Pluto moves really slowly, taking 248 years to orbit the Sun. Because of this many people will only experience a few personal Pluto transits in their lifetime. By personal I mean when Pluto moves into a position where it creates an aspect to one of your natal planets or points. For example, Pluto at 18 degrees Cancer forms a square to your natal Venus at 18 degrees Aries.
Pluto transits coincide with some of the most challenging and traumatic events of our lives, so perhaps it’s fortunate that most of us only have to live through a few! However, while incredibly challenging, they also tend to change us in remarkable ways. These phases of our lives are some of the most transformative but they can rip us apart in the process!
So why are Pluto transits so hard? Well Pluto rules, or perhaps represents, the cycle of life, death and rebirth in the universe. As human beings, born with an innate tendency towards attachment, we revere this cycle but we also greatly fear it. Death is one of the greatest taboos in our culture because we cannot bear the pain of letting go of our loved ones; even birth is an incredibly traumatic process for both mother and child.
The principle of Pluto is essential. Without death there can be no life. The process of decay is what creates the soil that nourishes the seed. Mythologically, we see Pluto in the tale of the phoenix rising from the ashes, in the symbolism of the easter egg and in the Christian idea of being ‘born again’. Pluto bring us very close to this process and this can be painful.
What is the point of Pluto transits?
The purpose of Pluto transits is to make room for the new by sweeping away the old. However we are prone to become attached to people and things and situations in our lives and struggle with the fact that fundamentally all things are impermanent.
The most powerful Pluto transits are when Pluto directly conjuncts your natal Sun or Moon. Pluto conjunct your Mercury, Venus or Mars will also have a very strong impact. They usually last for about three years and during this time you will likely experience the angel of death at very close quarters.
I experienced just such a Pluto transit recently because my natal Sun, Moon and Venus are all conjunct between 15 and 19 degrees of Capricorn, and Pluto is now currently transiting at 24 degrees Capricorn. This transit took about six years to complete, during which some of the most significant events of my life occurred. To name a few:
- I met and married my husband
- I gave birth to my two daughters
- My father and aunt were both lost to cancer
On 6 March Pluto transits my Vertex at 24 degrees 23 minutes of Capricorn, as we prepare to say goodbye to my 92 year old grandmother. Whether she passes away during this transit or after, her death will definitely occur while Pluto is in my 8th House.
Pluto transits through the natal houses
The impact of a Pluto transit will be very different depending on which house it is passing through in your natal chart. With my Sun, Moon and Venus all in Pluto’s own 8th House, it’s not surprising that for me the events precipitated by this transit were so typically Plutonian.
The impact of Pluto’s movement through a natal house will also depend on whether it touches a natal planet or point. If Pluto is passing through a house in your chart that is unoccupied you can expect a much smoother ride than if there are several natal planets in residence. To get the most out of the next section you need to refer to your natal chart. You can download one for free at astro.com. Be sure to include transits before printing.
Pluto transits the 1st House
When Pluto transits the house of identity you are likely to experience a complete change in your personality, much like a caterpillar emerging from a cocoon. If there are difficult aspects from the natal planets located in the first house you may find yourself becoming obsessive and fixated during the period that Pluto transits these planets.
Pluto transits the 2nd House
The 2nd house is the house of the home. It represents all our worldly possessions and our earthly environment. Our niche. When Pluto transits this house you may lose your home, money or material resources, regaining them later in a completely different form. This is really about learning to be unattached to possessions and developing a sense of security that is intrinsic rather than extrinsic.
Pluto transits the 3rd House
When Pluto transverses the house of communication, siblings and short journeys you may find yourself experiencing jealousy and tension in your relationships with your brothers and sisters. Trauma from the past may come up to be resolved and their may be some painful interactions and even breaks with people who are unhealthy for you to be around.
Pluto transits the 4th House
When Pluto moves through the 4th house your relationship with your mother will probably be emphasised, particularly if there are issues of power and control that you both need to work through. Old neural pathways and emotional patterns born of childhood traumas will become untenable and you will have to let them go and develop more healthy foundations for your life.
Pluto transits the 5th House
When Pluto transits the house of fun, romance and (pro)creation you may become obsessed with the creative process, develop a serious crush on someone (be careful not to become a stalker!) or even end up pregnant after a short fling. The affects will be more dramatic if Pluto transits a natal planet or point.
Pluto transits the 6th House
Here Pluto’s influence is bought to bear on your work, health and service to the world. You may become obsessed with your work or with a cause, get into a power struggle with a colleague or even lose your job. You may also come into your own in the workplace and gain the respect of those around you. Much depends on whether natal planets are involved.
Pluto transits the 7th House
In the 7th House, Pluto makes itself felt in your partnerships and you are likely to begin or end at least one serious relationship, Power dynamics are likely to be skewed and depending on your personality you may find yourself in either a very dominant or a very submissive role. Watch out for jealousy, obsession and manipulation.
Pluto transits the 8th House
In his own house, Pluto’s lessons are deeply emotional in nature. The 8th House represents all the consequences of our deep interactions with others. Children, shared resources and debts, inheritance, sex and death. During this transit you may experience the birth of a child, inherit money, endure the fall out of divorce or have loved ones pass away.
Pluto transits the 9th House
When Pluto transits the 9th House your philosophical outlook and beliefs may completely change. Long trips are likely to be life changing but very difficult. Many of your ideas about yourself and the world will be discarded as new information comes to light. You may explore theology, especially various cultural beliefs around reincarnation and life after death.
Pluto transits the 10th House
The 10th House represent our place in the world and Pluto’s passage through this house is likely to completely change your role and status. You may lose your job or be exposed and humiliated in some way, or will gain true power and influence in the world. All depends on the aspects that are triggered in your natal chart.
Pluto transits the 11th House
As Pluto transits the 11th House some of your friendships and social networks will end and new ones will emerge. Feelings of betrayal and jealousy are possible, as are power struggles, and you may find yourself disassociating from certain groups. You may come up against organisational politics and power dynamics.
Pluto transits the 12th House
As Pluto transits the 12th House it’s possible that your mental health will be tested. Obsessive compulsive behaviours, self harm and addiction are some of the ways this may manifest. Be careful of internalising your dark feelings. Talk to a friend or a therapist so that you can work through the underlying issues.
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