Pluto and Its Importance to AstrologyIt 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 Pluto’s juiciest secrets, from its symbolism to its mythology! Discover what Pluto means and what impact it has on you and your life.
Pluto in Astronomy: The Dwarf Planet
Discovered in 1930, Pluto was classified as a planet for almost eighty years before being demoted to dwarf planet in 2006. Interestingly, it’s orbit of the Sun can vary massively (between 4 and 7 billion kilometers) meaning there are periods where Pluto 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. Pluto is known as an ice dwarf due to the fact that its surface is mainly composed of rock and icy water.
Pluto in Mythology: 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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Pluto in Astrology: Bringer of Transformation
Pluto might no longer be considered as an official planet, but its influences in the astrology world cannot be ignored. Like Uranus, Pluto 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, Pluto 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 and its effects when in retrograde here!
Pluto’s Effect on Astrology
- The positive effects of Pluto include regeneration, clarity, intuition, flair, and perseverance
- The negative effects of Pluto include anxiety, mourning, manipulation, action, self-destruction, and death
- On a symbolic level, Pluto represents transformation, impulses, instinct, power, sexuality, death and rebirth, intensity, and ambition
Three Things to Know About Pluto
- Orbital period (the time it takes for Pluto to revolve around the Sun): 248 years
- Bodily functions linked with Pluto: Genetics, blood filtration, death, rebirth
- Metal linked with Pluto: Plutonium
So, there you go, you’re now an expert on Pluto! 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!