Why Is Planet Pluto So Important In Astrology?

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It might be small, but Pluto is one of the most important players in the world of astrology. Want to learn more about the Ice Planet? Our very own astrologer, Susan Taylor, spills its juiciest secrets, from its symbolism to its mythology! Discover what this planet represents means and what impact it has on you and your life.

Why Is Planet Pluto So Important In Astrology?

Pluto in Aquarius on March 23: An impulse of rebirth

I have already mentioned the arrival of Pluto in Aquarius in my 2023 horoscope, remember: "In 2023, Pluto will only make a stopover in Aquarius to really settle in 2024. From March 23/24 to June 11, 2023, we will feel some relief from the drastic, demanding, and rigid side of Pluto in Capricorn. Pluto was in Aquarius during the French Revolution or the US Constitution. It encourages revolts, breaks down barriers, and makes individuals more progressive and sometimes more "explosive". It exacerbates the evolution of mentalities. This is the beginning of a great phase of change, we will have a taste of it here, but we will come back to it when Pluto is well installed in Aquarius in 2024."

As a reminder, in astrology, the slower a planet is and the rarer its Transits, the more critical they are. Pluto is what we call a very slow planet. It is generational: many of us have Pluto in the same sign over several generations! It must be said that Pluto completes its revolution around the Sun in more or less 248 years. Likewise, it remains in a sign for more or less 21 years.

On March 23, 2023, Pluto will move from the sign of Capricorn to the sign of Aquarius and will remain there until June 11, 2023. Then he will be in Aquarius from January 21 to September 2, 2024. Finally, after the retrograde, the planet will settle permanently in Aquarius on November 20, 2024, and stay there until early March 2043.

Beyond what we have described above from a general point of view, from a world point of view (revolt, radical transformation of all that is ordered, established, extraordinary progress of mentalities, technology, etc...), it is necessary to add that: after a period of Transit of Pluto in Capricorn where we were forced to fend for ourselves, in an individualistic way at times, to find the system D to get by, in a very concrete way, Pluto in Aquarius brings us back to more open-mindedness, to the power of solidarity and to the rise of spirituality.

If we only go by Pluto's Transit in relation to your Sun's position in your astrological sign, you will be affected in the next 3 years (i.e. by spring 2026) by this influence if your Sun is between 0 and 5 degrees from your sign. If your Sun is at 15 degrees, for example, Pluto will have an impact on you later on...

Discovered in 1930, Pluto was classified as a planet for almost eighty years before being demoted to dwarf planet in 2006. Interestingly enough, it’s orbit of the Sun can vary massively (between 4 and 7 billion kilometers) meaning there are periods where it is in fact closer to the Sun than Neptune. Its diameter is a mere, 2370 kilometers - making it two thirds the size of the Moon. It is known as an ice dwarf due to the fact that its surface is mainly composed of rock and icy water.

In mythology, Pluto is known as the God of the Underworld

The Roman god Pluto (Hades in Greek mythology) is the son of Saturn, and like his siblings, he was devoured by his father. That said, his brother Jupiter freed him following a battle with Saturn, and the world was divided between the brothers as a result. Jupiter took control of the heavens, Neptune the oceans, and Pluto the Underworld.

Pluto is often depicted in mythology wielding a scepter and riding a chariot. He has a thick beard and occasionally wears an invisible helmet. His three-headed dog that guards the Underworld, Cerberus, can also be seen from time to time in artworks.

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Why Pluto is so essential in astrology: It's the bringer of transformation

It might no longer be considered as an official planet, but its influences in the astrology world cannot be ignored. Like Uranus, it is known as a slow planet, meaning it spends extremely long periods in zodiac signs. When Pluto happens to be in your sign, you should expect power given to your subconscious mind, instincts, and fears. It symbolizes the unknown in the shadows, sexuality, and the unknown.

When in relation to other planets, it has a tendency to amplify the abilities of its fellow astral bodies. For example, when in relation to the Sun, Pluto urges fresh charisma and ambition. That said, if the Sun and Pluto are badly connected, then anxieties and fear will tighten their grips.

What’s more, Pluto’s slow movement can bring about unbelievable transformation. The dwarf planet embodies the concept of death and rebirth, in the same way a phoenix is born from its own ashes. If Pluto’s in motion, then it’d be wise to continue through, because things will always be calm following the storm.

>>>Find out more about Pluto retrograde and its effects here!

Pluto’s Effect on Astrology

  • The positive effects of Pluto include regeneration, clarity, intuition, flair, and perseverance
  • The negative effects include anxiety, mourning, manipulation, action, self-destruction, and death
  • On a symbolic level, this planet represents transformation, impulses, instinct, power, sexuality, death and rebirth, intensity, and ambition

3 things to know about this planet

  1. Orbital period (the time it takes for Pluto to revolve around the Sun): 248 years
  2. Bodily functions linked: Genetics, blood filtration, death, rebirth
  3. Metal: Plutonium

>>> So, there you go, you’re now an expert on this planet! That said, there’s still so much to learn about our solar system, especially when it comes to knowing which planet rules over your sign, so open your mind and watch the night sky become alive before your very eyes!

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