Pluto, psychology, transformation and the devil

Pluto astrology

You’ll be reading a lot about Pluto in these pages in the next months because I’m just entering a cycle of Pluto to an important system in my chart (geeky astrological details: to my Sun/Saturn/Neptune conjunction which squares Uranus).  Pluto was discovered in 1930 and is associated with psychology and the understanding of our hidden motivations and the mental and emotional factors that underlie our actions.

Pluto, of course, was the Lord of the Underworld.  In psychological astrology he represents the Underworld of the psyche – the secrets that we hide from others and from ourselves, the dim recesses of the mind where our darkest emotions are tucked away.  In transformational astrology I consider Pluto to act as the “Will of the Higher Self” – the part of us that encourages us to transform our secret darkness into an awakened Self through wisdom and understanding.

If we look to the mythological history of Pluto (or Hades as he was called in ancient Greece) we find that Hades was closely identified with Ploutos, the god of wealth and agricultural bounty. Hades himself was a god of the hidden wealth from under the earth such as precious metals and gems, as well as being the protector and defender of the dead.

We often think of Pluto as being a ruthless Lord of Death and destruction, but this early association of Pluto/Hades with protecting the dead reveals a secret to the Pluto archetype that we don’t often consider – Pluto’s real role is to facilitate our personal evolution if we allow it to.  Under Pluto’s influence we find ourselves facing life in a far more intense way than might be comfortable, but it’s all for the sake of deepening our awareness and facilitating our awakening.

Before the introduction of Pluto and modern psychology, this inner darkness was blamed on the Devil, or on personal daemons.  Without our modern understanding of psychological processes, compulsions and anti-social behavior was considered to be the work of the devil.  One thing I have learned is that as long as we blame anything in our lives on others we can never move forward, and without understanding the darkness in ourselves we cannot experience the kind of transformation required to move through difficulties.

I hope I can remember this as I traverse the Pluto minefields over the next few years! I know that you all will remind me. 🙂

By | 2017-01-18T08:50:43+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Astrology in my world, Psychology|4 Comments


  1. Robert January 19, 2017 at 6:41 am - Reply

    I experienced some insights on this subject yesterday before reading this mail The hidden wealth under the earth is a healing feminine consiousness which can be seen as the Grail

    • January 19, 2017 at 8:10 am - Reply

      Interesting synchronicity.

    • Lisa Simpson January 25, 2017 at 6:47 am - Reply


      I’ve been following you for years, and would like to briefly share with you my Pluto/Scorpio transit experience, adding to an Astrologers research file.
      In March 2016, my progressed sun hit 0 degrees Scorpio. I was very much looking forward to it. My birth chart(9-12-74 Pensacola FL 1:05 am) suffers from
      self confidence issues, has a weak Mars, and pretty much no fire (Neptune in Sag….whoop dee doo).
      I was looking forward to a sense of power, confidence, and a sense of tenacity(no fixed signs in my chart either). What I got was a big forced spoonful taste of HUMAN NATURE. Jupiter was technically on my side, but other people from deliberately stopped my advancement. My Scorpio boss “laid” me off, but I”knew” the real reason- just didn’t want me to get too far ahead, jealous of my success and happiness. A week later, I was taken out of community position which I loved. In a real dirty and cheap shot way too. Nothing to do with me, i realized that my sense of ethics was in the way of someone else getting what they wanted. So they got rid of me. Simple as that.
      I deeply became aware of of raw primitive human nature. I haven’t gone, totally Scorpio, but my awareness of what motives others has come to the forefront. For that I am greatful.

      • January 26, 2017 at 8:43 am - Reply

        Lisa, thank you for sharing your story. It’s not unusual to run into power struggles with others during Pluto cycles since that is one way that we develop our own inner empowerment. I like to compare this to the sending of young boys off to war – they don’t just send them off to fight, they put them through exercises to build that inner strength and the skills which they will need to fight. Pluto’s mission is to empower and in that process we often find ourselves facing off in the kind of power dance which you describe. And this is particularly true for people with charts such as yours where Mars (self-defense) is weak! Good for you for taking this experience and turning it into a vehicle for self-empowerment and mastery.

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