As mentioned before, Pluto in a natal chart may signify “soul habits” formed over many life times. It can alternatively be pondered upon as a metaphoric container of soul’s “genetic code”. A careful study of the placement and condition of Pluto in the birth chart, therefore, may hint at the crux of evolution of the particular soul manifested by the birth chart.
Here are some oversimplified, general guidelines to start with. It is important to remember that a proper study of Pluto in a natal chart takes hours of contemplation (backed up by years of observation and actual work with charts), and cannot be presented in a short article here. However, these tips can help you draw a “sketch” of the general evolutionary path of the soul in question:
1st House / 7th House Axis:
“I am” vs. “the other is” (Existence)
Pluto in 1st House: the soul has entrenched herself in lifetimes of solitary existence and overt self-reliance. True union with the other is not easy, as the soul has a “lone wolf” quality to it. Furthermore, the “instinctual reaction” to life has undergone many transformations… these souls may have experienced many cycles of deep fear and extremities. Even in this life, they may start in absolute fear of everything, yet, over time, they can develop an urge to constantly heal and transform themselves or others. The evolution of the soul lies in the polarity point of 7th House: these souls need to learn how to partner up with the other(s) without a fear of losing control over their own destiny.
Pluto in 7th House: contrary to the previous placement, here the soul has emerged from lifetimes of being overtly “other-oriented”. The soul has not been able to define herself outside of relations and connections with the other(s). There is an urge to form partnerships, regardless of what the soul actually needs. Often, such a Pluto placement attracts to one’s life partners who seem to be utterly in control of one’s destiny. In reality, the soul has to learn how to rely on herself to map out a destiny proper to her own evolution. Therefore, through developing the polarity point of “self-reliance” symbolized by the 1st House, the individual can attain control over his or her existence, rather than handing it out to the other(s). Furthermore, instead of seeing “evil” in the other(s), one has to focus on one’s own “shadow” (in a Jungian sense) and engage in soul-digging and unearthing one’s own darkness.
2nd House / 8th House Axis:
“I have” vs. “the other has” (Possession)
Pluto in 2nd House: the soul has overtly developed an urge to be in control of her manifested body, food and personal resources. This usually indicates lifetimes of being the provider or having financial responsibility towards one’s own family or friends. The soul induces a desire to control the individual income, money-related issues, and bodily pleasures. There is an urge to make sure that one’s basic survival needs will be met, and that one would always have bread on table, a roof over head, and sexual needlessness (through self-gratification, i.e. masturbation). The evolution of the soul can be triggered by developing the qualities of the polarity point, 8th House: one has to learn how to open one’s home and heart to others, share one’s resources with those less fortunate, share one’s body with the other(s) (vs. self-gratifying), and allow others to bring fortune to one’s life.
Pluto in 8th House: contrary to the previous placement, here the soul has been overtly enmeshed with the body and resources of the other(s). There may be an unconscious “expectation” to “receive” from the other, rather than to “provide” for the other. However, if Pluto is challenged, there may be a block around the concept of “receiving”, as by “receiving” from other people, one may inadvertently subject oneself to those people’s power and control. There is a fear and fascination with regards to sexual union, and sadomasochistic dynamics (lack of power or attainment of power) seem to deeply arouse the soul. If Pluto connects to Mars from this placement, and Mars resides in an earth or water sign or house or is contact with Neptune, rape fantasies may be appealing and arousing. There may be a desire to “be completely taken” or to “completely take”. The evolution of the soul can be initiated by moving towards the 2nd House polarity point, which is connecting to one’s own body as a source of pleasure, rather than seeking pleasure in the arms of others, and making one’s own money rather than asking for loans or expecting a lottery win.
3rd House / 9th House Axis:
“I know” vs. “the other knows” (Knowledge)
Pluto in 3rd House: the soul has acquired an obsession with the “trees” rather than an awareness of the “jungle”. Bits and pieces of information have to be gathered to make one feel in control. The news has to be followed and the person has to keep himself/herself constantly available to phone calls, emails and messages coming from others. Talking, writing, communicating and connecting seem to be indispensable. There is a facility with regards to categorizing and labeling things, which may hint at lifetimes being a scribe or disseminator of knowledge of some type. If Pluto is challenged in the chart, the person may have been questioned, interrogated or judged because of something he or she had written or said. In this case, the soul may carry a fear around communicating or expressing oneself. If Pluto is in a good condition, there may be a fascination with the power of words, an intense desire to learn, and a limitless curiosity that seems unquenchable. The evolution of the soul can happen through 9th House activities: enrolling in a university, connecting to a spiritual mentor, concentrating on what is “foreign” rather than “local”, and contemplating the “jungle” that comprises the “trees”.
Pluto in 9th House: contrary to the previous placement, the soul here is obsessed with the “jungle” rather than the “trees”. Lifetimes of absolute dedication to the “betterment” of one’s soul may be indicated here, and this may have ranged from being religiously fanatic to being spiritually enlightened. The soul is in a habit of finding “meaning” in whatever event that occurs, internally or externally; it seems that in the absence of such a “meaning-assignment” system, the soul is utterly disoriented. Alternatively, there may be a fascination with spiritual disciplines and an attraction to one’s mentor(s). If Pluto contacts Mars from this position, religious settings such as churches, mosques or temples, or religious icons and objects such as rosary and cross may seem erotically charged to the individual, and therefore may be a recurring theme in his or her sexual fantasies. The evolution of the soul lies in a motion towards the polarity point of 3rd House, which includes a focus on the “trees”, taking one step at a time, rather than expecting perfection all at once. The soul here needs to learn how to take care of one’s neighbor rather than donating to starving Africans, even if the former does not sound as lofty as the latter. An abstract search for “truth” has to take earthy dimensions and has to be practiced through simplicity. The evolution of the soul here lies in an involvement with the small-scale, the ordinary, and the mundane.
In the next post, I will address Pluto in the 4th/10th, 5th/11th, and 6th/12th Houses.