Pluto is the planet that represents the force of instinct. Pluto speaks of changes, of transformation. Its energy transmutes our consciousness. As the god of the deep, Pluto seeks the treasures that lie below the surface, traversing the darkness to the light. The area of life or process of consciousness that represents the astrological house in which we find Pluto becomes the door for the completion of a transformational process that began with our birth. We are faced with the fear of change, of leaving the past behind. If we take the example of the chrysalis and the butterfly, it is like when we are born, we are already butterflies. Pluto’s job is to remove the chrysalis that still surrounds us. We can equate the chrysalis with our repressions and tensions. Pluto asks us to investigate them.
When Pluto is in the 3rd House, we may feel that our immediate environment controls us, in some way or another. We can believe that we do not have the right to speak, to study, and even to think. For some reason, communication and the exchange of ideas is taboo and awakens our deepest and most irrational fears. Within us there is a strong desire to express our opinions and at the same time, we are terrified of doing so. We can feel guilt and shame regarding our intelligence, our verbal or written expression, and as a consequence, we learn to control what we express. Those fears, guilt or shame may have been learned from our immediate environment, at school, in the neighborhood, through our siblings. It is not that the people around us act deliberately to condition our mental expression, but rather it is our perception that looks at reality through a filter of distrust. Perhaps it is a conditioning that comes from our ancestors. Some astrologers mention that Pluto reveals the memory of our soul. In any case, with this position, we can feel misunderstood, controlled or attacked due to our observations, until we begin to doubt or silence them. Pluto invites us to lose our fear of thinking.
Perhaps there is a tendency to mental stress. A compulsive need to study, write, or speak can be aroused, which acts as a coping mechanism to maintain control of our thoughts and ideas. We may look everywhere for information, although with Pluto in the third house, it is our own thinking that needs to come out of the chrysalis.
With this position, we may have difficulty expressing our truth. Honesty can be one of the qualities we need to develop. It is not that we have a tendency to change the facts (unless we have a strong and conflicted Neptune) but rather we tend to hide what we think. The root of this behavior is the same: fear of expressing our ideas. Perhaps we also have a tendency to want to control our immediate environment, the conversations, what is communicated. Within our soul memory there are incarnation experiences where ideas have been controlled or blocked. With Pluto in the 3rd house, we have to make an inner journey towards the fears that prevent us from feeling free to generate our own ideas and communicate them. At the same time, we have a great capacity to understand our unconscious mind, and as a consequence, that of others. The desire to understand is intense. The secret is to allow ourselves to be guided by our instinct.
With Pluto in the 3rd house, it is through trial and error that we discover our own mental language. We have the power to understand so deeply our environment that nothing escapes us. It can be said that, with this position, our observation skills are like that of a hawk.
Pluto in the 3rd House asks us for the repossession of our mind and our mental processes. Depending on the aspects and position of the ruler of the 3rd House as well as Scorpio, the task will be more or less intense. However, with our great capacity for research, once we do that, we will be able to not only understand but also explain the instinctive behaviors of human nature. The theme with this position is developing our own knowledge and trusting our perception.
Carl G. Jung (1875-1961), the founder of the field of analytical psychology had Pluto in House 3. He investigated and defined the introverted and extroverted personalities, archetypes -psychological patterns or models that inhabit the collective unconscious (our shared understanding and experience as human beings). He also studied of ancient knowledge of psychology such as Astrology, the Tarot and the Book of Changes – I Ching. Even today many of the resources used by Jung remain taboo for many scholars of science. However, his research is still valid, being one the most influential individuals in modern psychology.
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