Jupiter in Aspect to Pluto

Jupiter Pluto Aspects
Jupiter in Aspect to Pluto: “Young Man with a Skull” by Frans Hals (1626-8)

What does it mean to have Jupiter Square Pluto or Jupiter Trine Pluto in the natal chart?  In this post, I will address Jupiter Pluto Aspects: all the major “hard” and “soft” aspects will be discussed. Please note that these are baseline interpretations and may be modified according to the presence of other factors in the chart. You can also study Jupiter Signs, Jupiter Houses, Pluto Signs and Houses discussed in other posts.

Jupiter Pluto: Conjunction

In Evolutionary Astrology, Pluto symbolizes the soul (according to Jeffrey Wolf Green’s theory). A chart can thus be simply evaluated by looking at the condition of Pluto, Pluto’s “Polarity Point” (the Sign opposing the Sign of Pluto) and Pluto’s dispositor. This information is then contextualized based on the position of the South Node and the North Node to offer clues regarding possible past life experiences and the karmic lessons which have been repeated in prior life cycles.

In its most basic form, however, Pluto represents the instinctual habits formed in our psyche, which can influence our conscious behavior. These may include karmic tendencies or ancestral themes repeated in the life of various family members of the same bloodline. Either case, what is symbolized by this planet is largely unconscious and has to be understood through exploring what is instinctual, irrational or non-verbal in us.

The conjunction between Jupiter and Pluto may indicate that a significant part of the belief structure has been inherited from one’s ancestors or influenced by one’s karmic patterns rather than consciously chosen or formed. Furthermore, as the individual’s “higher mind” [Jupiter] is in contact with what is instinctual and profound [Pluto], the psyche may register the concept of belief as related to the process of survival.

If this conjunction is under stress in the birth chart and psychologically unintegrated, the individual may take her beliefs too seriously to the point of not being able to cope with life without sticking to some sort of ideology or religious guideline. Alternatively, the individual may feel an urge to fight for what she believes in or to try to convince others of the benefits of the spiritual, religious or cultural practices she personally advocates. Losing objectivity with regards to one’s convictions is another possibility here. In this case, choosing to interact with friends or family members who can offer an honest and objective view of one’s opinions can be quite helpful.

If this configuration is well-integrated in the psyche of the individual, however, the ideological structure is usually vigorous and utilized to get in touch with the heart and soul of life: one will not be afraid of passionately following her own unique convictions or avidly harboring a vision of change, which may indeed transform the lives of those who simply come in contact with the individual or interact with her intellectually or ideologically.

Jupiter Pluto: Square

With this configuration in the natal chart, one’s personal philosophy or ideological orientation may have been challenged by one´s karmic habits or ancestral patterns. Alternatively, one may have inherited a belief system which is at odds with one´s instinctual response to life, or one´s deep-rooted tendencies may have been surmised as incompatible with one’s spiritual, religious or intellectual ambitions.

At its best, this energy exchange between Pluto and Jupiter can invoke an ideological consideration of what is inexplicable, irrational or impulsive. At its worst, it can indicate suppression of personal ideology because of certain inherited patterns of behavior or psychosexual predispositions.

In some cases, one’s ideology may act as a security blanket, helping one get a grip on the inherent insecurity of existence. In other cases, relying on a belief system may provide the necessary means for dealing with what has been pre-maturely arrested or over-developed in one’s psyche.

Jupiter Pluto: Opposition

With this configuration in the natal chart, one’s belief system may have been formed as the result of expelling or excluding the instinctual side of life. In some cases, one’s philosophy may have been affected by one’s reluctance to recognize the irrational or the non-verbal impulses in one’s own psyche, and therefore, one may “see” these very rejected themes operative in other people.

If the energies symbolized by this opposition are well-integrated in the psyche of the individual, her view of life will include a recognition of the “shadow” and a healthy respect for what cannot be grasped or explained by the belief system of her choice.

If left unintegrated in the psyche of the individual, however, Pluto in this configuration may hint at the presence of an intellectual, religious, or spiritual “shadow,” which may affect one’s ideology or opinions for better or for worse. A potent part of the psyche may operate outside of the intellectual grasp of the individual in this case, which may be eventually brought to consciousness through impulsive encounters with certain people, places or incidents.

Jupiter Pluto: Quincunx (Inconjunction)

One’s particular life philosophy or chosen ideology may have been formed as a reaction against one’s instincts or psychological impulses. Alternatively, one’s fundamental way of being may have been dismissed or utterly devalued by what has been inherited from the past, including karmic ties or ancestral influences.

In some cases, this configuration in the natal chart symbolizes the possibility of a fundamental discord between one’s conscious beliefs and the accumulated karmic forces operative in one’s psyche. In other cases, the individual’s sexual encounters with significant others or certain epiphanies during times of crisis (such as a near-death experience) may influence his or her general ideology or outlook on life.

Jupiter Pluto: Semi-Sextile

One’s instinctual or psychosexual patterns may be polarized from one’s ideological tendencies or belief system. Alternatively, one’s personal philosophy may have been affected by an experience of extremity, severity or crisis.

In this case, if the energies symbolized by Jupiter and Pluto are relatively well-integrated, one may be able to find a higher meaning in crisis, heartache or pain.

Otherwise, if Pluto and Jupiter are not well-integrated in the psyche of the individual, she may find it difficult to come to terms with her base needs, taboo desires or primitive urges. Allowing enough time and space for processing pain and coming to terms with the primal aspects of our human experience can help the individual work with the polarized energies symbolized by Pluto and Jupiter in this configuration.

Jupiter Pluto: Trine

With this configuration in the natal chart, there usually exists a psychological cooperation between the distinct spheres of ideology and instinct.

If this configuration is well-integrated in the psyche of the individual, the gap between the instinctual side of life and that which the conscious mind sanctions as “legitimate” will be minimal. In this case, the individual will be usually more comfortable with the aspects of her own psyche which may not be as pleasant or pretty to deal with.

If Jupiter and Pluto are not psychologically well-integrated, however, one may never learn to separate what is purely instinctual from what is truly inspirational. In this case, one’s base instincts may readily influence one’s moral attitude or one’s ideological tendencies in life.

Either case, the harmonious energy flow between Pluto and Jupiter symbolizes an opportunity to bring the higher and the lower aspects of our psyche together and witness their creative marriage within ourselves.

Jupiter Pluto: Sextile

With this configuration in the natal chart, one is often encountered with opportunities to learn about one’s karmic patterns or habitual propensities through exposure to crisis or pain.

Alternatively, one’s parents, friends or siblings may have displayed Plutonic characteristics, such as being in a space of crisis or displaying addictive or vindictive behavior. In some cases, the individual’s conscious perception of life may have been affected by the loss of a friend or family member.

If the archetypal energies of Pluto and Jupiter are relatively well-integrated in the psyche, one may have the ability to truly learn from one’s pain or one’s lower vibrations, taboo desires or impulsive patterns.

If Pluto and Jupiter are not psychologically well-integrated, however, the individual may let the pain take over logic, or may feel utterly overwhelmed by the power of her base instincts or karmic impulses. An honest and open-minded acceptance of all aspects of oneself, the good, the bad and the ugly, may very well be the only way out of this predicament.

If you are interested in understanding your own birth chart or if you have specific questions, you can book a consultation or take a class.

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