Those with Pluto in the 1st house have an intense gaze and powerful persona, and these people are intensely aware of themselves. Moreover, the individual can dramatically change life directions which will be reflected in changes of hairstyle, clothing and even relationships. Particularly in the expression of their physical appearance and identity, there is a deep intensity of self-expression. They tend to go to extremes and make more moderate souls feel uneasy. The older textbook readings of planets in the 1st house were always good for poking fun at our appearance. Since it relates so much to our outer being, but one shouldn’t take it too literally. For it can relate more to a feeling that a person projects rather than a physical characteristic, but at other times, there can be something particularly striking about the person’s appearance.
“I was born with Pluto in the 1st house and have always wanted to better understand how this planet influences…The first descriptions of Pluto that appeared in German literature in the 1930s were very amusing. In a German book I read about Pluto in the 1st house: “The natives eyebrows meet in the middle. He has the features of a werewolf, and a hairy chest.” This annoyed me; I had always envied other men with hairy chests. Continuing, I learnt that I would be “a criminal who is addicted to black magic.” Paul Mahler Dam
Pluto in the 1st house may need to deal with issues of power – their own and others. The individual resents being controlled, and this may perhaps cause them to go to extremes in asserting their will. This often results in power-struggles, and they are profoundly influenced by powerful and charismatic figures whom they model themselves after. For some who have this placement, the world is not seen as a safe place, and they keep tight control over themselves and others, so learning to use personal power appropriately is an issue for them.
They are inclined to be wholeheartedly and passionately involved in whatever interests them. There is a powerful sense of personal survival, and the person may also be a powerful individualist, but they can be hard to get know deeply. Wherever Pluto is placed in the natal chart it demands we get a life-changing makeover and don’t take anything for granted. It is thought that the real path to transformation often involves a journey to hell, a state of containment in the darkness, and eventually, new beginnings.
Pluto rising often have a series of incarnations. Their lives fall into distinct chapters, each of which has a recognisable beginning and ending. They are one way for a few years, doing a particular profession, wearing a particular kind of clothing, exhibiting a particular kind of personality, espousing a particular set of values. Then something happens – not always visible – and they become somebody completely different. They build a new personality out of the ashes of the old. The former life is gone forever, and something new starts which may go on for five or ten or twenty years. And the same thing happens again. By Liz Greene
The individual will quite often have a powerful impact on other people – but may also alienate them. In response, they draw on their own depth of determination and commitment. Pluto demands they find new ways to express themselves. Pluto in the 1st house is about self-discovery, and the person experiences a rebirth of raw potential, will-power and restructuring of the personality. These folks have unlimited inner strength and energy that overwhelms everything. Positively they can be a potent force for change, growth, and healing in the world.