Pluto is all about depth, power and darkness. He is how you deal with death, crisis
and tragedy. This is where you keep your deepest wounds and most traumatic memories.
This is also where you find your deepest desires and truest, raw emotions. This is
how you deal with the ‘ugly truth’ whether you have a fascination with the taboo
or shy away, it’s your Pluto reacting. He is the part of you that is capable of comprehending
and facing the inevitable, and the darker aspects of the world around you as well
as within you. This is a planet of absolute, often harsh, reality.
Pluto takes his name from the Roman god of the underworld, Pluto. He is the judge
of the dead, and brother to Jupiter and Neptune. In Greek mythology his counterpart
is Hades, ruler of the underworld and brother to Zeus and Poseidon.
Pluto is typically the farthest planet from the Sun, although he moves closer to
earth than Neptune for about 20 years during each cycle. It takes about 248 years
for Pluto to complete his orbit around the Sun, as well as through the Zodiac. However,
his speed varies greatly, so he spends between 12 and 28 years in one Zodiac Sign.
Each year, he spends about 5 months in retrograde. Astronomically, little is really
known for sure about this far away planet of mysteries and hidden secrets. Astronomers
estimate that the temperature on Pluto would be a fridge -375˚, and his size is probably
about a fifth that of earth. Although Pluto was considered a planet be astrologers
and astronomers alike for over 70 years following his discovery, this classification
came into question in the scientific community in recent years. Due to his estimated
size, and the pattern of his orbit the IAU classed Pluto as a ‘dwarf planet’ in 2006.
Once again, in 2008 they changed their minds and decided Pluto is not a planet at
all, but a celestial body in a class called Plutoids. Pluto is the only member of
the class. The decision was not well received, even among astronomers, drawing criticism
from some NASA officials. From an astrological point of view, Pluto is a planet.
This is an extremely powerful point in a birth chart, and Pluto transit can have
a dramatic life-changing impact. I have personally observed, as well as felt this.
The effects and energy didn't change with the decision of an association. If you
have seen elsewhere that Pluto is not a planet, remember this is the controversial
opinion of a few astronomers. To me, as well as the vast majority (it's never safe
to say all) of astrologers, Pluto is a planet - and a very powerful one at that.
The symbol of Pluto depicts the crescent of the soul elevated above the cross of
matter, with the circle of spirit elevated above both. Pluto incorporates all three
aspects of life, as symbolized in the astrological glyphs. Here spirit and soul
are above matter, showing that the energy of Pluto is primarily a spiritual and emotional
one. However, this is an energy effecting, and effected by the physical world, as
we see symbolized by the cross of matter as a base. Here, body and soul are strongly
connected, while spirit is reaching beyond. This shows the connection Pluto has
with magickal experiences and power.