Pluto is an ass kicking planet. He means business and basically demands that change happen in your life. You can either learn to go with the flow or, like a volcano, he will spit fire and globs of molten lava into your life, causing you to sprint for cover. Nothing shy of transformation will suffice! Get with it or get plowed under. That’s what Pluto is about. If you are cooperating with this energy, life will proceed more smoothly but if you are living a life out of balance, prepare to be steam-rolled.
Normal is no fun to blog about, so let’s take a look at what Pluto looks like when he is rampaging through someone’s houses on a transit. Why, you ask? Well, for starters it might help you to gain compassion and understanding for the person’s obsessive behaviors. If you are close to the person, you might even be able to help. Think intervention! But remember, what seems like a horror show to you may be exactly what that person needs to go through in order to turn their lives around. Thirdly, red flags are posted so you can avoid some potential land mines at work and in your relationships. Lastly, it is just kind of secretively interesting, is it not?
I find it fascinating! And yes, when folks are out of balance, Plutonic crises emerge. Ego-deaths result. Things that no longer serve us well pass out of our lives…sometimes gnashing and clawing on the way out. Emotions boil and we subconsciously attract situations that will allow us to kill off the dead wood in our lives. Pluto demands that we dig deep to find our potential. That potential may be to heal, to release limiting thoughts, to tap into our true strength and inner voice. Hidden complexes from childhood resurface as we plunge into this blast furnace of transformation. If you are living in denial, change may not come gracefully, but with fists shaking, while you hurl curses into the wind.
So when Pluto runs amuck, life gets REAL interesting. We’re going to do this series of “Pluto runs Amuck,” on a house by house basis. Historically, the 12th house has been known as the house of secrets, sorrows and self undoing. So what happens when an ass kicker cuts lose in a place where trouble already known to exist?
Karma and suffering are associated with the house of sorrows. This house also represents our connection to the collective unconsciousness, the primordial soup of all of our collective memories, hurts, heart-breaks and pain. Pluto does nothing by half-measures, so a person with this placement keenly feels the slings and arrows and suffering of others. Sometimes, though, the pain can be overwhelming and rather than allow the sea of hurt to ignite a flood of compassion, a person with Pluto amuck may seal their heart in a tomb of stone to anesthesize the anguish. Shutting out the world and turning a blind eye keeps the pain at bay.
The 12th house can also act like a transitory tunnel to the native with Pluto residing here. Earth and the world of forms resides on one side of the tunnel and the great heavenly abyss lies on the other. A thin red line separates the two worlds and the native with Pluto in the 12th may have a tough time deciding which world they want to inhabit. Faith and trusting the divine can be scary business and yet this person, more than most, is being asked to align their will with that of spirit.
Losing control is an issue with Pluto in the house of sorrows. Confinement is often associated with the 12th house which is why asylums, hospitals and jails come to mind. Even the word incarceration sounds tight and restrictive. Many prisons are simply the ones we create with our own minds. Pluto here can thus be linked with giving up your power. A caged mind can be afraid to break out from behind its own self-imposed limits.
Another thing that can happen is that a person can lose their identity to a cause. They give so much of themselves to an issue, that they live, breathe and sweat their projects, leaving their personal selves behind. Pluto amuck here wants to feel that their lives have some purpose or meaning and they will pay a dear price to make that happen. Journalists who venture behind enemy lines to capture war stories come to mind. They risk everything to bring their stories to light.
Dark, buried secrets may get revealed when the God of the underworld starts rooting through the 12th house. Pluto leaves no stones unturned and if you are hiding something, He is likely to reveal it, hence the “self-undoing” part of this house.
Fantasies, illusions and delusions also swim in these waters. Compulsively chasing the wispy veils of daydreams can be problematic. Minds can become lost in the misty sea of these netherworlds. Paranoia, nightmares, denial of reality, escapism and martyrdom all lurk here, for in the 12th house you will find inner demons, shadow material and angels all vying for space to rent and evictions aren’t always easy.
So with Pluto in the 12th house, my best advice is this: Be careful who you rent your head space to.