Pluto Saturn Aspect: Empowerment of Ambition

pluto saturn aspectPluto is the adverb of the horoscope – it empowers whatever it touches, adding extreme range of depth and height in expression.

Saturn represents ambition, effort, and accomplishments that require time to achieve.

Natal Pluto Saturn Aspect: Empowering Ambition

In a natal chart, Pluto conjunct, square or opposition Saturn is sometimes associated with major accomplishments, even fame.  Pluto empowers Saturnian structure, discipline and ambition to the extreme, making record-breaking feats possible.

Pluto conjunct, square or opposite Saturn: Building a Skyscraper

I’ve read that in order to build a skyscraper, you have to dig about 1/3 of the height of the building into the ground in order to establish the necessary foundation. That’s a great metaphor for the Plutonian process – to plumb depth in order to reach height. It also conveys the sense of heavy, massive structure that can be built through deeply committed effort.

Famous People with Pluto Saturn Aspect

Massive structure can be a metaphor of lasting wealth, ambition, fame or a strong body: Apple founder Steve Jobs’ horoscope has Pluto square Saturn, and so does rock star Eddie Van Helen’s natal chart.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s horoscope has Pluto conjunct Saturn in Leo, and so does film maestro Steven Spielberg’s natal chart.  These are extremely motivated individuals that attained prominence through massive accomplishments of their ambitions – the living examples of Pluto-Saturn aspect potential.

If you have Pluto conjunct, square or opposite Saturn in your natal chart, you probably sense this potential for massive accomplishment within yourself. This energy needs a constructive outlet and a goal tough enough to challenge it.

Transit Pluto Conjunct, Square, Opposition Saturn: Threat of Loss, or a Period of Hard Work 

Transit or solar arc Pluto conjunct, square or opposite natal Saturn is often associated with a threat of loss in any area of life. It could be a creative destruction in that it opens the way for a new beginning, but nevertheless it feel formidable.

Still, this transit carries potential for extreme empowerment of ambition.  At the very least, this is a period that demands hard, hard work to achieve one’s goals.

If Pluto-Saturn transit results in an actual loss or a threat of loss, consider whether this period is forcing you to dig deeper to find your internal resources, so that you’ll gain enough power to accomplish your life goals later on.

 

Do you have natal Pluto conjunct, square or opposition Saturn?  Are you going through a Pluto-Saturn transit?  Do you identify with this sense of empowered goals, discipline and ambition?  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. Dunyazade says:

    Hey :)
    I have pluto (11th) – saturn (8th) square. :/
    When I want to I can ne disciplined and can make long-term plans. But I gotta wanna it. I’ve always read this aspect as: afraid of change, wich I have.

    Right now transiting pluto is opposite my natal saturn (0º Cancer). Oh goodie 0_0 I haven’t seen any thing Big and Scary and life changing happening yet… (however I am making plans…) however my writing seems, from a year ’till now, to be concentrating all in astrology and I don’t really feal like writing fiction like I have done for years. Saturn rules my 3rd. Could this pluto transit be , err, “manifesting” this? Like, I haven’t even counted, but I gotta have 40.000 words if not more in astrology reports and, like, 3000 in fiction…

    *****

  2. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Hi,

    It could well be that you’re working hard to pump out one writing after another – which may become a resource for you to write a book, for instance.

    I think with transit Pluto to Saturn there should be something more, but let me know how the rest of the year plays out – especially August.

    Best,
    Hiroki

  3. Hiroki, I’m enjoying your blog and have found some of your recent posts to speak to my situation. I like how you put a positive spin on the saturn-pluto aspect, especially as my community has been dealing with a terrible murder-suicide committed by a man with a pluto-saturn opposition (a natal configuration that includes uranus, venus and maybe the moon).

    This was Steven Sueppel, b. 8/13/1965, who said in messages that he beat his wife and four children to death to “save” them from the shame of his crimes of embezzlement and money laundering. The day of the murders (Easter evening, 3/23/08)transiting Neptune also opposed his sun, and there were other difficult aspects.

    The saturn-pluto aspects interest me particularly because my son and I have the quindecile (I include Uranus), my husband has the square (with Sun and Mercury), and my daughter has the opposition (with Venus).

    As dunyazade said, the square might indeed be “afraid of change”, as my husband is that (although he has sun, saturn, and moon in cancer, too, which might explain that!) My husband has the pluto-sun opposition now and will have the pluto-saturn one soon. He’s fighting political inertia at work and the irrational feeling that he has all the answers. I keep telling him to keep his humility about him.

    If you’d like to read a little more about the Sueppel murders, see my blog posts http://teresawymore.wordpress.com/2008/04/03/the-sueppel-murder-anger-is-evil-not-crazy/

    And Go Bulls! I graduated from USF in 1993.

  4. Dunyazade says:

    Ok, Hiroki, I’ll keep an eye in August ad tell you all about it. It’s my birthday month, also :)

  5. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Teresa,

    Thank you for the comment and boy, you’re one heck of a creative lady!!!!

    The Sueppel murder case is definitely interesting – I’ll check his chart later. Let me know if you come across a birth time/place.

    The “fear of change” interpretation may be valid – although the people I listed above as examples will probably disagree…Like you say, it might come from other emphasis in your chart rather than from this aspect alone.

    It’s fascinating that your entire family has the Saturn-Pluto involvement. If you have any more to share about that, feel free to email me – I’m especially curious about how that may color the family dynamic.

    Best,
    Hiroki

  6. teresawymore says:

    Hiroki, I’ve done some more looking around on the web and find a lot of dire warnings about saturn-pluto natal contacts. Especially disturbing was http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/cgi-bin/blogs/voices.php/2008/01/29/the_beast_from_the_depths_of_chaos_astro

    Interesting woman with quite a varied background, surfing among such subjects as law, creative writing, and archtypal analysis.

    My children are only 4 and 5, so I’m not yet sure how this will play out in our family. My daugther is quite agressive and fascinated with crime. I’m starting her in tae kwan do with the hopes of discipline and challenge in the right way. I also encourage her art. I think expressing my own darkness through art has perhaps saved me from experiencing it in life.

    That reminds me of a Robert Hand interview, where he pointed out an actress he counseled had violent and loss aspects for the year, but she had a productive, successful year; he interpreted this as the aspects coming out in her art, so she avoided them in her life.

  7. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Dear Teresa,

    I think you have a very good handle on this, with regard to how you are directing your child to take martial art, etc.

    I also agree with you and the Robert Hand comment regarding the arts – I noticed the darkness expressed through your drawing, etc., and it seems to be cathartic rather than literal.

    Regarding the article you posted as link, this is the general view I find in many books that I work to differ from in my practice or writing. I will do a post on this today or tomorrow, because I feel strongly about the wrongness of their conclusion.

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful and intelligent comment!

    Hiroki

  8. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Alright Teresa,

    It’s a quick job, but my response to the article you sent me is up. I can be a lot more thorough in refuting these negative arguments, but hopefully this is enough to put some rationality into the whole scare.

    Kind regards,
    Hiroki

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hello!

    I really enjoyed reading this article as there doesnt seem to be much on the Pluto/Saturn conjunction on the internet..
    You have no idea how much I can relate to what you wrote, having my self a Pluto/Saturn conjunction in my 1st house, both conjuncting my Libra ascendant as well (Pluto in late libra and Saturn in early Scorpio) PLUS both planets are singletons (Pluto the only planet in air, and Saturn the only in water) so you can imagine that themes as self-discipline, fear of change and an enormous drive for achievement have been the common denominator in my life so far (Im only 24) from a very early age I got myself seriously involved in Volleyball where I had to cultivate self-discipline and confidence (and our trainer pretty much embodied a Pluto/Saturn figure, for his love of discipline, commitment and ability to make us believe in ourselves) in order to win championships and Im proud to say that Ive achieved a great amount of success in it, so even if I have to deal with some inherent fear, I also have the tools to turn this fear into motivating energy to accomplish my goals,

    Thanks!

    V.

    P.S. its interesting that my father has Pluto conjunct Saturn too (but in Leo) and my older brother and sister have it too (in Libra, not in the 1st house though), we were born in 1981-82 and 83 respectively, which was a bit of a transitional time (aids started to pop up with Pluto entering Scorpio)

  10. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Hi V,

    Thank you for the corroboration, and kudos to you for learning to harness the power of discipline so young!

    The astrological signature shared among family members never ceases to amaze me (see other comment above, where another lady also wrote about this happening in her family.)

    Much appreciated,
    Hiroki

  11. msfullroller says:

    Thank you very much for the positive spin on this aspect. I have Pluto Rx/Uranus Rx conjunction in the 1st opposition Saturn/Mercury Rx in the 7th. With Saturn transiting the 1st does this mean more discipline & structure on top of the existing structure?

  12. Hiroki Niizato says:

    msfullroller: yes, so long as the existing structure is in line with your authentic self.

  13. Dear Hiroki,
    How could a natal saturn-pluto conjunction in libra in the 8th house potentially play out in ones life?
    Thanks, Joy

  14. MovieBuff says:

    Hi,
    Great article, as always, Hiroki!

    It is especially relevant to me as Saturn and Pluto are co-dispositors of my chart. Also, they are in a sextile aspect to each other. Moreover, my Pluto is in Scorpio and Saturn in Capricorn, so they are both strong in their domicile.

    To top it all, I just got over with a nasty Saturn transit to my natal Pluto. Thank God Saturn is in Sagittarius now. But its not over for me as I have Saturn at 19 degrees Capricorn, so I have a Pluto transit to my natal Saturn coming up!

    Phew!! I am in the digging process now, before I can build my skyscraper. When will all this end?!

    • Thanks for your comment. Keep focusing on your life goals, and you’ll hit pay dirt sooner or later!

    • Kassandra says:

      Wow. We must be more or less the same age. I have been going through the Pluto transiting my natal Saturn. Had to move abroad…spent all the time crying like a baby and missing a special someone. Well Pluto is also opposing my Venus. God, can’t wait for this difficult time to be over.

  15. Hallo Hiroki, my name is Yvonne.
    I have my Pluto conjunct Natal saturn right now during the great square Pluto Uranus. Saturn is on 15 degrees in the secont house and ?Uranus is in my fourth house. All my live I doubt with work, earning money and care of my relationship and children. I had a goal but my husband is working with me but wants something else. Is the second house is about earning money and selfworth what do I do? My sun is in cancer 19 degrees. so also a square Uranus. Plus pluto triangle mars on 15 degrees taurus. I have the feeling on all kinds of levels and sites which puss be to the limits…
    What do I have to let go?

    • Hello Yvonne,

      Transit Pluto conjunct Saturn is one of the more stressful times in life, with a lot of hard work involved. In this case I’m guessing you have transit Pluto conjunct Saturn plus transit Uranus square Saturn. This points to a need for change in big ways, so your instinct of “letting go” of something is correct. Perhaps it is even about long-held self worth issues. I hope your husband is giving you enough support through this period.

  16. Hi Hiroki,

    I actually find your article pretty positive cause in my case the pluto/saturn conjunction in Libra, has been so difficult. The fear of hearing how i look from others is one of the things that affect me and takes me to a very low point. Yes, i can relate my sun (cancer) almost on my mid heaven square my ascendent but the pluto is a self destructive power with saturn in many ways…

    • Hello Kevin,

      Thank you for commenting and sharing your experience. Yes, Saturn-Pluto aspect definitely has the self destructive potential, as well as that of massive empowerment of ambition. It’s surprising to see how many famous people have the hard aspect between Saturn and Pluto!

  17. Margherita says:

    Thank you for such an interesting information about these asspects.

    Now I have transit Pluto conjuncted my Saturn (Owner of my natal chart) in my life – 0.0. This period will be lasting two years till December 2016.

    Yes, it is true – feeling of complete loneliness, a lot of forces to reach new goals and completely changed life. I have already changed my work – I was thinking to do it about a year, but could have done it only now – and it was much easier than I thought before, because of this inner feeling “This is right”.

    Work and my projects – this is all for me now, not recently I found myself extremly ambitious and kind of workaholic. As I feel, this period of Pluto-Saturn conjunction gives a lot of forces for a hard work, gives a critical view on your life – and this high level of discontent leads to a concrete actions.

    Loneliness can be very constructive and helpful – especially when you know what you want.

    • Hello Margherita,

      Thank you for commenting and sharing your experience of transit Pluto conjunct Saturn. As you’ve described so well, it’s a time of hard, hard work to attain new level of goals in life. As a result of this time period, you will have a deeper, more solid foundation from which to build your success.

  18. Hello! I have Saturn in 1st house square Pluto in 10th house. Any advice on how to deal with it? :D I recently came out of a saturn conjunct pluto, and square natal saturn transit. It hit me right in the knee. Literally. With health,surgery issues- so (in)flexibility is what these 2 are after. The square is so frustrating. And I am earth dominant. Change sounds empowering, but ,huhm…solid rock.

    • Hello Sarah,

      Thank you for commenting. What you expressed so well is the nature of the 2 heavyweight symbols (Pluto and Saturn) in tension. You’re probably dealing with deeply entrenched patterns you’ve had for a long time. If you want clarity, this can be better discussed within an individual consultation.

  19. Yes, I was born outgrowing branches but it’s more fixed in my mind,really.I have mercury square saturn by 1 deg so that adds up…and saturn is the fixed apex of my 2 t-squares.
    Respecting the work of astrologers a lot! but I am short of money now, so I have say no at this point about a consultation,but thank you.
    All the best~~
    Xs.

  20. Hi Hiroki,

    Thank you for your lovely writing.

    My insight so far is that I would have to translate these to everyday terms, how to live and flow from day-to-day (Sun & Ve in Libra 6H). Given that each day can bring something new and different, it’s a play between process and goals yet still stay flexible.

    In a sense, transits are liberating. Before any significant growth (and happiness) is possible, the land has to be cleared so to speak. A lot of deep hard work went into undoing and untangling of limiting beliefs, behaviors and relationships. Some episodes were painful (and necessary), especially during Ur-Pl squares but it’s all good. During Saturn-Pluto square (6H Libra-9H Cap), I had a now-or-never feeling and committed to a 5-year success plan (ending next year). My curiosity got the better of fear (change or stagnancy).

    The big energy mix is always a factor. In early years, I was cited as a “rebel without a cause”, “belligerent” and “messianic” (very cliche-ish yet all true :), getting drawn to The Prince/Art of War/politics/pet projects. In practical terms, it meant good self-governance first (to avoid getting undone), to wield lightning safely and joyfully. With an air sign, I’m most careful with thoughts & words (mutual reception Pl in Virgo & Merc in Sco). For the big thing (s), break it down into small do-able steps. Proceed with patience and caution. Enjoy the prestige as well as the responsibilities. Have a go-to kit for tough times (stay home, sleep, listen to music, breathe, be kind). Ultimately, know when it’s time to step back, allow things to happen or live to fight another day.

    (Born with Pl-Ur conj. in Virgo 5H, Sat-Chiron in Pis 11H, Neptune in Sco 7H [trine Sat, sext Pl-Ur]. Thankfully, except for Pl, all have aspects to personal planets.)

  21. Hiroki, what about the trine between Pluto and Saturn? I know the trine is often dismissed as being a weak, without the motivation to push for what the planets could accomplish together. However, I can not see how these two heavy-hitting planets would be passive, even in the trine. Do you ever find that individuals with the trine rise to the same level of accomplishment as those with the hard aspects? Perhaps the building of lasting structures is simply a more gradual, less painful process?

    • Hi Mel, it’s certainly possible that Saturn trine Pluto can manifest similarly. Trines generally keep things the way they are, so the potentially is there latently but the pressure to change is not as strong as a square or an opposition. If Saturn or Pluto receives strong tension from another planet, then the trine might provide extra resource to meet the challenge.

  22. Hi Hiroki,
    Thank you for this excellent article. I have transiting Pluto conjunct natal saturn in the 8th house opposing my moon in the 2nd. The loss I’m experiencing from this transit is literally almost everything. I was hit by a car/impaired driver while walking and all my income earning possibilities evaporated overnight (as well as my money) along with my physical health and my freedom as I can’t take care of myself or do the things I did before. I hope no one else experiences this transit this way. Thanks again for writing this.

  23. I have the Natal Square Pluto Saturn. Mars conjunct tight on my Pluto falls right on the cups of 10th/11th house therefore also Mars squaring my Saturn puts a real damper on that aspect (sigh). I’m not afraid of change I am TERRIFIED of never changing being stuck. I also have Jupiter Conjunct Venus conjunct MC tight orb both trine Saturn in the 2nd…I am TERRIFIED of being poor or lacking financial means. I’m in the creative field, filming/Writing/Communications. Hopefully I’ll reach fame within the film industry someday.

  24. When transiting Pluto was conjunct my Capricorn ascendant in 2012 one of my brothers was diagnosed with a terminal illness. It was 2 months from diagnoses until his death. In the week he died I also lost my job. As a result my life changed a lot and for the last 2 years I’ve been very happy with how things were going.
    On my birthday in February 2015 transiting Pluto squared my natal Saturn exactly. On the same day the people in the apartment above me went out, left their washing machine on that then had a problem and I had major flooding in my apartment. In May they did the same thing. No insurance work has been done yet as they are waiting for it to dry out but 2 weeks ago a large section of the ceiling plaster in the lounge fell and caused heavy bruising and gashes to my face. The maintenance people who came confirmed this was also due to the earlier flooding. Considering the injuries I may have received I’m feeling lucky to escape with heavy bruising. I’m a little apprehensive now as to how the rest of the year is likely to turn out with the last exact square to my Saturn due in December. One positive thing I have been doing since all this happened is de-cluttering at a rapid rate and that feels good.

  25. Hiroki,

    I’m having a difficult time finding anything other than bits and pieces of my own natal positions. Do you have any insight to this?

    Pluto conj Asc within 2 degrees (in H1, not H12) opposite Moon

    Mars conj Saturn in H1 (is not a tight conj)

    Asc is technically in Libra, but straddles the cusp on Scorpio, hence my Pluto Asc conj is in Scorpio H1.

    I would appreciate anything you might have to add, especially how these three malefics behave together in the First House, and the specific intensity of adding Pluto on the Ascendant opposite my moon. If you do not have specific insights, other resources would also be very appreciated. Thanks.

    -Josh

    • Hi Joshua,

      All three measurements point to parental influence with a heavy undertone of control. The concentration of Pluto, Saturn and Mars in 1st house suggest a power need, as well as a need for defensiveness. Please schedule a consultation if you’d like me to take a closer look at your horoscope, as you’d always need to look at the entire birth chart before coming to a whole understanding of why these needs are present.

  26. Small notation:

    Pluto and Saturn are also Rx.

  27. I have Saturn in my 3rd house and Pluto in my 11th house. My chart shows Pluto conjunct Saturn up to 11/3/2016. Any information on this will be greatly appreciated. Thank you

    • Pluto transit to Saturn can be a formidable period, often suggesting a threat of loss in any area of your life. Many times it’s a period of hard, hard work. You may want to look around in your life to see if you’re focusing on the most important objective in your life, and if so, whether you’re putting it the effort it deserves. For a detailed discussion considering your entire horoscope, please schedule a consultation.

  28. I have the conjunction+moon in Libra , 9th house, SQUARE my Cancer sun.

    At this point, dealing with strong personalities is pffffft, nothing. No one can intimidate me, rather, I’ve been told in the past that I can come across as quite intimidating, which I was oblivious about! I see myself as a big softie, albeit a badass one (as a result of fighting for the right to be ME).

    The square to the Sun feels like the force of a 10 gigaton granite bowling bowl striking and scattering the pins of your confidence and self-esteem , over and over again. You get stronger and more powerful with time, but will you be a manipulative tyrant (Negative Cancer) or protector ( Postive Cancer) ?

    I am choosing the latter and helping others get the courage to stand up for themselves and their emotional freedom , without fear of anything or anyone.

    This finally reconciles nicely with my Aquarius rising and Jupiter-Uranus conjuction in 11th. I have a heavily afflicted 7th Virgo Venus (square Jupiter-Uranus-Chiron) trine Neptune-SouthNode. I want to defend LGBTQ and other suffering minorities, screw prevailing societal norms.

    It all makes sense.Thanks for brilliant posts like these that help me come to that self-understanding! Cheers. ( Wondering how the Saturn-Pluto conjuction in January 2020 will affect me! Its in the 12th house though… so more of an inward thing? Hmmm. )

    • if you are an aquarius ascendant, then your saturn chart ruler is exalted in libra and conjunct pluto which makes a powerful personality. I gotta say, im pretty jealous.

      • Thank you. That’s another terribly unladylike thing about me… I rather like being the one in ruthless control. I’ve been told I have a natural knack for it, and it thrills the types who enjoy being dominated (although I have to be very sure thats what they want before I let loose).

        I’ve always loved villains more than heroes, finding them to be more charismatic. But being nice and empathetic is important too! I guess I can be a compassionate sadist.

        Aquarius is ruled traditionally by Saturn, yes. But also Uranus, no?
        My Saturn is conjunct Pluto, and Uranus conjunct Jupiter.
        So I find my life is darkly serious, ambitious, enlightening and equally actually quite hilarious.

        An example of this would be retaliating against the abusive traits in a spouse by secretly moonlighting as a dominatrix and learning the skills of standing up for myself and not only fearing no man, but relishing the dishing out of little bit of consensual disciplinary action. Now my marriage and home are absolutely delightful and my children couldnt be happier.

        Thats my private life. Career wise, in my particular field I am an unpredictable and influential maverick of sorts, beginning my career while still in high school and seemingly effortlessly carving my own quirky path to an award-winning international level. I love breaking new ground. Sun in 6th house with Mars in Cancer. Oh, the stories I could tell!

        Having kids is slowing me down somewhat, but they are the blessing that has taught me to stop and smell the roses…. but I will never stop persistently plotting and scheming to achieve my ambitions. Thankfully, they are fairly benevolent ones :) I love my Saturn-Pluto. Bring it on!

        • I blame all this writing on a Mercury in Leo and Aries ruling my third house – the ruler of which (mars) is conjunct my sun. My NN and Chiron are both in Gemini in the 5th! Thank goodness my career involves words and self-expression :)

  29. I have saturn in aquarius, squaring pluto in scorpio. Saturn is my chart ruler and pluto is on the midheaven. capricorn Asc.

    well… i do feel somewhat powerful and flexible in matters of achieving and understanding. though, what else i noticed is that the environment often puts effort to supress my sense of responsibility, by manipulative, deceitful or jealous behaviour towards me. Funny, because it looks like people only have some diffuculty when i feel responsible for my self – looks like they can’t stand it. but i see it all. Or maybie im just too scrupulous..

    Can pluto be supressing subtly my sense of responsibility? Or am I just making it out?

  30. I found out, that martial artist, actor Bruce Lee also had saturn square pluto. Also did the famous psychologist-psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung. Both of them were ruthless in their vocation.

  31. Hi Hiroki, I read all the posts about conj, square saturn/pluto. With an inconj between saturn and pluto I suppose there is one very responsible, hard working side but one dark intense creative side? How can I make them work together?

    • Hi Madeleine,

      Inconjunct is a bit uncomfortable, because the energies don’t engage in direct confrontation like in square or opposition. The word often used to describe inconjunct is “adjustment” – so in your case, Saturn inconjunct Pluto could suggest necessary adjustment in your ambition for you to gain true personal power. Reexamining your goals in life to make sure it’s in alignment with your highest value, might be one expression of this aspect.

  32. Hi Hiroki, thank you so much for your help. I try very hard at the moment with guessing my life goals: very ambitious in house 10 with north node there, my south node in 4th with jupiter, pluto and uranus all retrograde. Went away from home early, became successful in job. I dream of a lovely and joyful family on my own with cancer rising, but north node wants me in the career. Is there a way after all to get my dream of family life realized? Cheers, Madeleine

  33. Hi Hiroki, thank you so much. I thought my fate is against the family goal at all. kind regards, Maddy

  34. Im so scared watching solar arc pluto coming in a conjuction with natal saturn the exact same time that solar arc ascendant conjucts natal pluto and solar arc saturn conjucts ic, im gonna share my experience after these transits!!i really hope to manifest as empowerment and not as loss

  35. Saturn transiting 3rd house (where my SN, Mercury & Venys lives) is squaring my natal Pluto which conjuncts Uranus (11th house). My 4th house Capricorn Sun leaves me as no stranger to my father Saturn. And I have been developing a slow relationship with Pluto since he’s been wiping out my foundation. I want to make sure I cooperate with this one powerful transit of so many others right now. I have been through the dark world the last three or so years and I feel like a great deal of me is still there. Lol. What are your immediate insights or thoughts Hiroki? Thanks!

    • My suggestion would be to try to think and share in terms of what’s happening in your life rather than the abstract symbols – that way you’ll be able to find out what concrete issues in your life are reflecting the symbolism of Saturn Pluto transit.

  36. Hi Hiroki, thank you for any insight you may give me. Pluto is on my Capricorn Ascendant square natal Saturn 19 degrees Aries 3rd House. I left a corporate job 2 yrs. ago after burnout, divorced, took care of my grandfather who has passed and now taking care of my 2 children. I want to turn my life purpose into a career, but have no idea what my life purpose is. I feel stuck and money is running out after being off for 2 yrs. I don’t know that much about Astrology, but find it interesting. Any advice to help me understand this transit. Thank you!

  37. What do u think about saturn conjunct pluto in 1st house? Saturn 0 degrees in Scorpio and pluto 27 degrees in libra? Thanks.. Lisa

    • Hi Lisa, 1st house planets strongly color the development of your self-image and expression. Saturn-Pluto conjunction in the 1st house suggests initial difficulty in developing a positive identity – consider where this difficulty would be in your own case (everyone is different) – and then, you’d need to start digging or pushing past the difficulty and express the inherent strength of this aspect.

  38. Hi Hiroki,

    Does a saturn transit square natal pluto work the same as a pluto square natal saturn?
    I currently have this saturn transiting house 11 squaring pluto 8th house. I have been fighting pension trustees regarding my late husbands pension and have one more stage to go. I feel like giving up, there’s been so may lies and things covered up in this process. Is this just the transit affecting me? Nataly Saturn is my chart ruler and Pluto rules 10th.
    Many thanks
    Julie😊

    • Hi Julie, yes, transit Saturn square Pluto can work in a very similar way. It’s a period of hard, hard work, and sometimes it’s necessary. It’s a bit difficult for me to tell based on just what you shared, but please consider scheduling an appointment if you’re interested in a more in-depth discussion.

  39. Hi, Hiroki: I was born with Pluto (retro) conjunct (within 1 degree) of my Asc. in Virgo, now am experiencing the HELL of Pluto conjuncting my natal Saturn not once, not twice but three times (upcoming), at 14 degrees Capricorn. Pluto’s been riding over, then going retro, then direct, etc. over and over and I seriously don’t know if I can survive another! Pluto’s backing up right now to conjunct Saturn retro, then it will go direct for a third time and plow over my Saturn one last time. In addition, Pluto’s also repeatedly conjuncting my prog. Jupiter and then will once again conjunct my prog. Sun while it opposes my natal Mars, at 18 degrees Cancer. Then it will eventually move on to conjunct my prog. Saturn and Mercury. As horrible as these last couple of years has been, I can’t shake this horrific sense of impending doom…can I make it thru? I’m an astrologer myself, but really bad at calling out the meaning of my own chart! I can tell you that I feel like the universe has been ‘gunning’ for my my entire life. If life is a test, then I would think the tests should be a little more fair (Libra moon, LOL)! Can you give any advice as to what is coming up when Pluto goes over my Saturn it’s third time?? Thanks very much!

    • Hi tiera, (I removed your birthdate since this is a public forum.) The way you describe it, seems like astrology is amplifying your anxiety about your future rather than help you find a constructive way to manage it. Please consider scheduling a private session if you’d like to have another look at the whole picture including the specifics.

  40. Scorpio says:

    I have my natal sun conjunct pluto in scorpio, and both square moon and saturn (which conjunct in aquarius) I always feel great tension and don’t know how to relieve it.

    • Hi there, that’s a powerful tension indeed – most of the time the answer is to funnel that energy into doing your life’s work and achieving your ambition. Please schedule a consultation if you’d like me to discuss your horoscope in more depth.

    • Bluzulu says:

      Take tissue cell salts…Hyland’s. B12 and Magnesium glycinate. These will all relieve mental and physical stress. Those are intense aspects you have. Baths are good too, as is intense exercise like yoga.

  41. i googled this today as my natal sun is 22 degrees Capricorn and it sits in the 8th house – i am Gemini rising and interestingly an astrologer but would love another reflection as i am just feeling into what this transit will bring in 2020 it feels so strong – i work shamanically supporting alot of people to transform pain – please let me know your thoughts – right now neptune is on my jupiter in the 10th xxx

  42. Bluzulu says:

    How long does this garbage last…this transit Pluto square natal Saturn? IT SUCKS and I want to kill myself.

    • It’s important to remember that planets are merely reflecting what is happening in your life, and they’re not causing anything to happen. It’s best to look at the actual life issue in front of you and see what can be done to improve the situation (if nothing can be done on the outside, them something must change on the inside.)

  43. Hi great article, I have my natal pluto in 15’scorpio 6th house, and here of course saturn and mars are about to conjunct… at the same time i have natal saturn retro in 8th house capricorn where transit pluto is now, my 7th house cusp is in capricorn also with retro neptune and uranus there… anyway saturn is my 7th house ruler was the point. All these trine my sun and mercury in 4th house virgo :-) do you have any interesting viwes on how this saturn pluto transit can take form with this?

  44. Liza smith says:

    Hello, I have always felt a strong urge that I was out on the earth to do something big, something that would likely be in the public eye, regarding communication and helping people. I have Mars at 21:04 degrees, Saturn at 12:31, and Pluto at 00:11, all in Scorpio in the first house. Mercury in Aries at 27:19. Libra ascendant at 28:03, Taurus sun, Virgo moon. I always get the impression these placements are very relevant to my life and I feel Scorpio energies (good and bad) very strongly. Are these as significant as I believe them to be? Appreciate any light you might be able to shed. Thank you :)

    • Hi Liza, Mercury and Pluto on Scorpio Ascendant marks your horoscope with intensity, insight, and at best, a powerful potential for communicating persuasively. Your Pluto and Saturn are too far apart to be considered a conjunction, but the fact that they’re both in 1st house is significant, and might make this article a bit relevant to your chart as well.

      Please consider scheduling a private consultation for a full look at your horoscope.

  45. Pluto conjunction square Saturn, is what Ive been told is one thing going on with me now. I have some very difficult angles I have been told. My life has been very bad for years ,Its like I have to look at my birth certificate from time to time to make sure the readings are about me cause it seems so opposite of whats going on. Whatever I touch turns to crap like there is a curse on my life for years now. Its the strangest part of my life and I hope it ends soon.I have been told the next years will get better.I sure hope so cause I have never lived though this weird bad time before.Financially, And every other aspect.Its like I have to work ten times as hard for half the benefit or no benefit at all. All the decisions I have to make are completely wrong its very strange and depressing.

    • Hi Larry, I deleted your birth data, as this is a public forum. Pluto Saturn transit can coincide with a feeling of overwork and threat of loss, especially if your work and lifestyle aren’t in alignment with your true needs and potential. Sorry to hear that it has been difficult.

  46. I have in Saturn in Capicorn Quintile Pluto in Scorpio. Would you put the quintile connection between Saturn/Pluto in this mix also?

    • Hi Erin,

      Good question – Quintile is unique in that it suggests an element of creativity. With regard to Pluto quintile Saturn, it’s possible that this manifests as creative achievement of your goals and ambition. Let me know how it goes!

  47. Today I noticed Saturn is transiting conjuct to my retrograde Pluto in Sagittarius, in 10th house, and I have had a number of disappointments at school today, including receiving a bad grade result for something I’d need a higher grade for to study later on. I feel so much more ambitious because of it however it’s also making me question my life choices and career versus exciting experiences/more humanitarian pursuits – do you have any more input on this aspect (I am quite new to astrology so I might have not interpreted this very well)? Thanks :)

  48. Hi Hiroki, how would these planets manifest in a composite reading? Like a square between one persons pluto and another persons saturn?

    • Hi there, I think you’re discussing the synastry aspect between one person’s Saturn and another person’s Pluto (composite chart is a mathematical construction that I do not believe in). There is an article about Saturn synastry, so I recommend that you check it out.

  49. Thanks so much for the great article, Hiroki. My progressed Saturn is currently at 22 degrees Scorpio, and my natal Pluto is at 28 degrees Leo. Saturn and Pluto weren’t in aspect at all natally, so I’m wondering how this may affect me. Natal Scorpio at 16 degrees is in the 4th, and Pluto is in the first. Any insights would be appreciated.

    • Hi there, a secondary progressed Saturn will remain pretty much immobile for a very, very long time, so it’s not a useful indicator in predication (just cast a progressed chart 10 years in future and you’ll see what I mean). Your best bet is to study transits and solar arcs. For a full analysis of your current time period, please consider scheduling a private consultation.

  50. Hi Hiroki, thank you for this great and informative post.
    I have Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter in my 9th house Libra
    (Uranus, Sun and MerRx in 10th house Scorpio), and am interested to learn more
    especially if pluto is about ‘blind spots’ and it’s nice to have Jupiter in Libra return to my natal placement, I’m feeling confused about things. I knew for a while what I’d be doing kinda right up until now, with grandiose dreams but thankfully I have a Capricorn rising so I have some practical sense…possibly.

    PS I don’t want to take advantage so I will make an appointment for a reading soon. Most of my planets are late 8th to 11th house so that could be why I’m feeling a big blind spot and thirst for understanding myself. Chiron retrograde in 5th and Moon in 6th (possible a fan shape chart??)

  51. Hi there!
    I enjoyed reading this article. I do have both Saturn and Pluto in libra in the 8th (too wide for a conjunction). Although, the upcoming transit of these two planets meeting at 15 Cap on 10/19 has peaked my interest since my sun is at 15 Cap (all in the 12th house). This conjunction will be square my 8th which also holds my Jupiter. And I am experiencing my Jupiter return to top it all off.
    I really have had to learn to gracefully let go of what no longer serves me–some areas more difficult than others. I’m at a point now, where I’m more curious as to what this transit will teach me.
    With my sun involved, have you any thoughts?

  52. Hi Hiroki,

    Thanks for your post!
    I’m under two transits involving pluto (pluto square saturn and Uranus oposit pluto) and all the structures in my life are falling apart, I’m the one who has initiated these changes, but because I feel compelled to, I feel some kind of powerful energy obliging me to change everything, and I feel scared as hell, but deep inside I feel it needs to be done.
    Most people don’t like pluto and saturn transits or aspects, but those are my favorite, we suffer a lot, but we get to know places in ourselves that we would never know otherwise.

    All this just to say that your interpretation is quite accurate, at least in my case! :-)

    Thanks

  53. I have natal Pluto conjunct Saturn but I’m in the Pluto square Saturn transit right now, about to enter my 3rd year I think. So far during this transit I lost my room I’d had for 4 years in a center for homeless women, also lost my food stamps I was surviving off of. Almost got intentionally run over by an SUV while some people filmed me. Didn’t want to, but got rid of all my possessions except for survival basics and took a train to NYC to live in Penn Station because it was the easiest place I could think of to be homeless in the winter. Ran into some sexual predators, ended up back with my abusive family that gave me PTSD (they were the reason I went into the homeless system in the first place). Been here about a year, I’m a recluse now, have no goals whatsoever (Cancer 12th house north node), all I do is lay in bed, use the internet on my phone, and experience Kundalini.

  54. My Pluto square Saturn transit seems to be about me realizing my limitations.

  55. Thank you for this helpful article. I have natal Saturn conjunct Pluto in Leo in my 6th house. I wonder if this is the reason I have never been able to succeed in my dream of being a successful fiction writer. I sense perhaps Pluto-Saturn has created a fear of poverty that has made me take poorly paid jobs of service instead of taking the chance to survive on writing alone? (I have stellium of Virgo planets so service is a natural and I am already very grounded in earth signs). Right now, Saturn has been transiting through my 10th house and shaking things up (especially being square the Virgo). Any advice on how I can break through and harness the ambition of the Saturn/Pluto conjunction in this case?

  56. Lisa Simpson says:

    Hiroki,

    Thank you for your Pluto/Saturn post. I was born in 1974 and transiting Pluto is in direct opposition to my natal Saturn(Cancer, which isn’t a great place for Saturn to begin with). To top it off, Saturn is in my first house and is the first rising planet. Self confidence is work for me.
    I’d say I am getting a double dose of Pluto. My progressed sun has just moved into 0 degrees Scorpio. I was so looking forward to this, as I lack ANY fixed signs in my chart. I was hoping that confidence would not be such a chore.

    The last six months have been very rough. I have suffered a job loss in my 40’s and am having difficult time finding something comparable to what I was making before. I am having difficulty meeting financial obligations (my 1st house Saturn makes me natural responsible)to keep our life the same. Our youngest child is active in sports, and we were very active in the league. A new order came in and closed the gate on us and instead invited their friends in power. No, they did not close the gate, it was a very Pluto/Scorpio deliberate submarining.
    I feel as if Pluto is taking candy away from my Saturn. Any security that I had Pluto easily takes it away. As far as becoming 0 degrees Scorpio, I am now very aware of human nature. I have a lot of natal planets in Virgo and Libra, which are more on the ethical and pleasant side. I have learned that I need to watch out for bad people. I might be in the way of something that someone else wants, which is basically what had happened to me. I have to be more aware and analyze for alliterative motives.
    One more year. I will work two jobs in order to maintain and provide for my children (something a misbehaving Pluto would enjoy seeing) Maybe I’ll find myself in a night time “plutoish” job…
    Well, I will have Pluto trine my sun soon(19 Virgo), so looking forward to someone(Pluto transiting my 7th house) backing me up. I will have one more hit next fall, but this time at least I will be more aware of who has the power and who doesn’t.

    • Hello Lisa, thank you for sharing your experience with transit Pluto opposing Saturn. Those are very challenging developments, but sounds like it’s going to end up making you much stronger in the end.

  57. This Pluto Saturn conjunction occurs in 2020 in my 12th house AND squares my natal pluto (24° libra) and natal saturn (19° libra)… yikes, at least I’ve been warned ! 🙂 ♡

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