No matter how much success you have — no matter how many opportunities, fame, fortune, no matter how many people accept you to your face — the person that really needs to accept you is you.

Lady Gaga – Pluto in the 5th House

The Meaning of Pluto

Pluto generally feels like a very unpleasant energy. Wherever this planet is in our birth chart, we go through crises that never seem to leave us. Very few are interested in investigating Pluto, so… congratulations! You have dared to enter the world of shadows!

Why are we going through crisis? Pluto symbolizes death and rebirth. With Pluto we go through a metamorphosis. It’s kind of like the werewolf when the full moon rises. The triggers of this change are in the area of life symbolized by the astrological house in which it is found. When Pluto is activated, behaviors that we have repressed come to the surface in every possible way.

Although it feels unpleasant, it is a great opportunity to get to know our instinctual nature and see who we really are, since this will allow us to transform what does not allow us to progress.

Pluto awakens our instinctual reactions so that we make them conscious and thus transform what does not allow us to progress.

The difference between the natal position and the transit of Pluto through the houses, is that the natal position indicates the area of life where our evolution will focus in the present incarnation, while the transit of Pluto activates temporary processes that assist our evolutionary path.


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The power of transformation that Pluto represents is experienced both individually and collectively. This is a planet that moves very slowly: it takes 248 years to travel the zodiacal wheel and stays in each sign between 12 and 31 years. In this sense, we are all part of a group that will evolve the characteristics of the sign where Pluto is when we are born. At the individual level, we live this process within the area of life (or astrological house) where Pluto is located.

When Pluto is in the 5th House

The 5th House symbolizes the area of life where our individuality is manifested outwardly for the first time. It is a house of experimentation where we play with the environment and create something that bears our personal stamp. By analogy, traditionally, it is also related to our children and to everything that brings joy to life. It is also related to romance, since when someone is interested in us, we feel “seen.” In this house our self shines in some way, it is seen.

When Pluto is in this house, it indicates that, for some reason or another, being seen, recognized, or taken into account can feel like a life and death situation. This visceral need arises from unconscious memories created in early childhood. It can also refer to ancestral and / or soul memories, where being the center of attention meant some kind of danger.

Wherever Pluto is, we are going to have a great desire for personal power, because this forces us to face the fears that hinder it. On the one hand, we want with all our entrails what the house represents. On the other hand, getting it terrifies us.


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In the 5th House we are torn between these two extremes: either we desperately seek to express our creativity and be recognized for it, or we fear that it is our creativity that will destroy us.

It is not easy to navigate our knee-jerk reactions with awareness. They scare us and we try to bury them, or they take us completely and direct our behavior. With Pluto in the 5th House, we try to hide our desire to be seen and recognized for our works because many times we have been accused of being narcissists. Few people understand the creative power of the Sun – natural ruler of the 5th House, nor the archetype of Leo, the sign that is ruled by the Sun. When a person is able to express himself creatively, his inner sun shines and as a consequence, attracts towards him/herself all eyes. Individuals with Pluto in the 5th House naturally emanate an unusual power of attraction, and some may accuse them of wanting to get all the attention. While Pluto in the 5th House enjoys it, it is actually the result of unreserved self-giving through the creative act.

What happens to the individual with Pluto in the 5th House is that they are used to this power, at least unconsciously, and when they lose it, they can go into crisis. That’s when they desperately seek to get it back. And they can self-destruct along the way.

This Pluto position indicates that we have come to transform the way we approach our creative energy and our dependence on “public” approval. Daring to show our truth, without embellishments, opens up an unusual creative potential. The fear of losing attention is something we have to go through. Thus we are learning that communion is with our soul, and not with the public.

The film “A Star Is Born” shows this position in its characters. It is no coincidence that the main female character has been portrayed by two actresses with Pluto in the 5th House (Barbra Streisand and Lady Gaga). The original 1956 film was starred by Judy Garland, another strong Plutonian energy (Pluto in House 1). In this film we can see how while the female character rises to stardom, the male character loses everything. Thus we see the characteristic duality of Pluto in the 5th House.

“If you don’t dig deep into your fucking soul, you won’t have legs. … All you got is you and what you want to say to people, and they are listening right now and they’re not going to be listening forever, trust me. So you gotta grab it, and you don’t apologize, you don’t worry about why they’re listening or how long they’re going to be listening for—you just tell them what you want to say. ’Cause how you say it is the stuff of angels.” —Jackson Maine

In conclusion, Pluto in the 5th House indicates that our evolutionary path passes through abandoning dependence to external approval. When we fully surrender to our creative potential, we become channels of the Life force. Going through the fear of being ignored, letting go of control of what we produce to make it look “acceptable,” and expressing our inner truth is what is required.