Tarot Astrology: Pluto in the Tarot

pluto in the tarotPluto is one of the three modern planets discovered in 1930, and it was later added to the Tarot as the ruling planet for Judgement.

Together with Mars, it is one of Scorpio’s ruling planets, so in the Tarot it is also linked to Death, the zodiac card for Scorpio.

Pluto in the Tarot is not associated with any Minor Arcana cards, which have all been assigned to the traditional seven planets.

While all planets represent gods, Pluto is the God of the Underworld, so it makes sense that it is now linked to Scorpio and Death.

The energy of Pluto is that of transformation, regeneration, letting go as well as the unconscious.

It is associated with sexuality, physical and spiritual birth, with death and resurrection.

Pluto nudges us to confront our – and nature’s – darker, more instinctive side.

Pluto energy offers us psychological insight and the ability to heal and regenerate.

On the other hand, it can generate obsessive compulsive tendencies.

So what does this all mean for Judgement and Death in the Tarot?

“I was dreamin’ when I wrote this, forgive me if it goes astray
But when I woke up this mornin’, could’ve sworn it was judgment day
The sky was all purple, there were people runnin’ everywhere
Tryin’ to run from the destruction, you know I didn’t even care…”
– Prince, 1999

Pluto’s influence on Judgement suggests the ability and necessity to let go of old patterns and baggage in order to move on.

After all, a change of direction is an ending, just like putting closure on a situation by having learned a lesson or practicing forgiveness.

Pluto’s influence on Death suggests the need for detachment, a rite of passage, an emotionally painful transition, resurrection.

Both cards remind me of the rise of the Phoenix from the ashes, endings and new beginnings, but while Judgement’s ending feels more upbeat and the rise is imminent, Death’s ending is lingering and comes together with Scorpio’s sting in its tail – ouch.

If both cards were present in a reading, it can suggest the transformative nature of Pluto intensified and a sense of upheaval, life being turned upside down as a result of external events or decisions being made.

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Judgement in the Tarot of Quotes

judgement tarot of quotesJudgement in the Tarot of Quotes depicts the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany.

Wherever you live in the world, you may already have some judgement going on in your head, perhaps relating to history.

The Brandenburg Gate has witnessed a lot of Judgement in its time.

We often judge nations by their history, people by their nationalities and past (past relationships, past work experience, past “record”, childhood/upbringing, “baggage”, behaviour, reputation…).

But what if instead we judge people and countries by their potential, by what they can offer in the present and in the future?

Of course the past can have a great impact on our present and future.

We can certainly learn our lessons from past actions and events, but let us not condemn the rest of our lives with any resulting bitterness, resentment and defeatism.

And when we are in a position to take stock and judge ourselves, let us not use our past as an obstacle but simply as something that once was but no longer is.

Regardless of our heritage and our past, let us not become its victims, but live the beautiful lives we aspire to and deserve.

Keywords for Judgement in Tarot: review of past actions, taking stock, criticism, evaluation, appraisal, repentance, apology, forgiveness, atonement, guilt, at a crossroads; closure.

Questions to ask:

  • How can I judge a situation or person (including myself) fairly and objectively?
  • What is working for me right now and what isn’t?
  • What needs to be wrapped up and concluded?
  • How can I do things or deal with a situation differently?

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