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Term: pluto


Pluto: Pluto is the god of the Underworld. His actions are mysterious and even frightening. The planet was discovered in the 1930s at a time when the underworld of gangsters was thriving, causing serious disruption and turmoil. The power of such activities is only one expression of Pluto’s kind of energy. Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio.

Obsessive thinking and compulsive action are indicated by Pluto. The house position and aspects of Pluto show where you can get caught up in destructive thought patterns and activities that are not in your best interest or do not serve the general welfare of people. Often the impulse behind such activities is control at any cost, regardless of the results.

Transitions and transformations of all kinds are a broader expression of Pluto-type urges. The god of the Underworld rules over death; Pluto in your chart can indicate how you face and accept major changes in your life and in the lives of family and friends. It shows the kind of events that come into your life due to outside forces, and therefore how you develop flexible responses to pressure.

All invisible activities are part of the Pluto picture. You may find that many people in your age group share your views concerning ESP, psychic forces, and things magical. You also will find that you see particular uses for such energy, and your use will be different from theirs. You may feel this is of grater or lesser importance in your life. Learning about Pluto’s place in your chart can set you on a path of discovery of your own “magic.”

Transmutation and rejuvenation are not the least important of Pluto’s expressions. By learning to control less constructive impulses and actions, you can channel your energy into positive directions like hands-on or spiritual healing, strengthening your body’s immune system, and generally revitalizing every area of experience. As you come to understand your hidden urges and control your responses to outside influences, you can experience a rich diverse experience on all levels—you will have choice.
source: What Astrology Can Do for You, Stephanie Clement


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