Pluto, God of the Underworld, is the ruler of Scorpio. (In Greek mythology, the corresponding god was Hades). In Astrology, the energies of Pluto are transforming. Pluto represents subconscious forces, ruling all that is “below the surface”.
The glyph, or symbol, of Pluto combines the circle (spirit) over the crescent (receptivity) and the cross (matter). This glyph suggests spiritual receptivity to “superworlds” or the superconscious, placed above the physical world.
Another common, although perhaps somewhat outdated, glyph for Pluto merges the letters P and L (which are the initials of the man who discovered Pluto, Percival Lowell).
The placement of Pluto in the natal chart signifies the challenges we are to face in life and the transformation it would bring about. It has to do more with the masses and not on the individual lives. Pluto denotes the wrapping of the old and the brining in of newness in our lives. Its energy is so mild as it is far away from the earth, yet it is likely to bring about major changes for the inhabitants of the earth.
Pluto rules over the secrets in our lives. It is likely to bring about radical changes when the cat is let out of the box. Pluto also has to do with things that we are holding on to in life which we ought to get rid off. Pluto means to rule over our past regrets and hurts in life as well. When we let go off them there would be bliss in our lives.
Pluto in our natal chart rules over our self-empowerment, the power we have within ourselves and which we have not yet brought to work. This power helps us to evolve in life. Presently Pluto is placed in the house of Capricorn and would be there till 2024.
On the up side, Pluto is associated with renewal and rebirth. It represents endings and new beginnings, as well as spiritual growth and rebirth. Negative expression of Pluto is an obsessive desire for power and control and general destructiveness.
In the chart, the position of Pluto by sign will be shared with other people in the same generation due to the comparatively slow movement of Pluto, the outermost planet, in the heavens. By house, the position of Pluto shows where individuals search for truths and deeper meaning. This area of life may be associated with change, upheaval, power struggles, and issues of control. Pluto in aspect to other planets in the chart colors those energies with obsessive qualities, power struggles, the need to find deeper meanings, and willingness to explore and examine. Where we find Pluto in the chart is where we either seek change and transformation, or have it thrust upon us if we refuse to accept our deepest needs. If we fear Pluto’s energies, or our “dark” side, destructiveness (both directed at ourselves or others) is a byproduct.