Are you obsessed with efficiency? Do you feel that you somatize your emotions through the body? Do you pay too much attention to imperfections? These are some of the characteristics of Pluto in the 6th House.

My goal in life is to give the world what I was lucky to receive: the ecstasy of divine union through my music and my dance.

Michael Jackson – 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.

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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.

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 6th House

The 6th House represents the practical world. Here we see how we hone our abilities and skills in such a way that they can be useful to others. Here we ask ourselves … “what am I good for”, “what is my function”. Then we begin our improvement, something that requires routine, perseverance and adaptation. By analogy, in this house we see the care we take for our body, how we organize our daily life, the way we improve our reality. Basically, here we find everything that relates to everyday chores and that improves our reality. That is why the 6th House traditionally encompasses work, relationships with bosses and subordinates and with those who provide services, as well the services we offer to others.

When Pluto is in this house, it indicates that we have come to transform our approach when it comes to service, caring for our body, the way we polish our skills, and how we approach work.

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We may feel that we do not possess sufficient qualities to serve society. We feel trapped in situations that confirm this suspicion. We are forced to look for jobs where we perform tasks that we do not like.

This Pluto position makes us face these types of situations over and over again, until we finally manage to listen to ourselves and dedicate to developing the skills that really interest us.

Pluto always points to something that is difficult … there is a good reason why it is considered the planet that indicates our evolutionary path! In order to transmute what Pluto brings to the surface, we need to face the fear of letting the past go.

The feeling of being a slave to circumstance can come from external pressure. In any case, any pressure of the outside can only influence us if what is seeding already exists within us.

Pluto shows us the behaviors that we have inherited from our ancestors and that have been transmitted through DNA. Then, they manifest as “instinctive” behaviors that act from our unconscious. With Pluto in the 6th House, we may be moved to develop capacities that we know are useful to society but that, however, do not make us happy.

In our unconscious there can be ancestral and even soul memories of slavery. In this incarnation, strong power dynamics can occur in work environments. These will continue to occur until we can feel what our true motivations are regarding the “service” we give to others.

Pluto in this position also asks us to pay more attention to the way we take care of our body. It can arouse compulsive behaviors that indicate repressed emotional problems. For example, if we do not want to go to work because we are not satisfied with what we do, we can create a disease that forces us to stay in bed. It is important to treat ourselves holistically as Plutonian problems often arise from unconscious desires that we are not listening to.

It is important to observe the astrological house where Scorpio is, since the activities, situations or individuals related to that area of life have a lot to do with our attitude towards health and / or with work dynamics.

Seeking perfection is not the same as achieving efficiency. When we have Pluto in the 6th house, we have great potential to improve work methods and create efficient routines that improve our quality of life and that of others. Our dedication and concentration can turn stones into diamonds. We have a great capacity to understand why things do not work as they should and to reorganize them in more efficient ways.

And especially, Pluto in the 6th House asks us to polish our own qualities, those that we would really like to develop. It is possible that we do not clearly know what they are, that is why Pluto will bring experiences – often in the form of crises – to help us find them.