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The Meaning of Pluto

Pluto rules Scorpio. Scorpio has three states as symbolism: the Scorpion, the Eagle, and the Phoenix. The first state, the Scorpion, represents instinctual reaction. When scorpions feel in danger, they defend themselves with their stinger. The second state, the Eagle, represents the ability to form a strategy, since flying and seeing the world from a broader point of view allows the eagles to know where to go to avoid obstacles or obtain what they need. The Phoenix, the third state, symbolizes rebirth. The Phoenix does not react instinctively like the scorpion, nor does it use strategies like the eagle. The Phoenix totally surrenders to Life. And so, it is reborn.

Unlike Scorpio, Pluto is the planet that symbolizes the activation of this process while Scorpio represents the process itself. The position of Pluto in the birth chart shows us the area of life where instinctual reactions (Scorpio) will awaken when we feel in danger. These reactions are not only the product of our personal memories, but also of the ancestral memories that are transmitted through DNA. Some astrologers mention that we also speak of reactions that come from the experiences of our soul, memories of past or future lives. Likewise, this is the space where we will tend to develop a strategy for survival (Eagle) until finally, we allow ourselves to feel EVERYTHING and lose our fear of vulnerability. It is then when the experiences we go through transform us into a new version of ourselves (Phoenix).

Pluto describes these states 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. Each generation goes through these states and this is how the human species expands through time.

Although I will refer to the position of Pluto, this article can also be applied to the position of Scorpio at home.

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When Pluto is in the 1st House

The Transformation of our Identity

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.

When Pluto is in this house, the individual evolutionary process goes through the transformation of our personality. Appearance and the way we behave will go through the three states of the Scorpion archetype. As I have said above, our Being is made up not only of what we call “I” but also of ancestral and soul memories. When Pluto is in House 1, our personality is expressed through this conglomerate.

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The three archetypes that awaken in the astrological house where Pluto is located describe the state of consciousness of parts of our being. We must not take them as inferior or superior but as parts of us that are living in different realms. All of them are fundamental and fulfill their function within human nature. However, when we see Pluto within a specific life area (astrological house), we are doing a consciousness update that is necessary for our present evolution.

In the case of Pluto in the 1st House, it is the fear of being predated, which does nothing more than perpetuate distrust of life and keeps us suspicious of everyone who comes close to us. The way in which our reactions are manifested is individual and the position by sign of Pluto, the aspects and other relevant positions that we can see in the natal chart can give us more information about it.

Scorpion Archetype

When Pluto is in the 1st House, our personality contains spontaneous attitudes that are born from our instinctual reactions. In the first state of consciousness, we act as if we were prey. The fear of being predated, of being out in the open, of being singled out or of attracting attention is manifested in our attitudes unconsciously. Others see it clearly but we not so much – at least, in the first years of our life. We tend to hide our emotions, our impulses. We seem “contained” within ourselves. When something makes us feel in danger (especially in intimate relationships), the scorpion state is activated and we release our poison to defend ourselves.

Eagle Archetype

The second state of consciousness that Pluto awakens in the 1st house is that of the predator personality. Here the hunter wakes up. Like the eagle, we are able to observe our surroundings and perceive the vulnerabilities of what is within the environment. Of course, this does not necessarily mean that we use this ability to the detriment of others – although it sometimes happens, but that we know how to overcome obstacles through the use of vision and strategy. Here we feel safer than in the first state. There is an unusual ability to concentrate. Great independence. We know what we want and how to get it. We have developed psychological intelligence.

Phoenix Archetype

The third and final state is that of the transformation of our interaction with life. In this state is when we stop feeling prey or predator. We are no longer afraid to go out into the open and make ourselves visible. We no longer consider it a disadvantage because we have found that vulnerability makes us even stronger. We learn to give our body and soul to everything that comes our way and we are transformed by Life at every moment. We understand what it is to die and be reborn a thousand times and little by little we begin to have confidence in Life. This is the archetype of the Phoenix.


Through our experiences we move from one state to another cyclically. Parts of us live in survival mode and sometimes sting. Other parts are like an eagle and can fly high and others, have been transformed and became wise, like the Phoenix. When we observe and accept all the parts that form our Self, something magic happens: what we thought was wrong about us is actually our greatest strength.

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