Pluto At A Glance

Distance from Sun 5.9 billion km (3.7 billion miles) Orbit around the Sun 247.7 Earth years Rotation on Axis 6 Earth days, 9 hours Moon Charon, at half of Pluto's size, is the largest moon relative to its planet Keyword Elimination Rules Scorpio

When Cancer is a person's Sun, Moon, or Ascendant sign, the powerful emotions of that sign are further heightened by Pluto's compulsive and intense presence. These individuals have particularly powerful and determined responses, which will either make them pull right back or cause them to explode emotionally. This influence is increased when supported by other planets in water signs.

pluto in leo

The Second World War broke out as Pluto settled into a new sign (in Leo, 1937-57) and emphasized the concomitant disasters. But here there was a much more acceptable reason for war, and it was successful in spite of the appalling suffering and elimination of millions of innocent people. The good that came out of this influence was in the formation of the United Nations, which has very Leonine overtones. When Leo is a person's Sun, Moon, or Ascendant sign, a power complex can develop. Generally a spark of Leo big-heartedness is present, especially if there are planets in other fire signs, but the enthusiasm of the fire element is suppressed. Here are people who were the first computer buffs, and who, because of Pluto in Leo, knew when to pull the plug to stop the machine from taking over.

The United Nations, founded at the end of World War II, when Pluto was in Leo, has very Leonine overtones.

pluto in virgo

Pluto was in Virgo from 1957 to 1971. Also, Uranus and Pluto formed a conjunction in Virgo for several years at this time. There was much student violence and criticism of the older generation's values. This generation has a very special power, still expressed by more extreme politicians and the uncaring attitude of many others.

Virgo as Sun, Moon, or Ascendant sign plus Pluto adds an obsessive tendency which needs countering by seeing the broad picture of situations and projects. More generally, the influence heightens the ability to specialize in chosen subjects. Healthy eating is essential for this generation.


Classified as a dwarf planet in 2006, Pluto has a very different orbit to the big planets. It takes an elongated path around the Sun, tilted at 17° in comparison with Earth's orbit, and for 20 years at a time it comes inside the orbit of Neptune. This eccentricity means that Pluto spends differing lengths of time in each sign of the zodiac. Like Neptune, the phenomenon of retrograde motion (see p243) means Pluto can take a couple of years to settle into a new sign.

pluto in libra

After Virgo, Pluto entered Libra in 1971 and remained there until 1983-4. The 1970s saw an increase in sexual permissiveness, mostly due to the free availability of the Pill. Here were the Neptune-in-Libra people doing their own thing and enjoying freedom of expression and experimentation with drugs.

Pluto puts a brake on the romanticism of Libra, but adds heightened sexuality, especially when Libra is the Sun, Moon, or Ascendant sign. Generally the influence adds a spicy sex appeal. While a Pluto influence tends not to favour free discussion of problems, this generation will not find it difficult to do so.

pluto in scorpio

Nineteen Eighty-Four, the novel by George Orwell, made a lot of people apprehensive as that year loomed. Astrologers discussed Pluto's entry into its own sign at the time (1983-4), and the phenomenon became the theme for astrological conferences. It was evident that Pluto was signalling the development of HIV and AIDS. This illness is extremely Scorpionic in character, and it was not difficult to predict the devastation it would cause as the planet progressed through its own sign (until 1995).

While its influence from Scorpio will increase the Scorpio characteristics of those with a Scorpio Sun, Moon, or Ascendant sign, there is no added danger of these individuals contracting the illness.

Author George Orwell's prophetic novel Nineteen Eighty-Fourdrew attention to state control over individuals in society.

pluto in sagittarius

Pluto was in Sagittarius from 1995 to 2007. It is too soon to assess the influence of Pluto in Sagittarius, either generally or personally. The two entities are totally opposite, with Pluto being an extremely intensive, secretive influence, and Sagittarius being more open, enjoying breadth of vision and freedom. If we can get the strength and passion of Pluto working with determination, plus the openness and vision of Sagittarius, we should get a very great deal from the influence; but sadly, crime, terrorism, and the hugely negative drug scene are very Plutonic, and seem to be winning. All this will radically change when Pluto enters Capricorn in early 2008.


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