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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.)

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. CuriousScorpio says

    is 9 degrees too wide ?

  12. 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!.

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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).

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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…

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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

  29. 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.

  30. 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).

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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…

  36. 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,

  37. 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 .

  38. 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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