Thank you so much for your recent posts about the Pluto transits, which are so clarifying and insightful.
I would like to contribute to this thread with a short example for the Pluto transit to the 1st House. I know a 9 years old kid who right now is experiencing a Pluto transit conjunct the Ascendant, already within his 1st House. My observation is that this transit has correlated with an intense need of the boy to assert his freedom and independence, and to learn to say ‘no’. The kid has the South Node in Libra in the 10th House ruled by Venus in the 12th House in Capricorn, relative to Pluto in the 12th House in Sagittarius-thus, he is very given to say always yes, to think of others in the first place, to always having to be in charge of others or feeling responsible of others, and to give to others to the point of exhaustion, or to withdraw altogether. Given that his North Node is in Aries in the 4th House, a core evolutionary intention of his Soul is to integrate the emotional body in the ongoing conscious awareness and within this, to integrate the energy of anger and aggression.
The day the kid and I talked about this, I observed that he was distressed and sad, however, the boy would say if asked that he was ok, or ‘super’, and seemed unable to identify what he was feeling. I asked him not to think, and to just concentrate on the energy in his throat and in his heart. Before one minute the kid started to cry intensely, and this lasted for about 15 minutes. After this the kid felt much better, and then I asked him about why he was crying. He said he didn’t know. I told him to close his eyes, and just feel the energy, and then come back with the answer. He did this for two seconds, and then he came back and explained that he was angry with his cousin of his same age. He had spent a weekend in company of his cousin and they are very close friends, however the cousin is a bit impulsive and aggressive-he has 4 planets in Aries in the 8th House- and this then allowed or triggered evolutionary needs that are being promoted by the Pluto transit (it is amazing that the boy also has a 5 years old sister who also has four planets in Aries, with natal Pluto in her 1st House).
The kid did two exercises of bioenergetics, one based on saying ‘no’, the other on saying ‘I’. He was asked to make three drawings: one of the situation and imbalance created with the cousin through of the cousin’s aggressive or pushy behavior, and the kid’s inability to stop him or run away-the kid has Saturn, ruler of the first House, in a square to the nodes, and this Saturn is in the 7th House, and Venus is in the 12th House in Capricorn, symbols of a pre-existing unresolved limits. The Saturn square to the nodes resolves through the North Node in the 4th House, reflecting that creation of limits demands to integrate the natural instinctive energy, and natural aggression. So, the second drawing was about how he would create balance in the same situation. And the 3rd was about the result or outcome or the resolved situation.
The kid was then encouraged by his family to accept that he was allowed to say ‘no’. He was explained that he is a kid, not an adult, and that he did not need to be always concerned about the rest of his family. He was also told that his parents were there to be of help to him, not viceversa.
The kid is coming out of a recent period of time when he was a bit withdrawn (before reaching the 1st House cusp, Pluto conjuncted his Venus/Mercury in Cap while transiting his 12th House, still within a 5° orb). He was a bit withdrawn for a couple of months, at home and at school, where he had very few friends, ie. two friends basically. He also was a bit afraid by school duties, which added to some other fears. And he tried during various months during the last school year, and the beginning of the current school year, to face his duties by his sole and raw effort. This was not working so good, and demanded a lot of dedication that left him quite exhausted last year- schools in this country are so stupidly demanding and charging for the kids. He inwardly repressed the fears, anguish, and feelings of aloneness because of his orientation to responsibility, and ultimate standards –Pluto 12th House, South Node in the 10th House ruled by Venus in Cap in the 12th House, etc. also of course the South Node in Libra in the 10th House, ruled by Venus in Cap in the 12th House reflects a pre-exiting dynamic of renunciation or giving up of expectations to be listened and understood for who he is and what his needs are, resulting in trying to cope alone with the whole thing, and much more. Now instead he has given himself permission to say ‘no’ to the school homework at times, and to receive help in order to do the homework in a time-efficient way. He has been explained that getting low marks is not so important by now, and that he will overcome these difficulties (his Sun is Cap in the 1st House, and he has the South Node in the 10th House, so these types of things are and probably will be important to him in some ways, even though, he has had desires in prior lifetimes to withdraw from the system altogether-thus, not doing the homework, however being all day worried about the homework). So, he is being directed and given some structure that allow him to have some work time, and some not-work time-the Pluto polarity point in the 6th House- which results in having more ‘free’ time. And he is using the Mars, 1st House energy not only in his free time, but also in applying desire in order to get the school stuff done quicker, with more energy.
The boy has also manifested some moderate though noticeable levels of the energy of anger at the mother-his North Node in the 4th House in Aries-and this looks like a type of natural energy the kid is using to ‘separate’ and individuate, and to affirm his own desires, needs and instincts, versus a dynamic of wanting to conform to the ‘expectations’ of the parents. The energy of anger is also serving him to question external authority-the 12th House Pluto in Sagittarius rules Scorpio on his 11th House cusp.
Also the overall energy level of the kid has been noted to be higher now, after a period of time when he was very tired. And he is feeling more vivacious and stronger. The compressed energy in the throat has been released to a noticeable degree, and he is speaking louder, and also shouting and singing loudly. It seems he is now speaking a lot at school with a more varied group of school friends-he has been made to change his seat various times because of this. During the build-up process of the Pluto transit he kid was bullied once at school, and this has not happened again, however he has been talked about the potential for this dynamic to occur, and what to do about it.
God Bless, Gonzalo