Pluto Ascendant Aspect: Becoming A Different Person

Pluto Ascendant Aspect

Pluto is the god of underworld. As the governor of hidden depth in all things, Pluto represents hidden potentials, extreme passions (which are often repressed by society), and a perception that penetrates the darkness in all things – solving mysteries and unlocking new powers (think psychology and molecular physics).

Ascendant is your persona – the mask your wear and show to the world. Your name and all that it represents to you. Because it always opposes the Descendant (the 7th house cusp), Ascendant represents what others (your partner, friends, the public) will see and identify as your unique personality.

Transit or Natal Pluto conjunct, square or opposite Ascendant can suggest the need for the mask to break at one point, so that a different identity can emerge, perhaps one that reflects more of your inner truth.

 

Pluto conjunct, square or opposite Ascendant: Emergence of the Hidden Self

Natal Pluto in aspect with Ascendant can suggest hidden depth within your personality. At a certain point in life, you might startle everyone by going against the flow to become someone almost unrecognizable from your former self. In relation to the Pluto archetype, such change is often called transformation or empowerment of the personality.

Natal Pluto-Ascendant Aspect: Potential for Prominence

The transformational potential of Natal Pluto conjunct, square or opposite Ascendant can manifest as a rise to prominence and fame, as well as a dramatic change of socioeconomic level. Examples include:

  • Sir Richard Branson (Natal Pluto conjunct Ascendant) is famously known for being dyslexic and a high school drop out, but he ended up founding the Virgin Group, became a billionaire and even got knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
  • Kurt Cobain (Natal Pluto conjunct Ascendant), the lead singer of Nirvana known for his rise to fame and tragic death – he had extreme difficulty coping with his fame and public image (a new ‘mask’ thrust upon him by the public).
  • Christopher Reeve (Natal Pluto conjunct Ascendant), rose to fame through his performance in Superman films. After the fateful accident that made him quadriplegic, he founded Christopher Reeve Foundation and contributed to finding treatments and cures for paralysis.

 

Transit Pluto conjunct, square or opposite Ascendant: Empowerment of Identity

Similar to natal Pluto-Ascendant aspect, transiting Pluto in hard aspect with the Ascendant might suggest a time when your identity goes through an empowering transformation, in effect making you a different person. Examples include:

  • Tony Blair: In May 1997, Tony Blair won a landslide victory to become the youngest Prime Minister of UK – receiving 97% public approval rating by September of 1997. Transit Pluto was opposing his Ascendant throughout 1997, marking a time of extraordinary empowerment.
  • Monica Lewinsky: In her TED talk given in March 2015, Monica Lewinsky reemerged into the public eye, but this time as an empowered woman speaking up against cyber bullying. Her TED talk has gone viral, and it’s clear she reclaimed her identity after years of silence. Transiting Pluto was exactly opposing her Ascendant.

 

Conclusion: Pluto-Ascendant Aspect and Potential for Identity Transformation

All of these examples involve dramatic changes of identity. Even in a ‘normal’ person’s horoscope, natal or transit Pluto-Ascendant aspect can suggest important potentials for radical changes of personality in one’s lifetime.

While not everyone with natal or transit Pluto-Ascendant aspect will be famous, this aspect still carries much potential for rise in social status, and/or a significant deepening of character through powerful life experiences.

 

Do you have natal or transit Pluto conjunct, square or opposite Ascendant in your horoscope? In what way did your identity go through transformation? Please feel free to share your thoughts and experience in the comment section.

 

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About Hiroki Niizato

Hiroki Niizato is a professional consulting astrologer in Florida, serving clients in US and abroad. He has been practicing astrology professionally since 2001. Hiroki is a highest honor graduate of the demanding Master’s Degree Certification Course in Astrology by Noel Tyl.

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Comments

  1. oh yeah, big time! i have been told that i have Pluto
    at 0 deg Libra, and Aries rising.

    and i have utterly transformed, on the outside.
    lots of disappointment, heartbreak and setbacks
    in a puzzling cycle that has been going on since
    1992, necessitated my getting involved in Cognitive
    Behavioural Therapy. and basically: i have learned to
    completely stand up to bullies without compromise.
    my outer persona has changed. people who once
    bullied me are sort of annoyed because it can’t work anymore.
    wish me luck! and odd that your article mentions what’s in my
    chart since i just joined your nailing list before the Lunar eclipse of 4/4.
    really nice, i appreciate reading your articles.

    do you see mutual reception? i do.

    • Hi Marques,

      Thank you for commenting and sharing your experience of natal Pluto opposite Ascendant. Good for you regarding the empowering change, to stand up for yourself!

      Regarding your question, Mutual reception happens between two planets occupying each other’s signs, so it won’t involve an Ascendant. If your Venus is in Scorpio, that’s mutual reception with Pluto in Libra.

    • Hello Hiroki,
      My solar arc Pluto has been within 0 degrees to my n-ASC/Libra most of last year. It won’t truly separate from this position until about November 2016. All that has happened so far is that I have gained much weight. When s.a. Pluto, located natally 3 degrees from my natal eleventh house in early Virgo, enters my first house which is mostly Scorpio will I find it easier to loose the extra weight? (I used to be very slender). What can I expect as s.a. Pluto transits my first house mostly in Scorpio? Thanks, Carol p.s. — I was expecting more from this transit, maybe I should be relieved.

      • Hi Carol, typically weight gain is a response to fear, an unconscious attempt to feel safe. Pluto transit or solar arc can stir up a lot of deep emotions that have been suppressed for a long time, and overeating could be a way to try to literally stuff painful emotions down. From this perspective, it may be necessary to embrace and release the underlying feelings before the weight drops. Please consider scheduling a private consultation to discuss things in more depth.

  2. Hi Hiroki,

    Great post, as all of your posts are.

    I have transiting Pluto square my natal Sun in Aries, opposite Ascendant in Libra; with Neptune conjunct Ascendant. The April 4th Lunar eclipse was on my birthday at the 15 degree point, almost trine Jupiter which is transiting my natal Pluto in the 10th house in Leo. . . Lots happening right now–a new persona after the eclipse, indeed! And now it is all hitting me with the New Moon.

  3. Bonnie sayers says:

    My Pluto is at 3 Virgo in 12th with Virgo rising at 4. Just had transiting Saturn sq ASc and now Pluto. Also transiting Pluto sq my Aries 8 H sun. My Chiron is at 0 and Mars at 1 in 6 house Pisces. I hope when Jupiter arrives this summer it is good news. Saturn caused severe breakout on face with eczema.

    • Hello Bonnie,

      Thank you for commenting. How have you experienced the transformational potential of natal Pluto conjunct Ascendant over the course of your life?

      Transiting Saturn square Ascendant could suggest health issues for sure. With Pluto in the mix, the cause might have to do with being under heavy stress due to work or other emotional burdens in your life.

  4. Great post Hiroki. I have an exact conjunction of Pluto on the ascendant in my natal chart, and anything about Pluto interests me. You hit the nail on the head

  5. I have my SP Asc that will conjunct my natal Pluto in Libra at 1 deg next year. My SP MC/IC will square my natal Pluto in Libra also. I’m currently having my first and only extramarital affair? Will my marriage be transformed or will I possibly divorce?

  6. I am always pleased to receive an email from you as your clear and informed manner always rings true. I was wondering why you did not mention a trine aspect from Pluto to the ascendant? I had forgotten, until reading this post, that I have it natally from the 5th H. Thank you Hiroki

    • Hi Carol,

      Thank you for your comment. Good question!

      Pluto trine ascendant suggests a latent potential for empowerment and depth – in general, we pay attention to hard aspects because they lead to tension and change. Trines are stable and thus more resistant to change.

      • I have Pluto (9th house, in Sagittarius) trine my Aquarius Ascendant. In the last 2 years, I’ve completely changed my personality and career–from scientific researcher to sales and marketing. My family and friends don’t understand/ support this side of me.
        You did say trines were more stable, does that mean Pluto trine Ascendant doesn’t have the same chance of upward social mobility?

        • Hi Holly,

          Thank you for commenting and sharing your experience! Trines are definitely more stable, and Pluto trine Ascendant can add some stable depth to your personality (hence the “researcher” persona.) Career success (upward social mobility, as you say) depends on many other factors, generally stemming from your Midheaven and often involving your Moon.

          You may want to see Pluto trine Ascendant as a personal resource (the kind that lets you research and get to the bottom of things – a useful trait for anyone seeking a mastery of any career) which serves you whether you’re in research or sales.

  7. I HAVE SECONDARY PROGRESSED ASCENDANT NEARING A SQUARE TO MY NATAL PLUTO, WILL IT HAVE THE SAME KIND OF EFFECT? CURRENTLY AT 23 OR 24 DEGREES GEMINI (PROG. ASCENDANT) AND NATAL PLUTO AT 27 DEGREES VIRGO.

    SARRAH

    • Hello Sarrah,

      With progressed Ascendant squaring Pluto you might experience a similar sense of empowerment, though perhaps not as dramatic as Pluto transiting the Ascendant. It seems like you still have a few years for the measurement to become exact.

  8. Transit: Pluto opposite Ascendant, can this mean to move away from the traits you are usually known by from your ascendant sign – and instead towards other signs/aspects in your natal chart? Or can it mean really embracing and show yourself to the world with the ultimate ‘best’ of your ascendant sign?

    • Hi Ann,

      Interesting question…Transit Pluto opposite Ascendant gives an opportunity to show the world a new identity, perhaps in a more empowered way. This is not limited to the expression of your Ascendant sign – rather, your entire horoscope including your Sun, Moon and other planets can be expressed better as you become more centered within yourself. So I suggest looking at the transit from that perspective rather than just the Ascendant sign’s expression.

  9. I think this is the most helpful insight into this aspect i’ve found online.

    I have a natal 10th house Pluto tightly square Capricorn A.C
    I also have Facies exactly conjunct A.C
    Two years ago i had transiting Pluto exactly conjunct A.C & square natal Pluto

    This triggered all hell to break loose in my life & has certainly triggered deep transformation in every direction! It was like being in a war zone. I lost my home, millions in assets overnight, experienced corruption & violence by authorities & was misrepresented in the media & both my lover & my much loved brother were killed….in exchange i’ve got a lot more trusting of myself on a spiritual level & more perceptive of how the world works on subtle levels….

    I also have natal Uranus & Mercury exactly sextile A.C so this may be interacting with the above in my chart, but i do hold Pluto responsible for most of the carnage i’ve recently experienced :)

    Many thanks for the insight Hiroki!

    • Hello nav,

      Thank you for commenting and sharing your experience. Sounds like you’ve experienced Pluto square Ascendant in a most intense and dramatic way possible. Those Plutonian experience (death and violence) triggered a transformation on a deep spiritual level. Thank you for sharing a vivid example.

  10. I was born with Pluto and Uranus on the Ascendant. It has been no joy ride.
    I think the Pluto causes physical assaults upon my physical being due to the Mars influences. However, it makes me very intense in thought.
    I seem to have some radar to reading people and I know this will sound nuts but , I have read peoples thoughts. With Uranus in the Pluto Asc conjunction I have always had serious flashes of things to come, I could go on I was looking for some of your thoughts on , Pluto conjuct asc , thank you and good day Angela

    • Hello Angela,

      Thank you for illustrating your experience with the Pluto-Uranus conjunction on your Ascendant. Some say this kind of tension in Ascendant suggests a difficult birth circumstance that may affect their subconscious later on.

  11. Hi, I’ve been dealing with Pluto through all my life (Pluto square Venus and Sun) and for many years now Pluto is transiting conjunct Venus, then Sun, now it’s in conjunct Ascendant and then it will transit conjunct Mars. At this point I’ve been completely shut down, business went down to zero, I completely pulled away from social life… I do have a partner (boyfriend) that stands by me but I don’t think this will go on forever if things don’t change some time soon. Basically I don’t know what do do with my life, I’m bored to death, utterly without any idea what to do on a daily basis or on a long run. I can not seem to make any more money and no prospects on that area. That’s how it looks like :)

    • Hello Mina, without looking at your chart I can only speculate, but the question to ask might be ‘why?’ “Why are things not working in my life? What is blocking my way?” Natal Pluto square Sun often suggests strong suppression of life force, most likely due to severe early trauma. Intense transits such as Pluto conjunct Ascendant often bring opportunities to begin the path of healing – but it is ultimately your decision whether to choose this path or not.

  12. Gee, my comment is so depressed :)
    I’m not depressed kind of a person, like at all. This feeling of utter boredom and not knowing what to do with my life has only lasted for last few month but it is very intense and it’s all the time. I don’t really know where this is coming from since I’m generally quite optimistic person. It my be (it must be :)) Pluto sitting on my Ascendant :) When I said I’ve been dealing with Pluto all my life I did not mean my life sucks all the time, I meant to say I’ve been very familiar with Pluto and Pluto should be nothing new or unknown to me. But damn, I don’t know that side of it :) Yes, I do have to fight all the time for everything and things don’t come easy to me, but I’ve accepted it as part of my life and I’m not really scared of life problems anymore. It’s just for the last few month that I feel so hopeless and this feeling just won’t go away.

  13. I had my progressed Ascendant align to exact degree in conjunction with first house Pluto the month my father died in 1992.
    It was like a door had been left open to the other side when he died and I spent about 3 years in a state of mourning.
    They say Pluto takes away permanently, things no longer necessary in one’s life. I had to dig deep to find inner strength to move through that passage in time.
    My concern is now for my daughter who will be going through a similar rite of passage (so to speak) with her progressed ascendant and natal Pluto in 2018.
    I am hoping that her journey will be without permanent loss, but rather a renaissance of her true inner strength through a happier occasion. (This post sounds coincidentally similar to the archetype of Demeter and Persephone). It wasn’t intended.
    Any insights would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.

    • Hello Rose, thank you for your comment. As you’ve experienced firsthand, progressed Ascendant conjunct Pluto suggests a time of profound personal change, a rite of passage in your case. Although Pluto can sometimes suggest literal death, usually this is not the case (sometimes it can even suggest giving birth.) It will all depend on what significant development will be taking place in your daughter’s life in 2 years.

  14. All the other descriptions of these transits, are so vague and obscure.I`m glad that I found this one,which is clear and matches my own careful observations.
    I`m having a Pluto opp Asc and Pluto trine Sun at the same time,in my natal Sun opp Pluto and sextiles the Asc,on top of this Pluto trines Asc.I`m in a great need of a lesson on personal power.
    Sadly,the opposition started with the loss of my grandma who raised me.
    I`m slowly trying to pull myself together and discovering that I`m not that fragile anymore.
    The year so far was inexorable in all aspects of my life,I`m hoping that I shall emerge stronger.

    • Hello Rigel,

      Thank you for commenting and sharing your experience with transit Pluto opposing Ascendant. In some occasion, though not very often, Pluto’s archetype (death and rebirth) can manifest literally as death of someone close to you. I’m sorry about your loss.

  15. Hi Hiroki, I’m Colombian and do not master the English language but tell you my experience with Pluto… I was born on November 4, 1995 at 21:30 in Cucuta, Norte de Santander; Colombia. my life is a complete disaster, I have to Saturn transiting my house 5, Uranus conjunct the moon and square to Uranus and Neptune transit and finally Pluto in the DESC transit. I’ve been depressed about a year, taking antidepressants and a therapist … do not leave my house … do not talk to my friends … lost 20k and then got 25k … it has really been a difficult time and there will I find meaning in anything but in spite of that; I managed to see myself face to face; at first I did not understand what was happening until I discovered astrology six months ago. My only wish is that my life in a 180 ° because I feel I can not and the outlook is black.

    • Hi Roxana,

      Thank you for sharing your experience with transit Pluto opposing Ascendant (conjunct Descendant). Your experience seems a bit extreme, and probably is related to persistent patterns from your early home life. It’s encouraging to see you write “I managed to see myself face to face.” This kind of self-awareness is usually the beginning of change.

  16. cHarlOtte says:

    Thank you so much for your focus on the empowerment-potential. My scorpio-asc (9 scorpio) are right now as progressed 1 degree from exact squaring my natal pluto (14.14 virgo 10. house) – i am anxious what it will bring?? What can I do to be prepared in the best eay for the challenge to come?? (((My natal pluto is wellaspected – it conjuncts natal uranus (10.10 virgo 10. House) and both planets trinrs mars in capricorn (15.10 3. Cusp) and sextiles asc (9.09) + neptun (17.15) in scorpio. (But i have had rough years with progressed sun and mars passing natal saturn (19.45 aqu) plus right now transit saturn squaring natal MC and i really need things to become more easy … I hope the actual transiting pluto (trine my natal pluto/conjunct natal mars) – and transit uranus conjuncts my natal moon (19.35 aries 5) will help me …. )))

    • Hello Charlotte,

      Thank you for commenting. Progressed or Solar Arc Ascendant to Pluto can be a very important period of identity transformation, similar to what is discussed in this article. This is even more emphasized in your case, since Pluto rules the Ascendant. Usually this kind of passionate energy is best focused on empowering yourself in work or in relationships – getting rid of patterns that may be holding you back.

      • cHarlOtte says:

        Perhaps this could be the essence of the aspect in my case: I am in a period where i am thinking a lot about how i can express my self more honest – i have in my whole life been very focused on how to gain acceptance from others but feel now i never had have the courage to express my self in some areas because i am afraid of the social consequences = to feel isolated and alone. I am a journalist but have a strong urge to try to create more artistic, but havent got the courage and money – and is perhaps afraid that i can live up to my own expectations of my artistic potential. But perhaps i shouldnot be so anxious of public reactions?

        • charlotte says:

          Omg … I just found out, that I have uranus conjunct MC in my solar return for 2015/16 … will a tsunami of changes roll in, in a moment?? Luckily solar saturn is supporting with a trine …

  17. I have natal Pluto square my Ascendant with an exact 0’00 orb. I am going through a major transformation right now. Divorce, custody issues, new relationship involving very dark passions. Friends no longer recognize me….my personality has changed so abruptly. This has been quite sudden. It sounds very much like Pluto’s influence. My Pluto is 21 Virgo in the ninth. My Ascendant is 21 Sag. The new relationship is a long distance one involving a lot of travel.

    • Hi Karen, thank you for sharing your experience with Pluto square Ascendant. Exact aspect is a big emphasis in the natal chart, so the theme of deep personal change would be important, for sure.

      • Wondering, what triggers the transformation? I don’t see any aspects to my Pluto or ascendant right now.

        • There can be many, many different transits or solar arc that could act as a trigger for a major change. But it’s not purely astrological – the environment that you’re in, and the choices you make within it, will be the main factors (in other words, a passive approach to life will rarely result in transformation.) Hence the old saying – Planets don’t make things happen, people do.

  18. Really great article, and definitely true to my experiences!

    My own Pluto journey started before it began in a sense. Back in late 2011-2012 Saturn in Libra was conjunct my Sun in the 1st house. During that time, I lost my brother to a sudden, terrible accident (my Saturn and Uranus are in the 3rd) and graduated from college.

    Soon after Saturn went on to conjunct my Pluto (in the 2nd, exactly square Mars in the 5th), while Pluto squared my Ascendant in Libra on off throughout 2013 and 2014.

    As I shifted from academia into the real world, I had to completely overhaul my identity. Being a scholar was a major part of my identity, and every aspect of my life had to be reshaped from the ground up to fit my new environment. I felt the loss of my brother much more acutely after graduation, probably because all of the familiar comforts of my old life were torn away. I had to rebuild my social circles, I even left behind a major relationship once I realized it no longer suited me. He didn’t want me to change; he was waiting for me to turn back to who I had been before.

    It was almost as if I was ‘shedding my skin’ and becoming an entirely new person. By the time I emerged though, I realized I wasn’t really new. I just unlocked who I had always been. The shock of tragedy and being foisted into a new identity caused me to ‘go back to basics’ — I realized the person I had been (or trying to be) was aspirational. Not truly me.

    In that sense the transformation, while certainly difficult, was incredibly positive and powerful. With the help of therapy and some die-hard confidants, I am now a happier, more whole person that I was before Pluto squared my Ascendant.

    • Hello Rachel,

      Thank you for sharing your experience regarding transit Pluto square Ascendant so eloquently. Everything you wrote is a beautiful corroboration of the dynamic of becoming a new person (or as you put it, unlocking who you had always been.) Much appreciated!

  19. Hi Hiroki. Thankyou=Great Article! I have a heavy Pluto transit to Asc conj Mars anytime soon. Its 3* away from Asc 16* Mars 18* Cap. Mars squares Uranus & Sun (natal),& trines Pluto & Saturn (natal) but the Uranus transit will conjunct my Sun in Aries around the same time as Pluto conj. Asc. Although im classed as a Plutonian will this go easier on me? ive read that Uranus conj Natal Sun & Pluto conj Natal Asc & Mars aint great: Can you put my mind at rest BEFORE this occours.. Phew. & Thanks in advance! ~=}

  20. Hello…..I have natal Pluto square ascendant. I feel it has always been an incredibly fortunate aspect in my life and hopefully I will continue to experience it that way. The fortunate parts may be due to other chart aspects,,, or because Pluto trines my sun conjunct Mercury and Pluto trines my Saturn, Pluto trines my Jupiter and sextiles my Neptune. I think because of all these I am able to fuse radically different personality parts that normally wouldn’t go well together….for example organized clean freak as well as messy simultaneously, vegetarian that smokes….it appears in all parts of my personality and it always has. I may slightly lean more towards one direction than the other, but usually not…..however I think it’s shocking to others who see me from 1 side and don’t know the other side.

  21. Hello Hiroki,

    I have Pluto opposed my Pisces Moon/Chiron conjunction, Pluto Moon opposed exact, zero degree orb.

    When Pluto crossed my descendant in mid-childhood, my world fell apart. My father left us to marry another woman. My mother sold our house and moved us into a tiny apartment in a dangerous, skid row neighborhood.

    I was afraid of Pluto transits to the angles once I learned about astrology. Pluto will oppose my north node in early 2017, and my ascendant in 2018. I feared the loss of my beloved partner, or something horrible as such. Now that I have read your article, I look forward to the transit.

    Thank you for the article!

    • Hi Sherry,

      Thank you for the comment! Glad you found the article helpful – Pluto does not automatically suggest death…Far more often it is a signal of important transformation about to take place.

  22. Dustin byerley says:

    I really enjoy your demeanor as an astrologist. I am happy to have come across this article.

    I feel concerned as Pluto is about to cross my decendant, oppose cancer rising, square natal sun on my MC and square natal moon on the MH. All while Saturn is transiting my Natal Neptune in the 5th house AND Neptune square natal Neptune. Oh man.

    I study astrology but I am at a loss of what it may represent synthesized.

    I lost my partner, friend group and job leading up to this all forming now and feel like it’s all a bit much.

    Any thoughts or possibility of a consultation I could book?

    • Hello Dustin, it sounds like you’re going into a new life phase in a very dramatic manner, requiring you to rebuild your work and relationship structures almost from scratch. This can be an empowering or at least very meaningful period of transformation. You’re welcome to contact me for a consultation – please go to the consultation page for details.

  23. Hi, great article on pluto, Mines in Capricorn whilst I have a cap stellium in the first house. In the meantime it aspects my asc(square), chiron (trine) and saturn (sextile). My asc is sag w/cancer moon. Over the last 5 years I feel like Ive woke up to my intutive side and feel compelled to be the person I knew I shouldve been a long time ago and be an artist. Too many people it may seem extreme but ive never really felt I could express myself until these last 7/8 years when i decided to take it seriously. Now Im not scared of it or anyone. Im slowly starting to be content at the pace im moving and no longer worried about the people Ive had to let go in order for me to be my authentic self and build a new circle of friends that appreciate my qualities without fear and abuse.

    Alex

  24. What a fab article. Thanks for this.
    My own ascendant is at 16.06 degrees Capricorn and transiting Pluto will be crossing over into the 1st house for the very first time in 14 days (after a LONG time in the 12th).
    While this has been happening the last 2.5 years have also seen it go opposite my natal sun, opposite my natal Venus, and square my natal Pluto.
    At present I also have Uranus squaring my natal ascendant, and my progressed 2 degrees from crossing over my natal ascendant too (almost at same time as transiting Pluto).
    It’s been…a journey! ;)

  25. Hi, great post! Just wondered, is a natal trine aspect from pluto to the ascendant as potent as you’ve described?

  26. Thank you, so much, for writing this post and for giving the Tony Blair and Monica Lewinski examples. Pluto had just begun to oppose Ascendant and I was panicking. From what I had previously read, I feared the next two years would be like being tied to a railroad track–knowing the train was coming and I knew, at some point, I’d be run over. If I survived, I would never be the same. But your explanation made me realize it’s more of a Phoenix rising kind of experience.

  27. Thanks for this article Hiroki. My Pluto is in the 7th 4 Leo opposite Aquarius rising, exact square Mercury and sextile Venus. I married twice after living with both husbands successfully for several years. Literally on the wedding night, I changed and felt uncomfortable and so did they! At the end of the mid- life crisis, transiting Pluto squared natal Pluto and I had a complete transformation, ran off with the second husband to be and ruined my reputation in the spiritual brotherhood I’d been in sixteen years. it was totally liberating as I threw off many inhibiting ways, found myself, and took up the study of Astrology. Later I became a Therapist. At 73 I’m part of a healing group, a portrait painter, and waiting for a new life to begin.
    Maria

  28. Hello Hiroki,
    Thanks for sharing this article! Am about to experience the pluto transit again, and to be honest i am quite scared! My Pluto is opposing my Asc, and i am afraid of experiencing death of my loved ones or separating from my partner once more. From 2009 till 2015, while Pluto ‘touched’ my Moon, Mars, Saturn, N.Pluto i ve experienced a miscarriage,lost my job,had depression,separated from my fiance,went through an awfull way of living because of financial issues and had a fight with my family that lasted for many months.However i got out of this stronger and managed to settle my life again, of course not as it was before…Pluto. I am wondering what else am i going to face, now that Pluto is back again…! Thank you for your time, reading my thoughts

  29. What I think is JUST CRAZY is that my grandaughter and I have our ascendants in direct opposition, mine at 19 degrees Aires, and hers at 19 degrees Libra. Later this year they will both be squared by transiting Pluto at exactly the same time! (and I’m not even including transiting Uranus into the mix!) Anyway, talk about becoming a “new person”. . . just when this is happening I will be petitioning to legally adopt her (I’m her legal guardian now – mom is deceased and dad in looking at a prison term, in an unrelated situation. . ) Both she, and I WILL become a “new person” – indeed! I LOVE this stuff!

    • Hi Kathe, thank you very much for commenting and sharing your experience – what a neat story! Glad to hear the happy news…As an aside, exact opposite or same Ascendant is common between family members and partners.

  30. At 56 I am in the middle of a very powerful calling back to astrology after having my chart read at 20 and then not thinking very deeply about astrology for over 30 years.

    Sun Sag 11th SQUARE Pluto Virg 8th. Sat(1st)/Ven(1st)/Jup(12) in Cap CONJUNCT ASC and OPPOSITE Mars Cancer 7th

    I am wanting to explore all of my challenging aspects but keep coming back to Sun SQUARE Pluto since it is my only solar aspect and seems so powerfully operational in my makeup.

    I am teaching myself natal astrology and want to get software to cull as many charts w sun SQUARE pluto to see how this has manifested in others.

    Any suggestions on the best software for this job? I am thinking Kepler or Solar Fire but perhaps you have other suggestions.

    I enjoy your perspectives and look forward to reading more.

    • Hi Grant, there used to be a CD version of Astro Databank for Windows software, but since then it has gone online hosted by astro.com. Not sure if their online version allows for this kind of research (still a great research site). If you’re a Mac user there is a software called IO Detective (by the same people that sell IO Edition) that has a collection of famous people you can use for astrological research. Good luck with your study, and let me know if you find other good sources…

  31. Pluto Conjunct with ASC 0.27 degrees and Pluto Sextile MC 0.00. Now Pluto is going retrograde and both aspects will come back in 6-7 months from now? Is this related with: “While not everyone with natal or transit Pluto-Ascendant aspect will be famous, this aspect still carries much potential for rise in social status”????

    • Hi Tim, the sextile can be pretty much ignored (too mild), but the Pluto conjunction with Ascendant carries a powerful suggestion of identity transformation. I would not necessarily restrict the interpretation to fame or rise in social status – it all depends on where you’re in your life and what you’ve been up to. Please consider scheduling a personal consultation for a full analysis of upcoming transits and solar arcs.

  32. Hi Hiroki,

    I’m not sure why there is such a dearth of information on the Descendant vs the Ascendant. It is supposed to be an axis after all. Anyway, the progressed descendant conjunct natal pluto, is that a lighter version of transit Pluto crossing the descendant in your experience? Can it signify outward events in one’s life, or is it purely internal?

    • It’s precisely because Ascendant and Descendant are on one axis that you can’t interpret Ascendant or Descendant without considering their connection with each other (DSC=Pluto and ASC=Pluto are one and the same, which has deeper implications in interpretation).

      With regard to your question, I think you’re on the right track, although sometimes even ASC=Pluto could carry significant impact (depending on Pluto’s importance in the chart.)

  33. Anne Marie Logan says:

    My son has Pluto conjunct is Ascendant at the moment. I have and his now ex-wife are finding it sad to see the once happy caring Libra turn into a negative confrontational person. Apart from leaving his wife and baby and then informing us he has had affairs he has also confessed to now having another relationship. He say’s he is happy but he has lost his ready smile. Pluto is also in my 7tth house opposing my Ascendant which seems to have brought up a lot of past hurt that seems to be triggered by my sons behaviour causing emotional conflict between the two of us. I have never suffered from depression but find this is taking me at times into dark places. Knowing Pluto takes so long to move on can be difficult to deal with, wonder if my son and I will have a relationship left by the end of it.

    • Hi Anne Marie, thank you for commenting and sharing your experience. As Ascendant axis is the same as the Descendant axis, Pluto Ascendant transit often brings significant relationship changes (though not always as dramatic as what you’re describing for your son.) Since it sounds like you and your son’s Ascendants are opposite each other, it makes sense that this change process is affecting both of you.

      What often ends up happening is that old wounds are brought up in order to be healed, and you also discover something you needed to feel more empowered in relationships.

  34. Dear Hiroki
    I learn a lot of thing about astrology in order to get deeper understanding for personalitty of myself and people around me, i have pluto scorpio conjuct ascendant, sun/venus opposition pluto, its just really bad. I had too much “heartattack” experiences, and overcoming is just easier said than done since i am a real pesimist. Taurus-Scorpio is a complicated polarity, too much conflict here in my mind. haha
    can you give me some info about pisces-virgo polarity? its my baby girl, pisces sun-virgo asc. If it’d be just the same as my experience, i should prepare from now on, she is 2 years old,
    Reading your articles gives me “enlightments”, and I do really appreciate your works.
    Thanks

  35. Thank you for your article! I am Taurus Rising opposite Pluto in Scorpio, and I think I have gone through several changes in personality and/or outlook in my life so far. Strangely, I never realized I was changing myself so drastically when it was happening — often, the changes come on so gradually that I barely notice anything has changed — that is, until I look back several years later and wonder “what happened to that version of me?” Truthfully, I think I’m a completely different person than I was just a few years ago. Your article really put it into perspective for me. Thank you.

    P.S. An earlier comment mentioned “mutual reception”. I think I might have that between my Venus in Sagittarius and Jupiter in Taurus, but what does that mean?

    • Hi Brit, thank you for commenting and sharing your experience – glad you resonated with the article!

      Mutual reception creates a connection with the two planets involved (i.e. they may choose to “work together” in some way). It’s considered even more significant if the two planets also form an aspect.

  36. Would this description apply to SA ascendant conjunction Pluto as well?

    • Hi Lisa, SA ASC=Pluto could have a similar transformative feel, as identity and personal expression (Ascendant) integrates deep feelings or purpose symbolized by Pluto.

      • Hello, thank you for all of your information and time you have given to explaining different natal and transit aspects. I would greatly appreciate your thoughts and wisdom for the transit I am going through now, Venus conjunction Ascendent Orb 57 Value-153…? Thank you once again! Namasté 🕉

        • Hi there, not sure what “Orb 57 value 153” means, but if you’re asking about transiting Pluto aspecting your Venus & Ascendant, it most likely reflects a time of profound emotional change involving your relationships.

  37. My natal Pluto is 4th house opposite Venus…but I noticed Pluto is 3 degrees from my Capricorn descendant as I write, so I’ll be experiencing Pluto opposing my Ascendant for a while. I’ve always considered myself a regular person but in the past few months I have: married an old family friend for inheritance/tax reasons; called time on my relationship of 5+ years; met a man with natal Pluto opposite his sun I’m having a secret relationship with. My ex (I haven’t made a clean break with him it’s messy though we have no physical relationship) complains he doesn’t recognise me anymore because I’ve started going to the gym and doing fitness seriously, something I NEVER would have done in the past (too self conscious and scared) but I’m loving it. I wonder if all this has something to do with Pluto…

    • Hi Holly, thank you for sharing your experience. It seems like you’re getting ready for a major identity change and empowerment (going to the gym is a good physical expression of the internal transformation taking place.)

      • Thanks to you for your time…your articles are so informative and are helping me understand issues I have suffered with my whole life…I wish more people accepted how enlightening Astrology can be. Best wishes.

  38. Hi, I have Cap. Asc. at 24 degress. I am wondering when Pluto will cross into my first house (which also includes Aquarius and Pices, it is huge and intercepted). I feel a transformation of my own making or not is coming. In my natal, Pluto is conjunct my Libra sun in the eight house. My natal moon is in Capricorn in the twelth where it opposes my natal Saturn in Cancer. I can read my natal aspects on astro.com, but I am not good at determining current aspects. By the way, what do you make of the star pattern and rectangle and is that a t-square to neptune conjuct MC?

    • Hi there, I deleted the link to your chart as this is a public form (also the link has expired).

      Pluto won’t be crossing your Ascendant until 2020, so in a big picture sense, you’re still in the phase of exploring your unconscious patterns (12th house). This is a big theme for you because of Pluto’s natal placement in the 8th house (which has similar suggestion about exploring unconscious patterns and psychic wounds.)

      Reading about individual aspects is a good start, but sooner or later you’ll need help in synthesizing the bits of measurements together into a coherent story that takes your whole chart into account. Please consider scheduling a private consultation if you’d like me to look at your horoscope in more depth.

  39. Thanks for your insights Hiroki. Fascinating article! I have natal Pluto in Leo at 27 degrees conjunct ASC at 18, and Jupiter at 19 degrees. When transiting Jupiter hit all three last year my career took off which transformed everything in my life for the better it seems. I’m hoping the changes will be permanent, so any insights you have would be helpful. I’ve always felt Pluto’s presence on my ASC, even though it’s a wide conjunction. Transformation is my middle name.

    • Hello there, thank you for sharing your experience! Good for you… In this case Pluto and Ascendant are a bit too far apart to be considered a conjunction, but the fact that Pluto is in 1st house makes it a prominent part of your personality. Transformation and empowerment are the positive potential of this placement.

      • Thanks for clarifying! My progressed Jupiter in Leo is now conjunct natal Pluto with a 0 degree orb. I’m wondering if this has been a factor with the positive career (and life) changes. Any insights would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.

  40. Hello,I have pluto square with my ascendant I think this give to person wars for power.Also I have pluto in 8th house trine to mars en geminis in 5th house and my mars have a sextile with sun in leo in 7th house.Pluto is in libra.I don’t know how this affects to my person.Somebody know?

  41. Hey ,

    My name is Josmany and I have moon Pluto conjunction my ascendant and I totally agree my life has always been about finding myself and the mystery of who I am and I’ve been many different peopl at different points in my life which led to mental illness and coming out of that like as if a phoenix from the ashes renewed and brand new I am completely sane and after my father passed I gave up alcohol drugs and even went vegan and these changes continue to happen I use to change for the worse and never wield my emotions but I’ve grown to understand myself and life and my power to change and regenerate and I am so dedicated to this purpose of helping other be physically fit and well through healing arts Nutritin and exercise as well as passionate about earth clean energy and waste management technologies renewal and regeneration of earth by transforming by only myself but those around me I also even see small changes in my rhythms and customs where I was a mommas boy took a while to not be lazy and now I’m so serious about developing a powerful work ethic and not being seen as the scapegoat or the toxic one but the one who turned it around,

    Also if you have any insight I have libra rising with moon and Pluto in libra sun conjunction south nose in cancer Mercury and Jupiter conjunction in cancer 10th house Venus and Mars conjunction Leo 11th house Saturn Capricorn 4th Uranus Neptune and north node in sag in 3rd

  42. Thank you for this explanation. Pluto was exactly on my descendent in November of last year, but its retrograde motion kept it lingering in the 0-1 degree region for longer than usual. Last December, my divorce, which was years in coming, finally happened. Although both I and my ex agreed that it was for the best, since that time it has been a painful process of piecing my identity back together. Pluto will still be within 2 degrees until the end of this year.

    • Hi John, thank you for commenting and sharing your experience. As both of you agreed separation would be for the best, Pluto here seems to be reflecting the necessary end (death) of the relationship. In time this will inevitably lead to the rebirth of your identity with new ways of connecting with others.

  43. Would Pluto trining my ascendant have a more subtle effect? I’m half way through the transit and haven’t really felt anything… but neptune is also opposing my sun at the same time..

  44. I could never get any real answers from anyone in regard to Pluto’s influence on our lives until I found your column.
    Like a lot of people, I was born with Pluto in Leo. In my case, my Ascendant is Leo and Pluto is retrograde 10 degrees in my 12th house, but most of my natal planets are retrograde. Can’t do anything about that, but at this point, as I indicated in your article about Saturn/Cronos/Father, my life has been slowly changing in a positive way because I broke the parental/emotional ‘grip’ that used to exist, long ago. I belong to me.
    Now Pluto is in Capricorn (my 5th) and will be there for a few more years, will be joined by transiting Saturn in 2020 (battle of Titans, perhaps?) and probably won’t reach the Ascendant opposition in Aquarius (6th, my Sun, Venus, Mercury, Air grand trine) until maybe 2030.
    Mercury is how you think, Venus is what you want, and Mars is how you go about getting it. I would like to think this will be reaching the goal I’ve been seeking, success as a writer and artist, after laying the groundwork for it over many years of preparation. The metaphor would be ‘hiding your light under a basket’ (preparation) and subsequently removing the ‘basket’ (public view).
    Is that a reasonably accurate expectation?
    Your analysis of these slower planetary influences is something I haven’t been able to find anywhere else. Very happy to have found your column.

  45. Hi Hiroki, my brother has ascendant conjunct saturn, uranus& neptune , all opposite mercury and square mars (so that’s T square). In the last few years transit pluto conjunct his ascendant and still now transiting his first house, scince then he has changed completely for worse, he had delusions that we want to poison him and he stopped going to his work, I am feeling sorry for him. I don’t know how to help him. Thanks in advance

  46. Hi Hiroki,

    Thanks for the article. What I find annoying is people or astrologers that say those with Pluto in the 7th house (or opposite the ascendant) give away their power or are “projecting” and it’s usually those that do not have this aspect in their chart or knows what it actually feels like to have it.

    Not sure if it’s because I’m an Aries sun with Aries Mercury square Uranus, Saturn and Parallel Pluto but I do not feel this way at all. If anything, I try to tone it down because I used to feel I was too much for the average person especially during an argument.

    I’ve also tried to assess if it’s my Jupiter opposite Pluto or Mars binovile Pluto.
    Other than your article, the only other article that gets it is this: http://scorpioland.org/traits-people-pluto-7th-house/

  47. I have natal conjunctions; Jupiter 18, Pluto 22, Sun 24, Uranus 29 degrees, all in Virgo, and later this year a transit Pluto opposite Ascendant in Cancer coming up … after working through transit Pluto opposite 12th house moon in Cancer. (Natal moon conjunct Asc)
    Getting a bit tired of inner cleaning up powerful emotions now, longing for clarity … Hope for me?
    (Natal Pluto trine Neptune, sextile Sun, sextile Asc)

  48. Jasmina Dimitrijevic says:

    I have Pluto conjunction to my ascendant nataly at 2.48 of Virgo. Currently it is trining my ascendant by transit for the next 2 years. I feel that I am changing. Just want it fast and it is b… slow….

  49. Thanks for such an interesting article – I found this because I have Pluto pretty much exactly square my Libra Asc at the moment (17•55). I’m interested to know whether it’s common to experience other key transits simultaneously, as right now I’m also within one degree of a Saturn-Sun conjunction, a Jupiter-Pluto conjunction and a Uranus-Moon conjunction…

    I really relate to the comment about shedding a skin. The biggest theme seems to be learning to claim my own power by trying to shake off the habit of making myself appear to be what others want/expect (e.g. managerial job, people pleaser), and building a life according to my own definitions (e.g. Low-stress day job plus screenwriting, setting boundaries even if it inconveniences others, putting my needs first). Also, realising that I will always be able to own my power in relationships, and that I’ve previously given that power away. It certainly feels like an intense time.

    Thanks, Lucy

    • Hi Lucy, thank you for sharing your experience with transit Pluto square Ascendant. These are powerful experiences – and yes, it often so happens that especially potent periods are marked by several strong transits. Sounds like you’re making the best of this period and finding your own power. Congratulations!

  50. T. Pluto entered my 12th house in 2007 when two family members joined together to steal my inheritance. They were truly hidden enemies as they conspired together and then open enemies as they brought lawsuits to destroy me. They succeeded. During this time my progressed ascendant was square my ascendant, moon, mars, mercury, sun and saturn, making for a very difficult journey. I felt like I was holding on to my chair in a very frightening horror movie. My progressed sun was and is in opposition to P. Neptune and Neptune in my 10th house, indicating the deceit and lawsuits ruining me. My progressed moon was also forming difficult aspects. I experienced a gauntlet of emotion; fear, rage, despair, loss of faith and obsessive determination to defend myself. I lost almost everything I had and could trust absolutely no one, which was unusual for me as I previously trusted everyone.

    The storm is settling and I am feeling release and acceptance. My progressed sun is forming a trine to progressed Pluto, and I have found some help and power internally and hopefully externally. I have complete acceptance that my family of origin was tragically dysfunctional. I no longer mourn the loss and I am learning to let go of what they have done to me without hatred. It was torn away from me but now I am free.

    In about two years, depending upon the exact minute of my birth, T. Pluto will cross my ascendant and be conjunct my natal moon. At this time my progressed sun is trine my progressed Pluto and progressed mars is trine progressed Jupiter with progressed Jupiter exactly sextile mars. This tells me I will be all right, no matter what happens now.

    As a result of the 12th house trauma, I have become much more outspoken and direct in my manner. I have surprised people with my determination and strength. I do not give a damn any more what anyone things of me. I just care about what I think of myself, although I remain empathetic and kind. I am fearless. I have developed a penetrating ability to decipher and portray the truth.

    • Hi Myriad, sorry to hear about such a devastating experience. Pluto transits often result in a drastic shift of worldview – I hope the coming 2 years will result in you finding a new meaning in life that strengthens you.

  51. Deborah Kerr says:

    Good morning from Australia.
    I have a question regarding my son who is a young 34 yrs scorpio. He has lost his way in life so i gave him the chance /opportunity to return to the nest and re establish himself and start again with the wisdom (hopefully) of the choices he has choosen to put himself through over the years. In doing this he has had to travel to the other side of Australia. In doing so his solar return has been relocated which puts pluto 2 degrees from the ascendant. Can u tell what this might entail througn to his nexts birthday 18/11/82 00.12am… i would be appreciated of your thoughts…..
    cheers deb

    • Hi Deborah, as far as I’ve seen and heard, that method of calculating solar return based on location is not valid. I don’t use solar return for future projection so cannot comment beyond that.

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