. People under this sign might have strong sex impulses.

Pluto in Gemini Sign

Pluto (to transform) in Gemini (versatile and variable).

You delve below the surface in a versatile and variable manner in matters dealing with communication, thinking, ideas and relationships (air). You are interested in hidden matters (secrets of life and death) which you might seek to communicate in a versatile and variable manner (mutable), perhaps in books, or whatever form is appropriate in your time (22nd Century)

Pluto in Cancer Sign

Pluto (to transform) in Cancer (Instinctive and Protective).

You transform in an instinctive and protective manner matters related to the “home”. You reach out into the world (or into the depths of the mind) (cardinal) in order to protect those things which are important to you as your roots, country, ethnic group, where there may be radical drastic changes. You do this in a sensitive, emotional, sympathetic way (water), which is nonetheless transforming.

Pluto in Leo Sign

Pluto (to transform) in Leo (impressive and creative)

You transform in an impressive and creative way in matters related to pleasure, children (eternal), romance and entertainment. You tend to hang onto your childhood and youth (fixed). And you are enthusiastic and optimistic (fire) about life. You may speculate or gamble, risking everything to preserve your individuality, against impressive and oppressive power.

Pluto in Virgo Sign

Pluto (to transform) in Virgo (Analytical and Critical)

They delve into deep hidden matters in an analytical and critical manner. They seek self-mastery through work, health and service. They are variable and versatile and are concerned with information (mutable sign), and you may be obsessive about these things. They are practical, use common sense and enjoy visual pleasures, art, etc. (earth). They are likely to be influenced by external matters or other people or groups (passive), or by deep desires.

Pluto in Libra Sign

Pluto (to transform) in Libra (Diplomatic and Harmonious)

Here is a tendency to want to rock the boat in relationships. If sun or moon is in Libra, there will be an active sex life. If Pluto is negatively aspected, there may be sexual problems. If Libra is prominent in the chart, or if Pluto is a personal planet, jealousy and possessiveness will be a problem.

You transform in a diplomatic and harmonious way, matters related to relationships with others and partners. You may be obsessed with fairness and justice as it relates to others and to marriage partners. Relationships must be perfect or they are nothing. (extremes). You deal with these matters intellectually and through communication (air). You are motivated by your values (Libra) and while you are normally diplomatic, there may be explosions of anger (Pluto) at what you consider unfair.

Pluto in Scorpio Sign

Pluto (to transform) in Scorpio (Intense and Secretive)

The influence of Pluto is at home in Scorpio. This natural placement adds intensity and a sense of purpose. If Pluto is negatively aspected, there may be psychological problems. If Pluto is in the 10th House, the expression of power will be noticeable.

You delve deep into the hidden secrets in an intense and secretive manner, about sex, the mind, occult studies and death. There may be an obsession in areas concerning genetic engineering, creating (and destroying) life, and cloning. You may be interested in occult studies. In various kinds of research (not only science), but discoveries made during this period also may not be made public (secret)

Pluto in Sagittarius Sign

Pluto (to transform) in Sagittarius (Free and Tolerant)

You change in an open and liberal manner matters related to higher education and philosophy, and in your vision of the future and your ideas. There may be significant changes in higher education in this time. There may also be transformations in your attitudes to freedom and tolerance. There may be greater long distance travel during this period to foreign places, perhaps even in space. This generation is obsessed with international travel and foreign culture, and about life on other planets.

Pluto in Capricorn Sign

Pluto (to transform) in Capricorn (Prudent and Reserved)

You transform in a prudent and reserved manner in areas related to power, business and careers. This generation may be against authority and wish to become independent of some authority (powerful country, convention, etc). You delve beneath the surface in matters related power over others and in a practical, common sense way seek to remove it (earth). You may move out into the world to make changes (cardinal) and you are motivated from the outside (passive), which might be social conventions. The transformation is resisted because of a tendency to cling onto the old and a tendency to carefully and prudently make changes, which tends to make them even more powerful when they break through.

Pluto in Aquarius Sign

Pluto (to transform) in Aquarius (Indifferent and Unconventional)

You transform in an indifferent and unconventional way in matters related to friends and humanitarian matters. There are likely to be drastic changes in these areas: social, intellectual and relationships (air) between groups for this generation. These changes are likely to persist (fixed sign), and be intrinsically motivated (active). This could be a time of drastic social changes which could reach to the very depths of belief, and threaten the foundations of society.

Pluto in Pisces Sign

Pluto (to transform) in Pisces (Impressionable and Inspirational)

You transform in an impressionable and inspirational way matters to do with transcendent beliefs, such as religion and spiritual matters, including universal love and sympathy. You delve into secret matters involving feeling and emotions, and deeply held secrets, perhaps by humanity, may rush to the surface, perhaps increasing psychic ability. In the search for (religious) ecstasy, and to escape the emotional pressures, there may be a danger of an increased use of pleasure-producing, psychic drugs in this generation.