Pluto Transits Through the Houses
for Forecasting Astrologers
In this post I’m going to share with you, key energy shifts that you can anticipate when Pluto transits the houses of your chart. When your start with transits you typically begin from the outer planets inwards towards the Sun. The first planet that you will study will be Pluto. Pluto takes a long time to pass through each sign. It can take years to transit the houses of your chart.
Pluto’s Time in Each Sign
Taking into account that Pluto will retrograde over signs boundaries I am only looking at the first time Pluto enters a new sign in all cases.
This will give an average time for the planet to be in each sign, although yes, it will retrograde at the beginning of the ingress and go back to the previous sign for a while and at the end of a sign it will move into the new signa finally to retrograde back for a while into the old sign.
But all things being equal, that is why I’m taking the first ingress of Pluto into each sign that has occurred relatively recently.
Pluto Through the Signs
Pluto was in Leo from 1939 to 1956 when it first entered Virgo. Pluto took 17 years to cover 30 degrees.
Pluto was in Virgo from 1956 to 1971 when it entered Libra. Pluto was 15 years in Virgo.
Pluto was in Libra from 1971 to 1983 when it entered Scorpio. Pluto was 14 years in Libra.
Pluto was in Scorpio from 1983 to 1995 when it entered Sagittarius. Pluto was 12 years in Scorpio.
Pluto was in Sagittarius from 1995 to 2008 when it went into Capricorn. Pluto was 13 years in Sagittarius.
Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008 and will remain there until 2023 when it will go into Aquarius. Pluto will be 15 years in Capricorn.
Perihelion and Aphelion of Pluto
Perihelion is the closest a planet gets to the Sun and for Pluto, perihelion was actually within Neptune’s orbit on September 5th, 1989 at 13 degrees Scorpio. Pluto’s aphelion when it is the farthest away from the Sun, the last time was over one hundred years ago in 1867 in Taurus. Pluto was in Taurus from 1852 to 1882 which means that Pluto spent 30 years in Taurus.
Kepler’s Second Law
Kepler’s 2nd law of planetary motion states that, “Planets sweep out equal areas in equal time.”
This means that when a planet is closer to the Sun, at perihelion, it moves faster, as Pluto did through Scorpio. When a planet is further from the Sun, at aphelion, it moves slower as Pluto did when it transited Taurus. Pluto transited Scorpio in a brief twelve years but took thirty years to transit Taurus. Having said all that let’s have a look at some key phrases that you can anticipate when Pluto transits the houses of your natal chart.
To find which house Pluto is transiting for you, find 25 degrees of Capricorn and decide which house that is for you. It will be different for everyone. For myself Pluto is transiting my sixth house at the moment (January 2021).
Initial House Ingress
The most important part of transiting Pluto, or any planet for that matter, is the time it first enters a new house. That event will bring a period of usually one whole year when the changes relating to the new house are the most felt by the person whose chart it is. By the time Pluto has been in a house for five to ten years you do get used to the energy. When in a particular house, if Pluto then conjoins a planet in your house it will it trigger more responses in you. And when transiting Pluto makes general aspects to the planets in your chart, but that is the topic for another time.
Ok, so we have covered some potential shifts of energy that you may experience as Pluto transits the different houses of your chart. Find the date when Pluto will change houses for you and jot that special date down in your calendar and worksheet.