Planets in Houses

Pluto in the 12th house

image“Tell me what you know about dreaming, dreaming, you don’t really know about nothing, nothing, tell me what you know about them night terrors every night, 5 am, cold sweats, waking up to the sky”-Pursuit of Happiness by Kid Cudi (who has Pluto in the 12th house!)

All of us dream, but I promise you,  no one dreams like someone who has Pluto in the 12th house. I’m surprised that this hasn’t come up more in astrology message boards and groups, but, in true 12th house fashion, those of us with this placement keep it to ourselves. Because sometimes, the dreams are… weird. But we find power in all of the darkness and weirdness, and that’s what’s kind of, sort of, beautiful about this placement. But why?

If you don’t already know, Pluto, which rules Scorpio, is named after Hades, the Greek God of the Underworld. Like Hades, Pluto can represent dark forces and power and all of that fun stuff, but it also represents renewal and being born again.

The 12th house rules things that are kept isolated and secret. It’s the part of the birth chart where we want to hide, and what we have trouble showing to other people. It represents your dreams, your fears, and what you keep close to your chest. It also rules prisons, hospitals, and places of spiritual retreat… So basically, confinement is a major theme here.

So what happens when you have Pluto, the planet that desires power and renewal, in the house of solitude?

For starters, if you have this placement, you are probably someone who dreams about being a big shot, mostly because you never truly felt like you have had your moment to shine. You feel like other people can access their gifts and talents so easy, but trying to grab the spotlight and understand your purpose here on this earth can be extremely hard for you to figure out.

Maybe you dream about being the boss of some major company, maybe you dream about being a famous actress, or athlete.. But this placement tends to make one feel as though they struggle to attain power in the earthly realm, so you dream about this perfect utopia where you can call all the shots and feel like a winner. You never feel like anyone around you gets the true essence of your personality.

Because of this repression of power, it can be very hard for those with this placement to deal with their issues and slights  head on and face to face, but the beauty with this placement is… Sometimes you don’t have to. Some people with this placement can heal spiritual wounds in their dreams.

Let’s say, for example, you and your Dad get into a nasty fight, and some ugly words were thrown around. People with this placement can sometimes dream conversations where both sides apologize and everything smooths over. Refreshed, you get over the anger and pain. Dreams can be a release to you if you have this placement, as you’ll often times dream of current issues your facing and receive psychic healing from your 12th house, if well aspected.

You could very well be someone who dreams something before it happens, or you could be someone who remembers dreams very vividly, even if the dreamed happened years ago. Such dreams are some of the beautiful gifts of this placement.

But like any gift, there can be a dark side to it. And that dark side can be terribly vivid, terribly personal nightmares. Children with this placement especially will have nightmares more than most, and are going to need a lot of reassurance that everything is okay. If you have this placement, you may suffer from sleep paralysis as well, which can also be terrifying if you don’t know much about it.


People with Pluto in the 12th house can also be prone to repressing emotional expression, which can lead to severe anxiety and depression. It’s important for people with this placement to understand that they are worth the effort and the trouble, and that its okay to take up some space. In order to utilize that Pluto, you need to acknowledge the pluses and minuses and work on making it work for you.

My advice to those of you with this placement is to get involved in 12th house activities– advocate for prison reform, volunteer with the disabled, volunteer at the hospital, visit sanctuaries— you might just find your power working with those that are hidden behind the scenes.

I’ll definitely touch on this placment again!


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