Pluto is the outermost planet of the solar system. In the field of Astrology, Pluto symbolizes death, rebirth, sex, evolution, degeneration and regeneration, and symbolizes the breakdown of psychological blocks that prevent evolutionary growth. It represents the conscious self-knowledge and self-mastery.

Pluto rules the sign Scorpio in which it symbolizes mastery of the emotions through the use of the will, and it represents transcendence through consciousness of the self. Pluto represents what is buried deep inside of you and needs to be brought to the light.

Pluto rules the miners, geologists, subway workers, psychotherapists, healers, religious leaders and detectives. On the other side we have organized crime, spies, the socially disaffected, and terrorists.

The Demotion of Pluto

Officially, Pluto is no longer a planet. There are finally, officially, only eight planets in the solar system. The vote involved just 424 astronomers who remained for the last day of a meeting of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in Prague. Less than 5 percent of the world's astronomers voted. They decided that Pluto is a dwarf planet and it is recognized as the prototype of a new category of trans-Neptunian objects.

Pluto's transit in Capricorn

Pluto transited to Capricorn in December 2008. This Pluto in Capricorn will oppose any planets you have in Cancer. You will be forced to defend your home, possessions, country, or children. The more planets you have in Cancer, the greater will be the crisis in duration and times of manifestation. Unlike other planets, Pluto is not to be resisted lightly. Signs of a transit by Pluto are a rising tension. There will be tremors and minor cataclysms.. A sense of dread will gather around the globe.

Pluto transits to Aquarius in 2024 and stays there till 2044 for about 20 years.

The Houses
Pluto in the houses
First house
Pluto here confers extreme emotional energy.
Second House
A second house Pluto means that the individual will be keen to express his/her power through wealth or possessions.
Third House
A searching, investigative mind is likely, coupled perhaps with an aloof, difficult to get to know nature.
Fourth House
Pluto in the 4th house can be indicative of a difficult childhood.
Fifth House
Compulsive gambling or risk-taking could be an issue when Pluto is placed in the fifth.
Sixth House
A sixth house Pluto can affect the health, especially in the form of mental or psychological problems.
Seventh House
Pluto in the seventh house indicates that relationships and partnerships are likely to be passionate but very strong and stormy.
Eighth House
An eighth house Pluto most likely confers some psychic abilities.
Ninth House
A ninth house Pluto indicates a compulsive student, striving for perfection in all his intellectual tasks.
Tenth House
A tenth house Pluto is an interesting position for the career.
Eleventh House
An eleventh house Pluto can lead to the individual becoming rather obsessive about friendships.
Twelfth House
With Pluto placed in the twelfth house, it can be very difficult for one to open up to others.

Discovery of Pluto- Tombaugh

Lowell Observatory's search for a ninth planet was begun by founder Percival Lowell in 1905. While Dr. Lowell did not live to see the discovery of Pluto, the Observatory made the official announcement of the discovery on Percival Lowell's birth date, March 13, 1930.

Tombaugh discovered the ninth planet in the solar system on the afternoon of Feb. 18, 1930 while he meticulously examined a pair of photographic plates he had exposed in January at Lowell Observatory.

Pluto- now a Dwarf Planet

The International Astronomical Union (IAU), the official scientific body for astronomical nomenclature, defines a "dwarf planet" as a celestial body within the Solar System that satisfies the following:

1) is in orbit around the Sun

2) has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces

3) has not cleared the neighbourhood around its orbit is not a satellite.

Related Links

• Pluto in Planets

•  Pluto in the Twelve Signs