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What can you say about Pluto that hasn’t been said before? The answer is not much. But there is much more to this planet than death, endings and all-out destruction which is often attributed to be caused by transits, progressions and aspects from this planet.

Thinking on Pluto and his influence is a bit like the debate of whether the cup is half-full or half-empty. For people who don’t enjoy change (i.e. the fixed signs) then I can see why the Pluto is the absolute worst, inspiring fear and agony in his wake. But for the more open-minded, flexible signs (i.e. everyone else) he is a necessary pain that periodically comes along to change your focus, switch direction and find things that are more meaningful in your life.  Pluto, as Lord of the Underworld, brings that which is hidden, in shadow or denied to light. Pluto cannot be doing with things being pushed under the carpet, he is adamant that everything must be faced at some point, nothing and no one is exempt.

Like a ruthless spring clean, Pluto comes along and asks you ‘Do you really need that?’ but even deeper than that he can show you things in your life that you didn’t even suspect were there. So, by making you cleaning out your closets, reveals an entire new section of your home that you never knew of and it contains long-lost parts of yourself that you had long forgotten or never even met.

Now, do not misunderstand me, nobody will ever really enjoy a Pluto visit because his method is to ask you a few times ‘Do you need that?’, ‘Don’t you need to change something?’, ‘Isn’t something missing?’ and if you’re unaware of what is to come, you do nothing still. But, sometimes weeks and months later, if you haven’t taken the time to look at what he means he will come along and burn your house down (metaphorically speaking). 

Then you can really see that you had no need of those things and, in fact, they have been holding you back from your true path all this time and its because you didn’t want your house burned down and it was your worst fear to lose everything that Pluto visits are almost transcendentally painful. It takes time before you can see clearly through the smoke to the phoenix rising from the ashes; stronger, faster, better. Your only choice is to rebuild what was destroyed and now because you have experienced his decimation first-hand, you build it differently with more support and a much, much stronger structure so it limits the amount that can be destroyed next time.

When Pluto is working positively, he removes the things that we couldn’t face leaving ourselves but after the shock has worn off we can appreciate that it had to happen. When working negatively or not very well integrated into the birth chart, he violently destroys something we thought was precious and forever without explanation or remorse. Its worse at these times because its only when things get taken out of hands and its all raging house fire infernos that can make us feel this is the end of us – that’s Pluto. Best to take a look at your own chart and see what areas of your life does he rule?

All of this said, I have to say that I have great respect for Pluto and having experience some of his more ruthless and soul-destroying transits I now appreciate that by forcing you to look closer and face facts he keeps things in perspective. Rebuilding yourself periodically only makes you realise that once you’ve lost everything some of the fear goes away and you can face anything! What does not kill you only makes you quicker to see the sniper in the tank next time….

Have any of you experienced Pluto recently? His move last year from Sagittarius into Capricorn has caused a lot of change around us and many may have found last year less than stellar as a result. If you do have something to share, please post a comment.

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I realised that before I write a series of articles on the meaning of each planet and what they can bring to your birth chart I thought I’d better do a quick run through of the different groups and how they operate.

The Luminaries – The Sun & The Moon

These two are the giant lights in your birth chart with the Sun shining a spotlight on whatever part in falls and by sign, how that spotlight is used. And the Moon is your sanctuary part of the chart and shows by house and by sign how we emote and refuel from interactions with the outside world.

The Personal Planets – Mercury, Venus & Mars

These three planets show how you think (Mercury), value (Venus) and act (Mars) with yourself and to others. All three of these planets motivations should be fairly well known and make up much of what you say you are to others. i.e. ‘I’m really shy’, ‘I like to think things over’, ‘It takes me two seconds to fall in love’.  

The Outer Planets – Chiron, Jupiter & Saturn

These two are the bridge between what we know about ourselves and the other, more unconscious drives and actions.

Saturn has a lot to do with how you use and view authority and structure. Its also where you will find the limitation in your chart. Saturn restricts and delays.

Jupiter is the total opposite – wherever it sits in the chart that is where good things happen, where things are always growing, expanding. Jupiter is much about how we learn, teach and give ourselves to others.

Chiron is the psychic wound. It is where we can be hurt the most. It shows the hang-up that you have and will try to cover up as much as possible. But it can also show our healing powers and how we can help others to help ourselves.   

The Transcendental Planets – Uranus, Neptune & Pluto

These three planets function the chart but we won’t really understand them or consciously acknowledge it. They rule those bits of ourselves that are unpredictable, confusing and largely out of our control.

Uranus is where we like things to be constantly changing. Depending on sign and house placements it will show how we rebel, how we react to changes and what is unconventional about us.  

Neptune is our ability to fool ourselves. It is all about confusion, illusion and delusion. It is one of the most difficult planets to really understand in the chart. Where Neptune falls is where we see only what we want to and can blithely ignore the real facts even if they right in front of us. But it is also about how and where we express selfless, unconditional love.

Pluto, where it falls in the chart, shows what parts of our lives we will find in phoenix cycles of death and rebirth. Pluto brings transformation so depending  on the house in the chart you will find that part of yourself or your life will end and start again periodically. It is difficult not to see it as negative but actually most of what is killed off or destroyed was unnecessary and detrimental to your well being, even if you can’t appreciate it at the time. Pluto was made for the maxim ‘what does not kill us only makes us stronger’.

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Uranus, wherever he falls in your natal chart, is a bit like that slightly mad, suspect Unkle who turns up unexpectedly for a holiday in your calm peacful family home. He will be exciting – sharing his crazy plans and far-out ideas and tell you wild stories of the adventures he’s had! What fun. He’s so charming, so exciting, so interesting.  

But…he will also stir things up so much that nobody staying with him will ever feel entirely safe or comfortable. He will insult, inspire, upset and innovative all of the things that you didn’t know were wrong around the house and in your relationships. He will want to change everthing around, even if it was all working ok.

Many Astrologers will tell you that Pluto is the planet with the most destructiveness and I agree, to a point, but Pluto moves soooo slowly that he is very easy to see and you can kind of plan for things to be destroyed and get ready to re-build even before he actually arrives. So that’s manageable.

But Uranus? He’s an entirely different kettle of fish. He also moves quite slowly but for some reason very little happens then suddenly BOOM! He will bring rapid, momumental changes. I think of Uranus coming across any part of your natal chart is a bit like starting work with a mad scientist. You will be asked to do crazy things, you will not know why you are doing these things and its only after you’ve quit or left (or gone on the lamb) that you will actually appreciate that the new skills and tricks you have had to learn to survive were for a reason!

Mad, bad and unpreditable – that’s Uranus – and don’t even get me started on his current lock horns opposite with the Lord of Karma, Saturn. 2009 – 2010 the years where these heavyweights play ‘Who’s really in charge here?’ is bound to change things in ways we can’t even see right now. But you can bet with Uranus in the mix it will be anything but predictable…

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