Natal Pluto conjunct Ascendant
Ascendant or the Rising Sign is the surface layer of who you are: Your style, actions, physical body and your outward personality. Your natal Pluto is what lies beneath that surface- or the 8th house matters such as secrets, repressed emotions, traumas, sex, taboos, death, etc.
Your Ascendant shows how you openly present yourself to the world, whereas your Pluto is where you keep things in the dark.
Pluto transforms everything it touches- in this case, it is transforming your Ascendant. So what does natal Pluto conjunct Ascendant aspect mean?
This aspect gives you a complex yet fascinating personality that can be instantly perceived by others through your Ascendant.
Whether it is your penetrating eyes, how you act or the way you dress- there is something Plutonic about you. Some may be intimidated by your powerful, invulnerable aura- even if that’s not your intention. On the other hand, some may find it irresistible.
If it’s not about your looks, you may also attract people with Plutonic traits. These intense involvements can bring profound changes in your life. Obsession, manipulation and control may be some of the recurrent issues in your relationships if you haven’t done your Pluto work.
Speaking on obsession, there can be a fine line between ambition and being obsessed with your goals. Be mindful of the ‘’all or nothing’’ mentality when it comes to your desires.
One of the complexities with this aspect is that you analyze and understand the world on a very deep level, yet you may often feel misunderstood by others.
Another major theme with the natal Pluto conjunct Ascendant is the constant transformation through pain and death. Keep in mind that Plutonic death doesn’t have to be literal all the time. It mainly shows that like a Phoenix, you are reborn out of many difficult experiences, internally and externally, each time stronger than before.
These can be about profound changes in your looks or physical body, emotional and financial losses, and power struggles with others. Sometimes, it can also be traced back to a traumatic upbringing.
All these experiences can lead to a pessimistic or ‘’Plutonic’’ outlook in life, meaning you tend to expect the worst in people and circumstances.
This is not the healthiest way to look at things, but sometimes it can serve you as well. For example, you are like a natural detective when it comes to seeing through facades and lies.
Overall, Natal Pluto conjunct Ascendant is all about transforming subconscious- destructive patterns into conscious- internal power. When you bring a balance to your intensity, when you heal your Pluto, nothing can stand between you and your success.
Transit Pluto conjunct Ascendant
This is one of the most profoundly transformative transit aspects- once it ends, you come out as a totally new person.
During this time, you probably have a more intense outlook in life. You may feel an urge to drastically change your Ascendant. For example, this transit can inspire a major makeover. You can also choose to deeply dive into patterns and behaviors that no longer serve you.
Changes that come with this transit is both internal and external- but they are almost always visible, therefore people around you will notice this shift. They may perceive you to be more powerful or serious.
On the other hand, you may obsess over your appearance, goals and other people more so than usual.
Transit Pluto conjunct Ascendant can test personal relationships as well. There can be issues of manipulation, power struggles and obsession. Existing healthy relationships can survive this transit, however, it can also unearth some unhealthy dynamics if there are any. This can lead to painful separations for some.
Despite the struggles it brings, transit Pluto conjunct Ascendant is an opportunity for you to shed your old skin and embrace your inner power.
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Pluto conjunct Ascendant in Synastry
With this synastry aspect, Pluto is immensely attracted to how the Ascendant person presents themselves.
There is a lot of raw passion between them, sometimes even at first sight.
How this aspect will evolve later on mainly depends on how the Pluto person handles their Plutonic energy. If their Pluto is badly aspected, it usually manifests darker traits of Pluto in a relationship: controlling, manipulative, obsessive, etc.
An unhealthy Pluto may try to assert control over Ascendant person’s looks, self expression, finances, etc.
It is also important to see if the relationship itself is Pluto themed. An important question to ask is, does Pluto make more aspects to the personal planets of the Ascendant person? Here, you can read more on Pluto Aspects in Synastry in order to understand the power dynamic better.
Even if things don’t work out between them, Ascendant person is transformed through this connection. Pluto person, knowingly or not, can inspire them to search a deeper understanding of their image, personality and what they need to change.
Pluto person may be surprised as to why they are behaving in such an intense way in this relationship. They are confronted with their deep psychological behaviors as much as the Ascendant.
If healthy boundaries and power dynamics are present in the relationship, Pluto conjunct Ascendant in synastry can evolve into a deeply transformative and passionate bond.
You may also be interested in house overlays in Synastry: Pluto in Partner's House and Ascendant in Partner's House
Composite Pluto conjunct Ascendant
This composite aspect brings out a lot of intense emotions to the surface for both partners. This can be either very challenging or bonding, depending on how well they handle their combined Pluto energy.
Regardless, one of the main themes with Pluto conjunct Ascendant in a composite chart is the passion. Sex can be so deep and addictive that it is very hard to detach from.
People around them can perceive the couple as intense, powerful or intimidating.
Composite Pluto can test the relationship by making partners face their core traumas, secrets and power issues. It can bring out manipulative or controlling reactions in both of them, but usually
the most natally Plutonic partner tends to be more controlling in the relationship.
Examining Composite Pluto through the houses can give you a better idea on where this Plutonic influence happening in the relationship.
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