Most astrologers consider Pluto to be one of the most challenging planets — Mapping Your Travels and Relocation has it as their third most challenging planet, after Saturn and Neptune. Other astrologers would tend to disagree — perhaps designating Mars and Uranus, which can both be problematic, as malefics that might be more problematic than Pluto.
Because I was living with my Mars near my IC line (which went right through Philadelphia — and I grew up in New York and lived in Pittsburgh, so it definitely affected me — and because Mars is still in my 4th house (thus in fall), for better or worse, I am sympathetic to calling it a malefic, but that’s because of my personal experience with it.
Pluto somehow seems less problematic to me. But it’s a very weird, powerful planet that needs to be explained, thoroughly.
Gary Goldschneider referred to Pluto as governing “Money, Sexuality, and the Dark Side.” That’s an interesting take.
Jeanne Avery got a little harsher when she identified Pluto as pertaining to underhanded activity, manipulation, revenge — even such things as gang warfare, the Mafia, bootlegging, and black market activities. On the positive side, many powerful world leaders have/had this ascendant, lending itself to working for the good of all, not forcing it, bringing together the right people and situations, and shining a light through a powerful personal example. (As Pluto is the co-ruler of Scorpio, there is an association, and Gandhi had a Scorpio ascendant).
David Cochrane refers to Pluto as having to do with obsession, compulsion, and pulling from forces deep within the earth, even as far in as the occult and spiritual forces and energies from deep within the past, and past lives. There is no logic or reasoning for the passion that Pluto brings forth.
The Idiot’s Guide (Madeline Gerwick-Brodeur and Lisa Lenard) has Pluto as representing the soul’s journey, its evolutionary intent or person, and what the soul has chosen to learn throughout the entire life. Pluto operates on a mass level, both generationally (since Pluto moves so slowly, it spends many years in a sign) as well as on the level of transits bringing forth deep, powerful (and having a hidden origin) forces that seem to affect all of society in profound and very public ways.
I want to take note of the generational part. I am of the Pluto in Virgo generation (1956/58-1971/72). I identify with this generation strongly. When I do these planetary write-ups, you should take note that what it has to say about 6th house Pluto (since we’re primarily concerned with houses changing insofar as this is relocation astrology) also applies to Pluto in Virgo, especially when I use the Round Art source.
So use this opportunity to cheat and learn about your generation as well as gaining more insight into what houses you think are possible you can move to, to get Pluto in.
Many people still in power are of the Pluto in Leo generation (1937/39-1956/58). What the Round Art will say about this pertains to both Pluto in Leo and Pluto in the 5th house.
My Pluto is in the 10th house by birth, so equivalent to Capricorn (At least according to the Round Art). It relocated early in life to my 11th house, equivalent to Aquarius.
Besides the Round Art (A.T. Mann), I will be quoting from Mapping Your Travels & Relocation (Maritha Pottenger & Kris Brandt Riske MA). Mapping Your Travels will come first
Pluto in the 1st house:
With Pluto in the relocated first house, you can increase your physical stamina or develop more self-discipline and inner mastery. In this location it’s easier to transform yourself, to turn negative habits into positive ones. However, expect power issues to emerge, both in yourself and others.
power drive, extraordinary energy, self-assertion, rage, fury, destruction, sub-conscious urges; domineering, insatiable, compulsive, violent, maladjusted.
Pluto in the 2nd house:
If you want to use money to make money, establish a consulting or freelance income, or earn money through therapy, life-and-death issues, or any vocation that focuses on intense emotions or delves beneath the surface of life, Pluto in the relocated second house can be helpful. Major earnings are possible, but so is financial loss.
great gains and losses, dependency on money and property, acquisition, economics, finances determine destiny; exploitative, materialistic, lascivious, insatiable.
(Pluto is in detriment in Taurus.)
Pluto in the 3rd house:
When Pluto is in the relocated third house, you want more intensity and focus in your intellectual life. Research skills, concentration, and analytical ability are strengthened, and mental tenacity helps you see projects through to completion. Be cautious, though, of tunnel vision and obsessive thinking.
ingeniousness, speicalized writing, plagiarism, socially ruthless, organization, oratory, mass suggestion; brilliant, witty, critical, subversive, magnetic, adventurous, hateful.
Pluto in the 4th house:
With Pluto in the relocated fourth house, major renovations or transformations within the domestic arena are likely. Possibilities include refurbishing old homes, or emotional upheavals and radical shifts within the family. In this location you also could work through childhood issues or research your roots.
heredity moulds destiny, unusual task, solitary research, emotions squandered; magnetic, contemplative, fated, destructive, insatiable, dominating, possessive, melodramatic.
Pluto in the 5th house:
A stronger sexual focus and an intense approach to love and romance are likely when Pluto is in the relocated fifth house. In this location you also could delve deeply into the entertainment world (amateur or professional), recreation, or creative self-expression, which could help you access subconscious desires and needs.
dynamic emotions, authority, despotism, prominence, will to power, rule by force, extraordinary achievements; aggressive, tactless, brutal, powerful, boisterous.
(Pluto is in fall in the 5th house.)
Pluto in the 6th house:
When Pluto is in the relocated sixth house, you desire more focus, concentration, and perseverance in your work life. Here, determination and the ability to complete major projects are enhanced. Keep a close eye on your work habits, however. In this location it’s easy to push yourself too hard and to become obsessive.
inquisitive mind, fanatical zeal, accumulated detail, scientific objectives; brilliant, incisive, ascerbic, hyper-critical, investigative, profound, impossible.
Pluto in the 7th house:
Pluto in the relocated seventh house accents strong reactions and interaction within partnerships, and highlights loyalty and commitment. Sensual and sexual gratification may become more important, but manipulation and power struggles concerning sex and money are highly possible.
fated partnerships, celebrities, fame, extraordinary power of assertion, personal magnetism, manifestation of genius; seductive, fascinating, disruptive, ruthless.
Pluto in the 8th house:
When Pluto is in the relocated eighth house, intense emotions may dominate nearly every facet of your life. Extremes and a “do or die” attitude are probable, and “feast or famine” experiences concerning food, sexuality, money, and resources are possible. Willpower and strength of purpose are accentuated.
fanaticism, tragic events, record achievements and endurance, rage, fury of destruction; transforming, maniacal, daemonic, homicidal, inspired, explosive, influential, subversive.
(Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio.)
Pluto in the 9th house:
Pluto in the relocated ninth house is likely to trigger intense emotions concerning philosophy, religion, the meaning of life, or truth seeking. In this location you question beliefs and values, and dig deeply to find the life philosophy that works for you. This location also can be positive for research projects and higher education because it aids concentration.
higher knowledge, spiritual pioneering, revolutionary ideas, striving for the unattainable, love of travel; fervid, iconoclastic, reforming, progressive, brilliant, uncontrollable.
Pluto in the 10th house:
With Pluto in the relocated tenth house, you seek mastery and control within your career and may eliminate certain aspects of your professional life. A vocation involving therapy, joint resources, money, metaphysics, or areas that arouse intense emotion is possible. If you have power issues with bosses, this placement is inadvisable.
untiring struggle for recognition, power-mania, end justifies means, independence, dangerous positions; dictatorial, successfu, inventive, single-minded, fanatical, isolated.
Pluto in the 11th house:
If you seek a stronger, deeper commitment to friends, humanitarian causes, or the wider world, Pluto in the relocated eleventh house can help you achieve your aim. You could turn friends into mates and partners (and vice versa). But expect some tension when freedom urges and intimacy instincts clash.
strongly communal, revolutionary activities, political involvements, advance through others, popularity, exaggerated plans; exploitative, dynamic, organized, rebellious.
(Pluto is exalted in the 11th house.)
Pluto in the 12th house:
When Pluto is in the relocated twelfth house, you seek more privacy and time alone, and the urge to explore your subconscious is likely. In this location the tendency is to delve more and more deeply into yourself and mystical, transcendent realms. Cathartic artistic and personal experiences are possible.
desire for seclusion, universalism, volcanic emotions, self-destruction, revelations, longing for death, withstanding temptation, epidemic diseases; metaphysical, secretive, extravagant, profound, apocalyptic.
I take with a grain of salt the Round Art interpretations, but they are illustrative about potential characteristics in a person.
Pluto conjunct the Ascendant:
You could strengthen your physical body in this locale or do endurance or resistance training. Self-control and self-mastery move up on the priority list, and you might decide to stop smoking or drinking, improve your eating habits, or make other major transformations that require much concentration, discipline, and follow-through. Sexual issues could move into higher focus, as could sharing resources (money, possessions, pleasures) with an intimate partner. You could become personally involved with occult studies, life-and-death matters, or exploring the dark side and taboo areas. Therapy is an option. On the downside, ruthlessness and relentless behavior are possible. Being able to forgive, forget, and move on is apt to be somewhat challenging. Releasing and letting go may require extra effort. A do-or-die determination is likely.
a fascinating personality, power and authority, domination of others, ruthlessness, egomania; unscrupulous, magnetic, autocratic, merciless, indomitable, destructive, violent, dramatic.
Pluto opposite the Ascendant:
Relationships are apt to be extra intense in this location, which means they can be very, very good or very, very bad. Emotional blackmail, manipulation, intimidation, and power struggles (particularly over sex and money) are possible. You might feel used and abused, or be inclined to do the same to others. On the positive side, you could attract individuals who operate like skilled therapists, encouraging you to know yourself more deeply and transform negative habit patterns into positive ones. You could build stamina and self-mastery through interactions with others.
Covering opposition, square, and quincunx:
repulsive behavior, accidents, injuries, drastic changes in circumstances, violent disputes, fanatical urge to dominate; insatiable, brutal, crude, ruthless.
Pluto sextile or trine Ascendant:
You may find it easier to share power, possessions, and pleasures with others in this locale, and intense emotions could become a positive rather than a problem. Your powers of transformation, particularly to replace negative habit patterns with positive ones, prove useful. Sexual intensity could increase, and you might find it easier to balance intimacy and a desire for independence. Your courage is tested and refined by exploring hidden areas and having the grit and determination to see things through, no matter how difficult, as endurance and perseverance are accentuated.
driving ambition, the exercise of power, unusual contacts, magical or psychic powers, control over the environment; influential, magnetic, compelling, peculiar, entertaining.
Pluto square or quincunx Ascendant:
Power is in high focus in this location, where you’re challenged to work on owning your personal power and sharing it wisely with others. Therefore, issues of earning and owning are apt to be emphasized, and you may struggle over the partnership questions of who brings in the income or who calls the shots in terms of money, sexuality, and possessions. Intimacy instincts are stimulated, but so is the desire for independence, so compromises are essential. Emotions are likely to be intense in this locale, especially anger and resentment, which require extra care and handling. Being able to forgive and forget (yourself as well as others) is vital. In extreme cases, violence is possible. Your challenge is to develop your strong, forceful, tenacious side while respecting the rights of others.
Pluto conjunct the Midheaven:
Power issues are front and center. You could be drawn to professions that involve joint resources (money, investments, etc.), intense emotions, life-and-death circumstances, or hidden matters, or those that require great forcefulness, concentration, and self-control. Business partnerships are quite possible. A practical attitude toward financial matters is likely. This combination can be rather compulsive, and you may have trouble letting go and moving on (tenacity could be overdone). If self-discipline is carried to the extreme, even reasonable indulgences may be eschewed. Self-denial is possible and could affect sensual and sexual interactions. Being your own boss or a mover, shaker, and doer is more important to you in this locale.
fame, great professional success, exalted view of self, power-mania, dictatorship, expertise, specialization; individualistic, obsessive, single-minded, irresistable, indomitable, highly fated.
Pluto opposite the Midheaven:
Your feelings could be more intense in this area, where you may have to deal with life-and-death matters in your domestic environment. You could become more secretive or hermitlike, retreating inside your own psyche and into the nest. A desire for control probably will be channeled toward your home, and could be directed toward family members. Power struggles, particularly over money, sexuality, possessions, and questions of who is in charge, are a possibility. On the downside, manipulation, emotional blackmail, and intimidation are all possible. (They might be directed toward you or your loved ones.) On the positive side, you may delve more deeply into occult studies, research, therapy, or ways and means to gain more self-mastery and self-control. Intense emotional bonds could form with family members or in a familial-type setting. Major emotional transformations are possible.
Covering opposition, square, and quincunx:
abuse of power, alienating others, ruin, disasters, many crises in life, sudden turns of fate; liscentious, foolhardy, danger-loving, anti-social, outspoken.
Pluto sextile or trine Midheaven:
Organizational abilities, perseverance, concentration, self-control, and endurance are likely to contribute to your vocational success in this locale. Research abilities may be enhanced, and your dedication and thoroughness could impress authority figures. Loyalty is apt to be a major issue, and you are capable of making a strong commitment. On the downside, power struggles are possible with bosses, family members, and just about anyone. A spouse or mate may contribute to your success in the material world, and your ability to read nonverbal cues and look beneath the surface of life will help you in making pragmatic business decisions. You may find it easier to do fundraising, get loans, or use money to make money (investments). Business partnerships are possible. Counseling and consulting talents are probable.
desire for importance, attainment of succes, organizing ability, recognition, independence, acceptance of an important task; enterprising, visionary, authoritative, revolutionary.
Pluto square or quincunx Midheaven:
This location may accent power struggles, and the struggle for control is quite possible. Arguments or strife may develop over issues of sex, joint resources (especially money), addictions, intense emotional reactions, secrets, or manipulative actions. You also could feel torn between professional responsibilities and the urge for intimacy, yet the potential for self-discipline is strong. It’s also likely that you can unearth hidden factors and might receive a negative reaction when delivering unpalatable facts. Compromise is not easy with this combination, and the practice of forgiving and forgetting is important. You can hang on too long, particularly to negative emotions, and become obsessive. Learn to cleanse, release, and move on.
So hopefully, besides this being useful for you, it illustrates just how Pluto acts and affects us. It is a powerful planet, regardless of how astronomers have designated it. I do not consider it a malefic in my own life (at least as it stands now in my current location), but your mileage may vary.
Remember, there are two components to the relocation reading. One is the actual angular lines — ascendant, nadir, descendant, and midheaven — for each planet. The other is that houses that planets migrate into based on location. We covered the latter today. It’s just a reminder that you don’t have to live near a line to get positive changes.