Pay close attention to people who don’t clap when you win.

Leonardo DiCaprio – Pluto en the 1st House

Does it bother you to be the center of attention? Do you have behaviors that you prefer to hide? These are some of the manifestations of Scorpio in the 1st 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!


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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.

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.


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When Pluto is in the 1st House

The first house corresponds to the way we present ourselves in the world, the first thing others see about us, our personality and often our physical appearance. When we enter the world we do so through the portal of the rising sign, and our personality will take the form of its characteristics.

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. However, getting it terrifies us. In any case, when Pluto is in the 1st House, we already have this power. It is part of our identity.

The Plutonian force is never half expressed. It tends to destroy what does not serve without regard. The problem is when its force manifests itself unconsciously and destroys everything in its path. Although it seems like a self-destructive energy, it is actually manifesting unconscious desires to transform reality. While the individual with Pluto in the 1st House sees how the destruction of his identity occurs before his own eyes, it is very likely that it is he himself who is causing it through unconscious behaviors destined to start a new process of transformation.

Pluto in the 1st House awakens the survival instinct in a visceral way. Like the scorpion, they tend to sting when they feel in danger. This can be painful for those around. There is an ancient fear of being devoured and it awakens the most primitive part of your being. This makes us tremendously suspicious of everything and everyone.

With this position, the energy we fear so much comes from within ourselves. When Pluto is in the 1st House, what we have come to transform is how we present ourselves to the world. Everything that is not authentic in our behavior will be uprooted by the energy of Pluto. The more control we exert over ourselves, the fiercer the internal struggle for authenticity.

The fear of personal power is perhaps the most powerful of all fears with this position. As I said before, Pluto always feels like a paradox: what we want the most is what we fear the most. Therefore, our personality will go through transformations that will give space to personal power and depending on the aspects that Pluto does with other planets, it will be more or less easy.

Sexual magnetism is very strong with this position. Many times this can produce a desire to hide, as we draw unwanted attention to ourselves. Especially when we are very young and we still do not understand why they look at us the way they do. Perhaps we come to the conclusion that there is something very dark within us, since the reaction of others to our magnetism can manifest itself in the most diverse ways.

Pluto asks us to own our own personal power. Express it naturally. With this position we have the ability to transform others with our mere presence. Although it has been difficult in childhood, as we grow we have the possibility of daring to feel our powerful energy running through our body. By resonance, that will awaken the Life force in those we come across. It’s like we have the gift of giving others permission to feel their own power … or lack thereof.

Sometimes, the energy of Pluto will transform our appearance without us being able to do anything about it. We have already said that Pluto activates our unconscious. Looking in the mirror (literally) can give us a lot of information about what we really see about ourselves.

Any self-destructive attitude shows unconscious dissatisfaction with the way we face the world. If we stop to observe our behavior and see what we dislike about ourselves, then we can transform it in a constructive way or perhaps, we discover that, in reality, there might be great qualities that we have never dared to explore.

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There is no doubt that those who possess Pluto in the 1st House have the ability to understand human motivations, especially those that arise from the survival instinct. This ability can confer great compassion and understanding of humanity’s weaknesses since, the more we explore our primitive strength, the closer we are to understanding the evolutionary path of our species.


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