©1-16-2010, revised 5/2012 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
Would you be considered a Plutonian person? You would if Pluto, the sign Scorpio, and the 8th house are strong in your birth chart. Below is a test to give these chart features a score and then a description of what that score says about you. While there aren’t any scientific measurements of a planet’s strength, I’ve assigned number scores to certain chart factors, based on 40 years of doing charts professionally.
(Note: you’re not alone in your curiosity. This test is Skywriter’s most popular post of all times, with over 40,000 people taking the test as of 1/2014. If you check out the comments, when people post their scores, it’s hard to tell if they’re bragging or complaining!)
This test is one of a series of tests of the strength of all the planets in your astrology chart. It assigns point values to various chart features. (In order to find these elements of a chart, you’d need to be at least an intermediate student or know one who can do it for you.) In each of the categories below, add the total score of all the factors that apply to that item, and write the total on the blank. Then add all the items up to find out how your Pluto ranks.
Orbs for aspects: 8° for a conjunction or opposition, up to 6° for a square or trine, 3° for minor aspects. The only exception would be a conjunction or opposition to the Midheaven or Ascendant, and, using the Gauquelin research, that’s 10°. Minor aspects, for two points each, include the sextile, septile, semisextile, quincunx, quintile, semisquare, and sesquiquadrate.
Here’s the Test:
|Pluto In Aspect||Points||Score|
|Pluto conjunct, square, trine, or opposite the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, or Midheaven||10 ea||
|Pluto conjunct, square, trine, or opposite other planets||5 ea||
|Pluto in minor aspect to the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, Midheaven, or other planets||2 ea||
|Part of major configuration like a stellium, T-square, or Grand Trine||5 ea||
|Stellium Planets: Lead planet (first in series) or Alpha Dog||5 ea||
|Pluto/8th House Features||
|Pluto in Scorpio||10||
|Ascendant in Scorpio||10 ea||
|Sun, Moon, or Midheaven in Scorpio||5 ea||
|Other planets in Scorpio||3 ea||
|Sun or Moon in the 8th house||5 ea||
|Other planets in the 8th house||3 ea||
|Add 2-5 points for each other factor you consider important, such as Pluto aspects to the Nodes or having a Node or Part of Fortune in Scorpio or the 8th house. Specify: ___________________________________________________||2-5 ea||
Score: 0-10 would be considered low, while 15-30 indicates a moderately strong influence. More than 30? Very strong indeed—you’re definitely a Plutonian!
(If you were born with the Pluto-Uranus conjunction of the 1960s, do both tests to find out which of the pair influences you most.)
What does Being a Plutonian Mean?
Pluto has a wide range of expressions. At the unevolved level, Plutonians can engage in manipulating or coercing others, abuses of power, battles for control, resentments and grievances, failing for spite, and being a target of other people’s projections.
At the evolved level, the expressions can include transforming, healing, and empowering themselves and people and conditions they care about. Plutonians can have a natural gift for psychology, the healing arts, and understanding what makes people tick.
Pluto Issues: Power and control, trust, to discover and analyze what lies beneath the surface and eliminate the undesirable, separateness, holding on to things or feelings, revenge, death and endings, rebirth, healing, and transformation.
Worldly matters associated with Pluto/Scorpio: healing, psychology, sexuality, wealth, uses and abuses of power, corruption and dirty dealing, secrets, exposes, occult, death and the afterlife, national and personal debt, stocks.
Examples of Plutonian occupations: psychotherapist, healer, medium, past life therapist, researcher, grief counselor, OB/GYN staff, cancer treatment, sex therapist, insurance agent, financial planner, stock broker.
Interpreting your Scores—ARE you a Plutonian?
No brief interpretation can fully explore Pluto’s status in an individual chart, but below are some qualities you might find in someone who has a strong Pluto vs. one with few supporting chart features. (You’ll find more detailed interpretations in my hardcopy book, Healing Pluto Problems. Kindle version at Amazon.com.)
If you had a high score, you’re an over-achiever in the matters of Pluto: You’re probably a Plutonian and therefore extremely strong in some the qualities listed above—the positive ones, the negative ones, or more likely both ends of the spectrum at once. You may alternate between isolation and being joined at the hip in obsessive relationships; in the worst of times, you could be controlling; mistrustful; emotional intensity; bitter, vengeful. And/or you may be dedicated to healing yourself, and as you learn how to do that, can become a natural healer and catalyst in the lives of people around you.
If you had a low score, you may be an under-achiever in the matters of Pluto: If your score is down in the single digits, you may be lacking in some of the qualities listed above. You may not often look deeply within and may be missing important psychological insights that could help you change undesirable patterns. When you have a bad setback, you may take longer to mobilize yourself to come back from it.
On the bright side, you’re probably pretty easy going and not likely to carry grudges or harbor plans for revenge. Until you’re challenged by Pluto transits—like the Pluto-Uranus-Saturn cardinal t-square of 2010-12, you might not give a rat’s behind about transforming your self or your world.
Example of a Plutopalooza: Actor Matt Damon, who has 3 planets in Scorpio, 4 planets in the 8th house, and a Grand trine that involves Pluto, is a big time Plutonian with a score of 50. (See his chart, birth information, and bio here: Damon, Matt)
Plutopalooza Update: Apparently Skywriter has readers who make Matt Damon look like a punk. One reader had a score of 73! Check out the comments section–we had a Pluto party here today!
So, folks, how did you do? Were the test results accurate about you and your loved ones? This is a new and simplified version of some of my older tests, so you’re my beta testers. Tell me how it went in the comments section.
Finding out More about Pluto
There’s much more to our frigid, distant neighbor than we can cover in one short post–in fact, it’s a recurring theme here on Skywriter. Pluto has been one of my specialties over the years, and here are some of my books and articles that deal with it in detail:
My hard copy book, Healing Pluto Problems, may be my best-selling book of all time. It’s available through RedWheel/Weiser at 1-800-423-7087.
Several of my ebooks at moonmavenpublications.com contain chapters about Pluto. Ebooks are $15, or 3 for $35 when you order three at once:
- There’s a chapter about Pluto in the career houses—the 2nd, 6th, and 10th—in The Outer Planets as Vocational Indicators (The Outer Planets and Inner Life, v.1)
- There are separate chapters about Venus-Pluto and Mars-Pluto aspects in Outer Planet Aspects to Venus and Mars. (The Outer Planets and Inner Life, v.2)
- Aspects between the Outer Planets: (The Outer Planets and Inner Life, v.3) has chapters devoted to Pluto-Saturn and Pluto-Uranus aspects.
- My classic text, An Astrological Guide to Self-Awareness, completely updated in 2004, contains a long chapter about Pluto.
This test is part of a series of similar tests about the outer planets. When you’re done with Pluto, you might also enjoy these tests:
- How Strong is your Moon? Here’s the Score?
- How Strong is your Mercury? Here’s the Score!
- How Strong is your Saturn? Here’s the Score!
- How Strong is your Uranus? Here’s the Score!
- How Strong is your Neptune? Here’s the Score!
The collection of 17 articles about Pluto transits for the Blogathon can be found at Online : Pluto Problems Got You Perplexed? Here’s What Helps! And a list of all the articles about Pluto on this blog can be found here: PlutoPaloozas, Here’s Plenty of Pluto Posts!
More Posts about Pluto on this Blog:
- 6 Things You May Not Know about Pluto
- Pluto in the Career Houses–The Power to Manifest or Fail for Spite
- Career Challenges for the Pluto-Uranus in Virgo Generation
- Healing Tools For Plutonians: Transforming The Self And Others
- Astrological Clues to Resilience—the Houses as Havens after Trauma
- Purge Yourself of Pluto’s Negativity—Get Free of Bitterness
- Pluto in Capricorn: A Laugh and a Half, by John Marchesella
- How the Pluto-Saturn Square may Affect People born with that Aspect
- The Steamy Side of Venus-Pluto Aspects—A Photo Gallery
- High Maintenance–a Venus-Pluto Vignette
- Mars-Pluto Aspects? Use your Manifestation Mojo!
About the Author: Donna Cunningham is an internationally-respected author of books, articles, and columns about astrology, flower essences and other metaphysical topics. Her insights reflect her dual background in astrology and psychotherapy. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University and over 40 years of experience in working with people. Her ebooks can be found at Moon Maven Publications (http://www.moonmavenpublications.com) Visit her blog at https://skywriter.wordpress.com.
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