There is a reason why Pluto is so feared in many astrology circles: it can do a lot of damage. And having one or more prominent Pluto aspects – meaning having the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, or Mars in major aspect to Pluto (conjunction, square, opposite, sextile, trine) – means that you can potentially do a lot of damage. There is an innate destructiveness to Pluto’s energy. This is where a big part of its tremendous power comes from. When it sets its sight on something, absolutely nothing can stand in its way. With Pluto square my Sun and conjunct my Moon, I should know!
Although I do advise Plutonians to see the light and rise above the lower octave of this energy – the potential obsession with control, manipulation, vindictiveness, paranoia, etc. – I don’t think that this darkness should be discarded altogether. In fact, Pluto’s intense appetite for destruction can be used for good. Negative, toxic, and limiting things can be destroyed as much as things that are lovely and innocent and pure can be destroyed. But, to do both, a certain ruthlessness is needed.
But, I would venture to call the former act an example of “healthy ruthlessness.” The more Pluto affects your chart, the more you’re going to have to come to terms with this idea. Plutonians do not achieve real growth by acting as if they’re totally innocent and harmless, free of any dark impulses. This can be an extreme measure that’s taken, since Pluto can be so all-or-nothing, believing that it’s the only way to overcome the darkness. However, this only causes the Pluto person to become even darker and more destructive. There can be something oddly malevolent about a Plutonian who’s always smiling sweetly and behaving in an absolutely cheerful way all the time. In their attempt to make people less scared of them, they can end up subtly expressing a vibe that’s even scarier, like the serial killer who is singing show tunes as they poison your breakfast cereal.
Now, of course, I’m not saying that Plutonians can’t be happy, positive people. But, this needs to be balanced with some sort of venting of that darkness that they’re so aware of and that they carry around. And this is where the healthy ruthlessness comes in. Pluto people need something to kill, in a way. They need something to annihilate in a positive way, which can usually be achieved through the pursuit of some sort of higher ideal. I say higher ideal because it cannot be for personal glory and ego-fueling power. This is when the Plutonian veers into unhealthy ruthlessness, destroying and harming actual people, as well as boundaries and laws, in order to get what they want.
The higher ideal can be something very spiritual, creative, or interpersonal. Maybe, with Sun-Pluto, your higher ideal is total authenticity and an unapologetic identity. With Moon-Pluto, your higher ideal might be the artistic expression of your emotional depth. Venus-Pluto might have higher ideals when it comes to relating to others and building enriching relationships. Whatever it is, you must be willing to destroy whatever stands in the way of it: the ignorance, fear, denial, hatred, or negative behavioral patterns (of yourself and/or others) that prevent you from reaching this standard.
And whatever Pluto wants to annihilate, it will.
Plutonians are like modern-day versions of Shiva, the Hinduist god who embodies an intertwining of creative and destructive forces. Maybe this is why they can inspire so much intimidation in some people; they know how to break things down, including people. But, the Universe will only support you, dear Pluto person, if you are breaking down in order to build something better. If you’re just destroying for controlling or vengeful pleasure, then what’s the point?
So, tap into your healthy ruthlessness. Use it to serve a higher cause or in ways that will empower or awaken those around you. And don’t waver, flinch, or stop until it’s achieved.