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Pluto conjunct Ascendant

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Born as the planet Pluto rose in the east, you are strongly identified with it and serve symbolically as its ambassador and representative of its vibration on earth. Thus you act as an agent of change, evolution, and personal transformation in your environment. Your sense of who you are is constantly undergoing such transformation as well, and your life is filled with drastic endings and sudden new beginnings. Although this may seem similar to Scorpio rising, they are only similar. Scorpio rises for two hours every day, but Pluto is conjunct the ascendant a little more than ½ hour per day, depending on how one calculates orbs and the first house's "dark side". Actually the more distinguishing factor between the two is that—since the karma of Pluto conjunct ascendant is much more individual and intense than that of Scorpio rising—there are far fewer births the closer Pluto gets to exactly on the ascendant.

In this incarnation you are learning to master and control the emotions and the primitive drives within you that, left unconscious, control and direct human life. You are shining light into your depths to become more conscious of who you are as an individual. This is your hero's journey; you're alone in this process, and therefore have a great need for seclusion. Don't mistake your need for self-mastery and control for your obvious ability to control others.

You are embarking on a new evolutionary cycle, and feel as if you have a special destiny to fulfill. You also feel that it's necessary to have the freedom and independence for any and all experiences that might enable you to discover and know something about yourself that you didn't know before. It could be waiting around any corner at any moment, and you must be free enough to have or to be had by the experience entirely. Since much of this process is instinctual, it is important to become conscious of obsessive behavior in this regard, as well as of projecting your anger and frustration upon those who appear to be restricting you.

An inherent leader, you're intense, magnetic, strong willed, have a penetrating gaze and defy arbitrary authority. Although you have a very strong physical body, you project an obvious sense of vulnerability. You're hard to get to know deeply, and are passionate, insistent, and direct.

One of Pluto's symbols is the legendary Phoenix bird, reborn once a century out of the flames of its funeral pyre. Your personality is under a similar, constant evolutionary pressure to die and be reborn. If this process is blocked or avoided, tremendous pressure is built up within you that must be released at all cost. Because of this and a tendency to compulsive and obsessive behavior, a non-analytic, emotionally or physically based psychotherapy can be an excellent release and form of growth for you. Once you learn to balance and integrate your own internal energies, you could make an excellent psychotherapist yourself if you were so inclined.

When Pluto is conjunct the ascendant it can be in either the first or the twelfth house. A twelfth-house Pluto within 3°-4° of the ascendant is on the " dark side" of the first house and expresses itself through both the twelfth and the first houses. When a twelfth-house Pluto is within 3° of the ascendant, it starts to express itself more through the first house than through the twelfth; when it is less than about 1°-1½° from the ascendant, a twelfth-house Pluto should be interpreted as being essentially in the first house. This dark side principle is true of all 10 planets on the dark side of all four angles.

This Pluto-conjunct-ascendant-reading page and much of this 600-page website are excerpted from the Fine Art Book You and the Universe.

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