Pluto in Aries Traits
Pluto was last in Aries between the years of 1822 and 1853. The next time it will pass through this sign is in 2068. In other words, no one is currently alive who has experienced Pluto being in Aries. Last time Pluto was in Aries, the planet had not even been discovered yet, and so no one was looking for exactly how the world was behaving under its influence. It is, therefore, difficult to determine exactly what Aries in Pluto means. Even many detailed astrology texts leave out an interpretation of Pluto in Aries, deeming it irrelevant.
However, there are still some ways to come to understand this sign and its effects. Although we cannot observe, first-hand, how Pluto behaves in Aries (at least, not until 2068), we can use our understanding of both the planet and the sign to come to some conclusions.
Pluto’s placement in a chart reflects trends and common opinions during a time, so when we look back at history with Pluto in mind, it’s important to remember that not every person for thirty or more years acted like this – it was only the general trend and the spirit of the times.
People born while Pluto was in Aries were innovative, excellent at developing technological change, and cared highly about political action.
The general public opinion was optimistic and inclined towards taking action to fulfill their goals and improve society. People had a positive attitude about the world, especially about the likelihood for a better future. Even the bleakest lives during this time were written down with an optimism that seems bizarre in our current cynical, Capricorn world!
Pluto in Aries Women
Pluto’s last move through Aries was not a good time for women. They were severely oppressed, and not only were their rights being denied to them, but women of this time did not seem to be interested in changing that. Women in this period simply did not value institutional power in the same way that Enlightenment feminists like Mary Wollstencraft did before, and Victorian suffragettes did after. Instead, Plutonian Aries women cared more about the power and authority that they could have within their own private worlds.
It’s interesting, however, that the most famous person in the world, while Pluto was in Aries, was a woman – Queen Victoria. While she was born much earlier, she was still being influenced by Aries’ energy at this time.
Clearly, some women took the influence of Aries to mean that they should find public power – the number was just much smaller than it is today. While many women did not seem interested in ascending to higher places in the world, those who did were extremely successful, and acted with power and confidence.
The women for whom Aries’ power did spark interest had an were ambitious, hard-working, and extremely intelligent. You won’t be surprised to know that they had a huge impact on world history. It is no shock that Victoria, after harnessing the power of Aries, would carry England through its greatest period of national success, nor that things promptly fell apart when she left power.
Women who maintained their place outside of the public eye still wanted their own kind of autonomy however – you can’t keep an Aries woman down! The early to mid nineteenth century saw the development of the idea of “separate spheres,” which gave women control over a household and private life, while men maintained control of a public life.
This appealed to women born in Aries, because it gave them the authority that they wanted while keeping them out of the path of the public. It gave them an unprecedented amount of autonomy over their own households, compared to previous time periods.
Women born while Pluto was in Aries had high self-esteem, were hardworking, and knew what they cared about and valued, and what they were willing to give up on.
It should be noted that other oppressed groups, including the victims of slavery and colonialism, did rise up politically during this time, as they too were influenced by the desire to achieve success through hard work and action!
Pluto in Aries Men
Men who were born or lived during this period tended to be highly in the public eye as great inventors and innovators. This was a time when many individuals rose to prominence in fields of both science and sociology, as well as various artistic fields.
During this time, the industrial revolution had popularized the idea of the “self-made man,” and success was moving away from being defined by birth, and towards being defined by your actions. Because of this, many men born in this time were very shrewd in personality and had a naturally great nose for business.
Men born while Pluto was in Aries had a burning sense of drive and dedication that informed their every move. While some had deeply cynical attitudes about the world, the underlying viewpoint of this time was that there was the possibility for goodness and improvement in everyone and every situation.
In spite of the many negative things that were happening across the world during this period, this was not a time that was characterized by a negative worldview in the way that, for example, the 1910’s and 1920’s were. Aries is a very optimistic sign, even though it can be fiery!
The underlying expectation for people with Pluto in Aries is that, with hard work, comes success. This is a perspective that has been sorely tested and virtually destroyed over the course of the last two hundred years, especially the twentieth century, but while Aries was in power, no one would have even thought to question it.
The hardworking, high-energy, highly social characteristics of Aries present themselves while Pluto is in Aries by informing the entire underlying value structure of the period. People born during this period when Pluto was in Aries tended to subscribe to a worldview wherein these characteristics were not only highly value, but virtually inseparable from success.
While the idea of the “self-made man,” and that virtue will lead to success, are very old – and brought into serious popularity by the Puritans during the Renaissance and seventeenth centuries – this was a period during which they found newfound popularity.
Men in this time had a deep belief that good people would be rewarded, which you can see in the literature of the time. In addition, they believed that people who do not earn their rewards have them swiftly taken away or are otherwise punished. This sort of black-and-white morality and faith in the justice of the universe is very characteristic of Aries.
Therefore, wealth was not necessarily seen as a marker of goodness, but goodness was almost certain to lead to wealth or other rewards – and if someone came by those rewards in an unfair way, they would be punished or have them taken away. The works of Charles Dickens are a particularly good example of this: although they are littered with nasty rich characters, those characters are all roundly punished over the course of the book.
Pluto in Aries In Love
The period when Pluto was in Aries was a great time of the “marriage of convenience.” Considering that Aries is a sign that is highly ambitious, it is no surprise that many marriages during this period – especially among the upper classes – were distinctly tied to matters of personal ambition. Marrying for wealth or title was par for the course, while marrying for love was an intriguing new fashion.
This is not to say that it was a bad time to be a romantic – Aries is, after all, a highly passionate and frequently emotionally-driven sign. People with Pluto in Aries may have chosen the ambitious and practical route of convenient marriages, but there was an increasing interest in sweeping romances that threw aside those rules.
It was because of this that romantic novels such as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights that featured class-crossing romances became a staple of the popular literary scene during this period. People wanted to experience those sweeping romances vicariously, without giving up on the practicality of the relationships that they actually chose to pursue.
For an Aries who did happen to fall in love with someone who was also convenient to them, romances were passionate and dedicated. The hardworking Plutonian Aries was dedicated to making their relationship work, and this was a time in which marriages were taken extremely seriously.
There can be no better example of a marriage that exemplified both convenience and romance than that of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Their marriage was political, forming a bond between England and Germany, but it was also one of the most famously loving marriages in history, with Victoria mourning Albert for decades after his death, and allegedly laying out a suit of clothes for him every morning until her own passing.
Dates for Pluto in Aries
Pluto’s orbits are erratic, and it may spend different periods of time in different signs over the course of history, making it very difficult to accurately understand its effects. It is a tricky business to try to look back more than one cycle to draw overarching patterns, since we cannot know with certainty where Pluto was at these times.
Pluto’s most recent time spent in Aries, therefore, is the only one we can speak of with any degree of certainty. The years between 1822 and 1853 were a time of great progress, success, and hard work being hardwired into the spirit of the times. This was especially true of the times of the year when the Sun was also in Aries – the spring of each of these years seemed to bring with it a new spurt of energy and inspiration.
In 2068, Pluto will re-enter Aries, and we can only wait until then to see what its effect will be. Until then, we should be conscious of how our zeitgeist is being affected by Pluto’s energy, so that we can try to develop a better understanding of what it might do as it passes through each sign of the zodiac. It will remain in Aries until 2098, when it will pass into Taurus.
When Pluto re-enters Aries, we may see a return to the belief that hard work leads to success (while, in our current time, we have a highly structural view of how success is distributed that does not allow for much personal agency). There may be strides made in the ways that people seek to find success and freedom in their personal lives. However, it is difficult to say at this distance what we can expect from the future.
Until then, it is vital that we track the changes and the tendencies of history, recognizing how each sign that we pass through until then (Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces) is having an effect on the universe. Noticing the places where the signs’ energies are most focussed in Pluto will prepare us when Pluto re-enters into Aries in 2068.
Pluto is the most mysterious planet of our solar system, and for astrologers, part of that is because its effects are very difficult to judge within living memory. Obviously, there is no one alive today who was around when Pluto was in Aries, so we have to rely on what history has remembered for us!
Furthermore, many great astrologers of the twentieth century will be dead by the time Pluto passes into Aries again, so it will be up to our new generation to document its effects for times to come.
No one alive today has experienced Pluto being in Aries, but many people reading this will live to see Pluto pass into the sign again. Because of this, I urge you to be conscious of what happened in the world last time that this configuration was in the heavens, and to take note, starting in 2068 and until 2098, of what patterns can be found.
Will the spirit of the times be very similar to the spirit of the early-to-mid nineteenth century? What facets of it will display again? What will change? At this time in history, there is simply no way to know except to wait and see.