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Moon conjunct Pluto: The Black Sheep

October 3, 2016

Children born with the Moon-Pluto placement, also called Hades Moon, may find themselves deprived of sympathy and understanding from an early age by their very own family members. These sensitive children often struggle with underlying tensions that arise in domestic situations. For this reason family life may turn out to be the bane of their existence, and they end up inadvertently painted as the black sheep. Acceptance, loving kindness and freedom could feel so far out of reach that they remain hopelessly stuck in cycles of love and hate, loyalty and repulsion. As years go by they become more aware and more mindful of their own thoughts and emotional reactions.

Their depth and psychological insight into the negative undercurrents in their immediate environment can act as a catalyst for power struggles. Control issues are at the forefront of the Moon-Pluto mind and a child with this placement may experience the mother as overbearing or feel that she exerts such dominance and will over the child that there is almost no room, if any, left to breathe. Natives with the Moon-Pluto placement need their privacy like oxygen and constant invasion of their personal space can make them feel very suffocated. Moreover, dismissing and neglecting the feelings of a Moon-Pluto child, and lack of proper communication, will create even more unexpressed resentment, which later in life may manifest as psychosomatic illnesses or asthma. As painful feelings of sadness and anger stay locked inside, the throat chakra of the Moon-Pluto can become afflicted with repressed energy. This is especially hard for individuals with an adversely aspected Moon-Pluto or Moon in Scorpio conjunct Pluto in the 1st House.

Adulthood usually brings Moon-Pluto people more freedom to assert themselves and take back control over their own lives. Often the most meaningful experiences are with other like-minded Plutonians who are able to understand their passion and intensity. However, in some cases, childhood wounds may still stay with them throughout most of their lives and get triggered by power plays. Ironically, the more they identify with the role of the family scapegoat, the more difficult it becomes to heal. Attachment to victimization of oneself could inflict more unresolved karmic wounds. The lesson of the Moon-Pluto is to ultimately let go of inner fear and loss of control, and more importantly, to completely remove oneself from toxic people and unhealthy situations.

From a Buddhist perspective, realization of the true nature of reality can bring the Moon-Pluto native closer toward inner joy and fulfillment. These natives will then become quite powerful personas who hold the potential of healing the suffering of the world with their incredible compassion. The gift of this placement lies in non-discrimination as the Moon-Pluto can see and feel the light and the dark in each living being, and understand where they’re coming from.

*Please keep in mind that astrology is not absolute and not every Moon-Pluto child will have to deal with this. The Moon-Pluto placement does not automatically mean doom. One would have to interpret the chart as a whole to get a more accurate picture of an individual’s life and experiences. 

  1. Dinks Jarvis

    August 30, 2018

    Thank you so much for this post. I felt you were writing about my life. So exactly describes my childhood and emotions.
    I also have moon in virgo so not sure what that can mean with the moon in pluto but I think I’m definitely going through the love hate cycles and want to get off this train.

  2. Tyler

    August 27, 2018

    I have a Pluto-Moon conjunction 4H (along with Chiron 4H conjunct IC). My Pluto is in Sag, but my Moon and Chiron are Scorpio. Needless to say, these energies are INCREDIBLY impactful in my chart and in my life. This was beautifully written, almost to the point of me crying at parts. Thank you for this.

  3. Susannah Meel

    March 6, 2018

    Hi Antonia, thank you so much for your comment. I am happy to know that you enjoyed my article!

  4. Susannah Meel

    March 6, 2018

    Namaste Meenakshi, thank you so much for your comment. I am sorry to hear about your toxic relationship with your family. I do not want to put a psychological diagnosis on anyone nor assume things, but it does sound like a personality disorder. If I were you, I would research narcissism and perhaps read material on self-help, healthy boundaries and healing. And also, don’t forget to surround yourself with good people. 🙂 Remember, you deserve to be happy.

  5. Susannah Meel

    March 6, 2018

    Hi Daniel, thank you for your comment. I am sorry for what you have gone through.
    I do not think this aspect alone is responsible for the recent trouble you have had in relationships. I believe it has more to do with synastry and the way your chart interacts with another person’s chart.
    What I meant by saying that this can be especially hard if this aspect is in Scorpio is that the Moon conjunct Pluto placement would be like a double whammy for a native who also happens to have his/her Moon in Scorpio, which is ruled by Pluto. So a combination like that would intensify the Moon-Pluto aspect even more.

  6. Daniel

    February 5, 2018

    Hi Susannah, thanks for this article, i have moon conjunct pluto in 23/22* scorpio.
    I had alot of resentment towards my mother about her parenting as i was growing up. Moving out was extremely important for giving me space to heal and grow as a person.
    I always thought this was a good aspect in my chart as it allowed me to delve into a deeper understanding of human nature. However recently, i was wondering if this aspect is the root of recent trouble i have been having with relationships. What did you mean when you wrote that it can be especially hard if this aspect in scorpio?

  7. Meenakshi Surendar

    February 3, 2018

    Hi Susannah
    Thank you for putting so succinctly.. I am also having debilitated mercury opposing my moon-Pluto conjunction in fifth house. This placement is quite frustrating. I didn’t realise till recently that I had an over bearing mother. There was lot of tension in my home. Actually I grew up in a violent atmosphere. All along I was made to think my father was the sole culprit but off late I realised that my mother was equally responsible. She has a very sharp tongue and rigid outlook. She also always favoured my sister. Right now I am just going through this love hate cycles. And I really want to get out of this pattern. But I just don’t know how to do.


  8. antonia monson

    January 20, 2018

    Thank you Susannah for your Moon-Pluto post.It so exactly describes me (Moon conj Pluto 1st house) and my experience I feel overwhelmed. I love what you say about the compassion and healing potential in Moon Pluto and our seeing the light and dark in people. Also that you say astrology is not absolute( a lot of what I’ve read on Pluto is very frightening and often seems to miss its huge transfornative/creative gifts). A big thank you for your wisdom and insight.

  9. Susannah Meel

    September 11, 2017

    You’re welcome! Thank you for reading! 🙂

  10. Sherry

    September 11, 2017

    Thank you for this post. My Pisces Moon opposes Pluto, zero degree orb tightest aspect. I feel it every single day.

  11. Susannah Meel

    August 3, 2017

    Thank you for reading, Claudia!

  12. Claudia

    July 8, 2017

    Thank you for posting the last paragraph starting with *Please keep in mind……..another good article…………thank you!

    I have my natal Moon and Pluto in Leo conjunct in my 8th house. I never found my mother to controlling or overbearing. However, the rest of the article resonates with me. I did not receive what I needed as a child or an adult. I loved my mother deeply.
    Growing up was very traumatic and I learned to go within for peace. I still do, but it is very lonely…….


Tallinn, Estonia

Professional astrologer & Tarot reader from the Baltic region of Northeastern Europe. Studied at the Estonian Institute of Astrology (EIA) but has been self-taught for most of her life. BA in Anthropology/Archaeology, Asian Studies & the Sanskrit language. Her practice is uniquely curated from a Buddhist perspective. Known as Agent 80 at the Cosmic Intelligence Agency, an international astrological organization.

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