In 1972, I obtained the first Transpluto ephemeris which was
published in Germany by the highly respected astrologer/scientist, Theodor
Landscheidt. Relying upon my
respect for this man and his work, I presumed that there was validity for
this hypothetical "planet."
Since the discovery of Pluto, scientists have agreed that Pluto was
too small to induce the irregular orbits of Uranus and Neptune.
Yet, it was a similar type of calculation that identified the
approximate position of Pluto before it was discovered.
Because Transpluto moves so slowly - from 1938 to 1993, it has moved
only 23 degrees - the verification of this planet through photography will
be a tedious and prolonged task.
When I first obtained the Transpluto ephemeris, I decided that this
planet would rule either Taurus or Virgo.
Both of these signs share a dual rulership - both Taurus and Libra
are presently ruled by Venus and both Gemini and Virgo are presently ruled
by Mercury. In the past, both
Capricorn and Aquarius were ruled by Saturn until the discovery of Uranus,
both Sagittarius and Pisces were ruled by Jupiter until the discovery of
Neptune, and both Aries and Scorpio were ruled by Mars until the discovery
of Pluto. Later astronomical
discoveries will resolve the pairing of Gemini/Virgo and Taurus/Libra.
TECHNIQUE FOR RESEARCH
In order to determine the personality traits associated with
Transpluto, I did not interview the individual with Transpluto rising - I
interviewed that individual's closest friends whom I felt would be more
objective. In every case, the
friend described their Transplutonian friend as "critical, analytical,
fastidious and very much a perfectionist." Other descriptions were "an eye for detail and very
self-critical and introspective."
These descriptions seemed to identify Virgo as the sign ruled by
In order to verify the Virgo rulership, I worked with the progressed
Moon and its progressed aspects to Transpluto.
The nature of the event would give further clues as to the nature of
Transpluto or how this planet operates in the horoscope.
Furthermore, when Transpluto is aspected by the progressed Moon, the
House ruled by Transpluto (the House with Virgo on the cusp) should be
correspondingly activated. Indeed,
this appeared to be the case.
Because Transpluto is a hypothetical planet, the accuracy of the
Landscheidt ephemeris had to be determined.
In this case, I selected horoscopes with Transpluto in the 4th or
10th Houses. Using solar arc
progressions, one degree rqualing one year in the life, I discovered that
this ephemeris was as accurate as any ephemeris for the known planets.
In some rare cases, I was able to examine the effects event-wise of
the transiting Transpluto. This is rare because of the very slow movement of this planet.
In 1973, I was observing the horoscope of an assistant researcher.
This chart had Virgo rising, Transpluto in the 11th House sextiling
her Gemini Sun in the 9th House. On
August 15, Transpluto would transit an exact sextile to the natal Sun.
On that date, she received a notice stating that her application had
been accepted to teach and conduct research at a local college.
Another example shows the effect of the transiting Transpluto upon
the Virgo House cusp. In this chart, Transpluto was transiting an exact conjunction
with a Leo Ascendant and Virgo was on the 2nd House cusp.
At the time of the exact conjunction, a very materialistic woman
became introspective to the point where she re-evaluated her situation and
"changed her ways" with regard to her materialistic values.
In researching the influence of transits and progressions involving
Transpluto, a group of cooperating individuals were given a list of dates in
which Transpluto was active. I requested a description of the event and, in retrospect,
what the individual felt was the psychological effect of the event.
I asked them to look at all of the events and describe a
psychological theme with these occurrences.
It was using this type of research that I discovered physiological
correspondences with Transpluto.
other well-known astrologers who ascribe different sign rulerships to
Transpluto. These rulerships have not been given without some facts to
back them up. I have often
found much validity to their findings.
I ask my readers to keep an open mind and test all theories with
their own charts.
AND ITS EFFECT
In my earliest research, I observed a very specific personalty type
unfolding with a strongly placed natal Transpluto.
Indeed, when Transpluto closely conjuncts the natal Sun, the
perfectionist Virgo qualities can frequently dominate over the influence of
the Sun sign.
The sign of Gemini, particularly noticeable with the Moon in Gemini,
is the most acute conductor of the Transpluto influence.
This was observed through the critical, perfectionist parental
experiences during the childhood when Transpluto was sextile to Gemini
In surveying the effect of Transpluto upon the ego development, I
examined only the hard aspects of Transpluto to the Sun and Transpluto
conjunct the 1st, 4th and 10th House cusps.
In these cases, the Transplutonian parent had been subjected to much
criticism as a child and this, in turn, was projected onto the individual
whose chart I was examining.
Specifically with the Sun-Transpluto aspect, the father was
experienced as a critical, perfectionist man who punished the child with
exacting demands. As the
individual matured, the same exacting standards continued to be used in
evaluating self and others.
Used constructively, self-criticism and the perpetual alert for
imperfections can motivate the individual to continually strive to do better,
to achieve a standard of excellence and to make improvements where needed
for the betterment of all. If a child has one experience of approval from a
perfectionist parent, this will be carried over into adulthood as a pattern
for finding contentment. The
more experiences of approval from the perfectionist parent, the more
contentment the individual will find in life.
Used destructively, perfectionism never allows the individual to be
content. Always dissatisfied
and troubled by self-recriminations, the ego is diminished by a low
self-esteem, an image unfairly projected by the parent.
In anticipating failure, the individual painfully procrastinates or
gives up before the efforts see fruition.
In dogging failure (often found when there are many Mutable
placements in the horoscope), the individual may take on an irresponsible
attitude, drift from one job or relationship to another, and never really
try anything. Such an attitude
reinforces the belief that the perfectionist parent is correct -"I am a
failure." It is common to
find such extreme cases when the individual never experienced any approval
from the perfectionist parent.
The Personality Keywords for Transpluto are:
The Perfectionist/Perfectionism, Self-sufficiency, The Reformer
Complex, and Alienation.
The House position of Transpluto shows where perfectionist demands
were placed upon us as a child and where we place perfectionist demands upon
ourselves as adults. According to Karen Horney, M.D., a perfectionist is one who
fears criticism. If the person
is perfect and always right, there will be no vulnerable areas for criticism
to find a foothold1.
Perfectionism and its resulting fear of failure and disapproval
invariably lead to the next quality, self-sufficiency.
Self-sufficiency is the Transplutonian ideal.
Perfection is not a practical ideal since it is impossible to achieve.
Self-sufficiency is always possible.
The House position of Transpluto shows where we psychologically need
to be self-sufficient.
Self-sufficiency is a self-protecting mechanism whereby others can
never get so close that they can criticize, try to change us or tell us what
to do. If the individual
experiences a personal failure, others are never close enough to discover
the shortcoming and make recriminations. As a client told me, "If I do it myself, if it is mine,
then no one can criticize me, tell me what to do or how to do it!"
When self-sufficiency is being lost or undermined, the individual can
become quite critical which drives the undermining person away and, thus,
The Reformer Complex is a mode of creativity for Transpluto because
it involves maintaining high standards and continually making improvements.
In Transpluto, there is a Virgo-type idealism in its quest for
perfection. However, it is an
idealism that is seen through the eyes of a critic.
This idealism cannot be satisfied because the individual is always
aware of the flaws yet continually seeking perfection.
The concern is that the Transplutonian individual
will desire to change, reform or reconstruct the world and people in
a highly subjective style rather than as would be best for those concerned.
Alienation is an anxiety-avoidance reaction which serves to remove
the individual from any painful reminder of a personal image of failure -
something that brought about a psychologically painful critical reaction
from the Transplutonian parent. Consequently,
individual may avoid working closely with others in order not to be
subjected to criticism. Close
relationships may be difficult to establish.
I found the Alienation Factor very apparent in my observations of
transits and progressions involving Transpluto.
When dependency (in one's self or in others) became a problem in that
it allowed another to get so close that they could criticize, try to change
or tell the individual what to do, an alienation occurred.
Often a critical exchange of words served to effect the alienation.
Through my observations of Transpluto in Leo, I was able to ascertain
the Dignity and Exaltation of this planet.
Since the dignity of Transpluto is Virgo, its detriment would be in
Pisces. Pisces is a very
idealistic sign and the critical tendencies of Transpluto can destroy
Piscean dreams and illusions. The Reformer Complex of Transpluto can be used in a positive
and supportive manner when directed towards broad social requirements.
this reason, Transpluto is exalted in Aquarius. When the critical, perfectionist demands of Transpluto are
aimed at the individual, it can severely punish and undermine the ego.
Therefore, Transpluto is in its Fall in Leo.
AND ITS EFFECT UPON
With hard aspects to the Moon, mother becomes the perfectionist
parent who drew critical attention to shortcomings and constantly monitored
the child with reprimands and orders. Because
of these tendencies in the mother, the individual often creates a form of
emotional alienation and self-sufficiency as a subconscious
anxiety-avoidance reaction to the pain of her criticizing remarks or demands.
The fear of emotional closeness is pronounced.
This can be frustrating for Moon signs that require closeness in
order to feel loved and secure. It
is a fear that, when others are allowed to get too close, they will
criticize, try to change or express disapproval.
Always on the alert for such a threat, the individual with a strong
Moon-Transpluto placement will criticize first in order to drive others away
or, at least, keep them at a safe distance.
Relationships are stressed when the individual over-reacts to
anything that sounds like a criticism or an attempt to effect any type of
change. In my couple counseling,
the Moon-Transpluto individual frequently complains that the partner is
"always criticizing." The
use of absolutes such as "always" and "never" is a
common Moon-Transpluto habit. A
simple comment such as, "Did you take out the trash today?," is
seen as a harsh reprimand. Coming
to terms with this hyper-sensitivity is important to establishing positive
relating patterns, finding emotional satisfaction with a partner, and
cultivating a capacity to share one's self with others.
Self-sufficiency can be very lonely!
MATERNAL JEALOUSY IN THE FEMALE HOROSCOPE
While the behavior of the critical, perfectionist mother is usually
the projection of the mother's own fears, failures and shortcomings onto the
Moon-Transpluto child, this behavior can also be symptomatic of the mother's
own frustrations and lack of emotional fulfillment.
This includes sexual frustration which a lack of emotional
fulfillment often entails.
As the young female child begins to develop some autonomy, often
observed at the time the child enters grade school, the mother resents the
freedom and the talents2 expressed by the
child. The mother subsequently
uses criticisms and putdowns to sabotage the child's efforts to be
successful in any undertaking deemed threatening to the mother.
In some way, the Transpluto mother sees herself as a failure.
Her own perfectionist attitudes hold her down and keep her from
trying to succeed, a fear of failure and rejection.
As her Moon-Transpluto child begins to achieve personal successes and
popularity, it is a painful reminder to the mother of these personal
failures and lack of achievement. If
the child is successful, the mother can become both critical and angry which
the child does not understand.
Mothers are supposed to be proud of the achievements of their
children. She may even
encourage the success of the child but, out of jealousy, attack the child at
every turn. This gives rise to
a fear of success in the child. In
this case, it is not a fear of failure but a fear of rejection,
recrimination and psychological retaliation from the mother that success
I have a female client of many years whose rising Moon in Taurus
aspects the malefic stellium of Mars, Saturn, Pluto and Transpluto in Leo.
Transpluto is closest to the I.C.
The learned pattern of gaining approval through being of service to
others produced a desire to pursue a career in nursing.
The mother had once longed for such a career but gave up this notion
for marriage. Resenting this
sacrifice because of a lack of emotional satisfaction in family life, she
resented the daughter attempting to succeed where she had failed.
The mother sabotaged the daughter's attempts to be a nurse by telling
her that she was not smart enough and she would not help her financially.
The daughter never became a nurse but she did marry a much older man
whom she "nursed" for many years.
Transpluto and the Moon signs
in Aries: There can be a rash
or impulsive reaction to unwanted criticism.
This can often lead to crises in the life.
can sharpen the intellect with swift, razor-sharp analyses but this occurs
at the expense of the emotional development.
In extreme cases, sensitivity to criticism can keep this defensive
individual on edge.
in Taurus: The fear of
criticism and disapproval causes the individual to internalize feelings and
to "swallow one's words," blocking both personal creativity and
communications. In order not to
provoke recrimination, the individual may appear to go along with what
another says but go one's own way in the end.
The combination of Taurus and Transpluto can make the individual
in Gemini: Because Gemini
absorbs Transpluto readily, the individual can criticize without thinking.
Criticism can be expressed indirectly through humor or pranks which
often drives others away. All
too easily this mercurial sign substitutes the intellect for the emotions.
The need to feel chipper divorces the individual from true feelings.
in Cancer: This is an overly
sensitive sign that becomes secretive about real feelings and quietly
retreats into a protective shell. A
conjunction with Transpluto can be quite harsh for this sensitive Moon sign
that feels a strong emotional bond with people who criticize and reject.
in Leo: The pride and respect
needs of this sign are not compatible with a critical, demanding parent.
Much showiness is a manifestation of a need for approval and
reassurance. A conjunction with
Transpluto often indicates a mother who criticized because her own emotional
needs were being neglected. The
mother may have been very competitive with the child.
in Virgo: This sign emphasizes
the Virgoan need for approval through being of service to others.
Fussy habits are developed to establish self-sufficiency in the daily
life. The individual becomes
difficult to please emotionally. In a male horoscope, the mother could have been a
perfectionistic "Super Mom" and other women never seem to measure
up to her standards.
in Libra: Transpluto can add
discrimination to this sign, allowing the individual to better weigh and
assess details. Yet, the fear
of criticism can make this Moon even more indecisive.
The individual is highly critical of anything which seems unjust and
in Scorpio: This Moon can
harbor deep resentment towards parental demands that make the individual
feel powerless. The individual
can become highly critical and disapproving of others and control through
poor cooperation. A strong
element of competitiveness colored the maternal relationship.
in Sagittarius: This Moon can
cultivate very high standards, codes and ethics when combined with
Transpluto. The liability here
is self-righteousness. Criticizing
and finding fault with others can be a defensive means by which an insecure
individual can appear better than others.
A religious upbringing can be a problem.
in Capricorn: This Moon
describes a "favorite child" upon whom high expectations were
placed yet the individual always feels like a failure who did not measure up
to the parental expectations. Trust
on an emotional level is difficult to achieve.
The need to achieve is a manifestation of the need to be
in Aquarius: Mother was
perceived as unusual in some way. As
a child, she felt different, not like other children her age and not
accepted as is. As a result,
the individual with this Moon opposing or inconjunct Transpluto will feel
that there is something wrong with being different because mother was very
critical of non-conformity. Being
self-sufficient is a means of being free from the disapproval of others.
in Pisces: At times, the
individual feels criticized by others for any sensitivity to the downtrodden.
If unable to establish emotional self-sufficiency, the tendency to
whine and complain about personal dissatisfactions can be emphasized.
There can be a vague discontent with life's imperfections.
A trine from Transpluto can provide the discrimination needed by this
empathetic Moon sign to separate the desires of self from others.
It is a positive influence for those in the "helping"
TRANSPLUTO AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF SEXUALITY
One of my research subjects wrote in detail about her
Venus-Transpluto conjunction in the 5th House.
Shortly before the birth of her baby brother, when her Solar Arc
Transpluto conjoined her 5th House Venus, her mother decided to tell her all
about pregnancy. Shocked by this information, she never realized that men had
anything to do with it. "I
figured that 'father' was just an honorary term for the man who married your
mother." When the
transiting Transpluto crossed the 5th House Jupiter (conjunct Venus), the
mother "tactlessly and bluntly" informed her about the specifics
of sex. Feeling that this was
"the most disgusting thing I'd ever heard," she lost all respect
for her mother. This was not an
isolated incident. I received
many letters describing similar occurrences, especially when there were
strong aspects involving Venus-Transpluto.
Confirming my observations of Transpluto, my research subject who had
the Moon in Gemini sextiling Venus-Transpluto described her mother, who had
no Virgo planets, as "the most critical person I have ever known.
I could not even strike a match correctly.
I grew up thinking that, whatever I did, it would be wrong."
Her mother further reproached her by saying that "You will never
have any friends, especially if they knew you like I do."
Out of this fear, this subject "was afraid to invite anybody to
my house or to let them really get to know me."
The fear of closeness was instilled by a mother who warned that, if
others got close enough to know her, they would disapprove and reject her. This is clearly negative Transpluto indoctrination.
In evaluating the responses to my inquiries, I determined that the
Venus-Transpluto individual experiences conflict in sexuality and relating
due to a sense of unlovability, a fear that they are not good enough and
guilt associated with sex.
Frequently, there was a strong religious focus in the childhood that
instilled a perfectionist moral code that created blocks, inhibitions and
frustrations over sexuality. If the Venus-Transpluto aspect has any connection with the
3rd House, the individual may have attended a religious school.
I have also found that Saturn connected with the 3rd House rules
my own chart, I have Venus at 29 Cancer conjunct Saturn at 20 Cancer and
Transpluto at 4 Leo. Libra is
on my 3rd House cusp. I
attended Catholic schools for 9 years.
Not feeling loved or accepted for one's self during the formative
years, the individual can project the inner unworthiness by attracting
people who are underdogs, people who are not up to their potential
or people who are socially or economically inferior - people who will
make the Transplutonian individual feel superior or needy types who will
give some validity to the life.
than remaining hard to please and rather than expecting perfection from
others, it is essential that the individual concentrate on what is right
about a relationship and not the numerous flaws and inadequacies.
Discrimination is a healthier ideal for Transpluto.
With a strong Venus-Transpluto connection, the individual grew up
with an emphasis upon being a good boy or a good girl - with the concept of
"good" being prudish and unrealistic.
This can create an inner battle with sexuality.
A man with Venus conjunction Transpluto in Leo can frequently become
a "male chauvinist prude" -having sexual relationships while
dating but, in the end, wanting to marry a virgin!
I observed another version of sexual conflict when the 8th and 11th
Houses were involved with Venus and Transpluto.
When a boy is told, "Nice boys don't sleep with girls!," he
can be programmed that he can only sleep with other boys.
Sexual ambivalence was not uncommon.
This occurs when the individual is confused about his or her
sexuality. The confusion can make the individual asexual or seemingly
disinterested in sex. Transpluto
in the 5th, 8th or 9th Houses with heavy afflictions to Venus can cause
periods of celibacy in the life wherein the individual withdraws in order to
sort out the conflicting sexual urges.
A Venus-Transpluto aspect in the horoscope does not necessarily
indicate that there will always be sexual blocks and frustrations.
The early blocks and feelings of guilt can be overcome with positive
sexual experiences that give reassurance and fulfillment.
I tell my clients that they should use guilt as an indicator as to
whether or not they are doing something right.
If you do something that makes you feel guilty, then you know that
you did the correct thing. Guilt means that you did something for yourself and not for
others. If you go along for
months without feeling guilty, find a good therapist because you are living
your life according to the expectations of others.
This is a very simplistic approach but it has been very helpful to
many of my guilt-ridden clients.
In my early research, I used the key phrase, "tearing apart,"
for Transpluto. I subsequently changed this but it does have a better
application to my investigation on pregnancy and the 5th House.
Over the years, I have observed that the 5th House rules our early
"play" experiences - how we played as a child, how we entertained
ourselves and how we had fun. Spontaneity
in childhood play time usually produces a highly creative adult.
This House colors our attitude toward children and child-rearing in
general. How we are parented
determines how we parent our own children.
Transpluto in the 5th House describes a critical, perfectionist
parent, usually the mother, who feels that, if she is not constantly
monitoring the child, the child is being neglected.
One research subject with Transpluto in the 5th House stated that her
"judgment of people in general is pretty critical, especially children.
I figure, if I could not get away with it, why the #*&# should I
have to be tolerant of them (children)!"
The phrase "tearing apart" relates to the alienation factor
in the Transpluto experience by which the perfectionist behavior serves to
emotionally drive away or alienate the child.
This, in turn, relates to the self-sufficiency ideal of Transpluto.
With Transpluto in the 5th House, independence and self-sufficiency
in children is essential. The
parent does not want a child to be needy, dependent or vulnerable.
The child is urged to "do it for yourself" and not rely
upon the parent.
The "tearing apart" can produce a miscarriage or abortion.
I found miscarriages which were influenced by Transpluto to be
psychogenic. That is, there was
a strong psychological motivation for the miscarriage.
For example, the woman did not really love the man and she did not
want to be tied down with his children.
Although she may have wanted children, she did not want his. In rejecting the child through miscarriage, she was rejecting
the husband's love. In the
horoscopes of women who never had children, they described not wanting to
give up their own self-sufficiency. These
women felt that they had always taken care of themselves and they did not
want to devote the next 21 years taking care of a child.
1973, I conducted a small research study on miscarriages.
I did find that, if Transpluto was heavily afflicted at conception, a
miscarriage was likely to occur.
BURN-OUT AND THE PERFECTIONIST
This fear of receiving stems from childhood experiences wherein the
early environment stressed obedience, compliance and a critical emphasis
upon detail so that the individual came to be molded by the parental ideal
without regard for the true inner self.4
Such individuals possess a
subconscious childhood memory of being quite vulnerable in the position of
"receiver" (from the parents, as all children are) - a position in
which they were subjected to criticism, the parents trying to change them
and being cast into a parental mold. As
adults, when in the position of receiving, the Transpluto-afflicted
individual does not feel worthy. In
receiving, the individual fears that he or she will once again be placed in
that position wherein the person giving will try to change them and tell
them what to do.
When raised in an environment of conditional love - I love you if...if
you do your homework, if you get good grades, if you clean your room, if you
choose acceptable friends, if you do this or if you do that - such
individuals learn that they can only gain approval though service and that
they are only deserving of love and approval when they do something for it.
The Moon's House position and sign will show where approval and
acceptance is sought. It is
this aspect of Transpluto that directs the individual to employment in the
"helping" professions, including astrological counseling, which is
an outbranch of the core feeling that the individual is only worthy when
doing something for others.
Being sensitive to criticism as a result of the perfectionist
childhood environment, the goal and ideal of the Transplutonian individual
is to strive for self-sufficiency. Self-sufficiency
is a psychological protective mechanism whereby others are not allowed to
get so close that they could criticize, reject, try to change or make
life-direction of service is actually as means of being in control.
That is, those on the receiving end of the service are dependent upon
the activity of the server.
The Burn-Out dilemma of the perfectionist,
self-sufficient, other-directed personality type arises from a pattern of
many years of giving energy to others and not allowing the reciprocation of
receiving. Usually at the time
of strong transiting Saturn afflictions, the Transplutonian individual comes
to feel depleted and burned out. Feelings
of anger begin to surface under the pressure of fatigue.
The "receivers" in the life are resented because it is felt
that they have used without returning.
While blaming others, the fault actually lies within the
Transplutonian individual. These
individuals control their relationships through their giving and doing for
others, becoming frustrated when the giving starts to control them!
The Transpluto Burn-Out symptoms are physical and emotional
exhaustion, feeling unloved and unappreciated by the "receivers"
in the life, no sense of purpose or drive since most of the activities are
geared towards the needs of others. Caught
in this pattern for many years, they have no idea how to change this
situation. As perfectionists
who fear criticism, they are driven by the projection that people will not
love them if they do not continue to give their time and energy, coming to
resent the people to whom they give. Yet,
the thought of allowing others to do for them gives shutters of horror since
their primary memory of receiving is from the critical parents.
They see nurturing as dependency and vulnerability.
If one cannot get nurturing from others by allowing them to do things
for you, at least nurture yourself. This
means getting in touch with what you want, what you need and what you feel.
The action of Transpluto upon the developing psyche is to detach and
intellectualize the emotions. Getting
in touch with real feels becomes very difficult.
Shop-a-holic compulsions and the Sara Lee Surrogate Mother Syndrome
are merely emotional substitutes!
There are entire generations of individuals who are highly
susceptible to the perfectionist burn-out of Transpluto.
Those born during 1946-48 when Saturn in Leo was conjunct Transpluto,
during 1953-55 when Saturn in Scorpio squared Transpluto.
For such individuals I developed the following suggestions for
dealing with Burn-Out:
Learn to ask for what you need and want.
When another offers, do not cut them off - SAY YES!
Sounds easy? If you
wince at this thought, you are a prime candidate for Transpluto Burn-Out.
Do not give unless the other person asks.
This will eliminate compulsive doing and giving.
Put an end to volunteerism!
3. Make yourself less available to others. Wean off the receivers and seek other types of relating. Find activities that are for your pure pleasure alone. If employed in a "helping" profession, decide when you are working. Simply because "problem solving" is easy, you may not consider it work but it is work!
Do not do what you do not want to do!
You cannot eliminate everything that is unpleasant but you can
eliminate those things over which you have control.
TRANSPLUTO IN TRANSITS AND PROGRESSIONS
In the personal horoscope, Transpluto triggers changes in the nature
of a separation, alienation or even a loss in order to re-establish
self-sufficiency in the life. Where dependency upon some form of security had undermined
self-sufficiency, being one's own person and doing things for one's self, an
alienation or loss occurred. Changes
to remove a dependency situation were often emotionally traumatic but the
individual recovered, emotionally stronger and more self-reliant.
A client with a 6th House Transpluto had become very dependent upon a
relative to run her business. The
relative was a very well-organized and a perfectionist.
Where Transpluto falls in the horoscope shows where you must be
self-sufficient and not reliant upon others.
If you give up your self-sufficiency, Transpluto will bring a crisis
to re-establish self-sufficiency in your life.
When the transiting Pluto squared and the progressed Moon crossed her
natal Transpluto, there was a relationship crisis and this relative quite
the job and moved away. This was traumatic to my client who had become very dependent
upon this relative. This
separation forced my client to take charge and run the business herself.
I firmly believe that we can appease the planets so that any
negative effects are greatly diminished.
If a choice for self-sufficiency is made in order to eliminate a
dependency situation, it will not be forced upon the individual.
One such person, experiencing a progressed Sun-Mercury aspect to her
natal 9th House Transpluto, decided that she had become too independent upon
her current friendships at work and she transferred to the west coast.
She never said what circumstances led up to this decision but it was
a very satisfying move.
I often find that a critical (criticism) exchange of words often
leads to the removal. Criticism
is used by Transpluto to push people away.
A woman who had worked for a small organization had always felt that,
when someone criticized how she ran the organization, she would know that it
was time to leave and start her own business.
When her progressed Moon in the 3rd House sextiled her 11th House
Transpluto and the transiting Pluto squared it, a new administrator came
into the organization and found her way of doing things too "non-traditional."
She diplomatically submitted her resignation and successfully started
her own business.
The progressed Moon aspecting Transpluto frequently triggers minor
self-sufficiency changes. One woman had a brother who continually called her for advice
and to complain about family matters. When
her progressed Moon in the 3rd House squared her 11th House Transpluto, she
criticized him bluntly, telling him to make his own decisions and to discuss
his problems with his wife and not her.
For months, the brother never spoke to her but it ended his
dependency upon her for "a shoulder to cry on."
In this respect, I found a strong association with Transpluto and
small pets. Transpluto rules a
pet upon whom there is a strong emotional dependence, one's "baby"
so to speak. Venus-Transpluto
and Moon-Transpluto can trigger the loss of such a pet.
I have observed horoscopes in which the pet became a substitute for
emotional companionship. Transpluto can serve a harsh blow when it removes the animal
from the life. In the 1970s, I
acquired cats as substitutes for people.
When Transpluto periodically took one of the cats away, while
emotionally traumatic, I felt a sense of relief and freedom from the mutual
dependency. I no longer have
such a relationship with my pets and Transpluto no longer affects their
One research subject gave a particularly insightful overview of the
effects of Transpluto in his life. With
the Sun conjunct Saturn in Cancer and the Moon conjunct Neptune in the 1st
House, he described himself as a very dependent man with a strong Mother
Complex. With Transpluto
conjunct Mercury, the ruler of his Ascendant, in the 11th House, he felt
that he was continually attracted to meddlesome Transplutonian individuals
upon whom he became dependent for advice and direction.
During progressed and transiting aspects of Transpluto, these
meddlesome security figures were removed from his life.
This separation was always followed by feelings of loneliness,
isolation and alienation but these events always compelled him to cultivate
self-sufficiency and a self-determined direction in his life.
Since most of the aspects were favorable, he made the decision
himself to remove these individuals from his life.
However, the decision was made only after the meddlesome associations
exerted "unbearable" pressure in trying to change him.
Transpluto can bring positive changes, often career or financial,
that liberate the individual into self-sufficiency.
Career changes can establish the individual in a position of
self-sufficiency - a position wherein others are not so close that they can
criticize, try to change or tell the individual what to do and wherein the
individual can conduct work routines "their way."
An actress whose natal 9th House Transpluto trined her 5th House Sun
(ruling 10th House cusp) and Mars (ruling Ascendant and 6th House cusp) had
been out of work for over a year. When
the progressed Moon in Sagittarius (1st House) trined the 9th House
Transpluto, she received her first leading role.
Financial gains occurring under a Transpluto event also liberated the
individual into a position of self-sufficiency - a position where others
were no longer needed financially. From
these events, I collected data of lottery winners.
Transpluto was active in all of these cases.
A few years ago I heard Joyce Wehrman state that she had found
Transpluto prominent in major lottery wins.
I began to examine the horoscopes of lottery winners.
I have two friends who each won over $1 million in the Maryland
lottery. In the charts of
lottery winners, I found that all were experiencing a conjunction or square
from the transiting Transpluto to the ruler of the 2nd House cusp, a planet
in the 2nd House or Venus, the natural ruler of the 2nd House.
The psychology involved in this transit was to liberate the
individual into a state of financial self-sufficiency.
One friend was a taxi driver supporting 7 children.
He had used creative visualization to manifest the winning numbers.
I did not have his exact birth data but the major win was clearly
shown in his wife's chart - the transiting Transpluto squared her natal
Venus in Scorpio.
One of my students, who also used creative visualization to manifest
the winning numbers, won the lottery when the transiting Transpluto crossed
her natal Venus and Mercury, Mercury ruling the 2nd House cusp.
Her family had been abandoned by the husband and her personal
finances were running out. Her
yearly income from the lottery was exactly the amount of her ex-husband's
salary. Now self-sufficient,
she no longer needs her husband or his money.
I personally found Transpluto to be active in small wins.
In 1991, when the transiting Venus was conjunct the transiting
Midheaven and both exactly square my natal Transpluto, I won a door prize,
an eyeglass case. Of course, I
was not liberated into self-sufficiency but I did need the eyeglass case!
THE MEDICAL INFLUENCES OF TRANSPLUTO
A friend in New York collected many charts of hypoglycemics and
diabetics. She found similar
patterns through which we developed a hypoglycemia personality profile.
Because my friend was not an astrologer, she was not influenced by
First, I found a psychological factor in which the individuals were
subjected to "little blows" psychologically from a critical,
perfectionist parent. In turn,
they became very self-critical, putting themselves down in the same manner
as the critical parent. The
self-criticizing trait seems to create a vulnerable point in the
psychological make-up or stress on the system through the function of the
liver. Any shock or trauma that
upsets some source of security then triggers a pancreas dysfunction found in
hypoglycemia or diabetes.
I found a physiological weak link created by the use of stimulants.
This included caffeine from smoking, drinking coffee, tea and sodas.
Some of the subjects used diet pills, took drugs or drank alcohol.
The alloplastic factor was an event in the nature of a separation,
alienation or loss of some source of love or security in the life.
The event may have been a divorce, a broken relationship, a change of
residence, or a change of schools. The
emotional disruption to the sense of security triggered the psychogenic
The body, in its attempt to compensate for the loss of love, would
shoot a little sugar to itself in the form of glycogen from the stressed
liver. The onset of the blood
sugar dysfunction - diabetes or hypoglycemia - usually occurred within 6
months of the loss or change.
In the example chart, the young man experienced the perfectionist
standards from the Scorpio mother, although he felt closely tied to her.
My assistant researcher stated that, "He is a very insecure
young man who puts others down so that they are not as good as he is, making
himself seem more superior." He
had indulged in all forms of stimulants - amphetamines, LSD and he was a
heavy coffee drinker. At 18
years, exactly when the solar arc IC conjuncted the 4th House Transpluto,
his mother left with another man. The
transiting Mars was crossing Transpluto on the day that she left.
Within 6 months, he developed diabetes.
In 1975, I corresponded with one of the leading hypoglycemia research
physicians, Harry M. Salzer, M.D., in Ohio.
While he was very open-minded about consulting with an astrologer, he
did not feel that there was a psychological basis for disease.
He did concur with the physiological weak link.
I developed a planetary picture or formula for these blood sugar
disorders. For diabetes, I used
Transpluto + Jupiter - Venus. For
hypoglycemia, I used Transpluto + Jupiter - Mars.
Charles Emerson, in his early research, preferred Saturn rather than
It was not until the early 1980s, when I studied esoteric astrology
and the Alice A. Bailey material, that I discovered the significance of
Jupiter and Saturn. In esoteric
psychology, Alice A. Bailey discussed the transfer of energy from the sacral
chakra to the throat chakra and from the solar plexus chakra to the heart
When the Jupiter formula had a strong position in the horoscope, the
individual was learning detachment in relationships as energy was being
transferred from the solar plexus to the heart chakra.
When the Saturn formula had a strong position in the horoscope, the
individual was trying to cultivate creativity as energy was being
transferred from the sacral to the throat chakra.
referred to blood sugar disorders as one of the diseases of discipleship, an
imbalance that occurs while one is developing spiritually.
My research with female problems, dysfunction with the uterus and
ovaries, is limited. One
subject made the decision to have a hysterectomy when her progressed Mercury
conjuncted her natal Transpluto. The
progressed Moon in the 12th House squared Transpluto.
Tumors were found in the uterus wall.
The psychological factor involved around these surgeries were
described as a way of rejecting or removing the "critical, rejecting"
Over the years, I have obtained many charts for herpes in women.
I associate it with the sign of Leo but I noticed that the onset
occurred at the time of a major Transpluto progression or transit.
The women interviewed described a psychological factor in which they
rejected love in their lives. One
subject was in a relationship with a married man. She could not break away from this emotional tie.
Under a progressed Mercury-Transpluto conjunction, she developed
herpes. This condition abruptly
ended the relationship.
I interviewed several women who described finding real love for the
first time in their lives and suddenly developed herpes. They felt that this
was a psychological projection of unworthiness and an attempt to drive this
type of love away because they did not deserve it.
If they could resolve the issue of unworthiness, the herpes outbreak
did not reoccur.
Chronic, inflammatory, auto-immune (body attacks itself) disease that
affects the connective tissue. Critical, perfectionist environment
causes the body to attack itself. TP rising in sample case.
Another had a stellium in Virgo in the 6th House. When Saturn crossed
Virgo, she was forced to let go of perfectistist work tasks and retire.
have poor sense of self due to negative tearing apart of Virgo/Tp.
TRANSPLUTO AS A BEGINNING AND ENDING PLANET
cause a block or distortion of which the individual is not aware.
An Ending Planet is one that is the latest by degree in the horoscope.
This planet must occur between 25 and 29 degrees of a sign.
This is an energy that has been over-developed and the individual
must learn to release or let go of the qualities ruled by the planet.
There was a period during the mid to late 1930s when Transpluto was
the Ending Planet in almost every chart.
At this time, Transpluto was transiting the late degrees of Cancer.
By 1938, Transpluto was the Beginning Planet for most people because
it entered the sign of Leo and it stayed in 0 to 1 degree Leo for about 4
The Beginning Transpluto is very insecure in new situations.
This makes the individual very critical, especially self-critical,
wanting to be perfect in the project or endeavor.
In order to feel safe, these individuals repeatedly told me, "If
it is going to be done right, I must do it myself!"
There is a lack of tolerance with ineffectiveness, ineptness,
incompetence and poor work habits in others.
The fear of failure in a new situation and a sensitivity to any
criticism creates a high degree of tension for the individual.
This can cause poor cooperation in a work situation.
The Ending Transpluto is in the process of releasing these critical,
perfectionist tendencies. The
individual is learning to become more tolerant of self and others.
They are less inclined to critically analyze every situation. As one student stated, "I have come to realize that I
cannot do it all myself and that somebody else might be able to do it a lot
better than I can!"
TRANSPLUTO, THE HARSH BENEFIC
Transpluto is a loner planet. Through its energy and lessons, we must walk the path towards Self-Mastery. This mastery must not make us feel arrogant or superior to our fellow man. Transpluto rules the act of striving for perfection in a very imperfect world. The virtue of Transpluto is tolerance. In seeing the flaws, we must know that the flaws are in all of us. "I am human, therefore, nothing human is alien to me," is the spiritual philosophy of this planet.
1 THE NEUROTIC PERSONALITY OF OUR TIME, Karen Horney, M.D., pages 242 and 243
2 THE DRAMA OF THE GIFTED CHILD by Alice Miller is suggested reading for anyone interested in this aspect of mother-child relationships.
3 I'M OK YOU'RE OK, Thomas A. Harris
In YOUR INNER CHILD OF THE PAST, Dr. Hugh Missildine states on
page 77 that the second most common pathogenic parental attitude in our
culture is the perfectionist parent, frequently combined with the most
common pathogenic parental attitude, over-coercion.
...Nana Underhill. Sedna makes a tight trine to her Moon and, interestingly; Sedna makes a tight trine to my Mercury, ruler of my chart. Nana ...
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