Books by Stefan Stenudd:
Pluto in the Horoscope
The Power of Metamorphosis in Classical Astrology
The metamorphosis of circumstance,
drastic change out of nowhere,
leaving nothing as it used to be.
Pluto is no longer called a planet, but that makes no difference to astrology and how it is interpreted in the horoscope. This small heavenly body is the farthest from the sun, and the slowest to orbit it. Pluto takes 248 years to pass through the whole Zodiac - a quarter of a millennium. Because of its elliptic orbit, it stays between 11 years (in Scorpio) and 32 years (in Taurus) in each Zodiac sign.
Pluto is quite invisible to the naked eye. It was not discovered until 1930, so we still haven't experienced more than its passing through half of the Zodiac. In 1930 it was in Cancer, and in 2008 it entered Capricorn.
In the horoscope, Pluto represents drastic change, the metamorphosis from one situation into something utterly different. Its positon in the horoscope shows how and where such events take place for the person in question.
In spite of its miniscule size, Pluto is regarded as sort of a big brother to Mars. Where the latter causes sudden dramatic events that don't last long, Pluto causes great changes that can last forever.
Pluto in the ZodiacHere are short descriptions of how each Zodiac sign influences Pluto, your most important and dramatic changes in life, when that's where it is in your natal chart.
Aries brings sudden and drastic changes, rarely foreseen.
Taurus brings long-foreseeable concrete changes that last.
Gemini brings a lightness to great events in life, as if they are mere spectacles.
Cancer brings upsetting surprises and events that stir up emotions.
Leo brings drastic changes and a sense of destiny in the making, to one's personal life.
Virgo brings concrete and predictable changes, more often small than big ones.
Libra brings radical changes on theoretical levels, and renewed ethics.
Scorpio brings a sense of doom, but little evident change, and still a kind of metamorphosis.
Sagittarius brings premonition of radical future change, and a force to head for it.
Capricorn brings ability to handle crisis and to excel where others fail.
Aquarius brings revelations of the mind and the way to look at the world.
Pisces brings chaotic circumstances and difficulty to foresee anything.
KeywordsHere are the twelve Zodiac signs, and keywords for the character they give to Pluto, i.e. your most important and dramatic changes in life:
RulerPluto rules over Scorpio, the sign of dark secrets, which means that it tends to be the most obvious and enforced in this sign. It exalts in Leo. There is really no Zodiac sign where Pluto is weakened, except maybe Aquarius and to a lesser extent Virgo. Also, its effects tend to be less evident in air signs.
Planet ageEach of the heavenly bodies represents a period in your life of about seven years. In the case of Pluto it is really the transition from life to death, or the very last phase of life, at whatever time that happens. A change having only one equal in significance: that of birth, which can also be described as an Plutonian event.
I'm a Swedish writer and astrologer. Apart from fiction, I've written several books about astrology and spirituality. I'm also a historian of ideas, researching the thought patterns in creation myths. Google Profile. Here's my personal website: stenudd.com
Classical astrology is according to the age old astrological principles, which are just as relevant today. The complete horoscope chart consists of many more components than your star sign (where the sun was at your birth). The latter has quite limited applications, which should be respected. This website deals mainly with the complete horoscope, and states clearly when that's not the case.
About This WebsiteWelcome to the world of astrology and horoscopes! Here you find an introduction to the basics of astrology, in-depth presentations of the Zodiac and your sun sign, astrological predictions based on the outer planets, famous horoscopes and elaborate forecasts.
Mundane AstrologyHere are also several examples of mundane astrology - astrological principles applied to institutions, countries and the whole world. This way of using astrology was in the past much more common than personal horoscopes.
Astrology BasicsThe astrology basics present the astrological components and their significance in the personal horoscope. They are the twelve Zodiac signs, the twelve planets, the twelve Houses, and the five aspects.
There are astrologers who use additional celestial bodies, as well as additional aspects. I stick to the horoscope fundamentals specified by Ptolemy, the Greek mathematician of the 2nd century CE, in his classic on astrology: Tetrabiblos. It's the primary source to western astrology.