Moon Pluto Aspect: Emotional Transformation

Moon Pluto conjunction square opposition


This article is relevant if you have a natal Moon Pluto aspect, or are going through a transit Pluto Moon aspect. It’s also for mothers who have a child with natal Moon Pluto conjunction, square or opposition.


Moon Pluto aspect mother relationship


If your natal Moon conjuncts, squares or opposes Pluto, then Plutonian qualities will enter into your lunar bonds (e.g. your relationship with your parents, spouse and children). Let’s look at a few examples, both positive and negative, of how this can look like in a mother-child relationship:


Pluto’s lesson is in learning how to wield power and influence over others. During childhood, this lesson often involves seeing a shadow form (a negative expression) of the use of power in your parents (the mother in this case).

A Moon Pluto aspect may suggest that your mother was very controlling, and didn’t honor your emotional needs. The control could have been overt (e.g. a dominant, smothering mother), or subtle (e.g. control through guilt or manipulation).

Growing up with such a mother could be taxing for your confidence, as you may feel powerless against her will.

If this applies to you, it’s possible that your mother still wields a great deal of power over you. Then your lesson might be to start honoring your own emotional needs, despite how your mother may react.

However, it’s important to note that not all Plutonian mothers are like this.


There are many mothers who embody positive Plutonian qualities, such as self awareness and psychological insights.

These mothers learned how to wield their own power without having to control others. They influence their children through sharing of knowledge and insights, rather than through criticism.

If this describes your mother, then you’ve seen the positive potential of your Moon Pluto aspect.



When someone with a powerful Moon walks into a room, it changes the mood of everyone. This dynamic works in both directions (positive and uplifting, or tense and depressing). If you have Moon conjunct, square or opposition Pluto, you have the potential to wield this kind of emotional influence. The question is, how consciously will you be able to use it?


Pluto is a symbol of extremes, and Moon Pluto aspect suggests the extreme power of your emotions. Used consciously, this means your emotions are directed toward a purpose, and will attract support from others.

Wielded unconsciously, you could influence others negatively even without being aware of doing so. An obvious example is that you’d follow the negative patterns of controlling behavior you learned from your mother.

A more subtle expression of this aspect is suppressed resentment. In this scenario, because your needs were strongly suppressed by your mother, you grew up not being aware of your emotional needs, and how much resentment you carried as a result.

In such a case, despite your powerfully emotional nature, you’re unaware of what you’re feeling deep down. As a result, the negative emotions may build up in your unconscious, and seek outlet from any means, usually through other people’s moods.


One magical thing about any lunar bond (say, in a marriage) is that we’re emotionally connected with the other person on an unconscious level. It’s like two wells sharing the same water table: Underneath your conscious awareness, yours and your partner’s emotions blend with each other.

What this means is that the toxic emotions repressed in your unconscious may affect your partner’s mood. As a result, your partner may express the negative emotions you’ve been carrying all along. And you may wonder why your partner is acting all angry and causing insane fights to happen.

If you have a natal Moon Pluto aspect (especially conjunction, square or opposition), you’ll need to be aware of your suppressed feelings lest they taint your most important relationships.

Now we’ll discuss a conscious way to express the powerful emotional energy suggested by the Moon Pluto aspect.



moon pluto aspect passion for purpose


When a Moon Pluto person finds a calling or a higher purpose, then her emotions will be 120% committed to it. This kind of zeal (i.e. passion for a cause) is magnetic, and cannot help but influence others.

Your purpose is unique, and cannot be defined by this aspect alone, but here are some examples of Moon Pluto individuals that have wielded enormous influence in their fields through their passion and purpose:

  • Oral Roberts had Moon conjunct Pluto in his 3rd house (thoughts, communication). He had a religious epiphany when he was 29 (yes, during his Saturn return) that led him to begin his massively successful healing ministry.
  • Another famous evangelist Billy Graham has Moon opposition Pluto. The teaching oriented Sagittarius Moon sits on his Midheaven (Career, purpose).
  • Carl Jung, one of the most influential thinkers in 20th century, had Moon conjunct Pluto in his 3rd house (again, thoughts and communication).
  • On a political front, Barack Obama has Moon square Pluto, and so did Mohandas Gandhi. Both of these men wielded powerful influence over people’s emotions, each in their own way.
  • Angelina Jolie, who is extremely influential on many fronts, has Moon opposition Pluto.
  • Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl had Moon opposition Pluto. He lived through the extreme conditions of a concentration camp, and wrote the best-seller Man’s Search for Meaning.

Note how profoundly these people influenced others through their emotional commitment to a cause. Your calling may or may not be so publicly visible, but it should energize you and others around you in a same way.


transit pluto conjunct square opposite moon


Transit from Pluto to your natal Moon will have a profound impact on your emotional makeup.

Here are some possible changes that can take place when you have transit Pluto conjunct, square or opposite Moon. You may experience some or all of these phases in the course of this long transit (about 1 – 1.5 yrs.)


Picture a locked cellar within the basement of your psyche. When you were a child, a lot of scary, unsafe emotions (like rage at your parents, grief of early loss, or terror of abandonment) went into that cellar, so you didn’t have to deal with it.

Pluto Moon transit can trigger – through an outer event – the opening of that locked cellar, so that you face these emotions perhaps for the first time since you became an adult. It can be a very intense experience.


It’s possible that you experience this transit as an emotional warfare with another person (perhaps especially with a transit Pluto square or opposite Moon).   If this is your case, it’s important to consider how many of the negative qualities you see in the other person is a reflection of your own suppressed emotions.

If you’re indeed projecting your shadow qualities into the other person in a relationship, typically the battle will not end until you start to own up to some of these qualities you’re criticizing (e.g. “I can’t believe how easily she flies into rage” or “I hate it when he becomes so cold and withdrawn.”)


Feeling repressed emotions can be a difficult and exhausting work. If you’ve had a lot of trauma during childhood, it’s advisable to do this with a skilled counselor or therapist you trust (often a successful therapy requires 1-2 years, about the duration of a Pluto transit).

As you begin to accept and feel the repressed feelings, what happens is that the energy you’ve been using to keep them locked up will return to you and give you more energy.


As you begin to integrate repressed or projected emotions, you also start to benefit from the positive aspects of these feelings:

  • Integrating anger often gives you the ability to assert yourself in healthy ways, so you avoid becoming a martyr.
  • Accepting grief or pain of abandonment can increase your ability to nurture yourself, making you less emotionally needy.
  • Recognizing your fear of death can increase your enjoyment (and appreciation) of everyday life.
  • Facing the feeling of powerlessness can give you humility and compassion for others.



If you have a natal Moon Pluto aspect, emotional transformation might become a key theme in your life.  This is especially so if your horoscope has an emphasis on the 8th house or a prominent Pluto.

Either way, Pluto Moon transit will have a deep emotional impact.  Depending on the placement of your natal Moon, how such transformation will affect you will vary.  Ideally, you’ll regain your emotional health and begin to influence others in positive ways.


Do you have a natal Moon Pluto aspect? Or are you experiencing a transit Pluto Moon aspect? How was your experience? Feel free to share your insight and example in the comment section.

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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  1. I have a very tight (less than half a degree) moon-pluto conjuction in sagittarius in the 5th house (cancer ascedant) and I just realized chiron is just 4 degrees away from them… I’ve come to realize that emotions very often overpower my mind and cause me to spiral… I’m on a mission to remedy this and your artical was a good first step. Thank you!

  2. Hello!
    Such great articles you have here! I am SO wishing that what I have experienced will come to some good in the world.

    Sagittarius Moon on IC in 4th house square Pluto on Ascendant and my 8th house contains my Sun/Mercury. (Moon is also opposite Sat/Mars in 10th, square Venus in 7th) And I currently live on a Moon/IC line, Sat/MC Line.

    My mother loves me but I think she doesn’t understand me at all nor is capable of going emotionally deep at all and after much inner work, I can separate myself from this and not take it personally. I was put into possibly surrogate spouse role for my mother at a young age when my dad was killed suddenly and most likely absorbed a lot of her repressed grief. She was/is definitely controlling as well (prior to doing my inner work)

    In my marriage, my partner acted out my anger and aggression just like you say in the article, I was the ‘level headed/calm’ one.

    Second important romantic relationship, this man represses his emotions/quite cut off from them and *I* have abundance that repulse him/scare him to some degree.

    I have appt scheduled with you. I am hoping to be able to channel my experiences and nuances of my chart into a passionate purpose and possible location change.

    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience with Moon square Pluto.

      • My teenager son has pluto conjunct moon. I see many of its best qualities appear on him but also it can be heavy sometimes. I have had myself a very distant and critical Mother and I have a pluto moon aspect as well. My ex partner has betrayed me from pregnancy until we finally split when my son was 5 years old. I ve always been a present and dedicated Mother but I was most of the time hurting but doing all my best to play have fun and a nice life. Pandemics have been hard for us. I did therapy and all that was on my possibilities in order not to harm my son with all my problems. But it hurts me when I read that someone with this aspect did not have a Mother as some astrolgist say. You were generous in your way of putting it. But I am aware my son didn t have a happy mother or that he has been most of my source of life and joy this last years. But I wish not to be a burden for him in his life. How can I help balance this hard influence. He s 14. I have feared very much for him during childhood because he had asthma but he got cured from it and is doing well now.

  3. Excellent. First time seeing your site. This is BIG for me. I m in 70 s. Cap. 8/9 th – pluto 3.
    In my 30 s at work railway camp cook ; power tripped me via angry booming voice as I slept deeply. I cored. Saw my dad s 6 ft frame in the doorway as at 10 I played. Felt popping all over my body. Saw my slight frame. Felt a rushing in of cold forces. Jumped up , somehow dressing, ran down hall to kitchen where he was red faced shaking older man upset with his son not wanting to work and I wanted to kill him but instead my heart dropped. I sat down and said o for an hour while he got brkfst ready for the crew. In time they flew me back home worried at the following depression. My dad had mars chiron. He died at 64. Heart. I met him within and his teaching is much more refined. His as you say influence. Using your lead I can now maybe surround saturn pluto with a new grasp.
    And all other combo s. Fresh like you. Cheers.
    You gave me the words and understanding. Thats BIG.

  4. I ll add to this long list the excellence of your article. Just giving conscious emotions purposeful direction helps as a start. Good.

  5. Hello Hiroki and all in this predicament,
    I just recently understood what is happenning to me. I have a natal Moon square Pluto and I am going through a Moon opposition Pluto that started Nov, 2019 and will not end until March 2025. The information that you have graciously given to us here is incredible. Coincidentaly, one week before this revelation I decided to start therapy because I could not bear anymore how I felt. Now everything makes sense and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Even if the tunnel is 5 years long! I particularly appreciate how you have given us guidelines to positively channel the circumstances. I would definitely be interested in learning more about this and getting deeper insights into how to get through this period so I can have a positive transformation at the end. Thank you so much! You have lifted a tremendous weight off my shoulders

    • Hi Yanina, thank you for sharing your experience with both natal Moon square Pluto and transit Pluto opposition Moon. You can use a shorter orb to consider the Pluto transit (you’re probably using a 2-3 degree orb – this can be tightened to 0.5 – 1 degree). That shortened period will be the most intense period of emotional transformation, during which I trust you will be supported by a competent therapist. Good for you!

  6. Tiffany says

    I really need help from a therapist with an astrological background.
    I recently discovered I have a moon and pluto opposition with my mother. The older I get, the more I hate her.
    I have a soon to be three year old and of course, OF COURSE, we have a moon and pluto conjunction between us. I love him so much but I struggle daily to deal with his emotions in a positive way. It’s almost as though I feel like I have to control his outbursts. I’ve read books and I have times when I respond well and I’m proud of myself. But it’s not always the case and I really just want him to grow up happy without issues regarding this aspect.
    Please help me!

    • Hi Tiffany, There are therapists with deep astrological understanding for sure. I’ve been recommending Teri Freeman who is a very compassionate soul. You might want to see if she’s accepting new clients.

      For an astrology session with psychological insights, you can consider scheduling with me. For a long term therapeutic work, I’ve been recommending someone like Teri.

  7. I have moon opposite pluto, and I’ve been in the transit since 2018, and it won’t end until 2024 :,)

    I didn’t really understand what was going on the first year or so, but this year 2020 has been the most transforming time for me, I believe I have woken up spiritually (used to be hardcore atheist) I have had so many locked up emotions just pop up, and I can feel the almost overbearing emotions felt in the past roll out of me. All of them mostly from situations where my mom wasn’t there for me, or gaslighted my feelings, and just being absent. Which I didn’t even realize that my childhood was really like this until 2 years ago! But I just sit with the emotion, finally actually feeling it, and not just numbing myself up. I also have learned to find love and acceptance from myself, because you will always have yourself, and thats where the acceptance needs to come from is yourself. I’ve learned to be the mother that I needed to the little sad girl inside of me begging to be heard and loved! I have also notice as I deal with my tramas and pain, the background noise in my head has been getting quieter, I never notice before how maddening it was. I’m still trying to learn how to read deeper into my chart, because my moon is in the 12th house which I’ve read is quite a hard and interesting position, and it should tie into my moon opposition to pluto right? Time to do more research haha

    Please remember to be kind to yourself! <3

  8. I have an 8th house moon in aries opposite pluto (8°) in natal and am currently experiencing pluto square moon (0°45) and actually today my moon square natal pluto (0°). Oof. The past year I’ve had anger issues, feeling like I can’t control myself, flying off the handle then sobbing. I recently had the urge to start boxing so my partner bought me gloves and that helps immensely. Big family stuff recently came up, that has to do with physically (selling divorced parents house) and emotionally letting go of the past. My mother is against but I had to make a difficult decision to go through with it anyway. I had a loving sort of enmeshed passive aggressive relationship with my mother growing up, it’s the first time I’ve ever felt like I disappointed her bc she is upset with me. But I also have an inner knowing that good will eventually come of this and it is the best for everyone. In the meantime not judging my extreme ups and downs is important. And that if I don’t talk to people about it I will catastrophize in my head even more. Thanks for the article it helps :)

  9. Moon conjunct Pluto. Over time, I found that a supply of cheap coffee mugs to smash against the wall was more efficient and economical than exploding on people. Even after growth and insight on my pattern, it is still tricky to stay conscious of the emotional signals, because of the hard-wiring that automatically buries strong emotional responses. So, I do have to make amends to somebody from time to time. Had a Plutonian family-of-origin setup, with a narcissistic, violent mother.

  10. I’ve had Pluto transiting through Capricorn (in my second house) for what seems like decades. But now Pluto is approaching opposition with my natal Moon at 29 degrees of Cancer. (I believe Pluto is currently at 25 degrees?). I’ve definitely felt a ramping up of intensity of emotions around my finances and a rethinking of how I am currently earning money over the last 6 months or so. How long does this last? Feeling intense already!!

    • Hi Kirsten,

      Pluto won’t approach active opposition with your Moon for a while still (the orb for transit is much smaller). So the experience you’re having may be reflected by other planetary cycles.

  11. Thank you for this insightful article. I have a moon square pluto (also venus trine pluto) and currently recently came out of a pluto trine with Mars and currently within 1 degree of pluto conjunct moon as well within 2 degrees of pluto trine Mercury and Chiron 😅.
    I am already getting lots of old childhood memories of my (dead) mother coming up. Although I would say she was much more on the insightful mother who introduced me to spirituality very young, now lots of harsher and slightly abusive memories are arising which I had totally not registered as being negative.
    I am wondering if perhaps having a pluto Square moon might make this transit slightly less intense… Or maybe more manageable having being born with a native pluto moon aspect?
    Thank you

    • Hi Eva, thank you for sharing your experience. With transiting Pluto conjunct Moon, it’s time for healing old emotional wounds for sure…The more you’re able to heal, the easier it becomes. Having a natal Pluto square Moon means you’re familiar with this particular frequency, as it is part of your life theme.

  12. I became aware of birth charts a few months ago, and have been learning a lot fast. I am now aware of my (scorpio ascendant-Pluto conjuct moon (in 12th house) and Scorpio moon in the 12th (which I would love more knowledge on, I can find knowledge of them separately but not together.) I enjoyed your insight the most on my journey so far. Every time I meditate it’s all blackness. Tears overflow my face as soon as I relax. The basic conclusion I’ve come to is to jump into the abyss. Surrender. Let go of my fears. Acceptance that this is just creation. If you have any other insights or interested in looking at my very interesting chart, I would be so grateful. (My 1yr old son also has a 12th house moon)

  13. I have moon 12th house Aries opp Pluto 6th house Scorpio, my mom was controlling of me as a child. I do think this aspect can manifest as not being taken care of properly by the mother. Such as no rules or boundaries, almost an absentee mother or one who behaves as a child.

  14. I have Moon square Pluto, but also sun square Pluto, mercury square Pluto, Saturn square Pluto (in conjunction with sun), and Venus trine Pluto. Ascedant Scorpio just to help the case and few minor specks to decorate the cake.
    I am not quite sure about projection idea. I see clearly abusive people and they have come ALWAYS for a reason. I didn’t make them that way. They didn’t know who they are or knew but didn’t care. It’s always their CHOICE! Well, at least it was a choice before they met me. It’s who they are that get surfaced and activated! It’s like here I come- your judging day has been moved! I activate lots of…situations within people’s lives, but it’s THEIR issues and lives.
    I am having so much Pluto that it’s hard to say what the Hell is taking place at any given time. But I can see and sense people. and I reassure you unless they have nothing “to clean” inside of them…they won’t be in my way or get those emotions you are taking about. It can be very harsh perhaps in doing so at times, but it’s the scheme of Pluto. One shouldn’t try to abuse anyone (but especially Pluto), deceive, play games or show any kind of ignorance and so on. I always appear as easy victim…It’s like they are being watched. Like I am a test to pass or fail.
    Saying that I live in burning Hell every minute, just it’s hidden well. So I would prefer rather deal with someone who is caring and loving for a change. I am so over being garbage disposal of humankind.
    Talking about mother…I dont hold grudges. She didn’t kill me, but was close lots of times. Let’s forget emotional needs, how about just not being scared of a vicious attack any moment? Emotional needs is a luxury for some.
    As a mother myself, I try my best. I don’t do obvious things, but emotional health goes deep and sorry I have a bloody mess barely held together by will alone.I am working restlessly to stay alive…because my child needs mother. It’s not picture perfect by far, but this is what I have got to live with.

  15. Karen mankoo says

    Hi my son has an exact Pluto conjunct moon in sag in 12th house. I don’t think I’m a controlling mother I’ve been quite laid back and considerate so hopefully come into the insightful category lol…I did go through quite a bad break up with his father tho which I think affected him badly. He has a lot of troubled feelings which he is very private about and also gets really anxious and has a temper which he can lose very easily. His Pluto is also conjunct his ascendant…he is only 22. I let him know I
    Am here for him and then am supportive of him whenever he needs it but it’s hard to reach him as he’s an unusually complex character – thanks for this thoughtful article much appreciated.

    • Hi Karen, thank you for sharing this about your son’s Pluto conjunct Moon in the 12th house. This can be a hard to reach Moon, necessitating a cultivation and eventual understanding of his inner reality.

  16. Never really thought about all of this. Right now, Transit Pluto is at an exact sextile of 0°00′ orb with my natal moon. I have a wide conjunction with my natal pluto (Scorp 9th house) and natal moon (Scorp 10th house) at 9°34′ orb. I have natal sun, mars, rx Merc in the 8th house. With a small -0°53′ orb of a semisquare with my natal moon and natal mars. My natal moon also sextiles at -2°23 orb with my natal rx merc (Virgo 8th house).

    My mom is for sure a “Insightful Mom”. She has a splash chart for sure. She has a late degree Natal Pluto at 28°41′ in rx in Leo in 5th House which conjuncts her 28°23′ Part of Fortune. Her 1°37′ ASC conjuncts with her 1°27′ Ceres in Taurus. And as a Pisces Sun in house 11… she also has Mercury (direct) and Venus at an almost exact conjunction in Pisces in the 11th house as well. Her late degree Mars is in Taurus in the 1st house. She also has a pretty late degree Rx Jupiter in Virgo in the 6th house. Overall, she’s for suuuuure an “insightful mom”!

  17. Hi,
    I love your website- very insightful. I’ve had a lot ancestral karma to work out with both my mom (my moon-conjunct-pluto 1st house in scorpio) and my father,(my sun-conjunct-saturn in the 3rd). When I was younger my mother was very domineering and overbearing, makes sense with her history of overcoming an abusive childhood and wanting to protect us. Now she’s taken on spirituality and our relationship is on a healing path. Where as, my father was absent. He made it clear and told me once he could careless about me or my sister and had an unhealthy obsession with my mom.

    Your website gave me a clear understanding on my chart and my path in life, what to overcome. I did notice that taking acting classes has been really helpful with emotional channeling and healing, and I noticed a lot of actors have a moon -pluto aspect I guess there’s something about transforming and diving deep into emotions that keeps them coming back for more.

  18. I have moon conjunct Pluto in the 8th house, and in Scorpio. My experience has been everything you talk about in this article…tenfold. I’ve learned however to channel my energy into helping other, which I feel is ultimately my destiny (I also have north node in Scorpio/8th house!) My mother was subtly domineering as you describe here. There was a lot of guilt and manipulation throughout my life, made even more intense because of her chronic illness. When I was 24, I watched her die before my eyes. It was a long, emotionally agonizing but rather peaceful death (as far as they go). It took about 3 days. I hardly left her side on her hospice bed. I was talking, praying, singing, and holding her hand even though she was in a coma throughout it all. It was the most spiritually profound experience I have ever had, and it inspired me to go back to school and study social work. I now work in hospice and palliative care. I would definitely describe it as an emotional/spiritual transformation. And now I can channel all that I’ve learned/loved through into helping people who are going through The same. I guess I’m somewhat of a “wounded healer” which is a phrase I see a lot in my research into Plutonian, 8th house and Scorpio influences. thank you btw for this article!

    • Hi Kathleen, thank you for sharing your experience with Moon conjunct Pluto. That is indeed a profound transformation, impacting your life’s work in helping others. Much appreciated..

  19. I have been doing a lot of research recently on my natal chart for insight and most points made accurately describe me and my relationship with my mother. She is/was both domineering and manipulative. Depending on what she wants that particular day.

    Many people describe me as shy and aloof, but underneath is anger that should never see the light of day. I am trying to deal with those issues and transform myself somehow.

    In my natal chart, my moon conjuncts my pluto in the 3rd house of Scorpio. Both planets square my sun and mercury (They conjunct each other as well) in my 5th house in Aquarius.

    • Hi Susan, thank you for sharing your experience with Moon conjunct Pluto in the 3rd house. As you work through the unhealed emotions (anger and such), this placement can lead to deep insights about people.

    • I have just recently started learning about my natal chart. It started as a fun activity with my 21 year old daughter but has become a completely life changing and enlightening experience for me. I have a moon/Pisces 1st house opposite my Pluto/Virgo 7th house. I also have a 7 planet stellium in my 7th house including my Sun, Mercury, Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto. Venus/Libra is also my Sole Dispositor. Needless to say I have had a lifetime of interpersonal relationship hell. I am also currently in the end stages of my Chiron (Aries) Return as I am 51. My mother has Bipolar 2, brother Bipolar 1, 2 sisters one older and one younger that are both most likely Borderline. Somehow I escaped those diagnosis however I was recently diagnosed mixed type ADHD as well as CPTSD due to childhood trauma and narcissistic abuse from my last relationship. I have been in therapy for the last 3 years which has saved me but it has been my recent astrological discoveries that have really put my life into perspective. I am still in a very deep healing phase of my life but I have never felt so alive and fully ME. I have a lot of grief to still work through but I know I have made it past the worst part. Soon I will be going back to school for my Masters in Clinical Psychology and my future life goals are to use my education to become a licensed psychotherapist certified in psychedelic assisted psychotherapy. This career shift is something I have considered for several years now and my Chiron Return explains why. I want to take what I have learned on my journey and use it to finally help others learn to heal themselves too. I believe this is the meaning to my life I have been longing for since childhood.

      • Hi Traci, thank you for sharing your experience with Moon opposite Pluto, and congratulations on finding your life’s work in clinical psychology. 7th house stellium in this case may reflect your working with many types of people as a psychologist. Best of luck!

  20. Hello,
    I have a Pluto/moon conjunct in Scorpio in the 8th house. I have been working on integrating my repressed feelings (fully feeling my feelings) for the past two and a half years now. I have personally experienced someone else expressing my suppressed feelings of resentment and anger. With my husband it intensified his anger and caused insane fights. My detachment from how I really feel deep down inside and my inability to express my feelings tainted my relationship. I remember looking in his eyes and seeing nothing but rage. It wasn’t pretty. We are separated now. Him expressing my repressed emotions as well as dealing with his own childhood trauma was toxic. Those experiences did make me realize that I needed help with my own anger. I have been working on and going through an emotionally healing transformation since then. Thank you for your insightful article about this often maligned aspect.

    • Hi April, thank you for sharing your experience with the Pluto Moon conjunction in Scorpio, 8th house no less (that’s a triple emphasis on this theme). The Plutonian journey gets better as you continue walking…

  21. Tony Hertz says

    Thank you for this. Your transit report resonates with me as I have a natal Moon in Cancer at 20 degrees 39’ as transiting Pluto is directly opposite it right now and has been back and forth the last year and a half. Repressed emotions are awakening and I’m feeling empowerment and a rebirth as I’m making way for life changes and a new home for myself very soon. Change has been in the works for years though things appear to be coming to a head soon. Though I feel sad, I’m seeking peace and will move away from anger and control with my current partner of 20 years. There are many appealing things about her that I love though I feel she’s borderline bi-polar and smokes way too much pot. I see the correlation of my mothers temper tantrums and my partners and how I’ve repressed myself for the sake of an uneasy peace while I often walk on egg shells not to upset her. I feel that I’m an easy going peaceful man (Sun Gemini with Virgo Rising) and though I’m sure I have my issues I search for negative emotions that may be a reflection of my own suppressed emotions. Though I know it’s a personal endeavor, can you please enlighten me more in recognizing this area, or if it exists at all? Thanks again.

    • Hi Tony,

      Thank you for sharing your experience with transit Pluto opposing Moon. Your question is a big one, and might be too big to address in this space, but a book you might enjoy is Robert Bly’s Little Book of Human Shadow.

  22. Thank you. Thus was a great explanation if the two energies. I have the sesquiquadrate and contraparallel between my 4H Aqua Moon and 12H Libra Pluto. My mother was/is unadmittedly manipulative for reasons of collecting support from others. She has her own repressed emotional baggage for sure (her Scorpio Moon square Pluto) and we have a strange friendly relationship where I try to not get “too deep” for her liking. I also have a lot of repressed emotion and continue to work to figure that out.

  23. What an outstanding article! Thank you so much.

    I have Moon at 7 Aries on the cusp of the 6th OPP Pluto at 2 Libra-Venus at 28 Virgo SQUARE Saturn at 1 Cancer and the 6* Capricorn-Cancer nodal axis. Read: overbearing and manipulative parents, multiple traumatic experiences, a profound delay in individuation which is still a struggle. Your article is the first I’ve seen to mention the Moon-Pluto ability to broadcast emotion and affect the mood of a room. This is a talent/curse I’ve had my entire life. Likely my natal Pluto-Neptune sextile & Pluto-Venus trine to Jupiter add a fair bit of oomph to the effect.

    Also, the midpoint of the Pluto-Venus CONJ is the Libra aries point. Even though Venus is only partially in orb with the rest of the grand square, I wonder if that doesn’t also add to the picture.

    • Hi Sage, thank you for sharing your experience with Moon opposite Pluto. AP=Venus/Pluto midpoint echoes your emotional intensity that can be felt by others. The clearer you become with your emotional purpose, the more powerful this effect will be.

  24. Hi Hiroki,

    Thank you! I’m really beginning to see how accurate this is! I had never considered the depths of my emotional world and experience were any different to anyone elses, but astrology is really opening up my perspective and helping me realise home truths about my life growing up. I really mastered the art of emotional detachment, as you describe, from a very young age.

    I have Mars/Saturn/Pluto in my first house (Libra), Pluto square Moon (Cap/5th), and Venus and Chiron in the 8th (Taurus), and Moon trine Chiron.

    I’d never really identified with the Plutonic energy in my chart, but suddenly I am seeing and feeling it so clearly.

    Thank you for sharing this article. I found it really helpful.

  25. Hi very interesting post. Lately I find myself (cancerian with moon Aries opposite Pluto) finding answers about my partner who is also cancerian with his moon conjunct Pluto in Scorpio in 3rd. We have been having (well I..) issues about my lack of confidence towards him regarding a possible sexual relationship with her sister, who is a very dominant and manipulative person (who kind of hates me by the way).
    One day I realised some facts that made really really realised he had some kind of sexually issue with her, and we are trying to work on that. Of course he always says nothing ever happend with her but his actions or body communication make thing otherwise. I am very confused. The fact that his moon/Pluto sits right on top of my mars+Saturn conjunction in Scorpio doesn’t help either I think.
    Generally, a part from letting you know my story, I will to know what you think of these aspects on his chart. Could them kind of mislead to secrecy in that area? Secrets? He knows my troubled past and has been suporting on all this, all ways by my side, he is a very comprehend person towards me, has lot of patience and I believe him when he says, and demonstrate with little and bigger acts, that he loves me. But there is something regarding all that that I don’t believe in him. I’m totally desperate in that matter and want the relationship to work out but I am blocked, also sexually blocked. Hope someone can give me some little light. Thanks

    • Hi there, I can see how you can read into that placement of Moon Pluto conjunction in the 3rd house. The truth is, You’ll never be able to determine the truth just from looking at a horoscope. If you’re seeing the signs of something going on, maybe it is there, whether on a physical or psychic level.

  26. Hi Hiroki, it’s been such a long time since I’ve read such a good article on astrological aspects, I’m quite grateful. My Pluto is rising in Leo closely squaring Moon in Taurus in the 10th House of career. When I was young I couldn’t turn off for nap time so my mom got a harness specially made to strap your kid into the bed. Try as I might the only memory I can get of it is of eye-tracking patterns as I fell into a trance of following the squares on the ceiling. Oh, but also rage. Helpless uncontrollable rage, and a spirit not tamed, but finally broken. Skipping a bunch, 43 years of daily meditation later, I am still trapped in a job where it’s a daily challenge to avoid my old habit of triggering rage in others. I have welcomed it, because I don’t want a title or wealth, I just want to learn how to stop hurting others and instead help the world. That’s the true cessation of this pain. When I was 5 months old I went into the hospital with that Scorpionic baby-killing disease – infant diarrhea- and was tied down by the nurses (they did it that way in those days) and, when the parent wasn’t visiting, gagged to stop my screaming in terror and rage. My mother told me about it very briefly, almost by accident, and it triggered a familar memory that I had always dismissed as a fanciful thought: that of myself as a full-sized person, thrashing against the restraints while being tortured by costumed, almost hooded, persons standing around the bed. Of course the nurses were uniformed and hatted; in those days they thought the immaturity of the infant immune system meant they didn’t have to take any care with the needle (the torture); and the group around the bed (crib) was most likely triage due to the seriousness of my having an illness that killed most babies that got it before the advent of that miracle drug penicillin. When I took to meditation it was with the intent of finding out how this world really works, what really makes things happen. Getting to the bottom of it. My greatest fear is being born back into similar circumstances, so I have to stay alive right now until I learn to stop creating the trap I’m in. You are so kind, thank you for your website.

    • Hi Karen, thank you for sharing your experience with Pluto square Moon. This is quite an intense experience to go through – I’m glad that you’ve found meditation. Releasing the fear and rage that come from living through such experience might be one of top priorities.

  27. Thank you for this article. The ‘insightful mother’ is an interesting alternative to the ‘devouring mother’ usually attributed to moon-Pluto contacts. In my case, if anything, I was a ‘devouring child.’

    I have Pluto in Scorpio square 9th house Moon in Capricorn, and my mother is not controlling or manipulative at all – rather, she is a free spirited, big personality that attracted powerful and manipulative people in her life, and I grew up feeling that it was my duty to protect her.

    Her Pluto in Leo conjunct MC is conjunct my IC, and my Pluto is conjunct her Scorpio AC (she also has Scorpio Chiron and Mercury in the 1st). Her Sun and Jupiter are conjunct my Saturn (moon ruler) in Sagittarius, also conjunct my DC. When Pluto transited Sagittarius, it was a horrendous but deeply transformative time for both of us.

    Transit Pluto is now conjunct my Moon (along with transit Saturn). My mother just moved in with me and we are going into business together. Not sure what all this will bring, as the transit has just began to come within close orb for the first time, but I am hoping it will be ultimately positive.

  28. Wendy Kanely says

    Does the house of the Natal Moon make a difference?

    • Hi Wendy, the Moon’s house position can certainly add a flavor of its own to this aspect. At the same time, Pluto Moon aspect is powerful enough to suggest a major emotional transformation regardless of houses.

  29. Hi Hiroki

    Your article is very insightful, as always.

    Can you please clarify something? I do not understand why if the Moon-Pluto person has repressed anger, eg from childhood issues which is not addressed, it comes out in people they have personal relationships with – ie how does this mechanism work in practice? I have Moon conjunct Pluto – a 12th House Moon and 11th House Pluto, both in Virgo. If the conjunction straddles the 11th & 12th how would you interpret that?

    Thank you.

    • Hi Susan,

      This mechanism regarding repressed emotions expressed by partners is little known, but quite common. There are insightful books on this subject, so I would refer you to one of them from John Gray.

      This is not to say you’re destined to experience it – rather, if you’re able to integrate the heavy emotions from your past, this can turn into deep emotional insights. Natal house positions do not indicate whether this tendency will be there or not (i.e. 11th vs 12th, etc does not play into this discussion.)

  30. Hi Hiroki,
    thank you for your article.
    I have Pluto square Moon. Moon on the MC and Pluto on the Ascendant. It was a long way to conquer back my emotions, my hearth. My mother is no more a Problem. I realised i was projecting at her my emotional nature. I was used to project all my emotions on everybody. I felt like an elephant in a cystall shop and i needed to stay alone to regenerate. It was necessary a lot of work on my self, to come out of this trap, but it was worth. Now i hope as a last purifying act i’m going trough a transit pluto quincunx moon (pluto going through my 4th house ). My all my body is exuding emotions, i can’t do nothing ..only let all this old repressed emotions stream through my body…i see the light at the and of the tunnel…i thank pluto for all i have learned. Thank you

    • Hi Kaisha, thank you for sharing your experience with Pluto square Moon! Best wishes with the emotional transformation – sometimes it’s helpful to have professional therapeutic help, if the emotions becomes too much to bear by yourself.

  31. antonia monson says

    Hi Hiroki, thanks for a fascinating post. I appreciated the clarity and how you didn’t overdramatize or focus exclusively on the dark side of Moon-Pluto, as many online astrologers seem to do (and about Pluto generally). I have Moon conj Pluto and Pluto conj all my personal planets except Mars. My mother is powerfully controlling,narcissistic and manipulative (I also come from a Plutonic family).The only way I (just) survived was to escape, and to live, as you suggest, with a passionate purpose. I am creative (writer/painter) and I know from experience the power of transformation through creativity and through love. I have only lately begun to realise how much power Pluto can have in projection from others,and how important it is to take back one’s power and not be afraid of it. But not easy. Thank you again.

    • Hi Antonia, thank you for sharing your experience with Moon conjunct Pluto. Good insights about Pluto and projecting one’s power – I also feel this is quite true.

    • Agreed. Great read. I too especially liked reading about the positive/functioning potentials of Pluto’s interactions with the Moon.
      I’ve a natal Moon exactly conjunct Saturn(R) in Cancer. It’s squared by Pluto in Libra. My narcissist Libra mother was extremely controlling & emotionally abusive. I left home at 17, hardly looking back, put myself through one of the best ranked colleges in the state and, now live to write, sing and create my feelings and reactions with awareness. …& Yes. Wielding my power with awareness feels like the next logical step.

  32. CuriousScorpio says

    is 9 degrees too wide ?

  33. Hi Hiroki!
    Thanks for your email. But how do I then interpret this aspect? Greatly appreciate it if you can advise me because I am now at a turning put in my life!.

  34. Hiroki
    I forgot to add that Gemini rules my 6th house – the house of divorce and separations!

  35. Hi Hiroki!
    Another interesting website of yours. In the next few months my progressed Moon will conjunct my progressed Mercury all in the 4th house, which will be opposite my natal Pluto in the 10th house. The 4th house is about endings and last year my Mother died when progressed Mercury was opposite my progressed Pluto. Can I correctly assume that my current relationship with my partner will end by the new year? My natal Moon is in the 12th house house ruled by Scorpio.

    • Hi Peter, I wouldn’t assume something like that at all. A relationship wouldn’t end without a good reason, so you might want to ask whether your relationship is healthy or not right now.

  36. I have moon conjunct Pluto in my natal chart in the 10th and noticed I have the Pluto square moon transit approaching. Does having this aspect natally soften it, due to living with the intensity all my life? I’ve had Pluto transit square my MC (where moon, Pluto, SN all are) where I began to have boundaries and speak up. Then after that transit, I got Uranus opposite moon transit, where I woke up to my mothers manipulative controlling ways and I cut ties suddenly and am not in contact now. When this transit completes, I have the moon Pluto square. I’ve done a lot of deep psychological work, branching out to follow my dreams more, and not allowing myself to be controlled by authorities. So I’m wondering, since I’ve already done so much natally and transit wise, would this transit bring as much impact?

    • Hi Amber, the thinking goes that, since you’ve been working with this (Pluto-Moon) energy for a long time, you’re equipped to handle the transit. The truth of this depends on whether you’ve been able to traverse far enough in the Plutonian process of releasing negative emotions experienced in the past. If not, the transit might provide more opportunities to complete that journey (transit reflects an ongoing process rather than results).

  37. Hello Hiroki,
    Thanks for writing this post – I was browsing because I’ve currently got transiting Pluto square my moon to less than 1 degree. So far, I’ve been pushed to be a bit more honest about my emotional desire to have children (I’ve always felt it was taboo to admit it to a partner – thanks to the old idea that actively wanting to be a mum is unacceptably needy and sappy). I’m 37, and have started to realise that if I’m not honest with myself and my boyfriend then the stakes are very high… Reading your post made a lot of sense!

    Also – I’ve definitely got the ‘insightful mother’ version (pluto opposite moon in my natal chart). I think it’s ‘lucky’ – we argue, but it usually brings us closer to an emotional truth because we can read each other so well… so it’s an intensity I appreciate, and now try to manage in more restrained, considerate way (try to, but don’t always succeed!).


    • Hi Lucy, thank you for sharing your experience regarding transit Pluto square Moon and natal Moon Pluto opposition. Best wishes regarding your desire to become a mother – it’s a completely valid need.

  38. I have transiting Pluto conjunct my ascendant and about 2 degrees away from being square my 10th house Libra Moon. I had to move back home with my parents (my mom is more of the head of the household) after having a mental breakdown during my final few months of post graduate study. I’ve just completed said studies but it’s been hell. I’ve also just come out of my first Saturn return this past December which was in my 12th House and I’m sure had a lot to do with the breakdown. I’ve made plans to go abroad in april (another moon related thing) and am coming up against controlling energies from others and from within me. I feel broody and filled with resentment, envy and rage for the first time in my life and I know it’s related to Pluto. But the square is making it seem like I can’t find peace or comfort or rest (insomnia). Are my interpretations a fair assessment? It’s become hard to be objective these days. Which my Libra moon hates.

    • Hi Robin, your assessment seems to fit your situation. If Pluto is separating from the square, it’s in the past. If it is applying square, then this is where the emotional transformation starts, perhaps related to the trip abroad.

  39. Hi!
    I was doing revelation reading on myself. Just to learn how to heal myself and I came across your website several times. Sir, you have a phenomenal gift and thank you for sharing your gifts with us. I learn so much about myself reading your posts.

  40. Hi, from all pluto-moon descriptions i’ve read I like yours the most.
    I have a pluto-moon conjunction in scorpio in 12th house (within 1° orb). This aspect defines me in so many ways. First, there is this relationship with my mother which you have very well described. I would say for me it is love/hate-like. She is simultaneously the most important person in my life (the only one I completly trust and look upon) and the person I sometimes just cannot stand (she can irritate me like nobody can).
    Second, my emotional life is so deep and messed up I often cannot find the way out, but at the same time I feel like there’s a beautiful world inside me. I also tend to repress my feelings.
    I quess there is a lot more stuff but I just wanted to highlight these two points.
    Thank you so much for your post and keep up good work!

    • Hello Manya, thank you very much for sharing your experience with the Pluto Moon conjunction! The 12th house placement makes it more private, and the feeling of “having a beautiful world inside” is wonderfully expressed.

  41. Hi,
    Interesting writing. I have moon opposition pluto, but also moon trine neptune, moon conjunct venus, venus trine neptune, pluto sextile neptune
    Highly psychic tendencies. Mostly ending up with scorpio moon partners by not even being aware of it, due I can sense their intensity and depth. Yes our feelings are very powerful, and we learn to transform the ego structure and filter or impulses through selectively.

  42. Hi, I very much enjoy reading your well expressed insights.

    I have Moon (conjunct Asc) square Pluto. Interestingly I have 2 of my 3 children with Moon square Pluto. They are my sons. My daughter has Moon (1st house) sextile Pluto & a Scorpio IC. My only sibling had Moon in Scorpio.

    I’ve had some dark mother issues to contend with via my own mother’s absolute controlling manipulations. Life & death issues. Very Plutonian. I am in long term therapy. I believe this aspect in my chart has also given me great powers for emotional survival & ability to give emotional strength to others.

    You can imagine my feelings when I saw my boys’ Moon square Pluto aspect. Yes I was very protective of my sons when they were children. Intensely. Thanks to outside circumstances that I had to fight drawn out battles, of many years, to keep them safe from. Issues of abuse and control by other adults. Also through powerful systems (Pluto) that needed navigating eg legal and political agendas. My intensely powerful mother instinct was written in their charts. The effects of which have probably been interpreted by them differently to my childhood experience of my mother. Although “intense” would be a common theme.

    My daughter, eldest child, lived through it all alongside me (as I was a single parent). She is 5 and 12 yrs older than her brothers. My daughter is a force to be reckoned with. Her emotional strength is awesome as is her mothering of her 2 sons. She is married but is now the Matriarch. Not just of her family but our large extended family and has taken over her in- laws’ business successfully! Moon sextile Pluto.

    My eldest son’s baby boy has Moon conjunct Pluto. My birth, my sons’ births and this Grandson’s birth were all marked by life and death emergencies also. His newborn baby girl has no Moon/Pluto aspects. So maybe the female line’s Moon/Pluto energies have now been transformed. My Grandson’s new Mum seems to have a strong psychic/emotional bond with him and is fantastic at helping him heal through ailments and is great at giving him self esteem. It will be interesting to see how my Grandson interprets & uses this energy as he grows.

  43. Hi I am an astrologer for 40 plus years, and I just came upon your site. The first thing I looked at was what you said about Pluto/Moon aspects and found your insights to be correct, refreshing and to the point. You have a beautiful way of expressing your self.
    I have my Moon in Leo 3, conjunct my rising Leo 4, conjunct Pluto in Leo 7 and Jupiter in the 1st in Leo 17. Square Taurus Sun 9 and Mercury Taurus 13. Venus midheaven exact in Aries. Having Pluto/Moon on the rising took many years to understand and channel the power. Many transformations on multiple levels some very painful and many deeply spiritual. The insights into another is unlike any other aspect going right to the core. And with it in the first house gives me the ability physically or emotionally to transform stress into peace in another.
    Thank you again for your insights

  44. I have Moon (in the 8th) inconjunct Pluto (in the 1st) and Neptune (in the 3rd). Neptune & Pluto are sextile. So there’s a Yod.

    I have had to cut ties with my mother, because her influence was incredibly poisonous.

    She’s a very domineering, controlling and intrusive individual (overt, as well as a covert).

    I’m currently going through a life-long journey of healing from a lifetime of emotional & psychological abuse.

    But I’m grateful to be alive.

    It’s definitely is a profoundly transformative experience/aspect.

  45. Not every mother in this kind of chart is a controlling mother. I was one of 9 children, growing up on a farm in my prairies. My mother, who was busy with both farm work and children, didn’t have time to give any one of her children much individual attention. Nor did she have the time to control us.

    In my chart, the Moon-Pluto opposition is exact within two degrees, and also involves Venus. (Pisces/Virgo opposition with Venus and Pluto conjunct in Virgo. There are also sextiles and trines to Scorpio in my chart.)

    My mother was a Scorpio, and with so many children, we didn’t have a very close relationship, but even so, she was the much-loved centre of our family. I think my siblings would agree when I say that we had a very happy childhood.

    That said, from adolescence, until quite recently, I was emotionally devastated in many of my own intimate relationships with men. Now in my 50s, I’ve learned that I am responsible for my own happiness. So I can testify to the Moon-Pluto intensity and pain, and I expect my mother contained emotional depths and fortitude that I can’t even begin to guess at. She died of cancer at the age of 57, the same age I am now. So perhaps that’s why I feel compelled to write this post.

  46. I have moon conjunction Pluto and saturn in the libra tenth house. All sextile Sagittarius Neptune in first house. Wondering what my mission in life is…

    • Hi Maureen, that’s a potentially very powerful combination in your 10th house. If you can get hold of it, a lot of authoritative energy can bloom within your profession.

  47. Thank you for your excellent article! I have moon conjunct Pluto/Uranus ( exact) in 8th house Virgo, opposite Saturn R conjunct chiron in second house Pisces. My mother was very controlling with conditional love and guilt tripping and in many ways I was a mother to her, as she was victim of the Holocaust and spent time in concentration camp, and had little formative nurturing; thus I had great compassion for her :). I have an extremely rich ‘inner life’ and can heal with my hands, words, voice, music, art..and can cut through to the essence of things. I go through constant ‘inner changes’ and transformations. “Letting go’ is the theme of my life and non-attachment in the Buddhist sense. I often see, feel, know, more about others than they know about themselves- can see peoples’ treasures and their shadows-and this makes me very loved or very feared. No one can deceive me! People with lots of suppressed ‘shadow’ often project their own insecurities and fears onto me ( thus I chose when and with whom I socialise with, and where) . I am a ‘crises manager’, in that people often come to me for advise or assistance when there are emergencies and crises. I keep calm, be objective, and with my compassion, knowledge and experience I direct to the best outcome or solution! I have often assisted people pass over to the other side and communicate messages back to their loved ones back here, and have a strong connection with some of my ancestors :).

    • Hi Bridget, thank you very much for sharing your experience with having Moon conjunct Pluto-Uranus in 8th. That’s a deeply psychological placement often involved with therapeutic work.

  48. Hi, astrology has helped me so much over the years.
    I have Pluto in my third house square my moon in the 12th and a rather tight degree. I have days when I fill the pain of the world and it can be very difficult, I also see pain and a remedy in others.
    Yes my mother is difficult and dominant, I have learned to stand up to her, some one had to. We also have quite a strange bond that is a bit hard to explain.

  49. Hello Hiiiroki !
    Your article was indeed intriguing to the bone ! I really connected with some of the stuff you said, I myself have a Pluto square moon aspect. And boy let me tell you, reading the part of the Negative mother-child relationship couldn’t be any more true . I’m still new to this Astrology stuff so it’s really helpful reading your articles. Especially about Planets conjunct planets and signs to the degrees and houses with angles with signs @-@

    Confusing indeed

    But Thanks again for this insight

    Love the name Btw :^) haha

  50. This article was very insightful. This can surely be a scarry transit, moon is the most vulnerable planet. I have moon sextile pluto in the natal but transit pluto is 2 degrees away from conjuncting my moon in 1st.
    I will be reporting (gemini sun) from the pits of darkness very soon.

    • Thank you Maya. Remember that transits often represent internal changes that need to happen. External events might reflect the internal state, thereby providing opportunities for new insight to occur.

  51. Cynthia DeWolf says

    Hi I love your work very insightful and spot on. I have been studying astrology since 1973 and I do believe that Carl Jung my personal hero was born with the Moon conjunct Neptune
    5 and not Pluto please correct me if I am mistaken. I am so happy that astrology has come out of the shadows and is there for those interested in decoding the symbols to use for personal and social development.
    Cynthia DeWolf

    • Hi again, Jung has an 8 degree Moon Pluto conjunction (a bit far, but clearly active in his life). His Moon and Neptune are a bit too far (12+ degrees) to be considered a conjunction (see above comment).

  52. Cynthia DeWolf says

    Hi Hiroki I am very impressed with your site very interesting work. I have just one observation and that is Carl Jung was born with the moon conjunct Neptune. I was born with moon conjunct Pluto and your interpretation is spot on. I will be booking a reading soon.
    Thank you
    Cynthia DeWolf

    • Hi Cynthia, thank you for the kind words! Jung’s Moon and Neptune are over 12 degrees apart, so a bit too far for a conjunction – but he does have Neptune square Sun, which makes the symbol very important in his life.

  53. I have moon conjunct pluto in 1st house in virgo. So Im a very analytical deep thinker. Sometmes I’m so emotionally deep others don’t know how to figure me out. My mother was a scorpio.

  54. Hi Hikoki – Thank you for your insightful text on Moon – Pluto. I do not have a Moon – Pluto aspect but I do have Pluton in my 4th House, which I assume has similarities. My mother used to control me in a subtly way via manipulation as a child, but I also have a high image of her power and what she accomplished in life (and teach me so). Question: How would you recommend to unleash / use the inner power in my life?

    • Hi Pablo, Pluto in 4th house may have a similar flavor, although it doesn’t have as strong of a mother significance (4th house could be the father, or the atmosphere within the family.) Regarding your question, most often the place to express Pluto’s power is in your vocation, regardless of what house it is in. The whole chart needs to be consulted before assessing which vocation.

  55. You mention that this transit lasts from 1-1,5 years.
    The “short forecast” in is saying that my current moon opposition pluto transit will last from april 2015 until november 2017 … Can that really be? That is 2,5 years …!?!
    I am hanging in there, old painful and previously not properly processed emotions from baby and toddler stages coming up, but as long as I am aware that this is old stuff, it is easier to handle it in the now, not projecting it or avoiding it when it surfaces.

  56. Thanks, Hiroki.
    I have Pisces Moon conjunct Chiron, and a zero degree orb opposition to Pluto.

    My mother was unfortunately severely addicted to narcotics my entire childhood. When she was sober, she would snoop in my room. She also had a “Munchausen by Proxy” issue and constantly took me to doctors insisting I was ill. She passed away when I was 30, and it was such a blessing because I had a child a year later as a single mom and it was so much easier to endure without feeling guilty as I would have had she been alive.

    My dad had remarried when I was 11. His wife was very jealous and controlling. I never lived with them but she still insisted upon intruding in my life. She remained in touch with me after my dad died, and some 10 years later I finally insisted she cease and desist due to her chronic nagging and refusal to mind her own business.

    She had Sun/Mars conjunct in Virgo, so she insisted upon overwhelming me with excessive, exhausting written and verbal communication.

    • Hi Sherry, thank you for sharing your experience with your mother and also with your father’s wife. This kind of jealous or intrusive behavior also exemplifies the shadow side of the Moon Pluto aspect. Much appreciated…

  57. MC at 19 and natal Moon at 16 degrees Capricorn. Transiting Pluto eternally sitting on my Moon and not far from my MC. It feels like there’s no end to the dark night of the soul and life falling apart. It’s hard not to avoid getting to the point of asking oneself the meaning of living.

    • Hi Sylvia, yes, this transit could bring up these feelings – sometimes it’s best to get help in navigating these darker emotions.

    • Witherwings says

      Hang in there, Sylvia. I have had the exact same feelings while enduring a more severely painful and isolating “dark night of the soul” than I believed was possible in my life. Pluto wreaked serious havoc when transiting my natal MC at 10 degrees Cap and Moon at 7 degrees. To be honest, it’s still having an effect but I’m finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel and feel things lightening up and picking up for me. I also see the gifts of transformation Pluto is leaving in its wake. I hope you’re starting to come out of your dark times too and wish you the best.
      Oh and thanks for the insightful and inspiring article, Hiroki Niizato. My natal Cap moon is squared by a Libra Pluto and yes indeed I had a mother who manipulated me into believing my emotional needs were not worth acknowledging to assuage her own guilt over not being a caring, involved parent. When Pluto transited my Moon it dredged up so much resentment and buried rage. Hellish, but ultimately helpful. Thanks again,

  58. Wow, this description is so acurate. It describes me to the T. Had a very controlling mother growing up, still try to controll me but I had to cut ties.
    How do I know this Moon and Pluto thing. I am born in July 69. I am new to this but totally fascinated by how acurate it is .

  59. Dear Hikoki, thank you for this insightful and well written essay on Moon – Pluto contacts. I have a 12th house Scorpio Moon ruled by Pluto in 8 and Pluto trines Ascendant. Everything you write here also applies to my Moon. This year I have experienced a Moon-Pluto transit and the experience was like opening a dark cave into which had been sealed some pretty powerful emotions! Your observations describe the experience to a tee! Thanks again.

    • Hi Diane, thank you for sharing! Appreciate the corroboration…

      • Hi Hiroki!
        Is it possible to apply your analysis to a progressed Moon opposite natal or progressed Pluto?

        • Hi Peter,

          You may consider the length of the aspect formation to be key in determining its strength. Progressed Moon will form an aspect with Pluto lasting for 1-2 months at most. This is typically not long enough of a period to create the same level of deep transformation suggested by the Pluto Moon transit (which can last 1 to 2 years). At most, it may trigger an intense emotional reaction to an event that may have some catalytic effect.

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