Pluto lines

Please note — once we’re done with Pluto, that wraps up the 10 major planets. However, as relates to Chiron, both Time Passages and Dan Furst have interpretations of Chiron, on the ‘lines’ analysis of each planet. On the other hand, when it comes to house placements and aspects to the Ascendant and Midheaven, the Round Art and Mapping Your Travels and Relocation do not have entries for Chiron. It would make sense for me to find other sources for that, and it’s the kind of thing that would help clients anyway especially since Chiron is an important thing to discuss.

Let’s review:

  • The ascending line is the location on the earth where the planet is rising. (As a corollary, the ascendant is the point on the horizon — northeast, southeast, or anywhere in between — where the sun would be rising at the time of birth). A planetary ascending line is the planet on the cusp of the first house.
  • The descending line is the location on the earth where the planet is setting. (The descendant is the point on the horizon — northwest, southwest, or anywhere in between — where the Sun would be setting at the time of birth). A planetary descending line is the planet on the cusp of the 7th house.
  • The MC lines are where a planet would be at its highest point of the day in the sky, or essentially on the prime meridiem. They will be directly south above the Tropic of Cancer, directly north below the Tropic of Capricorn, or overhead (the possibility for being overhead only exists between the tropics). A planetary midheaven line is the planet on the cusp of the 10th house.
  • The IC lines are where a planet would be at its lowest point of the day underneath the earth. A planetary IC line is the planet on the cusp of the 4th house.

It should be emphasized again, that you should spend some time on or near a line before taking the plunge, picking up, and starting over. As would also be true for analyzing a planet in a house at a new location.

I discussed what astrologers think Pluto is in the January 22 post, so check for that. Pluto is a fascinating and powerful planet, and the interpretations you’ll see below help you get a sense of how that power manifests.

I’ll be using the Time Passages astrological software as well as Dan Furst’s Finding Your Best Places – Using Astrocartography to Navigate Your Life. (Furst’s book came out in 2015 and is essential). Furst’s interpretation is (arguably) more “negative” than the Time Passages interpretation; we need to take ALL of it in.

Here’s someone’s Astro Map of the whole Earth:

As I’ve done with every planet up to now, I’ve posted the Astro Map of the entire Earth for someone. You can see Ascending and Descending lines — the more diagonal lines — coming from the left side of the screen and crossing nearly all together as a ‘singularity’ both in that area west of South America and north of Antarctica, as well as on the opposite side of the earth in northern Russia. Near each singularity, planets’ lowest point in longitude (or, conversely, highest) there will either be a Midheaven (MC) line or a Nadir (IC) line. If the line coming from the west of the peak or trough is a Descending line, it will be an IC line; if it is an Ascending line, it will be an MC line. Conversely, Ascending lines coming from the east peak at an IC line and Descending lines from the east peak at an MC line.

The map is pretty hard to see in terms of the symbols; for example, you can see the North Node descending line in light blue and the Mercury ascending line in yellow, but we need to blow up the maps to see them better; something I’ll do anyway as I want to focus on each of the four lines for Pluto in an actual case setting.

Here’s the Pluto Ascending line for this person:

The Pluto Ascending line cuts through Northern Alaska and then meanders a bit off the west coast of the United States — the closest it gets to any population centers. There could potentially be some influence in northern California, the Bay Area, or Juneau, AK, but it would be relatively weak.

Here’s what Time Passages has to say about a Pluto Ascending line:
With Pluto on the Ascendant, you are likely to find that this location serves as a personal “power spot,” a place where you experience tremendous transformation. Here, the force is with you. You find that you can tap into greater reserves of endurance and concentration. You will also discover that this place engenders sweeping changes in you. This place has the uncanny ability to draw forth previously unknown aspects of yourself, so that you and your shadow side will likely get to know each other more intimately. Sexual desires could become central here. Passion and obsession runs high. Repressed feelings could explode into consciousness. Whatever stressful events do actually manifest might become profound catalysts. You will find that this place provides the backdrop for a dramatic self-actualization that comes from learning to plumb yourself to the depths. A bad attitude in this locale intensifies the presence of seemingly insurmountable forces. In the highest, you receive the opportunity to truly let die that which no longer serves you so that you become like a Phoenix rising from the flames.

Here’s Dan Furst:
Pluto on the Ascendant is also often a power-seeker, though not so much in wanting public office as in projecting his energy with force toward getting what he wants. The secretive side of Scorpio especially manifests here, and we keep our secrets close, so that others then naturally become more curious about us. Life is passionate here, and competition and powerplaying can get heavy in business and personal life. Here you may find that, as the Romance of the Rose puts it, “.. kings are like paintings .. they please us when we do not come too close to them, but the pleasure disappears at close quarters.”

Here’s the Pluto MC (Midheaven) line:

In this case the Pluto Midheaven (MC) line hits western Iceland, pretty close to Reykjavík. As it crosses in between Alaska and South America, it comes close to some islands off the coast of Africa. That’s about it.

Here’s Pluto on the Midheaven, per Time Passages:
With Pluto on the Midheaven in this location, you will likely meet with sweeping change in your professional life and with regard to your role in the outer world in general. You could find that here you have a deep urge to experience a sense of power and authority that does not easily find its resolution. If you push against your deeper sense of self, experiences here may lead you down the path of crisis. A job could end, the market could change, or perhaps a crisis of spirit comes over you that leaves you uninspired about your gifts. You benefit when, rather than seeing these episodes as signs of failure, you take the opportunity to delve deeply within yourself and get in touch with what really matters to you in this lifetime. If you can align with your deeper calling while in this part of the world, you may find you activate enormous energies which become the jet fuel propelling you to into the life of your dreams.

Per Dan Furst:
Pluto on the MC in a birth chart often shows a person hungry for power in politics and government, religion or big business, so the same planet’s map line means a competitive, driving quest to claim one’s personal power while covertly gaming the system to yield power through indirect means, so the inner emotional games can get thrilling and deadly, now or in time, as the power and success that can come under this line can become even more corrupting than money, and goals of celebrity, mass appeal and sexual excitement can go well on whatever scale one aims to hit. Burnout from the heat of intense effort is possible under this line, where “The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom,” as William Blake wrote — if, that is, we survive the road. Not for the faint-hearted.

Moving on to the Pluto descending line:

The Pluto descending line in this case crosses northeasternly through parts of western India, no doubt near some major population centers. It then runs through parts of central Asia, western China, and, again, Russia. (A lot of lines for most people’s charts will go through some part of Russia, since, to quote Negativland: Q: “How many time zones are there in the Soviet Union?” A: “Eleven.”)

Here’s the Time Passages interpretation for Pluto:
With Pluto on the Descendent, relationships formed in this location feel fated and may have a tendency to lead you into powerful death-rebirth experiences. Existing partnerships are likely to undergo significant changes once you arrive here. Your very concept of relationship could transform as you go through passionate exchanges that help you break away from outmoded ways of relating. You could find yourself drawn to share sexuality, deep emotional intimacy and other depth-oriented practices in new ways. Here, the underworld of connection is culled and secrets surface. You may find that while in this place, you attract partners who attempt to manipulate you, emotionally explode, or engage you in power struggles. At its best, this location will bring you into contact with significant people for your journey toward wholeness, who catalyze important and needed changes that arise from the very depths of your experience.

Dan Furst’s take:
Pluto on the Descendant is aimed at our relatioships, and may involve power struggles, and a longing to get the upper hand in work or sexual relationships. Here you may feel that the world is determined to push back against you or draw away from relationship with you, so this line can be a struggle for survival within our love unions and in our relationships with everything else, so locations under this line can be physically and emotionally dangerous. Living under this line for longer than we absolutely must is not the most wholesome and brilliant idea we have ever had. Indeed, life has a way of being shorter under this line than it would be in other places.

Here’s the Pluto Nadir line:

You can barely see the line; it looks fainter as IC (Nadir) lines are a dashed blue line in this software program. You can, however, see the symbol for Pluto on the bottom of the screen, where IC lines originate. This doesn’t hit much land, it crosses between Australia and New Zealand, hits some islands east of Indonesia, and hits Siberia east of Japan. From looking at this person’s four pictures, this person’s most obvious Pluto placement might be in Reykjavík. Luckily, Reykjavik is on an MC line.

Here’s the Time Passages interpretation:
With Pluto on the Nadir, in these parts you experience deep underground stirrings in your personal life as your inner world calls for your attention in profound and sometimes disruptive ways. These inward challenges could affect your sense of security, comfort and tradition. While in this place you may find that you begin to question your values at the deepest level. If you do need to break away from old habits and leave family and home behind, you may also find that it serves you to do so. When you devote your energy to your inner world while you are here – and you may not have a choice – you could discover an important opportunity to plumb yourself to the depths. Whether you begin some kind of personal therapy, immerse yourself in art, or find some other way to dive in, you may discover much untapped psychological richness and a deep connection to your inner source. This may also be a good place for you to get in touch with your ancestry.

Here’s Dan Furst:
Pluto on the Nadir is the line that most embodies the fixed quality of Scorpio, the zodiac sign that Pluto rules. Here this sign’s loyality is admirable and his tenacity commits to jobs and relationships so fervently than we can get stuck in them, and hang on much too long to jobs, places and inimacies that are not working and will not improve. Matters of home, property and wealth go through upheavals under this line, and as the line’s energy draws us down into the Earth, the taste of mortality is strong under it. We can survive and prevail here with immense effort, though the price may be heavier than expected.

Again, see the January 22 post for the other half of the planetary observation (house placements and aspects).

By David Muir

David Muir recieved his PAC as a 2020 graduate of the Avalon School in Vibrational Astrology. He has been a practicing astrologer having studied astrology since 1997. He specializes in relocation astrology, particularly in terms of how both one's character and external influences change in a new location. He has interests in compatibility, and just generally “getting the necessary information out there for you,” which can entail personology as well as different interpretations in general. David writes a 2x/weekly blog in both relocation astrology and other astrological topics of interest, on

David received a BA from Carlow University in 2011 with concentrations in philosophy, writing, and political science. He does a 2x/month radio show and has lived in Denver, CO since 2016.

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