Continuing its retreat into the barren cold of winter, the Sun moved into Scorpio on October 23rd, 2020. Back when we lived closer to the land, this month of the year correlated to a time when gardens were put to bed and animals who would not live through the winter were culled. The shriveling and falling of the leaves and the increasing cold brought to mind the possibility of death for those who were unprepared for the long winter months ahead.
Indeed, death is the theme, and several cultures celebrate their dead at this time of the year (Halloween, el Dia de los Muertos, All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day, Hungry Ghost Festival, etc.). Communication between the seen and unseen is easier now. Scorpio is ruled by Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, and is associated with, in addition to death, other ‘inevitable’ things like taxes and sex. Inevitable also are the effects of Pluto transits which are often extreme as they strip away anything extraneous and leave things forever changed, deepened by the experience. By mode and element, Scorpio is fixed water, which is reflected in it’s emotional stubbornness.
If you were born between November 5, 1983 and May 18, 1984, August 27, 1984 and January 17, 1995, or April 21, 1995 and November 10, 1995, you have Pluto in Scorpio. With Pluto in Scorpio, the underlying bass tone of your life is extreme emotional experiences. You are wanting to root out that which has been preventing your evolution.
Those with Pluto in Scorpio have come into this life seeking to experience the limits of who they are/aren’t, and of what they can/can’t do. There will be an emphasis on power in all its forms – empowerment, disempowerment, overpowering, absolute power, powerlessness, etc. – as the person seeks out people, experiences or bodies of knowledge that challenge the person’s fears and emotional blockages. Taboos (especially sexual), resistance, emotional complexes, and phobias are magnets for these people and they will align themselves to whatever they’ve deemed powerful in an effort to merge with it.
People with Pluto in Scorpio (with the Sun in Scorpio, with the Sun in the 8th house or with a Scorpio Ascendant) are deeply introspective and psychological. Their past-life experiences with the various permutations of power/powerlessness carries into this life as an innate understanding of people and what motivates them, and also in the underlying feeling that they’ve been betrayed or had the rug pulled out from underneath them in the past. For some Scorpios, it’s very difficult to not use their psychological understanding of people to their advantage, which is why Scorpio has a reputation for being compulsive and manipulative.
The highest path for the Pluto in Scorpio person is in self-sufficiency, ceasing to create and benefit from sexual and emotional dependencies, and a willingness to risk what to them constitutes security.
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