“Someone who cannot, or will not feel pain, or face it in others, cannot proceed at all.”

Pluto, a character of dark, compelling beauty and doorkeeper of imminent danger.  She is the haunted inner gypsy, tormented and silent; seemingly cool and passive on the surface, but simmering with a smouldering passion that speaks of the youth of Mars and the tenacious grip of self-destruction.

Without the light of Pluto within us we would not be able to cleanse our wounds.

This black-eyed, secret personality, seems somehow alien to her brothers, for the intensity of her emotional nature appears unbefitting to the brightness of the day, but more to the darkness of midnight.

She stands apart from the others, smouldering and unpredictable, as if brooding and holding inquest over some unforgotten wrong, festering internally in the apparent sleep of one who might never awaken, yet clouds of tenuous, ether-like smoke arise as that of a wounded dragon.

Pluto is the higher, more mystical vibration of her nephew Mars; rough, passionate and unhewn, yet somehow refined and honed to near perfection by her own internal pain.  Her vibrant energy turns and penetrates inward, controlled, but with an intensity that threatens eruption from the fire of her soul.

When faced with adversity, Pluto does not act immediately.

She lingers, smoulders and burns, piercing the root of the situation with ice cold resentment in her eyes until, unable to contain the unaccountable flame in her heart, she will explode with the violence of an erupting volcano, clearing out the debris of hidden subconscious distortions, and laying the souls of others, shivering and naked, before the face of truth.

For those who insist on denying her in confrontation, it can cause intolerable pain, for her force is the combination of fire and ice, which sears and reopens wounds long since buried and hidden from view.

Her challenge to the Sun is personal and dynamic, for she has a certain hidden compelling magic, that can freeze and hold, even this great Cosmic Force, in temporary submission.

Her control is personal to her alone, and she cleverly brooks no interference for, like Neptune, she too is Mistress of Disguise.

Yet at all times her function is cleansing and purifying, like the knife of a surgeon, penetrating to the quick of a wound and removing disease that, if left, can fester and scar the soul.

She is the beloved sister of the Sun, and holds the same qualities of supremacy and command, yet sadly fails to express the total essential compassion of the ultimate leader.

Pluto can perhaps be revealed as the true ‘Servant of Light’.  Her actions remove the tarnish that obscures the dawn of a ‘new beginning’ and this golden rebirth of the Spirit can only emanate from the spectacular and radiant disc of a newly burnished Sun.

How Pluto affects us

This planet is the smallest in our solar system, and lies beyond Neptune in perpetual darkness. It was only discovered by the variable effect it had on the movement of Uranus, and its orbit is strange, for it travels both inside and outside the orbit of Neptune.

Shortly after the discovery of Pluto came the 2nd World War which transformed the face of the world through destruction and violence.

Hopefully much growth and learning was gleaned from the devastation for, at that time, we were reborn into a new form of existence which is partly why astrologers regard it as the planet of transformation.

Because of its dark and hidden nature, it was also likened to Pluto the King of the Underworld.

In mythology Pluto is depicted as male. However, the same force also closely represents the emotional feminine power.  It is the last of the discovered ‘outer planets’ and again is believed to affect a generation of people, but also individuals according to its strength and position in the chart.

We have a haunted, hidden gypsy within us also, which can be likened to our own ‘personal’ Pluto.

Many consider Pluto dark, dangerous and fearful, for it is classified by astrologers as the secret subconscious inner drive that often forces destruction as a prelude to transformation.  Yet we are told that everything destroyed is replaced by something better, if we can just let go of outworn attachments.

Where the contacts between Pluto and the planets are good, the person shows a natural ease in confronting and ridding themselves of malignant emotional issues but, where the contacts are difficult, it can bring about great trauma and even inner obsession, unless the person has the courage to face their real self and their essential needs.

Of all the planets, Pluto is perhaps the most difficult to fully accept and appreciate, for transformation can only be brought about by realisation and emotional change, and destruction is often what forces this result.

It is the ‘eye of purification’ that watches, and the ‘snake of rebirth’ that destroys. Destruction is indeed painful, but also a clearing ground to rebuild a new life.

We need a watchful inner eye that sees all, and cleanses the wounds of resentment, anger and fear, and we cannot deny this controversial healer, for it will not be restrained. It may remain dormant for long periods of time, but the pain of transformation is only finally contained by facing the fear of one’s own self-discovery.

And yet this very conflict can produce illuminating and healing results, for all secrets that are damaging to the inner being are revealed, and cleansed, when it goes about its work.

Pluto can be likened to the subconscious urge within all of us to clear away the emotional debris that stunts our growth.  It is the end of a phase of experience that gives birth to a new future, just as the leaves die in the autumn to make way for new life in the spring.