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In the next part of our Star School series, we’re looking at the planets through the houses.

Last month, we looked at Neptune in the houses. This month, it’s time to talk about transformative Pluto.

In this lesson, we’ll look at Pluto through the houses.


Star School Lesson 32: Pluto in the Houses

Pluto is associated with transformation, regeneration, secrets, and power. Wherever it lands shows where you’re breaking down and breaking through. If you embrace Pluto, you become stronger, fearless.

Pluto in the 1st house: If you’ve got Pluto in the first house, you have a commanding presence. You’re also intensely self-aware. You know that you can handle whatever life hands you. You’re that strong. The early part of your life may have been filled with hardship, but it made you fearless. This placement of Pluto also amps up the clairvoyant factor, giving you the ability to see right through people. When you’re mad, you use that to your advantage. A non-conformist at heart, you always leave people guessing. 

Pluto in the 2nd house: Money equals power to you so you’ll work as hard as you can to acquire it. This gives you the ability to amass a great deal of wealth. When you’re operating on the high side, you use that money to do good in the world. But when you’re feeling threatened, you use it to control. While there is nothing wrong with wanting to be secure, you’ll need to keep your inner Gordon Gecko in check.

Pluto in the 3rd house: Pluto in the third house gives you a penetrating insight. You also have a boatload of strong opinions, which you have no problem sharing with others. Sometimes your way of expressing these truths may make others wobble, but you don’t care. “I’m just telling it like it is,” you sniff. Your mind is resourceful and able to ferret out secrets. But on occasion, it goes to a dark place and when there, you scheme and brood. If your Pluto is afflicted, trouble with siblings and neighbors brings unnecessary drama.

Pluto in the 4th house: Being the master of your castle is your goal if Pluto sits in your fourth house. You want to be in control, which could come off as domineering to your family. On the one hand, they know that you get things done and are trying to make everyone secure. But that need to be in charge can be a turn-off. When you put this energy into creating a home, you could possess a talent for real estate and renovation. But when you move with the negative side of this placement, power struggles around the house is the norm, making the domestic life a living hell. 

Pluto in the 5th house: This is the placement of the dark, brooding artist who creates works of art that command attention. You’re not afraid to tap into the taboos for inspiration but you’ll also find that through higher levels of consciousness. Romance is the place where you can completely transform. When you let go in love, it’s a beautiful thing. If you have children, they will be strong-willed and highly creative. But when this placement is afflicted, it can lead to sexual excess or a domineering partner as well as a parent who tries to control their children. You’ll also need to be mindful of gambling because an afflicted Pluto can indicate severe losses through unwise financial speculation or risky investments. 

Pluto in the 6th house: You’re the type of person who wants to come into the work environment and make it a better place. You see where change needs to happen and get busy doing that. In fact, you derive great satisfaction from doing a great job. Work is your place to serve and regenerate yourself. But if Pluto is afflicted, you morph into the overbearing office control freak who cannot get along with anyone. If that happens, job instability is sure to follow. You must also learn to channel your will correctly when it comes to your health. When you do that, you can transform your body. You may also be able to heal others – which may make you attracted to the healing arts or spiritual healing. 

Pluto in the 7th house: Partnerships bring transformation to your life if you’ve got Pluto in the seventh. For example, you may attract a powerful business partner who helps you to reach new levels of success. Or you may have a strong-willed spouse who teaches you how to cooperate. Learning how to work well with others will be the theme here. If you are able to do that, your relationships become deep and trustworthy. If you try to bully the partner or allow them to dominate you, relationships could become ugly. 

Pluto in the 8th house: This is the natural placement for Pluto, so if you’ve got it here, you get all the goods: a strong sixth sense, an understanding of life and death, and one hell of a libido. You take life seriously – and probably everything else too. When a crisis hits, you don’t flinch. You’re tough like that. But keep in mind that if your Pluto is afflicted trouble can come through joint finances, insurance, and goods of the dead. In worse case scenarios, you can become dependent on someone else. 

Pluto in the 9th house: If you have Pluto in the ninth, you’re interested in changing the world or achievement through travel, education or religion. This could make you drawn to traveling the globe, academia, or following a guru. You’ve got a good moral compass and might make an influential spiritual leader yourself. Hypocrisy angers you which may make you want to overthrow the system! If Pluto is afflicted this can go too far, and you may become attached to radical spiritual or political philosophies. 

Pluto in the 10th house: This position of Pluto gives ambition for prestige and leadership. You’re not content to stay on the bottom rungs of the ladder. You want the top spot. Your hunger for power will drive you to work longer and harder than anyone else. This ambition will put you in a position of strength. You might even get famous! This is an excellent placement if you’re interested in politics or authority. Be careful with this though – if afflicted, this could quickly move into a dictatorship. That iron fist doesn’t look good on you, bro. 

Pluto in the 11th house: You’ve got influential friends, and you want to reform the world. You may belong to secret groups or societies that aim to achieve greatness in the humanitarian or scientific realm. Rabble rousers and occult types fascinate you. You could become the leader of one of these organizations. If you do, you can inspire. But if your Pluto is afflicted, friendships may end suddenly and could be costly. Choose your friends with care and don’t be a bully.

Pluto in the 12th house: You’ve got a lot going on underneath the surface. Time alone allows you to access your consciousness and clairvoyant faculties. You are highly sensitive and impressionable. It comes as no surprise that you have great sympathy for the downtrodden. You want to help and could spend much of your life devoted to serving the unfortunate. But if Pluto is afflicted, you become preoccupied with secret enemies and devolve into paranoia. Treachery is possible but obsessing over it does you no good. Drugs and alcohol are dangerous for you, and it’s best to avoid them as much as possible. When you’re in a mood, your sympathies turn to criticism, and suddenly, you’re more apt to deride those who you perceive are beneath you. 

Go ahead and find Pluto in Kim K’s chart. Where is she powerful AF?


Homework! Grab your chart and find where Pluto is placed. Where are you a powerhouse? Also: check out Pluto in the houses of your friend’s charts. How might their power work with yours…or not?

Next month, we’re going to cover some odds and ends. We’re heading towards the finish in this series. By the end of 2018, we’re done!

But until then…

Keep gazing at the stars – and stay curious,


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