Nenad Pavlovski



Astrological circle contains twelve zodiac signs and ten planets – more precisely-eight planets and two luminaries – the Sun (star) and the Moon (satellite of the Earth). However, to escape unnecessary complicated references to “astrological dictionary”, for the purposes of astrology, the term “planet” is used to denote both luminaries and planets.


Each zodiac sign is ruled by one respective planet, namely two of them, because particular signs have their ruler and co-ruler. Each planet, therefore, has its seat (the sign which it rules). In astrology, the seat is also known as domicile and, additionally, exaltation sign which denotes where a particular planet expresses its best qualities and strongest influence.


For example, the Moon, which symbolizes people, is exalted (the strongest influence) in Taurus (sensitivity, hedonism, comfort) because people (the Moon) are primarily interested in a sensual area (Taurus) of life and exclusively tangible things (Taurus) that can be sensed (Taurus). This is why for a long time people believed that the Sun revolved around the Earth. It was also believed that the Earth is a flat surface, although it is almost round. This is because the Moon (human race) is exalted (the strongest influence) in Taurus (sensuality)! These people (the Moon) are hedonistic (Taurus) and want to satisfy (Taurus) their needs (Taurus) and enjoy (Taurus) life to the fullest – the satisfaction which only money (Taurus) can provide, which is why they easily slip into materialistic mentality (Taurus).

On the other hand, Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius (represented by Centaurus) when placed in Cancer (human race) ruled by the Moon, is exalted (the strongest influence, and thus, it is in human nature (Cancer) to always want more (Jupiter) i.e. reach farther and farther (Jupiter).  In addition, every person (Cancer) has a certain aggressiveness within i.e. animal instinct (Centaurus – half man, half horse) which leads us to Darvin’s Evolution Theory.


Therefore, using astrological practice and logical symbolic connections it is relatively easy to identify the exaltation place of each planet (thus, the Sun is exalted in Aries, Moon in Taurus, Mercury in Aquarius, Venus in Pisces, Mars in Capricorn, Jupiter in Cancer, Saturn in Libra, Uranus in Scorpio, Neptune in Aquarius). However, when it comes to the exalted Pluto, astrological literature provides different information.


The status of Pluto as a planet has recently been revoked which does not make it less important in terms of astrology for, as it has already been mentioned, it is not only the planetary influence that is taken into account but also other celestial bodies such as the Sun (star) and the Moon (satellite) and even the non-existing spots in the Universe such as North and South Node or Fortuna – part of fortune.


 Symbolic of Pluto


Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio which, in astrology, among other things symbolises depth, the very core and essence of something, magical and supernatural power and extremely strong instincts and feelings, sex and death, dying and rebirth, reincarnation, strong intuition which borders clairvoyance, the innermost secrets, evil and the Hell itself...


Therefore, knowing the main symbolic of Pluto and in possession of particular correct facts and attitudes, we can slowly embark on a path of Pluto’s exaltation, largely helped by one of the most famous genial minds of the world who, in his insatiable hunger for knowledge, started a journey into a very core (Pluto) of human soul, the father of psychoanalysis...



Sigmund Freud

(06.05.1856. at 18:30 in Pribor, Czech Republic)


Psychoanalysis is a branch of psychology focusing on unconscious processes. Namely, Freud pointed out that a psychological life of a person is comprised of conscious and unconscious mind (past experiences which can be brought to consciousness). According to Freud, a large portion of a person’s life goes on below the threshold of consciousness and belongs to the unconscious area of psyche. In the mental apparatus of an adult he singles out three components: Id (it), Ego (I) and Superego (Uber-ich).


Id is a construct comprised of suppressed wishes and two impulses: Eros (sexual drive) and Tanatos (death instinct,  i.e. self-destruction impulse). Ego is a construct developed from Id and its functioning can be conscious, subconscious and unconscious (in cases when a person resorts to defence mechanisms).

Superego is a modification of Ego which arises when a person embeds prohibitions in connection to this person’s instincts. Considering that these instincts are largely of sexual nature, psychosexual drive takes a special place in Freud’s theory – development of sexual drive (Scorpio, Pluto).


Namely, Freud feels that sexual drives are present from the very birth and thus, the development of a person is connected with the sexual drive development. He further points out that each development period is characterized by the development of a particular erogenous zone. Thus, in the oral period, the erogenous zone is the mouth replaced by anus in the anal period and then genitals which become the main erogenous zone. In the falus period, which succeeds the anal period and lasts from four to five years of age, there is the psychological differentiation of sexes. Namely, a boy is capable of having erection but, at the same time, he develops anxiety from castration in connection with the fact that girls do not have penis. The father becomes a rival in the attempt of the boy to win the undivided love and attention of the mother. Therefore, this leads to the Oedipus complex.

With girls, things are a bit different. Namely, a girl resents the fact that she was not born as a man and this penis envy turns her toward the father as an object of love. At the same time, she resents the mother whom she holds responsible for being born without male genitals.


Freud’s theory was met with the scathing criticism. In particular, he was accused that in addition to defining the symptoms of ill persons he also manipulates the actions and motives of the healthy, without clearly drawing the line between a sound and a mentally ill person. His theory of the development of sexual drive (Pluto) has nevertheless intrigued the minds of common people and until this very day retained the important place in psychology.


However, from the astrological perspective, we are interested in the fact that Pluto’s exaltation (the strongest influence) can be conveniently placed in Gemini considering the Freud’s thesis that sexuality (Pluto) is present from the earliest childhood (Gemini)!


The Holy Bible


In addition to symbolizing children and childhood, Gemini symbolises a word, speech, a notebook, a pencil, writing and thus books as well as any other type of a written document. On the other hand, Pluto symbolises all poisonous and dangerous animals, and thus the serpents.


Let us remember the role of this ambivalent animal in the most read book (Gemini) of the passing era of Pisces – the Holy Bible. Namely, the serpent (Pluto) talked Eve into tasting the apple from the Tree of the Knowledge (Gemini), for which Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden. The devil (Pluto) managed to excite Eve’s curiosity (Gemini) through the serpent (Pluto) and encourage her thirst for knowledge (Gemini)!

Since this serpent (Pluto) is symbolically linked with knowledge (Gemini), we cam conclude that the exaltation (the strongest influence) of Pluto is in Gemini.




Gemini in which Pluto is exalted (the strongest influence) is ruled by Mercury which is also the lord of Virgo.


Namely, due to the common ruler of Mercury, sometimes the higher type of Gemini can resemble to Virgo the same as the higher type of Taurus may remind us of Libra (the common ruler being Venus), the higher type of Aries may resemble Scorpio (common ruler Mars), i.e. the higher type of Aquarius resembles Capricorn (common ruler Saturn).


Since Mercury rules Virgo, Pluto also feels at ease in this other Mercurian.

We have already pointed out that Pluto symbolises evil which is associated with the number 666, which leads us to 18. (6+6+6), known as the devil’s degree. According to the degree theory, the 18th degree is the degree of Virgo (ruled by Mercury), which again indicates to the connection with Pluto (evil) with Mercurial nature. Similarly, Pisces symbolise humanity and goodness as well as sacrifice and thus Virgo, as the opposite sign to Pisces, symbolises evil (18th degree – degree of Virgo).


How an innocent and nice Virgo can be the symbol of evil?


It’s only natural!? She, just like Eve, cannot resist the temptation (Pluto) and thus, shee keeps thinking (Mercury), reading (Merkur) and analysing (Mercury) even though the Lord said that the apple from the Tree of Knowledge (Mercury) was not to be touched! She would sell her soul to the devil (Pluto) just to find out (Mercury)! Doctor Faustus – double Virgo?


This leads us to the conclusion that the very nature of evil (Pluto) is dual (Gemini) which, at the same time, supports the exaltation of Pluto in Gemini! Anyway, Pluto itself symbolises black and white world...




Pluto, the ruler of Scorpio, also symbolises death –  the biggest evil (Pluto) which can befall on us, for we  all would like to live forever. And what death really is (Pluto)? If we seek the knowledge of wise (Saturn) philosophers (Saturn) from the East (Saturn), we come across the term reincarnation (Pluto). Therefore, the death (Pluto) is only the name for another life. Namely, after the zodiac sign of Pisces (the end of astrological circle), Aries comes again (the beginning of astrological circle). After the 12th degree (the degree of Pisces) there is the 13th degree (the degree of Aries) and around we go... “This is why death (Pluto) is not the punishment but just a phase in life following the principle of duality (Gemini)”Mihail Nuaima, “The Book of Mirdad”.


Position of Pluto in Sagittarius


The fact that Pluto is exalted (the strongest influence) in Gemini would mean that its weakest influence is expressed in Sagittarius (the sign opposite to Gemini) - and it was exactly the transit through Sagittarius which brought about the elimination of its status as a planet!




The exaltation of Pluto (the strongest influence) in Gemini brings us to the conclusion that literature (Gemini) is the path leading us to the unfathomable depths (Pluto)...


Let us go back to Freud again who also had the thesis that a literary work (Gemini) is created by the sublimation of sexual energy (Pluto). Thus, every fiction is a kind of catharsis both for a writer and readers.


Analysing famous literary works (Gemini) – Sofocles’ tragedy (Pluto) Oedipus the King and Shakespeare’s tragedy (Pluto) Hamlet – Freud points out that the very fact that Oedipus killed his father and married his mother even though he knew that the man whom he killed was his father and the queen he married was his mother implicates, according to Freud, the Oedipus complex (this psychological state was named by this tragedy). Similarly, the most prominent place in Shakespeare’s tragedy when Hamlet has a dilemma about killing his uncle and revenging his father Freud assigns to Oedipus complex. According to him, Hamlet hesitated to kill the man who only followed his instincts – killed his father to marry his mother.


Thus, Freud wants to point out that more important and deeper (Pluto) meaning underlies every literary work (Gemini)... which can make us wonder (Gemini) where do we get the inspiration to create a literary work (Gemini). Does any literary work (Gemini) really have a deeper (Pluto) message? Are Shakespeare’s heroes Hamlet (from the tragedy of the same name) and Rosalind (comedy As You Like It) only the figment of someone’s imagination? Did Dostoievski, maybe, find a bit of Raskolnikov and Ivan Karamazov in all of us?


What was the writer’s message?


Author : Nenad Pavlovski


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