Pluto Chart Ruler: Traits, Meaning Through the Signs

If you are a Scorpio rising, Pluto is your chart ruler. Pluto symbolizes power and transformation. Where it sits in your birth chart marks where you may capable of expressing both your best and worst to the world. As your natal chart ruler, Pluto helps define your identity and outlook on life.

Read on to learn how your chart ruling Pluto could help to influence your perception of the world and also how the people in your life see you!


  • Pluto as your chart ruler helps shape the person you show the world.
  • Pluto’s truthful and transformative nature may shine through you.
  • The sign your Pluto chart ruler sits in will also influence your outward personality.
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Pluto Chart Ruler: Meaning

In astrology, every sign of the Zodiac has a planet that rules it, and whatever planet is the ruler of your rising sign is called your chart ruler.

If you find Scorpio in your 1st House as your rising sign, for you, this planet is Pluto.

Because Pluto serves as your chart ruler, this planet of power, metamorphosis and brutal truths may help to shape the lens through which you view life.

As your chart ruler, Pluto is intertwined with your rising sign, and its placement in your natal chart will affect how you express this sign, the way in which you see the world, and the way others see you.

So, how could your Pluto chart ruler affect the “mask you wear” and the person you walk around as?

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Pluto Chart Ruler: Traits and Desires

According to CafeAstrology.com, Pluto represents “subconscious forces, ruling all that is below the surface,'” and is the planet of “renewal and rebirth.”

If Scorpio is your rising sign, Pluto affects your outward personality because it is the ruler of that sign.

Pluto contributes to shaping your outward personality because Scorpio is infused with the qualities of Pluto, some of which are highlighted below.

  • Powerful
  • Healing
  • Transformational
  • Truthful
  • Action-oriented
  • Strong
  • Renewing
  • Purposeful
  • Purifying
  • Realistic
  • Wise
  • Intense
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Pluto Chart Ruler Through the Zodiac Signs

Each sign of the Zodiac describes a set of impulses and desires that drive it, along with a set of tools to help it get there, and the planets that inhabit them use its characteristics to help them carry out their own goals.

Below are some ideas about how your Pluto chart ruler could be “flavored” by the sign it sits in.

It takes Pluto almost 250 years to orbit the sun.

Pluto is a planet that many astrologers feel helps to define each generation, but, since Pluto is your chart ruler, its position will be a bit more significant for you.

Remember that these are only some ideas and possibilities intended to give you a general sense of how each Zodiac sign could “color” your chart ruler, and “the mask you wear” in a slightly different way.

Also, when Pluto goes retrograde it can cross back and forth between two signs for long stretches of time, so keep in mind that these are general dates and to check your natal chart to see where your Pluto chart ruler sits.

Pluto Chart Ruler in Aries

Pluto won’t sit in Aries again until 2068.

But, what may those future individuals born with a Pluto chart ruler in Aries come to expect?

Confident and aggressive Aries combined with the power of Pluto could make for quite the combination!

Others may view them as intense and determined.

Their Scorpio rising sign will be flavored by the pioneering and independent spirit of Aries and may be quite passionate and driven.

Aries shapes Pluto to be:

  • More intense
  • Independent
  • Quite driven
  • Energetic
  • Impulsive
  • Very passionate
  • Courageous

Pluto Chart Ruler in Taurus

Pluto will once again inhabit Taurus in 2096.

These future humans with a Scorpio rising sign and Pluto chart ruler may have their intensity tempered a bit by the influence of Taurus.

Others may find them to be a bit more deliberate in their thoughts and actions.

There may also be a conflict between the transforming effect of Pluto and the tendency of Taurus to want to hang on tightly to routines and tradition.

Taurus shapes Pluto to be:

  • Calm
  • Predictable
  • Steady
  • Simple
  • Relationship-oriented
  • Comfort-seeking

Pluto Chart Ruler in Gemini

Pluto was last in Gemini in 1914 and won’t return until after the year 2130.

When it does reach this sign, those with a Pluto chart ruler in Gemini may be seen as people who are always ready to talk and discuss change, psychology, and about the brutal truths of life.

Gemini may numb the emotions of the Scorpio rising sign a bit and may bring with it a greater appreciation of logic and reasoning.

Powerful Pluto combined with intellectual Gemini could result in the individual coming off as someone who likes to lord over others with their intelligence.

Gemini shapes Pluto to be:

  • More energetic
  • Communicative
  • Intelligent
  • Analytical and logical
  • Curious
  • Less emotional

Pluto Chart Ruler in Cancer

Cancer last housed Pluto in 1939, so there are individuals who currently have their Pluto chart ruler seated in this sign.

With a watery Scorpio rising sign and chart ruling Pluto sitting in another water sign, Cancer, they could be viewed by others as someone ruled by emotions.

Cancer can amplify Pluto’s intensity.

Even though Cancer is domestic, don’t underestimate its ambition. This, combined with Pluto’s drive toward dominance, could push toward a thirst for power.

This could be especially true if those they are seeking power over are seen as a threat to themselves or someone they care about.

They may be seen by others as someone who have the capacity to love deeply and be quite loyal.

However, under Pluto’s influence, this could also come off as being possessive of loved ones.

Cancer shapes Pluto to be:

  • Nurturing
  • Protective
  • In need of belonging
  • Intuitive
  • Very ambitious
  • Imaginative

Pluto Chart Ruler in Leo

After leaving Cancer, Pluto sat in Leo until 1957.

Those with a Scorpio rising sign finding their chart ruler, Pluto, in Leo may be seen as quite the character.

Others may see them as someone who must express the passionate and intense feelings they hold.

The way in which they seek power may come through gaining the attention of others through performances of some kind, whether on a stage, at home, or in the boardroom.

And, Leo’s magnetism combined with Pluto’s search for power could inspire people to flock to their confidence and enthusiasm, seeing them as transformative and charismatic leaders of some sort.

Their friends and family may view them as someone who can be warm and generous, but they may also know that at times they could have the potential to be self-centered and demand they get their own way.

Leo shapes Pluto to be:

  • Magnetic
  • Expressive
  • Appreciative of an audience
  • Generous
  • Passionate
  • Confident

Pluto Chart Ruler in Virgo

Those with Scorpio rising born between 1957-1972 could find their chart ruling Pluto in the sign of Virgo.

Virgo has the potential to temper some of Scorpio’s desire to express its emotions and bring a slightly more reserved manner to Scorpio.

There also may also be a tug of war in their personality between emotions and logic that drive them.

The sign of Virgo aims to see the potential in things and strives to get it as close to an ideal as possible. That, combined with Pluto’s desire for transformation, could result in a consistent drive toward perfection.

And for Pluto in Virgo, perfection could yield power.

Virgo may bring a detail-oriented and exacting layer to Scorpio, but with Pluto’s influence, this could also turn into a tyrannical push for purity or even self-loathing.

Virgo shapes Pluto to be:

  • Focused
  • Logical
  • Hard-working
  • Self-improving
  • Critical
  • Practical

Pluto Chart Ruler in Libra

Those with Scorpio as their rising sign born between 1972 and 1984 will find their chart ruling Pluto in Libra.

Libra may bring a bit more peace and harmony to Scorpio’s brooding emotions.

Others may describe them as intense in seeking and maintaining their relationships.

Sometimes they may come off as hesitant or indecisive as they may obsess about the “right” thing to do in every situation.

The sign of the scales can be quite strategic, and combined with Pluto’s push toward power could shape a highly calculating leader.

Libra’s need for harmony and balance may be at odds with Pluto’s drive to transform and change, which often doesn’t look or feel very balanced or harmonious while it is happening!

Libra shapes Pluto to be:

  • Logical
  • Charming
  • Relationship-oriented
  • Diplomatic
  • Balanced
  • Strategic

Pluto Chart Ruler in Scorpio

Between 1984 and 1995, individuals born with Scorpio rising could find their chart ruling Pluto also sitting in Scorpio.

A Plutonian chart ruler in dignity in Scorpio may result in extra-intense feelings and a drive to lead with emotion.

Those with this placement may have a taste for power.

Others may describe them as someone who always questions and always seeks the truth, no matter how ugly it may be.

Those that know them may feel as though they are the perfect person to come to with a secret to get off their chest as they know they may feel relieved after.

Scorpio has a special ability to help heal others by leading them to their truth, and with the transformative influence of Pluto heightened, this ability to assist in the catharsis of others may be amplified.

Scorpio shapes Pluto to be:

  • Quite emotional
  • Deep
  • Very real and honest
  • Seeking power
  • Healing
  • Highly intense

Pluto Chart Ruler in Sagittarius

Those with Scorpio rising born between 1995 and 2008 will find their chart ruling Pluto in Sagittarius.

This sign may lighten Scorpio’s brooding mood a bit with its unbreakable optimism.

Others may describe them as someone who has an intense drive to explore new horizons, whether mentally or through travel, and someone who is passionate about finding meaning in life.

Sagittarius may help add a bit more enthusiasm to Scorpio, but with Pluto’s influence, things may not always feel easy.

With a Pluto chart ruler in Sagittarius, a feeling of power may come through the search for spirituality or faith.

They must be careful to not fall into the trap of radical religion or dogma.

Sagittarius shapes Pluto to be:

  • Open-minded
  • Independent
  • Optimistic
  • Passionate
  • Philosophical
  • Restless

Pluto Chart Ruler in Capricorn

Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008 and will remain there until 2023.

With a chart ruling Pluto in Capricorn, this sign’s influence may bring a drive and heightened desire for power to a Scorpio rising.

Others may describe them as someone who is intense about work and goals and who is passionate about their self-discipline, launching themselves toward success.

People may see them as wise and someone who leads with integrity.

They also may employ incredible patience when it comes to transformations and changing themselves in order to reach their goals.

With Pluto sitting in Capricorn, they may at times come off as a loner or aloof, and they may run the risk of acting as a martyr, pushing so hard toward becoming successful that they could nearly destroy themselves in the process.

Capricorn shapes Capricorn to be:

  • Stoic
  • Patient
  • Self-reliant
  • Dutiful
  • Goal-oriented
  • Hard-working

Pluto Chart Ruler in Aquarius

Pluto enters Aquarius in 2023 and will remain there until 2044.

For those who will have Pluto as their chart ruler, they may be described as someone who is intense about their desire to be unique and independent.

They may be seen as someone who don’t always appreciate tradition and who may instead look for ways to transform old ways of thinking into new ones.

Change through innovation may be the name of the game for Pluto in Aquarius, and they may be prepared to pave a new way no matter what anyone else may think.

They may be passionate about issues related to equality.

They do run the risk of trying to dominate others by way of their high intellect, however.

Aquarius shapes Pluto to be:

  • One-of-a-kind
  • Equality-minded
  • Idealistic
  • Logical
  • Forward-thinking
  • Independent

Pluto Chart Ruler in Pisces

Between the years of 2044-2068, Pluto will sit in Pisces.

With Scorpio rising and chart ruling Pluto in Pisces, others may describe them as someone with incredibly deep emotions.

Those who know them may feel as though they can almost read their minds, and maybe know things about them before they even know it.

And, they may sense things that others are hiding and dive deep in order to pull it out of them. This can be a catalyst for healing, however.

People with this placement may be seen as passionate about helping and caring for others.

Pisces shapes Pluto to be:

  • Compassionate
  • Quite emotional
  • Very intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Sensitive
  • Spiritual or mystical

What does it mean if Pluto is my chart ruler?

If Pluto is your chart ruler, that means that Scorpio is the Zodiac sign on the cusp of your 1st House. Pluto rules Scorpio, so if your rising sign is Scorpio, Pluto is your chart ruler and helps shape your outward personality.

What are some characteristics of someone with Pluto as their chart ruler?

Someone with Pluto as their chart ruler may come off as penetrating, honest, and emotionally deep. Others may be drawn to their compassion and realness.

How does the sign Pluto sits in affect it as my chart ruler?

As your chart ruler, Pluto’s sign will add more detail to the “mask” you wear. The qualities of this sign will help to influence how you come across to others and how you see the world.

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