In the birth chart, Pluto shows the area of life where you’ll personally face the intense powers of creation and destruction. It’s the doorway through which volatile compressed pockets of self, spirit and primal energy lies hidden, which are released either by our own efforts or by provocation from the outside world.
Pluto’s energy will not be suppressed but its power is often feared. This can put you in a showdown between your greatest fears of being destroyed, and the pursuit of the deepest longing in your heart. The Ego holds to its defenses, but Pluto tries to urge you to let go, and surrender to become a new person.
Pluto rules Scorpio with its province being death and rebirth. There’s a Sufi saying, “Die many times before you die,” and Pluto’s lessons hold out promise of emerging from the flames a new person. When chaotic events shake us at the foundations, it could be Pluto provoking change at the fundamental level. We might not think we exist without the ground beneath us, our sense of who we are, but if we’re brave, we come to discover there is life after this kind of ego-death.
Pluto also governs power itself, including struggles between people and countries for domination, and of course, personal power. It shows up when perfectly capable people end up under the thumb of someone else’s control. Facing down the control and manipulation of others, especially parents, can make us weak in the knees. But once we do this, we are changed forever.
You can either be at the mercy of Pluto’s provocation to change, or you can take matters into your own hands. It can be humbling to look soberly at the area of life in which you feel powerless, worked over, dissed by the Universe — but by doing this, you can try to understand and alter your own reactions. You still might be brought to your knees, but while there you’ll rest assured that Pluto’s dark and punishing face is that of a tough, but loving teacher, leading you toward a more authentic experience of yourself.